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Free monthly craft workshop Art Maker! for kids and parents alike

19 Sep 2014

Scottish National Gallery provides art materials and inspirational workshop setting

‘What a great place to hold an art workshop,’ said the Canadian man to his young son, as they both looked around the space. The young boy nodded before returning to the task at hand, the serious job of sticking his cabbages in the right place. The pair…

Interview: balletLORENT's Liv Lorent discusses new family-friendly production Rapunzel

16 Sep 2014

Collaborators include Carol Ann Duffy and creatives from Game of Thrones and Doctor Who

Despite the often brutal content in the original texts, fairytales aren’t known for their adult appeal. But why restrict them to bedtime stories and Disney films, when tales such as those written by the Brothers Grimm have so much to say about life?

Give your kids the chance to get creative through dance and drawing Tramway Family Day: Art Tracks

16 Sep 2014

'The event will allow children to explore natural materials, animal movement and sound'

There aren’t many cultural venues where the outside is as filled with potential as the inside. But with its abundance of treasures, Tramway – and the Hidden Gardens behind it – is perfectly placed to help children explore nature creatively. The latest…

The Giver

15 Sep 20142 stars

Disappointing adaptation of Lois Lowry's YA novel with Meryl Streep and Jeff Bridges

The pile of unwanted, underwhelming young-adult adaptations is rising. From The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones to The Host via Ender’s Game, the search for another Twilight or The Hunger Games has ransacked the bookshelves of many literate teens.

Minecraft, ugly animals and 'live' neurosurgery - some highlights of the Midlothian Science Festival

11 Sep 2014

The festival also covers superhero genetics, science fiction and rocket-launching

Now entering its third year, Midlothian Science Festival is well on its way to proving the increased popularity of science isn’t just a matter for those in urban areas. In its first year it held 30 events, last year it held 70, and now it’s back for…

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Kate Saunders - Five Children On The Western Front

11 Sep 20142 stars

A disappointing sequel to E Nesbitt's wonderful, immersive and humorous Five Children and It series

Five Children and It is the first of a much loved trilogy from writer E Nesbit about five children and the Psammead (sand fairy) who grants wishes. It has since been adapted for TV and film and has inspired various takes on the story including books by…

Julia Donaldson, James Robertson (trans.) - Room on the Broom in Scots

27 Aug 20144 stars

An already engaging and exciting story becomes even more theatrical when ‘performed’ in a new tongue

The winning combination of Julia Donaldson’s stories and Axel Scheffler’s illustrations has seen their picture books grace the shelves and bedside tables of children the world over. As such, it’s a formula you don’t want to mess with without due…

The HandleBards announced as winner of 2014 Edinburgh Festival Fringe Sustainable Practice Award

22 Aug 2014

My Luxurious 50 Square Feet Life, India Street and The Worm also competed for eco-conscious award

The HandleBards have won the 2014 Edinburgh Fringe Sustainable Practice Award, it was announced at a special ceremony today at Fringe Central. After cycling to the Fringe from London, carrying all the required sets, props, costumes and camping…

Once Upon a Nightmare

18 Aug 20143 stars

Dynamic adventure play in need of streamlining at Edinburgh Festival Free Fringe

Although there is much to enjoy in this fantasy adventure from Box Step Productions, including some fine performances, there is one over-riding problem with Once Upon a Nightmare – it wants to be a film. It came as no surprise to discover, after…

Land of the Dragon: Gwlad y Ddraig

18 Aug 20144 stars

Imaginative and dramatic retelling of Welsh folk tale at Edinburgh Festival Fringe

You only have to look around the audience at PuppetSoup’s engaging show to see that it works for all-comers. From toddlers through to grown-ups (many of them there without a young companion), there is enough here to entertain any age. This is, in…

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Brush

18 Aug 20144 stars

Live illustration and song make for accomplished Korean tale at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe

Charming in its simplicity, Korean company Haddangse has found a universal language in which to tell its very home-grown story of young boy Daesung who wants a baby brother. The story is strongly embedded with Korean cultural references, as the boy…

The Big Bite-Size Plays Factory Goes Down the Toilet

18 Aug 20143 stars

Toilet-obsessed public information kids' show at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe

Parents of kids who've hit potty training age will be aware there's unlimited capacity in their wee brains for repeating the word 'poo'. The Big Bite-Size Plays Factory has turned this compulsion into a gold-mine with their short set of variations on a…

