Events are listed by city, then by activity. Kids Listings compiled by Kelly McMenamin.
Activities And Fun
Day or The Dead Children‘s Procession Fri 1 Nov. 7~7.30pm. Start: Ramshor'n Graveyard. lngram Street: Finish: Kings Court. King Street. Info: Glasgow l’rint Studio. 22 King Street. 552 0704. Don't worry. it's not as morbid as it sotrrrds. Unlike us Brits. the Mexicans really know how to remember their dead in style. with a fun-packed celebration called 15/ Did (It' [or Mueer (Day of the Dead). Glasgow Print Studio have decided to try it otrt over here. with a full programme of events including this spectacular fancy dress procession. with 150 local schoolchildren. musicians. artists and comedians parading through the streets.
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Activities And Fun
Lantern Workshop Sat 2 Nov. 2 ~5pm. c2. I-lowden Park Centre. Livingston. 01506 433634. Ages 5 and over. Light up the evening with your own hand-made lantern. Storytellers will be on hand to inspire you with traditional tales. Don't forget to BYOT (bring your own turnip). Earth Tales Strn 10 Nov. 2---3.30pm. Almondell Country Park Visitor Centre. near Broxburn. 01506433634. £1.50 (family ticket £5). An afternoon of storytelling about trees. animals and our relationship with the natural world.
Mr Bones’ Hallowe’en Party Sat 3 \'o\-. 2pm. Scottish Mask & Puppet Centre. Balcarres Avenue. 33‘) 6185. £3 (£2). Ages 3-.S. llallowe'en may be over. but the spirit lives on courtesy of .\Ir Bones'
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Amazing Travelling Puppet Theatre. They're promising spooky puppets. custard pies and other ghostly mayhem. plus a prize for best fancy dress costume. The Owl Who Was Alraid Ill The Dark Sat ‘) Nov. 2pm. Scottish Mask & Puppet Centre. Balcarres Avenue. 33‘) 6185. £3 (£2). Ages 5—11. Pavla's Puppets present Jill Tomlinson’s charming tale of Plop the baby barn owl who gets a bit fearful when the sun goes down.
Cake Talk Thurs 7—l-‘ri S Nov. 7.30pm
( 1.30pm mat Fri. £3); Sat‘) Nov. 6pm. £3 (£4). Tramway. 25 Albert Drive. Tickets from 2‘17 551 I. See Classical & Opera listings.
A Penny For A Dream Sat 2 Nov-ll Jan. Mon-Sat 10am—5pm; Strn 2—5pm. Scotland Street Museum. 225 Scotland Street. 42‘) 1202. If the thought of keeping children occupied without the aid of television. videos and computer games sends you into a cold sweat. then check otrt this fascinating new exhibition of Victorian fanrily entertainment. Long before Mickey was a glint in Wall's eye. marionetle shows. toy theatre and shadow puppets made the kids' eyes light up — no doubt they‘ll have a similar effect today.
Activities And Fun
A Grand Day Out Sat 2 Nov. llanr~5pm. Royal Lyceum. (irindlay Street. 22‘) ‘)6‘)7/l'raverse Theatre. Cambridge Street. 229 1404. Free. See photo caption. Ouickies For kids Royal Museum of Scotland. 2 Chambers Street. 225 7534. Free ten-minute talks for children every Saturday at 2.15pm. "The Camel' comes under the spotlight on 2 Nov; 'Crocodiles and Turtles‘ on ‘) Nov. Special kids' tours of the Birds and Animals take place on Suns 3 and 10 Nov at 3pm.
l Edinburgh Book Festival Family Events The Book Festival presents three author events aimed specially at families as part of their lI’riIi/r‘e Norenrber programme. All tickets are £3.50 (Two adults and two children £12) and take place at the 'l'raverse Theatre. Cambridge Street. 228 1404 unless otherwise stated:
Gerda Stevenson and the Scottish Chamber Orchestra Strn 3 Nov. 2.30pm. An afternoon of international storytelling for all ages. with musical accompaniment from SC() musicians. First up is Mtrnro Leaf's Spanish tale. l-‘en/inuml The Bull. followed by Fdward l.ear's Animal Alp/tube! and lastly Bulmr ’l‘lre [flap/rum. featuring slide illustrations of Jean de Brunhol'l"s lovable character.
Jan Svankmaier, John Ilegley and Valerie Gillies Sat ‘) Nov. 2.30pm. Filmhouse. Lothian Road. 228 2688. Ages 8 and over. Weird and wonderftrl animation from Czech ﬁlmmaker Svankmajer. and poetry from Hegley and Gillies.
Katie Morag's World Sun 10 Nov. 2.30pm. Main' Hedderwick presents stories. poems and giant slides from Katie's home on the Isle of Struay. accompanied by Martyn Bennett on the pipes and fiddle.
I Scottish International Storytelling Festival Until l0 Nov. All events at Netherbow Theatre. 43 High Street. 556 957‘) unless otherwise stated. A fortnight of storytelling. with the following aimed at families (see Theatre listings for other events):
Family Stories Sat 2 Nov. 2.30pm. £3 (£2). Ages 6—adult. Barbara McDermitt and Brenda Young present an afternoon of tales in Signed English and voice.
Plant Trails Sat 2/Sun 3 Nov. 1 lam and 2pm. Botanic Gardens. lnverleith Row. 552 7171 ext 480. £4 (£2). Take a stroll throtrgh the diverse habitats of the Botanic Gardens. finding out about the plants and trees and the secret life of flora.
Every Tail Tells A Story Sun 3/Sun 10 Nov. 2—3.30pm. Edinburgh Zoo. Corstorphine Road. 334 7730. £4 (includes admission to zoo). Angela Knowles gives a zoo totrr with a difference. illustrating how stories help us understand animal behaviour and habits. A Universe III Stories Strn 3/Sun IO Nov, 3.30pm and 4.15pm. Royal Museum. 2 Chambers Street. 225 7534. Free. Ray Stotlrers brings the objects in the museum to life with tales from around the world. Tales From The Oral Tradition Fri 8 Nov. 7.30pm. £4 (£3). Barbara McDermitt and Brenda Yotrng take you to a world of heroines. tricksters and animal fables. in Signed linglish with voiceover.
Aladdin Sun 3 Nov. 2pm; Wed 6 Nov. 12.45pm; Sat‘) Nov. 2pm; Thurs 14 Nov. 10.30am. Biggar Little Theatre. Brouglrton Road. Biggar. 0189‘) 220631. Purves Puppets take you to a magical world of lamps and ﬂying carpets. There's also a performance of Pips Am! Pam/u Mt’t‘! T/H' T/H‘t’t' Bears on Sat 2 at l lam.
Nutcracker Fri 8 Nov. 1.30pm and 7.30pm; Sat ‘) Nov. 2.30pm and 7.30pm. £8 (£4). MacRobert Arts Centre. University of Stirling. 01786 461081. The Youth Ballet of Scotland don the Sugar Plum Fairy outlit. in this classic ballet choreographed by Alexander Bennett with
local young people. i, i
l A GRAND DAY DDT Sat 2 llov, 11am-5pm. Royal lyceum, Grindlay Street, 229 9697/ Traverse Theatre, Cambridge Street, 228 1404. Free. Ever wondered what goes on backstage at a theatre? Well now’s your chance to have a good snoop around, as two of Edinburgh’s venues open their doors to the public for a tun-tilled day of tours and activities. As well as learning about set design, costumes and playwrighting, there’s lace painting, ice cream tasting, live music and the chance to come Iace-to-tace
with a Dalek.
76 The List l-l4 Nov 1996