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Concert Hall, Sat 17 Jun 7': am. a A few watchwords for presenting a

kids' show. Be informative, engaging and enthusiastic whilst avoiding the pitfalls of patronisation, condescension and dryness. Children respond famously to the former but are notoriously good at sniffing out the latter, especially those in the 7-12 bracket. Fortunately for the RSNO, they have Paul Rissman on their side. His relative youth, and huge experience of working with children makes him

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Abandoning their penguin suits for the occasion, the orchestra sport colour co-ordinated t-shirts which delineate their role: green for percussion, yellow for woodwind, red for brass and blue for strings. A quick introduction to each section, with much waving of instruments, and we're off into the first piece. The theme for this year's show is ’Troublemakers’, a rogues gallery of naughty folk who have been set to music over the years. Tunes such as Copland's Billy The Kid, Grieg’s Peer Gynt and Dukas' The Sorcerer’s Apprentice (recognisable to most of the audience from Disney’s Fantasia) all make an appearance. We even hear from that young yellow scamp Bart Simpson, with the orchestra playing a rendition of Danny Elfman's theme

from the show.

As usual, audience participation rears its head and budding young musicians are encouraged to join in the fabulous 'Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious' from Mary Poppins. Weeks of hard practise pay off as an assortment of violins, recorders and even mini keyboards create a cacophony to match that on the stage. And those lacking in musical skill resort to enthusiastic hand-clapping and singing.

Rissman fills the gap between pieces admirably, asking questions, explaining origins and generally keeping the interest level well buoyed. The target age range may be 7—12-year-olds, but younger children enjoyed it just as much; not to mention the big kids who revelled in a chorus or two of everyone's favourite tongue-twister. (Kelly Apter)

We welcome submissions for this section, but cannot guarantee inclusion. Please send details to our offices at least ten days before publication. Kids listings compiled by Helen Monaghan.

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 Clydebuilt sailing ship Glenlee for a whole host of children’s activities.

Art Cart Every Sun, 11am—1pm & 2—4pm. Free. Gallery Of Modern Art, Queen Street, 229 1996. All ages. Gallery-based activities for families and children.

Family Computer Animation Sessions Sat 10Jun, 10—1 lam, 11.30am—12.30pm, 1—2pm & 2—3pm. Free. Collins Gallery, University of Strathclyde, 22 Richmond Street, 548 2558. Advance booking necessary. Create three-dimensional models, sounds and animation at this fun workshop for families led by artist Chris Rowland whose work is currently on show in the gallery.

Children's Drama Workshop Sat 10 Jun—Sat 15 Jul. Every Sat at 11am—noon (ages 5—7) 6’; 2—4pm (ages 8—12). £3—£5 per workshop. Tron Theatre, 63 Trongate, 287 551 1. Advance booking necessary. Creative drama workshops led by Clare Hemphill.

Disney Channel Kids’ Award Roadshow Sat 10 Jun, 11.30am. £7.50. Royal Concert Hall, 2 Saucltiehall Street,

287 5511. Disney Channel presenters Jemma James and James McCourt present the third Kids’ Award Roadshow. Fun for all the family with games, competitions, prizes and special guests Atomic Kitten, Mero and Northern Line. BAA Millennium Youth Games Fri 16 Jun, 10.30am—5pm. Kelvin Hall International Sports Arena, 1445 Argyle Street. For further information call 287 3953. Catch the sports stars of tomorrow as junior athletes from all over Scotland compete in events including badminton, football, swimmin and volleyball. Children's Workshop Sat 17 Jun, 11am (ages 3—8) & 2pm (ages 6—11).£2. l’ollok House, Pollok Country Park, 2060 Pollokshaws Road, 616 6410. Arts and crafts workshop.

Open Day Sat 17 Jun, 11am—4pm. Free. Museum OfTransport, Kelvin Hall, 1 Burnhouse Road, 287 2720. Behind the scenes at the Museum of Transport with guided tours and printmaking and photographic workshops for the over 8s. Part of the West [ind festival.

Pirates At The Tall Ship Sat 17 & Sun 18 Jun, 11am-4pm. £3.50 (£2.95). The Tall Ship At Glasgow Harbour, 100 Stobcross Road, 339 0631. Join Blackbeard and Long John Silver for swash-buckling adventures including walk the plank and a search for buried treasure. Part of the West [5nd Festival.


Microcosmos (U) Sat 10 Jun, 1pm and A Bug's Life (U) Sat 17 Jun, 1pm. £2.25 (family ticket £9). Glasgow Film Theatre, 12 Rose Street, 332 8128. See Film lndex.


RSNO Kids Prom Sat 17 Jun, 11am. £8 (£4). Royal Concert Hall, 2 Sauchiehall Street, 287 551 1. Appropriately titled ‘Troublemakers’, this year’s Kids Prom features such minxy characters as Copland’s Billy The Kid, Danny Elfman’s theme from The Simpsons and Dukas’ The Sorcerer ’s Apprentice. See review.


