Pleasance Kidzone 2017

Image result for pleasance kidzone edinburgh2017I love the Kidzone at the Pleasance…with it’s puppet shows, toys, picnic tables,  free colouring, the fantastic and very reasonable arts and crafts activities and of course, the fabulous Green cafe, keeping all us awake and enthused with hot drinks !!

It makes for a perfect day out if you combine it with checking out a show or two from the fantastic 16 children’s shows on offer at the Pleasance this year !

Some of my top picks are :

The Giant Jam Sandwich – I love reading this book with my kids and am very curious into how they’ll be adapting it for the stage !! Expect rhymes and silliness galore!

The Gruffalo’s Child – Tall Stories make great theatre for kids, and sticking to much loved Julia Donadlson books seems to be working out for them very well !! Expect the usual beautiful puppets, inventive sets and musical melodies !


Mavis Sparkle – With a magician for a Dad and a stargazer for a Mum, no wonder there’s more to Mavis than meets the eye! This looks rather magical and adventurous !

The Listies Make You LOL – Returning from their successful run last year, the Listies are hilarious, messy and decidedly insane. Featuring alien attacks, toilet paper guns and the most disgusting pair of underpants you have ever seen in your life  !

The Pleasance will be returning to the EICC again this year, and bringing along this lovely looking piece for little ones :

The Polar Bears Go up – The Polar Bears are moving up in the world. They’ve lost their balloon and they need to get it back. It’s time to get up, step up, climb up, jump up. One thing’s for sure, the only way is up! These lovable Polar Bears are intrepid explorers, famous for their wild expeditions.



Musical Magic….

There are some great musical treats at the fringe for kids this year, and sometimes there is no better way than to start your day dancing….it makes you happy, gives you energy and is sure to leave a big smile on your face…

Here’s a short round up of some of the musical offerings this year:

  • Monski Mouse’s Baby Disco DancehallWhy toddle when you can dance? This is part-show, part disco and is great for wee ones to have a boogie in the morning. We loved it….its on the next two weekends, for under 5’s – 19th-21st and 26th-28th.
  • Big Fish Little Fish – Ravin’ FringeReal DJs, in real clubs playing real music, free glow sticks and transfer tattoos. Features baby chill, sensory dance floor with glitter cannons, giant balloons, bubbles and a legendary parachute dance. For ages 0-8. On the next two Sundays – the 21st and 28th. 
  • 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. On until the 21st (not the 17th-as he’s at the book festival that day, so see him there instead !)
  • Shlomo’s Beatbox Adventure for KidsShlomo is a world record-breaking beatboxer who makes all kinds of music using just his mouth and a mic. Join this sonic superhero and become one of his sidekicks in a world of funny sounds, brilliant noises and cool music, whether you’re aged one or 101! Be quick – only on today – the 15th and tomorrow the 16th…