KIDS listings



Activities And Fun

Wild, Wet & Wonderful Activities Sat 22 Jan. Free. Smith Art Gallery and Museum, Dumbarton Road, Stirling, 01786 471917. Age 5—14. A day of activities to complement the gallery’s exhibition, including talks and an exploration of 96Scotland’s peat bogs. Animal Antics - Millennium Magic Sun 30 Jan, 2—3pm. Free. Calderglen Country Park, Strathaven Road, East Kilbride, 01355 236644. A special millennium look at the animals of Calderglen Park.

Video Workshop Mon 31 Jan, 7.30pm. Cumbernauld Theatre, Kildrum, Cumbernauld, 01236 732887. Ages 14+. Lanarkshire Video Arts Centre offer an introduction to video production with the use of camera, lighting and sound. Participants get the chance to create a magazine programme whilst learning some handy presentation skills. Part of Cumbernauld 3‘ Youth Arts Festival.


A Midsummer Night's Dream (PG) Fri 21 .Ian, 10am & Sun 23 Jan, 2.30pm and Kes (U) Sun 30 Jan, 2.30pm & Mon 31 Jan, 10am. £1.50. MacRobert, University of Stirling, Stirling, 01786 461081. See Film Index.


Breaking The Ice Fri 28 & Sat 29 Jan, Fri 10.30am & 1.30pm; Sat 11am & 2pm. £2.50. MacRobett, University of Stirling, Stirling, 01786 461081 . Ages 4+. The world is turning to ice and the sun and moon are beginning to freeze. Join Sola on her quest to save the planet in Pop Up Theatre ’5 new show.

The Monster Who Ate 38 Fri 28 & Sat 29 Jan, 7.30pm. £5 (£3). Cumbernauld Theatre, Kildrum, Cumbernauld, 01236 732887. All ages. Pupils of 38 get more than they bargained for on an exchange visit to Italy. Not only are they confronted with a strange language and foreign food. but there‘s also a sea monster terrorising the town. Cumbernauld Junior Youth Theatre present this comic play by Randall Lewton. Part of C umbemauld '5 Youth Arts Festival.

The Ice Palace Fri 28 8; Sat 29 Jan, 7.45pm. £5 (£3). Cumbernauld Theatre, Kildrum, Cumbernauld, 01236 732887. Ages 8+. Cumbernauld Junior Youth Theatre present award-winning dramatist Lucinda Coxon’s dark play in which two young children embark on a new and intense relationshipJ’art of

C umbernauld 3' Youth Arts Festival.

The Happy Gang Get The Giggles Sat 29 Jan, 2pm. £5; family ticket £18. Carnegie Hall, East Port, Dunfermline, 01383 314127. Ages 9+. Children's favourites The Happy Gang set out on an adventure to solve the riddle of the Giggles.

The International Purves Puppets Biggar Puppet Theatre, Broughton Road, 01899 220631. £5 (£4); family tickets £23 & £36. Reductions for parties of five or more. Shows on offer over the next two weeks are:

Pips And Panda In Magicland Thu 20 Jan, 12.45pm. Fun and adventure with Pips and Panda as they are whisked off to magic land where nothing is quite as it seems.

Cinderella Sat 22 Jan, 2pm; Mon 24 Jan, 12.45pm; Sat 29 Jan, 2pm. Purves Puppets faithfully recreate the classic rags to riches tale.


Visual Arts Exhibition Wed 26 Jan—Tue 8 Feb. Cumbernauld Theatre, Kildrum, Cumbernauld. 01236 732887. Mixed media works by pupils from local schools

and young artists. Part of Cumbernauld’s Youth Arts Festival.

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Glasgow’s year as the UK's City Of Architecture And Design has come to an end, but if you're one of those people thinking 'oh no, I meant to go and see that but I never got round to it . . . then take heart. The city has a lasting legacy in the form of The Lighthouse, Scotland's Centre For Architecture, Design And The City.

If you haven’t noticed it's existence then that's not entirely surprising, as the building is tucked away on Mitchell Lane off Buchanan Street. Once you do look in the right direction you’ll be impressed. Charles Rennie Mackintosh’s first major public building and the former offices of The Herald have been converted by Page & Park Architects, to reflect the past and future of Glasgow’s architectural style. Stepping into the reception area is like entering another world, the bustle of the city streets replaced by the stylishly minimalist interior composed of chrome, glass, wood and escalators with blue strip lights. This haven of calm has five floors featuring two main exhibition halls, an education centre, along with smaller display areas, a cafe and gift shop.

