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Activities And Fun Jock And Elizabeth's Adventures The Tall Ship At Glasgow Harbour, 100 Stobcross Road, 339 0631. Daily 10am-5pm. £3.50 (£2.95); accompanied children free. All aboard the Clyde-built sailing ship Glenlee for a whole host of children’s activities including a treasure trail and workshops, or join the ship’s crew and ring the ship’s bell and raise the fla . Sofind Tree Sessions Until Mon 1 May, Mon-Fri noon, 1.30pm & 3pm; Sat & Sun noon & 2pm. Free. Art Gallery & Museum, Kelvingrove, Argyle Street, 287 2747. As part of ‘Operation Sunflower’, a vast sunflower planting operation throughout the city, The Sound Tree is a light and sound installation. Inside the structure, children will hear stories which will inspire them to play their part in the future of their city and planet. After the session, each child receives a packet of sunflower seeds, a ‘sunflower power badge’ and a leaflet explaining how to Elam and care for seeds.

aster Activities At The Tall Ship Until Mon 1 May, 10am-5pm. £3.50 (£2.95); accompanied children free. The Tall Ship At Glasgow Harbour, 100 Stobcross Road, 339 0631. The ship’s bell will signal events such as guided tours, rigging climbing demonstrations, power boat and jet ski displays, a puppetry performance of Sea Stories (Sat 29 & Sun 30 Apr, 1.30pm) and costumed drama events and workshops for children with Scottish Youth Theatre (Sun 30 Apr & Mon 1 May, 1-3pm). Tiger Masks Until Fri 28 Apr, 2—4pm. Free. Burrell Collection, 2060 Pollokshaws Road, 287 2550. Advance booking essential. Create your own tiger mask at this fun workshop. Tiger Socks Sat 29 & Sun 30 Apr, 2—4pm. Free. Burrell Collection, 2060 Pollokshaws Road, 287 2550. Advance booking essential. Bring along an old sock and transform it into a tiger at this fun puppet workshop. Family Day At CCA Mon 1 May, 11am-5pm. Free. CCA at McLellan Galleries, 270 Sauchiehall Street, 332 0522. To celebrate Museums and Galleries Month 2000, the CCA launches a day of artist-led workshops, tours and gallery trails for all the family based around the current exhibition. Use your sense of smell to create drawings in Clara Ursitti’s scent workshops, print your own T-shirt and create video work with artist Anne Marie Copestake. Photograpy Workshops Sat 6—Sat 27 May. Every Saturday at 10am-noon. £20 (for 4 weeks). Hunterian Art Gallery, University of Glasgow, 82 Hillhead Street, 330 5431. Advance booking essential. Ages 11-16. Tutor Thomas O’Donneil oflers handy hints and advice in the art of photograph . Springtime Arts And rafts Sat 6 May-Sat 24 Jun. Every Saturday at 10am-noon or 1-3pm. £25 (for 8 weeks). Hunterian Art Gallery, University of Glasgow, 82 Hillhead Street, 330 5431. Advance booking essential. Ages 8—12. Rose Harvey leads these fun arts and crafts workshops. Maydae Sun 7 May, 11am-5pm. Free, Glasgow Green, 287 5140. Glasgow Green comes alive with an all-singing, all-dancing day of activities to celebrate May Day. There’s arts and crafts, face- painting, clowns, sport and play plus a special appearance from children’s favourites The Happy Gang.

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The tand Before Time (PG) Sat 29 Apr, 1pm and ET (U) Sat 6 May, 1pm. £2.25 (family ticket £9). Glasgow Film Theatre, 12 Rose Street, 332 8128. See Film Index.


Bananas In Pyjamas Sun 7 May, 2pm & 6pm. £5.50 (£5). Pavilion Theatre, 121 Renfield Street, 332 1846. Ages 2+. The stars of the hit TV series are treading the boards in this special fully-staged musical. Joining the Bananas in Pyjamas are all their friends Cuddles Avenue, teddies Amy, Morgan and Lulu and the mischievous Rat-in-a-Hat for fun-filled adventures.

The Owl Who Was Afraid Of The Dark Sat 6 May, 2pm. £3 (£2). Scottish Mask & Puppet Theatre Centre, 8—10 Balcarres Avenue, Kelvindale, 339 6185. Pavla’s Puppets’ charming adaptation of Jill Tomlinson’s well-known book which tells the story of Plop the baby owl, who is frightened of the dark.

Martha Sat 6—Sun 7 May, Sat 11am & 3pm; Sun 3pm. £4 (£3). Tron Theatre, 63 Trongate, 287 5511. Ages 4+. Meet Martha the obstinate, eccentric old woman who lives by the sea. Self-reliant in her nature, she doesn’t need any friends or family around her until one day, her life begins to change when a seagull lands at her windowsill. A touching story about friendship and trust from this new children’s theatre company Catherine Wheels.


Kid! Club Sun 30 Apr, noon. Free. Waterstone’s, 153—157 Sauchiehall Street, 332 9105. For further information call 333 1915. Waterstone’s launches a new reading club aimed at children from primaries 5-7. Membership packs will be issued at the first meeting.

Launch Pad Event Thu 4 May, 1.30—2.30pm. Free. Ottakar’s Bookstore, Unit 6, Buchanan Galleries, Buchanan Street, 353 1500. Meet author Jeremy Strong at this fun book club for children.


