KIDS listings



Grandpa's Winter Tale Sat 20 Nov, 2—3pm. £3 (£2). Scottish Mask & Puppet Theatre Centre, 8-10 Balcarres Avenue, Kelvindale, 339 6185. Black Box Puppet Theatre’s last ever show with songs, games and audience participation, set in Grandpa’s winter garden.

Magic Bob's Cabaret For Kids Sat 27 Nov, 2-3pm. £3 (£2). Scottish Mask & Puppet Theatre Centre, 8—10 Balcarres Avenue, Kelvindale, 357 5000. Ages 4+. lt’s show time again as the ever-popular magician and entertainer returns by popular demand with new tricks and routines to liven up your Saturday afternoon.

The Magical Adventures Of Peter Pan Wed l—Sat 22 Jan. Times vary call box office for details. £7.50—£10.25 (£6.50—£7.50); family ticket £21—£35. Pavilion Theatre, 121 Renfield Street, 332 1846. The Krankies star in the Pavilion’s fan-dabby-dosy panto about the boy who never grew up.


Children's Events At Borders Sat 20 Nov & Sat 27 Nov, 11am. Free. Borders Books, 283 Buchanan Street, 222 7700. Bring your teddy along for bedtime tales on Sat 20 Nov with staff favourites on Sat 27 Nov.

My Barmy Aunt Boomerang Roadshow Fri 26 Nov, 5pm. Free. Waterstone’s, 153—157 Sauchiehall Street, 332 9105. It’s your last chance to enter your aunt in BBC’s search for the battiest auntie in Britain. Bring a snapshot of her or better still, wheel her in! If you’re successful, you could represent Scotland in the national heats.


Scottish Youth Theatre Budding actors should apply now for Scottish Youth Theatre’s Summer Festival as the drive for new recruits gets underway. A two-week Foundation Course for 12-15-year olds is available in Glasgow, Edinburgh and Aberdeen and a five-week Performance and Production Course is offered for 16—21- year olds. For further details and an application form, send an SAE to: SF’2000, Scottish Youth Theatre, 6th Floor, 90 Mitchell Street, Glasgow, Gl 3N0 or telephone 0141 221 5127. The deadline for applications Fri 17 Dec (two-week course) and Fri 28 Jan (five-week course).

EDINBURGH Aottvrtres And Fun 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. Topics this week are The Python on Sat 20 Nov and Elephants on Sun 21 Nov. The following week, learn about Mr Male on Sat 27 Nov and Bears on Sun 28 Nov. Dino's Dynamos Every Saturday. Dynamic Earth, Holyrood Road, 550 7800. Every Saturday, 10am-noon (until June 2000). Ages 6—12. Meet Dino the Dinosaur, the mascot for this new and exciting club for children, sponsored by Atlantic Telecom. Dino’s Dynamos offers free entry to the venue on Saturday mornings, fortnightly workshops in the Dynamic Earth Discovery Rooms, a free T-shirt when you join and Dino’s newsletter. Bring along a passport-sized photograph on the morning or call D namic Earth for further details. Christmas Art Workshop Sat 20 Nov—Sat 18 Dec. Every Saturday from 10.30am—12.30pm. £45 for 5 weeks. Old St Paul’s Church Hall, 63 Jeffrey Street, 554 1999. Advance booking necessary. Ages 5-8. Art workshops on a festive theme featuring mobile making, Christmas decorations and jewellery. Life Sized Puppet Making Sat 20 Nov—Sat 18 Dec. Every Saturday from

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THE SINGING KETTLE - MILLENNIUM CHRISTMAS PARTY See listings for dates and venues. Ages 3+. It's time to don a party hat and streamers and join the award-winning Singing Kettle for their party of the century. Expect songs aplenty, games and audience participation and for the first time this year, witness real magic as special guest Marvo brings some of his spectacular tricks to the stage.

2-4pm. £45 for 5 weeks. Old St Paul’s Church Hall, 63 Jeffrey Street, 554 1999. Advance booking necessary. Ages 9—12. Create large, camival-sized puppet heads at this fun workshop.

Craft Workshop Sat 20 & Sun 21 Nov, 11am. Free. Castle Bar Cafe, Johnson Terrace, 225 7432. Create your own 3D figure of a musician with craftworker Linda Garden. Part of Shoots & Roots Festival.

Santa's Forest Grotto Sat 27 Nov-Fri 24 Dec, 10am-4.30pm. £6.80 (£3.80—£4.80); family ticket £19h£23.50. Edinburgh Zoo, Corstorphine Road, 334 9171. Come and meet Santa in his wonderful forest grotto and receive a wee pressie (only if you’ve been good, mind). There’s also badge- making and an animal quiz.


Mixing It Sun 21 Nov, 2pm. Riddles Court, 322 Lawnmarket. Advance booking on 337 5442. Ages 12-18. A hands-on workshop with Fraser McNaughton of the Tartan Amoebas, all about combining influences from rock and dance with traditional music.


