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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…

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…

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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…

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…

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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…

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…

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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…

Q&A: Funz and Gamez creator Phil Ellis

19 Feb 2015

The Edinburgh Comedy award-winning children's show comes to Glasgow International Comedy Festival

As the Edinburgh Comedy Award-winning Funz and Gamez comes to the Glasgow International Comedy Festival, creator Phil Ellis chats (at length) about the genesis of his adult-friendly kids show, how it felt to be an award-winner, and what to do when an…

Edinburgh International Science Festival launches its 2015 programme

19 Feb 2015

This year's theme is 'The Ideas Factory'

A neuroscience ceilidh, a celebration of Disney’s Tron, and an exhibition of visual artists working with light – all are among the huge and eclectic programme for this year’s Edinburgh International Science Festival, launched today. Subtitled ‘The…

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Peppa Pig: The Golden Boots

18 Feb 20152 stars

The animated kids' favourite hits the big screen in a cobbled-together collection

With over ten years as a beloved children’s entertainer, Peppa Pig makes the jump from television to cinema screens with a disappointingly small splash in this animated adventure for tots. A brand new 15-minute Peppa Pig adventure, The Golden Boots, is…

Funbox: Pirates and Princesses – a reinvention of kiddies' favourite

18 Feb 2015

Former Singing Kettle personnel come together in this brand new company to entertain wee ones

The Singing Kettle may have boiled for the last time, but fans of the sing-along sensation won’t have to wait long for their fix of songs, laughs and dressing up. Comprised of former Singing Kettle personnel – Gary, Kevin and Anya – Funbox is a brand…

The Pine Tree, Poggle and Me brings engaging dance to pre-schoolers

12 Feb 20154 stars

Barrowland Ballet's production is ideal for little ones, with plenty of energetic, dynamic movement

See The Pine Tree, Poggle and Me on tour Perfect introduction to dance for pre-schoolers 4 stars Catching, holding and re-catching attention is a constant challenge for anyone creating work for a pre-school audience. But if anything is going…

Sir Scallywag and the Golden Underpants brings classical music to kids

10 Feb 2015

The SCO's family-friendly show features an adventurous score

Finding ways to bring young children and classical music together can be a difficult task – but if anything’s going to make it easier, it’s a pair of underpants. Or more specifically, a golden pair – as worn in Giles Andreae’s popular picture book Sir…

The Pine Tree, Poggle and Me introduces dance to young audiences

4 Feb 2015

This simple story filled with music, dance and movement is perfect for pre-schoolers

With little or no language, dynamic ever-changing movement, and interesting music, dance is tailor-made for young audiences. Having already created Tiger Tale for older children last year, choreographer Natasha Gilmore has turned her attention to…