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

GLASGOW Activities and Fun

I SECC Finnieston Quay, 248 3000.

Arts Is Magic Wed 27—Thurs 28 May. 10am-3.30pm. Free. A huge event for children in Halls 1, 2 and 3. The bill includes TAG. Scottish Ballet, the Makumba dancers from Africa, Asian. Chinese and Irish dancers, and Happy the Clown. Other highlights are a sensory room, a large-scale sculpture project, artists from America, stilt-walkers. and plenty of singing, dancing and story-telling.

I CUMBERNAULD THEATRE Kildrum, 0236 732887.

Youth Theatre Wednesdays 5.30—7.30pm. Free. Join now for weekly workshops which lead up to a production (1 1—14 yrs). I HAGGS CASTLE 100 St Andrews Drive, 427 2727. Mon—Sat 10am—5pm; Sun noon—6pm.

Inspired by The Hobbit Frodo and Bilbo as interpreted by the Barlinnie Special Unit. Also permanent activities including quiz sheets. treasure hunt cards and period

I PAISLEY ARTS CENTRE New Street , 887 1010.

Puppet Matting Wed 3 Jun. 10—11.30am. 75p. Family craft sessions for the under 55 with parent/guardian.

P.A.C.K. Sundays 1—3pm. 3.30-5pm. Youth theatre for the under 12s.



Street, 0698 67515.

The Girl From The Sea Sat 23 May. I lam. Kids£1 .50; adults £2.50.

The story of a seal-girl who comes ashore when she falls in love with a mortal. Based on a Scottish legend, this tale by George Mackay Brown is dramatically staged using masks and puppets by The Edinburgh Puppet Company.

I LANOSIDE HALLS Shawlands Cross. 334 2000.

Alltazam Sat 30 May. 11am. Kids 50p; adults £1. Puppets and sizzling fun in an

TAG Theatre cry Beowult in Dead Heroic. their new production

Action Stations special.

I PAISLEY ARTS CENTRE New Street, 887 1010.

The Girl From The Sea Fri 29 May. 7pm. Kids £1.50; adults £2.50; family £6.50 (2 adults, 2 children). See listing above.

I TRON THEATRE 63 Trongate , 552 4267. Dead Heroic Tue 2 Jun, 1.30pm and 5.30pm; Wed 3fI'hurs 4 Jun, 10am and 1.30pm. £2.50. When a mysterious man with a metal detector, a boy on a beach-cleaning scheme , a skin-diver and an old woman meet on a sea-shore, a child‘s comic of the ancient legend of Beowulf blows across the sand and strange things begin to happen. An updated version of the legend told in dance, drama and sign language.

I WOODSIDE HALLS 36 Glenfarg Street, 334 2000.

Alitazam Sat 23 May. 11am. Kids 50p; adults £1. See above, Langside Halls. Maisie The Cat Stories Sat 30 May. 11am. Kids 50p; adults £1. Action Stations entertainment with author Aileen Paterson.

Fi i m I GHOSVEKOB CINEMA Ashton Lane, 339 4298.

Caley Kids Club Sat 2pm. 80p. Films, cartoons and games.


I SCOTTISH INTERNATIONAL CHILDREN'S FESTIVAL lnverleith Park. Mon 25-Sat 31 May. Box Office in the Children‘s Book Department, Waterstone’s Booksellers, George Street. 11am—6pm (closed Mondays). On Sun 24 May, Box Office moves to Arboretum Place on the Festival site. Phone booking on 553 7700. Kids £2.50; adults £3.50; For groups of four or over. tickets £2.50.

Many of the performances take place during school hours. Listed below is a day-by-day guide to events after 3.30pm, at the weekend, and for the underSs.

Festival Theatre I MON 25

I Sing Along with Mr Boom (2—11) noon and

1.45pm. Tent 2. A one-man band in a musical fun-filled show.

Just So Stories(5—11). 1.45pm. Tent 3. Kipling’s tales brought to life by the Mermaid Theatre, an accomplished Canadian puppet company. Down in the jungle discover how the elephant got its trunk and how the camel got its hump.

I TUE 26

Fred Garbo (all ages) noon and 1.45pm. Tent 2. The inflatable man brought back by popular demand. From America, this huge and bouncy entertainer is famed for his juggling, acrobatic and unicycling skills. Don‘t miss his brand new, highly imaginative and funny show.

Super Kangaroo and Friends (4—10) noon and 1.45pm. Tent l. Multi-coloured shadow puppets in various stories including an Aboriginal legend, Howihe Sun was Made, a French song, ‘The Cat Came Back’ , and other eccentric characters such as Super Kangaroo. Richard Bradshaw, an Australian puppeteer, is said to be one of the most exciting and creative in the world.

Just So Stories 10am. Tent 3. See Mon 25.

I WED 21 Fires on the Water (6+) 3.30pm. Tent 3. Alaska’s Native American theatre company, Naa Kahidi Theatre, tells traditional stories, enacted with masks, costumes, song and movement.

Fred Garbo noon. Tent 2. See Tue 26.

Just So Stories 100m and noon. Tent3. See Mon 25.

Super Kangaroo and Friends 1.45pm and 3.30pm. See Tue 26.


Singing in the Balntorest (6-10). 3.30pm. Tent 3. Commissioned by the Natural History Museum, this environmentally friendly piece of theatre by the Tiebreak Theatre Company explores the beautiful but endangered life of the forest. A cast of four use mime , music and strong visual imagery.

