Second Week Highlights 2017

It’s been another AMAZING week – well actually more than a week – I’m struggling to keep up as I also had my youngest starting school this week to add into the mix !!

We’ve enjoyed the rather delicious hot doughnut stall in George Square gardens, and hanging out at the BBC tent – they have some great family events this weekend including :

Mark Thompson’s Spectacular Science Show (Ages 5-13)   Sat 19 August 11am – 11.30am – Tickets available only from the Info Point on site

The Science Guy Is Back. TV Astronomer and Author Mark Thompson will explore the Strange and Magical Properties of Matter with Exploding Elephant’s Toothpaste, Vortex Generating Dustbins, Growling Jelly Babies and even Flying Toilet Paper!  Find out more

Roald Dahl’s Marvellous MedicineRoald Dahl’s Marvellous Medicine (Ages 7+)  Sun 20th August 2pm – 2.45pm – Tickets available only from the Info Point on site

Join Roald Dahl’s doctor, Professor Tom Solomon, for a fascinating trip into the whoopsey-splunkers world of Dahl. Using Dahl’s fantastical stories, he will explain how the body works, what can go wrong and how we can fix it!  Find out more

We have also seen some fantastic shows this week with a mix of circus, comedy and dance – check out the reviews for more information, but our top tips this week (and for some of them you need to be quick as they finish on the 20th) –

The Listies Make You LOL – If you haven’t checked these guys out, you only have three more chances, though I suspect they will sell out fast….very, very funny and silly sketches including a car trip, lots of poo jokes and some great participation.

Dr. Zeiffal, Dr. Zeigal and The Hippo That Can Never Be Caught – We loved this show, it’s engaging and quirky and again with plenty of interaction, with the audience wearing their Hippo google goggles and assisting in the search of the elusive Hippo !!

Nick Copes Family Songbook – Again only a few chances left to see Nick Cope and enjoy a melodic start to your day. His banter is highly entertaining and all kids will love his songs about pirates, dragons, poo and more !!!

Cirkopolis – For some spectacular circus, with all the favourites of Cyr wheel, diabolo, juggling, Chinese pole and stunning acrobatics, with amazing animations taking you on a journey…check this out, blending story, skills and style – you won’t be disappointed.

For something completely different, check out  Eaten, on at Summerhall, featuring Lionel the Lion who dreams of becoming vegetarian, its a very funny and educational look at what happens to our food when we eat it – with of course lots of obligatory poo jokes and toilet humour !!!

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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….

 

First Week Highlights…

I’m not even sure if this was technically the first week- I think it’s been more a preview week; but for me, having seen 13 shows so far, it definitely feels a lot longer than a few days ! The good news is the Book Festival has not even started yet and there is still another 3 weeks of the Fringe left – yipee !!  I’ve seen some fantastic shows so far and am looking forward to even more in the next few weeks, I’ve only popped in to the BBC tent briefly and look forward to exploring all their great children’s activities and I’m hoping for a few beautifully sunny days to enjoy an ice cream or two while I soak up the festival atmosphere…

For now, my highlights so far have been :

  • Nick Cope’s Family Songbook – A lovely melodic start to any festival day – featuring songs about dragons, pirates and poo ! A real gem of musical delights.
  • I Got Superpowers For My Birthday – An absolutely brilliant show, featuring spellbinding storytelling and located in the rather lovely Roundabout theatre venue…three young people gain superpowers on the eve of their thirteenth birthdays and have to fight ‘the darkness’. For ages 7+ -not to be missed !
  • Children Are Stinky – Very fun and silly acrobatic and clown show from a lovable Australian Duo – featuring hula hoops, chairs and a fantastic soundtrack, lots of fun for the whole family !
  • 360 Allstars – Featuring some spectacular BMX tricks, brilliant basketball, impressive breakdancing and live beat-boxing – this show has something for everyone ! A jam packed hour of talented performers showing off their skills !

BBC tent 2016 is now open…

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So, today the lovely BBC tent opened in its brand new location and it is looking as beautiful as ever, the luscious green grass is back, as are the deckchairs; the new space feels roomier and has an incredible backdrop of Edinburgh Castle !

They have a host of free children’s events going on over the next few weeks- which can be seen here, but to kick things off, this weekend:

Saturday 6th they have Digital Toybox from 10.30 , so go along and build electronic gadgets and have a go at 3D printing. Digital Toybox offer ‘mobile makerspaces’ based in City of Edinburgh Libraries and encourage young people to learn new skills through projects presented in a hands on and high impact way.

On Sunday 8th they have Edinburgh Art Festival Dazzle Ship Art Table  again from 10.30 which  is inspired by the Edinburgh Art Festival Dazzle Ship Scotland docked down in Leith. Create your own dazzle ship designs, boats and objects made up of geometric shapes, patterns and colours as seen in the dazzle ships of WW1.

 

BBC at the Edinburgh Festival 2016

 

It’s back, it’s one of my favourite places to be during the festival, it’s got pink and blue tents and it’s got a brand spanking new location at George Heriot’s School – it is of course the BBC at Edinburgh festivals. This is a brilliant place to head to with kids during the festival as they have free kids activities on every day and the space itself is always fun to explore with deckchairs, ping pong, a huge tv screen and various food stalls….

If you’ve read the blog before you will know how much I love this place and how much fantastic free stuff there is here every year for kids, this year is set to be no exception and their children’s activities and events are looking great…

On Sunday 14th August they have CBeebies presenter and author Cerrie Burnell and on Friday 26th August they have Steve Cole, bestselling author of Stop Those Monsters! and Magic Ink. Apply for tickets here.

Starting from Monday 8th August, there are daily craft and music activities for kids in the Castle tent, with Sparkle Arts appearing on Monday 8th, the RSPB doing activities on Tuesday 9th, Travelling Tales on Wednesday 10th, Caterpillar music on the Thursday 11th and Creative Crafts finishing off the first week on Friday the 12th !

Other highlights include:

BBC at the Edinburgh Festivals 2016Animal Magic on Saturday 20th August from 10am –Come along and meet Mork the huge python, say hi to Sui the Galah Cockatoo, or be brave and handle some creepy crawlies! Find out more here

 

Dynamic Earth: Dinosaur Explorers  – Wednesday 17th August      Want to hold some Triceratops horns? Or even some fossilised poo? This is the perfect activity for any budding paleontologists. Find out more

BBC at the Edinburgh Festivals 2016Dynamic Earth: Space Explorers  – Sunday 21st August  Come along and find out about life as an astronaut. Dress up as an astronaut, do some simulated astronaut training and get your picture taken on board the International Space Station using green screen technology. Find out more

 

So…lots to be starting off with and I am sure there will be plenty more announced during the festival too so keep an eye out on their facebook page for more regular information about events – they are very good at updating daily during the festival about what’s going on.

I’m very much looking forward to being back on the deck chairs hanging out in this space once again !!…