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GLASGOW Activities and Fun FREE Saturday Art Club Sat 6 & 13 Nov, 10.30am–1pm. Gallery of Modern Art, Royal Exchange Square, 287 3050. Art activities run by a different art tutor each week relating to the art on display with drawing, collage, sculpture-making and games. Parents can get stuck in, too. Ages 3–11. FREE Toddler Time Fri 5 & 12 Nov, 11.30–11.55am & 2.30–2.55pm. Kelvingrove Art Gallery & Museum, Argyle Street, 276 9599. Take the wee ones along for songs, stories and fun with a different theme inspired by the museum each week. No need to book. Saturday Art Corner Sat 6 & 13 Nov, 10am–noon & 1–3pm. £65 for eight weeks. Hunterian Museum & Art Gallery, University of Glasgow, 82 Hillhead Street, 330 5431. Arty activities for kids every weekend, inspired by the current Whistler exhibition at the Hunterian. There’s a different theme each week, and activities include origami, printmaking and stained glass. The 10am session is for ages 5–7 and the 1pm session is for ages 8–12. FREE Gardening Day Tue 9 & 16 Nov, 12.30pm. The Children’s Garden, 730 Great Western Road, www.weegarden.co.uk. Weekly green- fingered session for the little ones to garden, play games and meet up with friends. Mini Movers Thu 4 Nov, 10–10.45am. £3. Cranhill Beacon, 200 Bellrock Street, 276 1591. A creative, dynamic dance and movement class for ages 3–5. Adults are encouraged to join in too! Part of the Wee Inspiration Festival 2010. Boogie Babies Thu 4 Nov, 11–11.45am. £3. Cranhill Beacon, 200 Bellrock Street, 276 1591. A creative dance session for babies and toddlers using movement, storytelling and games. Part of the Wee Inspiration Festival 2010. Incredible Swimming Choir Thu 4 & Fri 5 Nov, Thu 10.15am & 1.15pm; Fri 12.15pm. £3. Platform, The Bridge, 1000 Westerhouse Road, Easterhouse, 276 9696. Grab your cossie, get changed and dive in to join the Incredible Swimming Choir for songs and splashes with a couple of beach balls chucked in. Ages 0–4. Part of the Wee Inspiration Festival. FREE Pathology Weekend Sat 6 & Sun 7 Nov, Sat 10am–5pm; Sun 11am–5pm. Kelvingrove Art Gallery & Museum, Argyle Street, 276 9599. A drop-in family event suitable for 4–11 year-olds, discovering what causes illness and infections and how our fabulous immune systems keep those nasty pathogens out of your body. FREE Wee Beasties Sat 6 Nov, 1–3pm. Glasgow Museums Resource Centre, 200 Woodhead Road, Nitshill, 276 9300. Get up close and personal with some insect life and make yourself an insect headpiece. Suitable for under 5s. FREE Fireworks in the Night Sky Sat 6 Nov, 2pm. People’s Palace & Winter Gardens, Glasgow Green, 276 0788. Make an explosive picture for Guy Fawkes Night. Ages 5+. NCCGB Auditions Sun 7 Nov, 10am. £35. City Halls, Candleriggs, 353 8000. Auditions for the National Children’s Choir of Great Britain. FREE The Urban Jungle Sun 7 Nov, 1–3pm. Glasgow Museums Resource Centre, 200 Woodhead Road, Nitshill, 276 9300. Think there’s no wildlife in the city? You’d be wrong! You just need to know when to look. . . Find out about foxes, badgers, butterflies and moths. Suitable for families. Family Weekends Sun 7 Nov, 2pm. £4 per child. City Halls, Candleriggs, 353
54 THE LIST 4–18 Nov 2010
INFANT OPERA BABYO Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh, Tue 16 & Wed 17 Nov You’re never too young to enjoy a six-part harmony. That’s the theory behind Scottish Opera’s latest project, BabyO. Performed by three operatic singers, a bass, soprano and mezzo soprano, the show is aimed at babies aged just 6-18 months. Yet despite the singers getting very close to their sensitive young audience, so far not a tear has been shed. ‘There has honestly been no crying,’ says singer Alan McKenzie. ‘Sometimes they arrive a bit grumbly if they need a nap, but once they come in they’re completely fascinated by it. It really is amazing.’
