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Dessy the Curious Duck 'I‘hu l6 Nov. 1 lam & 1pm; Fri l7. l‘ri 24 8; Wed 2‘) Nov. lpm; £2 with Science Mall entry. Glasgow Science (‘entre. Pacific Quay. 420 5000. Animated planetarium show for under 8s following a young duck‘s curiosity about the changing shape of the Moon. Saturday Art Club Sat l8 Nov 6’; Sat 25 Nov. 10.30am lptn. l-‘ree. Gallery of Modern Art. Royal lixchange Square. 22‘) 1996. Fan art activities for children aged 3 l l - parents can get stuck in too.

The Magic of Masks and Puppets Sat l8 Nov Fri 22 Dec (not Sunl. l0ani—5pin (Sat noon 4pnit. liree. (‘ollins Gallery. l'niversity of Strathclyde. Richmond Street. 548 2558. Touring exhibition by the Scottish Mask and Puppet (‘entre featuring an extensive collection of colourful puppets and masks. Pollok House Discoverers Sun 1‘) a: Sun 26 Nov. I 2.30pm. £5. Pollok llousc. Pollokshavvs Road. 616 64 ll). (‘apture the constellations in your own mini universe (1‘) Nov) and find out what makes furry creatures want to sleep all winter (26 Nov). Ages 5 l 1. Booking required.

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Nov Sttn l7 Dec. 10am l0pm; Sat/Sun 9am 7pm. l-‘ree. lls'liA Glasgow, 0‘) Kings Inch Drive. 0845 355 2266. Programme of festive events including children's activities. Swedish food tastitig. a pantomime and the ('hristmas Wishing Tree. The lidinburgh store will also have an ice rink and farmers' and continental markets. \r'isit for details.

Making Music Sun 26 Nov. l lam. liree. Kelvingrove Art Gallery & Mtiseum. Argyle Street. 276 959‘). Prepare to make some serious noise on this fttn musical tottr ol' the ntttseutn. Glasgow on Ice Sun 26 Nov Sun 24 Dec. 10am l0pm; Fri/Sat |0am llpm. £5»7£7.50 (£4 £5l; family ticket £20. (ieorge Square. 0871 200 3040. A chance to perfect your pirouettes or at least let go of the side?

Theatre & Dance

Magic Bob Sat l8 Nov, 2pm. £4.50 (£4). Scottish Mask & Puppet 'l'heatre ('entre. 8 Balcarres Avenue. Kelvindale. 33‘) 6l85. An afternoon of interactive fun with the legendary Magic Bob. Ages 3+. Jock and the Beanstalk Thu 23 Sat 25 Nov. Thu Fri l.30pm; Sat 7pm. £3.50 £7 (family ticket £l8t. Platform. The Bridge. I000 \Vesterhotlse Road. liasterhotise. 276 9606. Wee Stories tell

the tale of lock and his mystical. magical.

musical adventure. Ages 5+.

Three Little Pigs and Other Tales Sat 25 Nov. 2pm & 3.45pm. £4.50 l£4l. Scottish Mask & Puppet Theatre ('entre. 8 Balcarres Avenue. Kelvindale. 339 6l85. (’ome and help the pigs thwart Wilfred the Wolf‘s wicked plans to eat them all up. Ages 3+.


Pets, Vets and Gruffaloes Sun 26 Nov. 5pm. £5. GilmorehillGl2. 9 l'niversity Avenue. 330 5522. ('ltildren‘s


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author Julia Donaldson presents a special show to raise money for the Glasgow \‘et School‘s new Small Animals Hospital.


Tall Tales at the Tron Sat l8 Nov.

10 10.55am. £2. Tron Theatre. 63 'l’rongate. 552 4267. Interactive storytelling session with movement. mime

and props. Ages 3 5.


Activities And Fun

Living History Characters l‘ri 17 Sun l‘) & Fri 24 Sun 26 Nov. llant. noon. 2pm & 3pm. £l0.30 (£8.50); child: £4.50. lidinburgh (‘astle. Royal Mile. 225 0846. Meet some apparitions from the past who have travelled through time to educate and entertain with a different character each day.

