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THE SINGING KETTLE FUNNY FARM See listings for dates and venues. A es 3+. Dress up as a farmyard animal

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join the award-winning rnging Kettle's musical extravaganza

down at the farm. Songs a Ienty including Bobby Bingo and Old McDonald Had A Farm. dance with the funky chicken and help make a 9 ant 'gungie pie'. Farrntasticl


TheTree Mon 19 Jul. 11am. £2 (£1). Pearce Institute. 840 Govan Road. Tickets from Giant Productions box office 445 6000. Ages 6—12. Reppe Puppets tell the story of Merenga Pye. who needlessly pollutes the environment with mountains of salt ‘n' vinegar crisp packets.

Magic Bob s Cabaret For Kids Wed 21 Jul. llam. Free tickets on door. Budhill Pre-5 Centre. Hallhill Road. Springboig. Further information from Giant Productions 445 6000. Ages 4+. The ever-p0 ular magician and entertainer returns y popular demand with this thrilling show for all the family.


Harry Potter Day Thu 8 Jul. 2pm. Free. Waterstone’s. 153-157 Sauchiehall Street. 332 9105. The official launch of popular children's author J .K. Rowling’s new book Harry Porter-And The Prisoner Of Azltuban (Bloomsbury £10.99). To mark the occasion. a whole afternoon of Potteresque activities starting at 2pm with face-painting. a magician, games and a Harry Potter cake until the book officially goes on sale at 3.45pm. See Book preview. page 87.

Music Storytirne Sat 10 Jul. IIam. Free. Borders Books. 283 Buchanan Street. 222 7700. Ages 3—8. Musical stories with the storytitne team.

Star Wars Storytlme Sat 17 Jul. 11am. Free. Borders Books. 283 Buchanan Street. 222 7700. Ages 3-8. May the force be with you at this storytelling session dedicated to the ‘Star Wars films.

EDINBURGH AotletlesAan Fm Quickies For Kids Royal Museum Of Scotland. 2 Chambers Street. 247 4219. Free entry to museum for visitors aged 18 and under. Ten-minute talks for children held every Saturday at 2.15pm and every Sunday at 3.15pm. This week's topics are Eastem Dragons on Sat IO Jul and Owls on Sun 11 Jul. The following week. learn about The Albarmss on Sat 17 Jul and Wild Cars on Sun 18 Jul. Surnrnor FunYlIth VoIvic Thu lS-Sat17 Jul. Thu & Fri 11am-3pm & 4.30-7pm; Sat lOam-8pm. Free. Princes Street Gardens. East Princes Street. For further information call 0171 221 9264. Three days of family activities courtesy of Volvic Natural Mineral Water. There's a softball challenge at I lam-3pm and 4.30-7pm. plus a huge 50ft Ion inflatable Monster (Thu 15 8: Fri 16 Ju ). Sun 17 Jul. sees a day of ‘Park-Life' games including badminton. football. frisbees. volleyball. softball and boules with an appearance from the Forth FM Roadshow at 1.30pm.

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Derby O'GIII And The little People (lipid 9 Jul. 1.45pm and The

A ocats (U) on Tue I3Ju1, l.45pm. 60p. St Bride’s Centre, IO Orwell Terrace. 346 1405. See Film Index.


The Singing Kettle Fri I6-Sun 18 Jul. Fri & Sat 11am. 2pm & 6pm; Sun noon & 3pm. £6—£8 (£5-£7); family ticket £23. Festival Theatre. 13-29 N icolson Street. 529 6000. Ages 3+. See photo caption.


Harry Potter Day Thu 8 Jul, 3.45pm. Free. James Thin. 53-59 South Bridge. 622 8222. 3.45pm. Thins celebrate the launch of the latest Harry Potter adventure by J .K. Rowling with a whole host of fun activities including a blind tasting of Bertie Botts’ many flavoured beans. competitions, cakes and lucky dips. See Book preview, page 87.

