Rain or shine, our at-a-glance guide will see you through. Events are listed under Glasgow, Edinburgh columns and Outside the Cities columns and then divided by type oi event. Kids listings compiled by Ellie Carr.

Activities and Fun

I KPMO/Scottish Opera Discovery Days Scottish Opera Centre. Elmbank Crescent: Sat 27—Sun 28 Jan. 9. Ham-5.30pm. Edinburgh Festival Theatre. 13—29 Nicolson Street: Sat 24—Sun 25 Feb.

)9. lSam—S.30pm. Family ticket £20 (includes trip to opera). See photo caption.


I Children’s Classic Concerts: Take Your Partners The Glasgow Royal Concert Hall. 2 Sauchiehali Street. Ticketline: 227 5511. Sun 28 Jan. 2pm. £7 (£4.50); children £3.50; family ticket £18. Classical music made palatable to kids in this regular series of concerts held by two major Scottish orchestras. Striking up the first tunes of this year‘s programme is presenter and conductor Carl Davis with a seasonal warm-up of dance music from all over the world including Grieg‘s ‘Norwegian Dance' and Stravinsky‘s 'lnfemal Dance‘.

Theatre I Scottish Mask and Puppet Theatre

8—10 Balcarres Avenue. Kelvindale, 339

6185. 2pm. £2.50 (£1.50).

little Klaus & Dig Klaus Sat 27 Jan. Ages 7 plus. Pavla's Puppets present a funny little story with a sting in its tail about how Little Klaus attempts to turn his misfortune into good luck.

Scott lovat's Magic Puppet Show Sat 3 Feb. Ages 4—10. Study hard with Punch and Judy Professor in this out of school- fun mix of magic and puppets.

I Mr Boom Park Mains Theatre, Erskine. Tickets: Paisley Arts Centre. 887 mm; Erskine Community Library. 812 533; or on the door on the night. Sat 27 Jan. lptn. £2 (£1). The children’s entertainer extraordinaire is back banging his own drum, playing his cymbals, strumming his guitar and singing songs for 1996.

I The Happy Dang - The Highland Fling The Tannahill Centre, Ferguslie Park. Tickets: Paisley Arts Centre, 887 1010. Sat 3 Feb. lpm. £l. Uncle McBeth’s five- prize haggis has mysteriously disappeared. Join top children‘s entertainers, The Happy Gang on a musical journey around Scotland and help return the poor beasts to their rightful home. For more minh courtesy of The Happy Gang see kids cassette panel.



I Biosclence in Scotland Royal Botanic Garden Exhibition Hall, 20A lnverleith Row, 552 7171. Until 31 Aug. 10am—5pm (until Feb). Free. Huge exhibition


Parents oi small children beware. Your I sound systems and car stereos are in danger oi being accosted by a motley crew oi terminally cheery adults whose sole aim in lite is to send persons under the age oi seven into uncontrollable tits oi giggles. The first time Edinburgh’s newest, dattest children’s entertainers The Happy Oang laid their antics down on tape, reports came back that kids everywhere were demanding said cassette be played on a loop, in the house, in the car, and anywhere they could lay sticky paws on a tape-


Pinging along: The Happy Gang

With cheeky little numbers ranging irom ‘Jock McCrumpy’s Haggis Anthem’ to ‘The Wee Kirkcudbright Centipede’ the all-new release irom our cheery chums Ping! shows no signs of being any less popular. Order your copy now and avoid being the only iamily in your street who doesn’t know the words to ‘The Happy Gang Save The World’.

Ping! will he on sale on the night at all llapp y Gang shows or can he requested from the Happy home: 13 Redford Drive, Edinburgh, EH13 DBL. Tel: 0131 441 4491.

I liPMO/SCOTTISH OPERA DlSCOllEHY DAYS Scottish Opera Centre, Elmbank Crescent. Sat 27-Sun 28 Jan. Tickets: 332 OOOO. Edinburgh Festival Theatre, 13-29 liicoison Street. Sat ZHun 25 Feb. Tickets: 529 GOOD. Family ticket £20 (includes trip to opera). Forget tralndrivers and iootballers, it’s time to play at being an opera star. KPMO accountants and business advisers in association with Scottish Opera are reaching out to younger audiences with a series ot ‘Discovery ans’ designed to introduce iarnlly groups to the world oi opera. Drawing on scenes irom Scottish Opera’s current production oi Hansel And Gretel (see photo above), participants will have a go at everything irom throwing together a stage-set to belting out tunes in an

opera chorus.


featuring the science and technology exploits of eleven major research organisations based in Scotland, illustrated with interactive computer displays, videos. 3D models (including a giant midge) and hands-on exhibits to bring the subject to life.


I Sound oi Music (PG) Filmhouse. Lothian Road, 226 2688. Sat 27—28 Jan. 2.30pm. £l.50 (Adults £2.20). See Film Index.


I Gulliver’s Travels Festival Theatre, 13-29 Nicolson Street, 662 1199. CANCELLED.





Activities and Fun

I Animal Magic Calderglen Country Park, The Conservatory, 013552 36644. Sun 28 Jan. 2pm. Free. The animal keepers invite you to meet Flopsy Bunny and friends.


I Tall O’Shanter Cumbernauid Theatre. Ol236 732887. Wed 7 Feb. 10am; llam. £2.50. Ages 6 plus. Narrator Bill McCue, music from top folk outfit the Whistlebinkies and no less than forty-five giant puppets from the Edinburgh Puppet Co bring Bums' best-loved poem to life.

‘NODDY is the best children's show I've ever seen'


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