Amazing Assembly’s Locals Offer for 2019 !! 31st July – 4th August

Assembly are being SUPER generous yet again this year and offering Edinburgh locals a superb bargain discount with £5 tickets for ALL Assembly shows from 31st July – 4th August !!!!!!!!!!!!!! Check out full details here

How to claim £5 tickets

Just head down to any Assembly box office

Show us a proof of address & photo ID

Get tickets to any of our shows for just a fiver

**Each customer can claim up to 6 tickets using the discount**

There are some FANTASTIC circus and children’s shows on at Assembly this year – so do try and catch them with the locals discount if you’re lucky enough to be around then….some top picks are :

image of eventChores – We really enjoyed this show last year – see here. It’s some madcap, silly circus that will definitely get the kids giggling away. Chores is the story of two typical young rascal boys playing in their messy bedroom. Suddenly, Mother’s alarming screams rattle the boys into acrobatic action. A generous serve of comedy and chaotic acrobatics accompanies every attempt at cleaning their room.  1st – 25th August (not 12th/19th)

 

image of eventChildren Are Stinky – Yay !! These guys are back – we LOVED this show when we saw it (check our review here)….they will surely bring their madcap, hilarious, mischievous magic back to the Piccolo tent this August – and it’s up to you to prove them wrong that children are infact stinky – are you up to the challenge ?? ”Expect daredevil stunts, incredible acrobatics, lightning-fast hula hoops and loads of laughs”  1st – 26th August (not 7th/14th/21st) 

 

image of eventBlizzard – Yay, yay, yay, yay, yay………….Flip Fabrique are back to weave some more magic into our lives – Attrape Moilast year was a total, total highlight of the fringe for us and we are beyond excited to see what they have to offer this year with Blizzard !! ”What if winter has taken over? With Blizzard, Flip Fabrique take you on a crazy, poetic and gentle journey in the dead of winter, and invite you to lose yourself in a moment of complete wonder. ”  1st – 26th August (not 7th, 12th, 19th)

image of event360 Allstars – Returning after huge success in 2016, this show is a true spectacle that the whole family will enjoy…A phenomenal physical performance exploring all forms of rotation, 360 Allstars connects street with elite in a supercharged circus. Boasting a stellar cast including the two-time world champion BMX flatlander, two world champion breakdancers, an internationally acclaimed basketball freestyler, a world record-holding cyr artist, an X Factor-winning vocalist and a multi award-winning drummer, 360 Allstars is a spectacular fusion of street culture that’ll leave you dizzy with excitement!        31st July – 26th August (not 12th)

image of eventMorgan and West: Unbelievable Science– We are big fans of Morgan and West and the mini-reviewers always enjoy their magic tricks and illusions …so we are excited to see they have a new show for the festival this year  – and something a bit different as they are bringing scientific experiments this time !! ”Unbelievable Science is an interactive science show for the whole family, where experiments take place right before your eyes! Captivating chemistry! Phenomenal physics! Bonkers biology! Magicians, time-travellers and all-round spiffing chaps Morgan & West have a secret past – they are genuine, bona-fide, legitimately qualified scientists and now are bringing their knowledge to the stage! ”  31st July – 25th August (not 21st)

image of eventBack Of The Bus – For something a little different – check this show out – all based in a bus ! Come ride on a bus through the streets of Edinburgh as dancers propel themselves along the aisles and hang from the roof. Physical comedy, kinetic energy and outrageous scenarios combine to create a magical mystery tour. Fresh from sell-out seasons at 21 New Zealand, Australian and international arts festivals.                           2nd – 25th August (not 7th, 12th, 19th)

 

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Fringe By The Sea 2nd – 11th August 2019

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The fabulous and incredibly located Fringe By The Sea is fast approaching..bringing us sun, sea, sand and a jam packed programme brimming over with great shows and events….

There are loads of family friendly experiences – including music, science colouring in and some brilliant sounding craft workshops – check them out here.

