Book Festival Opens Today !… 12th-28th August

So, the Book Festival is finally opening, and we are being treated to a few weeks of the lovely, calm space that the Book Festival offers amidst the hustle and bustle of the fringe festival ! We love exploring the children’s bookshop and then seeing what arts and crafts and activities are going on in the story box space.

This weekend , alongside some great author events you may be attending, the Baillie Gifford Story Box will be hosting these fantastic and free drop in workshops:

Design a Pop-up MuseumSaturday 12th August 11am – 4.30pm Design A Pop-Up Museum

Come along and join V&A Dundee and be inspired by their giant pop-up museum in a book. Then work with a designer to create your own mini museum to take away.

Scottish Chamber Orchestra's Instrument ArmourySunday 13th August   11am – 4.30pm  Scottish Chamber Orchestra’s Instrument Armoury

Have you ever seen musicians on stage and wondered what it would be like to play a musical instrument? Now’s your chance to give it a shot with talented performers from the Scottish Chamber Orchestra. Tune up on a cello, flutter on the flute or toot a trumpet to see which is your favourite.


Woodland Tribe

PictureIf you’re looking for something completely different to do over the next few days with the kids, or combine seeing a show with an activity, then it’s well worth checking out the Woodland Tribe !

Based at the Pavillion cafe on the Meadows, and suitable for all ages, you get to build your own adventure playground ! Woodland Tribe will be giving children hammers, saws, nails, screws, ropes, netting and a huge quantity of wood to build the adventure playground of their dreams. Children are shown how to use the tools in a safe and creative way.


10am – 6.00pm  11th August – 15th August

BBC at the Edinburgh Festivals 2017…

Image result for bbc at edinburgh festivalsThe luscious bright green fake grass, the brightly coloured deck chairs, the pink and blue tents, the ping pong table and the yummy food and drink…yes, it’s all returning ! And this year BBC at the Edinburgh Festivals is back in the rather grand location at George Heriot’s School again with the wondrous Edinburgh Castle for a backdrop…what more do we all need ??

It will be open from Friday 4th to Friday 25th August.

Readers of this blog will know this is one of my favourite places to hang out during the festival, to sit and watch the big screen, get involved in the daily kids activities and sample some of the tasters of shows from all the venues.

Every year the BBC tent hosts a fantastic variety of children’s events and activities and I’m certain this year the programme will be bursting with fun yet again. They have just released a list of their children’s activities for this year here and it’s looking great ! – author events, arts and crafts, dance workshops, mini beasties, geology, dragons, storytelling and much much more !

This weekend, the opening weekend is jam packed full of family friendly activities including:

  • Circus Open Toybox (Ages 5+)   Fri 4th 9.30am – 1.30pm and Sat 5th August 12pm – 4pm

Run away with the circus! Come and try out some circus skills including hulahoop, juggling, spinning plates, balancing feathers, flowersticks and more with Circus Alba.

  • RSPB (Ages 4-10)  Sat 5th August 10.30am – 4.30pm

The RSPB will be running mini beast hunts searching for lots of creepy crawlies as well as going on a wild treasure hunt to see what things we can find. You can also make a solitary bee home with us.

  • Animal Magic (Ages 3+)  Sun 6th August 10.30am – 4.30pm

Come along and have a Close Encounter with Animal Magic! Animal Handler Laura will be on site with a selection of her exotic creatures on display for you to see, learn about, meet and even touch.

All this and free arts and crafts and storytelling sessions throughout the weekend too ! See you there….


Fringe For Bairns 2017 at the Three Sisters 30th July -2nd August

Image result for fringe for bairns 2017So, for the third year running, the Free Sisters are hosting another Fringe for Bairns located in the courtyard at the Three Sisters on the Cowgate – expect children’s shows, face painting, magicians, an outdoor cinema and the return of the very popular courtyard petting zoo.

For more details and to see what day certain activities will be, check their facebook page for updates…

Image result for fringe for bairns 2017So far it looks like the Five Sisters Zoo will be there on Wednesday 2nd August  with the petting zoo which is sure to be popular…


All of their childrens shows will be running during these days too, highlights including:

Amazing Magic ChristopherShow ImageThis family magic show features magic, balloon modelling, Barney the Puppet Bird and lots and lots of audience participation and fun. A show suitable for all the family, you will be intrigued, entertained and amazed.


Boogers, Books and Big Bottom BurpsShow Image Boogers, books and big bottom burps is a hilarious show from award-winning author Stuart Reid, featuring his popular brand of schoolboy humour and stupidity. Stuart will be launching his 6th book Gorgeous George and his Stupid Stinky Stories, at the festival, with readings, video clips, music with mildly amusing photographs and illustrations from the books.

Science Magic – Show ImagePrepare to enter the magical world of science. Forget Harry Potter, Dónal is the real wizard. He will show you how to put a skewer through a balloon without popping it, mix potions to create your very own volcano, set paper on fire without burning it, turn water upside-down without spilling it, conjure an invisible force to blow out a candle, make a cola bottle explode in a fountain and more.
Always exciting, sometimes messy, learn about magnetism, pressures, density, force, chemical reactions, the fire triangle, acid & bases, static electricity. And laugh your pants off while you do it.

Before all the chaos and hecticness of the festival starts, this looks like an ideal warm up !


All new for Playday 2017….

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This year the Playday celebrations are going to be a little different to previous years. They will be holding four separate events in four different localities, with each one hosted by a different community organisation.

These events will be running from the 31st July to the 4th August and are working in partnership with the Edinburgh Play Forum to provide free activities for children of all ages and their families on each day from 12 to 4pm:

Monday 31st July – Muirhouse Avenue Green space

Tuesday 1st August – Clovenstone Community Centre and school grounds

Wednesday 2nd August – Brunstane Community Centre and school grounds

Friday 4th August – Dumbiedykes Park (off Dumbiedykes road)

If you haven’t been to a Playday event yet, I would highly recommend it – full of messy play, mud kitchens, musical play, face painting, water play and much much more !