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Glasgow Activities and Fun FREE Drop in weaving Fri 28 May, 2–4pm. Burrell Collection, 2060 Pollokshaws Road, 287 2550. Meet weaver Jonathan Cleaver and find out the secrets of the craft. You can even have a bash yourself. Mortimer’s Monkey Madness Sat 29 May–Sun 6 Jun, 10am–4.30pm. Included in admission: £8 (£5; family ticket £16- £21). Pollok House, Pollok Country Park, 2060 Pollokshaws Road, 0844 493 2202. Mortimer the monkey has lost his bananas. Help him find them around Pollok House, and you could win a family meal for four in Pollok’s Edwardian Restaurant. FREE Family Day – John Cage Musicircus Sun 30 May, 10am. Tramway, 25 Albert Drive, 0845 330 3501. Workshops and activities with a focus on contemporary music for all the family that make a great introduction to the arts, including a show from Starcatchers suitable for the under 4s. See preview. FREE Family Friendly Sunday Sun 30 May, 1–2.30pm. Glasgow Museums Resource Centre, 200 Woodhead Road, Nitshill, 276 9300. Creative workshops for families inspired by Glasgow Museums’ collections, followed by a tour at 2.30pm (advance booking essential for tour). FREE Craft Workshop Sun 30 May, 1–4pm. Silverburn, Barrhead Road, 880 3200. Crafty activities facilitated by Busy Bees Craft Studio for ages 3+. FREE Get into the ‘Grove Sun 30 May, 1–4pm. Kelvingrove Art Gallery & Museum, Argyle Street, 276 9509. A monthly activities programme for teens, this time looking at upcycling – the process of turning rubbish items into useful objects. Ages 12–17. FREE Tufting Tapestries Sun 30 May, 2–4pm. Burrell Collection, 2060 Pollokshaws Road, 287 2550. Bring along some wrapping paper or old clothes cut into strips with which to create a tapestry with a modern twist. Ages 7+. FREE Titanic Tapestries Mon 31 May, 2–4pm. Burrell Collection, 2060 Pollokshaws Road, 287 2550. Help make an huge version of one of the tapestries, and bring along some scrap material to contribute to this giant collage. Toy Theatre Workshop Sat 5 Jun, 10am. £7. Scottish Mask and Puppet Centre, 8–10 Balcarres Avenue, Kelvindale, 339 6185. Robert Poulter takes you through all the stages in creating a mini-theatrical production. FREE World Cup Warm Up Sun 6 Jun, 1–3pm. Glasgow Museums Resource Centre, 200 Woodhead Road, Nitshill, 276 9300. Make a sport-themed collage, inspired by the museum collections and the upcoming World Cup. Please book in advance. FREE Barnardo’s Big Toddle Tue 8 Jun, 9.30am. Glasgow Green, Greendyke Street, www.barnardos.org.uk/bigtoddle. This half mile sponsored walk for children under five is part of the biggest pre-school charity event in the UK. Register online to take part. Theatre, Dance & Comedy Family Story Time – The Twelve Windows Sat 29 & Sun 30 May, 10.30am & 12.30pm. £5 (family ticket £15; babies free). Scottish Youth Theatre, The Old Sheriff Court, 105 Brunswick Street, 552 3988. Storytelling theatre from Scottish Youth Theatre with actors, lights, props and audience participation. This fortnight’s story is ‘The Twelve Windows’. Recommended for ages 2–8; families and babies welcome.
Glasgow Kids Comedy Club Sun 30 May & 6 Jun, 3pm. £4. The Stand, 333 Woodlands Road, 0870 600 6055. Brave comedians have a go at entertaining the toughest crowd on earth. No under 5s; all kids must be accompanied by an adult. Stranded in the Dusk Tue 1 Jun, 6pm. £8 (£3.50–£4.50). Platform, The Bridge, 1000 Westerhouse Road, Easterhouse, 276 9696. International theatre companies collaborate for this performance as part of the DifferenzArt Festival. Ages 10+. The Buccaneer’s Bride Sat 5 Jun, 2pm & 3.45pm. £5.50 (children £4.95). Scottish Mask and Puppet Centre, 8–10 Balcarres Avenue, Kelvindale, 339 6185. Toy theatre performance about a treasure hunt that turns out to be a wild goose chase by Robert Poulter New Model Theatre. Edinburgh Activities and Fun FREE Boombox Music Workshop Fri 28 May & Fri 4 Jun, 2–5pm. Out of the Blue Drill Hall, 30–36 Dalmeny Street, Leith, 555 7102. Free music- making workshop for teenagers. Ages 12–16. FREE Vroom Vroom . . . Cars, Trains and Automobiles! Sat 29 May, 10.30am–12.30pm & 1.30–3.30pm. Museum of Childhood, 42 High Street, 529 4142. Make your own toy vehicle, and join in with the creation of a huge floor map on which you can display your masterpiece. FREE Signs of Summer Sat 29 & Sun 30 May, 2–3pm. Royal Botanic Garden, 20a Inverleith Row, 552 7171. Everyone loves summer – and plants and insects are no exception. Learn about the sunny (well. . . sometimes) season with games and activities. Ages 5+. Teddy Bears’ Picnic Sun 30 May, 11am–3pm. Included in admission: £15.50 (£13; children £11; family ticket £33.70–£57.60). Edinburgh Zoo, Corstorphine Road, 334 9171. Bring along a teddy for a day of fun including