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Activities And Fun

lock And Elizabeth's Adventures Permanent attraction. Wed 11am4pm. £3.50 (£2.95). The Tall Ship at Glasgow Harbour, 100 Stobcross Road, 339 0631. All aboard the Clyde-built sailing ship Glenlee for a whole host of children’s activities.


The Lord Of The Rings (PG) Sat 5 Feb, 1pm; Yellow Submarine (U) Sat 12 Feb, 1pm. £2.25 (family ticket £9). Glasgow Film Theatre, 12 Rose Street, 332 8128. See Film Index.

Music Children’s Classic Concerts Sat 12 Feb, 3pm. £8 (£4—£6); family ticket £22. Royal Concert Hall, 2 Sauchiehall Street, 287 5511. Presenter Atarah Ben-Tovim and conductor Richard Armstrong are joined by soprano Katy Morrell and the orchestra of Scottish Opera for American Accents, a fun concert for 4—14-year- olds, featuring works by Gershwin, Bernstein and Scott Joplin.


Midas Goes For Gold Sat 5 Feb, 2pm. £3 (£2). Scottish Mask & Puppet Theatre Centre, 8—10 Balcarres Avenue, Kelvindale, 339 6185. Sylvia Troon’s Kenspeckle Puppets present the tale of

the greedy King Midas.

The Baroness Of Caridi and The Swordfish Tue 8 Feb, 7pm. £5 (£4). Scottish Mask & Puppet Theatre Centre, 8—10 Balcarres Avenue, Kelvindale, 339 6185. Week-long resident Italian theatre company, Teatro Proskenion. present two stories, written and performed in Italian by sin er/sto teller Nino Racco.

e A ly Of T e Madonna - Or Rather, Pulcinella In Pieces Thu 10 Feb, 7pm. £5 (£4). Scottish Mask & Puppet Theatre Centre, 8—10 Balcarres Avenue, Kelvindale, 339 6185. Teatro Proskenion present a commedia dell’ arte mask performance written by Nando Taviani, Mirella Schino and Nicola Savarese. Performed in Italian.

Ian's Incredible Puppet Show Sat 12 Feb, 2pm. £3 (£2). Scottish Mask & Puppet Theatre Centre, 8—10 Balcarres Avenue, Kelvindale, 339 6185. Children’s favourite Ian Turbitt brings more Beatrix Potter tales to life.


Prince Rama And The Demons Thu 3 & Fri 4 Feb, 1.30pm. £3.50—£22 (concs available). Theatre Royal, 282 Hope Street, 332 9000. Scottish Ballet’s first piece to be specially created for a younger audience is inspired by the classic Indian story of the Ramayana. It tells the story of Prince Rama and how he is helped by Hanuman the monkey god to rescue his kidnapped wife.


Ottakar's/The Herald Children’s Book Day Sat 12 Feb, 9.30am. Free. Ottakar’s Bookshop, Unit 16, Cameron Toll Shopping Centre, 6 Lady Road, 666 1866. A day of events dedicated to

children’s books including the announcement of the results of the readers’ poll My Favourite Book Ever. Even Better Crack Club Sat 12 Feb, 10am—noon. £1 donation. Lansdowne Church Hall, 420 Great Western Road, 337 2311. For further details contact 01506 847935. More tallish tales, traditional and new for all the family with resident yamspinners Frances Logan, Ewan McVicar and Michael Kerins.


Activities And Fun

Dino's Dynamos Dynamic Earth, Holyrood Road, 550 7800. Every Saturday, 10am-noon (until Jun 2000). Free. Ages 6—12. Dino’s Dynamos, an exciting new club for children, 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 Dynamic Earth for further details.

Doodles Ceramic Workshop Doodles Ceramics Workshop, 29 Marchmont Crescent, 229 1399. Tue—Thu 11am—9pm; Fri 11am-6pm; Sat IOam—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 unglazed white pottery items, you can create your own personalised piece of pottery.

The Jelly Club The Jelly Club, (the former Jolly Giant Superstore), Peffermill Road, 652 0212. Sun—Thu 10am—7pm; Fri & 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 doors offering 470 youngsters up to the age of 12 the

KIDS PREVIEW The Magic Flute

Stirling: MacRobert, Mon l4-Sat 19 Feb; Edinburgh: Brunton Theatre, Sat 26 Feb.