Workshops Summer Holiday Programme For Young People Until Fri 30 Jul. St Bride's Centre, IO Orwell Terrace. 346 1405. Advance booking essential. A welcome return of this month-long series of weekday activities for the school holidays. Listed below are events taking place in Week Two (Mon 12-Fri 16 Jul) and Week Three (Mon l9-Fri 23 Jul). Junior Art Mon 12 Jul, iOam—noon. £2 (£I.50). Ages 4—7. A gentle introduction to art usin a variety of media. Summer nacks Mon 12 Jul. lOam—noon. £2 (£I.50). Ages 8-12. Top tips on creating healthy snacks for the warm weather. Clay Modelling Mon 12 Jul. 1-3pm. £2 (£I.50). Ages 8-12. Use modelling clay to create your own fantastic designs. Introduction To Drama Mon 12 Jul. l-3pm. £2 (£1.50). Ages 4-7. Budding thespians can have a go at treading the boards. Bug Masks Tue 13 Jul. lOam-noon. £2 (£1.50). Ages 4-7. Transform yourself into your favourite bug. Introduction To Line Dancing Tue 13 Jul. 9.45-11.45am. £2 (£I.50). Ages 344. The latest line dance steps from the SA. Confectlona Modelling Tue 13 Jul. mam-noon. £ (£1.50). Ages 8—12. Make models using sweet things. MIIIennIurn lugs Wed I4-Fri 16 Jul. 10am—4pm. £20 (£15). Ages 7-10. Drama, music. art. dance and performance combine in this three-day workshop exploring the world of bugs. A short performance piece will be presented to family and friends on Friday at 3.30pm.

Five Day Theatre Summer School Mon 19-Fn' 23 Jul. lOam-4pm. £30 (£25). Ages 10—15. This intensive course is aimed at young people with a keen interest in theatre. provides tuition from professional drama, music. art and theatre specialists. Lighting. stage management. sound. acting and set design will be explored.


Astounding Discoveries Mon S—Thu 8 Jul. 10am-5pm. £2.20 (£1.10); family ticket £5.50. Almond Valley Heritage Centre. Livingston. 01506 414957. Weekday craft activities for the summer holidays.

James Campbell Storyteller Fri 9 Jul. 11am & 2pm. £2.50. MacRobert Arts ' Centre. University of Stirling. Stirling. 01786 461081. Ages 4+ (11am); ages 7+ (2pm). Tall tales and pointless poems with master yam-spinner James Campbell.

Dance Factory Mon 12-Fri 16 Jul. 10.30—11.15am & 11.30am—l2.15pm. £2.50 morning workshops; £10 per week. MacRobert Arts Centre. University of Stirling. Stirling. 01786 461081. Ages 5-1 I. If your dance steps leave a lot to be desired. then let Helter Skelter Dance Company instruct you in the latest dance moves from street dance and Afro Caribbean to ‘azz and contemporary. Turning Up e Neat Mon 12-Fn‘ 16 Jul. lOam—noon & l-3pm. £20 (£13). Howden Park Centre. Livingston. 01506 433634. Ages 8—1 I (lOam-noon); ages 12+ ( l-3pm). A week-long workshop for children who want to find out more about art. There will be plenty of hands-on activities. as well as learning about the work of famous artists.

Fun In The Park Wed 14 Jul. l—3.30pm. Free. Howden Park Centre. Livingston. 01506 433634. Ages 5+. Arts activities and games for all the family featuring circus displays by juggler Mark Segal. a musical show from Afridonia and Trash. plus ma ic from Tn'cky Ricky.

Animat on Thu 15 & Thu 22 Jul (ages 8-9); Fri 16 & Fri 23 Jul (ages 10-12) and Sat 17 & Sat 24 Jul (ages 13—14) at lOam-4pm. £12 per day. Cowane Centre. Cowane Street. Stirling. 01786 443141/443240. Discover the techniques of animation from developing your own storyline and producing characters to creating their voices and animating them under the camera.

CIIIIdren's Games And Competitions Until Fri 16 Jul. 10am-6pm. £4.50 (£3); family ticket £13. Kelbum Castle and Country Park. Fairlie. Largs. 01475 568685. Fun and games in the wig-wam. ranger-led scavenger hunts and a secret forest adventure quiz.

