Mela festival 29th/30th August 2015

It’s been a busy August and festival season is still going strong with the fantastic Edinburgh Mela Festival happening this weekend at Leith Links on the 29th and 30th August…

It is a big and bright festival which brings us lots of dancing, world music, a global food village and of course the Mela kidzone

Children of all ages are set to ‘go bananas’ at this year’s Mela Kidzone inspired by the monkey gods of Asia.

The dedicated Kidzone has a host of fantastic interactive dance workshops, arts and crafts activities and live performances – perfect entertainment for your little monkeys.

Children under 12 go free to the Mela… if you get your adult tickets early its £4 otherwise its £5 on the day…

Saturday and Sunday noon – 9pm

Shows for even smaller little ones…

I have got a friend visiting with her baby during the Fringe which has been the inspiration for this post but I know that it’s great to hear of a show or two that you can go to with a much younger child and feel welcomed, even better to go to a show aimed at that age group ! There are a handful of shows this year that appear to be created for much younger children and babies and I’ve selected five that look exciting…

Anonymouse – I’ve already mentioned this in my post about the Botanics -this show for ages 0-3 looks very enchanting, and as it’s musical and tactile seems perfect for wee ones!

Puzzle – From 17th – 22nd August this dance show looks worth a look, introducing colours and shapes to younger children – ‘Dancers crawl, creep and bounce, accompanied by specially created music suitable for children aged 0 to 3.’

Wriggle Around The World – Running from the 24th-29th August, this musical show for those aged 0-5 looks fun. ‘Recitals for Wrigglers’ are concerts especially tailored for babies and toddlers, delivered by a professional violinist and cellist- held in an informal environment where the children are allowed to move around.

Ali McGregor’s Jazzamatazz – Aimed at those aged 1-10, Ali McGregor returns with her award-winning hour of jazzy beats and trashy pop-treats that will get your kids singing, twisting and dancing. McGregor and her trio of incredible jazz musicians are joined by two dancers with rock’n’roll, swing and jive moves. Watch the little ones tire themselves out on the dancefloor….

The Amazing Bubbleman – I don’t know many little children that do not love bubbles, so already this show has a lot going for it !  An Edinburgh Festival Fringe favourite, this has sold out every year for the last eight years. From square bubbles, bubbles inside bubbles, fog-filled bubbles, giant bubbles, bubble volcanoes, tornadoes and trampolines to people inside  bubbles……For ages 0-12