HITLIST THE BEST KIDS STUFF
Events are listed by city, then by type. Submit listings at least 14 days before publication to kids@ list.co.uk. Listings are compiled by Kirstyn Smith. ✽ Indicates Hitlist entry GLASGOW
✽RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch Sat 25 & Sun 26 Jan, 1–4pm. £1 suggested donation. Kelvingrove Art Gallery & Museum, Argyle Street, 276 9599. Keen twitchers and amateurs participate in the world’s biggest bird survey. FREE Burrell For Families Sat 25 Jan, 2–4pm. Burrell Collection, 2060 Pollokshaws Road, 287 2550. Learn how to take over a castle with some machines of the past. Build It Sun 26 Jan, 10am–2pm. Price included in admission (plus one accompanying adult free). Glasgow Science Centre, 50 Pacific Quay, 420 5000. Construct a device to keep Humpty Dumpty together after falling off that wall. Suitable for ages 3–5.
Activities & Fun Animal Shadows Sat 25 Jan, 10am. £5.75 (adults £5.95). Scottish Mask and Puppet Centre, 8–10 Balcarres Avenue, Kelvindale, 339 6185. Create a shadow puppet of your favourite animal. FREE Saturday Art Club Sat 25 Jan, 10.30am–12.30pm. Gallery of Modern Art, Royal Exchange Square, 287 3050. Make a giant, stuffed 3D sculpture. Ages 3–12. FREE Family Friendly Weekend Sat 25 & Sun 26 Jan, 11am–3.30pm. Glasgow Museums Resource Centre, 200 Woodhead Road, South Nitshill Industrial Estate, 276 9300. Creative workshops for families inspired by Glasgow Museums’ collections. FREE Bring an Adult to School Day! Sat 25 Jan, 11am–1pm & 2–4pm. Scotland Street School Museum, 225 Scotland Street, 287 0500. A series of sessions where kids and adults can learn new skills together.
✽Time Travellers: School Days Sun 26 Jan, 2–3.30pm. £2.50 (adults £3.50). Scotland Street School Museum, 225 Scotland Street, 287 0500. Relive schooldays from the 60s, WWII and Victorian times. Ages 5+. FREE Saturday Art Club Sat 1 Feb, 10.30am–12.30pm. Gallery of Modern Art, Royal Exchange Square, 287 3050. Make a model of your favourite space or place. FREE Geometry Workshops Saturdays 1, 8 & 15 Feb, 11am–12.30pm & 2–3.30pm. Scotland Street School Museum, 225 Scotland Street, 287 0500. Learn about the structures and shapes that make up the museum. Ages 5+. FREE Chinese New Year Sat 1 Feb, 1–3pm. Glasgow Museums Resource Centre, 200 Woodhead Road, South Nitshill Industrial Estate, 276 9300. Learn more about how China celebrates its new year. FREE Burrell For Families Sat 1 Feb, 2–4pm. Burrell Collection, 2060 Pollokshaws Road, 287 2550. Create a miniature silk painting. FREE A Grand Day Out Sat 1 Feb, 2–4pm. Riverside Museum, 100 Pointhouse Place, 287 2660. Learn about
✽ Time Travellers: School Days There’s nothing like a
dose of Victorian schooling to highlight just how much better it is today. Find out at this and other ‘blast from the past’ events at Scotland Street. Scotland Street School Museum, Glasgow, Sun 26 Jan.
✽ RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch Join thousands of people around the UK taking part in the world’s biggest wildlife survey. Kelvingrove Art Gallery & Museum, Glasgow, Sat 25 & Sun 26 Jan.
✽ A Month with Rabbie In the run-up to Burns’
Night and beyond, learn some of Rabbie’s famous poems, as well as taking part in fun-filled activities. People’s Palace, Glasgow, Sat 25 Jan & 1, 8 & 15 Feb.
✽ The Magic Horse Yugen Puppets deliver the Scottish tale of a young man who swaps his old mare for a black stallion, with unexpected consequences. Scottish Mask and Puppet Centre, Glasgow, Sat 15 Feb.
✽ The Big Stitch Up! See preview, page 66. Scottish
National Portrait Gallery, Edinburgh, Sat 15 Feb.
