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Activities And Fun

Jock And Elizabeth's Adventures Permanent attraction. Daily 10am—6pm. £3.50 (£2.95 l. The Tall Ship at Glasgow Harbour. 100 Slobcross‘ Road. 339 0631. All aboard the Clyde-built sailing ship Glenlee fora whole host of children's activities.

Santa's Sleigh Rides Sat 18 ck Sun 19 Dec. £1.50. Pollok (‘ountry Park. Pollokshaws Road. Advance booking essential on 0141 649 0875632 9299, Join Santa on a festive sleigh ride around tlte park.

Bobby Roberts' Super Circus Thu 23 Dec-Sun 23 Jan (not 25 Dec ck 1 Jan). 3pm 6; 7pm. 23 Dec 6'; 10——11 Jan. 13—14 Jan, 17—181an. 20—21 Jan. 7pm; 31 Dec 3pm. £9»—£l2 (£6—£b’); family tickets £22. SECC, Finnieston Quay. 237 7777.

Thrills and spills under the big top at one

of the few remaining traditional circuses. Christmas And New Year Carnival Thu 23 Dec—Sun 16 Jan (not 25 Dec 6'; 1 Jan). 23 Dec & 10—14Ian.6-11pm; 24—30 Dec, 2—9 Jan 6; 15~16 Jan. 11am--l 1pm; 31 Dec 11am-6pm. £2.5t)--£14.5(). SECC, Finnieston ()uay. 237 7777. Europe‘s biggest indoor funfair returns to the SF.(,‘(‘ with a host of new rides.


Captain Jack (PU) Sat 1s“ Dec. 1pm. £3.51) (£2.25). Glasgow Film Theatre, 12 Rose Street. 332 S128. See Film lndex.


Santa’s Special Cracker The Amazing Mr Bones tfntil Sat lts‘ Dec. Mon~Fri 10.30am (v 2pm: Sat 2pm. £3 (£2). Scottish Mask 6; Puppet Theatre

Centre. 8—10 Balcarres Avenue. Kelvindale. 339 6185. Ages 4+. Festive fun with games, songs and custard pies, courtesy of the Amazing Mr Bones.

The Singing Kettle Thu IG—Thu 30 Dec. Thu 16 & Mon 20 Dec, 10am & 1pm: Fri 17, 10am; Sat 18, 11am & 2pm: Sun 19 Dec, noon; Mon 27-Thu 30 Dec, noon & 3pm. £9.60 (£8.60); family ticket £7.60 per person. Royal Concert Hall, 2 Sauchiehall Street, 287 551]. 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. audience participation and magic. See review. page 62.

Pandemillonium Until Fri 17 Dec, 7.30pm. Toonspeak Young People’s Theatre, 141 Charles Street, Royston, 552 0234. Toonspeak Young People’s Theatre present a modern panto. retelling the story of Peter Pan in a spirited performance.

Plum Loco's Christmas Cracker Thu 16 & Fri 17 Dec. 7pm. £4. Kilmardinny Arts Centre. 50 Kilmardinny Avenue. Bearsden, 931 5083. A fun-packed Christmas show for children. with music. laughter and plenty of audience participation.

The Happy Gang‘s Cracking Christmas

I Fri l7-Sun 19 Dec. Fri 6pm; Sat 6’; Sun

1pm 62; 4pm. £6 (family ticket £20). SECC, Finnieston Quay, 287 7777. Ages 9 and under. See photo caption and review page 62.

' Activities And Fun Dino's Dynamos Every Saturday. ; Dynamic Earth. Holyrood Road. 550

7800. Fly ery Saturday, 10am—noon (until

: Jun 2000). Ages 6—12. Meet Dino the

Dinosaur. the mascot for this new and exciting club for children. Dino's

Dynamos offers free entry to the venue on Saturday mornings, fortnightly , workshops in the Dynamic Earth

TUM TUM TINKER Mon 27 Dec-Tue 4 Jan, 3.30pm. £418). The Stand. 5

York Place, 558 7272. Ages 4—12. After this year’s Fringe success, Mark Pencak returns as the Tum Tum Tinker with his trademark mix of fantastical stories for children. Using his magic needle made from a shard left behind when Arthur pulled Excaliber from the stone and a selection of puppets and props, he weaves wonderful tales from lands far and near.