Some of our top picks would be:

Eilidh Muldoon : Giant Colouring In With Tea And Cake – We have been to a few of these events before with Eilidh and have really enjoyed them – it’s always a great creative, relaxing atmosphere with some delicious goodies to help the artistic juices flow ! Celebrating our coastline and waters, adults and kids alike can help create the final result in this relaxed session.    Sunday 4th August

 

So You Think You Know About Dinosaurs… With Dr Ben Garrod – So You Think You Know About Dinosaurs is the hit stage show starring dinosaur aficionado Dr Ben Garrod. Get ready to go on an exciting pre-historic adventure as Ben explores the biggest, deadliest and weirdest predators that ever roamed the planet. Yes, dinosaurs such as Tyrannosaurus rex, Allosaurus and Spinosaurus would have walked or swam right where you are now!     Saturday 10th August

 

Monski Mouse’s Baby Disco Dancehall – Returning to Fringe by the sea, this is a musical treat for little ones who love to dance !! Selling out shows around the world, come find out why DJ Monski Mouse is a hit with the under fives and parents/carers. Expect high energy, retro hits, pop favourites and funky nursery rhymes!      Sunday 4th August

 

Major Minor Music Club Presents C Duncan – This looks like a GREAT idea and very unique – a club that adults can take children along to, and see bands that everyone can enjoy together ! Formed by frustrated parents of young kids, MMMC is a safe place for parents to take their kids to see some of the best bands. Bands play at a lower volume and shorter sets plus there’s music-inspired face painting, doughnuts, balloons, stickers and a ‘tiny tattoo studio’. Mercury Prize nominated C Duncan is a Scottish composer and multi-instrumentalist whose classical music upbringing seeps into his sophisticated, billowy indie pop creations.   Saturday 3rd August

 

 

 

 

Top Five shows for the even littler little ones 2019….

So, earlier this month I published my top ten children’s shows at Edinburgh Fringe Festival this year (see here) – and as always it was a difficult process choosing from the amazing array of shows available.  It helps if I am able to do this separate list of shows I would recommend seeing along with even smaller children. All of these shows are developed with the youngest children in mind, providing a sensory treat for them and a perfect introduction to theatre and performance…

There are obviously loads more shows for even the youngest children out there during the fringe, so please do explore and let me know how you get on !

image of eventValentina’s Galaxy – I remember bringing my very mini – mini reviewer along to Paperbelle a few years ago and they loved it – Frozen Charlotte create beautiful and inspiring shows for children and this one looks particularly exciting ! ”An intergalactic adventure for children aged 2-6, inspired by real-life female astronauts, this immersive performance captivates children and adults alike with a combustible concoction of experiments, rocket launches and stargazing.”   3rd – 18th August (not 5th/12th )

 

image of eventCeleste’s Circus – We LOVED this enchanting show and are delighted it’s back at the Fringe (see our review here). The hand crafted set is the perfect backdrop for this gentle adventure aimed at the under five’s. ”Celeste invites you to spot a peek-a-boo pussycat, applaud a highwire hippo and fall in love with the cutest seal pup ever. A complete joy to watch, with a delightful retro feel.”      1st – 25th August (not 6/7/8th, 13/14/15th, 20,21,22nd)

 

image of eventLittle Top – Starcatchers create incredible shows for younger children and this first experience of the circus Big Top looks as inventive and interactive as ever ! ”Welcome to Little Top, a magical first circus experience for babies aged 0-18 months. Little Top invites babies to experience all the fun of the circus. Roll up for a gently thrilling performance with spectacular balances, astonishing tumbles and inventive juggling. Be transported into a joyous, topsy-turvy world where patterns fill the air and anything is possible.”                                                                                                                              2nd – 17th August (not 5th/12th) 

 

image of eventFox-tot! – Returning after the success of BambinO, Scottish Opera are back with a brand new opera for 12 to 24-month-olds. ”Fox-tot! is full of imagination – a magical journey of discovery for those taking their first small steps into the big wide world. Set in a woodland world where anything can happen, this engaging mix of music and puppetry is an interactive experience for toddlers and adults to enjoy together.”                                   2nd – 16th August (not 5th/12th )

