Archaeology Day Sun 8 Sep.

1 1am 3pm. Free. Holyrood Park. 556 1761. Advance booking required. A family day to discover what life was like 2000 years ago.

Sing Chinese Opera Sun 8 Sep. 1--—2pm. l-‘ree. Royal Museum. 2 Chambers Street. 247 4169. Advance booking required. Ages 6 12. Learn all abotit the Beijing ()pera vvith the help of Cheng Yu and the 1K Chinese linsemble.


Hero Worship l'ntil Sat 28 Sep. Free. .‘vltiseum ()f Childhood. 42 High Street. 529 4142. Children’s heroes from past and present including Davie Crockett. Shirley Temple and Luke Skyvvalker 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 Until Thu 31 ()ct. National Library Of Scotland. (ieorge 1V Bridge. 226 453 I. lixplore the exciting and colourful vvorld of children‘s books from the original 17th century Tom Thumb to the latest Harry Potter blockbuster.

Walking with Dinosaurs Until Sun 8 Sep. £8.95 (£5.50 £6.50): family ticket £16.95 £29. Dynamic liarth. llolyrood Road. 550 7800. lixpet'ience the magic of BBC's acclaimed series Walking With Dinosaurs. This exhibition takes you behind the scenes of production and explores hovv dinosaurs lived. died and hovv the BBC brought them to life.


Storytelling Tent Fri 6 Sep. Sun 8 Sep. Fri 13 Sep. Sun 15 Sep.

2.30 3.15pm & 3.30 4.15pm. Free. National Library Of Scotland. (leorge 1V Bridge. 226 4531. Ages 4 6 and 7 9. Scottish storytellers bring children's stories to life.

Outside The Cities

Activities And Fun

Bricks and Bonnets Sat 7 Sep.

2 4pm. Free. Dean Castle Country Park. Dean Road. Kilmarnock. ()1563 522702. Take a vvander back through time to uncover the industrial archaeology of the country park.

Drawing Workshops Sun 8 & Sun 15 Sep. 2 4pm. £30 per term. liast Kilbride Arts Centre. ()ld Coach Road. liast Kilbride. 0| 355 261000. Advance booking required. Ages 12. Jason Campbell leads a 12 vveek course in the basics of dravving.

Tiny Trad Mon 9 & Mon 16 Sep.

£16 £44. liast Kilbride Arts Centre. ()ld Coach Road. liast Kilbride. (11355 261000. Ages 2 5. Tiny tots cart learn song. dance and musical awareness at these traditional music classes led by Kirsty Cotter.

Stirling Castle Extravaganza Sat 14 Stm 15 Sep. £7 (£2 £5). Stirling ('astle. Old Town. Stirling. 01786 450000. Scotland‘s foremost light display learn. The Clann take you back in time at this fun family event featuring combat. falconry. drama. music. comedy. storytelling. crafts and much more. Tasty Goodness Sat 14 Tue 17 Sep. 10am 5pm. £2.80 (£1.60); family ticket £8. Almond Valley Heritage Trust. .\lilll'ield. Livingston. ()1506 414957. llelp otit vyith the jams. pickle and ginger beer.


Steps Club 7 and Absolut Britney Sat 7 Sep. 7.45pm. £8 (£5). Cumbernauld 'l‘heatre. Kildrum. Cumbernauld. ()1236 732887. Tribute to chart-topping popsters. Steps and S Club.


Ahoy There! It’s the Happy Gang l-‘ri 6 Sep. 2.30pm. £6; family

listings Kids

Cinderella Sat 7 Sep. lpm 8. 3pm. 94 (£2.50). Paisley Arts Centre. 0141 887 1010. Flying

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successful Fringe puppet show. Shana Reppe flutters her magic Wings over this classic tale.

ticket £22. Albert llalls. Dumbarton Road. Stirling. 01786 473544. Shiver me timbers. the Happy (iang are back with another musical spectacular. Those happy fellovvs 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 alvvays ready to man the decks with their sea-shantics. slapstick and musical mayhem. Cinderella Sat 7 Sep. 1pm at 3pm. £4 (£2.50). Paisley Arts Centre. New Street. Paisley. 0141 887 1010. Ages over 6. livery day is a bad hair day for our Cinders. That is. until a glamorous lady comes along and fills Cinderella's handbag with magic. Novv it's tip to her to find a dress. get to the ball. dance the cha cha cha and fall in love with the handsome prince. all before midnight. The acclaimed Shona Reppe Puppets adapt this timeless fairytale using beautiful puppets. original music and maybe even dancing mice in hats. See above.

