HIGHLIGHTS | KIDS
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FAMILY DAY Kelvin Hall, Sat Nov 10, kelvinhall. org.uk Celebrate Kelvin Hall’s second birthday at this fun-filled circus and carnival themed-party, with plenty of activities for the whole family.
GLASGLOW Glasgow Botanic Gardens, Thu 1–Sun 4 Nov, glasgowbotanicgardens.com Sound and light show that transforms the Botanic Gardens into a magical world of fantasy and dragons, complete with firepits for toasting marshmallows and a food village.
PUFFIN Platform, Thu 1 Nov, independentartsprojects.com/ puffin Story of a young girl’s friendship with a puffin and our relationship to wildlife, the environment and each other.Also Scottish Storytelling Centre, Edinburgh, Sat 10 Nov, then touring, see list.co.uk/kids for details.
RIVERSIDE CHRISTMAS FAIR Riverside Museum, Sat 1 & Sun 2 Dec, glasgowlife.org.uk Annual Christmas fair with talks, activities and free children’s rides, as well as a Christmas Market at which to do some holiday shopping.
SIGN UP FOR SANTA SCHOOL Scotland Street Museum, Sat 1–Sat 15 Dec, glasgowlife.org.uk Train to become a Santa stand-in and learn some crucial festive skills, just in case there’s a holiday emergency!
CHRISTMAS LANTERNS People’s Palace, Sat 8 & Sun 9 Dec, glasgowlife.org.uk Make some festive holiday lanterns at this crafty Christmas workshop.
IT’S BEGINNING TO SMELL A LOT LIKE CHRISTMAS
Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum, Sat 8 & Sun 9 Dec, glasgowlife.org.uk Be inspired by the Christmas-themed motifs at the Kelvingrove Art Gallery before making your own holiday-scented Play-Doh.
FUNBOX: ONCE UPON A CHRISTMAS
Glasgow Royal Concert Hall, Wed 14–Fri 16 Dec, funbox.co.uk Seasonal sing-along silliness with the Funbox gang, featuring Christmas classics. Also touring, see list. co.uk/kids for details.
DUNEDIN CONSORT: CHILDREN’S MESSIAH
City Halls, Thu 20 Dec, glasgowlife.org.uk Interactive concert designed to introduce children to Handel’s Messiah, with a special ‘appearance’ from the great composer himself.
SATURDAY ART CLUB: XMAS POSTERS
Gallery of Modern Art, Sat 22 Dec, glasgowlife.org.uk Creative workshop for kids to make a festive poster just before the holidays, inspired by the exhibitions currently on at the Gallery of Modern Art.
GORY STORIES: THE KIDS TOUR
Mercat Tours, Sat 3 Nov–Sun 27 Jan, mercattours.com Daytime tours for kids that will take them to some of the city’s most horrible haunts, including the infamous Blair Street Underground Vaults.
EDINBURGH’S CHRISTMAS Various venues, Fri 16 Nov–Sat 5 Jan, edinburghschristmas.com Edinburgh’s city centre is transformed into a magical festive wonderland, with fairground rides, a Christmas market, a silent disco, enchanting theatre and more.
CHRISTMAS AT THE BOTANICS Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh, Fri 23 Nov–Sat 29 Dec, rbge. org.uk Annual winter trail which sees the Botanics festooned with a million twinkling lights and colourful projections.
FAMILY ART TOURS Scottish National Portrait Gallery and Scottish National Gallery, Sat 24 Nov, nationalgalleries.org Short, creative and interactive tours designed to encourage children to chat about and engage with art. The tour will be BSL interpreted.
BLACK BEAUTY Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh, Thu 29 & Fri 30 Nov, redbridgearts.co.uk Superb adaptation of Anna Sewell’s classic tale, brought to life through a blend of storytelling, music and puppetry. Also Platform, Glasgow, Tue 18–Sun 23 Dec, then touring, see list.co.uk/kids for details.
FAMILY CEILIDH Scottish Storytelling Centre, Sat 1 Dec, scottishstorytellingcentre.
com Ceilidh for the whole family, with all dances being called and smaller, easier circles for the wee ones.
A FAMILY CHRISTMAS AT LAURISTON
Lauriston Castle, Sun 9 Dec, edinburghmuseums.org.uk Spend a festive family morning making crafts, listening to storytelling from costumed performers, experiencing an Edwardian magic lantern show and more.
POGGLE Studio at Edinburgh Festival Theatre, Wed 12–Mon 24 Dec, barrowlandballet.co.uk Dance theatre piece about a young boy named Vince who is too scared to climb trees, until he receives some helpful encouragement from a magical forest creature.
STORIES ROUND THE TREE Scottish Storytelling Centre, Fri 21 & Sat 22 Dec, scottishstorytellingcentre.com Cosy Christmas storytelling sessions around a beautifully decorated tree, led by Bea Ferguson and Jack Martin.
BIG MUSIC FOR MINIS FLUTTER
CHILDREN’S CLASSIC SCOTTISH BALLET:
WEE HANSEL & GRETEL
Theatre Royal, Glasgow, Thu 1–Sat 3 Nov, scottishballet.co.uk Hansel and Gretel follow a bewitching ballerina into a magical gingerbread house full of dancing sweets and toys, in this show specially adapted for families with young children. See preview, page 99.
Various venues, Glasgow, Sat 10 & Sun 11 Nov, glasgowconcerthalls. com Weekend of musical activities for children aged 0–7 from across Glasgow, featuring everything from family ceilidhs and interactive workshops to musical cabaret and concerts. See preview, page 100. Assembly Roxy, Edinburgh, Sun 25– Tue 27 Nov; Platform, Glasgow, Sat 1–Wed 5 Dec, tortoiseinanutshell. com Immersive, multi- sensory performance about the magic of winter that combines puppetry, music and visuals. See preview, page 100. Also touring, see list.co.uk/kids for details.
CONCERTS: A WEE CINDERELLA
CHRISTMAS CAROL Glasgow Royal Concert Hall, Sat 8 Dec; Usher Hall, Edinburgh, Sun 9 Dec, rsno.org.uk The RSNO and Children’s Classic Concerts’ production of Dickens’ festive tale, featuring actors from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland.
Edinburgh Festival Theatre, Fri 21 Dec; Theatre Royal, Glasgow, Fri 11 Jan, scottishballet.co.uk Cinderella and her Fairy Godmother attend the Royal Ball in this hour- long adaptation of the classic ballet for the little ones. See preview, page 99.
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