Nestled under the Forth Rail Bridge in North Queensferry, Deep Sea World is the accessible face of marine biology, and a hot spot for families looking for a day out the Scottish weather can’t spoil. For over ten years, the centre has taken visitors on a watery tour of some of the ocean’s most fascinating inhabitants, from sea horses and Nemo-style clown fish to rather less friendly piranhas and ragged tooth sharks.

Home to one of the longest underwater tunnels in the world and complete with moving walkway, Deep Sea World now has a new feather in its cap - a seal sanctuary. Run in conjunction with the Scottish SPCA, the sanctuary is a convalescent home for sick or injured seals in need of a little R&R before heading back to the ocean. The facility is also the new permanent abode for three generations of seals: grandma Morag, daughter Nessie and granddaughter Heather. All three receive a medical check-up and bucket of fish each afternoon - an entertaining and educational addition to Deep Sea World’s visitor itinerary, with typical teenager, Heather, clearly loving her

new-found star status.

Elsewhere in the marine centre, death and destruction reign supreme, much to everyone’s delight. Lunchtime in the piranha tank turns their calm water into a frenzied jacuzzi, while the brave/foolish divers who venture inside the shark pool put on a good show. Kids can also get up close and personal with starfish and crabs in the rock pools, have their photo taken with a snake, or watch a bearded dragon (lizard) tuck into some unsuspecting wee beasties. (Kelly Apter)

I Deep Sea World. North Queensferrry, O 7383 47 I880, www. deepseawor/d. com

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Activities & Fun

Drop-In Drama for Kids Sat 8 ()ct at Sat 15 Oct. 1 lam noon. £4. CCA. 350 Sauchiehall Street. 352 4900. Stimulating session of theatrical ltrn.

CCA Kids Club: Just Dough It! Sat 8 ()cl. l0 11.30am. £3. C(‘A. 350 Sauchiehall Street. 352 4900. Make an object from simple domestic materials. then bake and paint your creation.

CCA Kids Club: Standing Words Sat 15 ()ct. l0 11.30am. £3. ('CA. 350 Sauchiehall Slr'eel. 352 4900. Create 31) letters then Use them to construct sculptural words and phrases.

The Arty Party Sat 15 & Sun 16 ()ct. 58 THE LIST 6-2() Oct 700:3

l lam 4pm. Free. .\lcl.ellan (ialleries. 270 Sauchiehall Street. 565 4100. Massive drop-in art event for all the family. with workshops. live rntrsic and much more. GOMA Big Draw Sat 15 ()cl. l.45pm & 3.15pm. £1. (iallery of Modern Art. Queen Street. 229 I996. l’aint or draw your own picture for the ‘(iiant' colouring hook at these workshops stritable l-or ages 3 l 1. Halloween Costume Making Mon 17 (5 7 yrs) 8; Tue 18 ()ct (8 12 yrs).

| lam 12.30pm. £5. l’ollok House. 2060 l’ollokshaws Road. 649 0875. Make a costtrrne and look like the kings and queens whose portraits hang on the walls at l’ollok House.

Young lllustrator’s Club Mon l7 ()ct.

l lam lpm. Free. .\|cl.ellan (ialleries. 270 Sauchiehall Street. 565 4| l9. l.earn how to draw and create your own cartoon strip. Suitable l'or ages 8 l4. Booking essential. Professor Bedlam‘s Potion Show Mon 17 Fri 2| ()ct. noon. 2pm & 4pm. £6.95 (£4.95). (ilasgow Science Centre. 50 Pacific Quay. 420 5000. A show crammed

with whines. llashes. bangs and

explosions. Free with Science Mall entry.

Nature Walk and Autumn Picture Wed 19 ()ct. Ham—12.30pm. £5. Pollok House. 2060 Pollokshaws Road. 649 ()875. Take a walk through the gardens and pick tip some raw materials to make an autumnal picture.

Caped Crusaders Wed )9 ()cl.

