Events are listed by city, then alphabetically by activity. Kids listings compiled by Kelly hichienamln


Actlvltles And Fun

Cooke’s Conundrum Sun 22 Sept. 2pm/3pm; Sun 29 Sept. 2pm/3pm. Stirling Castle. Old Town. Stirling. 01786 450000. Included in price of admission to castle. In 1543. Mary Queen of Scots was crowned in the chapel of Stirling Castle. Many years and much bloodshed later. Tricia Cooke takes children back in time to this regal age for a series of 'living history' activities. Youngsters can dress up in period costume. dance and play games from the era. with adults welcome to join in.

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Actlvitles And Fun Children’s Art Workshop Sat 28 Sept.

noon-4pm. Italian Centre. Ingram Street. Drawing inspiration from a contemporary art exhibition in the centre by artists from the local WASPS studios. children aged 8-12 will have the opportunity to take part in a range of projects with artist Aileen Campbell. Artworks can be brought home afterwards, so clear a space on your kitchen wall.


The Spider Oi Spindle Wood Sat 21 Sept. 2pm. £3 (£2). Scottish Mask & Puppet Centre. 8-10 Balcarres Avenue. Kelvindale. 339 6185. You’ve heard of Punch (J udy’s other half). but what about his German counterpart Kasper? Join him and a Scottish spider as they journey through Spindle Wood in this captivating story for 4-1 l-year-olds. blending British and German puppet traditions. audience participation and. bizarrely. Yorkshire


Ileal Boblnson Crusoe Sat 21 Sept. 11am. £2.50 (£1.50). Cottier Theatre. 935 Hyndland Road. 357 3868. See photo

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9a“ Kids Sat 21 Sept. 1pm. £2 (£1). Paisley Arts Centre, New Street. Paisley. 887 1010. No, it’s not hordes of children covered in ice-cream and orange juice. but a fun show for 2-7-year-olds. with 1025f songs. audience participation and ’s' ing sausa es'.

.lack III The genstaIk Sat 28 Sept. 2pm. £3 (£2). Scottish Mask & Puppet Centre. 8-10 Balcarres Avenue. Kelvindale. 339 6185. Who’d have thought a few beans could cause so much trouble? Not Jack. that’s for sure. Aimed at 5-8-year-olds. Phil Spellacy uses hand

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You’re never too young to appreciate the liner things in lite, and with that philosophy in mind The Children’s Music Foundation In Scotland set out in 1994 to build the classical music audience oi the iuture. Two years oi sell-out concerts later, the Children’s Classic Concert series has garnered nothing but praise, and for good reason. Designed for 4-14-year-olds and their families, each concert ieatures a quiz (with prizes), a chance to meet the orchestra and, oi course, some wonderiul music courtesy oi the Iloyal Scottish llational Orchestra and the Orchestra oi Scottish Opera. This year’s line-up ieatures ‘Coniure Me A Concert’, iull oi wands, sorcery and ‘magical muslc’; ‘Oraw That Tune’ with Radio 2 lock lien Bruce leading children through Walt Disney’s magniiicent Fantasia, with a tie-in art

competition; ‘Sing A Song Oi Classics’, with the BSllO Chorus and a musical mini-zoo irom The Carnival 0! The Animals; ‘Fascinating Ilhythms’, where kids can help conductor Christopher Bell beat time to increasingly last

. works by Copland, Ilandel, Chopin and

Brahms; and ‘Crescendo Tutti’, where

'young musicians can bring along their

own instrument and join in.

Obviously the music is best appreciated live, but it you can’t make it along to any of the concerts, then the new CD ‘The Best Of Children’s Classic Concerts’ is a good second best. llarrated by ilautist and writer Atarah Ben-Tovim, the CO ieatures 29 musical ‘listening points’, preceded by iniormation about the composer, the style and orchestras in general. Many oi the pieces are instantly recognisable irom adverts and iilm scores, and all are easily accessible, serving as a wonderiul introduction to the world oi classical music. (Kelly McMenamin)

‘Coniure Me .4 Concert’ is at Glasgow Iloyal Concert Hall (0141 332 6633) Sat 5 Oct, 2pm and the Usher Hall, Edinburgh (0131 228 1155) Sun 6 Oct, 2pm. Tickets start at £3.50. Contact

The Children’s Music Foundation on 0141 248 1611 for details of other concerts in the series and to order the

tape or CD.

and rod puppets to present a traditional re- telling of this classic children‘s tale.

Easy Peasy And The Zoo Sat 28 Sept.

