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Activities And Fun
Jock And Elizabeth's Adventures Permanent attraction. Wed 11am—4pm. Normal hours of 10am-5pm (daily) resume front Sat 4 Mar. £3.50 (£2.95); family ticket £6.95—£9.95. The Tall Ship at Glasgow Harbour. 100 Stobcross Road, 339 0631. All aboard the Clyde- built sailing ship Glenlec for a whole host of children’s activities.
Arts And Crafts Sat 4 Mar-Sat 8 Apr. Every Saturday from 2.30—5.30pm. £60 (includes all materials). Napiershall Street Centre, 39 Napiershall Street, 341 0024. Ages 5—10. Have a go at papier mache, collage, drawing, printing, painting, mask making or clay modelling at these fun arts and crafts workshops from Impact Arts.
Drama Sat 4 Mar—Sat 8 Apr. Every Saturday at 2.30—5.30pm. £55 (includes all materials). Napiershall Street Centre, 39 Napiershall Street, 341 0024. Ages 5—10. Impact Arts present drama workshops for budding thespians, designed to develop acting, voice and movement skills.
A Giant Sculptors Workshop: Mosaic Making Sat 4, Sat 11, Sat 18 & Sat 25 Mar, 10am—noon (ages 5-7), 12.15—2.15pm (ages 8—10)& 2.30—4.30pm (ages 11-13). £18.75 (for all four dates). Gallery of Modern Art, Queen Street, 229 1996. For further information and booking form, call Giant Productions on 334 2000. Ages 5—13. Have a go at mosaic making at this fun workshop from Giant Productions.
The Princess Bride (PG) Sat 4 Mar, 1pm; Labyrinth (U) Sat 11 Mar, 1pm. £2.25 (fantin ticket £9). Glasgow Film Theatre, 12 Rose Street, 332 8128. See Film Index.
The Little Dragon From Dragonland Sat 4 Mar, 2pm. £3 (£2). Scottish Mask 8: Puppet Theatre Centre, 8—10 Balcarres Avenue, Kelvindale, 339 6185. Ciaran isn’t the only one being bullied at school, a little dragon is too. A tale of friendship from Pavla’s Pu pets.
Catalina And T e Whale Sat 11 Mar, 2pm. £3 (£2). Scottish Mask 8: Puppet Theatre Centre, 8-10 Balcarres Avenue, Kelvindale, 339 6185. Adapted from a Spanish folktale, Jack O’Lantern Puppets present the story of a wicked aunt and nasty cousin’s plot to kill Catalina.
Even Better Crack Club Sat 11 Mar, anm—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 yarnspinners Frances Logan, Ewan McVicar and Michael Kerins.
EDINBURGH - Activities And Fun Dino's Dynamos Dynamic Earth, llolyrood 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 chance to indulge in pure, jellytastic fttn. Comprising ﬁve different zones targeted at different age groups, the centre has everything from ball pools and a jelly jungle, 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.
More Beadwork Sun 5 Mar, 11.30am. £7.50 (includes all materials). Advance booking necessary. Helios Fountain, 7 Grassmarket, 229 7884. Ages 8-12. Create your own necklace or earrings at this basic beadwork workshop. Japanese Art Until Sat 25 Mar. Every Saturday at 10.30am—12.30pm (ages 5—8); 2—4pm (ages 9—12). £45 for 5 weeks. Old St Paul’s Church, 63 Jeffrey Street, 556 3332. To book a place call 554 1999. Artist Jenny Smith leads this fun workshop focusing on Japanese art and culture. Starting off with a drawing trip to the Royal Museum, participants will have the chance to make a Japanese pot and have a go at oriental paintings and design.
Pancakes And Stories Workshop Sat 4 Mar, 3pm. £2. Netherbow Arts Centre, 43—45 High Street, 556 9579/2647. Ages 3—6. A fun workshop where you can enjoy some tasty pancakes while listening to exciting stories.
Rockwatch Club Sat 11 Mar, 10.30am—12.30pm. £1. Royal Museum, 2 Chambers Street, 247 4219. Ages 8—16. Find out more about Scotland‘s geological past with NMS geologists at this new geology club for children.
Tarzan (U) Sat 4 Mar, 3pm and The Secret Of Roan Inish (U) Sat 11 Mar, 2.30pm. £4.50 (£2.50). The Lumiere. Royal Museum, Chambers Street, 247 4219. See Film Index.
Doctor Dolittle Until Sat 4 Mar (not Sun). Mon, Tue, Thu & Fri 7.30pm; Wed & Sat 2.30pm & 7.30pm. £8-£29.50 (£8—£22). Playhouse, 18-22 Greenside Place, 0870 6063424. Fun for all the family as Philip Schofteld stars in this new musical featuring a host of animatronic animals including a parrot, Polynesia, voiced by Julie Andrews. Gingerbread Boy Sat 4 Mar, 2pm. £3.50 (£2.50). Netherbow Arts Centre, 43-45 High Street, 556 9579/2647. Ages 3—6. Ian 'Turbitt’s puppets bring to life the charming tale of the Gingerbread Boy. Exhibition
Artworks: Faces And Things Until 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. See review.
