Edinburgh Mela ….

The summer festival season just keeps on giving it seems with the Edinburgh Mela just around the corner!!  The Edinburgh Mela is fantastic – two days of music, dance, fashion and food – its colourful and vibrant and a great day out with the kids !! Its held at Leith Links and will be taking place on Saturday 31st August and Sunday 1st September ….

This year along with the usual music, stalls and dancing which the kids will no doubt also  enjoy there will be another dedicated kidzone, supported again by sponsors Forestry Commission Scotland and Scotland Natural Heritage. There will be four different environments: Forests, Farms, Hills and Mountains and Shore and children will be encouraged to explore all of them…

They will find interactive nature inspired activities and creative arts workshops, environmental educators and wildlife experts will also be present to help young people find out about the Scottish countryside.

Excitingly there will be a storytelling longboat, staffed by a crew of tall tale-telling Vikings, telling stories that span the seven seas!

Tickets are on sale now and are a mere £4 for a whole day !! And, under twelves get in for FREE ! You can buy them via the website here or pop into the Edinburgh Festival Fringe Box Office on the High Street and purchase them there if you want to avoid the queues buying them at the Mela on the day itself.

Pleasance Kidzone 2013

For the 2015 version please follow this link

Every year the Pleasance have a great Kidzone, packed with activities for the kids and a few food stalls so parents can have a well deserved cup of coffee while the little ones run around. Its a great little space in the middle of all the festival hecticness and I like the fact you can bring the kids and let them run around and cause chaos and no one minds !

This year the Kidzone is returning and it’s going to be space themed – there will be arts and crafts activities (for a small charge), and the Cafe on the Green which serves kid friendly food…its open from 31st July – 26th August.

You could make a day of it by spending time in the Kidzone and seeing one the the many childrens shows at the Pleasance this year – my recommendations would be :

  • Aliens love Underpants – I mentioned this in another post – based on the very funny book, I’m sure the show will be great. (Age 3+)
  • The Just So Stories – Again I love this book and the incrediable stories – and this show is bringing four of these stories to life including why the moon pulls the tides and why the elephant’s nose is so long. With two showings a day, it’s worth checking out. (All ages)
  • My Brother The Robot – again I mentioned this in another post – by Tall Stories who have brought great productions to the festival previously – a story about a robot brother who causes a bit of mayhem ! (Age 4+)
  • The Golden Cowpat – maybe its because I like the name, but this show sounds fun – in a muddy magical adventure with songs and interaction.  (Age 4+)

If you’re looking for something a little more interactive for little ones – there is ‘Song Circle’ for 0-2 year olds and ‘My Yellow Ukelele’ for 2-5 year olds – ‘Song Circle’ presents classic nursery rhymes and a hamper of toys while ‘My Yellow Ukelele’ provides dressing up, singing and strumming- both with Scottish Folk singer Gill Bowman which all sounds like it could be lots of fun. Check it out here.