The Unbelievably Terrific Circus Show Until Tue l2 Jan. llam & 2.30pm. £3.50. Traverse Theatre. Cambridge Street. 473 I999. Become the star of the show at this ftill interactive circus skills event.

Chi dren's Art Workshops: Saturday Classes Sat 16 Jan—Sat l3 Feb. Every Saturday at 10.30am—l2.30pm for 5—8- year-olds and 2—4pm for 9— l 2-year-olds. £45 for the five-week course. Old St Paul‘s Church Hall. 63 Jeffrey Street. 554 I999. Artist Jenny Smith leads this workshop focusing on objective drawing. The class will visit the New Museum of Scotland and then develop these drawings into three-dimensions. using clay and recycled objects.


Antz (PG) Wed 20 8; Thu 21 Jan. 5pm. £3.50 (£2.50). Brunton Theatre. Musselburgh. 665 2240. See Film Index. The Railway Children (U) Sat 9 Jan & Sun l0 Jan. 2pm; First Night (U) Sat 16 Jan. 2pm & Sun 17 Jan. 2.30pm. £4.50 (£2.50). The Lumiere. Royal Museume Scotland. Chambers Street. 247 42 I9. See Film index.

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Activities And Fun

New Year Carnival Until Sun l7 Jan. l—‘l0pm. £6—£ l4.50_ SFCC. Fiiinieston Quay. 2S7 7777. The largest indoor fun fair in the I'K. featuring traditional rides. stalls and amusements.

Bobby Roberts Super Circus Until Sun l7 .laii. 2.30pm tv 7.30pm. £7—£l2 (£5--£Si; family ticket £24. SI‘ICC. Finiiiestoii Quay. 287 7777. Thrills and

; spills under the big top at one of the few remaining traditional circuses.


Pinocchio LTiitil Sat 23 Jan. (No perfs on Mott |l & Sun I7 Jan). Times vary. £7-£9,50 (£6—-£7). The Pavilion Theatre. I2I Rentield Street. 332 I846. The Krankies and Jimmy Cricket star in the

touching tale of the little m 3 et bov.

. l w ' Theatre

i Books The Happy Gang’s Castle Of

j Where The Wild Things Are Storytime Adventure Sat 16 Jan. I lam & 2pm. £5

Sat 9 Jill]. I lam. Borders Books. Music (£3.50). Bi'tinton Theatre. l.adywe|l Way. And ('afc. 2S3 Buchanan Street. 222 Musselburgh. 665 2240. Ages 2—9. Join 7700. Readings from Maurice Sendak's The Happy Gang as they look after classic story. Professor Nincompoop's Castle of

. Weather S'torytime Sat 16 Jan. llain. Adventure. ; Borders Books. Music And Cafe. 283 . | Buchanan Street. 222 7700. Discover Permanent Attracnons

more about the weather from hurricanes Gorgie City Farm

to thunder. 5| Gorgie Road. lidinburgh. 337 4202. . Daily 9.30am-~lpm. Free. Bringing : Permanent Attractions country life to the heart of m.- city. mt.- Glasgow Zoopark working farm houses a host of farmyard Calderpark. lfddingstoii. (ilasgow. 77l animals including ponies. pigs and goats. l 185. Daily 9.30am- 4pm (last admission ()thcr facilities include a children's play 2.30pm). £3. 10 (£2.65). A popular haunt area. cafe and workshop. wildlife garden. on school trips. (ilas‘gow Zoopark boasts farm tractors and an interpretation centre. a varied collection of animals. from lions plus a ftill programme of supervised to guinea pigs. as well as a w ell-stocked activities for children and adults. reptile house. You can also enjoy a ftill programme of interactive events. such as snake-handling and birds of prey ITying displays. plus a children‘s farm. amusements and an orienteering course. And if that wasn‘t enough. current dey elopiiients include the recent arrival of two tiger cubs. born at the beginning ()l‘ Ntiyclllhct‘

Little Marcos

Marco‘s Leisure Centre. 55 Grove Street. Edinburgh. 228 2 141. Daily 9am—-7pm. £3.50 for one and a half hour session; (£2 tinder 3s). Featuring possibly the largest ball pool you'll ever have the pleasure to sink into. this fantastic soft play area is the perfect way for under 10s to use up all that excess energy in a safe. controlled environment. From a bouncy castle. to bumpy slides and dozens of mats and soft blocks to climb over. this spacious venue is ideal for a rainy afternoon. and best of all. parents of really little ones get to join in the fun.

Roller Dome

32 Dalmarnock Road. Rutherglen. Glasgow. 40l llll. Opening times vary. phone for details: core hours are .\loii--Fri 4~~9piii; Sat 9aiii-«o30piii; Still

I laiii--9piii. Skateboard and roller-blade I heaven with three different zones i catering to all abilities. There are also I refresliiiienis. video games and a soft play area to keep non-skating friends and family -iiienibers aiiiusetl.

Museum Of Childhood 42 High Street. lidinbtirgh. 529 4142. Mon-Sat 10am -5pm. See photo caption.


