Withy Lantern Making Sat 19 May. 2-4.3 m. £15 r parent and child. Royal otanic arden. lnverleith Row. 248 2979. After learning the basic techniques. make a lantern using willow and tissue aper. Create our Own 30 Print Mon 21 May. 10am—4pm. Free. City Art Centre. 2 Market Street. 529 3993. Family workshop working with paint.

rspex and wood.

amlly Watercolour Workshop Mon 21 May. 10am—4pm. Free. Museum Of Edinburgh. 142 Canongate. 529 4143. Explore the uses of watercolour in this family workshop. Family Games Workshop Tue 22 May. 10—1 lam & 11.30am—12.30pm. Free. Museum Of Childhood. 42 High Street. 529 4142. Compare the games of yesteryear with modern pastimes.


102 Dalmatians (U) Sat 19 May. 2pm. £4.50 (£2.50). The Lumiere. Royal Museum. Chambers Street. 247 4219. See Film Index.


Frankenstein Thu lO—Sat 12 May. Thu 10am & 1.45pm; Fri 10am & 7pm; Sat 2pm & 7pm. £4; family ticket £14. Brunton Theatre. Ladywell Way. Musselburgh. 665 2240. Ages 10+. A Catherine Wheels version of Mary Shelley's famous story exploring issues of love. rejection and revenge. See preview.


Out To Play Until Sat 2 Jun. Free. Museum Of Childhood. 42 High Street. 529 4142. This exhibition looks at the changing nature of childhood games from the past to the present day. Peever. bools. tig and diablo are just some of the games played before the invention of computer games and television and there will also be some old reproduction games for children to try out.

Awesome Insects Until Sun 2 Sep. Free. Royal Museum. 2 Chambers Street. 247 4219. See photo caption.


Storytelling and Creatlve Workshop Sat 12 May. 10.30am—noon. Free. Assembly Rooms. 54 George Street. 220 4349. Organised by the Edinburgh Independent Radical Book Fair. this workshop is for children aged between 4 and 12. More info from www.word-power.co.uk

Pru irvlne Sat 12 May. Ham-12.30pm. Free (limited places available). James Thin. 53-59 South Bridge. 622 8222. Pru Irvine makes a buffet lunch using recipes from her new

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book Easy Peus'y' All The Time ( Ehury' Press £12.99). For children aged eight and over.

Children’s Storytelling Sat 12 8.- Sun 13 May. Sat 19 8: Sun 2() May. Sat

1 lam: Sun noon & 3pm. Free. Borders Books. Unit 26. Fort Kinnaird Retail Park. 657 4041. Fantastical stories and traditional tales at these weekly storytelling sessions.

Harry Potter Quiz Sat 12 May. noon. Free. Borders Books. L'nit 26. Fort Kinnaird Retail Park. 657 4041. BrUsh up on your knowledge of wizardly trivia for this children's quiz.


Robin Hood: Greenwood Heroes Day Sat 12 May. 2.30pm. £4 (£3). Netherbow Arts Centre. 43—45 High Street. 556 9579/2647. Ages 7+. An afternoon of Robin Hood tales featuring Little John. Maid Marion and Friar Tuck along with May Day traditions for adults and children.


Activities And Fun

Arts And Crafts Courses Sat 12 May & Sat 19 May. 10am. 1 1.15am. 1pm & 2.15pm. £16. East Kilbride Arts Centre. Old Coach Road. [East Kilbride. 01355 261000. Advance booking required. Ages 5—10. Varied activities involving simple arts and crafts.

The Magic Kingdom Sun 13 May. 2.30—4pm. Free. Dean Castle Country Park. Dean Road. Kilmarnock. 01563 522702. Enter the quest to defeat evil and save the magic kingdom at this children‘s scavenger hunt. Advance booking required at 2.15pm at visitor centre. Drama Club Tue 15 May 8; Tue 22 May. 3.45pm & 4.45pm. East Kilbride Arts Centre. Old Coach Road. East Kilbride. 01355 261000. Advance booking required. Ages 5—7 8.: 8—1 1. Budding thespians can learn the tricks of the acting trade at these workshops. Making Music From Junk & Recycled Materials Tue 15 May & Tue 22 May. 7-9pm. £18 for 8 weeks. Cowane Centre. Cowane Street. Stirling. 01786 473544. Ages 11—14. Using plenty of imagination and a variety of everyday objects. create some unusual sounds and instruments.