Activities 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. Paint A Chinese Hanging Scroll Sat 29 Apr, 10.30am-12.30pm & 2—4pm. 50p. Royal Museum, 2 Chambers Street, 247 4219. Ages 7-11. Catherine Hemsley shows you how to paint with Chinese brushstrokes and create a wall-hanging. Museums And Galleries Month Mon l-Wed 31 May. Free. City of Edinburgh Museums and Galleries. For further details call 529 7902. A packed programme of events to celebrate Museums and Galleries month including workshops in watercolour painting, charcoal drawing and willow sculpture, ided tours and talks.

my Tots Safari Tue 2 May. £12.50 per adult and toddler. Edinburgh Zoo, Corstorphine Road. To book and for further information call 314 0324. A fun morning or afternoon trail around the 200 for parents, carers and toddlers. Admission includes entry to the zoo, snacks and materials. Chinese Silk Painting Wed 3 May, 2.30—4.30pm. £1 (50p). Royal Museum, 2 Chambers Street, 247 4219. Ages 14+. Learn the techniques of painting on silk, taking inspiration from current exhibition of Chinese paintings. Fruitmarket Gallery Open Day Sat 6 May, Mam-6pm. Free. Fruitmarket Gallery, 45 Market Street, 225 2383.

Create your own artworks inspired by the British Art Show at this fun open day aimed at children and families. Beadwork For Children Sun 7 May, 11.30am-lpm. £7.50. Helios Fountain, 7 Grassmarket, 229 7884. Ages 8—12. Advance booking essential. Make your own necklace or earrings at this basic beadwork workshop.


Wean's World Sat 29 Apr—Sat 5 Aug. Every Saturday (with some exceptions), 2pm. £4 (£2.50). The Stand, 5 York Place, 558 7272. Advance booking advisable. Ages 5-10. The Stand Comedy Club hosts a regular weekly show for children and families featuring the talents of BlueBoat Theatre. Written and performed by Mark Pencak, after a sell-out Fringe run last year, he returns as the TumTumTinker with his trademark mix of fantastical stories. Using his magic needle and a selection of puppets and props, he weaves wonderful tales from lands far and near. Martha Tue 2 May, 2pm. £5 (£3); family ticket £14. Brunton Theatre, Ladywell Way, Musselburgh, 665 2240. Ages 4+. See Tron Theatre, Glasgow.

The All New Adventures Of Noddy Thu ll—Sun 14 May, Thu 4.30pm; Fri & Sun 10.30am & 1.30pm; Sat 10.30am,

1.30pm & 4.30pm. £8.50 (£6.50); £5.50 each for parties of eight; family ticket £28. King’s Theatre, 2 Leven Street, 529 6000. Ages 2—7. Join Noddy and his best friend Big-Ears for a fun day out in Toytown as Enid Blyton’s famous characters are brought to life. See review.


Artworks: Faces And Things Until Sat 27 May. Mon-Sat 10am—5pm. City Art Centre, 2 Market Street, 529 3993. Aimed primarily at young children, this hands-on exhibition explores themes of portraiture and still life.


Children Are Storytellers Fri 5 May, 2—4.30pm. £8 (£5). Netherbow Arts Centre, 43—45 High Street, 556 9579/2647. Ages 5-12. Claire Mulholland leads a storytelling workshop for children, using games and ideas to explore the tradition.

James Campbell Is Not Made Of Cheese Sat 6 May, 2.30pm. £3 (£2.50). Netherbow Arts Centre, 43-45 High Street, 556 9579/2647. Ages 5-11. Jump on the magic carpet and join master storyteller James Campbell for an afternoon of amusing and inventive stories.

KIDS REVIEW The All New Adventures Of Noddy Edi-n, urgh: King's Theatre Thu ll-Sun 14 May *‘k‘k‘k


Few literary characters have undergone a rebirth quite so successful as Enid Blyton's Noddy. Adored by children for decades, his tinkling bell fell quiet during the 19805, but the past few years have seen a comeback John Travolta would be proud of. A regular slot on Children's BBC, videos, toys, cutlery, clothes and a whole new range of books have shot the wee chap to cult status among 2-7-year-olds. So prepare for much hysteria as the nodding hero takes to the stage. Brought to you by Childrens Showtime. the production company behind last year’s hit The All New Adventures Of Postman Pat, Noddy is a crowd-pleaser from start to finish.

Tensions are running high in Toytown as the gang prepare for the village fayre. But one by one, essential items go astray; Tessie loses her wash tub, Mr Milko's cart goes missing. Big Ears’ lucky dip bag disappears and. in a true spirit of the times, Noddy's car is stolen. The bungling Mr Plod attempts to solve the mystery, but as all Noddy fans know, it doesn’t take Sherlock Holmes to figure out the goblins did it.

All the characters are introduced one by one, to squeals of excitement from the flag-waving crowd. And each comes equipped with a sing-a-Iong ditty. prompting much stamping of feet and waving of hands. The storyline is simple enough for younger ones to follow, and any signs of boredom are quickly bypassed by familiar join-in songs such as ‘Run Away Train' or 'Five Currant Buns'. An all-round winner with the kids, adults may find their interest flagging towards the end, but as Enid Blyton once said, following a barrage of slatings from the press: 'Criticism from the over 125 doesn't really count’. (Kelly Apter)