Shows for the even littler little ones….top five

Once again, the selection of wild and wonderful shows for children at the festival this year includes many aimed at the even younger little ones ! We are so lucky to be able to introduce the wee ones to the sights, colours and sounds of the Fringe in these gentle and accessible productions.

I’ve narrowed down my top picks to the following five shows, but if you have an even littler little one, there are lots more shows and events out there to explore during the Fringe – I’d be keen to hear what you think !

MamaBabaMe – Starcatchers create beautiful shows for younger children, and MamaBabaMe looks to be something special for the under threes. Part of the Made in Scotland showcase this looks gorgeous and as it’s only on for two weeks, worth getting a ticket early. The audience sits within the set around a mini arena with soft boundary edges from which to enjoy the performance. With the soothing sounds of live cello and intimate lighting and set design, MamaBabaMe explores the profound connection between parent and child and how this eternal bond evolves and grows.  1st – 17th August (not 6th or 13th)

Four Go Wild In Wellies – Another from the Made In Scotland showcase is this fun sounding, playful adventure featuring tents, bobble hats and of course lots of wellies !! A show for audiences aged three to five years from Indepen-dance 4, Scotland’s inclusive professional dance company.  3rd – 26th August (not 6th/13th/20th )


BambinO – Returning from a very successful sold out run last year – Katch took her little one and really enjoyed it (read all about it here ). Scottish Opera introduce wee ones age 6 -18 months to the world of opera – at an age when their minds are wide open to new sounds, images and experiences. Babies are free to explore during the performance, interacting with singers, musicians and each other. Catch it while you can as it’s sure to sell out again especially with its limited run !  7th – 19th August ( not 13th )


Paddington Bear’s First Concert – Join Paddington Bear on his adventures as he leaves home, meets his new family and enjoys his first concert – not without causing his fair share of mayhem, of course! The charming tales of everyone’s favourite bear come to life with storytelling, narration and a live orchestra.        1st – 26th August (not 13th) 


Shhh….The Elves Are Very Shy – Ipdip Theatre return to the Botanics with another creative tale suitable for very young audiences. The elves are very shy and elfologist Dr Faye Greenwood is here to tell us why – and how you can help. Can her two tiny friends be encouraged to come out and say hi? And can you spot the evidence of elf activity all around us? A small scale show for the smallest of audience members and their families. Multi-sensory, musical and magical.  5th – 26th August (not 6th/13th/20th )


My Top Ten Children’s Shows at Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2018…

Blimey, this year, choosing my top picks has been even more difficult than before – we are blessed with hundreds of fantastic shows every year, and they all look so good !!!

It’s overwhelming and incredibly exciting all at the same time…I am certain each year my top picks gets bigger, and this year I’ve struggled even to whittle it down to ten…and as before, I’ll cheat a little by putting some of my other favourites in a feature about shows for littler little ones I will post later. I’m almost tempted to do a whole separate Kids Circus top picks too as that genre keeps expanding and this year, there are more circus shows for children and families than ever before !

I’ll start with an firm favourite company of mine and with only a few performances, it looks like you should get in quick ! :

  • How To Spot An Alien – Paines Plough have brought some of my total festival highlights these last few years in their unique Roundabout venue situated at Summerhall. I’m hoping this show will bring some of the same imaginative, magic storytelling – What do you do if you think your aunt is an alien? Twelve-year-old Jelly and her brother Jonjo have their suspicions. She won’t let them leave the house. Or ask questions. And she definitely won’t let them in the attic. Join Jelly and Jonjo on their quest to discover the truth in a rip-roaring adventure through space full of friendship, fun and flying saucers.      4th/5th, 11th/12th, 18th/19th and 25th/26th August


  • The Bear – It may be because I’m biased as  my daughter is called Tilly, and so I love this book so much, but I can’t wait to see this show. I’ve seen some pictures on twitter and think everyone may just fall a little bit in love with this big bear ! One night when she’s fast asleep, an enormous white bear climbs into Tilly’s bedroom. It has a big black tongue and a yawn as big as your head. But Tilly’s not scared.   1st – 27th August (not 20th )