1 lam. £2.50 (£1.50). Cottier Theatre. 935 Hyndland Road. 357 3868. Aimed at 3—8- year-olds. some adults might find this fun introduction to computing helpful. The show features Rom and Ram. two little fellows who live inside Easy Peasy. a big. colourful computer who sets them a series of problems to solve. Using legends. fairytales. songs. poetry. fact and fiction they work out all the answers beats using a manual anyday.

The llappy Sang Co Yankee Doodle Ooo Mon 30 Sept. 2.30pm. £3 (£2). Cottier Theatre, 935 Hyndland Road. 357 3868. Up to 9 years. Bad girl Dolores Diabolo is hell bent on robbing the little ole town of Yankee Doodle Doo of its diamonds. and nothing is going to stop her. . . that is until the Happy Gang posse. armed with the unlikely weapons of pillows. lipstick and bananas. turn up to save the day.


I Saturday Kids Club Sat 21 Sept. [Gem—12.30pm. £1.50. Virgin Cinema. The Forge. Parkhead. 556 4282. This week’s film: Andre. See Film index.

I Saturday Kids Club Sat 28 Sept. 10am-12.30pm. £1.50. Virgin Cinema. The Forge. Parkhead. 556 4282. This week's film: Rainbow. See Film index.

Jazz/Street Dance/Rhythm T” If you think ballet’s boring and tap’s tedious. then check out one of these new dance

classes for 7-17-year-olds. Teacher and choreographer Karen Pasi will lead you through an hour of hi-energy jazz and hip- hop steps or take you back in time to the original black American tap style full of fluid. jazzy rhythms with the emphasis on fun and enjoyment. Classes are held on Saturdays and Wednesdays. and cost £2 each. call Karen on 339 4193 for details.


Activities And Fun

I Ouickles For Kids Royal Museum of Scotland. 2 Chambers Street. 225 7534.


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Free ten minute talks for kids at 2.30pm on Sat 21 Sept (‘Dolphins') and 28 Sept (‘Crocodiles and Turtles’). Plus special free tours of the museum‘s vast collection of animals on Sun 22 and Sun 29 at 3pm.


I let The Force Be With You Wed 2 Oct. lOam/ 1.30pm. £3. Edinburgh Playhouse. 18—22 Greenside Place. 557 2590. Everyone's favourite science bod Johnny Ball treats 9-14-year-olds to two hours of maths. mechanics. molecules. matter and more in this not-as-dull-as-it-may-sound show with live musical accompaniment. special effects. and guest appearances from ‘Archimedes'. ‘Newton' and ‘Einstein'.



Blggar Puppet Theatre Broughton Road. Biggar. 01899 220631. £4.40 (£3.30). Three lots of puppet fun for children aged seven and under. with Pips And Panda In Circusland (Sat 21/Sun 29. 2pm); The 7inderbox. a show for all ages with large- scale puppets which glow in the dark (Thurs 26, lpm/Sat 28. 11am) and Show White (Mon 30. 2pm).

The llappy Cong Coos Yankee Doodle Ooo Sat 21 Sept, Ham/2.30pm. Carnegie Hall, East Port. Dunfermline. 01383 314127. £3 (£2). See Glasgow. Part of Dunfermline and West Fife Arts Festival 1996.

The llappy Cong On A lllghland Fling Fri 27 Sept. 8pm. £2.50. East Kilbride Arts Centre. 51-53 Did Coach Road. East Mains. East Kilbride. 01355 261000. The Happy Gang continue in their quest to entertain more Scottish children than The Singing Kettle. with their new musical show for 3-1 l-year—olds. This time they are chasing around the Highlands looking for five champion haggis which have been stolen from the Happy Highland Haggis Farm by mean old Jack McGrumpy.


The Hunchback Oi llotre Dame Fri 27. Ham/7.30pm; Sat 28 Sept. 2.30pm/

7.30pm. Adam Smith Cinema. Bennochy

Road. 01592 412929. £2.80 (£1.50). See Film index.

I TIE REAL llOBlllSOh CllllSOE Sat 21 Sept, 11-. £2.50 (£1.50). Cottier Theatre, see llyndland lload, 357 388. Ages 7-12. Forget about hian Friday, the real Robinson Cntsoe didn’t have any iriends. Born in File, Alexander Selkirk ran away to sea when he was nineteen, and spent the rest at his lite living alone on an island near Chile. Still, it’s not all doom and gloom, llopscotch theatre company manage to lnlect a lively mix at songs, music, drama and comedy into their adaptation at this

fascinating true story.