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GLASGOW Activities and fun

I COLLINS GALLERY University of Strathclyde. 22 Richmond Street. 553 4145.

Children's Design Workshops Saturday workshops led by final year architecture students. For 7—12-year-olds. Youngsters will be shown round the exhibition of furniture and objects by Rietveld. the Dutch designer. There‘s also a short film to give further inspiration and the students will help with the practical side ofdesign. £3.50 for one session; £6 for two: £10for four. 10am—noon or 1.30—3.30pm. Booking essential. Contact Laura Hamilton at the Gallery. 9am—5pm.

Sat 13 Apr Kites.

I CRAWFURD THEATRE Jordanhill College, 76 Southbrae Drive 9503437.

Mr Boom Songs. fun and audience participation with the man from the moon (and a chance to do some face-painting too). Sat 13 Apr 2—3.30pm. £2.

I DOME OF DISCOVERY South Rotunda. Govan Road. 427 1792.

Over 60 exhibits to have push. pull and press. Fun for parents too. Open allyear. Tue—Sun 10am—5.30pm. Kids£l .20; adults £2 (family ticket. 2 adults and 2 kids £5).

I EASTWOOD BUTTERFLY FARM Rouken Glen. 620 2084.

Indoor tropics with hundreds of butterflies flitting about. Creepy Crawlics housed in the Insect Kingdom. Open everyday. IOam-5.30pm. Kids £1 ; Adults £1.50 (family ticket. 2 adults and up to 4 kids


I GLASGOW ZOO Calderpark. Uddingston.771 1185.

Open every day. 10am—5pm Kids£1.90: Adults £3.

I LITTLE MARCO'S Templeton Street. 554 7184.

Children‘s indoor play centre with climbing frames. slides. ball pits. soft play areas. Children under 4ft 7in only and under 3-year-olds must be supervised. 90—minute sessions. £3. Mon—Sat 10am—8pm.


I MUSEUM OF TRANSPORT Bunhouse Road 357 3929.

Largest collection of vehicles in the UK. from prams to trams. Wander down a pre-war Glasgow street complete with cinema and subway. Mon—Sat 10am—5pm; Sun 2—5pm. Admission free.

Out and About

I KELBURN COUNTRY CENTRE On the A78 between Largs and Fairlie. 0475 568685. Open daily l0am—6pm. Attractions include Pets Corner. Commando course. Riding Centre (phone for bookings). Nature Centre. Adventure Course and Wooden Stockade.

Easter Activities ongoing daily until 7 April. Easter bonnet competitions. egg and spoon races. quizcs and games. Accompanied kids £1.25 (unaccompanied £1 .50); Adults £2.50.



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Fifty years ago, Worzel Gummidge, the first Puffin story book was published - son of Penguin, nephew of Peregrine and Pelican, kin to an aviary of p-p-p-p-p-publications. In 1941, good cheap children’s books were a contradiction in terms. If it wasn’t in hardback, said parents, teachers and librarians, itwasn'tworth tuppence, which was what that first Puffin cost— more or less. Even though Penguins were widely accepted and popular with the duftle coat brigade, the thought that the only books worth reading by children were in hardback lingered long after adults had adopted the flimsy


That there are paperbacks for children is down to the dedication of legendary children‘s book editors like Eleanor Graham and Kaye Webb, who could sniff out the difference between Blyton’s Famous Five and Ransome's heroes holidaying in the Lake District. It's no exaggeration to say that from the time you can read -or be read to— until you are old enough to imbibe The Catcher in the Rye, the Puffin imprint does more for the sales of batteries than any advertising campaign ever could.

Ten top selling Puffins have been republished to coincide with the 50th anniversary, some of which have never —and nbver ought to be—out of print. Personal favourites include Mary Norton’s The Borrowers, Ian Serraillier’s The Silver Sword, and E.B. White’s rustic weepv, Charlotte's Web, about a spiderwho rescues a pig from pork. Among the many events scheduled to commemorate this happy birthday, one worth noting in your diary is in August at the Edinburgh Book Festival when a giant Puffin cake sculpture by children's book illustrator, Jan Pienkowski, will be on show. (Colin Barrie)

Theatre I CUMBERNAULD THEATRE 0236 732887.

Advance booking for children's shows recommended to avoid disappointment. Kids' Stuff Fun. magic and song for 4—11-year-olds. 1.15pm. Kids£1.25: adults£1.75.

Sat 6 Apt Alakazam Puppets.

Sat13 Apr Mr Bones.

I MOTHERWELL THEATRE Civic Centre. Motherwell. 069867515.

Cinderella Well loved tale performed by Clydebuilt Puppets. Sat 6 Apr 2pm. Kids £1 ; adults £2.

I PAISLEY ARTS CENTRE New Street. Paisley. 887 1010.

Rikki Tiltiti Tavi Edinburgh Puppet Company perform Kipling's Jungle Book story of the brave little mongoose who fights to save his human friend from two vicious cobras. Fri 5 Apr 7pm. Kids£1; adults £2 (family ticket. 2 adults & 2kids. £5).