craft workshops, bouncy castles, face painting and a few edible treats. FREE Arthur’s Secrets Tue 1 Jun & Tue 8 Jun, 1–3pm. Holyrood Park, Holyrood Lodge, 652 8150. Take a walk up Edinburgh’s own volcanic plug and discover its past, present and wildlife. Moderately graded walk. Booking essential. FREE Wildlife Watchers Wed 2–Sun 13 Jun, 10am–6pm. Royal Botanic Garden, 20a Inverleith Row, 552 7171. Don your deerstalker and become a wildlife detective, following the trail left by the Garden Rangers. Under 16s must be accompanied. FREE Youth Touch Rugby Festival Fri 4 Jun, noon–4pm. Boroughmuir RFC, Meggetland, Colinton Road, 0131 529 7993. A chance for S1/S2 high school rugby teams to take part in the fast-paced Touch rugby festival. Part of Edinburgh’s Festival of Sport. FREE Corstorphine Hills Rocky Past Fri 4 Jun, 1pm. Corstorphine Hill, Queensferry Road, Davidson’s Mains, 447 7145. Discover the geology and early people who shaped this hill. Ages 8+. Booking essential. FREE Murrayfield – DAFS Youth Cricket Coaching Fri 4 Jun, 6–8pm. Roseburn Park, Roseburn Place, Murrayfield, 07730 074174. Coaching and practice sessions for total beginners and those more experienced with the bat. Ages 7–14. Part of Edinburgh’s Festival of Sport. FREE Wildlife Crafts Sat 5 & Sun 6 Jun, 1–4pm. Royal Botanic Garden, 20a Inverleith Row, 552 7171. Drop into an animal craft session and then turn wildlife detective on a fun trail through the gardens to discover who has been there before you. BioBlitz! Sat 5 & Sun 6 Jun, 1–5pm. Included in admission: £10.50 (£7.50; family ticket £20-£26). Newhailes, Newhailes Road, Musselburgh, 0844 493
CONTEMPORARY MUSIC FAMILY DAY JOHN CAGE MUSICIRCUS Tramway, Glasgow, Sun 30 May
He may not be around to see it, but it’s a fairly safe bet that John Cage would approve of Tramway’s upcoming family event. The late American composer created his first ‘Musicircus’ back in 1967, and over 40 years later, the idea is still going strong.
For Cage, music was anything you wanted it to be – even silence. Not that there’ll be much of that at Tramway on 30 May, when children of all ages, plus parents and carers, are invited to make as much noise as they like. ‘The day will be easygoing, friendly and relaxed,’ says event organiser, Rosemary James. ‘So the whole venue will be a place where parents and carers can take kids and not feel they have to make them be quiet. The entire space will be open to exploration by everyone.’ A pioneer in contemporary music, Cage was passionate about trying new
things – which is exactly what James hopes will happen at their Musicircus. ‘The participatory aspect of the event was really important to us,’ she says. ‘So we’ve created a lot of opportunities for kids to make their own sounds and music, to give them a sense of being part of a creative process. And help them realise that you don’t have to sing like an angel or play an instrument really well – you can join in making music and enjoy getting involved at even the most basic level.’ (Kelly Apter)
2125. The Ranger and local wildlife enthusiasts are spending 24 hours recording every form of wildlife they can find on the estate, in celebration of the International Year of Biodiversity. Sign up to go out with one of the team, or just drop in to see what they’ve found so far. FREE Shiny Silver Tea Sets Pictures Sat 5 Jun, 1.30–3.30pm. Museum of Edinburgh, Huntly House, 142 Canongate, 529 4143. Get sticky making a picture of a silver tea set using lots of shiny materials, inspired by the museum’s amazing silver collection. Comfy Cushions Sun 6 Jun, 11am–3pm. £6 per adult/child. Lauriston Castle, 2a Cramond Road South, 529 3963. Use Lauriston’s gardens as inspiration to design your own cushion, then make it from handmade felt. Bring a packed lunch. Advance booking is essential. FREE To Infinity and Beyond! Sun 6 Jun, 2–4pm. Usher Hall, Lothian Road, 228 1155. Step inside the giant inflatable
planetarium and learn all about the stars and planets. FREE Girls’ Basketball Coaching Mon 7 Jun, 6.30–8pm. Boroughmuir High School, 26 Viewforth, Bruntsfield, 07719 714932. Free basketball training for girls, courtesy of Polonia Phoenix Basketball. For ages 9–14; no booking required. Part of Edinburgh’s Festival of Sport. FREE Barnardo’s Big Toddle Thu 10 Jun, 10am. Royal Botanic Garden, 20a Inverleith Row, 552 7171. This half mile sponsored walk for children under five is part of the biggest pre-school charity event in the UK. Booking essential. Storytelling L’Heure du Conte Sat 29 May, 11am–noon. £5 per family. Institut Français d’Ecosse, 13 Randolph Crescent, 225 5366. Tanya Czajka (Le Petit Monde) presents a puppet show, Lapin a soif, followed by games in French and English. Booking advised.
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