Sing Along with Mr Boom 3.30pm. Tent 2. See Mon 25.

Super Kangaroo and Friends 3 .30pm. Tent 1. See Tue 26.

Fred Garbo noon and 1.45pm. Tent 2. See

M Just So Stories 10am and noon. Tent 3. See Tue 26. I FRI 29 The Birthday olthe lnianta (6—11)3.30pm. Tent 1. The story of a young Spanish Princess’s birthday party. When she asks one of her entertainers to dance for her again, he believes she loves him. A sad tale by the award-winning Hullaballoo Children‘s Theatre Company. Sing Along with Mr Boom 10am and 3.30pm. Tent 2. See Mon 25. I SATSO Bill's New Frocit(7-11). 11am. Tent 1. What happens when Bill wakes up to find he is a girl? He is sent to school in afrilly pink dress and soon discovers the pros and cons of the opposite gender. A hilarious exploration of sexual stereotyping by Visible Fictions, adapted from award-winning Scottish author Anne Fine’s book. Sing Along with Mr Boom 11am and 4.30pm. Tent 2. See Mon 25. Singing in The Batntorest 11am. Tent 3. See Thurs 28. The Girl From The Sea 12.30pm. Tent l.See above, Bellshill Cultural Centre, Glasgow. Fred Garbo 12.30pm, 2.30pm and 6.30pm. Tent 2. See Tue 26. Just So Stories 12.30pm and 2.30pm. Tent 3. See Mon 25. Super Kangaroo and Friends 2.30pm and 4.30pm. Tent 1. See Tue 26. Fires on the Water4.30pm and 6.30pm. Tent 3. See Wed 27. I SUN 31 The Girl from the Sea 11am. Tent 1. See above, Bellshill Cultural Centre, Glasgow. Sing Along with mm 1 lam and 12.30pm. Tent 2. See Mon25. Firesonthe Water 11am and 12.30pm. Tent 3. See Wed 27. The Birthdayowie Infants 12.30pm. Tent 1. See Fri 29. Super Kangaroo and Friends 2.30pm and 4.30pm. Tent 1. See Wed 27. Fred Garbo 2.30pm and 4.30pm. Tent 2. See Tue 26. Just So Storles2.30pm and 4.30pm. Tent3. See Tue 26.

Festival Activities

I The BF Activity Programme Sat 30—Sun 31. 11am-5.30pm. Free. A tent stacked with things to do: make a hat, a mosaic mural, play drama games, sing, play along with the music box and take part in storytelling.

I See Mysteries and Marvels Sat 30—Sun 31. 11am-5.30pm. Free. Edinburgh City Libraries' tent filled with books on pirates, treasure islands, sharks and other fishy tales. Also create something watery with a range of arts, crafts and colouring-in.

I The Green issue Sat 30—Sun 31 . 11am-5.30pm. Free. An exhibition of stamps from the recent Blue Peter Competition.

I Animal Weltare Trait Sat 30—Sun 31 . 11am—4pm. Animals at risk: competition and display.

I Meyneil Games Sat 30—Sun 31 . 11am—4pm. 50p. Large-scale games using large inflatable balls, giant rings and parachutes.

I Model Railway 50p. Ride the rails on a miniature locomotive.

I The Play Den Soft bouncy fun forthe very young.

I Creche Sat 30—Sun 31 . The facility has two qualified workers to look after smaller children.

Activities and Fun

I THE ASSEMBLY ROOMS 54 George Street, 220 4349. Sand Casting Workshops Sat 30—Sun 31 May. l—4pm. Kids 50p; adults£l. As part of Spring Fling, the chance totry out traditional African sandcasting. Suitable for 10 years and over. I HOLYROOD PARK Wind Things-Kite Festival Sun 31 May. l—Spm. Free. Another Spring Fling event. Make and fly your own kite or parachute teddy from great height on a day of windy fun. I FESTIVAL OF THE ENVIRONMENT 225 2424, ext 5707/5717. Until 24 May. Free. Loads of activities like walks, exhibitions and workshops. Call number above for brochure. 26 ilour Wildlile Watch Marathon Fri 22 at noon—Sat 23 at 2pm. Visit sixteen of Edinburgh's wide range of wildlife habitats. For more details call Matthew Ellis on 445 4198. The Green Machine Scottish Wildlife Trust’s Wildlife Cabin, Parliament Square High Street, 312 7765. Sat 23 May. 10am—2pm. Environmental games and activities including the Great Bug Race and food chain mobiles. Spokes Bicycle Extravaganza St Martin‘s Church, 232 Dairy Road. Sat 23 May. lOam—4pm. A mountain bike obstacle course, a unicyling display and plenty of fun on two wheels.


I DIGGAR LITTLE THEATRE Broughton Road, Biggar, 0899 20631. Mon-Sat 10am—5pm, Sun 2—5pm. Kids £3; adults £3.50.

Aladdin and Pips and Panda Meet the Three Bears Purves Puppets in two alternating shows. Times change daily so ring venue for details. Guided tours to look around the theatre and meet the puppets also available.

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I FILMHOUSE 88 Lothian Road, 228 2688. Ring of Bright Water Sat 23 May. 2.30pm. £2. A beautiful film, set in the remote Highlands, about one man and his pet otter. The Witches Sat 30 May. 2.30pm. £2. Luke and his Norwegian grandmother discover they are sharing their seaside hotel with a coven of witches who are plotting to change all children into mice. Great special effects in a scary. upbeat and

reasonably faithful adaptation of Roald Dahl's book.

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