 

image of eventJelly or Jam – Have you ever seen a giant block of jelly – wobbly, jiggly and strong enough to stand on? Jelly or Jam takes you on an acrobatic adventure into the brains of young humans. Guided by real interviews with kids about their emotions and friendship,  don’t miss this rollercoaster ride filled with squishy, messy jelly that will inspire people, young and old, to consider the importance of individuality and friendship.                               3rd/4th and 10th/11th August

My Top Ten Children’s Shows at Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2019

As always, I really struggle to whittle down the fantastic array of children’s shows to a concise ‘top ten recommendations’ – in 2019 we are being treated yet again to a growing number of brilliant and entertaining shows aimed at the younger audience. When I first started reviewing, the choice was much smaller, and now there are literally hundreds to choose from, covering all genres including musicals, magic, circus and theatre….

The abundance of shows makes this task difficult, but as before, I will do a top ten for ‘littler little ones’ which gives me some more room to pick some firm favourites ! I’d like to also explore the slightly older, almost ‘teen’ category a bit more this year, and I am bringing in a new ‘not so mini- reviewer’ to assist with this in August !- so do please get in touch if you’re working on something for older children that you think we should be seeing !!

I get that tingly exciting feeling in my stomach when writing this as I’m so excited for August and all the amazing theatrical experiences it will bring….

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

image of eventDexter And Winter’s Detective Agency – Paines Plough have brought some of my absolute festival highlights over the years in their unique Roundabout venue situated at Summerhall. I’m hoping this show will bring some of the same imaginative, magic storytelling that really does blow me away !!  ”When Dexter’s mum is sent to jail for getting mixed up in a jewellery robbery, it’s up to Dexter and his best friend Winter to get her out. On their journey to uncover the truth and free mum, their detective work leads them to some surprising discoveries. ”                 3/4th, 11th/12th, 17th/18th, 24th/25th August

 

image of eventChildren Are Stinky – Yay !! These guys are back – we LOVED this show when we saw it (check our review here)….they will surely bring their madcap, hilarious, mischievous magic back to the Piccolo tent this August – and it’s up to you to prove them wrong that children are infact stinky – are you up to the challenge ?? ”Expect daredevil stunts, incredible acrobatics, lightning-fast hula hoops and loads of laughs”  1st – 26th August (not 7th/14th/21st) 

 

image of eventThe Listies: Ickypedia – We are DELIGHTED that the Listies are returning to Edinburgh this year !!!!!!! Our mini-reviewers still talk about their last show ALOT (review here )…and we listen to their CD in the car on repeat it feels !! This new shows looks like it will be more of their same hilarious, silly and slightly bonkers entertainment !  ”Australia’s kidult comedians are back with a new show filled with trademark bottom-waggling anarchy! Based on The Listies best-smelling book, Ickypedia aims to answer all of life’s unimportant questions, like: How do you take a smellfie? What are udderpants?* How many bubble machines are too many? What’s the Snot Ness Monster? What happens if you never ever clean your room?”   31st July – 18th August

 

image of eventBlizzard – Yay, yay, yay, yay, yay………….Flip Fabrique are back to weave some more magic into our lives – Attrape Moi last year was a total, total highlight of the fringe for us and we are beyond excited to see what they have to offer this year with Blizzard !! ”What if winter has taken over? With Blizzard, Flip Fabrique take you on a crazy, poetic and gentle journey in the dead of winter, and invite you to lose yourself in a moment of complete wonder. ”  1st – 26th August (not 7th, 12th, 19th)

 

image of eventMustard Doesn’t Go With Girls – I really appreciate shows with a strong female lead or narrative, and this year we have plenty to choose from – this musical number looks like it will deliver – being billed as a feminist fairy tale with an original soundtrack ! The piece follows a young girl with a passion for science as she goes up against a society which believes girls should only be seen, never heard.  ”When the children of Bow-on-Tie start mysteriously disappearing, Abigail decides to investigate further. She embarks on a music-filled adventure to uncover the town’s secrets, topple the cabinet of treacherous animals in charge and prove girls are made of more than just sugar and spice.”  31st July – 23rd August (not 13th )