✽ The Twa Rabbies and We’ll a’ Be Proud o’
Robin Two lively Burns-flavoured events at the Storytelling Centre, featuring stories, songs and poems. Scottish Storytelling Centre, Edinburgh, Sat 23 Jan.
✽ The Singing Kettle: Magic Wishing Well Still
going strong, albeit with a slightly new line-up. King’s Theatre, Edinburgh, Sun 26 Jan.
how people spent their holiday time in the past. FREE Wee Wednesdays Wed 5 Feb, 2–3pm. Burrell Collection, 2060 Pollokshaws Road, 287 2550. An exciting workshop based on the museum displays. For under 5s. FREE Saturday Art Club Sat 8 Feb, 10.30am–12.30pm. Gallery of Modern Art, Royal Exchange Square, 287 3050. Design an eye-catching poster, taking inspiration from Ian Hamilton Finlay. FREE Wee Beasties Sat 8 Feb, 11am–noon & 2–3pm. Glasgow Museums Resource Centre, 200 Woodhead Road, South Nitshill Industrial Estate, 276 9300. Get up close and personal with some insect life – just be wary of the very hungry caterpillar! Suitable for under 5s. FREE Around the World Sat 8 & Sun 9 Feb, 1.30–4pm. Riverside Museum, 100 Pointhouse Place, 287 2660. Follow the clues around the museum and embark on a journey that takes you all across the globe without even having to leave Glasgow! FREE Sensational Saints Sun 9 Feb, 1–3pm. Glasgow Museums Resource Centre, 200 Woodhead Road, South Nitshill Industrial Estate, 276 9300. Learn about the lives of some of the more fascinating saints – in all their grisly detail! Then make up your own saint and a suitable fantastic story for them. Ages 7–12.
FREE Sundays at Provand’s Lordship Sun 9 Feb, 1–3pm. Provand’s Lordship, 3 Castle Street, 276 1625. Arts, crafts, stories, quizzes and games to learn more about the historic house museum. FREE Saturday Art Club Sat 15 Feb, 10.30am–12.30pm. Gallery of Modern Art, Royal Exchange Square, 287 3050. Create a monoprinted safe space after having a look at the work of Steven Campbell. FREE Rumble in the Jungle Sat 15 Feb, 1–3pm. Glasgow Museums Resource Centre, 200 Woodhead Road, South Nitshill Industrial Estate, 276 9300. Learn about the wonders of the Amazon, get up close to some real objects from the rainforests and make your own blowpipes and headdresses. Ages 5+. FREE Horrible Heidie Tours Sun 16 Feb, 2–3.30pm. Scotland Street School Museum, 225 Scotland Street, 287 0500. Think school is bad these days? You kids don’t know you’re born. Take this interactive tour of SSSM and experience just how bad kids in the olden days had it.
Books & Storytelling ✽FREE A Month with Rabbie Saturdays 25 Jan & 1, 8 & 15 Feb,
1–3pm. People’s Palace & Winter Gardens, Glasgow Green, 276 0788. Celebrate the life and work of Scotland’s national poet – Robert Burns.
TV HANK ZIPZER CBBC, Tue 28 Jan, time tbc ●●●●●
Henry Winkler will remain forever in the hearts of those who grew up in the 1970s as The Fonz, the leather-clad cool greaser-dude from Happy Days. To later audiences, he might also be remembered for his roles in Scream and Arrested Development, but away from the screen, he’s crafted himself a career as a children’s author with the Hank Zipzer series of books. This semi-autobiographical affair (like Zipzer, Winkler grew up facing
difficulties due to his dyslexia) has now made it onto CBBC, with the author fully entitled to give himself a role, as he does by playing Mr Rock. This manchild music teacher is called to the headmaster’s office to explain himself almost as much as Hank. Newcomer Nick James plays our hero aka ‘the world’s greatest underachiever’ while some British comedy talent are well utilised: Nick Mohammed plays the stuffy headmaster, while Felicity Montagu is excellent as the splendidly-named callous teacher, Miss Adolf.
This is unmistakably an opening episode as the establishment of the characters is hammered home with earthquake-like subtlety while a couple of the performances are a little wooden. The first instalment is a little weak with Hank having trouble getting his written homework about what he did on his holidays done on time: help is at hand from his two best pals and a little initiative. We can only hope that given there are 17 Hank Zipzer books out there, the show will prove to have cherry-picked the cream of the stories. (Brian Donaldson)
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