Mozart's opera The Magic Flute may not seem the most digestible of shows for audiences aged five and over. But

operatic conventions aside, Blue Tiger Music Theatre's success with the show at Aberdeen's 1998 Kaleidoscope Festival has resulted in a SAC funded tour to venues throughout Scotland. It's also landed them a commission from the Scottish International Children's Festival to perform their production of Hansel and Gretel in May this year.

The company's founders - Simon Hart, director of the Puppet Animation Festival, Pete Stollery and Shona Reppe - set up Blue Tiger to bring musical theatre into schools, and are well aware of its appeal: ‘Music theatre is very flexible as it combines a variety of artforms,’ says Hart. ‘It also provides an excellent introduction to live


Drawing on rich pantomimic traditions, The Magic Flute retains the fantastical edge of Mozart's original opera. fusing colour. music, puppetry and slapstick to tell the story of Papageno. who is rescued from the clutches of a menacing dragon by the woman of his dreams, Pamina. 'The underlying message of the show is that looks can be deceptive and bravery often comes in the most unlikely forms,’ adds Hart.

Long live girl power. (Helen Monaghan)

listings KIDS

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 jun le to an inflatable assault course. 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.

Children's Art Workshop - Saturday Classes Until Sat 5 Feb. Every Saturday at 10.30am—12.30pm (ages 5—8); 2—4pm (ages 9—12). £45 for five weeks. Jenny Smith leads this fun workshop in the art of watercolour painting and sculpture. Dragon Parade Sun 6 Feb, 11am. St James Centre, Leith Street, 556 0988. A spectacular start to Edinburgh‘s Chinese New Year celebrations as the parade departs from the St James Centre at 11am and winds its way to the Festival Theatre where the main event begins at 1pm. See below.

Chinese New Year Celebration Sun 6 Feb, 1pm. £3.50. Festival Theatre, 13—29 Nicolson Street, 529 6000. Join the Edinburgh Chinese School to celebrate the Year Of The Dragon, featuring the dragon dance, traditional Chinese music, acrobatic display and a martial arts demonstration.

More Beadwork Sun 6 Feb, 11.30am. £7.50. Helios Fountain, 7 Grassmarket, 229 7884. Ages 8—12. Advance booking necessary. Create your own necklace or earrings at this basic beadwork workshop.


October Sky (PG) Sat 12 Feb, 2.30pm. £4.50 (£2.50). The Lumiere, Royal Museum, Chambers Street, 247 4219. See Film Index.


The Thirteen Clocks Tue 8—Sat 12 Feb, 7.30pm; Sat 10.30am & 7.30pm. £4 (£3.50). Bedlam Theatre, 11b Bristo Place, 225 9893. Free matinee for children on Sat 12 Feb, 10.30am. Adapted from the American illustrated story by James Thurber, Edinburgh University Theatre Company present this light-hearted fairytale for all ages combining fantastical characters with elements of the traditional fairytale. The Happy Gang Get The Giggles Wed 9 Feb, 11am & 2.30pm. £5. St Bride’s Centre, 10 Orwell Terrace, 346 1405. Ages 9 and under. It's giggles galore in the Happy House, but Spatz, Nicky and Mr P can’t find where they’re coming from. Help the gang solve the riddle of the giggles in this fun-filled musical show.

Doctor Dolittle Wed 16 Feb—Sat 4 Mar (not Sun). Mon, Tue, Thu & Fri 7.30pm; Wed & Sat 2.30pm & 7.30pm; Thu 17 Feb 2.30pm & 7.30pm. £8—£29.50 (£8—£22). Playhouse, 18—22 Greenside Place, 0870 6063424. Fun for all the family as Philip Schofield stars in this new musical featuring a host of animatronic animals, including a parrot, Polynesia, voiced by Julie Andrews.


Artworks: Faces And Things Sat 12 Feb—Sat 27 May, City Art Centre, 2 Market Street, 529 3993. Aimed primarily at young children, this hands- on exhibition explores themes of portraiture and still life.


Activities And Fun

Dance Workshop Sat 5 Feb, 1pm. Free. Cumbemauld Theatre, Kildrum, Cumbemauld, 01236 732887. Ages 14—18. Brush up your dance steps and share work from choreographer Natasha Guinessy’s recent project with North Lanarkshire Youth Dance Company. Part of C umbemauld '5 Youth Arts Festival.

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