Kids listings

Activities And Fun

Quickies For Kids Royal Museutn Of Scotland. 2 Chambers Street. 247 421‘). Free. 'l'en-minute talks for children held every Sat and Sun at 2.30pm. Wild Water Exhibition t'ntil Mon 24 Jun. 10am 6pm. Free. Dynamic liarth. Holyrood Road. 550 7800. A fun interactive exhibition highlighting the vital role water plays iii otir lives. Saturday Art at the Dean Sat 22 Jtiii. l0am- noon & l.30--3.30pm. £20 (£10). Dean (iallery. Belford Road. 624 6428. Ages 5 -7 (k 8 - l 1. Learn to make handmade paper and use it to create 21) and 31) artworks in a four-week course led by artist Christine Heughan. Japanese Art in the Garden Sun 23 Jun. 1 Iain -5pm. Free. Lauriston Castle. 2a Cramond Road South. 336 2060. Advance booking required. A day of Japanese-themed arts and crafts activ'ities for children.

Discovery Centre Holiday Fun Sat 2‘) Jtiii Sun 18 Aug. MonmSat 10am~5pm; Stiti noon-~5pm. Free. Royal Museum. 2 Chambers Street. 247 40‘)(). See photo caption.

The Dino Dig Mon 1 Sun 21 Jul. Mon~ Sat 1 lam. 1.15pm & 3pm; Sun 1.15pm & 3pm. £1. Royal Museum. 2 Chambers Street. 247 421‘). Advance hooking required. Ages over 8. \"enture back in time to uncover mysterioLis fossils and maybe dig tip a dinosaur. Celestial Mask-making Wed 3 Jul. 10am noon. Free with exhibition ticket. City Art Centre. 2 Market Street. 52‘) 3‘)‘)3. Advance hooking required. Ages 7 l0. 1)esign and make your own celestial mask inspired by The Art Of Slur Wars exhibition.

Minibeast Magic Wed 3 Jul.

2 3.30pm. £1. lnveresk Lodge (iarden. lnv'eresk. nr Musselhurgh. 653 5595. Don your detective's hat and track down all things creepy and crawly lurking in the garden.

Celestial Mosaics Thu 4 Jul.

10am 1pm. Free with exhibition ticket. City Art Centre. 2 Market Street. 52‘) 3‘)‘)3. Advance booking required. Create intricate celestial mosaics at this fun workshop for ages ‘) 14.

Japanese Kites Thu 4 Jul.

10am 12.30pm & l.30»-4pm. £4. Lauriston Castle. 2a Cramond Road South. 336 2061). Advance booking required. 1'sing willow and tissue paper. design and make your own Japanese- style kites at this family workshop. Lauriston as a Stage Thu 4 Jul. 10am noon ck 1 3pm. £3. Lauriston Castle. 2a Cramond Road South. 336 2060. Advance hooking required. A day of environmerit-themed drama. games and stories for ages 7 12.


Ahoy There! It’s the Happy Gang Thu 20 Sat 22 Jun. 10.15am; Fri 10.15am 6’; 2pm; Sat llatn & 2.30pm. £7; four tickets for £23. King’s Theatre. 2 Leven Street. 52‘) 6000. Shiver me timbers. the Happy (iang are back with another musical spectacular. Those happy fellows have been recruited by Captain Therak to sail the seven seas in search of treasure for children the world over. Not everything goes to plan as the seas turn stormy. btit the gang are always ready to man the decks with their sea-shanties. slapstick and musical mayhem.

Wee Witches Sat 22 Jun. 1 1am & 2pm. £4; family ticket £14. Brunton Theatre. Ladywell Way. Mtisselhurgh. 665 2240. Ages 3 7. Acclaimed children's theatre company Wee Stories present this spooky tale abotit a group of outrageous ladies. Written by Virginia Radcliffe. who also penned Molly 11'liup/u'r'. the prodtiction explores issues of mistaken identity.


Hero Worship t'ntil Sat 28 Sep. Free. Museum ()fChildhood, 42 High Street.

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DISCOVERY CENTRE HOLIDAY FUN Sat 29 Jun—Sun 18 Aug, Mon—Sat 10am—5pm: Sun noon—5pm. Free. Royal Museum. 2 Chambers Street. Edinburgh. 0131 247 4090. Peer inside a Roman soldier's kitbag. handle a Viking‘s sword or try Out multi-media programmes at this hands-on activity zone. There need never be a dull moment in the summer holidays when you can also try discovery trails. quizzes. handling sessions and much more.

52‘) 4142. Children‘s heroes from past and present including Davie Crockett. Shirley Temple and Luke Skywalker are celebrated in this exhibition. Come along to take a trip down memory lane. dress up as your favourite idol or add to the Heroes Wall of Fame.

This Book Belongs to Me t'ntil Thu 31 ()ct. National Library Of Scotland. (ieorge 1\’ Bridge. 226 4531. [Explore the exciting and colourful world of children‘s books from the original 17th century Tom Thumb to the latest Harry Potter blockbuster.


The Children’s Books Roadshow Fri 21 Jun. 10am 12.30pm 8; 2—4.30pm. Free. National Library Of Scotland. (ieorge 1V Bridge. 226 4531. Bring along your old books to hear what members of the library's Rare Books Division have to say abotit them.


Storytelling Tent Fri 21 Jtiii. Sun 23 Jun. Fri 28 Jun. Sun 30 Jun. 2.30»-3. 15pm & 3.30 74.15pm. Free. National Library Of Scotland. (ieorge 1\" Bridge. 226 4531. Ages 4—6 and 7~‘). Scottish storytellers bring children’s stories to life. Sunday Stories Sun 30 Jun. 2-—3pm. £2. National Portrait Gallery. 1 Queen Street. 624 6418. A fun storytelling session froin Judy Paterson for children aged over 5 and families.

