Inco rporating Perth & Kinross
the really useful magazine and website for families in the fife region Issue 20 • July/Aug 2013
It’s all about summer… Ideas for WHAT to do and WHERE to do it
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Get involved with Dunfermline’s New Museum & Galleries!
Inco rporating Perth & Kinross 3 Welcome to Families Fife
unfermline’s New Museum Team is open for business and looking for your help! While the new museum, funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund and Fife Council, is not due to open its doors to the public until 2016, Display and Activities Curator, Lesley Botten, and her Research and Activities Assistants, Shahana Khaliq and Lesley McNaughton are already working hard to ensure that the museum will be something that everyone in Dunfermline can enjoy and be proud of. The Team, based in the Abbey Room of Dunfermline Carnegie Library, is keen to involve as many local people as possible in the development of the museum, and will welcome your opinions and ideas. Pop into the Abbey Room Monday to Friday between 9.30am and 5.00pm and have a look at the
plans for the new building, share your memories of Dunfermline and get to know the Team. For the children, we have lots of fun activities, including an old fashioned blackboard to play with…and of course the opinions and ideas of our young people are important to us too! Want to get more involved? We will have lots of volunteering opportunities over the coming months to get involved with activities, projects and research. If you are interested in joining our team of volunteers, contact Shahana or Lesley on 08451 555 555 Ext 492781 or call in to see us. You can keep up-to-date on Facebook at www.facebook. com/dmagfife or sign up to our quarterly newsletter (email: libraries.museums.fife. gov.uk) for more information.
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4 Education and Childcare With Out of School options from Garvock Childcare 5 Back to School Uniform advice for P1 parents and study advice from Kumon 6 Summer fun Take your pick of fun days out home and away 10 Clubs and classes Local class providers class listings plus updates and an introduction from the Girl’s Brigade 13 Dads page Undercover Dad visits Riverside Park, Glenrothes 14 Out and About More local summer events listed in day-by-day order
Editor: Susan Kirkwood, email@example.com Tel: 01383 735938 or 07734 289 143 Design: White Creative www.whitecreativecompany.co.uk Circulation: 12,000 copies printed. Distributed free of charge throughout Fife, Perth and Kinross by kind permission of Fife Libraries, Fife Leisure Centres, antenatal clinics, health visitors, surgeries, community use schools, Theatres in Fife and Perth, places of historic interest, local attractions, selected shops and playgroups and play centres. Print: J Thomson. Due care was taken to source print and other services required to produce this magazine from within the local area.
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ello loyal readers and welcome to the summer edition of Families magazine. I write this in a period of several consecutive days of real sunburn-inducing sunshine, and real no-needto-panic-about-leaving-the house-without-a-raincoat absence of precipitation. And yes, believe it or not I am still in Fife – not working from a villa in Majorca – yet! So suddenly the thought of summer in these parts, has become all the more real. Yes, it will be fun to have a picnic at a local gala, to plan trips to see tigers in the Highlands, to spend the day picking our own fruit or to eat scones on the lawn at Scone. Hurrah. Ok, sure. It can all change at the first sign of a low pressure front but as for me, I am backing a well positioned Gulf Stream… at least until mid August that is! Happy holidays folks! Susan Kirkwood, Editor
Little Green Pouches E
nsuring your little ones eat lots of fruit and veg, in a cost effective and convenient way is now child’s play thanks to a clever new device. The Little Green Pouch is a reusable version of those expensive, throwaway food pouches that you find in the supermarket, usually in the baby aisle or in the fridges – just at toddler eye level. The pouches, already on sale in the US, have a handy zipper opening at the top for easy filling by spoon or funnel and have a traditional recloseable feeding spout on one side. Totally reusable, the pouches are dishwasher and freezer safe, BPA Free and Phthalate Free are sold in packs of 4 at £12.99 plus a flat rate of £2.99 P&P. Visit littlegreenpouch.co.uk to find out more and purchase your Little Green Pouches.
Summer on the move
ake Your Move Kirkcaldy takes to the streets and parks this summer with bags of goodies to give away and a challenge to introduce! The team will be attending some of Kirkcaldy’s most popular events, including Beveridge Park Community Festival, Templehall Gala and the Tour of the Kingdom Ride. Pop in to say hello, pick up some great cycling and walking freebies, as well as information on local routes, free bike loans and summer group rides and walks suitable for the whole family. September sees the launch of the Kirkcaldy Active Travel Challenge. Open to all ages, individuals, families, community groups, organisations and workplaces, the challenge is a wonderful opportunity to compete for prizes and glory! Register with the Make Your Move Kirkcaldy team, log your rides and walks and compete for some exciting prizes. If you love cycling and walking, there are some fantastic adult volunteering opportunities available. This is a great
chance to gain experience in leading groups as well as providing you access to free training toward nationally recognised qualifications. Make Your Move Kirkcaldy is a partnership project between Fife Council and UK sustainable transport charity, Sustrans. The project aims to encourage Kirkcaldy to get a little more active by promoting daily walking and cycling habits. We would love to hear from you if you, or a group you are involved in, are interested in finding out more about our work, we can point you in the direction of all sorts of information including free cycle and bike maintenance training! For more information on any of the Make Your Move Kirkcaldy events, opportunities and projects visit: www. makeyourmovekirkcaldy.co.uk. Alternatively contact Rachel or Susan on 08451 55 55 55 ext 476 593, or simply email firstname.lastname@example.org. Look forward to seeing you in the summer!
