KIDS listings


Jack And The Beanstalk Sat 20 May, 2pm. £3 (£2). Scottish Mask & Puppet Theatre Centre, 8—10 Balcarres Avenue, Kelvindale, 339 6185. Swapping the family cow for a handful of magic beans, Jack discovers a beanstalk in his garden and on clambering up, he gets more than he bargained for in Sylvia Troon’s

Kens eckle Pu pets’ new show.

The now Glo e Sat 20 & Sun 21 May, 11am & 2pm. £3.50 (£2); family ticket £9-£10. The Arches, 30 Midland Street, 221 4001. Ages 3—7. When Beryl’s granny goes off on her world-wide travels, Beryl feels as though she’s going away forever. But of course, granny doesn’t forget her and sends her shiny snow globes from the places she’s visited. Giant Productions fuse dance, movement, original music, smells and sounds to create this visually stunning, touring show.


Glasgow Storyfest 2000 Until Sat 3 Jun. Various venues, Glasgow. For further information call 01506 847935. Now in its third year, Glasgow Storyfest features a host of stories old and new for adults and children. Highlights include fantastical yarns from James Campbell, Isabelle Murdoch brings Mrs Tittlemouse to life, Rainforest Tales at the Botanic Gardens with Ewan McVicar and Amu Logoste plus workshops, storytelling walks and an attempt to set a World Record for the most stories told in an evening.


Activrties 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 Sat at 2.15pm and every Sun at 3.15pm. Museums And Galleries Month Until 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,

uided tours and talks.

ockwatch Club Sat 20 May, 10.30am—12.30pm. £1. Royal Museum, 2 Chambers Street, 247 4219. Ages 8—16. Advance booking essential. The geology club go on a field trip to North Berwick shore.


The Little Prince (U) Sat 13 May, 2pm. £4.50 (£2.50). The Lumiere, Royal Museum, Chambers Street, 247 4219. See Film Index.


Stephen Fischbacher In Concert Fri 12 & Sat 13 May, 3pm. £4 (£3). Town Hall, High Street, Portobello. Tickets from Ticket hotline, 220 4349. Singer/songwriter Stephen Fischbacher performs a special concert of music for primary school-aged children.

BT Scottish Ensemble Sun 21 May, 2.30pm. £7 (£3.50). Queen’s Hall, Clerk Street, 668 2019. Tim Settle and Rebecca Low join the orchestra for Prokofiev’s much-loved children’s tale Peter And The Wolf. Each character is represented by a different instrument or instrumental section of the orchestra.


Wean's World Until Sat 5 Aug. Every Sat (with some exceptions), 2pm. £4 (£2.50). The Stand, 5 York Place, 558 7272. Advance booking advisable. Ages 5-10. See photo caption.

The All New Adventures Of Noddy Thu 11—Sun 14 May, Thu 4.30pm; Fri & Sun 10.30am & 1.30pm; Sat 10.30am,

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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.

Go Wild With The Happy Gang Wed 17—Sat 20 May, 10.30am; Fri 10.30am & 2pm; Sat 11am & 2.30pm. £6 (family ticket £20). Royal Lyceum Theatre, Grindlay Street, 248 4848. The Happy Gang have been invited by the forest animals to perform at Tea in the Trees Music Festival, but something is lurking in the woods. What could it be? Find out in the gang’s latest wild adventure. Exhibition

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


Storytelling For Children Sun 14 May, 6pm. £2.50. Helios Fountain, 7 Grassmarket, 229 7884. Ages 6—10. Advance booking essential. A selection of Celtic fairy tales read by actor and Steiner teacher Peter Snow.


Activities And Fun

Dave Benson Philips Fun Factory Sat 13 May, 1.30pm & 4.30pm. £5 (£4); family ticket £16. Magnum Theatre, Harbourside, Irvine, 01294 278381. See Pavilion Theatre, Glasgow.

Saved Not Decayed Sat 13 May, llam—4pm. Free. Kirkcaldy Museum and Art Gallery, War Memorial Gardens, Kirkcaldy, 01592 412860. Advance booking essential. Ages 9—12. To celebrate Museums and Galleries month, a special workshop looking at conservator’s art and how museum collections are preserved for the future.

WEAN'S WORLD Until Sat 5 Aug. Every Sat (with

Treasuretastic! Sun 14 May, 2pm. Overtoun Park, Rutherglen, 01355 236644. Advance booking essential. A treasure trail with an environmental theme.

Birds Of A Feather Sun 14 May, noon—4pm. Free. Chatelherault Country Park, Carlisle Road, Hamilton, 01698 426213. A fun day for all the family where you can make your own bird box, enjoy a slide show, or take a woodland walk.