  • Circa: Wolfgang – Following their huge success with Humans last year, Circa are bringing a children’s circus show to the Fringe this year and I literally cannot wait to see it ! Circa are so extremely talented, weaving acrobatics, strength, circus and humour together effortlessly and I am sure this show mixing these talents with Mozart’s music will be a winner ! Straight from the score and onto the stage, the man known as Mozart appears amidst a puff of powder, wigged and ready to throw musical madness into a crescendo of dives, swoops and twirls. Featuring mischievous acrobats and musicians, Wolfgang reinvents the composer’s magical music with circus twists.   4th-7th, 9th-12th, 14th – 19th, 21st – 25th August


  • Duckie -This looks great – delivering some powerful messages along the way – on for a limited run so catch it while you can! Duckie is a reimagining of Hans Christian Andersen’s The Ugly Duckling with a message of tolerance and self acceptance at its core. Family-friendly glamour and glitz takes centre stage as critically acclaimed cabaret star Le Gateau Chocolat breaks out of his shell in his first work for children, a classic tale of identity and belonging. Set in an animal circus, we join him on an adventure of self-discovery, asking questions of the ‘happy ever after’ in a celebration of difference. Walking a little differently? Sounding a bit strange? Watch Duckie triumph by realising these are his strengths.     1st – 12th (not 2nd)


  • Circus Abyssinia: Ethiopian Dreams – One of our total surprise highlights from last year ! – we LOVED this vibrant, high energy circus show last year (read our full review here ). An unashamedly joyful mix of astonishing stunts and enchanted adventure, Circus Abyssinia follows the journey of two Ethiopian brothers whose dream of joining the circus became a reality. Plunged into a world of daredevil wonders, they encounter a host of other circus dreamers: dancing, contorting, gravity-defying figures, all weaving tales of their own.   4th – 25th August (not 13th and 20th ) 


  • Splash Test Dummies – Woo hoo !! I’d heard the murmurings of this show last year and am delighted we are being treated to an aquatic themed show with the trio of lovely Dummies this year following the Trash Test fun !  Splash Test Dummies are here, ready to roll out their beach towels and spring into a brand-new hour of circus-filled hilarity for the whole family. See a brilliant array of catch-your-breath stunt work, acrobatics, juggling and the side-splitting, slapstick comedy for which the Dummies are famous.  4th – 25th August (not 13th )


  • Ellie and the Enormous Sneeze – If you were lucky enough to catch Dr. Zeiffal, Dr Zeigal and the Hippo that can never be caught last year then you’ll know the kind of brilliant and creative shows Mouths of Lions produce. This year’s offering looks equally bonkers ! ‘A sneeze is a powerful thing, a dangerous thing, you never know what might happen with a sneeze…’ Join Ellie on a wild snot-filled adventure as she sets out to help her friend Stanley to sneeze for the very first time.  2nd – 27th August (not 14th and 21st )


  • AnimAlphabet: The Musical – Returning with last year’s musical extravaganza, this comes highly recommended. Read our review here – its a captivating, colourful show with a fab soundtrack.  Join Colin the Country Cockatoo, Hip-Hop Donkey and Geoff the Geordie Jazz Giraffe on a fantastic family musical adventure.  1st – 27th August (not 13th )



  • The Showstoppers’ Kids Show –  Fringe favourites and Olivier Award-winning improvisers, The Showstoppers, take your kids’ ideas and transform them on the spot into interactive musical adventures. Harry Potter in space? Done! Dora and the Gruffalo meet dinosaurs under the sea? No worries! Kids (and only kids!) decide who we meet and where we go to create a show tailor-made to their imaginations.  1st – 19th August



  • Reversible – If you can cast your mind back to 2015, you’ll remember the breathtakingly brilliant show Traces ?? Well- the performance group 7 Fingers return with this unique, riveting mix of theatre, circus, dance, music and acrobatics. A reversible world where everyday life is turned upside down into new, spectacular universes filled with beauty, emotion and yes, hope. Imagine your grandparents and what they lived through when they were your age. Reversible is dedicated to a generation who forged the world that we live in today and whose stories might hold the key to a better tomorrow.   2nd – 26th August (not 8th, 13th or 20th )


Carnival time !!!!!!!!!!!!