Drama Mon 19 & Tue 20 Jul. 10am—4pm. £22 for 2 day session. Cowane Centre. Cowane Street. Stirling. 01786 443141/443240. Ages 8—10. A host of theatrical activities from acting and direction to costume and set design. Wizard Of 02 Week Sat 17—8111) 25 Jul. lOam—6pm. £4.50 (£3); family ticket £13. Kelburn Castle and Country Park. Fairlie. Largs. ()1475 568685. Follow in Dorothy‘s footsteps along the Yellow Brick Road and meet all the characters from ()2. Kaleidoscope Mon l9-—Fri 23 Jul. 10atn--3.30pm. £30 (£18). Howden Park Centre, Livingston. 01506 433634. Ages 8—12. With a little help from the art experts. children get the opportunity to transform Howden Park Centre using card. paint and glue. Workshops will run for three weeks but participants can only book for one week.


The Rugrats Movie (U) Thu 8—Sat 11) Jul. 2pm; Madeline (U)'1‘l1u 15—Sat 17 Jul. 2pm; A Bug’s life (U) Thu 22 Jul. 2pm. £3 (£1.50). Motherwell Moviehouse. Civic Centre. Motherwell. 01698 267515. See Film Index Princess And The Goblin (PG) Wed 7. 11am & Sun 11 Jul. 2.30pm; Asterix Conquers America (U) Thu 15 Jul.

1 lam; Mighty Joe Young (PG) Wed 21 Jul. 11am. £1.50. MacRobert Arts Centre, University of Stirling. Stirling. 01786 461081. See Film Index.


The Wind In The Willows Fri 9 Jul. 2pm. £3.50 (£2.50); family ticket £10. Bellshill Cultural Centre. John Street. Bellshill. 01698 267515. Storytellers‘ Theatre retell the famous tale of life on the riverbank for Mole. Rally and Toad. The Wind In The Willows Fri 9 Jul. 10.30am. £3.50 (£2.50); family ticket £10. Sir John Wilson Town Hall. Stirling Street. Airdrie. 01698 267515. See above. Eeyore's Birthday Party Sun 18 Jul. 11am & 2pm. £2.50. MacRobert Arts Centre. University of Stirling. Stirling. 01786 461081. Ages 4+. A Winnie Tire Pooh classic brought to you by Richard Medrington’s Parable Puppets where Pooh attempts to cheer up Eeyore before his birthday. After the two performances (12.15am—l.15pm & 3.15—4.15pm). the first twenty children can enjoy a free puppet workshop.

Tigger-s Don't Climb Trees Mon 19 Jul. 1 1am & 2pm. £2.50. MacRobert Arts Centre. University ofStirling. Stirling. 01786 461081. Ages 4+. Richard Medrington brings Winnie The Pooh and his friends to life in this adaptation of the original A.A. Milne stories. The action takes place in Christopher Robin‘s attic. After-the two performances (12.15am—I.15pm & 3.15—4. 15pm). the first twenty children can enjoy a free puppet workshop.

The International Purves Puppets Biggar Puppet Theatre. Broughton Road. 01899 220631. £4.90 adults: £3.90 children (reductions for parties of over ten). Shows on offer this week are: Johnny And The Spacemachine Sat 10 & Sun 11 Jul. 2pm; Mon 12 Jul. 10.30am & l.30pm;Thu 15 & Fri 16. 11am; Wed 21 Jul. 2pm. Intergalactic adventures with Johnny and Wilbert the donkey. Nessie The Loch Ness Monster Wed 14 Jul & Thu 22 Jul. 2pm. An engaging tale about the legendary monster for children under twelve.

Pips And Panda In Circusland Sat 17 Jul. 2pm & Mon 19 Jul. llam. Fun and adventure for Pips and Panda as they end up in Circusland and Cloudland. meeting lots of colourful characters along the way.


Discovery Dome Sat 10 J ul-Sun 26 Sep. Daily lOam-4pm. Free. Surnrnerlee Heritage Park. Heritage Way. Coatbridge. 01236 431261. All ages. Delve into the world of amazing science at this hands- on exhibition.