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Education & Childcare
Garvock Childcare - from highchair to highschool
arvock Childcare is the leading children’s care provider in Dunfermline for ages 0 - 14!! We have both nursery provision and an out of school club on Garvock Hill. Our small family run nursery is a great place for your child to have fun, learn, play and grow in a safe, secure and nurturing environment. Our nursery had been developed from being our family dwelling into a lovely, homely and welcoming Nursery setting with extensive garden grounds and private car park. We cater for children from birth to 5 years and we provide a full wraparound service for our 3-5 year old children as we drop them off and pick up from their chosen community council nurseries thus offering the children the “best of both worlds”.
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Claire Marshall Childminding North Road, Inverkeithing
Cosy, homely & fun learning environment Large bright playroom & large private garden Great location for commuters Monday - Friday 8am - 6pm T: 07886 669528 for further details SCSWIS & SCMA registered professional
Nursery News Jet-set bear Porridge the nursery bear is about to become an international jetsetter this Summer, accompanying many Lauriston Nursery children on their holidays. He is looking forward to being in the warm sunshine. The children and staff have been discussing the importance of staying safe in the sun and have recentlyregistered with Sun Safe Nurseries. The children wish all the nursery leavers their best on their journey to big school. Happy Anniversary to Rascals
Our Out of School Club (situated opposite the Nursery in the Vine Conference Venue) provides care for children of school age outside of normal school hours to play, relax and socialise in groups. Our multi-purpose sports hall is an ideal setting for the kids before and after school and all day during the school holidays. We drop the children off at schools in the mornings and pick them up in the afternoons from all Dunfermline Primary Schools. Places are available in all age groups. Be prepared for the School Holidays and the start of the new term! Open Mon – Fri 7am – 6.30pm. CALL 01383 631004 or 07908920033 e-mail email@example.com
PETIT LOU Childminding
A caring, safe and fun learning environment* Conveniently located near Cowdenbeath High Street
T: 0797 4349355 E: firstname.lastname@example.org
Celebrations have recently taken place at Rascals Nursery in Kelty, which this year celebrates its twentieth anniversary! A fete was held in May which all enjoyed in anticipation of the Nursery’s official birthday in July. Let’s hope the sun shines!
Let us take good care of your little rascal
Our staff are committed to providing the highest quality child care and education in a safe, cosy, child centred and enabling environment. • Open 51 weeks per year • Monday - Friday 8am-6pm • Saturday 8am-1pm • Caring for children from 6 weeks of age • Nursery, Crèche and Afterschool
*Registration pending, estimated start August 2013
Fife’s unique and leading childcare provider r Caring fo s u io c your pre om fr s e little on ir to high cha l! oo h c s high
Our nursery for 0-5yrs is based at 122 Garvock Hill, Dunfermline Our out of school club for 5-14yrs is based at Vine Venue, 131 Garvock Hill
Tel: 01383 631004 Mob: 07908 920033 Join us on Facebook www.garvockchildcare.co.uk 4 | Families Fife Issue 20
Back to school Starting school can be an exciting time for children – and parents!
icola Stewart from Fife Schoolwear & Uniforms in Kirkcaldy, spoke to us to help fledgling school-parents in pursuit of a first uniform. My favourite time of the year, is often June, when we have the chance to spend time with parents and help them find the sizes, and styles, which best suit their child. For example, if your son is ‘thinner than average’ – you should consider ‘Slim fit’ trousers – as opposed to ‘adjuster waists’ – as these will fit him better, and there won’t be the baggy extra material around the hips where he doesn’t need it! Conversely, if your daughter is slightly ‘bigger than average’ – she may benefit from ‘Full Fit’ trousers – providing more around the waist and hips, but not in length – so no need to spend time taking up hems to get the size to fit! To win a £25 voucher to spend at Fife Schoolwear & Uniforms, just answer the following question correctly. Q. How many poloshirts
of a plain t-shirt with no logo Some other advice we are (unless the School provide often asked for is how many of a uniform version) – and each item you may require. Our definitely no football strips! – basic suggestion for something a plain pair of shorts, and a like poloshirts is that you should pair of gym shoes. Your child have 3 – one in the washing, one may also be asked to wear gym on that day, and one ready for shoes during the day in class tomorrow. This could also be topped up by a shirt or blouse, ÊP1 Ê girl Kristin Mackay – so it’s worth spending a bit extra to get quality footwear as and tie, on the alternate days. their feet are still forming. (Teachers often prefer poloshirts on gym days And for that all important first day, are you though – so they don’t have to go round doing thinking of sending off your little one in a smart up 20-odd ties!) new blazer? The traditional woollen is beautiful, Talking of gym days – the kit is often and extremely smart, but could you consider a overlooked by new P1 parents. Your child is polyester version at maybe a third of the price? likely to have gym a few times a week, and But my last piece of advice, really would most schools now ask that they leave their be ‘don’t leave it too late’!! We also often kit in school – in a marked and labelled gym hear from parents in the shop that they are bag. The kit itself, should usually consist ‘putting off buying until nearer the time’ as they’re scared their ‘children will grow’. Some Competition in the do we advise that you will of course, and if they do, we exchange subject line. The first buy for your child garments for the bigger size within 90 days of correct answer chosen starting school? purchase. at random is the winner. Please email your answer to email@example.com The Editor and Fife Schoolwear’s – with ‘Fife Schoolwear decision is final.
