Glasgow Kids Comedy Club Sun 7 Nov, 3pm. £4. The Stand, 333 Woodlands Road, 0870 600 6055. A welcome return for the comedy club aimed at younger comedy fans, this afternoon features proper stand-ups Bethany Black, Ro Campbell and Naz Osmanoglu. Best suited to ages 8–12; no under 5s and all kids must be accompanied by an adult. Family Story Time: Sleeping Beauty Sat 13 & Sun 14 Nov, 10.30am & 12.30pm. £5 (under 2s free; family ticket £15). Scottish Youth Theatre, The Old Sheriff Court, 105 Brunswick Street, 552 3988. Storytelling theatre from SYT Productions, with audience interaction and lots to stretch young imaginations. This week’s tale is the age-old yarn of the beautiful princess put into a deep sleep by a witch’s curse. Aimed at under 7s and their families. Three Wishes Sat 13 Nov, 2pm. £5.95 (children £4.95). Scottish Mask and Puppet Centre, 8–10 Balcarres Avenue, Kelvindale, 339 6185. The woodcutter and his wife are granted three wishes by the Magic Green Man, but they don’t half make some funny choices! Pavla’s Puppets present this light-hearted tale, followed by an adaptation of Martin Waddell’s charming, Can’t You Sleep Little Bear. Ages 3+. Room on the Broom Thu 18–Sun 21 Nov, Thu 1.30pm; Fri 10.30am & 1.30pm; Sat & Sun 10.30am & 12.30pm. £12.75. Theatre Royal, 282 Hope Street, 0844 871 7647. Superb adaptation of Julia Donaldson’s picture book, brought to you by Tall Stories, the company behind The Gruffalo. Highly recommended. Ages 3+.
EDINBURGH Activities and Fun Zoo Arts Wed 10 & 17 Nov, 3.30–5.30pm. £1 (NEAC ‘Good Neighbours’ 50p). North Edinburgh Arts Centre, 15a Pennywell Court, 315 2151. Art club for kids aged 7–11 who want to get stuck into a range of creative activities, including sculpture, painting, drawing and crafts. Edinburgh Jitsu Youth Sat 6 & 13 Nov, 11am–12.30pm. £5. St Stephen’s Centre, St Stephen Street, Stockbridge, 556 2661. Weekly classes in this fun and challenging martial art, for ages 11–18. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information. Feet Foxes Thu 4, 11 & 18 Nov, 10–11am. £3 per child. Out of the Blue Drill Hall, 30–36 Dalmeny Street, Leith, 07770 420430. Movement and dance for pre-schoolers and their parents/carers. Gardening 4 Kids Fri 5 & 12 Nov, 1–3pm. £1. Bridgend Allotments, 41 Old Dalkeith Road, 664 9559. An introduction to horticulture for ages 6–10. Children must be accompanied. Booking essential. FREE The Big Noise Event Fri 5 Nov, 2–4.30pm. North Edinburgh Arts Centre, 15a Pennywell Court, 315 2151. A chance for young people aged 12–18 to make as much noise as they want – they can have a go at DJing, sound production, dance, or take part in a Wii dance-off. Kids Knit Sat 6 & 13 Nov, 9.30–11am. £10 per class. United Free Church of Scotland, Glebe Street, 07943 367314. Beginner knitting class for children: learn to make needles and felt, cast on and off, and knit garter stitch. Working with Leather Sat 6 Nov/Sun 7 Nov, 10am–3pm. £55 per parent & child. Four Winds Inspiration Centre, The Pavilion, Inverleith Park, Arboretum Place, 332 2229. A leathercraft workshop for parents and children to do together, led by Simon Potts. Booking essential. Wood & Stone Carving Class Sat 6 Nov, 10.30am–3pm. £55 per parent & child. Four Winds Inspiration Centre, The Pavilion, Inverleith Park, Arboretum Place, 332 2229. Learn a new skill together – this time it’s carving wood and stone with Andy McFetters. Booking essential.
Curse of the Demeter Kids
Visible Fictions’ spine-tingling tale about life onboard an old sea vessel was scary enough in the theatre – so just imagine what it will be like on the atmospheric Tall Ship. The tale of the ill-fated ship The Demeter, and her ghostly cargo, the show is filled with plot twists and turns, some very fine acting and an innovative set. Prepare to be gripped. Suitable for ages 11+. ■ The Tall Ship, Glasgow, Thu 4–Sat 20 Nov.
FREE Art Cart Sun 7 Nov, 2–4pm. National Gallery Complex, The Mound, 624 6200. Get the whole family involved in these artistic activities, inspired each month by different works from the collection. Ages 3–12. Kids Knit Tue 9 & 16 Nov, 4.45–6.15pm. £10 per class. Imagination Workshop, 136 Marchmont Road, 07943 367314. See above. Christmas Animals Sat 13 Nov, 10.30am–1pm. £4. Lauriston Castle, 2a Cramond Road South, 529 3963. Learn about winter animals with the castle ranger, then make lovely cards based on what you’ve found out. Booking essential. Art Blast Saturdays 13 Nov–4 Dec, 1.30–3.30pm. £55 (£35). Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, 75 Belford Road, 624 6200. No more weekend boredom with this four-week course exploring works by Robert Therrien and others from the Gallery of Modern Art’s collection. Ages 8–11. FREE A Slice of Life Sun 14 Nov, 11am–1pm & 2–4pm. National Museum of Scotland, Chambers Street, 225 7534. Drop in to the museum and meet characters from Scottish history, from an alewife to a steam engine driver. Music Baby O Tue 16 & Wed 17 Nov, Tue 12.30pm & 1.30pm; Wed 10.30am, 11.30am & 12.30pm. Adult & baby £8; extra tickets £5. Traverse Theatre, Cambridge Street, 228 1404. Multisensory, interactive opera experience for babies aged 6–18 months and their parents and carers from Scottish Opera. Advance booking recommended. See preview. Baby O Thu 18–Sat 20 Nov, Thu & Sat 10.30am, 11.30am & 1.30pm; Fri 10.30am & 11.30am. Adult & baby £8; extra adults or teenagers £5. Out of the Blue Drill Hall, 30–36 Dalmeny Street, Leith, 555 7100. See above.