William Wallace Sat 7 Sep. 3pm. £4 (£2). iiast Kilbride Arts Centre. ()1d Coach Road. liast Kilbride. 01355 261000. Ages 5—-12. Hopscotch Theatre jump back in time to explore the history of Scotland’s first patriot. From his humble lilderslie beginnings to his grisly death at the hands of King lidvvard I. join the popular troupe to find otit if Mel (iibson and Hollyvyood got it right.

This Here Now Fri 13 Sat 14 Sep. 7.45pm. £6 (£3). Cumbernauld Theatre. Kildrum. Cumbernauld. 01236 732887. livvan's parents are avvay so he‘s having a party but he gets tnore than he bargained for. Cumbernauld Junior Youth Theatre present Tim Primrose‘s light-hearted play.

Ahoy There! It’s the Happy Gang Sat 14 Sep. 1 1am & 2.30pm.

£6: four tickets for £22. Village Theatre. .\1ax\\e11 1)ri\e. liast Kilbride. ()1355 248669. See Stirling.

The Singing Kettle’s Jungle Party Sat 14 Sun 15 Sep. (ircenock Arts (iuild. Campbell Street. (irecnock. 01475 723038. 1)ress tip as your favourite vvild animal and join the Kettlers vvith nevv member Kevin for a tropical adventure with giraffes. chimps and lions galore. Sing along \s 1111 the gang to your favourite songs and a fevv new ones too.

Ahoy There! It’s the Happy Gang Sttn 15 Sep. Mother“ ell Concert Hall. Civic Centre Windmillhill Street. Mother“ e11. 01698 302999. See Stirling.

Ahoy There! It’s the Happy Gang Mon 16 Sep. 1 1am & 2.30pm. £6 (£4). llovs den Park Centre. llovvden. Livingston. 01506 433634. See Stirling. Disney on Ice - Beauty and the Beast Tue 17 -Sun 22 Sep. times vary. £9.50--£12.50. Braehead Arena. Kings lncli Road. Renfrevy. 885 1441. See photo caption.

James and the Giant Peach Wed 18»-S;it 21 Sep. \Ved & Sat 2pm & 7pm: Thu 6’; Fri 10am ck 7pm. £9 (£7): family ticket £25. Adam Smith Theatre. Bcnnocliy Road. Kirkcaldy'. 01592 412929. Roald l)ahl's classic tale of a small boy is adventures on the high sea in a giant peach is brought to life by the Birmingham Stage Company.

The International Purves Puppets Biggar Puppet 'liheatre. Broughton Road. 01899 220631. £5 (£4); family tickets £23 ty £36. Book in advance as times are subject to change. Reductions for parties ol the or more. Sliovs s on offer in er the next tvvo \vccks arc:

Nessie Meets Morag Sat 7 Sep. 2pm. Nessie the Loch Ness .\lt)tlstct‘ gets a message froin .\Ioi'ag. the monster of Loch Morar. that a

mysterious foreigner with a red beard has appeared at Loch .‘yiorar. Nessie learns that he is searching tor PR‘i‘ii‘ C11“ '1'R”**S1,'*‘Ii (specially coded message). and so a race to discover an ancient secret begins . . . Pips and Panda Meet the Toothfairy Sat 14 & Tue. 17 Sep. 2pm. Another adventure from the famous characters. Pips the little monkey and silly old Panda. A shovv for the under sevens. full of songs. fun and music vvith magical etfects and an exciting story about their travels on the magic leaf to Tooth-1‘airy'1;md'


Forest Tales for All the Family Sat 7 Sep. 1 1am & 2pm. Normal admission applies. Benmore Botanic (iarden. Dunoon. Argyll. 01369 706261. Hear vsoodland tales and stories of forest magic with the Botanic's storytellers. Part of Trcefest.


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