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Activities And Fun

Christmas Cracker Making Sutr 2t I)ec. 3.30 4.30pm. 30p. Scotland Street School Museum. 33.5 Scotland Street. 439 I303. Make strre your Christmas goes off with a bang by making these fun crackers.

Bobby Roberts' Super Circus I‘ri I9 I)ec Sun I8 .lan. 3.30pm 8: 7.30pm. £7- £I3 (£5-£8). SIiCC. I’innieston ()uay. 387 7777. Thrills and spills under The Big Top at one of the few remaining traditional circtrses around.

The Kidzone Sat 30 a Sttn 3| I)ec. nooir- 4pm. £3 I .50). The Ramshorn Theatre. 98 Ingram Street. 553 3489. A fund—raising event for the Irorneless organised by The lire Ivvuw. featuring Alka/ain Puppets. Pennie (ieggie Youth Theatre and Indian drumming.


Danny The Champion Of The World (PU) I-"rr I9 (v Mon 33 Dec. Iprit. (ilasgow I-iIm 'I‘heatre. l3 Rose Street. 333 8I38.


The Hungry Giant t'nirl Sat 2t) |)ec. I-‘t'i I9. I0.30am. |.30pni tv 7pm; Sat 30. 3pm iv 4pm. £3; family ticket £7. Ages

3 8. The Arches. 30 Midland Street. 33I 400l. Puppets. songs. games and the giant with a penchant for toffee. in Mr Bones‘s Christmas special.

The B.F.G. l'ntil Sat 30 Dec. var‘roirs times. £3.50 £I0. (‘tti/ens' Theatre. (iorbals. 439 0033. Adapted from Roald l)alil'.s \\ ell-loved book. tltis sltow tells the story of Sophie and her adventures

w rtlr a character known as The Big l‘iientlly (iiaIil.

The Singing Kettle Jingle Bells l'ntil Wed 3| I)ec. various times (call box office to check availability). £3 (£7); famrly ticket £34. (ilasgow Royal Concert Hall. 3 Satrclriehall Street. 387 55I I. Cilla. Artie. Curry and Jane help you get III the Christmas spirit with their .tII-srngtng mirsrcal estr'avagarr/a.

The Happy Gang's Fantastic Funhouse l‘nttI 3| l)ec. I0 30am iv I.30pm I-‘i'i: |.3()pin t\' 4.30pm Sat (k Sim. £3-£5; fotrr

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tickets for £ I6. SliCC. l'llIIIIc‘SItHI ()tray. 387 7777. Join children's ftrnsters

The Happy (lung in their riew festive adventure. See review.

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Discovering Japan Sat 3() Dec Hi 27 I-‘eb. Scotland Street School Mirs‘euirr. 335 Scotland Street. 439 I303. .‘onir Sat |0arrr~~5pm; Sun 3 -5pm. Hands-on fun Ill this interactive exhibition which delves into the lifestyles and customs of .Iaparr. There are lots of activities to take part. in from Japanese writing and creating a miniature Japanese garden to tasting Japanese food or trying on a kimono.


Activities And Fun

Quickies For Kids Royal Museum of Scotland. 3 Chambers Street. 335 7534. I-ree ten-minute talks for children held every Saturday at 3. I5pm and every Sunday at 3.I5pm. Over the nest three weeks. the subjects are as follows:

The Camel Sai 20 Dec: Make A Phone Call Sun 2) Dec; Baby Elephant Sat 27 Dec; The Sloth Strri 38 Dec; Owls Sat 3 Jan: The Wart Hog Strrr 4 Ian.

Santa Cruises Sat 3() Wed 24 Dec. |0.30ain-4.30pin (open until 8pm 3| 34 Dec). £5.50. lidiirbtri‘gli Canal Centre. Bridge Inn. Ratho. 333 I330. An enchanting. hour-long cruise to Santa’s island grotto with a special present for every child.

Aileen Paterson Sun 21 Dec.

llarn <|pm a: 3 4pm. Centre stage (otrtside .Iames Thin ). (iyle Shopping Centre. The creator of the popular moggie stories. Home [7mm .l’lui'riiitgs‘ii/t' will be bringing along .‘ylaisie and signing copies of her books. Kids will also be encouraged to colour iii a huge picture which w ill be given to the Royal Hospital for Sick Children for Christriias.

Santa's Grotto l'ittil Wed 24 Dec.

I lam 4pm. £3.50(irtc|tides present). Iidinburgh Zoo. Coi'storphrire Road. 334 9l7 I. Visit Santa in his sparkling crystal grotto.

Christmas Crackers The Royal Must-tun of Scotland. 3 Chambers Street. 347

43 l 9. After the L'XL'L‘SSL'S(1|.(‘Illil\l|llil\. it series of fun activities to stop any boredom setting in. Programme as follows:

Christmas Art Competition Sat 27 Tue 30 Dec. Art competition for all ages and

THE SINGING KETTLE JINGLE BELLS Until Wed 31 Dec, various times (call box office to check availability). £8 (£7); family ticket £24. Glasgow Royal Concert Hall, 2 Sauchiehall Street. 287 5511. Cilla, Artie, Gary and Jane help you get in festive mode with their new Christmas singalong. Songs aplenty, both old and new, with audience participation strongly


listings KIDS

MR BOOM Fri 26-Sun 28 Dec, 1.30pm. £3 (under 25 go free). Magic Mirror

Tent, top of Waverley Shopping Centre, 473 1998. Ages 2-9. Cal

ng all

earthlings - a special visit from the one man band from the moon with his

fun-filled singalong. Part of Edinburgh's Hogmanay.

abilities. with prizes on offer. Festive Tree Trail Sat 37—Tue 30 Dec. l‘ollow the trail to find otit what's at the end.

