Activities and fun

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

Open all year. Tue-«Sun “lam—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 (‘aiderpark. Uddingston.

771 1185. Open every day. 10am—5pm. Kids £1.90.

§ adults £3. E I HAGGS CASTLE MUSEUM 100 St Andrews

Drive. 427 2725.

Christmas Activities 21 Dec-«5 Jan. 10. 15am and 2.15pm unless stated otherwise. Free. ()nc actiyity per child. booking essential. Age range giyen in brackets.

Listen to a story and make some Christmas tree decorations Sat 21 Dec (4—7).

Deck the Hall: make your own lestive decorations Sun 22 Dec. 2.15pm only (64)).

Make a stained-glass window from paper! Mon 23 Dec (8‘12).

Listen to a Christmas story and make a Santa puppet 'Itic 24 Dec (4—7).

Victorian Boxing Day tun: parlour games and a magic lantern show Thurs 26 Dec 2.15pm only (ti—121.

Sew an old-lashioned rag doll Fri 27 Dec (8-12)

Listen to a story and make a winter collage picture Sat 28 Dec (4—7).

Prepare for 1992 by making a special calendar Sun 29 Dec 2.15pm only (6—9). Listen to a story and make a little puppet Mon 30 Dec (4-7).

Weave a sample of cloth on a hand loom Tue 31 Dec 17—12).

Listen to a story and make a mosaic picture calendar 'l‘hurs 2 Jan 2.15pm only (4-7). Dress up and act a part Fri 3 Jan 16-12). Listen to a story and make a little puppet Sat

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More Victorian tun and games Sun 5 Jan

22,15pm only (fr—12).


I THE ARCHES Midland Street, 221 8101. Dinosaurs Alive Until 26 Jan. Daily 10am—5pm. Kids £1.50; adults £2.90 (family ticket £9. kids under 5 free). Not-to-be-missed exhibition of life-like


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1 I ARCHES THEATRE Midland Street. 221 9736.

F Alice Through the Looking Glass 21. 23. 26. g 27. 28. 30 Dec; 2—4 Jan. 2pm and 4pm.

I Kids £2; adults £4 (family ticket. 2 kids. 2 3 adults. £10). Arches Theatre Company in 1 a new production. combining stories from 1 the Looking Glass and Alice in li'midcrlrmd. Suitable for all ages.

ll CITY HALLS Candleriggs. 227 5511.

Mr Boom‘s Christmas Show 27—30 Dec.

,1 11.30am and 2pm daily. Kids £2.50; adults i£3.50. Audience participation. noisy iaction songs and lunar laughs from the izany moon-man. Suitable for younger children.

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

1 I GLASGOW ROYAL CONCERT HALL iSauchiehall Street. 332 3123.

iChristmas Crackers Sat 21 Dec. 10am and 2pm. Prices range from kids £2; adults £3 to kids £4; adults £5. Box office at 2 Sauchiehall Street open Mon—Sat 9am--9prn; Sun noon—9pm. New Christmas show from the Singing Kettle trio. Suitable for 4—10-year-olds.

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

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

Cinderella Until 29 Dec. 7pm nightly and 1 2pm matinees most days. Kids £2; adults Eu (rnatinees kids £1.50; adults £3).

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i I VILLAGE THEATRE Maxwell Drive. liast Kilbride. 113552 48669.

1 The Present 20 Dec and 21 Dec 7pm. 1.30pm matinee on 21 Dec. Kids £2.50;

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Aiktdo Wednesdays 5—6pm. £1 per session. For boys and girls 7—14 years.

I CHAMBER STREET MUSEUM 225 7534. ext 219.

Christmas Art Competition 27-30 Dec. On-going all day. Open to anyone under 16 years (and senior citizens take a granny alongl). Entry is free. Draw or paint anything on display in the museum. Paper and pencils are provided but bring along paints if you wish. Prizes to be won and entries will be displayed in the Main Hall during January.


Free Creche Tue/Thurs lOam—noon. Run by the Edinburgh Creche Co-op, for Central Library users. the creche has a large selection of toys and is open to children of all ages.

I EDINBURGH ZOO Corstorphine Road. 334 9171.

Open every day. 9am to 6pm (9.30am on Sundays). Kids £2; adults £3.75.

I LITTLE MARCO'S Grove Street. 228 2141. Won-Sun 9.30am—8pm. Ninety-minute session £3. Slides. karting. ball pits. bouncy castle. Fully supervised children over 3 years can be left.

I MURRAYEIELD ICE RINK Riverside Crescent. 337 6933.

Beginners Sessions Mon and Fri 5—7pm. £1.20. skate hire 50p. Beginners sessions including a 10-15-minute lesson from skating professionals. Wed 5-7pm. Sun ill—11.30am. £1.50. skate hire 50p. Family sessions Sat l0am—noon. £1.50 including skate hire.


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.

Makin’ Waves Sat 21 Dec 12.30—4pm. Kids and adults £1.50. Fun sessions with inflatables. unlimited use of flumes. water music. and entertaiment provided by Magic Bob.

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. Boat departs from The Bridge lnne, 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 distribute filled stockings to the children. Book in advance.

I 369 GALLERY 233 Cowgate. 225 3013. Art Classes Saturday aftcroon classes for 6—10-year-olds led by Gill Curran. Painting. drawing and collage. 2.3()~4pm. £25 for 8-week course run in two 4-week blocks; 18 Jan—8 Feb and 22 Feb—14 Mar. Last date for enrolment: 20 December.


I MUSEUM OF CHILDHOOD 42 High Street. Toys galore. from skipping ropes to Sindy dolls. peevers to puppets. Five floors of displays. Open Mon—Sat. 10am-5pm. Admission free. Walkman guides available for hire (kids 50p; adults £1). Away in a Manger 18 Dec—l Feb. Admission free. The history of Christmas Crib figures with exhibits from many countries. Entries to the exhibition quiz cost 20p. Day of creative workshops on 21 Dec. 50p per child. Tickets on sale at


I EDINBURGH EILMHOUSE l.othian Road. 228 2688.

Saturday 2pm matinees. all seats bookable. £1.70. Weekday matinccs kids £1.20; adults £1.70. Sunday matinces. all seats £3.20. Early evening performances kids £1.70; adults £2.20. Sun—Fri only. no concessions on Sats.

Cinderella (U) 19—21 Dec. 3pm and 5pm. Disney classic.

E.T. (PG) Sat 21 Dec. 2pm. Spielberg's tear-jerker about a cute little creature stranded on earth.

Fantasia (U) 27 Dec. 3.30pm and 6pm: 28 Dec. 2pm. 4.15pm and 6.30pm; 29 Dec. 3.30pm and 6pm; 30 Dec. 3.30pm and 6pm.

The Land Before Time (U) Sat 4 Jan. 2pm. Adventure tale for dinosaur fans.



Walt Disney’s World on Ice 24—29 Dec. Credit booking 557 6969. By post. write to Disney On Ice. PO 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 Sat 21 Dec. llam. 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 Dec. 11am. Kids £1 ; adults £2. (‘harlcs Dickens classic presented by Black Box Puppet Theatre. I ROYAL LYCEUM THEATRE (irindlay Street, 229 9697.

Shinda the Magic Ape Runs until 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 Dec 7pm only; 14 Dec 2.30pm 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-ycar-olds. Early booking advised. Signed performance on 18 Dec and Audio Description available for performance on 19 Dec.

I THEATRE WORKSHOP 34 Hamilton Place, 226 5425.

The Mouse and His Child Until 24 Dec. 3—19 Dec (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 Hoban‘s children‘s novel about a clockwork mouse.

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