Gang Show 99 Tue 23—Sat 27 Nov, Tue—Fri 7pm; Sat 2.15pm & 7pm. £6—£9. King’s Theatre, 2 Leven Street, 529 6000. Edinburgh Scouts and Guides present a dazzling selection of music, comedy, drama and dance, celebrating the 40th Gang Show.

Beauty And The Beast Tue 30 Nov-Sat 8 Jan. Times vary - call box office for details. £10 (£6); family ticket £28. Brunton Theatre, Ladywell Way, Musselburgh, 665 2240. Brunton Theatre Company present a traditional family pantomime, packed with audience participation, original songs and a laughs aplenty.

OUTSIDE THE CITIES Activities And Fun Animal Antics Sat 20 Nov, 2pm. Free. Calderglen Country Park, Strathaven

Road, East Kilbride, 01355 236644. Meet the cute (and not so cute) animal residents at the park.

Family Lantern Making Workshop Sun 21 Nov, noon—4pm. £3 (family ticket £10). Burgh Halls, The Cross, Linlithgow, 01506 433634. Become a star member of the Torchlight Procession through Linlithgow on Sat 27 Nov, by making your own lantern at this workshop.

T-shirt Design Workshop Tue 23 Nov, 1-3pm. £2. Petersbum Centre, Vansdorf Way, Petersbum, Airdrie, 01236 760315. Create your own original T-shirt design using a PC and di ital camera. Wonderful Worl Of Trees Sat 27 & Sun 28 Nov, 11.30am—4pm. Free. Calderglen Country Park, Strathaven Road, East Kilbride, 01355 236644. Celebrate National Tree Week with a weekend of games, activities, displays and in depth knowledge into the world of trees.

Animal Antics - Revealing Rodents

Sun 28 Nov, 2—3pm. Free. Calderglen Country Park, Strathaven Road, East Kilbride, 01355 236644. Everything you ever wanted to know about popular pets - hamster, mouse, gerbil, rat and guinea pig at this animal handling session. Family Fun With Trails To Be Run Sun 28 Nov, 2pm. Strathclyde Country Park, 366 Hamilton Road, Motherwell, 01698 266155. Orienteering event for all the family.


The Happy Prince Wed l-Sun 12 Dec. Wed l—Fri 3 & Tue 7-Fri 10, 10.45am & 1.30pm; Sat 4, Sun 5, Sat 11 & Sun 12 Dec, 11am & 2pm. £3. MacRobert, University of Stirling, Stirling, 01786 461081. Ages 3+. Adapted from Oscar Wilde’s classic story, this multi-media production brings together music, live action and video animation. It tells the touching tale of a friendship which forms between a swallow and a golden statue of The Happy Prince. See review.

The Singing Kettle Fri 19—Sun 21 Nov,

Fri 103m & 5.30pm; Sat 11am, 2pm & 5.30pm; Sun noon & 3pm; Mon 10am. £9 (£8); family ticket £28. Rothes Halls, Rothes Square, Glenrothes, 01592 611101. Ages 3+. See photo caption. Cinderella Mon 22—Sat 27 Nov, 7.15pm; Sat 2.15pm & 7.15pm. £4.50—£6.50. Carnegie Hall, East Port, Dunfermline, 01383 314127. Scotland’s Forefront Children’s Theatre present an all-singing, all-dancing version of the well-loved classic. Little Snow White Thu 25 Nov—Fri 24 Dec. Times vary call box office for details. £7 (£5.25); family ticket £21. Cumbemauld Theatre, Kildrum, Cumbernauld, 01236 732887. Simon Sharkey reworks this classic Brothers Grimm fairytale, with all the usual panto trimmings. Babes In The Wood Wed 1 Dec-Sat 8 Jan. Times vary —— call box office for details. £7.75—£8.75 (£6.75—£7.50); family ticket £29. Palace Theatre, 9 Green Street, Kilmarnock, 01563 523590. The Palace Theatre present their Christmas panto with Catriona Evans as Maid Marion and Jim Byars as the Sheriff. The Singing Kettle Thu 2—Sat 4 Dec, Thu 10am; Fri 10am & 5.30pm; Sat 11am, 2pm & 5.30pm. £8—£9 (£6—£7); family ticket £25/£28. Ages 3+. See hoto caption

e International Purves Puppets Biggar Puppet Theatre, Broughton Road, 01899 220631. £5 (£4); reductions for parties of five or more). Shows on offer this week are: Pips And Panda In Magicland Sat 20 Nov, 2pm. Fun and adventure with Pips and Panda as they are whisked off to magic land where nothing is quite as it seems. Snow White Fri 26 & Fri 27 Nov, 2pm. ' Looking in her magic mirror, the evil stepmother is horrified to discover that the fairest of them all is Snow White, and banishes her to the woods to meet a fateful end. But help is at hand as the seven dwarfs come along to save the day.