1 lam lpm. Free. Mcl.ellan (ialleries. 270 Sauchiehall Street. 565 41 19. Design and create your own super hero costume. Suitable for ages 5 -l2. Booking essential. Become a Pollok House Ghost Thu 20 ()ct. l |am~l2.30pm. £5. Pollok House. 2060 l’ollokshaws Road. 649 ()875. Become a ghost from the past and haunt the corridors of Pollok House. Suitable for kids aged 8- 12.

Theatre & Dance

Oscar and the Deep Sea Pearl Sat 8 ()ct. 2pm & 3.45pm. £4.50 (£3.50). Scottish Mask and Puppet Centre. 8—-|0 Balcarres Avenue. Kelvindale. Ages 4-9. Mousetale Puppets introduce guitar- playing. biscuit stealing mouse ()scar. who must overpower the evil Emperor. (iritsklyter.

Big Baby Mon l0— Wed [2 ()ct. 7.30pm. £6 —£8. (iilrnorehillGlZ. 9 University Avenue. 330 5522. Visible Fictions tell the tale of a baby who‘s a very last leamer indeed. talking at one day old. attending one of London‘s top schools by day three. Suitable for ages 13+.

Adventures of the Baron Wed 12 & 'lliu 13 ()ct. 7pm. Britannia Panopticon Music Hall. l 13 1 l7 Trongate. The Working Party bring the tales of Baron Munchausen to life for kids aged 7+. Balamory Live: Strike Up the Band Fri 14 ()ct. 1.45pm: Sat 15 & Sun 16 ()ct. |0.45am. 1.45pm & 4.45pm. £10» £17.50. SECC. Finnieston Quay. 0870 040 4000. PC Plum has a mystery to solve in this new stage show ol’ the popular BBC programme.

Magic, Magic, Magic Sat 15 ()ct. 2pm. £4.50 (£3.50). Scottish Mask and Puppet Centre. 8‘4 10 Balcarres Avenue. Kelvindale. More fun trickery l'rom Scotland’s favourite kiddie magician. Magic Bob.


Children’s Storytime Strn 9 ()ct & Sun 16 ()ct. 2pm. Free. Borders Books. Fort Retail Park. 390 l’rovan Walk. 773 2910. Weekly weekend storytelling session. Tall Tales in the Tower Sat l5 ()ct. noon l2.45pm. Free. 'l‘ron Theatre. 63 ’l‘rongate. 552 4267. Fun interactive storytelling sessions in the 'l'ron’s Clock lower for ages 3 -5.


Activities & Fun

The Braw Big Draw Stm 9 ()ct.

l0am 4pm. Free. National (iallery of Scotland. the Mound. 624 6200. Events for budding artists in all live ol the National (ialleries across Edinburgh. Russian Dolls Wed 19. Thu 20 ()ct & Fri 2| ()ct. |0.30am & l.30pm. £2. Royal Museum Education Centre. 2 Chatnbers Street. 247 4219/4422. Have a go at painting your own Russian doll. with artist lilena 'l‘syplakova. Places are limited. so booking is advisable. Suitable forages 5+. Dance Kids Sat 15 ()ct. |0am & l lam (l 4 yrs); |.30pm (3 6 yrs). £4 (£1.50— £2). North Edinburgh Arts Centre. 15a Pennywell Court. 315 2|5l. (iet your shoes and socks ol'l’ and prepare to stamp. slide. jump and leap.

First Impressions: Islamic Art and Design Sat 8 ()ct. l lam (3 6 yrs) 84 lprn (7 l2 yrs). £4 (£1.50 £2). North Edinburgh Arts Centre. l5a Pennywell Court. 3l5 2l51. Workshops covering textile art. illuminated manuscripts. decorative tiles and sculpture.

Russian Storytelling Sat 8 ()ct.

l |.30arn. 12.30 & 1.30. Free. Royal Museum. 2 Chambers Street. 247 4219. Enter the storytelling tent and hear wondrous tales of princes and princesses. l'orest spirits and lirebirds.

DJing Workshop Sat 8 ()ct & Sat l5 ()ct. lpm. £4 (£1.50 £2). North Edinburgh Arts Centre. 15a Pennywell Court. 315 2151. Ages |2+. An introduction to 1)Jing skills.

