. Activities and fun

I DOME OF DISCOVERY South Rotunda. 100 (jovan Road. 427 1792.

Events in the tent Suitable for all ages. Kids £1 .20; adults £2 (family tickets £5 and

- £6.20). livents last approx. 30minutes. at

11.30am. 1pm. 2.30pm and 4pm.

The Science of Tight Rope Walking 26 and 27 ()ct.

I GLASGOW ZOO (‘alderpark.

L'ddingston. 771 1185.

()pen every day. 10am~5pm Kids £1.90: adults £3.

* I HAGGS CASTLE 100 St Andrews Drivef'

l’ollokshields. 427 2725.

Hallowe‘en Festival Sat 26 Oct. 10am onwards. Free. .\'o booking required. Dress up and Join in the festive funand games. Suitable for 4—12-year-olds.

I LITTLE MARCO'S Templeton Street. 554 7184.

Mon-Sat “lam—8pm. Ninety-minute sessions £3. Children‘s indoor play centre with slides. ball pits. soft play areas. climbing frames. (‘hildren under 4ft 7in only. and under 3s must be supervised.

I PAISLEY ARTS CENTRE New Street. Paisley. as? 1010.

Family Craft Sessions 30 ()ct. 1-2.30pm. 50p per child. (iuy Fawkes Wax Resistant Painting for under 5s and parent/"guardian. Places limited so book early.

I SUMMIT CENTRE Minerva Way. l-‘innieston. 204 2215.

Ice Skating Beginners sessions Sats and Suns. 12. 15-1 .45pm. £2.40. Skate hire 60p.

I TRAMWAY 25 Albert Drive. 227 5511. Children's Hallowe'en Party Thurs 31 Oct. fr-Spm. Kids £1 .50; adults £3. Booking advised. Traditional Hallowe'en activities plus Monster Mash disco. Wear fancy dress. (5 and over: but 5s and 6s should be accompanied by an adult.)


I THE ARCHES Midland Street. 221 8101. Dinosaurs Alive Until 261an. Daily 10am—5pm. Kids £1 .50; adults £2.90. (Family ticket £9. kids under5 free). Life-like moving models worked by an intricate system of cylinders. pistons and computers.

Discovering Japan, Royal Museum of Scotland, until 3 Nov. Having scorned Japanese culture for

decades. British culture vultures have

had a change of heart. The Far East really has got more going for it than Sony and Toyota. It’s certainly not before time, though one suspects that after gorging on everything Japanese for the duration of the UK Japan Festival, the interest will vanish almost as quickly as it materialised. At the Royal Museum of Scotland, however, visitors are offered the chance to experience Japan from a more integral perspective. What's more, the exhibition is particularly accessible to children (although not open to under-sixes).

You won’t find any long-winded guides parading trails of weary visitors around the Discovering Japan exhibition. That’s for boring grown-ups. This is culture in action, with a hands-on approach that succeeds in entertaining and educating without patronising either its subject or the visitor. Children, and not a few adults, were clearly in their element, dressing up in kimonos, designing

Shinto shrine, even teaming how to speakthe language. Eight themes in all, which told of a Japan both historical and contemporary.

Eight-year old Kerry McGeever made a beeline lorthe scratch ’n’ sniff department, opening up various boxes of Japanese food and wrinkling her nose at the generally fishy smells. The seaweed (four varieties) smell like ‘pee’ she declared, before plunging into the job of setting a Japanese breakfast table. Meanwhile I plumped forthe easier option of trying on a ratherfetchlng kimono, but alas it was not for sale.

ill-tech Japan was the focus of interest for ten-year old Robert Logan, busy booking a hotel in space on a very flash computer. Suddenly annual holidays in Blackpool had lost their lustre. Dan Dare and Flash Gordon beckoned, but Robert was disappointed to find that Mars wasn’t available until at least the next century. It looked like Blackpool would just have to do - for the time being at least. (Aaron Hicklin)

I HAGGS CASTLE 100 St Andrews Drive. 427 2725.

Inspired by The Hobbit Until 27 Oct. Trolls. goblins and dragons in an exhibition created by prisoners. officers and friends of Barlinnie Prison. Ten scenes illustrating


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I PAISLEY ARTS CENTRE New Street. Paisley. 8871010.

