Fantastically Great Women….

So, due to the hundreds of shows coming to Edinburgh this August, I somehow missed this gem of a musical – Fantastically Great Women Who Changed The World – which we were lucky to see earlier in the year and I would highly highly recommend for children and adults alike….

The musical celebrates the lives of Frida Kahlo, Rosa Parks, Emmeline Pankhurst and many more. Join the inquisitive heroine Jade as she breaks away from her class to take a peek at the not yet open Gallery of Greatness in the local museum where she meets some of history’s incredible wonder women.

You’ll be sure to be singing the songs for weeks after !….on at the Pleasance Courtyard 4th – 29th August (not 10th, 17th, 24th )

Super Summerhall…

I keep on hearing more and more great things about the venue Summerhall since it first opened and this festival season it seems it’s the place to be !  Added to this, they have just opened their new children’s play and activity space called Animal Antics …this place looks FANTASTIC and I’m super keen to go check it out: offering soft play, fancy dress, arts and crafts and a library all in one space !! Open Thurs-Sun from September, during the festival its open 11 – 16th August / 18 – 19th August  and 23rd August.

As well as providing a cafe and a great space to hang out and keep the kids occupied, there are some great children’s shows happening at Summerhall this festival, lots happening in a yurt, and I’ve heard some great personal reviews about some of them- this show in particular :

L’Apres-midi d’un Foehn -Version 1 – This show involves plastic bags beginning their own life – with beautiful musical accompaniment, the ‘plastic dancers’ are propelled by air currents to dance. A growing number of my friends have been to see this show and both their children and themselves loved it – it states it is ‘strongly recommended for those aged above 5 years’


These events happening during August also look great :

YurtaKids! UnLeashed_Scatenati – This is a seafaring journey, an adventure with no words: just light, sound and action. A trip for little ones over waves of sound, as cleverly manipulated chains play centre stage in an experience of metamorphosis, discovery and enchantment. Suitable for ages 0-5..

YurtaKids! The Red Bike – Discover the eccentric history of Marta’s family – they make a living by putting toys inside chocolate eggs but their lives are complicated by Mister Moneybags, the villainous ‘owner of everything’(!), of the chocolate egg factory and of the house and also of the moon and the stars. But Marta and her family have a plan…Ages 5+

Crying out loud presents Daydream – This unusual events definitely looks worth checking out – and the whole family could go at once…Come in. Settle down. Close your eyes and listen. Are there bees living in your ears? Has the sea stopped crying? Is the house sighing? Let the music caress you (inside a 40’ shipping container).

The performance runs every 15 minutes in three 4 hour blocks through the day

  • 11.00 – 15.00 (last show 14.45)
  • 15.30 – 19.30 (last show 19.15)
  • 20.00 – 00.00 (last show 23.45)

So – lots of reasons to go and check this venue out – playspaces, events, a cafe, shows, yurts…..I’ll be heading down their way very very soon !

Fringe by the Sea August 5th – 11th North Berwick

I know it’s not technically Edinburgh, but I thought this festival deserved a little mention too – especially as we’ve been having such great weather lately that a day out at the beach in North Berwick could be easily combined with seeing something at this little festival.

They have a few things on for children :

Bookbugs – these song and story sessions last around 40 mins and are perfect for younger children –              August 6th – Baby Speigeltent    11.00

Mr Boom – The unique children’s entertainer, combining songs, dance and audience participation.            August 6th – Belhaven Speigeltent    2,.00pm    £6

Jo Jingles – There are two sessions of this on the 8th August, it’s a music, singing and movement class for babies and young children.    on 8th August   11.00am and 2.00pm Belhaven Spiegeltent  £5

I know it’s not really a children’s show, but I know a few folk in the fantastic band Orkestra Del Sol – and the band is always great- high energy and will totally get the whole family up and dancing with their Balkan musical mayhem !  definitely worth checking out….  August 7th  Belhaven Speigeltent  4.00pm   £15