Edinburgh Kids continued


All Aboard For Toyland Until Sat 3 Nov. Free. Museum Of Childhood. 42 High Street. 529 4142. An exhibition highlighting the enduring popularity of linid Blyton's Noddy and his Toyland friends.


Holiday Stories Thu 18 ()ct. 2pm. £3 (£2). Netherbow Arts Centre. 4345 Iligh Street. 556 9579/2647. Storytelling fun for children with Fife-based storytellers Judy Paterson and Meg Tollick.

Words And Images Sat 2() ()et. 10am -noon. £15 for three sessions. Scottish Poetry Library. 5 Crichton‘s Close. Canongate. 557 2876. Ages 12—14. Poet Valerie Gilles and photographer Rebecca Marr take you on a verbal journey and visual totir of the Royal Mile. Tales On The River Fri 26 & Sun 28 ()ct. 2pm & 3pm. Free. Water ()f Leith Visitor Centre. 24 Lanark Road. 455 7367. Ages 7+. Join Colin Mackay on a storytelling adventure through the landscape of the Water of Leith.

Super Seasonal Stories Sat 27 ()c1. 1 1am. Free but ticketed. 1-‘ountainbridge Library. Dundee Street. 529 5616. Ages

3 -8. Autumnal stories and crafts with Beth Cross.

Everything Under The Sun Sat 27 & Sun 28 ()ct. 2pm & 3pm. Free. Dynamic liarth. Holyrood Road. 550 7800. John Hamilton and Ewan McVicar tell magical stories for young children inside a nomad's tent.

Under The Green Wood Sun 28 ()ct. 2.15pm 8; 3.15pm. £1. Royal Botanic (iarden. Inverleith House. 552 7171. Ages 4+. Magical woodland stories for children.

Ghosts And Goosebumps Wed 31 ()ct. 2pm. Free but ticketed. Wester llailes Library. 1 Westside Plaza. 442 1220. Ages 5— l 1. Scary Hallowe‘en stories from (iareth Cashin.

Outside The Cities

Activities And Fun

Fantastic Faces! Thu 18 ()et & Sat 20 ()ct. 10.30am—noon. Free. Low Parks Museum. 129 Muir Street. Hamilton. (11698 328232. Advance booking required. Ages 8+. Help decorate the museum‘s reception using charcoal or markers to draw silly faces.

Junk Music! Thu 18 ()ct—Thu 6 Dec (every Thu). 7—9pm. £20 for eight weeks. Cowane Theatre. Cowane Street. Stirling. ()1786 473544. Ages 11-14. liveryday hotisehold objects can double as musical instruments learn how to make the most of them on this eight-week course.

The Big Draw Event Sat 20 ()ct. 10.30am. £2 per child. Harbour Arts Centre. 114—1 16 Harbour Street. Irvine. ()1294 274059. As part of the National Campaign for Drawing. a cartoon workshop for 8—12-year olds.


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Family Safari At Bothwell Woods Sun 21 ()ct. 1.30pm. Bothwell Castle. Castle Avenue. l7ddingston. (11698 283981. Advance booking required. Uncover a variety of interesting creatures hidden in the woods around the castle.

Digital Badges Wed 24 ()c1.

1 lam—4pm. 75p. t‘vlotherwell Heritage Centre. 1 High Road. t‘vlotherwell. 01698 251000. Ages 8+. Have your photo taken and then turn your image into a badge.

Spooky Saturday Sat 27 Oct.

1 lam~4pm. £1.50. RSPB Vane Farm Nature Reserve. By Loch Leven. Nr Kinross. 01577 862355. Fun children‘s activity day with bundles of events based around a Harry Potter theme. Haunted House Hallowe’en Party Sat 27 ()ct. 6.30—-8.30pm. £2.50. Alloa Tower. Alloa Park. Alloa. 01259 21 1701. A varied array of Hallowe‘en activities. including lantern making. games and sticky pancake eating. Prizes for the best costume. Under 8s must be accompanied by an adult.

Big Ideas With Paper Sun 28 ()ct. 10am—5pm. Free. The Big Idea. The Harbourside. Irvine. 08708 4031 18. All ages. Using an A4 sheet of paper. create helicopters. gliders. stars or even parrots at this fun workshop. Hallowe’en At The Mine Sun 28 ()ct. 11am—4pm. £4 (£2.20): family ticket £10. Scottish Mining Museum. Lady Victoria Colliery. Newtongrange. 0131 663 7519. A day of spooky events. with activities. crafts and shows for children.

Witching TWigs Sun 28 ()ct. 10.30am—noon. Free. Calderglen Country Park. Strathaven Road. Iiast Kilbride. (11355 236644. Bring a wire coat hanger and have a go at the ancient art of water divining.


North Ayrshire’s Children’s Festival Mon 29 Oct» Sun 4 Nov. Various Venues. North Ayrshire. ()1294 324482. A wide range of events for youngsters based on the theme of liurope.


Recess: School’s Out it?) Sun 21 ()ct. 2.30pm; Help I’m A Fish (1') Sun 29 ()ct. 2.30pm. £1.50. MacRobert. L'niversity of Stirling. Stirling. 01786 461081. (Please note that during refurbishment. all films will be screened in the Logic Lecture Theatre.) See Film Index.