The Cat from Outer Space (U) Sat 26 Oct. 1.30pm. Kids 75p: adults £1 .25. The adventures of a space-moggic out to acquire gold to repair his spacecraft.


I SUMMERLEE HERITAGE TRUST West Canal Street. Coatbridge, 023631261. Open daily 10am—5pm. Admission free. 23 acre museum illustrating 200 years of Scottish people and industry includingthe first working tramway in Scotland.


I CUMBERNAULD THEATRE 0236 732887. MERLIN THE MAGNIFICENT and the adventures of Arthur 21 Nov—28 Dec. Kids £2.25; adults £4.75. Book early forthis year‘s Christmas show. last years sold out pretty quickly! Cumbernauld Theatre Company present a magnificent tale of magic. music and mystery.

Kid's Stuff Saturday afternoon shows for

4—1 l-ycarsolds; puppets. magic. songs and fun. Approx 45—60 minutes. Kids£1.25; adults£l .75.

Alakazam Puppets 26 Oct.

Magic Bob 2 Nov.

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

Booking advised for all shows. kids 75p; adults£1.25.

Mr Boom Sat 2 Nov. 11.30am and 1.30pm. Kids 75p; adults £1.25. Direct from the moon with an hour of action songs andjoin in activities.

EDINBURGH Activities and fun

I ROYAL BOTANIC GARDEN Inverleith Row. 5527171 . ext 454.

Living in a Rainforest Borneo-style longhouse serving as a classroom for educational groups and family workshops. Storytelling Sessions Kids £1 ; adults £2. Asian storytelling with Bealah Candappa 26 Oct. 11.30am. 2pm. 3.330pm and 5pm.

Marlon Oughton 27 oct. 2pm. 3.30pm and 5pm.

African Jungle Beat 2 Nov. 11am—1pm. Kids £2; adults £4 (family£10).

Family workshop. Pan-African dancers will lead you a merry dance.


I BRUNTON THEATRE Ladywell Way. Mussclburgh. 665 2240.

Mr Boom Until 26 Oct. 2.30pm. Kids£1.50: adults £2.50. Singalong all-action show for all ages.

The Lion. the Witch and the Wardrobe Until 26 Oct. 7.30pm. Saturday matiness 2.30pm. Kids £4; adults £5. Matinee £3. You‘ve read the book. seen the TV series. now see the stage version. Presented by Brunton Theatre Company.

I NETHERBOW THEATRE 43-4511igh Street, 556 9579/2647.

Daytime story sharing Runs until 28 Oct (exc. Sun 27). 2.30pm. Kids £1 ; adults£2. Puss 'tl' Boots Sats 2. 9. 16 and 23 Nov. 11am. Kids£1.50;adu1ts£2.50.

Ian Turbitt‘s Puppet Theatre present the story of a very ambitious cat. Suitable for under-10s.


The Musical Mllk Mystery Musical quest for a pint of milk! Show lasts 45 minutes and is suitable for 3—6-year-olds. 2.30pm at each venue. Kids £1 ; adults £2.

Thomas Morton llall, Ferry Road Thu 24 Oct. Tickets from Goldenacre Post Office and Kard Box. Great Junction Street. Rosebery Hall. South Oueensterry Fri 25 Oct. Tickets from EDC offices in the High Street. South Queensfcrry.

Portobetlo Town Hall Sat 26 Oct. Tickets from Assembly Rooms. 54 George Street. 220 4349.

I KINGS THEATRE Leven Street. 229 1201. Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs Until 26 Oct. Thu to Sat 10.30am and 2pm. Kids £3. £3.50and £4; adults £4. £4.50.£5. (Boxes£16and£l8). Family favourite with lots of audience participation.

I THEATRE WORKSHOP 34 Hamilton Place, 2265425.

Scottish Traditional Storytellers 20 Oct. 11am. Kids £3; adults £4. A Living Legacy: tales for all the family.

Fun Factories 27 Oct. 11am. £3. Drama workshop with performance.

62 The List 25 October— 7 November 1991