Youth Theatre Thu 6 Oct. 6 77pm. £12 22 for full term. (iateway Theatre. Elm Row. l.eith Walk. 3l7 3979. Develop a . range of drama and physical theatre skills 5 at this youth theatre group. Suitable for

ages l2- l6.

Children‘s Drama Workshops Sat 8 ()ct. 10 l 1.30am. £9 18 for lull term Gateway Theatre. Elrn Row. l.eith Walk. 317 3979. Lively and energetic drama workshops for ages 8 12.

Tiny Music Makers Sat 8 ()ct. 10am (l--3 yrs) & l lam (3 -5 yrs). £4 (£1.50 £2). North Edinburgh Arts Centre. l5a Pennywell Court. 315 2151. A fun session of music making involving games. puppets.

i rhymes and movement. Big Art Wee Hands Sat 8 ()ct. Sat

10.30am (ages 7+) & 1.30pm (3 6 yrs). £4 (£1.50 £2). North Edinburgh Arts Centre. l5a Pennywell Court. 315 2151. Have a go

at a range of visual art media including painting. sculpture. installation and digital photography.

The Big Draw at North Edinburgh Arts Sat 15 Oct. 10.30am 2.30pm. Free. North Edinburgh Arts Centre. l5a

Pennywell Court. 315 2151. For one day

only the gallery will be covered in white paper. transforming it into a massive blank

canvas where you can draw whatever you

like. Suitable for all ages.

Making Art: Children’s Workshop Sat

15 Oct. 1 1am - lpm. £4. Fruitmarket Gallery. 45 Market Street. 225 2383. Create large-scale drawings inspired by Louise Hopkins‘ work. Ages 7 l 1. Booking essential.

Holyrood Palace Big Draw Sat l5 & Sun 16 ()ct. noon- 3pm. Normal Palace admission. llolyrood Palace. Royal Mile. (irab an activity sheet and look out for patterns. shapes. buttresses and beasts at this drop-in drawing session.

The Big Draw at the Botanics Sat 15 ()ct. noonxtpm. Free. Royal Botanic (iarden Exhibition Hall. lnverleith Row. 552 7171. Join the rest of the country in a drawing marathon.

Family Workshop Sat 15 ()ct. 24pm. £4. Fruitmarket (iallery. 45 Market Street. 225 2383. Fun art workshop for children aged 3-6. Booking essential.

Song Writing and Recording Workshop Tue 18 Fri 21 ()ct. 10am 2pm 8; 1 4pm. £20. North Edinburgh Arts Centre. l5a Pennywell Court. 315 215 l. A

week-long workshop where you can learn

how to write and produce a song from scratch. Suitable for ages 12+.

Magical Wood Hunt 'l‘ue l8 ()ct. 10.30am» 12.30pm. £3. Lauriston Castle Wood. 2a (Tramond Road South. 336 2060.

' Fun Halloween-inspired nature walk.

Booking essential.

Theatre & Dance

Big Baby Fri 7 ()ct. 2pm & 7.30pm. £8 (£3 £5). North Fdinburgb Arts Centre. l5a Pennywell Court. 315 2151. See (ilasgow. The Happy Cang‘s Highland Fling Mon 17 & Tue 18 ()ct. 2.30pm ('l‘ue that

l lam). Bnrnton 'lheatre. l.adyw ell Way. Musselburgh. 665 2240. Span. Mr P and Nikki kit themselves out in tartan lor this l'un Scottish singalong.

The Gardener Wed l9 ()c1. 10.30am &

V 2pm. £5 (£3.50). North Edinburgh Arts

Centre. l5a Pennywell Court. 315 2|5l. AJ'I‘C Theatre Company present the tale ol Harry the gardener and his grandson.

1 Suitable forages 3+.


Stories in the Forest Room Strn 16 ()ct. 2pm. Free. Royal Botanic (iarden (Forest Room). lnverleith Row. 552 7171. Join the RB(1E Storytellers l'or tales of mystery and magic. trees and travels. The Books of Hans Christian Andersen Until Tue 31 Jan (not Strn). 'l‘imes vary. Free. Museum of Childhood. 42 High Street. 529 4|42. A special exhibition featuring sotne ol‘ the best loved

6 books by this renowned story teller.