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GLASGOW Activities & Fun FREE Archaeology Uncovered Sat 20 Nov, 11am–1pm. Glasgow Museums Resource Centre, 200 Woodhead Road, 276 9300. Handle some archaeological finds and learn about the work of the real Indiana Joneses of this world. Ages 7+. FREE Burrell for Families: Adventures in Stone Sat 20 Nov, 2pm. Burrell Collection, 2060 Pollokshaws Road, 287 2550. Explore fascinating objects from the museum’s collection. Ages 5–12 and families. Booking required. FREE Bracelet Weaving Sat 20 Nov, 2pm. People’s Palace, Glasgow Green, 276 0788. Learn about the weaving community that lived near the People’s Palace in times past, then weave your own friendship bracelet. Ages 8+. Little Explorer Days: Animal Bites Sun 21 Nov, 10am–2pm. Children £6.25 (one free adult per child). Glasgow Science Centre, 50 Pacific Quay, 420 5000. Toothy fun in this sing-a-long session about baby, adult and animal teeth. Ages 2-5. FREE Lost Scotland Sun 21 Nov, 1–3pm. Glasgow Museums Resource Centre, 200 Woodhead Road, 276 9300. Find out about creatures from Scotland’s past, then invent an extinct animal. Ages 5–12 and families. FREE The Steamie Sun 21 Nov, 2pm. People’s Palace, Glasgow Green, 276 0788. Step back to the days when families did their washing ‘doon the Steamie’, and see how it compares to modern methods. Glasgow’s Christmas Lights Switch-On! Sun 21 Nov, 5.30pm. SOLD OUT. George Square, glasgowloveschristmas.com. Panto thesps and community groups unite for the launch of Glasgow’s Christmas festivities. Mrs Claus at Pollok House Sat 27 Nov–Fri 24 Dec, 11am–4pm. £4. Pollok House, 2060 Pollokshaws Road, 0844 493 2202. Santa’s not the only one to hand out gifts! FREE RSPB Weekend Sat 27 & Sun 28 Nov, 11am–1pm & 2–4.30pm. Kelvingrove Art Gallery & Museum, Argyle Street, 276 9599. Flight-themed activities, led by experts from the RSPB. FREE Winter Woollies Sat 27 Nov, 1–3pm. Glasgow Museums Resource Centre, 200 Woodhead Road, 276 9300. Family felt-making workshop. FREE Burrell for Families: Adventures in Wood Sat 27 Nov, 2pm. Burrell Collection, 2060 Pollokshaws Road, 287 2550. Family session featuring wooden treasures from this fascinating collection. Ages 5–12 and families. FREE SOS – Save Our Smudge Sat 27 Nov, 2pm. People’s Palace, Glasgow Green, 276 0788. Solve the clues and find the Palace’s resident cat, Smudge. Baby’s First Christmas Gifts Sun 28 Nov, 10am–5pm. From £5. Busy Bees Craft Studio, The Life Craft, 691 Great Western Road, 433 9506. Decorate gift items with your baby’s hand and foot prints. FREE Go Nuts! Sun 28 Nov, 1–3pm. Kelvingrove Art Gallery & Museum, Argyle Street, 276 9599. Help the birds survive winter by making them a feeder. FREE St Andrew’s Family Fun Day Sun 28 Nov, 1–4pm. Mackintosh Church, Queen’s Cross 870 Garscube Road, 946 6600. Family fun day to celebrate the national saint. FREE Family Friendly Sunday Sun 28 Nov, 1.30–2.30pm. Glasgow Museums Resource Centre, 200 Woodhead Road, 276 9300. Creative workshops for families, followed by a tour at 2.30pm (booking essential for tour). Junior Nature Club - No Parents Required! Sun 28 Nov, 1.45–4pm. £1.
REBELS WITH A CAUSE The Scottish Parliament, Fri 26-Mon 29 Nov
In the same month as we remember Guy Fawkes’ rather unwelcome trip to the Houses of Parliament, that building’s Scottish counterpart is hoping for some friendlier visitors. Held over the St Andrew’s weekend, Rebels with a Cause is a mix of storytelling, live music, drama workshops, tours, exhibition and quiz, all exploring the Jacobite cause.
It’s also a great chance to see inside the Scottish Parliament’s
remarkable building at Holyrood. ‘One of the things we work really hard at as an institution is to make people aware that this is a Parliament that is open and accessible,’ says Presiding Officer, Alex Fergusson. ‘And by running events like this, we can say to people look this is actually your Parliament, it’s open to you – come in and enjoy yourself.’ The four-day event ties in with a fascinating exhibition looking at
the 1715 and 1745 Risings, and the impact the Jacobites had on literature and art. Included in the programme are a re-enactment of the battle of Culloden and a debating championship — illustrating the diverse ways you can win an argument. ‘The first aim for the weekend is that people who come along have
a bit of fun,’ says Fergusson. ‘The second is that they learn something about this fascinating time in our history – and there’s something rather nice about learning about your past in a building where your future is discussed. And the third aim is that we have another satisfied group of people who will act as ambassadors and encourage others to visit the Parliament. If we can achieve that, it will have been a very successful event.’ (Kelly Apter)
Mugdock Country Park, Craigallian Road, Milngavie, 956 6100. Today’s theme is ‘Reduce, Re-use, Recycle’, with lots of planet-friendly fun and games. Ages 8–12. Booking essential. FREE Wartime Rationing Sun 28 Nov, 2pm. People’s Palace, Glasgow Green, 276 0788. Find out how people got creative in order to get by during World War Two. Suitable for families.
