Catch them while you can…

Once again, some of the children’s shows are finishing this year on Sunday 19th August, slightly earlier than others…so if you’re still hoping to get out and about and see a few things, squeeze one of these in if you can ! My top tips out of shows finishing this week are:

Cat In The Hat – Bold set design based on the book and lots of interactive fun that little ones will love, and of course the beautiful rhyming story !

 

The Showstoppers Kids Show – Improvisation fun with these guys – come along with some great ideas and see them turned into a musical extravaganza…

Better Together – This sweet clowning piece about making friends and connections is sure to brighten your day !

 

Eaten – We loved meeting Lionel the lion last year and learning all about our digestive systems ! Definitely one to check out !

Denim: The Denim Juniors – An hour of being yourself, singing loud and proud and having lots of fun. Highly highly recommended- this drag queen quintet are sure to have you up and dancing !!

 

We’ve not seen it yet, but I’ve heard good things about this show finishing on the 19th too…:

David Baddiel’s AniMalcolm – Malcolm doesn’t like animals, which is a problem because his family love them. Their house is full of pets. The only bright spot on the horizon is the Year Six school trip. And there he is, on the bus, heading to… oh no. A farm… full of animals!

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Fringe By The Sea 2018 3- 12th August

Image result for fringe by the seaSun, sea, sand…North Berwick has it all and it even has a fantastic fringe festival too : Fringe By The Sea which is returning this year from the 3rd- 12th August.

Fringe by the sea has a jam packed kids programme which is also ever expanding, and this year is totally brilliant – ranging from kid’s discos, seaside science, soap carving, colouring in and right up to meditation !

Here are some top picks :

Phil Kay : Gimme Your Left Shoe – Looking both intriguing and fun, I’m sure Phil Kay will bring some of his comedy magic to this show to entertain all the littlies – Join Phil Kay  in his show of shoe-shows as every kid gives up their left shoe and then does a skit with daft props to get it back.              Saturday 4th August 12.00

 

Monski Mouse’s Baby Disco Dance Hall   – Monski Mouse is a firm festival favourite and is a totally fun, upbeat and energetic way to have fun with the kids – everyone will be dancing and singing away ! Why toddle when you can dance? Selling out shows around the world, come find out why DJ Monski Mouse is a hit with the under fives and their parents/carers. Expect to do some high-energy smiling to retro hits, pop favourites and funky nursery rhymes.   Sunday 5th August 3pm

 

Eilidh Muldoon: Colouring In North Berwick – For the past couple of year my daughter and I have really enjoyed the ‘tea and colouring in ‘ events with Eilidh at the book festival, and this looks equally as special. Eilidh Muldoon has created a prototype North Berwick Colouring Book especially for Fringe by the Sea. In this session you will be colouring in her her drawings, making some of your own and bringing them to life with colour. (Tea and cake included)   Monday 6th August 11.00am

 

Eaten – We loved this show at the Fringe last summer (see review here). Expect lots of laughter and poo jokes during this journey through the digestive system and beyond which is sure to get everyone giggling ! What if your food started talking back? Meet Lionel the lion. He’s just eaten a human called Mamoru for lunch.         Tuesday 7th August 4.00pm

 

The Breath Of Life –  Anything can be a puppet, truly anything. Take a stick, or a stone, or an ear of corn: so long as you can learn to make an object ‘breathe’, you can bring it to life. Join Allison DeFrees and her team of magical puppeteers as they explore puppetry and imagination.      Sunday 12th August 11.00am

 

So there are loads of good reasons to go have a day out, catch a show, do some crafts, play in the sand and most importantly get some fish and chips ! Bliss….

 

 

 

 

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 !!!

Stunning Summerhall

Summerhall is an absolutely brilliant venue, and every year the programme of shows and events gets bigger and better. They always host the Roundabout venue, which is well worth checking out. They have a delicious cafe and their own gin distillery and beer brewery which is a welcome touch ! It’s the perfect venue for spending an entire day, seeing shows and hanging out…

Once again, they have a fantastic line up of family friendly shows including these top picks:

How To Be A Kid– See our full review here. This show is suited to older children (age 7+) and has some spectacular storytelling and acting. ”Molly cooks. Molly does the dishes. Molly gets her little brother Joe ready for school. Molly is only 12, but she doesn’t feel much like a kid anymore. Now Molly’s Mum is feeling better, maybe things will get back to normal. Can you help Molly learn how to be a kid again?”

Jihan’s Smile – Only on until the 13th August. Al Harah Theatre is a theatre company based in the West Bank in Palestine, and is one of the longest running in the region, making theatre for both adults and children under extremely challenging circumstances. Jihan’s Smile tells the story of Jihan, an ordinary child, who woke up one day to discover that she had lost her smile.

Eaten – This one sounds really fun ! – What if your food started talking back? Meet Lionel the lion. He’s just eaten a human called Mamoru for lunch. But Lionel hasn’t chewed his food well. So Mamoru’s alive and well in his stomach, and now wants to say hello.

 

No Show – An all female circus troupe which sounds fab – What do you expect when you go to the circus? The glitzy smiles, the glitter of sequins, the drum rolls as performers effortlessly perform death-defying acts? No Show joyously and heartbreakingly goes behind the flawless smiles and perfect execution to reveal the wobbles, the pain, and the real cost of aiming for perfection.

 

So, plenty to keep you busy then !!!