Activities and Fun

I Edinburgh Zoo Corstorphine Road. 334 9171. Daily 9am—6pm. £5.10 (£2.70) £14 farrtily (two adults and two children). At these prices you'll want to get the most out of a day trip to the zoo. So, as well as the regular animal handling classes. brass rubbing and free activity worksheets and games. why not take advantage of these special weekend activities lined up for October.

Sat 22 and Sun 23 Oct A personal guided tour of the big cat enclosures gives you a chance to get a peek at a very special new-born cub.

Sat 29 and Sun 30 Oct Meet all the creepy crawiies: snakes. lizards. poison arrow frogs . . . don’t forget to bring your lantern for a Halloween walk around the zoo. Advance booking advised.

Until Sun 23 Oct There will be lots of things to see and do in this final week of half term activities. including talks and information about the conservation of endangered wildlife.

I Flocking Geese Aberlady Bay (meet at the wooden bridge over Peffer Burn beyond Aberlady Village). 447 0539. Sun 30 Oct. 2.30—6pm. Free. The later than normal finish should give you the chance of watching thousands of geese fly in to roost in the bay.

I Birds Betuelling Station Musselburgh Bay (meet at the mouth of the River Esk end of Goosegreen Crescent). 556 5856. Sun 30 Oct. lOam—noon. Free. Thousands of wading birds stop here among the sea duck. to refuel before they continue on their southward journey.


Activities and Fun

I Giant Holidays Action Factory Costa Del Dumbarton Road. Partick Burgh Halls. 357 5000. Until Fri 21 Oct.

Big Top Tips Workshop Fri 21 Oct. ll.l5am-12.30pm.£1.8—12 years. Under-Fives Freebie Tropical Beach Calypso Party Fri 21 Oct. 1.45-2.45pm. 3—5 years. A whole afternoon of fun and games. with limbo dancing. a steel band and special tropical fruit juice cocktails. Free entry so long as you come wearing at least two of the following: sunglasses. hawaiian shirt, grass skirt. straw hat. bermuda shorts. flip flops. goggles. snorkel and flippers. rubber ring etc. There will be prizes for the best costumes. Life-size Puppet-making Workshop Fri 21 Oct. 1.30—3.30pm. £1.50. 8-12 years.

I Evening Times Tours 195 Albion Street. Pat Craig. 552 6255 ext 3135. Until Fri 21 Oct. 2.15—3.30pm. Free. 10+ years. This is your chance to see behind the scenes of a major newspaper. Advance booking advised.

I Drcadian and Irish Stories with Music 5-12 years. Free.

Fri 21 Oct llam-noon. Baillieston Library. 141 Main Street; 1.30—2.30pm. Elderpark Library. 288a Langlands Road; 3.30—4.30pm. Hillhead Library. 348 Byres Road.

I iiali-tenn Activities Haggs Castle Museum. 100 St Andrews Drive. 427 2725. Free.

Storytelling and Puppetry Sat 22 Oct. 2.15-3.15pm. 4-7 years. Listen to a scary story and make a witch puppet.

Dressing Up Fri 21 Oct.

10.15am-l 1.45am and 2.15—3.45pm. 7-12 years.

Storytelling and Workshop Sun 23 Oct. 2.15—3.15pm. 4—7 years. Listen to a creepy crawly tale and then make a Halloween decoration.

I Arts and Cratts classes Maryhill Community Centre Hall. 304 Maryhill Road. 339 6546. Tuesdays. 3.30—4.30pm. £2.10 per hour. 3-7 years. This autumn sees the start of a great way to have fun recycling discarded material.

I Saturday Puppet Club Scottish Mask and Puppet Centre. 8—10 Balcarres Avenue, Keivindale. 339 6185. Saturdays starting 29 Oct. lOam-noon. £20 for eight sessions. 8-11 years. Learn how to write and perform your own material with the professionals.