Henny Penny. Chicken Lickin Sat 10 Jun, 2pm. £4 (£3). Scottish Mask & Puppet Theatre Centre, 8—10 Balcarres Avenue, Kelvindale, 339 6185. Ian Turbitt’s Puppet Theatre brings these popular stories to life.

Puppet Show Tue 13 Jun, 3.30pm. Free. Hillhead Library, Byres Road, 341 0844. A special puppet show for the West End Festival, suitable for 3—8 year olds.

Tom Thumb Sat 17 Jun, 2pm. £4 (£3). Scottish Mask & Puppet Theatre Centre, 8—10 Balcarres Avenue, Kelvindale, 339 6185. Age 5+. Meet the tiny little boy who’s so wee he can have a bath in a teacup, go skating across the icing of a cake and get swallowed by a goldfish. Follow the adventures of Tom Thumb as he tries to make it in the big, bad world in Shona Reppe Puppets’ new adaptation. The Prince And The Pilot Thu 22 & Fri 23 Jun, Thu 11am & 2pm; Fri 2pm & 6pm. £4 (£3). Tron Theatre, 63 Trongate, 287 5511.A new adaptation of Antoine de Saint Exupery’s classic novel Le Petit 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. See preview in Theatre section.


Crazy For Maisy Sat 10 Jun, 10.30am & noon. £2. GilmorehillGl2, 9 University Avenue, 287 5511 and Sat 17 Jun, 10.30—1 lam. The Tryst, Cresswell Street, 339 1588. A es 3—6. See photo caption. Kjartan Pos itt Sat 10 Jun, 2pm. £2.50. GilmorehillGl2, 9 University Avenue, 287 551 1. Ages 6—1 1. The author of Murderous Maths and Gobsmacking Galaxy eases you into the world of mathematics with this fun afternoon. Part of the West End Festival.

Richard Scarry Storytime Sat 10 Jun, 11am. Free. Borders Books, 283 Buchanan Street, 222 7700. Ages 3—8. More fun stories from the storytime team. Open Book Fri 16 & Sat 17 Jun, times vary. 50p—£2. Hyndland Primary School, Fortrose Street, 341 0844. As part of the West End Festival, this book and

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storytelling festival for children and adults kicks off with Telling Tales on Fri 16 Jun, 6.45pm featuring traditional stories from the north of Scotland with Nancy Nicholson and tall tales with master yamspinner, James Campbell. On Sat 17 Jun, there’s a book swap stall from 10am and a performance of The Laird 's New Kilt from Wee Stories Theatre Company for Children at 10.30am. Novelist and short story writer Suhayl Saadi runs a writing workshop for the over 105 and adults also at 10.30am. At 11.45am, authors Julie Bertagna and Harry Horse talk about their work. Storytelling With Julia Donaldson Sat 17 Jun, 11.30am. £2. The Tryst, Cresswell Street, 339 1588. Ages 3—8. The author of The Gruffalo presents this fun storytelling session for children, featuring her new picture book Monkey Puzzle. Part of the West End Festival.

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.

Disney Channel Kids’ Award Roadshow Sun 11 Jun, 11.30am. £7.50; family ticket £23. Festival Theatre, 13—29 Nicolson Street, 529 6000. See Glasgow. Rockwatch Club Sat 17 Jun, 10.30am—12.30pm. £1. Royal Museum, 2 Chambers Street, 247 4219. Ages 8—16. The Saturday geology club go on a trip to Barns Ness to look at fossils found in the limestone rocks.

Millennium Moments Sat 17 Jun, 10.30am & 2pm. 50p. Royal Museum, 2 Chambers Street, 247 4219. Ages 8—12. Advance booking essential. Taking inspiration from Eduard Bersudsky’s Millennium Clock, Ruth Donnelly leads this fun drama workshop for children. Survival Sleepover Sat 17 Jun, 6.30pm. £25. Royal Botanic Garden, lnverleith Row. For further information and booking call the Science Festival on 530 2001. Ages 8—1 1. A host of nocturnal, science-based activities at this special, one-off Science Festival sleepover. There’s a trail through the gardens on the hunt for clues in Who Killed Mr Rabbit, a dig for dinosaur bones in Desert Dinosaur Dig and Wee Stories bring the tales of Nessie the Loch Ness Monster to life.

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CRAZY FOR MAlSY Sat 10 Jun, 10.30am & noon. £2. GilmorehillG12, 9


Avenue, 287 5511 and Sat 17 Jun, 10.30—11am. The Tryst,

Cresswel Street, 339 1588. Ages 3—6. A West End Festival extravaganza at

this fun-packed party with the star of Lucy Cousins’ books for chi


Maisy the Mouse. Hear about her latest adventures and look out for some

extra special surprises.