Top Five shows for the even littler little ones 2019….

So, earlier this month I published my top ten children’s shows at Edinburgh Fringe Festival this year (see here) – and as always it was a difficult process choosing from the amazing array of shows available.  It helps if I am able to do this separate list of shows I would recommend seeing along with even smaller children. All of these shows are developed with the youngest children in mind, providing a sensory treat for them and a perfect introduction to theatre and performance…

There are obviously loads more shows for even the youngest children out there during the fringe, so please do explore and let me know how you get on !

image of eventValentina’s Galaxy – I remember bringing my very mini – mini reviewer along to Paperbelle a few years ago and they loved it – Frozen Charlotte create beautiful and inspiring shows for children and this one looks particularly exciting ! ”An intergalactic adventure for children aged 2-6, inspired by real-life female astronauts, this immersive performance captivates children and adults alike with a combustible concoction of experiments, rocket launches and stargazing.”   3rd – 18th August (not 5th/12th )

 

image of eventCeleste’s Circus – We LOVED this enchanting show and are delighted it’s back at the Fringe (see our review here). The hand crafted set is the perfect backdrop for this gentle adventure aimed at the under five’s. ”Celeste invites you to spot a peek-a-boo pussycat, applaud a highwire hippo and fall in love with the cutest seal pup ever. A complete joy to watch, with a delightful retro feel.”      1st – 25th August (not 6/7/8th, 13/14/15th, 20,21,22nd)

 

image of eventLittle Top – Starcatchers create incredible shows for younger children and this first experience of the circus Big Top looks as inventive and interactive as ever ! ”Welcome to Little Top, a magical first circus experience for babies aged 0-18 months. Little Top invites babies to experience all the fun of the circus. Roll up for a gently thrilling performance with spectacular balances, astonishing tumbles and inventive juggling. Be transported into a joyous, topsy-turvy world where patterns fill the air and anything is possible.”                                                                                                                              2nd – 17th August (not 5th/12th) 

 

image of eventFox-tot! – Returning after the success of BambinO, Scottish Opera are back with a brand new opera for 12 to 24-month-olds. ”Fox-tot! is full of imagination – a magical journey of discovery for those taking their first small steps into the big wide world. Set in a woodland world where anything can happen, this engaging mix of music and puppetry is an interactive experience for toddlers and adults to enjoy together.”                                   2nd – 16th August (not 5th/12th )

 

image of eventJelly or Jam – Have you ever seen a giant block of jelly – wobbly, jiggly and strong enough to stand on? Jelly or Jam takes you on an acrobatic adventure into the brains of young humans. Guided by real interviews with kids about their emotions and friendship,  don’t miss this rollercoaster ride filled with squishy, messy jelly that will inspire people, young and old, to consider the importance of individuality and friendship.                               3rd/4th and 10th/11th August

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Imaginate Festival 28th May – 5th June

Imaginate Festival

It’s that wonderful time of the year when the nights are getting lighter, the days are a little bit sunnier and festival season is just around the corner !

To warm us up before full festival season gets going, the Imaginate Festival is bringing some fantastic children’s theatre to Edinburgh.

One of the highlights looks to be the family fringe opening weekend, which is taking place at the National Museum of Scotland over the weekend of the 28th/29th May. There will be a host of free drop-in activities including storytellers, mini performances, hands on art activities and live music for everyone to enjoy.

The_Bookbinder-024-pm_53b_05514-A4I was particularly excited to see that The Bookbinder is coming to the Imaginate festival as I tried really hard to get tickets during the fringe and never managed and it had great reviews so is well worth checking out. ”A story of mystery, intrigue and charm.” Traverse Theatre 2nd-5th June.

 

UntitledFor the littler ones, the Blue Block Studio looks good to explore – offering an innovative, creative space for babies to listen, to explore, to build, to watch, to lie down, to look and to touch.

National Museum – 28th May – 3rd June

All the other performances look well worth checking out in this gem of a festival and a wonderful way to introduce kids to theatre……

 

Shows for even smaller little ones…

I have got a friend visiting with her baby during the Fringe which has been the inspiration for this post but I know that it’s great to hear of a show or two that you can go to with a much younger child and feel welcomed, even better to go to a show aimed at that age group ! There are a handful of shows this year that appear to be created for much younger children and babies and I’ve selected five that look exciting…

Anonymouse – I’ve already mentioned this in my post about the Botanics -this show for ages 0-3 looks very enchanting, and as it’s musical and tactile seems perfect for wee ones!

Puzzle – From 17th – 22nd August this dance show looks worth a look, introducing colours and shapes to younger children – ‘Dancers crawl, creep and bounce, accompanied by specially created music suitable for children aged 0 to 3.’

Wriggle Around The World – Running from the 24th-29th August, this musical show for those aged 0-5 looks fun. ‘Recitals for Wrigglers’ are concerts especially tailored for babies and toddlers, delivered by a professional violinist and cellist- held in an informal environment where the children are allowed to move around.

Ali McGregor’s Jazzamatazz – Aimed at those aged 1-10, Ali McGregor returns with her award-winning hour of jazzy beats and trashy pop-treats that will get your kids singing, twisting and dancing. McGregor and her trio of incredible jazz musicians are joined by two dancers with rock’n’roll, swing and jive moves. Watch the little ones tire themselves out on the dancefloor….

The Amazing Bubbleman – I don’t know many little children that do not love bubbles, so already this show has a lot going for it !  An Edinburgh Festival Fringe favourite, this has sold out every year for the last eight years. From square bubbles, bubbles inside bubbles, fog-filled bubbles, giant bubbles, bubble volcanoes, tornadoes and trampolines to people inside  bubbles……For ages 0-12