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Kids theatre review: Celeste’s Circus

15 Apr 20153 stars

Puppetry and pretend French in circus-themed show for pre-school children

A micro-play for pre-school children old enough to hold their attention on a performer even just for a few minutes, Celeste’s Circus works on two levels. One, for the children, because it revels in a sense of visual invention which offers gleeful…

Got kids, will festival: how to rock out as a family this summer

1 Apr 2015

Doune the Rabbit Hole and Kelburn Garden Party welcome families alongside party animals

‘People are becoming more aware that a festival doesn’t have to be somewhere that isn’t child friendly,’ says Jamie Murray, director of Doune the Rabbit Hole festival, which happens on the Cardross Estate near Stirling every August. ‘They now know that…

Best family-friendly festivals in Scotland

1 Apr 2015

Top five fests for all the family, including Solas, Kelburn Garden Party and Doune the Rabbit Hole

Think festivals aren’t the right place for kids? Think again. Several of Scotland’s best boutique festivals are welcoming kids and families in their droves. Here, we pick out five of the best for 2015. Solas Enjoying a range of family and kids-only…

Review: Scottish Opera’s KidO

30 Mar 20153 stars

Musical feet and fruity sounds for pre-school audiences

There are certain places we expect musical sounds to emanate from – and a pineapple isn’t one of them. Such strange and delightful occurrences are par for the course in Scottish Opera’s new show, Kid O however. Advised to take off their shoes and…

The Easter Bunny is coming: Easter activities for kids in Scotland

27 Mar 2015

An eggstravaganza of Easter egg hunts, crafts, Faberge face paints and eggcellent family fun days

Easter, a celebration of spring, eggs, cute baby animals and copious amounts of chocolate that once had something to do with the resurrection. Mascot to the festivities is the Easter Bunny, and unlike that pushover Santa who leaves your presents under…

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Shrek the Musical on UK tour

27 Mar 2015

Ogre fairytale goes from screen to stage

Quick changes are a part of life in the theatre, but anyone who has seen the first Shrek film will know that Fiona’s transformation from traditional beauty to green ogre is far from subtle. ‘It takes 90 seconds and it’s awful,’ laughs Faye Brooks…

Puppet Animation Festival 2015: Top Five Events

27 Mar 2015

What to look forward to at the renowned performing arts festival for children

With over 150 events happening at 68 venues across Scotland, there's plenty of some-strings-attached fun on offer over the next three weeks, courtesy of the Puppet Animation Festival. The festival works with organisations, venues and local authorities…

Northern Ballet – Elves & the Shoemaker

25 Mar 2015

Tailor-made ballet for younger audiences

From Nutcracker to Coppélia, the ballet world is filled with stories that children can latch on to. As the hours roll by, however, attention starts to wane. Which is why Northern Ballet is creating short, tailor-made ballets for younger audiences.

Octonauts and the Deep Sea Volcano Adventure

25 Mar 2015

CBeebies underwater hit goes live

Any theatre director trying to recreate the look and feel of a TV show has their work cut out. Especially one as well loved as CBeebies favourite, The Octonauts. Add to that the deep sea location and it’s really time to think outside the box. ‘A lot…

Imaginate director Tony Reekie talks about his last festival

24 Mar 2015

The performing arts event for children and young people continues to push boundaries

Despite its size, funding climate and number of full-time children’s theatre companies (two to Denmark’s 130), Scotland has built a strong reputation for creating groundbreaking work for young audiences. That’s due, in part, to the people making it…

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The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water

23 Mar 20153 stars

Fun cinematic return for the animated TV star, featuring Antonio Banderas

Life in Bikini Bottom is chugging along as usual for our animated hero SpongeBob (voiced by Tom Kenny). Plankton (Mr Lawrence) is still determined to steal the secret recipe for the delicious Krabby Patties, launching a major attack on the Krusty Krab.