Outside The Cities .

Activities And Fun

Burntisland Summer Fairground L'ntil Sun 18 Aug. noon- 10pm; Sun noon—9pm. The Links. Burntisland. 01592 87221 1. Summer seaside funfair boasting around 140 rides. street traders and craft stalls.

Get Weaving! Sat 22 Jun. £3.50 (£2). The Weaver's Cottage. The Cross. Kilbarchan. 01505 705866. Come and have a go on the big and small looms. inkle loom and head loom. with help from the Cottage‘s expert weavers. Animal Magic 2 Sun 23 & Sat 2‘) Jun. 1.30pm & 2.15pm. Dean Castle Country Park. 1)ean Road. Kilmarnock. ()1563 522702. An opportunity to learn more about the animals at pet's corner. All children must be accompanied by an adult.

Football Fun Collage Sat 2‘) Jun.

12.30—-3.30pm. £tbc. Low Parks Museum. 12‘) Muir Street. Hatnilton. 01698 328232. (iet arty with others at this drop-in activity for all the family. Go Wild! Kids Activity Day Sun 30 Jun. 10am 4pm. £1.50. RSPB Nature Reserve. Largs Road. Lochwinnoch. ()1505 842663. A day of fun kids- oriented activities set in the great outdoors and promising to be just as tnuch fun for the young at heart. Hand back your activity card for a surprise gift. Arts & Crafts Mon 1~Fri 5 Jul.

10am ~3pm. £24 (£12). liast Kilhride Arts Centre. ()ld Coach Road. Flast Kilhride. ()1355 261000. Heather Liddell leads a workshop series for ages 8— 12. Summer Theatre Workshop Mon la-Fri 5 Jul. 10am 2pm. £20. TACT Community Hall. Carlowrie Avenue. Blantyre. ()1355 261000. Ages 7 l3. Budding thesps can learn a variety of theatrical skills in this week-long workshop course. culminating in a performance for family and friends. Tinto Summer School Mon I Fri 5 Jtil. £150. Wiston Lodge. Wiston. nr Biggar. 018‘)‘) 850228. A week of traditional music workshops. activities, concerts and ceilidhs for instrument players and singers of secondary school age.

MSD Club Tue 2 Fri 5 Jul. 10am—12.30pm. £20. Lanark Memorial Hall. St Leonards Street. Lanark. 01555 665383. A very popular course for 5 -7 year-olds using music. song and dance to explore aspects of Scotland’s culture. Music, Song and Dance Club Tue 2—Fri 5 Jul. 10am—12.30pm. £20 (£10). East Kilhride Arts Centre. ()ld Coach Road. Iiast Kilhride. ()1355 261000. Ages 5—7. Brush up on your theatrical skills in a fun workshop week.

Young Folk Club Tue 2--Fri 5 Jul. 1.30-«4pm. £20 (£10). liast Kilhride Arts Centre. ()ld Coach Road. East Kilbride. 01355 261000. Ages 8~12. Join fellow folk fans at this week of fun musical activities.

Young Folk Club Tue 2—Fri 5 Jul. 1.30—4pm. £20. Lanark Memorial Hall. St Leonards Street. Lanark. ()1555 665383. Ages 8—12. See above. Storytelling Session and Craft Workshop Wed 3 Jul. 2pm. £2.50. Barrie's Birthplace. ‘) Brechin Road. Kirriemuir. 01575 572646. Advance booking required. Fun activities for children in this historic venue.


Traditional Music Concert Thu 20 Jun. 7.30pm. £5 (£2.50). liast Kilhride Arts Centre. ()ld Coach Road. East Kilhride. ()1355 261000. Young fiddlers. tin whistlers and singers play live as part of National Children’s Art 1)ay.


Treasure Island Sat 22 Jun. 2pm. £4 (£2.50). 11owden Park Centre. Hovvden. Livingston. 01506 433634. Ages over 8. Wee Stories present their acclaimed adaptation of Robert Louis Stevenson's classic adventure on the high seas. Andy Cannon and Iain Johnstone play all of the characters from Jim Haw kins to marooned exile Ben (iunn. and using imaginative stagecraft and an ingenious script. they create hloodcurdling suspense and a thoroughly enchanting show.

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory Wed 26 Thu -7 Jun. 7.30pm. £6 (£3). Sir John Wilson Town Hall. Stirling Street. Airdrie. 016‘)8 302‘)‘)‘). North Lanarkshire Children’s Theatre give Roald 1)ahl's classic an airing. The Singing Kettle’s Jungle Party Sat 2‘) Sun 30 Jun. noon & 3pm. £9 (£7); £25 family ticket. Vikingar. Barrlields. (ireenock Road. Largs. 01475 68‘)777. Dress up as your favourite wild animal and join the Kettlers with new member Kevin for a tropical adventure with giraffes. chimps and lions galore. Sing along with the gang to your favourite songs and a few new ones too. The International Purves Puppets Biggar Puppet 'I'heatre. Brouglitoti Road. 018‘)‘) 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

The Magical Princess Sat 22 & Sun 23 Jun. 2pm. A t'krainian folktale about Andreas. a brave adventurer who tries to save his beautiful princess from the wicked 'l‘sar.

Pips and Panda in Circusland Sat 2‘) Jun & Thu 4 Jul. 2pm. Ages up to 7. An unusual basket sets off a mysterious chain of events for the famous duo as they encounter Jiffy and Jaffy the funny geese and Sugar the dancing horse when they spend a day at the circus.