Events tor children are listed by city, than by category, then alphabetically by venue. Events will be listed, provided that details reach our otlices at least ten days betore publication. Kids Listings compiled by Rene Taylor.

GLASGOW ' Activities and tun

I DOME DE DISCOVERY South Rotunda. 100 Govan Road, 427 1792.

Open all year, Tue—Sun 10am—5.30pm. Kids £1.20; adults £2 (family ticket, 2 adults and 2 kids £5). Hands-on activities with every exhibit. Scientific fun for all the family.

I GLASGOW ZOO Calderpark. Uddingston. 771 1185.

Open every day. 10am—5pm. Kids£1.90; aduhs£3.

I LITTLE MARCO'S Templeton Street. 554 7184.

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

I SUMMIT CENTRE Minerva Way. Finnieston, 204 2215.

too Skating Beginners sessions Sats and Suns. 12.15—l.45pm. £2.40. Skate hire 60p.


I THE ARCHES Midland Street,2218101. Dinosaurs Alive Until 26Jan. Daily 10am—5pm. Kids£1 .50; adults £2.90 (family ticket £9, kids under 5 free). Not-to-be-missed exhibition oflife-like moving models worked by an intricate system of cylinders, pistons and computers. Visitors can have a go on the control panel to manipulate a dinosaur.

: I MUSEUM OF TRANSPORT Bunhouse Road, 357 3929.

Mon—Sat 10am—5pm; Sun 2—5pm. Admission to museum free. Largest collection of vehicles in the UK. Reconstructed Glasgow street complete with cinema and subway. Try the Super-X simulator for a really thrilling ride. Kids 75p; adults£l .50.


I CRAWFORD THEATRE Jordanhill College, 76 Southbrae Drive, 950 3437. Snow White Sat 7 Dec. 2pm. All seats £2. All-time favourite fairytale presented by Purves Puppets. Booking essential.

Puss in Boots 13 and 14 Dec at 7.30pm. Kids £2; adults £4. Pantomime presented by Mitchell School of Drama.

Cinderella II 16, 17, 18 Dec. 7.30pm plus daytime performances. Kids £2; adults £4. An exciting new version presented by Theatre Nepotism.

I CUMBERNAULD THEATRE 0236 732887. Merlin the Magniticent and The Adventures ot Arthur Until 28 Dec. Kids £2.25; adults £4.75. Book early for this year‘s Christmas show, last year‘s sold out pretty quickly! Cumbernauld Theatre Company present a magnificent tale of magic, music and mystery.

I GLASGOW ROYAL CONCERT HALL Sauchiehail Street, 332 3123.

Christmas Crackers Sats 14 and 21 Dec.


The last time I witnessed a Clown Jewels extravaganza it was piowtering down but a daring tight-rope walk was periormed regardless. Such are the joys ot summer touring. The troupe’s latest tour, their seventh in these parts, began in October and all performances this time round are, mercifully, scheduled indoors. Chiming with the time ot year, The Present is about a young girl learning that iile is about giving as well as taking- a timely message tor children at Christmas when greed tends to rear its ugly head. The show has almost everything; puppets, circus skills, videos, special eitects, music, and 01 course the zany periorming Clown Jewels. Suitable for all the tamily, especially the over-sevens.

(Rene Taylor)

St Brides Centre, Orwell Terrace, Edinburgh 9—14 December.

Village Theatre, East Kilbride, 19-21 December.

10am and 2pm. Prices range from kids£2; adults £3 to kids £4; adults £5. Box office at 2 Sauchichall Street open Mon—Sat 9am—9pm; Sun noon—9pm. New Christmas show from the Singing Kettle trio. Suitable for 4—10-year-olds.

I PAISLEY ARTS CENTRE New Street. Paisley,8871010.

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

, Cinderella Until 29 Dec. 7pm nightly and

2pm matinees most days. Kids £2; adults £4 (matinees kids £1 .50; adults £3). Presented by P.A.C.E. Early booking essential.

I VILLAGE THEATRE Maxwell Drive. East Kilbride, 03552 48669.

The Present 1941 Dec 7pm. Sat 21 Dec 1.30pm matinee. Kids £2.50; adults £5. New Christmas show from the Clown Jewels. See panel.


Activities and fun

I KENNEDY'S FUN CENTRE Windsor Place, Portobello, 669 1075.

Saturdays 9.30—11.30am. £1.50. Open sessions for children up to age ten. accompanied by an adult. Trampolines, soft play equipment, tree house, bouncy castle, pirate ship. Tue—Fri. 10am—noon and l-3pm. £1.50. Open sessions for under-55.


Party fun for 5—10-year-olds organised by the Recreation Department. Games. entertainments and of course a visit from Santa with a gift for each child. Admission is free but by ticket only, available from 'your chosen venue from Sat 30 Nov. Tickets for Gorgie Memorial Hall are available from the Gorgie Festival Office. 258 Dairy Road.

Tolicross Community Centre Mon 9 Dec


Gilmerton Library Tue 10 Dec4.30—6pm. Leith Library Wed 11 Dec 5.30—7pm. Ainslie Park Leisure Centre Thu 12 Dec 4.30—6pm.