Winter Wonderland Tour Sun lt) Nov. 10.30am l2.30pm. £|2 l£l0 members). lidinburgh Zoo, (‘orstorphine Road. 334 ()I7 I. Wrap up warm and nteet the animals who love the w inter months. ('oncludes with a vvartning howl of soup. IKEA Winter Festival Thu 23 Nov Sun l7 Dec. |0am l0pni; Sat/Sun l0am 7pm. lce rink £3.50 lskate hire 75pl. [Kl-LA lidinburgh. Straiton Road. l.oanhead. 0845 .355 2205. See Glasgow.

Edinburgh’s Christmas Thu 23

Nov Sat 6 Jan. Times and prices vary. Princes Street Gardens. liestive fun in the heart of the caplial including the lidinhurgh Wheel. Kids' Fun l-‘air. outdoor ice rink. carousel and tnuch. much more. Green Christmas Festival Sat 25 & Stilt 26 Nov. l0.30ant l2.30pm &

l.30 3.30pm. liree l£4 to see Santal. Royal Botanic Garden. lnverleith Row. 552 7 l 7 I. Make beautiful cards aitd decorations for ('hristmas and take a trip to see Santa in his magical grotto. Steiner Christmas Market Sat 25 Nov. 10.30am 4pm. £1 l30pl. Rudolf Steiner Hall. 60 Spy law Road. 337 3410. ('rafts. gifts. home produce. storytelling



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I Want to be an Inventor Sat 25 & Sun 26 Nov. 12.30pm & 2.30pm. £2. Mtiseum of Scotland. ('hambers Street. 247 420). lixplore inventing with Hopscotch Theatre (‘ompany Fast and furious fun for ages 5+. Booking advised. Doodles and Tales Sun 26 Nov.

2 4pm. l’ree. Dean Gallery. 73 Belford Road. 624 6200. Join storyteller Judy Paterson and artist Juliana ('apes for fun activities based around the ('mtsn/er [he LIT/it's exhibition. Ages .5 9.

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Trapped Thu 16 Nov. l lam & l.30pm. £61£3 £4): family ticket £l5 £25. North lidinburgh Arts ('entre. Pennyvvell (‘ourt. 3l5 215]. l.udus Dance tise dance. music and film to tell the urban fairytale of a girl in search of her mother. Ages 8+.

Phil Kay’s Gimme Your Left Shoe Sat 18 Nov. 2pm. £5 (£3 £3.50). North lidinbtirgh Arts (‘entre. Pennyvvell (‘ouit 3l5 2l5l. (‘hild-lriendly fun with Glasgow's favourite surrealist.

Olga the Brolga Tue 28 Thu 30 Nov. l0.30ant a l.30pni. £6 (£3 £4); fatnily tickets £15 £30. North lidinburgh Arts ('entre. 15a Pennyvvell (‘ourt. 3l5 215]. Y Dance aiid NliA(‘ bring its this exotic (‘hristmas show based on the book by Rod ('lenient. Ages 3+.

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The Snow Dragon Wed 2‘) & Thu 30 Nov. Times vary. £5 £6. MacRohert. l'niversity of Stirling. Stirling. 0870 70! 5l05. lit this festival favourite from Tall Stories. Billy the goat sets out to find the mystet‘iotls Snow Dragon.

St Andrew’s Day Storytelling & Puppetry Sat 25 & Sun 26 Nov. 1 lam. inc in admission. Deep Sea World. North Queensferry. ()l 383 41 I880. linter the worlds of myths. lairytales and legends and let your imagination come alive during the special storytelling weekend.

Inanimate objects coming to life is a staple of kids and fantasy literature. And advertising too, if you can picture a car breaking down into its components and strolling around like a very tall human. In Charlie Fletcher’s children’s novel, Stoneheart, the statues of London come alive in a gargantuan battle between good and evil with the likes of the gunner statue at Hyde Park facing up to the Barbican’s Minotaur. And all because a 12-year-old boy, George Chapman, broke the head of a stone dinosaur while on a school trip,

unleashing a trapped demonic force.

This rollicking adventure certainly has all the makings of a series in a Potter-esque, Narnia-like vein, and Hollywood has already made its interest known with Fletcher himself penning the screenplay for a potential 2008 release. All this would bring Fletcher‘s life full circle, with him now based in Edinburgh after having spent a decade in LA. The bright lights of Tinseltown may soon have cause to shine a light on their prodigal son. (Brian Donaldson)