THE HAPPY GANG'S CRACKING CHRISTMAS See listings for dates and venues. Ages 9 and under. Spatz, Nicky and Mr P have won tickets to meet Santa and Rudolph. But as they make a snowman on Christmas Eve, a cat burglar sneaks down the chimney and tries to steal their special tickets. Will they get to meet the bearded fella? Songs aplenty and laughs

all the way in the Happy Gang's seasonal show.

Discovery Rooms. a free T-shirt when you join and Dino's newsletter. Bring along a passport-sized photograph on the morning or call Dynamic Earth for further details.

Doodles Ceramic Workshop Doodles Ceramics Workshop, 29 .‘vlarchmont Crescent. 229 I399. Tue-511w 11am-9pm; Fri 11am—6pm; Sat 10am-6pm; Sun noon-6pm. £5 (£4). This new workshop, created by Holly Peters. offers both adults and children the chance to ‘paint-your-own‘ ceramics. Choosing from a selection of tinglazed white pottery items. including mugs, plates. jugs. tea pots and egg cups, you can create your own personalised piece of pottery using paint. stamps. stencils or doodles. Perfect-timing for an extra

s ecial Christmas gift.

Tie lelly Club The Jelly Club, (the former Jolly Giant Superstore). Peffermill Road, 652 0212. Sun—Thu 10am—7pm; Fri 8.; Sat 10am—8pm. £2.95 (off-peak two-hour play sessions. Mon—Fri 10am—3pm); all other times £3.95. Scotland’s largest children's play and party centre opens its door offering 470 youngsters tip to the age of 12 the chance to indulge in pure, jellytastic fun. Comprising five different Zones targeted at different age groups, the centre has

» everything from ball pools and a jelly

jungle to a child-scale village with walk- in shops and an inflatable assault course.

And if that wasn‘t enough to be getting 3 on with, there are also four party rooms available for hire.

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.

Christmas Art Workshop L'ntil 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. Ang 5—8. Art workshops on a festive theme featuring mobile making. Christmas decorations and jewellery. Life Sized Puppet Making Until Sat 18 Dec. Every Saturday from 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, carnival-sized puppet heads at this fun workshop.

Santa's Forest Grotto Until Fri 24 Dec. Ilium—4.30pm.£6.8(1(£3.80—£4.80); famin ticket £19—£23.50. Edinburgh Zoo, (‘orstorphine Road, 334 9171. (Tome 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.

Beadwork Lessons Sun 19 Dec. 11.30am—1pm. £7.50 (includes

| materials). Helios Fountain. 7 Grassmarket, 229 7884. Basic beadwork

classes for children aged between 8 and 12. Learn how to make a necklace and a

pair of earrings.


Saturday Mornin Matinee (U) Sat 18 Dec. 11am; The A ventures 0f Pinocchio (U) Sun 19 Dee, 2.30pm. £4.50 (£2.50). The Lumiere, Royal Museum, Chambers Street, 247 4219. See Film Index.


Tum Tum Tinker Mon 27 Dec-Tue 4 Jan. 3.30pm. £4 (£3). The Stand, 5 York Place. 558 7272. Ages 4—12. See photo caption.

The Happy Gang's Happy Hogmanay! Tue 28 Dec. 1.30-2.45pm. £6 (family ticket

; £20). Festival Theatre, 13—29 Nicolson

' Street. 529 6000. Ages 9 and under. Sec

' photo caption and review page 62.

Exhibition Messages From The Future Fri 10

; Dec—Sat 29 Jan. Focusing on ‘visions for the future’. primary school children in

Edinburgh worked with artists Kenny Bean and Lindsay Perth in the gallery’s new digital lab and darkrooms. to create both digital and chemical photography. See Activities And Fun for details of workshops.


Activities And Fun

Spirit Of Christmas Until Fri 24 Dec, Ham—5pm. £5. New Lanark Visitor Centre, New Lanark Mills, Lanark, 01555 661345. Christmas in the unique World Heritage Village of New Lanark with three seasonal treats: the Spirit of Christmas ride, Santa’s Grotto and a panto.

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