Countryside Ranger Service, Hermitage House Fri 13 Dec 4.30—6pm.

Gorgie Memorial Hall Sat 14 Dec noon—3pm.

Meadowbanit Sports Centre Mon 16 Dec 4.30—6pm.

Jack Kane Centre Tue 17 Dec 4.30—6pm. Gracemount Leisure Centre Wed 18 Dec 4.30—6pm.

Craiglocithart Sports Centre Thu 19 Dec 4.30—6pm.

I MOUND PEDESTRIAN PRECINCT Princes Street. Meet the real Santa Claus Sun 15 Dec. 1—3pm. Free. Santa will be handing out free Christmas tree candy decorations to all the under-85. Come meet his elves and real reindeer. Puppet Pantomime Sat 21 Dec. 2—4pm. Free. Keith Crook‘s Puppet Company with some short seasonal shows. I ROYAL COMMONWEALTH POOL Dalkeith Road. 667 7211. Maltin' Waves Sats 14 and 21 Dec 12.30—4pm. Kids and adults£l .50. Fun sessions with inflatables, unlimited use of flumes. water music. and entertaiments provided by juggler Michael Angelo ( 14 Dec) and Magic Bob (21 Dec). I SANTA CRUISES Bridge Inn, Ratho, 333 1320/1251. The Santa Boat runs on Saturdays and Sundays during December and on 23 and 24 Dec. Cruises leave The Bridge Inn. Ratho at 10.30am, 11am. noon, 1pm, 1.30pm, 3pm and 3.15pm. Extra cruises at 5pm, 6.45pm and 8.30pm on Christmas Eve. £4 per person. Cruise lasts 1 hour 15 minutes. Visit to Santa‘s Secret Island. complete with reindeer. snowmen. fairy lights and Sit-high cartoon characters

hidden along the route. Santa will be on hand to distribute filled stockings to the children. Refreshments available for adults. Book in advance.


I MUSEUM OF CHILDHOOD 42 High Street. Away in a Manger l8 Dec—1 Feb. Admission free. The history ofChristmas Crib figures with exhibits from many countries. Entries to the exhibition quiz cost 20p. Day ofcreativc workshops on 21 Dec. 50p per child. Tickets on sale from 16 Dec at museum.


I EDINBURGH EILMHOUSE Lothian Road, 228 2688.

Saturday afternoon matinees. Films start 2pm. All seats£1 .70.

Wolves of Willoughby Chase (U) Two young Victorian heroines flee from a pack of wolves. 14 Dec.

Asterix and Cleopatra (U )'I‘hc plucky Gaul meets the lady with the asp. 21 Dec.

Ring 01 Bright Water (U) Sun 15 Dec3.30p. All seats £3.20. The story about a pet otter. set in the Highlands. adapted from the bestseller by Gavin Maxwell.



Walt Disney‘s World on ice 24—29 Dec. Credit booking 557 6969. By post. write to Disney On Ice. P O Box 180. Head Post Office Edinburgh. individual booking. tickets available from Virgin Record shops in Glasgow and Edinburgh.

I NETHERBOW THEATRE 43-45 High Street. 556 9579/2647.

Aladdin Sats 7, 14. 21 Dec. 11am. Kids £1.50; adults £2.50. Ian Turbitt puppet show for the under- 10s.

I QUEEN'S HALL Clerk Street. 668 2019.

A Christmas Carol 23 and 24 Dee 11am. Kids £1 ; adults £2. Charles Dickens classic presented by Black Box Puppet Theatre. I ROYAL LYCEUM THEATRE Grindlay Street, 229 9697.

Shinda the Magic Ape 13 Dec-4 Jan. Prices range from Rear Upper Circle (Kids £3; adults £6) to Front Grand Circle (Kids £6; adults £12). Discounts for groups of 10 or more. 13 Dee 7pm only; 14 Dec2.30pm and 7pm. 16 and 17 Dec schools only. 18. 19. 20 Dec 7pm; Sats 21 and 28 and Boxing Day. 2pm. 5pm and 8pm. Other days 2.30pm and 7pm. A magical adventure story about three children fighting against a wicked witch. Shinda, a pure-hearted gorilla. is their only salvation. Suitable for 5—14-year-olds. Early booking advised. Signed performance on 18 Dec and Audio Description available for performance on 19 Dee.

I ST BRIDES CENTRE Orwell Terrace. 346 1405.

The Present 9—14 Dee. Kids £2: adults £3.50. 9—141)cc 7.30pm ( 10 Dee schools only): 14 Dec 2pm matinee. New show from the Clown Jewels. See panel.

I THEATRE WORKSHOP 34 Hamilton Place. 226 5425.

The Mouse and His Child 3—24 Dec. 3— 19 Dee (Not Sat/Sun) 10.30am and 1.30pm: 20 Dec 10.30am; 21—24 Dec (inc Sun)3pm and 7pm. Kids £3; adults £4. Adaptation of Russell I Ioban's children's novel about a clockwork mouse.

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