There are only a few weeks left to see the current exhibition Identity Crisis (ends 13 February) which looks at items which have defined the 905 from silicon implants to vacuum cleaners. Future exhibitions will include/Meta City/Data Town (5 February—23 April), Kidsize (3 March-4 June) and Scottish Design Awards 2000 (18—30 April). If the standards of future displays are as high as the current batch of exhibitions then The Lighthouse should be receivmg plenty of visitors.

On display all year round is a permanent exhibition documenting Charles Rennie Mackintosh's work and influence in the fields of architecture, furniture, prints and fabric design. Using the latest in touch screen technology, with a wealth of photographs and examples of his work on display, this is the ideal way to get clued up on one of the city’s most influential deSigners. From here you can venture up the Mackintosh tower (banish all thoughts of Hitchcock’s Vertigo from your mind, take a deep breath and start climbing), which affords an amazing 360 degree view of the city. Tower blocks share the skyline with church steeples, providing the perfect way to survey the City’s architecture. (Louisa Pearson)

Fun Factor 3/5

Informative 5/5

Value for Money 5/5

Added Extras Cafe, Gift Shop with exceedingly stylish goods.

How You Get There Buchanan Street is the nearest Underground stop, and it’s just a five minute walk from either Central or Queen Street station. (It’s on that little lane by the Warner Bros store).

How much it costs Free; Mackintosh exhibition £2.50 (£1 .50—f2), but free on


When it's open Mon, Wed, Fri, Sat lO.30am-—S.30pm; Tue 11am—5.30pm; Thu 10.30am—7pm, Sun noon—5pm.

a The Lighthouse, 11 Mitchell Lane, 221 6362.


2000 Words Literary Festival Fri 14 Jan—Sat 5 Feb. Various venues. North Lanarkshire, 01698 267515. North Lanarkshire Council are celebrating the start of the new millennium by celebrating the world of literature. The festival includes many aspects of literature and other artforrns such as author visits, workshops, theatrical performances of literary works, exhibitions and book sales. The festival caters for all ages ranging from children to rrown ups.

I10 (1 Out The Word Of Life Mon 17—Sat 29 Jan, days and times vary. Free. Wellington Church, University Avenue, 342 5896. The Church of Scotland Guild Banner 2000 Exhibition are displaying 66 banners (one for each book of the Bible) and a new national banner as part of their touring exhibition. The banners have been hand-stitched by Guilds the length and breadth of Scotland.

Scottish Computer Fair Sun 23 Jan, 10am-3pm. £3 (£1.50). SECC, Finnieston Quay, 287 7777. Computer buff heaven full of computer technology to look at, buy and talk about. Experts will also be on hand to solve all your technological problems.


The Scottish Cat Club Show Sat 22 Jan, 11am—5pm. £3. SECC, Finnieston Quay. 287 7777. Everything that has anything to do with our furry feline friends including competitions and stalls. 30/20 Celtic Connections Craft 8: Design Fair Sat 29 Jan, 10am. Free. Glasgow Royal Concert Hall, 2 Sauchiehall Street, 287 5511. Craft and design work with a Celtic influence on sale to the public direct from the designers as part of the Celtic Connections Festival.

Environmental Activities Millennium Oak Planting Sun 23 Jan, 1pm. Dalziel Country Park, Motherwell, 01236 780636. Meet at the Dalziel Car Park then help create history by planting seedlings that have come from the ancient Covenanters Oak in Dalziel Country Park.

Conservation Controversies Wed 26 Jan, 7.15pm. llyndland Secondary School, Clarence Drive, 954 9308. An evening run by the Scottish Wildlife Trust with a talk and slide presentation by Clyde Bird Recorder Ian Gibson. Winter Tree ID Sun 30 Jan, 2pm. Finlaystone Country Estate, Visitors Centre, 01475 540505. Learn how to tell the difference between your alder and your elder using buds, twigs and bark and the valuable advice of the park rangers.

Other Events

Vampires Of The New Millennium Thu 20 Jan, 8pm. Free. Republic Bier Halle, 9 Gordon Street. 550 7218. For those who can stand the light, head on down to the first gathering of vampires of the 21$t century. ‘Blood‘ cocktails will be on offer as will prizes for the best costume at this fiendish party hosted by The Scottish Vampire Society and vampire magazine Bite Me.

Burns Night Tue 25 Jan, 8.30pm. Free. Scotia Bar, Stockwell Street, 552 8681. Celv “rate the life of the Bard at this trae nal Burns Night with haggis ’n’ neeps, poetry, music and prose with readings from Getty Cambridge, Chris Dolan. Cheryl Fallon and Jim Ferguson.

Poetry In The Palace Fri 28 Jan, 1pm. Free. Kibble Palace. Botanic Gardens, Queen Margaret Drive, 334 2422. A chance to perform your favourite poem or song old or new or a chance to sit back and enjoy.