Mildred and the Midnight City

17 Aug 20142 stars

Adventurous children's theatre piece that feels a little crowded

There are plenty of understated heroics in HookHitch Theatre's overly quaint tale of a little woman who has adventure thrust upon her. And there is plenty of puppetry, involving clever duel-screen shadow projectors, a peculiarly poodle-like Polar Bear…

I Do, Do I

17 Aug 20144 stars

Musician Greg Sinclair creates profound nonsense with kids at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe

Is I Do, Do I even a kids’ show? Well, yes and no. Edinburgh-based cellist and actor Greg Sinclair’s multi-layered, deceptively simple offering is actually for anyone – there’s nothing aimed directly at children here, although its free-thinking…

Musician Greg Sinclair on how his favourite aspects of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2014

15 Aug 2014

The award-winning artist and performer is in town to perform his kid-powered recital I Do, Do I

My first Edinburgh festival experience was … Desperately collecting as many fliers as possible on the Royal Mile when I was a wee boy. Edinburgh’s unique selling point is … Its beauty: architecture, landscape, people, culture. I am likely to be…

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Albee Vector the Sound Collector

15 Aug 20144 stars

Engaging storytelling adventure for all the family at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe

In the already thrilling surroundings of the Hispaniola, littered with caged skeletons and other Treasure Island artefacts, Greenlight Theatre create a level of entertainment of which even RLS would approve. Albee Vector and his love, Andromeda, are…

Ready, Steady, Ceilidh

15 Aug 20143 stars

Lively kids' introduction to ceilidh dancing at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe

As a lively and entertaining introduction to ceilidh dancing, Ready, Steady, Ceilidh will give great satisfaction to 5-year-olds and up, including their parents. The short 40 minute show is structured around the mock rivalry of the MacReds and the…

Tony and Mike - The Country Owl and the City Squirrel

13 Aug 20142 stars

Confused reworking of the Town Mouse and The Country Mouse at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe

Fringe First winners Tom Frankland and Laura Mugridge return to Edinburgh with their first attempt at children's theatre. In theory, this has taken its inspiration from The Tale of The Town Mouse and the Country Mouse, but equally it may well have taken…

Dr. Longitude's Marvellous Imaginary Menagerie

13 Aug 20144 stars

Magnificent family show channelling carnival, puppets and a hallucinogenic toad

Ever wanted to run away with the circus? Les Enfants Terribles have created something special here: a magnificent carny sideshow, with cool puppets for the little 'uns, bawdy gags for adults and an appealing, colourful set design for both. A fantastic…

The Tale of the Dastardly Defrost

13 Aug 20143 stars

Food-themed Edinburgh Fringe children's show that's a light piece of fun

A light piece of fun based on a cutely compelling idea, this show from As Told By Productions and writer Holly McKinlay gives personality to the contents of a fridge – then sets the environment to defrost and waits to see what happens. Most of the…

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Dead Ghost Star

12 Aug 20143 stars

Alternative child-friendly comedy is space oddity lost in a vacuum at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe

This hour of nonsense clowning in space is a bit like Spike Milligan on MDMA, or Edward Lear doing a guest appearance at the Hacienda. Cheekykita and Mr Dinner bring their odd space odyssey to a hidden room in the flyer-covered maze of Cowgatehead…

Potted Sherlock

9 Aug 20145 stars

A riotous romp through Conan Doyle’s back catalogue

For over 100 years, Sherlock Holmes has been entertaining readers with his fierce intelligence, interesting caseload and slightly maverick approach. So anyone attempting to encapsulate all 60 of Arthur Conan Doyle’s Holmes tales (the four biggies, plus…

Decomposed! My Brother's Turning into a Zombie

9 Aug 20144 stars

Funny, horror-themed kids' classical music show at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe

Finding a way in to classical music for children is an endless challenge. The misconception that it’s boring and meant exclusively for old people is a genuine hurdle the genre has to leap. So it’s refreshing to find the Classical Mayhem company…

Chalk About

9 Aug 20143 stars

Children's Fringe show full of dusty dancing explores who we are

A stage floor covered in chalk drawings greets us as we enter the theatre. An image bank that grows by the second, as our hosts Christine and Hendrik continually draw around themselves – asking audience members to help in their pursuit. It’s clear…

HUFF

9 Aug 20143 stars

Kids' installation tells the story of The Three Little Pigs at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe

Like any good childhood adventure, we begin by leaving behind all reminders of everyday life – handbags, rucksacks and shoes – setting off unburdened to explore this labyrinthine re-imagining of The Three Little Pigs. We are directed from room to…