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Activities And Fun

Glasgow Schools Design Competition Until Thu 30 Apr. Entry forms are available from all Glasgow libraries or by contacting Jane Wilson on 433 2350. To celebrate Wylie’s 75 years as a Ford Dealership in Glasgow, local children are invited to design their own new car to reflect Ford design. Wylies’ history and the local environment. Among the impressive prizes. the winner will receive a fully developed 3D-computer model of the winning entry and a Nintendo 64.

Fin Brat Pack Movies 10am—12.30pm. £1.50. Virgin Cinema. The Forge, Parkhead. 556 4282. Films for the coming fortnight include George Of The Jungle (U; on Sat 11 Apr and :RIcewor 11 (PG) on Sat 25 Apr.

e Borrowers (U) on Sat 18 Apr. lpm. Glasgow Film Theatre. 12 Rose Street. 332 8128.


Mr Boom Sat 25 Apr. llam & 1pm. £4 (£2). Paisley Arts Centre. New Street. Paisley. 887 1010. Ages 36 Join Mr Boom on his fun-packed journey to the moon. in a show full of song. dance and audience participation.

Little Hut In The Woods Sat 25 Apr. 2pm & 3.30pm. £3 (£2). Scottish Mask & Puppet Theatre Centre. 8- 10 Balcanes Avenue. Kelvindale. 339 6185. Ages 3+. Malcolm Knight performs a new version of this Russian classic tale about the animals in the wood looking for a new home.


Kids Food Until Sat 17 May. Scotland Street School Museum. 225 Scotland Street. 429 1202. Mon-Sat 10am—5pm; Sun 2-5pm. Ages 5—1 1. A fun, interactive exhibition aimed at younger children in an effort to improve their eating habits.

9"". is. THE SINGING KETTLE - THE WORLD TOUR Various venues (see listin 5). Top stage and TV stars - Artie, (gilla. lane and Gary - are emarkin on a globe-trotting musical tour. ake part in a Chinese street festival, climb the Eiffel Tower in Paris. see the skyscrapers of New York or discover the magic of Down Under. And as ever, on can join in the fun if you come ressed as a world

tourist. BB TllE LIST 16-30 Apr 1998


World Book Day Thu 23 Apr. 8.30am-7pm. John Smith. 57 St Vincent Street. 221 7472. A programme of fun activities for World Book Day including children's puppet shows and a competition for literary characters in costume.

World Book Day Thu 23 Apr. 9am-10pm. Waterstone's. 153- 157 Sauchiehall Street. 332 9105. In an effort to promote books and reading. Harry Horse, Frank Rodgers, Aileen Paterson and Alan Tempervey are among the guests to celebrate this day. There will also be quizzes. treasure hunts. face- painting and storytelling.


Activities And Fun

Quickies For Kids Royal Museum of Scotland. 2 Chambers Street. 225 7534. Free ten-minute talks for children held every Saturday at 2.15pm and every Sunday at 3.15pm. This week learn about Bears on Sat 18 Apr and The Anaconda on Sun 19 Apr. The following week the topics are The Camel on Sat 25 Apr and The Giant Tortoise on Sun 26 Apr.


See Puppet Animation Festival listings.


Children's Art Workshops Until Fri 17 Apr. lOam-noon (ages 5—8); 2—4pm (ages 9-12). £35 for the week; £7 per session. Old St Paul's Church Hall. 63 Jeffrey Street. Call 554 1999 to book a place. Practising artist Jenny Smith leads a fun art workshop with a difference. as children are lead through a variety of approaches including drawing and collage. casting in plaster and claywork.


Edinburgh International Science Festival Until Sun 19 Apr. Events take place until Sun 19 Apr at Assembly Rooms; Adam House. Royal Botanic Garden and various venues across the city call the box office hotline for details on 0131 473 2070. Highlights of this year's festival are listed below.

A World Of Science at the Assembly Rooms. 54 George Street, 4 73 2070. .loumey Into The Stomach Until Sun 19 Apr. 10.15am (not Sun), 11.30am. 12.30pm. 1.45pm. 2.45pm & 3.45pm. £2. 5+. See what really happens when you digest food as you explore the human mouth. down the oesophagus and into the stomach.

Sounds. lights. Action! Until Sun 19 Apr. 10.30am (not Sun). noon. 2pm & 3.45pm. £2.50. An exploration of the science of seeing and hearing.

Mission To Planet Earth Until Sun 19 Apr. 10am, 11am (not Sun). lpm. 2pm. 3pm & 4pm. £2. Here’s your chance to fly a remote-controlled space craft

throu h a mini solar system.

The ood, The Bad And The Pretty Thu l6—Sun 19 Apr. 10.15am (not Sun). noon. 1.45pm & 3.30pm. £2. 5+. Meet the tiny microbes that live under the fridge. sofa or on your skin and find out why some are helpful and others harmful. Adam House, University of Edinburgh. Chambers Street, 473 2070.

Backyard Biology Until Sat 18 Apr. 11am. £2. 7+. Try your hand at identifying common garden species using microscopes.

Star Fun Until Sat 18 Apr. 2.30pm. £2. Clamber inside the silver dome and see the night sky, with a tour of the constellations and planets.

Edinburgh Zoo, Corsrorphine Road. 334 7730/91 71.

Eggs, Chicks And Penguins Thu 16 Apr. 1.30-3.30pm. Ages 7-12. £4. A chance to


Seen at St Brides Centre,

Mon 6 Apr. Touring.