Theatre & Dance If I was a Mouse, I Would Hide in Your Hood Fri 5 Nov, 11am & 1pm. £5 (£3–£4). North Edinburgh Arts Centre, 15a Pennywell Court, 315 2151. See Glasgow, Theatre, Dance & Comedy.
Books & Storytelling FREE Storytime for under 5s Fri 5 Nov, 2.45–3.15pm. Colinton Library, 14 Thorburn Road, 529 5603. Gather round, children – there’s stories galore at the library. Young Writers’ Conference Sat 13 Nov, 10am–4pm. £5. Scottish Book Trust, Sandeman House, Trunks Close, 55 High Street, 524 0160. An event for budding writers aged 14–17, with workshops, performances, talks and a free lunch! See www.scottishbooktrust.com/youngwriters conference to sign up. FREE At Home with Mrs Doig Sat 13 Nov, 11am, noon, 2pm & 3pm. Museum of Edinburgh, Huntly House, 142 Canongate, 529 4143. Meet Mrs Doig, a Georgian-era merchant’s wife who wants to leave the slummy closes and wynds of the Canongate for the fashionable New Town. Find out about 17th century life and etiquette, and the seedier side of the Old Town.
OUTSIDE THE CITIES Activities And Fun We Dance Wee Groove Thu 4 Nov, 11am & 1pm. £5. East Kilbride Arts Centre, Old Coach Road, East Kilbride, 01355 261000. A groove extravaganza for clubbers age 0–5, and their grown-ups. We Dance Wee Groove Fri 5 & Sat 6 Nov, 10.30am. £3. Carnegie Hall, East Port, Dunfermline, 01383 602302. See above. The Magic of Print Sat 6 Nov, 1pm. £5. Motherwell Heritage Centre, 1 High Road, Motherwell, 01698 251000. Come and learn all about printing and the art of printmaking in this special workshop inspired by the museum’s current exhibition. Suitable for ages 14+. Ecomaniacs – Bird Feeders Sat 6 Nov, 2–3.30pm. £2. Beecraigs Country Park, nr Linlithgow, 01506 844516. For 8–12 year-olds who are into wildlife rather than Wiis. Come along and build your own take-home bird feeder. Baby Loves Disco Sun 7 Nov, 1pm. £8 (non-walking babies free). Macrobert, University of Stirling, 01786 466666. See Glasgow.
Music Green Pea Sat 6 Nov, 1.30pm. £8 (£6). Byre Theatre, Abbey Street, St Andrews, 01334 475000. Sound scribbler Pascal Ayerbe creates music haphazardly from whatever he can find. Backed by clarinet, saxophone and guitar/accordion, the show is quirky and a lot of fun. Children’s Classic Concerts: Sticks and Strings Sat 6 Nov, 2pm. £4. Linlithgow Academy Theatre, Braehead Road, Linlithgow, 01506 433634. Lots of interactive fun at this Children’s Classic Concert with Owen and Olly, who this time are looking at violins, vibraphones, bongos, guitars and basses. Mr Boom Sat 6 Nov, 2pm. £4. East Kilbride Arts Centre, Old Coach Road, East Kilbride, 01355 261000 . The one- man band descends from the moon for an afternoon of singing and dancing fun. Part of East Kilbride Folk Festival. Theatre & Dance Luvhart Thu 4 Nov, 1.30pm. £3. Carnegie Hall, East Port, Dunfermline, 01383 602302. Physical theatre for very young children telling an enchanting tale about a man with a bowler hat and a snow angel who become friends over the changing seasons. Suitable for ages 2–4. White Sat 6 Nov, 11am & 2pm. £3. Palace Theatre, 9 Green Street, Kilmarnock, 01563 554900. Charmingly surreal show for toddlers from Andy Manley and Ian Cameron, about a dazzling and intriguing world where everything is white. Ages 0–4. Rainbow Man Sat 6 Nov, 2pm. £5. Paisley Arts Centre, New Street, Paisley, 887 1010. The tale of a cloud-dwelling boy who travels to earth to take a look at all the marvellous colours. Suitable for ages 4–7. White Tue 9 Nov, 10.30am & 1.30pm. £5. Howden Park Centre, Howden, Livingston, 01506 777666. See above. Museum of Dreams Mon 15 & Tue 16 Nov, 7.30pm. £7. Arts Guild Theatre, Campbell Street, Greenock, 01475 723038. Multimedia show about a dusty old museum brought to life by a magical new exhibit.
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