Activities And Fun

The Witches Wood Until Fri l5 Jan. Dain l0am—4pin. Free. Stiiiimei‘lee Heritage Park. Ironworks Gallery. Heritage Way. Coatbridge. 0| 236

43 l 26 I. This interactive exhibition takes the form of an enchanted wonderland with lots of ftm things to

The Time Capsule

l00 Buchanan Street. Coatbridge. 0|236 449572. Daily ltlaiii--9pm. £3.85~£5.l0 (£3.05 3.60). Swinitastic fun in the pool which comes complete with wave machine. i‘iyei rapids. lltimes and a rubber i'iiig slide. l'tll' ice-skating fans. checkout the lite-si/ed woolly mammoth

on the ice rink. explore. There‘s a witch's cottage. a

silver quiz tree. wibbly-wobbly

' . . . magical mirrors plus storytelling. Acnv't'es And Fun shadow puppetry and much more. Quickies For Kids Royal Museum of Enter at your own peril!

Scotland. 2 (filtainhers Street. 247 4219. Animal Antics: Seashore Softies Sat Free teii-iiiinute talks for children held l6 Jan. 2—3pm. Free. Calderglen Country every Saturday at 2. I 5pm and every Park. Strathaven Road. East Kilbride. Sunday at 3.l5piii Tlits week's topics 0] 355 236644. Meet at the Cactus Bed iii include ()ll/\ oi: Sat 9 Jan and How [U the conservatory. Ages 8+. Discover Stir/f .rl ('ti/ on Sun [0 Jan. The following more about the crabs. mussels and

week learn about The [flue ll"/itile on Sat shrimps which can be found at the

l6 Jan and Ill/.l (‘tiiv on Sun l7 Jan. seashore.

Birds On The Wing Or On The Water Sun l7 Jan. 2—3.30pm. Palacerigg Country Park. Palacerigg Road. Cumbernatild. ()l236 720047. Join the rangers on this htiiit for winter birdlife.


Mulan (U) Thu l4—Sat l6 Jan. Thu & Fri 7.30pm; Sat 2pm & 7.30pm. £3 (£l.50). Motherwell Moviehouse. Motherwell Theatre. Civic Centre. Motherwell. 0l698 2675 IS. See Film index.

Small Soldiers (PG) Sun I0 Jan. 2.30pm. £1.50. MacRobert Arts Centre. University ()f Stirling. ()l786 46l08l. See Film index.


Cinderella Until Sat 9 Ian. 7pm. Palace Theatre. 9 Green Street. Kilmarnock. ()l563 523590. Stars from TV's‘ Hie/i Rum! and My anii star in this traditional panto for all the family.

Aladdin Until Sat 16 Jan (no performance on Sun l0 Jan). 7pm; 2pm 8; 7pm Thu 8; Sat. £5—£8 (£5-~£5.50); family ticket £22. Adam Smith Theatre. Bennochy Road. Kirkcaldy. 0l592

4 l 2929. A magical pantomime for all the family. starring Alan McHugh and Gary Hollywood from High Rural.

The International Purves Puppets Biggar Little Theatre. Broughton Road. ()l899 22063 I. £4.40 adults: £3.30 children (reductions for parties of oy er l0). Shows on offer over the coming fortnight are as follows:

listings KIDS

Pips And Panda Meet The Tooth-Fairy Sun l7 Jan. 2pm & Tue 19 Jan. l0.30am. Follow the adventures of Pips and Panda as the search for the tooth-fairy.

Alad in And His Wonderful Lamp Sat 9 8; Sat l6 Jan. 2pm. The familiar story of Aladdin gets a puppet makeover in Purves Puppets' unique adaptation.

Permanent Attractions

New Lanark Visitor Centre

New Lanark Mills. Lanark. 0l555 66l345. Daily Ham—5pm. £3.75 (£2.50). Set in a riverside setting. close to the Falls ofClyde Wildlife Reserve. this world heritage site provides an insight into life iii the industrial era. Award- winning exhibitions include the restored Millworkers' Homes. Robert Owen's House. working mill machinery and an audio-visual trip to Victorian times. "The Annie McLeod Experience'.


Barrl'ields. Greenock Road. Largs. 0l475 689777. Sat & Sun l0.30am~3.30pm. £3.50 (£2.50). This award-winning experience tells the story of the first Viking raids in Scotland to their defeat at the Battle of Largs in l263. with the help of costumed story interpreters and multi-media exhibits. The centre also houses various leisure facilities and a cafe specialising in Viking-themed cuisine.

MUSEUM OF CHILDHOOD 42 High Street, Edinburgh, 529 4142. Mon—Sat 10am-5pm. Founded in 1955, this museum situated on the R0 aI Mile has five public galleries with all manner of archive material and o d toys relating to childhood through the ages. From antique dolls to 1980's computer games, there's plenty here to send you off on a trip down

memory lane.

7—21 Jan I999 TIlE llST'Il