 

image of eventMorgan and West: Unbelievable Science – We are big fans of Morgan and West and the mini-reviewers always enjoy their magic tricks and illusions …so we are excited to see they have a new show for the festival this year  – and something a bit different as they are bringing scientific experiments this time !! ”Unbelievable Science is an interactive science show for the whole family, where experiments take place right before your eyes! Captivating chemistry! Phenomenal physics! Bonkers biology! Magicians, time-travellers and all-round spiffing chaps Morgan & West have a secret past – they are genuine, bona-fide, legitimately qualified scientists and now are bringing their knowledge to the stage! ”  31st July – 25th August (not 21st)

 

One Duck Down – With the school strikes for climate, and the increase in climate action, it is unsurprising that this year, quite a few shows are featuring an environmental message or using sustainable props and costumes -One Duck Down is one of these shows doing just that, and it looks like it’ll be inspiring for any environmentalists out there –  ” 7000 rubber ducks. Seven Seas. One big adventure! Inspired by a true tale (featured on Blue Planet II) that saw 7000 rubber ducks cast adrift in a mighty storm, jam packed with music, clowning and puppetry and with a set and props which are recycled from the lost and found of rubbish both on land and at sea, join us on an ocean clear-up adventure that would make David Attenborough proud.”      31st July – 26th August (not 20th)

 

image of eventThe Showstoppers Kid’s Show – This is another firm favourite of ours – a fully improvised show so you have no idea where it’ll go next !! ”Fringe favourites and Olivier Award-winning improvisers, The Showstoppers, take your kids’ ideas and transform them on the spot into interactive musical adventures. Captain Underpants underwater? Done! SpongeBob and the Gruffalo on the moon? No worries! Kids (and only kids!) decide who we meet and where we go to create a show tailor-made to their imaginations.”  31st July – 18th August

 

image of eventSparkle – I’m hoping this show may be a little like the fabulous Duckie last year .. bringing with it a powerful message about identity, choices and being your full true self. ”Sparkle, who loves to dress in tutus, tiaras and sparkly dresses, finds on his first day of school that not everyone wants to let him shine. In this playful and poignant show, Sparkle discovers the magnificence of standing up for himself and being unique – even in his own sparkly slippers.”    31st July – 25th August (not 12th/19th)

 

image of eventErth’s Dinosaur Zoo – This looks like it will be spectacular and totally not to be missed for any young dinosaur fans out there !! Erth’s dinosaur puppets walk, roar and blink at audiences and they are unmistakably ‘alive’ and keen to play! ”Get right up close and personal with an amazing array of prehistoric creatures, from baby dinos to some of the largest carnivores and herbivores that have ever walked the planet. Erth’s dinosaurs are unmistakably “alive” and mostly friendly in this fun, educational and original performance, connecting young audiences to the real science of palaeontology.”  31st July – 26th August (not 12th ) 

 

Edinburgh Festival Carnival…July 14th 2019

Yes…it’s the most musical, colourful, magical parade of the year – Edinburgh’s flamboyant start to the festival season…the carnival parade. Hosted by the Jazz and Blues Festival – the weekend also features the Mardi Gras based in the Grassmarket and another family friendly event full of colour and sound !!

Mardi Gras  imageMardi Gras – Saturday 13th July from 1pm

A taste of New Orleans in the historic heart of Edinburgh.

Non-stop entertainment and a party atmosphere as a host of bands perform on multiple stages bringing swing, dixieland, funk, soul gypsy jazz and brass band music to the heart of Edinburgh.

This year the line-up includes: Quattro MacJazz, Rianna Walcott Trio, Romacaleo, Harry Weir’s Brass Band and many more.

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Edinburgh Festival Carnival – Sunday 14th July from 2pm

Princes Street and the gardens will play host to the Edinburgh Festival Carnival on the 14 July.

From the top of the Mound to the West End of Princes Street expect to see flamboyant outfits and world class music from over 800 Carnival Performers as the streets are transformed into a party atmosphere.

Music, dance, costumes, circus, acrobatics from all over the world.

From 3 – 4.30pm the sounds of the world will beat from the stage of the Ross Bandstand in Princes Street Gardens; and from 3.30pm-5pm, we have dance, music, circus, and street arts, plus a special kids area. Come for the colour, spectacle, sounds and electric atmosphere.