OUTSIDE THE CITIES
Activities And Fun
Young McManus Sat 4 Mar. 2—4pm. £3. McManus Galleries, Albert Square, Dundee, 01382 432020. Ages 7—13. Let your imagination run wild and create a fantasy castle at this workshop. Dreaming In Colour Sat 11 Mar, 2—3.30pm. £3. Dundee Contemporary Arts, 152 Nethergate, Dundee, (11382 432000. Inspired by the current exhibition, create your own ‘dream machine’ using light, sound and a range of materials.
Annie (U) Sun 5 Mar, 2.30pm; Oliver! (U) Sun 12 Mar, 2.30pm. £1.50. MacRobert, University of Stirling, Stirling, 01786 461081. See Film index.
National Youth Choir Of Scotland Wed 15 Mar, 7.30pm. £6 (£3). MacRobert, University of Stirling, Stirling, 01786 461081. The National Youth Choir of Scotland perform songs from all periods and musicals to raise funds for the British Red Cross.
The Witches Until Sat 4 Mar, 7pm; Wed—Fri 10am & 7pm; Sat 2pm & 7pm. £8.50 (LI—£5); family ticket £23. Adam Smith Theatre. Bennochy Road, Kirkealdy, 01592 412929. Ages 5+. Where have all the children gone? Perhaps the respectable ladies at the Hotel Magnificent know as they hold their annual meeting. But these are no ordinary ladies, only witches in disguise, cooking up a plot to turn all children into mice. Find out if our boy hero can save the day in the Birmingham Stage Company’s acclaimed production of
Roald Dahl’s bewitching tale.
The Happy Gang Get The Giggles! Sat 11 Mar, 2.30pm. £5 (family ticket £18). Greenock Arts Guild, Campbell Street, Greenock, 01475 723038. Ages 9 and under. It’s giggles galore in the Happy House, but Spatz, Nicky and Mr P can’t ftnd where the giggles are coming from. Help the gang solve the riddle of the giggles in this fun-filled musical show. The Happy Gang Get The Giggles! Wed 15 Mar, 10.30am & 1pm. £5 (£3). Village Theatre, Maxwell Drive, East Kilbride, 013552 48669. Ages 9 and under. See above.
The International Purves Puppets Biggar Puppet Theatre, Broughton Road, 01899 220631. £5 (£4); family tickets £23 & £36. Book in advance as times are subject to change. Reductions for parties of ﬁve or more. Shows on offer over the next two weeks are:
Pips And Panda And The Magic Egg Fri 3 Mar, 10.40am; Sat 11 Mar, 2pm; Tue 14 Mar, 10.40am. A magic egg causes no end of trouble in Pips and Panda’s latest adventure.
Aladdin Sat 4 Mar, 2pm. Aladdin gets a puppet makeover in Purvcs Puppets’ unique adaptation.
Changing Pages Until Sat 11 Mar, MacRobert, University of Stirling, Stirling, 01786 461081. An exhibition of
moveable and pop-up books from the turn of the century to the present day.
Whuppity Scoorie Storytelling Festival Until Sun 5 Mar, Various Venues, Lanark, 01555 661661. A whole weekend of workshops for both adults and children, with a performance and a storytelling family ceilidh on the ﬁnal dav.
Artworks: Faces And Things Edinburgh: City Art Centre, until 27 May * at: 7k k )k
If the eyes are the window to the soul, then the face is the gateway to the brain. A single facial expression can say far more than a hundred words, and the entire meaning of something can alter immeasurably when backed up by a smile or a grimace. To an adult, the many nuances of a face are second nature, but to a young child the combined efforts of the eyes, mouth and nose open up a world of possibility. With this in mind, the City Art Centre have chosen portraiture and still life as the central themes of their current
exhibition Artworks: Faces And Things.
Children rarely need encouragement to pick up a pen and start drawing, but this excellent exhibition uses a range of interactive pieces to maximise their creativity. Comprising jigsaws of children pulling faces, rows of mirrors with instructions on which expression to adopt, dressing up hats and glasses, easels and a huge selection of colouring pens, beads and wool to create your own artwork with, the fourth floor of the gallery is a funfest waiting to happen. Many of the activities on offer are as easy or hard as you want to make them, meaning a very young child can get just as much from building a colourful wall montage, or creating line drawings in sand, as an
older child with more artistic skill.
A trip to an art gallery can often be a dull affair for kids, with constant chimes of 'don’t touch that’ levelled at them. Here they can touch to their hearts content — just don‘t be offended if your child's portrait of you looks
like a monkey. (Kelly Apter)
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