Lantern Slide Show Sat 27 -Tue 30 Dec. 3pm. Tales of Peter Pan arrtl Ali Baba. illustrated by Victorian lantern- slides.

Santa's Socks I‘ri l9 -Wed 34 Dec. What are the mystery objects living inside Santa's stockings'.’ Let’s hope they don’t whiff too much.

Winter Tales And Trails TIItI I Jan. 3pm (k 3.30pm. I‘estiye and seasonal stories

\\ itlt Storyteller Scotland.


Movie Matinees For Kids Magic Mirror Tent. top of \‘v'averley Shopping Centre. 473 I998. I-"ri 36—‘Sat 3 Ian. £3. 4.30pm. See lidinburgh‘s Hogmanay (itride.


Through The Mirror With Magic Bob Fri 3 Sat .3 Jan. (l‘i'i 36--Sun 38 Dec dates are now cancelled). ||.l5am. £3 (under 3s go free). Magic Mirror Tent. top of Waverley Shopping Centre. 473 I998. See lidinburgh's Hogmanay Guide.

Mr Boom l‘rt 367 Sun 38 Dec. I.30pm. £3 (under 3s go free). Magic Mirror Tent. top of Waverley Shopping Centre. 473 199s. Ages 2 9.

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Magic Box Strn 38 Dec-Thu I Jan. I()arn & 3. I5pm. £3 (under 3s go free). Magic Mirror Tent. top of Waverley Shopping Centre. 473 I998. See Iidinburgh's Hogrnatray (irride.

Green Ginger Mon 39 Dec. I I. I5am & Tue 30 Thu I Jan. I3.30pm. Free. Magic Mirror Tent. top of Waverley Shopping Centre. 473 I998. See lidinburgh's Hogmairay (itride.

The Happy Gang Tue 30 l)ec--Thu I .lan. I |.45am ck 3pm. £3 (under 3s go free). Magic Mirror Tent. top of Waverley Shopping Centre. 473 I998. See Iidinbtrrgh‘s llogrnanay Guide. Home For Christmas: A Winter's Evening With A.A. Milne I-‘ri l9 -Wed 34 Dec. 7.30pm (no perfori Sttn). £6 (£4). Netherbow Arts Centre. 43-45 High Street. 556 9579. Ages I()+. I-‘ond memories are stirred tip as Mr Milne recalls the stories of Pooh Bear and Christopher Robin itr Richard Medrington's Puppet show.

Puppet Nativity Mon 33—Wed 24 Dec. 3pm. £3 (£3.50). Netherbow Arts Centre. 43-45 High Street. 5569579. Ages 4+. Iait Turbitt's imaginative puppet nativity gets back to the true meaning of Christmas using music. action and a variety of puppets.

Exhibition Animal Magic Until I0 Jan I998. City Art Centre. 3 Market Street. 539 3993.

Mon-Sat l0aiti-—5pm. Step inside the wonderful aitd fascinating world of the animal kingdom as seen throttgh the eyes of both artists and scientists. in a tnajor new children's exhibition. :lllllml/ Magic spreads itself across three floors of the gallery. featuring original museum exhibits. commissioned artworks and plenty of hands-on activities.


Activities And Fun

Christmas Wonderland llntil Wed 24 Dec. noon— 8pm (opens at l0am on Sat & Sun). £5.50; famin ticket £30. Strathclyde Country Park. Hamilton Road. Motherwell. ()I698 333999. Board Santa's Wonderland lixpress to visit the big fella himself. in one of the world‘s largest grottos.

Santa At Mill Farm Sat 30 6t Strn 3| I)ec. I0arn--5pm. 50p entry. with a £3 charge to see Santa. Almond Valley Heritage Centre. Millfield. Livingston. 0|506 4 I4957. Visit Santa III Iris farriryard grotto. complete with nativity scene and illuminated sleigh rides. Santa At Palacerigg Sat 20 & Sun 21 Dec. IIam ~4pm. Palacerigg Country Park. Palacerigg Road. Cumbernauld. ()I336 730 (I47. A chance to meet Santa in his special grotto antl meet his able assistatrts the r'erndeer‘s.


The Happy Gang's Fantastic Funhouse Sat 37 Dec. 3.30pm. £4 (£3); family ticket £I3. Falkirk Town Hall. Kilns Road. ()I334 506 850. See Glasgow. The International Purves Puppets Biggar Little Theatre. Br'oughton Road. 0|899 33063I. £4.40 adults; £3.30 children (reductions for parties of over I0). Shows on offer over the coming fortnight are as follows:

Peter Pan. Sat 30~Stm 3I and Wed 34 & Fri 36 Sat 37 Dec. 3pm. Adaptation of IM. Barrie‘s classic tale of the boy who doesn't want to grow up.

Pips And Panda And The Magic Egg I-"ri l9. Ipm; Sat 30. llam; Strn 38 Dec & Sat 3 Jan. 3pm. Pips and Panda discover a magic egg which causes them no end of trouble.

Santa's Workshop Mon 33. I lam 8: Tue 33 Dec. 3pm. Pips and Panda are off to see Santa in his toy-iriaking workshop.

Snow White Mon 39—Wed 3| Dec. 3pm and Fri 3 8: Sun 4-—Mon 5 Jan. 3pm. Can Snow White escape her evil stepmother and find her handsome prince'.’ With the help of the seven dwarfs. anything is possible.

Back Stage 8: Museum Tour Tue 6--l‘i‘i 9 Jan. 10am—5pm. A chance to see behind the scenes of a puppet theatre as the professionals show you round.

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