So, kicking off festival season once again it’s the very colourful and vibrant Jazz and Blues festival and their jam packed weekend of family friendly events with the Mardi Gras and the much loved festival Carnival

Both the Mardi Gras and Carnival are on the weekend of the 14th and 15th July and promise an extravaganza of music, colour, sound and feathers !!!

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Mardi GrasFrom 1pm at the Grassmarket, there will be a party atmosphere as a host of bands perform on multiple stages bringing swing, dixieland, boogies, blues and New Orleans to the historic heart of Edinburgh.

This year the line-up includes: Brass Gumbo, Hamlet, Kronendal Music Academy (South Africa) and Becc Sanderson Trio.


Carnival! imageCarnival – Sunday 15th July 2018 from 1.30pm – 4pm at Princes Street and Princes Street Gardens. The seventh Edinburgh Festival Carnival promises to deliver a dazzling spectacle under the castle!

Over 800 performers will create an extravaganza humming with the rhythms of salsa, African drummers, Balkan beats and swirling pipes and a feast for the eyes with sequined dancers, feathered costumes, Chinese dragons, circus performers and street theatre.

Music, dance, costumes, circus, acrobats and puppetry, from all over the world, and all over Scotland!

Film Fest In The City….15th – 17th June

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Festival season is hotting up and this weekend brings one of my favourite small events into town  – ‘Film Fest In The City‘ – the outdoor cinema at St Andrew Square Gardens….all we need is a little bit of sunshine, a picnic rug and some snacks and we’re all sorted for lots of great film entertainment this weekend !!

There are lots of great family friendly films being shown, and best of all – it’s free, so no excuses to get yourselves down there….

The full screening programme is as follows :


4.30pm – 6.55pm           WONDER WOMAN (Cert 12A, 141 mins, 2017)

7.05pm – 8:50pm           CASABLANCA (Cert U, 102 mins, 1942)

9.00pm – 10.50pm         TOP GUN (Cert 12, 110 mins, 1986)



10am – 11.55am            THE INCREDIBLES (Cert. U, 115 mins, 2004)

12.15pm – 1.50pm         PADDINGTON (Cert U, 95 mins, 2014)

2.00pm – 3:45pm          BIG (Cert PG, 104 mins, 1988)

4.00pm – 5.45pm           WHO FRAMED ROGER RABBIT? (Cert PG, 104 mins, 1988)

6.10pm – 8.20pm           MOULIN ROUGE! (Cert PG, 127mins, 2001)

8.40pm – 10.50pm         THOR: RAGNAROK (Cert PG, 130 mins, 2017)



10am – 11.45am            PADDINGTON 2 (Cert PG, 104 mins, 2017)

12pm – 1.45pm             JASON AND THE ARGONAUTS (Cert U, 104 mins, 1963)

2.10pm – 3.55pm           THE GREATEST SHOWMAN (Cert PG, 102 mins, 2017)

4.10pm – 5.55pm           GHOSTBUSTERS (Cert 12A, 105 mins, 1984)

6.10pm – 7.50pm           BIG TROUBLE IN LITTLE CHINA (Cert 12A, 99 mins, 1986)

8.15pm – 10.45pm         STAR WARS: THE LAST JEDI (Cert PG, 152 mins, 2017)


Edinburgh International Children’s Festival 2018 26 May – 3 June

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Previously known as the Imaginate festival, the Edinburgh International Children’s Festival is jam packed once again this year with a fantastic programme of Children’s theatre.

The programme includes a fab sounding opening weekend event at the National Museum with two days of free pop-up performances and arts activities throughout the building. Drop in activities will include: live music, walk-about performances, arts activities and storytelling…26th and 27th May

Performances vary in suitability for all ages, from 0 – 15 years old so there really should be something for everyone, check out what’s on here …I’m particularly delighted that the brilliant The Road That Wasn’t There from last year’s fringe is coming back – we absolutely loved it – captivating and imaginative storytelling and puppetry by some super talented folk !!! Image result for the road that wasnt there