Puppet Animation Festival 2015: 'Good puppetry allows all of us to engage with our imaginations'

20 Mar 2015

Celebrating the art of puppetry since 1984

From Bunraku wise men to Shakespearean marionettes, puppets have been enjoying a huge renaissance in UK theatre. But you could say that the Puppet Animation Festival is well ahead of the curve, having hosted 30 annual celebrations of this art form since…

CBeebies Live: Justin and Friends sees Mr Tumble and pals return

17 Mar 2015

Justin Fletcher's most well known creation takes to the stage in this new show

Within months of having your first child it’s inevitable that Justin Fletcher will feel like he’s always lived in your home, so ubiquitous is the multi-talented host of several shows on kids channel CBeebies. A character comedian, voice artist and…

Illustrator Korky Paul heads for Scottish schools

13 Mar 2015

Winnie the Witch co-creator talks about the art of illustration

With precious few words on each page, your average picture book could be done and dusted in seconds. But something keeps little ones and their big readers lingering time and again – the illustration. Not only does it bring the author’s story to life…

Frozen 2 is announced by Disney

13 Mar 2015

The highest-grossing animated film of all time is getting a sequel

Disney has announced a sequel to 2013's Frozen, the much-loved and staggeringly successful animated movie that's launched countless belted-out renditions of 'Let It Go' and earned its studio nearly $1.3bn. Disney & Pixar's Chief Creative Officer John…

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Hey, KidO: Scottish Opera's new show caters for kids aged 3–4

12 Mar 2015

The company's new show for wee ones explores ideas of sharing

With the spotlight increasingly turned on performances for ‘early years’ and ‘pre-school’ audiences, younger children are becoming progressively well served. But given the rapid development that takes from birth to five, that’s one enormous age range…

Amazing Bubble Man casts watery spell across the UK

10 Mar 2015

Louis Pearl talks about his career as a ‘Bubbleologist’

As a parent, there are many memorable moments watching your children grow up – but for me, few will match standing onstage inside a giant bubble with a 2-year-old on my hip. I have Louis Pearl (aka The Amazing Bubble Man) to thank for that particular…

The best country parks near Glasgow and Edinburgh

6 Mar 2015

Central Scotland’s top parks for kids and families including Craigtoun and Mugdock Country Parks

Almondell and Calderwood Country Park, near Broxburn Bordering two estates, Almondell and Calderwood Country Park offer two parks in one, each with its own distinct personality. Calderwood is an unspoilt haven of wildlife and nature, perfect for walks…

The Best Activities for Kids and Families in Edinburgh

3 Mar 2015

Places to go and things to do in Auld Reekie

Visitors have been climbing to the top of Camera Obscura’s rooftop chamber for over 150 years, so they must be doing something right. Up there, you can view Edinburgh through a giant periscope, ‘pick up’ a bus or person on a piece of paper, and learn…

The Best Activities for Kids and Families in Glasgow

3 Mar 2015

A quick guide to some of the city's best days out

Much more than just a shopping centre, Braehead could keep a family occupied for the whole day. Gambado soft play caters for the little ones, while for the more adventurous there’s The Drop climbing centre, Snow Factor ski and snowboard complex, and ice…

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The best child-friendly art galleries in Central Scotland

27 Feb 2015

Where to take your art-loving wee ones

Any contemporary art gallery with good accessibility and ideally a decent café and bathrooms is worth a visit with the kids – if only to get some interesting conversations about the art on the go and take advantage of the facilities. Yet many go one…

The best things for Dads to do with kids in Edinburgh

27 Feb 2015

Top activities and days out in the capital, including Dads Rock, Happy Ears and Rugby Tots

1 Dads Rock Trailblazers in the field of encouraging dads and male carers to spend more solo time with their kids, enthusiastic outfit Dads Rock run two play groups in Edinburgh on Saturday mornings featuring a fun blend of play, snack, stories and…

Best events for kids at the Edinburgh International Science Festival

25 Feb 2015

2015's programme has plenty in store for little ones

Dino Day It’s a dinosaur takeover at Summerhall, with a range of workshops and family activities. From robotic dinosaurs to dressing up, discovering fossils to hunting dino eggs, the prehistory fun never stops. Summerhall, Sat 4 Apr, times and prices…

Best kids films to watch on Netflix

24 Feb 2015

Looking for child-friendly entertainment to stream? We've picked out the best Netflix has to offer

Navigating Netflix to find something to watch can be a time-consuming process at the best of times, but with an attention-seeking tweenie or a squabbling brood at your feet it can be near impossible. So we've picked out eight of the best kids films to…

New Dr Seuss book What Pet Should I Get? discovered

19 Feb 2015

Random House will publish the new title by the Green Eggs and Ham author in July

Random House Children's Books has announced that it is to publish a newly-discovered Dr Seuss book in July. The manuscript for What Pet Should I Get? was discovered by Seuss' wife Audrey Geisel as she was remodelling her home and tells the story of a…