7 Splendid Summer Events for Kids
Two words all parents dread: summer holidays. The playgroups have shut down, classes are on hiatus, they’ve played with all their toys twice and all their playmates are on holiday. They’re starting to moan, and you’re starting to panic. What’s a parent to do with the kids for the next two months?
Happily, we live in Scotland, and there’s loads to do. No time to go trawling for events? Don’t worry about it: we’ve done some searching for you.
The Jungle Book: Various dates and locations
Rudyard Kipling’s classic tale is brought beautifully to life in this fun-filled, open-air theatrical production. Dress up as your favourite animal to meet Mowgli, Baloo, Bagheera, some mischievous monkeys and the terrifying Shere Khan!
The Tiger Who Came to Tea: Various dates and locations
Judith Kerr’s beautiful book is brought to life in a show full of magic, chaos and sing-along songs. Expect plenty of surprises!
For ages 2+
The Cat in the Hat: 5-30 August
Pleasance Courtyard, Edinburgh
A mischievous cat turns a rainy afternoon into an adventure for Sally and her brother, but what happens when Mum gets home? An excellent introduction to the theatre for children aged 3 and older. Expect towering hats, mischief and fun that is funny!
For ages 3+
Gruffalos, Ladybirds and Other Beasts: 6-30 August
Udderbelly, George Square, Edinburgh
Julia Donaldson is heading to the Fringe with Scamp Theatre and her guitar-playing husband, Malcolm, to sing and act out some of her most beloved stories. See a plucky mouse outwit the Gruffalo and meet some of your favourite characters from What the Ladybird Heard, Zog, A Squash and a Squeeze and Jack and the Flumflum Tree.
For ages 4-10
Faerie Stories: 12 August
Tobermory, Isle of Mull
The myths and folklore of Scotland were mined for this enchanting production, which uses puppets, traditional arts and live soundscapes to tell the tales.
For ages 6-11
Edinburgh Book Festival: 15-31 August
Charlotte Square, Edinburgh
A day at the Book Fest? What a novel idea! There are still plenty of tickets left to events featuring some of the best children’s and YA authors in the business, including Viv French, Lari Don, Julia Donaldson, Cathy Forde, Keith Gray and John Fardell. Join Debi Gliori for the Big Draw, celebrate Miffy the Rabbit’s birthday, meet some pygmy goats from Gorgie City Farm, peruse the offerings in the children’s book shop, and settle down in the grass for a read!
Read the Book Festival catalogue for more details!
Tall Tales & Fabulous Fables: Until 13 September
St. Andrews Museum
The museum’s new interactive exhibition lets kids create their own fairytale endings and explore a mystery house and a spooky study, amongst other things. Visitors on 18 July can also partake of Fabulous Fables face painting and Tall Tales Storytelling. The 23rd features puppet and mask making, and the 31st is dedicated to Crowns, Swords, and Arty, Crafty Fun. A perfect way to spend an afternoon letting your kids’ imaginations run wild!