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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…

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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…

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…

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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…

Half-term activities for kids in Edinburgh this Spring

3 Feb 2015

Our top five activities for wee ones this Spring half-term

Ah, to be young in Auld Reekie. In addition to all of the usual activities on offer, such as trips to one of the city’s famous museums, parks or attractions, there are plenty of creative goings-on to keep the kids occupied during the school break.

Tickets for Udderbelly Festival 2015 now on sale

30 Jan 2015

The iconic purple cow returns to London's Southbank centre bringing with it a slew of cattle puns and a three month programme of live comedy, circus and kids shows. The Udderbelly Festival begins on 9 April and runs for a raucous three months until…

White

5 Dec 2014

Catherine Wheels' award winning show White is a hit with pre-school children and adults alike

For something so simple, it can be awfully hard to get right. Creating theatre for a pre-school audience is a fine balance of ‘suddenlys’ (moments where things change and recharge a child’s focus) and gentleness. Get it wrong, and you’ll have a room…

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The BFG

5 Dec 20144 stars

Andrew Panton's BFG lands with a whizzpop and a whizzbang

With many strings to his bow including international renown as a vocal coach and director, Andrew Panton’s behind-the-curtain career has recently found a natural outlet as director of large-scale seasonal shows on the Lyceum stage...

The Emperor's New Clothes

4 Dec 20143 stars

Òran Mór’s Christmas panto offers seething satire and utter unabashed filth

Day one of Òran Mór’s Christmas panto, and the room is stuffed full, almost to breaking point – such is the love for Dave Anderson, creator of this wee gem. With Anderson, giving good camp in char-lady drag, are his merry sidekicks, Frances Thorburn…

The Singing Kettle Big Christmas Party

4 Dec 2014

Kids theatre troupe ask 'what's inside the Singing Kettle?' one last time

If you grew up in Scotland during the past 30 years, chances are you’ll have no trouble completing the line ‘Spout, handle, lid of metal... ‘ But as of February 2015, the children’s theatre company who brought you that immortal line will be no more.

Get Santa

2 Dec 20144 stars

Christopher Smith's festive film shows both a dark side and refreshing compassion

From the director of Severance and Triangle comes a heartwarming and very funny Christmas tale about a father who, after his release from a two-year prison sentence, has to learn the virtue of reliability...

Stick Man

2 Dec 20144 stars

Julia Donaldson's creation comes to life just in time for Christmas

For most children, recreating the action-packed visuals in your average film, game or app is pretty impossible. But, should they be so inclined, emulating the cast of Stick Man back home in their bedroom after the show is eminently possible...

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Penguins of Madagascar

1 Dec 20143 stars

Knockabout spin-off featuring the voices of John Malkovich and Benedict Cumberbatch

Over their three Madagascar features to date, DreamWorks Animation have successfully established a menagerie of comic characters. The franchise's penguins have already struck out with their own short film and TV show, and they now get their own movie...

Tales of home this winter with Homecoming Scotland 2014 events

27 Nov 2014

Featuring Station Stories by Sven Warner, Ae Spark o’ Nature’s Fire and The Home Straits

Pop-up theatre, fire sculptures, music and poetry are on offer during November and December as part of finale events celebrating Homecoming Scotland 2014. Taking place across the country in a variety of exiting and unusual place, check out these brand…

Paddington

24 Nov 20144 stars

The beloved bear is brought to the big screen by Paul King's charming adaptation

Ever since his creation in 1958 by author Michael Bond generations of children have grown up with Paddington Bear, so writer-director Paul King (The Mighty Boosh, Bunny and the Bull) faced no small task in bringing the hirsute hero to the big screen. By…

A guide to Christmas ice skating in Manchester

21 Nov 2014

Head to rinks in the city centre, Salford, Bolton and Tameside

Manchester Ice Rink This outdoor rink has a viewing terrace and onsite bar to keep everyone happy. There’s a big screen above the rink where Christmas films and music will be shown, as well as Christmas markets nearby. Spinning Fields, 10.30am–9pm…

A guide to Christmas ice skating in Scotland

21 Nov 2014

Including rinks in Edinburgh, Glasgow, Aberdeen, Motherwell and Perth

Princes Street Gardens Ice Rink The Princes Street Gardens Ice Rink has become a Christmas tradition in the city, with the stunning location beneath the castle hard to beat for setting the Christmas tone. Separate kids and adults ice discos are…