Ponds And Rivers Sun 21 May, 2.30—4pm. £1 (50p). Almondell and Calderwood Country Park, Visitor Centre, Broxburn, 01506 882254. Be a biologist for the day at this family activity session. Part ofWest Lot/liar: ll’aters ll’eek Programme.

Big Softies Day Sun 21 May, 10am—5pm. £2.20 (£1.10). Almond Valley Ileritage Centre, Millfield, Livingston, 01506 414957. Bring along your soft toys and join in a fun party with stories, songs, games and a special mission for your teddy.


Dream Concerts Fri 12 May, 7.30pm. £9 (£7.50). Palace Theatre, 9 Green Street, Kilmarnock, 01563 523590. Ages 6—14. See Paisley Town Hall, Glasgow.


Singing Ringing Tree (U) Sun 21 May, 2.30pm. £1.50. MacRobert, University of Stirling, Stirling, 01786 461081. See Film Index.


Martha Fri 12 62 Sat 13 May, Fri 10.30am 8; 1.30pm; Sat 1 lam & 2pm. £2.50. MacRobert, University of Stirling, Stirling, 01786 461081. 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

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£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.

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The Laird’s New Kilt Sat 13 May, 11am. £4 (£2). Paisley Arts Centre, New Street, Paisley, 887 1010. Ages 5—9. Wee Stories Theatre present a new musical comedy adapted from the classic Hans Christian Andersen tale of The Emperor ’s New Clothes.

The Prince And The Pilot Thu 18 May, 11am & 1.30pm. Howden Park Centre, Howden, Livingston, 01506 433634. £4 (£2.50). A new adaptation of Antoine de Saint Exupery’s classic novel Le Peri: Prince is brought to life by Borderline Theatre Company. When a pilot is forced to land in the middle of the Sahara Desert, he stumbles across a little prince and together, they set off on a magical journey of discovery and friendship.

Mur-Mur (The Wall) Fri 19 May, 7.30pm. £7.50 (£5.50); family ticket £15. Adam Smith Theatre, Bennochy Road, Kirkcaldy, 01592 412929. Ages 7+. Using gymnastics, clowning and acrobatics, Quebec’s Dynamo Theatre present this gravity defying performance examining the lives of four young friends as they meet, play, fight and fall.

Mur-Mur (The Wall) Sat 20 May, 7pm. £2.50. MacRobert, University of Stirling, Stirling, 01786 461081. Ages 7+. See Adam Smith.

Snow White And The Seven Dwarfs Mon 22 May, 10.15am & 1.15pm. £3 (£2.50). Falkirk Town Hall, West Bridge Street, Falkirk, 01324 506850. Purves Puppets present a magical adaptation of this classic story.

Bugsy Malone Thu ZSASat 27 May, 7.30pm; Sat 2.30pm & 7.30pm. £5. Eastwood Theatre, Eastwood Park, Rouken Glen Road, Giffnock, 639 5365. Kaleidoscope Children’s Theatre present the popular musical spoof where splurge guns rule in 19205 America.

Treasure Island Thu 25 May, 7.30pm. £2. Paisley Arts Centre, New Street, Paisley, 887 1010. St Fergus Primary School perform Alan Docherty’s adaptation of this swash-buckling adventure.

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:

The Tinderbox Thu 11 May, 6.30pm; Mon 15 May, 12.45pm; Tue 16 May, 10.40am; Thu 18 May, 7.30pm and Tue 23 May, 10.30am. The puppeteers re- create Hans Christian Andersen’s well- loved story of the soldier boy who goes on a quest to find the tinderbox for the wicked witch.

Pips And Panda In Circusland Sat 13 & Sun 21 May, 2pm and Wed 24 May, 12.45pm. More fun and adventure for Pips and Panda as they end up in Circusland and Cloudland, meeting lots of colourful characters along the way. The Nutcracker Wed 17 May, 7.30pm. Hoffmann’s famous story of fantasy and magic is recreated in this innovative puppet production.


Ex ressive Arts Exhibition

Ce ebration Fri 12—Wed 31 May, MacRobert, University of Stirling, Stirling, 01786 461081. Work by young people from primary schools throughout the Stirling Council area featuring music, video, photography and art and design.


Stories From The Woods Sun 21 May, 2—2.45pm; 3.30-4.15pm. £1. Harestanes Countryside Visitors Centre, Ancrum, Jedburgh, 01835 830306. Under 8s must be accompanied by an adult. Join storyteller John Hamilton in the woods for an afternoon of tales inspired by the natural world.