Written by Rachel Drury, who has studied the musical
development of children, BabyO is 30 minutes of melody, rhythm and harmony, all created by voice
alone. ‘It’s really clever,’ says McKenzie. ‘We perform with a recorded backing track of us singing, using repeated musical patterns and themes. It’s set in a park, so we have little duck and bee puppets that we use to interact with the babies, and a lot of the sounds we sing mirror what we’re doing, so it all goes together.’ Included in the ticket price is a CD of the show, so
parents and children can enjoy the music all over again at home, although, unless McKenzie’s family is willing to loan him out, not everything can be replicated. ‘Because many babies spend a lot of time with their
mothers, they’re used to hearing a woman’s voice,’ says McKenzie. ‘And I’m a bass, which is the lowest voice you can get – so when I’m singing bottom Cs and Ds up close to them, the audience can actually feel the sound resonating as well as hear it.’ (Kelly Apter)
8000. Music-making fun for families with kids aged 5–10, including a chance to make some art using the exciting ‘Optimusic’ light and sound beam system. Part of the Inspiration Festival. FREE Toy Stories Wed 10 Nov–Mon 2 May 2011, Tue–Thu & Sat 10am–5pm; Fri & Sun 11am–5pm. Scotland Street School Museum, 225 Scotland Street, 287 0500. Indulge in a little nostalgia, or find out how children of the past played, at this exhibition of toys and games from the past and present. FREE RSPB Weekend Sat 13 & Sun 14 Nov, 11am–1pm & 2–4.30pm. Kelvingrove Art Gallery & Museum, Argyle Street, 276 9599. Family friendly activities in the museum with experts from the RSPB. This weekend the theme is ‘Killers with Whiskers’ – all about the formidable hunting prowess of the native Scottish wild cat. FREE Magical Menagerie Sat 13 Nov, 1–3pm. Glasgow Museums Resource Centre, 200 Woodhead Road, Nitshill, 276 9300. Help create a magical travelling menagerie inspired by the exotic animals in the museum collections. Baby Loves Disco Sun 14 Nov, 2–5pm. £8. Tiger Tiger, The Glasshouse, 20 Glassford Street, www.babylovesdisco.co.uk. Baby Loves Disco is a chance for kids aged 6
months–7 years (and their parents) to get their respective grooves on, alongside the chance to sample the delights of bubble machines, instruments and a Gymboree chillout zone, with face painting and healthy snacks included. This event is a special ‘Danceathon’ in aid of baby charity Tommy’s.
Music Trio Pour Un P’tit Pois Thu 4 Nov, 1.30pm. £3. The Old Fruitmarket, Candleriggs, 353 8000. A creative trio of multi-instrumentalists who make music from such strange objects as saws, toys and potato mashers. Suitable for ages 4–7. Part of the Wee Inspiration Festival. FREE Mandolin Music Sun 14 Nov, 2pm. Provand’s Lordship, 3 Castle Street, 553 2557. Musical recital aimed at families in this evocative historical setting. Theatre, Dance & Comedy If I was a Mouse, I Would Hide in Your Hood Thu 4 Nov, 1.30–2.15pm. £3. Brian Cox Studio, The Old Sheriff Court, 105 Brunswick Street, 552 4267. Mouse is a shy young soul. All she wants is to play with the others and go to the party, but she’s just too timid. . . until a new pal comes on the scene. Puppet show for ages 3–6.
Hannah and Hanna Thu 4 & Fri 5 Nov, 10.30am & 1.30pm. £8 (£3.50–£4.50). Platform, The Bridge, 1000 Westerhouse Road, Easterhouse, 01383 602302. Catherine Wheels presents the tale of two 16 year-olds – one from Kosovo, one from Margate. Can the emerging friendship bear the test of bigotry that surrounds them? Recommended for S1/2 pupils. The Gingerbread Man Sat 6 Nov, 2pm & 4pm. £5.95 (children £4.95). Scottish Mask and Puppet Centre, 8–10 Balcarres Avenue, Kelvindale, 339 6185. Miriam Lambert puppets present the tale of the wily gingerbread man who can evade capture by everyone – except the cunning fox. Ages 3+. Curse of the Demeter Sat 6 & Sun 7 Nov; Fri 12 & Sat 13 Nov; Thu 18 Nov; weekdays 7.30pm; Sat & Sun 2.30pm & 7.30pm. £10. The Tall Ship at Glasgow Harbour, 100 Stobcross Road, 552 4267. A spooky tale of a doomed ship, inspired by Bram Stoker’s Dracula, and brought to the stage by Visible Fictions. Suitable for everyone aged 11 and older. See photo caption. If I was a Mouse, I Would Hide in Your Hood Sun 7 & Mon 8 Nov, 11am & 1.30pm. £4. Eastwood Park Theatre, Eastwood Park, Rouken Glen Road, Giffnock, 577 4970. See above.