Painting 8 Drawing Sat 19 May. 10—1 lam & 1 1.30am—12.30pm. £18 for 8 weeks. Cowane Centre. Cowane Street. Stirling. ()1786 473544. Ages 5-7 & 8—10. Experiment with a variety of materials and techniques including charcoal. chalk. paints and printmaking.

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Chambers Street. 247 4219. Inter the amazing world of creepy orawlles at this hands-on exhibition. Analyse In the Bug Lab or explore the garden and find out how these sophlstlcated creatures

help Improve our environment.

Sat 19 May. noon. Free. Battery Park. Greenock. 01475 712340. Fun in the park at this great family day out with street theatre. craft displays. charity stalls. fair. interactive displays.


Black Beauty (L'i Sun 20 May. 2.30pm. £1.50. MacRobert. l‘niyersity of Stirling. Stirling. 01786 461081. See Film index.


King Matt L'ntil Sat 12 May. Thu 10.30am 8; 1.30pm; Fri 7pm; Sat 1 lam 6‘; 2.30pm. £2.50. MacRobert. L'nivcrsity of Stirling. Stirling. 01786 461081. Ages 8+. A co~prodt1ctiolt between the MacRobert and TAG. about a boy called Matt who finds being king isn't all he imagined. Stephen (ireenhorn‘s adaptation of the book by Janus/ Kore/alt explores what happens when children's idealistic views are challenged.

The Happy Gang's Cactus Canyon Fri 18 & Sat 19 May. Fri 10.15am & 1.15pm; Sat 2.30pm. £6 (£5.50); family ticket £21. Falkii'k Town Hall. West Bridge Street. Falkirk. 01324 506850. Spatz. Nicky and Mr P go on holiday to Cactus Canyon. btit can they find the legendary lost Candy Mine‘.’ l-‘un. music and son ' for ages tip to 9. Frankenste n Fri 18 May. 10am & 7pm. £5 (£3); four seats for £12. Adam Smith Theatre. Bennochy Road. Kirkcaldy. ()1592 412929. Ages 10+. See [Edinburgh and preview.

The Cruflalo Sat 19 May. 2pm. £3.50 (£2.50); four for £10. Adam Smith Theatre. Bennochy Road. Kirkcaldy. (11592 412929. Ages 3—6. Scaring away other animals with tales of the terrifying gruffalo is all very well until one day the young mouse's runaway imagination catches tip with him. Tall Stories present a magical. musical collaboration of the

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award-w inning picture book by Julia Donaldson and :\\c1 Schcftler. Frankenstein Mon 21 .v Tue 22 May. Mon 7pm; TUL‘ 10am. £4 (£2.50). Paisley Arts Centre. New Street. Paisley. 887 1010. Ages 10+. See lidinbtirgh.

Bugsy Malone Thu 24 .v Fri 25 May. 7.30pm. £6 (£31. Sir John Wilson low it Hall. Stirling Street. .-\irdrie. (11698 267515. North l.anarkshire Children's Theatre perform the stage yersion ol' Bugsy Malone.

The International Purves Puppets Biggar Puppet Theatre. Brotigliton Road. 01899 220631. £5 (£4); family tickets £23 tk £36. Book 111 adyance as times are subject to change. Reductions for p.1"llt‘\ ol the or more. Shows on offer met the ne\t two weeks are:

Plps And Panda In Magiciand Fl’l 11 May. 10.45am. Ages tip to ". When Mr Magic takes l’ips and i’anda off to Magicland. they meet lots of nursery rhyme characters w ho jump otit of Mi Magic's inystei'ioiis book.

Plps And Panda In Clrcualand Mon 14 May tk Thu 1" May. 10,45ain. Ages up to 7. .-\ii unusual basket sets oil a mysterious chain o1 c\ents l'oi' l'ainotis duo as they encounter Jilly and .latl'y the funny geese. and Sugar the dancing horse when they spend a day at the circtis.

Nessie The Loch Ness Monster Wed 16 May tk Tue 22 May. 2.30pm; Fri 18 May. 11am; Mon 21 May. 10.45am. Spike the Hedgehog. Mairi (ilengari‘y and wicked uncle Naggie McCraggie are just some of the characters who Nessie comes across whilst trying to escape from the yellow submarine,

Pips And Panda Meet The Three Bears Sat 19 May. 1 lam; Thu 24 Apr. 10.45am. Ages tip to 7. The terrible twosome set off on a journey into the woods where they get into all sorts of mischief.

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