If your preconceptions of Cinderella are that of fairy godmothers and men dressed as dames. then leave them outside the theatre. In Edinburgh Puppet Company’s treatment of the classic Grimm Brothers tale, they stay true to the original version.

The classical score which runs throughout the performance is hauntingly beautiful as we are transported to Cinderella’s sad and lonely life. When her father remarries, she inherits a nasty stepmother and two equally nasty stepsisters. Distraught, Cinderella refuses to speak, only to find solace in a magical tree, which lies close to her mother's resting ground.

This is a very moving and visual piece of theatre and the hand-carved wooded puppets are delicately manipulated by the more than competent performers. Imaginative

f) k.

theatrical devices, notably the shadow puppet sequence, create the fairytale setting. And as with all fairytales, it's not all doom and gloom for Cinders, as she goes to the ball, meets her handsome prince and lives happy ever after. The pace is a little slow in places which can leave younger audiences distracted, but for those who like to see puppetry at its very best, this a visual

treat. (Helen Monaghan)

see the new arrivals at the zoo and understand more about their courtships. nest building and chick rearing.

Royal Botanic Garden. lnverleirh Row, 459 0446 ext 451.

Rainforest Science Show Thu 16 & Fri 17 Apr. 1.30pm. £5 (£3). A fast-moving show which introduces you to plants, animals and people of the rainforest. Asgard The Eagle Sat 18 & Sun 19 Apr. 3.30pm. £2. Ages 7-11. Take a gander at the world of plants through the eyes of Asgard. in this interactive. story-based workshop.


Activities And Fun

Children's Games Day Thu 16 Apr. 2—4pm. Clyde Muirshiel Regional Park. Comalees Bridge. Loch Tom. lnverkip. 01475 521458. Fun and games on an environmental theme.

Tiee Event Fri 17 Apr. 1-3pm. Clyde Muirshiel Regional Park. Southannan House, Fairlie. 01475 568859. Learn how trees rotect the environment.

Chil ren's Events Sat 18 Apr. l—4pm. Clyde Muirshiel Regional Park. Castle Semple Centre, Lochwinnoch. 01505 842882. Learn the fun way to care for the countryside.

Give The Birds A Home Sun 19 Apr. 1-3pm. Clyde Muirshiel Regional Park. Muirshiel Centre. Lochwinnoch. 01505 842803. Make a home for a feathered friends.

luderston Bay Fun Time Mon 20 Apr. 2—4pm. Clyde Muirshiel Regional Park. Lunderston Bay. nr Gourock, lnverkip. 01475 521129. Fun and games on the beach.

Children's Events Sat 25 Apr. l—4pm. Clyde Muirshiel Regional Park. Castle Semple Centre. Lochwinnoch. 01505 842882. Learn the fun way to care for the countryside.

Environmental Games Sat 25 Apr. 1-3pm. Clyde Muirshiel Regional Park. Southannan House. Fairlie. 01475 568859. Fun and games on a ‘green’ theme.

Give The Birds A Home Sun 26 Apr. 1—3pm. Clyde Muirshiel Regional Park. Muirshiel Centre. Lochwinnoch. 01505 842803. Bird box making workshop.


The Singing Kettle - The World Tour Thu 16 Apr. 1 lam & 2pm. £8 (£7); family ticket £23. Palace Theatre. 9 Green Street. Kilmamock. 01563 523590. Fri l7—Sun 19 Apr. Fri 6pm. Sat 1 lam & 2pm and Sun 1pm & 4pm. Motherwell Theatre. Civic Centre. Windmillhill Street, Motherwell. 01698 267515. See photo caption.

The Happy Gang‘s Fantastic Funhouse Thu 16 Apr. 2pm. £3.50 (£12 group of4). Barrfields Theatre. Greenock Road. Largs. 01475 689777. Fri l7—Sat 18 Apr. Fri 11.30am & Sat 2pm. £3.50 12 group of 4). Magnum Theatre. Harbourside. lrvine. 01294 278381. Fantabulous fun as we join Beth. Mr P and Spatz on their musical adventure to weird and wonderful places. Cuckoo Time Sun 19 Apr. 11am & 2pm. £2.50. MacRobert Arts Centre. University of Stirling. Stirling. 01786 461081. Ages 4+. Pop-Up Theatre use a mix of mime. spoken word. movement and puppetry in this moving story which celebrates childhood.

The lntemational Purves Puppets Biggar Little Theatre. Broughton Road. 01899 220631. £4.40 adults; £3.30 children (reductions for parties of over 10). Shows on offer over the coming fortni ht are as follows:

Alad in Fri l7—Sat 18 & Sun 26 Apr. 2pm. Genies. lamps and lots of adventures with Aladdin.

Pips And Panda In Magiciand Mon 20. 10.30am; Fri 24. 10.30am & Sat 25 Apr. 2pm. Fun and adventure with Pips and Panda as they are whisked off to magic land where everything is not quite as it seems.

Pips And Panda And The Three Bears Wed 22 Apr. 1 lam. Fun and adventure as the twosome meet the three bears.

The Magical Princess Tue 28 Apr. 7pm. Biggar Little Theatre. Broughton Road. Biggar. 01899 220631. Ukrainian folktale complete with the usual goodies and baddies.


teaves Among Thorns Until Sun 14 Jun. MacRobert Arts Centre. University Of Stirling. 01786 461081. Tue—Sun noon-5pm. A unique installation created by 10U Theatre inspired by the tales of the Brothers Grimm.