I Alive and Dancing: 25 Years at the Scottish Ballet Art Gallery and Museum. Kelvingrove. 357 3929. Until Sun 8 Jan 1995. daily lOam—Spm. Sun 11am—5pm. Free. Costumes. props and photographs accompany a series of educational workshops. which go behind the scenes of this internationally renowned ballet company. On Wednesdays during the exhibition there will be a series of free lunch time talks or demonstrations at


I Annual Art Competition for Young People Art Gallery and Museum. Kelvingrove. 221 9600. Until Sun 23 Oct. daily 10am-5pm. Sun 11am—5pm. Free. This is Glasgow Museum’s 90th Annual Art Competition. and features work selected from over 3.000 entries from young people in the Strathclyde and Central Region. Their ages range from five—eighteen. although most are teenagers. The entries are always to a very high standard. and are always the result of inspiration arising out of a visit to a Glasgow Museum. This year’s subject matter ranges from interpretations of Masters. like Van Gogh and Rembrandt. to spectacular arms and armour. and the odd elephant or dinosaur.


I Scottish Mask and Puppet Theatre 8-10 Balcarres Avenue. Keivindale. 339 6185. 2pm. £2.50 (£1.50).

Sat 29 Oct Clydebuilt Puppets presents Wizard William’s Lost Property Shop. 3-7 years.

Until Sat 22 Oct The Ugly Duckling and The Lion and the Mouse. The Oregon Puppet Company interpret two classic children’s stories using hand and rod puppets.

I George’s Marvellous Medicine Giant Holidays Action Factory at Costa Del Dumbarton Road. Partick Burgh Halls. 357 5000. Fri 21 Oct. 2.30—3.30pm. £1.50 (75p). 5—12 years. Jonathan Rickard‘s Children’s Theatre presents an adaptation of Roald Dahl’s magical tale.

I Storytelling: Tale of Carpenter MacPheigit Wed 26 Oct. 10.30am. Free tickets available from bookshops. 5-8 years. Two chances to hear the well-loved children's author. Mairi Hedderwick. read from her latest charming and humorous book: 10.30am. Waterstone's Booksellers. 45—50 Princes Square. info Belinda MacDougall 221 9650; 2pm. James Thin Ltd. 57 George Street. info Lorna Dixon 225 4495.

I Bonnie Prince Charlie Parkhead Library. Parkhead. Angela Hogg 554 6253. Sat 22 Oct. 10.30am. Free. but advanced booked required. All ages. A rare public performance for the predominantly primary school tourers. Hopscotch Theatre.

Activities and Fun

I Pirates! Drama Workshop Meet at enquiries desk in the main hall. Royal Museum of Scotland. Chambers Street. 225 7534 ext 219. Fri 21 Oct. lO.30am—l2.30pm. £3.50. 7-12 years. No experience necessary tojoin in this fun-filled session. The resulting ten- minute improvised performance in the Main Hall at 12.30pm will show off your new found acting and stage fighting skills. I The Design Works Experience City Art Centre. 2 Market Street. 529 3541. Sat 8 Oct—Sat 7 Jan 1995. Mon—Sat. lOam—Spm. Free. See panel.

I Storytelling, Colouring in and Drawing Sat 29 Oct. Two chances to catch Nick Hesketh. creator of Bodkin. Keeper oft/re Marsh, at James Thin. Free tickets available from the shops. 4-8 years. 10.30am. 57 George Street. Lorna Dixon 225 4495; 1pm. Gyle Shopping Centre. Susan Martin 539 7751.

I Epilepsy Association’s Parents’ Evening City Chambers. High Street. 226 5458. Wed 2 Nov. 7pm. Free. A chance for parents with epileptic children to get together and find out more about how the Association can help.

I Paper Making and Paper Sculpture Demonstration and Workshop Exhibition Hall. Royal Botanic Garden. inverleith Row. 552 7171. Demonstrations Sat 22 and Sun 23 Oct. 1-3pm. Free; workshop Sun 23 Oct. llam—3pm. £4 (£2).

I Saturday Drama Classes Stepping Stones Theatre. The Grassmarket. 112 West Bow, 225 3247. Sat 5 Nov— Sat 17 Dec. 10.30—11.30am. £52.50 for seven weeks (£42.50). or £7.50 per session. 7—15 years. Jonathan Rickard's drama course incorporates tneatre games. improvisation. script work. voice and speech training.


I Pilmhouse Matinees Lothian Road. 228 2688. £2.20 (£1.50). Films start at 2.30pm. Sat 22 Oct The Secret ofNimh (U) full length feature animated film based on an American classic; Sat 29 Oct Ace Venturer: Pet Detective (12).


