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 !!!

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Catch them while you can……only five shows left

I am not entirely sure why, but flicking through the fringe festival brochure the other day, I noticed that quite a few of the children’s shows are finishing on Sunday 20th August….

So, for those of you who are still hoping to check out a few shows, here’s a list of my top five favourite and highly recommended shows that are finishing this coming weekend :

The Listies Make You LOL – Our absolute favourite show so far, The Listies had us giggling from start to finish. We loved the interactive car trip, the poo jokes, the game of pong and all the madness inbetween…..it looks like Saturday 19th is sold out already , so if you’ve not seen it yet, grab a ticket quickly !!!

Nick Cope’s Family Song Book – We all love listening to Nick Cope – his songs are great – perfect for both adults and children to enjoy and on a wide variety of topics to keep everyone amused ! Dragons, dinosaurs, pirates with food in their beard, supermarket trips and of course poo…he’s got brilliant banter inbetween too !

Hairy Maclary – This is a delightful show, full of songs and audience participation…we get to meet Hairy Maclary and some of his friends, including Scarface Claw- the toughest tom cat in town ! With well loved rhymes, colourful costumes and missing pictures that need to be found, this is an energetic, enjoyable hour…

How To Be A Kid – One for older children (suggestion is 7+), this production in the fantastic Roundabout venue includes stellar storytelling and brings us on a journey with Molly and her rather energetic younger brother Joe as they piece together life without their Nan. With a little Taylor Swift and some dancing thrown in, this is worth checking out.

Mavis Sparkle – We all adore Mavis Sparkle – with her impressive cleaning trolley, her cute friend Spike and the glitter she brought into our lives !!! Settle down and be treated to delightful shadow puppetry, clever illusions, a smattering of tricks and all of this with the hint of real magic in the air!

First Week Highlights….2017

So, it’s probably not technically the first full week of the festival- but with previews shows that we were seeing last week, it has been for us; and what an amazing first week it’s been ! We’ve seen such a variety of shows and been out exploring all the family friendly places to hang out at the festival and sampling some of the rather tasty treats on offer too!! How great to get some sunshine aswell….

For now my highlights have been :

Arr We There Yet ? – A total treat of an hour – pirates, sea shanties, swashbuckling sword fighting fun and lots of impressive acrobatics !! Add to the mix some silly puns and its entertaining for the whole family ! Climb aboard and enjoy the fun….

The Road That Wasn’t There – Wonderful, immersive storytelling with dark edges….a beautiful tale of adventures and maps, with a haunting soundtrack, intricate puppets and lots of mystery !

Mavis Sparkle– It’s hard not to love Mavis Sparkle, with her glitter, her impressive cleaning trolley with all the little doors and surprises, her cheeky cuckoo clock and her friend Spike!

Circus Abyssinia – This was soooooooooo fun !! A great family friendly circus show, with plenty of colour and energy, spectacular pole acrobatics, crazy contortion-ism and lots lots more !

Other hot tips on the family friendly grapevine are :

The Listies Make You LOL – With plenty of poo jokes, alien attacks and dirty underpants, these guys are well worth checking out !!

Nick Cope – Our family loves Nick Cope – and you’re never too young to discover the wonder of his brilliant, humorous and melodic songs about such things as dragons named Keith, pirates, dinosaurs and of course…poo ! Read our review from last year here

 

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.