Noye’s Fludde t'ntil Fri 19 Oct. Thu 7.30pm; Fri 1.30pm. £5 (£3). Byre Theatre. Abbey Street. St Andrews. 01334 475000. St Leonards and St Katharines present Benjamin Britten's opera for children based on the biblical story of Noah and his Ark.

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CANDY & FLOPPS Sat 20 Oct, 2pm. £3.50 (£2.50); four tickets for £10. Adam Smith Theatre, Bennochy Road, Kirkcaldy, 01592 412929; Thu 1 Nov, 4pm. £1. Milton Community Education Centre, 424 Liddlesdale Road, Glasgow, 0141 287 5522. Ages 4+. They might look like two cute fluffy bunnies, but Candy and Flopps are in fact, international bunnies of intrigue. Follow their incredible adventures in the search of the missing marble in Tutti Frutti’s

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Humpty Dumpty 8. The Queen Of Hearts Thu 18 ()ct. 2pm. £3. Carluke District Ilall. Cai'nwoi'th Road. ('arluk‘c. (11555 772501. The popular nursery rhymes come alive on stage in a colourful production involving songs. laughs and lots of audience participation.

The Happy Gang’s Cactus Canyon Thu 18 ()ct. 2.30pm. £6. \‘ikingar 'l‘heatre. (lreenock Road. Largs. 01475 689777. Spatz. Nicky and Mr P go on holiday to Cactus Canyon. but can they find the legendary lost Candy Mine'.’ Fun. music and song for ages up to 9.

Humpty Dumpty & The Queen Of Hearts Fri 19 ()ct. 12.30pm tk 3pm. £5; family ticket £18. Carnegie Hall. liast Port. Dunfermline. ()1383 314000. See Thu 18 ()ct.

Wind In The Willows Sat 20 ()cl.

1 lam. £3.50 ( £2.50). litlkirk Town Hall. West Bridge Street. Falkirk. (11324 506850. The Storytellers Theatre Company present a musical adaptation of the classic tale of life on the Riverbank with Ratty. Mole. Toad and Badger.

The Song From The Sea Sat 31) ()c1. 1 lam. Corran Halls. lisplanade. ()ban. (11369702800.Ages 4 3. Visihle Fictions' new production tells the story of a young boy's frustration of living in an adult centred world where his voice often goes unheard.

Candy & Flopps Sat 2(1()ct. 2pm. £3.50 (£2.50): four tickets for £ 111. Adam Smith ’I‘heatrc. Bennochy Road. ls'irkcaldy. (11.592 412929. Ages 4+. See photo caption.

Magic Bob Sat 27 Oct. 1 Iain tk 1pm. £4 (£2.50). Paisley Arts Centre. New Street. Paisley, 0141 887 1010. The ever-popular entertainer combines comedy. circus skills and plenty of magic.

Beowulf The Dragon Slayer Mon 29 Oct. 10,30 11.30am. £1.50. llarbotir Arts Centre. 1 l4 1 16 llai'botir Street. Irvine. (11294 274059.C1ydebtiilt Puppets present this ancient story of a warrior who crosses the sea to kill the monster ( irendcl.

St Andrew - Scotland’s Patron Saint Tue 3(1()ct. 10.30am. £1.50. Harbour Arts Centre. 1 14 l 16 Harbour Street. Irvine. (11294 274059. Ages 5+. Hopscotch 'I‘hcatre present a fun 55 minutes of storytelling and flag llapping. I Never Saw Another Butterfly Thu 1 Sat 3 .\'ov. 7.30pm. £5 (£3). Cumbernauld 'l‘heatre. Kildrtim. Cumbernauld. ()1236 732887. Junior Youth Theatre tell the story ()1 the inspirational teacher Irena Synkoya who ran a secret school for the .lew s in the 'I'erc/in concentration camp.

The International Purves Puppets Biggar Puppet ’l‘heatre. lit'ottghloii Road. (1189‘) 2211631. £51124): family tickets £23 tk £36. Book in adyance as times are subject to change. Reductions for parties of live or more. Show s on offer oycr the out two weeks

Pips And Panda In Magicland Thu 18 ()ct tk Stiii 21 ()ct. 2pm. Ages tip to 7. When Mr Magic takcs Pips and Panda off to .‘ylagicland. they meet lots of nursery rhyme characters w ho jump otit of Mr Magic's my sterious book.

The Nutcracker Sat 2(1()ct. 2pm. The classic story about a magician who can make toy s come to life is performed tising puppets. and the show takes families on a magical journey into sweetie Ittlid.


James Campbell - Back From The Dead! Sat 27 ()ct. 2pm. Free. Rt)llle\ IlttIIS. Rollics Square. (iletlt‘olhes. (1159261I1111.Adyancebooking required. Ages 5 12. Come dressed as a ghost or in llallow c‘en dress as the children's story teller embarks in a seasonal. ghostly treat.

Earth Tales Stiii 28 ()ct. 2pm tk 3pm. 50p. Scottish Mining .\1useum.1.ady \‘ictoria Colliery. .\'ew tongrange. 0131 663 751‘). Ages 5+. Rachel Millie shares songs and stories about life beneath the earth's surface.