I Treasure Island Royal Museum of Scotland. Chambers Street. 225 7534 ext 219. Sat 22 Oct. 2-3pm. £2.50 (£1.75). 5—16 years. Robert Louis Stevenson's famous novel brought to life in a large scale. all action puppet spectacular by Hunter Theatre Company.

I Scottish International Storytelling Festival Netherbow Arts Centre. 43—45 High Street. 556 9579. Sat 29 Oct. The Festival runs from Tue 25 Oct to Sat 5 Nov. and features 26 storytelling events. ranging from folk tales and legends to ghost stories. love stories old and new, and stories of contemporary life. Events below are exclusively for kids. but see Theatre listings for further child-friendly evening events.

Fantin Starr's/raring Netherbow Gallery.


storytelling session is for all ages. including younger children. These stories and songs. passed on by Audrey Parks and Linda Bandelier. involve both tellers and listeners in the world of each story. Storytheatre with Grandpa Boom Netherbow Theatre. 2.30pm. £3.50 (£2). Meet Mr Boom‘s gentle. storytelling grandpa.


Activities and Fun

I Children’s Regatta Clyde Muirshiel Regional Park. Castle Setnple Centre. 0505 842882. Fri 21 Oct. 10am—3.30pm. Free. Aquatic fun at Castle Semple Loch. Pre-booking required.

I Secret Agents' Club Strathclyde Country Park. 0698 266155 ext 131. Sat 22 Oct. lOam-noon. Free. 8-12 years. Be


I Children’s iiature Club Clyde Muirshiel Regional Park. Castle Semple Centre. 0505 842882. Sat 22 Oct. 2—4pm. £5 per annum membership fee; come along for free to see ifyou want tojoin.

I Nature Games Ricard J ohnstone Woods. Jerviston Road. Motherwell. tel Motherwell District Ranger Service 0698 269696. Sun 23 Oct. 2pm. Fun and games


I Bird Box Building Meet at Motherwell Library for pick up to Bothwell Castle Woods. tel Gareth Morgan 0698 236138. Sun 23fTue 25 Oct. 10am. Free.

I iialoween Parties Clyde Muirshiel Regional Park. 0475 521458. Mon 31 Oct.


and adventures at the Castle Semple Centre; or make lanterns and go on an eerie evening walk at Cornalees Centre. I loch Ness Monster Puppet Making Broxburn Library. West Main Street. Broxburn. West Lothian. tel Lesley Reid 0506 852034. Mon 24 Oct. 3pm. Free.


I Treasure Hunts and Stories Central Library. 40 The Olympia. East Kilbride. tel Fran Macl.annan 03552 48581. Wed Anderson. author ofA Puzzling Day at Castle MacPe/ican introduces a lively treasure hunt. games and a story full of


I Halloween Fun and Frights Summcrlee Heritage Trust. West Canal Street. Coatbridge. 0236 431261. Until Sun 23 Oct. 10am—5pm. Free. There are plenty of activities to keep children happy within the boundaries of this twenty acre museum. depicting 200 years of Scottish industry and people. including face painting. arts and crafts activities and train rides.

I Schoolbreak Discoveries Almond Valley Heritage Centre (off A899). Millfteld. Kirkton North. Livingstone. West Lothian. 0506 414957. Until Fri 21 Oct. lOam-5pm. £1.50 (75p). Treasure trails. quizzes. games and other family activities on the farm that brings West Lothian’s past back to life.


1am. £2.50 (£1.50). This informal

nature detective on a wildtrack mission.

ut in the open.

.30—8.30pm. 75p. Enjoy ghostly tales

—7 years.

6 Oct. 1.45pm. Free. 7—12 years. Scoular

razy characters.

I Stories for all the Family Arts West Lothian 0506 675093. Sat 29 Oct. £1.

International Storytelling Festival. and are


. l These two events form part of the Scottish i

great introduction to the traditional art.

Gathered from all corners of the globe. and told by Stanley Robertson and Linda 1

Cotterill. these stories are suitable for all 38

Burg/1 Halls Linlithgow. 1 lam Craigsfarm Livingston. 1.30pm. I Postman Pat's Adventures Adam

Smith Theatre. Bennochy Road. Kirkcaldy. 0592 260498. Until Sat 22 Oct.


1am and 2.30pm. £5—£6. This singing

and dancing musical brings life-size

working versions of Postman Pat's van and Peter Fogg's tractor to the stage (only hope it can take it).

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