Music Baby O Tue 23 Nov–Sat 27 Nov, 10.30am & 11.30am & 1.30pm. Adult + baby £8. Hillhead Library, 348 Byres Road, 339 7223. Multisensory opera experience for babies aged 6–18 months, from Scottish Opera. Storytelling Tall Tales at the Tron Sat 20 Nov, 10–10.50am. Adult + child £6 (extra tickets £4). Tron Theatre, 63 Trongate, 552 4267. Interactive storytelling session with movement, mime and props. Ages 3–5.
Theatre & Dance Room on the Broom Thu 18 Nov,
1.30pm; Fri 19 Nov–Sun 21 Nov, 10.30am, 1.30pm & 12.30pm. £12.75. Theatre Royal, 282 Hope Street, 0844 871 7647. Fantastic adaptation of Julia Donaldson’s picture book. Ages 3+. Curse of the Demeter Thu 18 & Fri 19 Nov, 7.30pm; Sat 20 Nov, 2.30pm & 7.30pm. £10. The Tall Ship at Glasgow Harbour, 100 Stobcross Road, 222 2513. The spooky tale of a doomed ship, by Visible Fictions. Ages 11+. Little Red Riding Hood Sat 20 Nov, 2pm & 4pm. £5.95 (£4.95). Scottish Mask and Puppet Centre, 8–10 Balcarres Avenue, Kelvindale, 339 6185. Kidgloves Puppets presents a take on the classic tale. Ages 3+. The Selfish Giant Thu 25 Nov, 7pm. £9 (£4–£5). Platform, The Bridge, Westerhouse Road, Easterhouse, 276 9696. Join Wee Stories to find out if the mean giant will mend his ways in time for Christmas. Jango the Clown Sat 27 Nov, 2pm. £5.95 (children £4.95). Scottish Mask and Puppet Centre, 8–10 Balcarres Avenue, Kelvindale, 339 6185. Magic and entertainment with this quirky character. Ages 3+.
Pinocchio Wed 1 & Thu 2 Dec, 10.30am & 1.30pm; various times until Sun 2 Jan. £8 (£4; family ticket £20). The Arches, 253 Argyle Street, 565 1000. New version of the cautionary fairytale featuring music, song, dance and puppetry. Ages 3+.
Activities & Fun Stockbridge Giraffe Hunt Thu 18 Nov–Fri 10 Dec, all day. £1. Various venues, Stockbridge, 332 8912. Visit Kiss the Fish or the Laurel Gallery to get all you need to hunt for colourful giraffes hiding in shops and businesses in the area. FREE Crafty Clay Creatures Sat 20 Nov, 10.30am–12.30pm & 1.30–3.30pm. Museum of Edinburgh, 142 Canongate, 529 4143. Make your own clay animal figure. Booking essential. Pretty Paper Dolls and Dapper Paper Gentlemen Sat 20 Nov, 10.30am–12.30pm. £4. Lauriston Castle, 2a Cramond Road South, 336 2060. Design a paper figure, complete with historical fashion. Booking essential. Feed the Birds Sun 21 Nov, 10–11.30am. £3. Inveresk Lodge Garden, 24 Inveresk Village Road, Musselburgh, www.nts.org.uk. Keep birds well fed over the winter months by making a bird feeder. Booking essential. FREE Bags of Art Sun 21 Nov, 2–4pm. Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, 75 Belford Road, 624 6200. Explore the collections and create amazing works of art as a family. Ages 3–12. FREE St Andrew’s Weekend Family Events Fri 26 Nov & Mon 29 Nov, 10am–3.30pm; Sat 27 & Sun 28 Nov, 11am–5pm. The Scottish Parliament, Holyrood, 348 5000. A programme of Jacobite-themed events, including a history trail, storytelling and music. See preview. Rose Covered Cottages Sat 27 Nov, 10.30am–12.30pm & 1.30–3.30pm. £4. Museum of Childhood, 42 High Street, 529 4142. Look at some of the museum’s lovely dollhouses and then make your own wee home. Booking essential. Ages 5+.
Storytelling Story Space: Autumn Animals Thu 18 Nov, 11am. £6 per child. Scottish Storytelling Centre, 43–45 High Street, 556 9579. Animal-themed storytelling in the courtyard with Ewan McVicar. Ages 2–5. Tiny Tales: Scottish Stories Tue 23 Nov, 10–10.40am & 11.30am–12.10pm. £5 per child. Scottish Storytelling Centre, 43–45 High Street, 556 9579. Stories, rhymes and songs for wee ears, this time with a Scottish theme. Ages 6 months-3 years. Saturday Stories Sat 27 Nov, 11am. £5 (£4; family ticket £15). Traverse Theatre, Cambridge Street, 228 1404. Storytelling with Andy Cannon, from the silly to spooky. Ages 5+. Theatre & Dance The Gruffalo Fri 19 Nov, 2pm; Sat 20, Sun 21 & Sat 27 Nov, 11am & 2pm; Tue 23 Nov–Fri 26 Nov & Mon 29 Nov–Thu 2 Dec, 10.30am; various times until Thu 9 Dec. £11 (£8.50). The Pleasance Theatre, 60 Pleasance, 650 4673. Stage version of Julia Donaldson’s clever and colourful book. Roald Dahl’s The BFG Wed 24 & Sat 27 Nov, 2.30pm & 7pm; Thu 25 & Fri 26 Nov, 7pm. £7 (under 18s £5). Adam House, 3 Chambers Street, firstname.lastname@example.org. Theatre Paradok presents a new adaptation of Roald Dahl’s tale of Sophie and the Big Friendly Giant. History with Puppets at Christmas Sun 28 Nov, 11am, noon, 1pm & 3pm. £2. Lauriston Castle, Cramond Road South, 336 2060. Alba Adventure Company present the antics of Eddie the Rat-catcher, Hamish the Highlander and the Mad Monk. Booking essential.
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