IV Bridge.

Free creche facilities available toCcntral Library users. 'I'uesdays and Thursdays. 10am—noon. Open to children ofall ages. Large selection of toys. Run by the Edinburgh Creche Co-op.


Youth dance groups meet at Calton Centre (Montgomery Street). in South Oueensferry. Abbeyhill. Tollcross and Ainslie Park. New term starts Mon 8 Apr. Contact 220 4348 for details.

I EDINBURGH ZOO Corstorphine Road. 334 9171.

I ()pen every day. 9am to 5pm (9.30amon

; Sundays). Kids £2; Adults £3.75. I GORGIE CITY FARM 51 (iorgie Road. 337 4202.

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Children's play area. ()pen everyday.

9am—4pm. admission free.

The King's Ears liandiwork Puppets tell the

tale of a vain king whose long hair hides the secret of his unusual ears. Sat 13 Apr Ufiowodepm. Kids 50p; adults£1.


Activitiesand fun

I EDINBURGH BUTTERFLY FARM Melville Nurseries. Lasswade. 663 4932.

Tropical world of butterflies. Visit the Insect World. home to tarantulas and other creepy crawlies. Open every day. 1()am—5 .30pm. Kids £1.45; adults £2 .60. I EDINBURGH CENTRAL LIBRARY George

Young City Farmers Group Meet every Saturday. 10am-- 1 pm. For 7—13-yearoids. Learn about farm life and how to look after the animals.


Chambers Street. 225 7534.

Mystery tour through Ancient Egypt 1 iunt around the museum for objects and

hie roglyphs from over 2000 years ago. For children aged 7 upwards. L’ntil 7 Apr. .\'o booking necessary. bring your own crayons. Admission free.

I PORTOBELLO SWIMMING CENTRE Bellfield Street. 6690780.

Fun and Fitness for all the lamin Saturdays 10am—noon. includes under 10s table tennis club. 50p per session.

I THINS BOOKSHOP 53-- 5‘) South Bridge. 5566743.

Saturday Club Livery Saturday.

10.30 -1 1.30am. Activities and competitions for 3— 1 l-year-oids. plus storytelling for younger children. I-"ree. Film

I EDINBURGH FILMHOUSE I.othian Road. 228 2688.

Saturday afternoon children's matinees; all seats £1. bookable. Films start 2pm. Sat 6 Apr Digby. The Biggest Dog In The World (L') Canine capers when Digby drinks a potion which makes him grow and GROW.

Sat 13 AptThe Neverending Story ( L' ) A boy is drawn into the pages of a book and enters a fantasy world.


Last few days of festival. 4. 5 and 6 Apr. Tickets available at The Netherbow. 43—45 High Street. 556 9579 ( Mon—«Fri 10am—4pm) for all four main venues as well at ticket offices listed below. On day of performance, tickets available from venues only. Telephone booking at Netlierbow only. Tickets for all performances. kids £1 .50; adults £2.

NETHERBOW ARTS CENTRE 43—4511igh Street.

4,5 and 6 Apr 10.30am Humpty Dummy. Quit'e Contrary (3—5 yrs).

4,5 and 5 Apt 2.30pm The Three Bully Goats Gruff(over 5 yrs).


4A1)! 10.30am Tlte Three Bully (fouls Grufflover5yrs).

ROSEBERY HALL South Ouecnsferry. Tickets frotn .S‘tmtetht'ng Special. 1 liin Street. South ()ueensfcrry and [Edinburgh District Council Office. Iliin Street. South Oueensferry.

5AM 10.30am The Three Bil/TV (fouls (I'rufflover 5 yrs).

THOMAS MORTON HALL 28 Ferry Road. Leith. Tickets front (ioldenacre Post Office and Kurd Bar (ireat Junction Street. BAD! 10.30am The Three Bully (imus (Iruff(over 5 yrs). TOURING (‘ontact community centres for prices and booking. Humpty Dumpty. Quite Contrary 4AprCameron House Community Centre. Cameron lIouse Ave. 667 3763. 2.30pm.

f 5Apr()xgangs Library. ()xgangs Road North. 445 5699. 2.30pm

6 Apr 1 lermitage of Braid. Braid Road. 447

' 7145. 2.30pm.

I KINGS THEATRE [even Street. 229 1201.

Rainbow New adventure ys itli TV stars

Zippy. George and Bungle. assisted by

their long-suffering minder. ( ieoflrcy liayes. 16—20 Apr. Tue I5rt 4.50pm; Sat 11.30am. 2pm and 4pm. Contact theatre

for prices.

I ST BRIDES COMMUNITY CENTRE ( )rys ell Terrace. 346 1405. 4Apl' 1 1am Scott 1.0m! Puppets and magic. l

5Apt 10.30am I’t't‘ttsh Puppets I‘thagic

Kiss. All shows 50p.

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