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Fife’s trusted local supplier of schoolwear & uniforms 36 High Street, Kirkcaldy
01592 269 282 firstname.lastname@example.org
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Kumon’s maths and English study programmes work to develop your child’s confidence and independent study skills so they excel throughout the new term and beyond. Contact your local Instructor for a Free Assessment. Glenrothes Study Centre Lesley Shaw 01383 822 814 kumon.co.uk
Keep their brain active over the summer holidays with Kumon
earning is just like exercise: take several weeks off and the treadmill feels a lot steeper when you finally get back on. It’s no different with maths and reading. Research suggests that a long break without any mental activity can result in a decline of mathematical, reading and language skills as well as concentration levels. Daily Kumon study can help make all the difference when it comes to keeping ‘in shape’ between school terms and throughout the year. At your local Glenrothes Study Centre, Kumon offers individualised maths and English study programmes tailored to all ages and abilities. Established for over 50 years, the Kumon programmes enable children to develop their independent study skills and confidently tackle advanced work beyond the international standard for their age. As we look to the start of a new school term after the summer holidays, it’s especially important that your child gets to grips with these core subjects and with the learning skills vital for academic progression.
To give your child a head start this summer, and for more information, contact Instructor Lesley Shaw on 01383 822 814 or email glenrothes@ kumoncentre.co.uk
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Summer fun feature
School is OUT and the summer is IN
ver the last days and months, your local mum and erstwhile magazine editor has been badgering the events staff at venues around Fife and Perth to ferret out fun things for families to do in the local area and beyond over the summer break. If you are approaching June 28th with similar thoughts to that of a prisoner looking down the barrel of a gun, then the information on the next few pages is your get out of jail card. There is, simply, LOADS on. Remember to choose a mix of activities and don’t try to do too much. Holidays are for recharging too so mix up your plans, alternating busy days with lazy days and have contingency plans when it’s too wet to do that picnic at the beach you’d carefully planned. For those of us going on holiday, there is a great article on planning and surviving holidays with Families Tips for Travellers on our website so check it out before you go.
Days out on our doorstep
There’s so much to see and do at Scone Palace, it’s no wonder that it’s one of Scotland’s favourite 5 star visitor attractions. Today, Scone Palace is the home of the Earl of Mansfield who opens it to visitors from around the world. And the great news? It’s practically on the doorstep for Families magazine readers. Scone Palace offers families a day out fit for a king. If the history, the art and antiques, the super landscape and architecture were not enough, then let the children enjoy the playground and get their photo taken as Robert the Bruce in the cut out - complete with spider. The
A GREAT DAY OUT! Pick Your Own Fruit Strawberries l Raspberries l Tayberries Gooseberries l Black/Redcurrants Pumpkins l NEW Cherries & Brambles Farm Shop & County Tearoom Ready-picked fruit & seasonal produce Home-made take-away baking l Cairnie jams & other fine foods l Indoor/Outdoor plants l Large selection of gifts & cards 6 Acre Mega Maze to explore Funyard includes: Giant bouncing pillow l Go-Kart track Sunken trampolines l Twisters l 30m flying fox l Crazy swings l Straw Bale Climbing fortress l Huge sandbox lYoung Farmers Yard (with ride on tractors) l Football pitch and other surprisesl Cairnie Cresta Run l Large picnic areal Plenty of free parking
grounds also boast the Murray Star Maze – Perthshire’s only maze which is great fun for children and adults alike. There is also an outdoor coffee shop during the summer months with a delicious selection of homemade baking including – you guessed it, the famed Scones @ Scone. Or make a day of it with friends and bring along a picnic to enjoy the beautiful grounds and child safe environment. The Gift Shop is packed with souvenirs, gifts and delicious range of Scone Palace’s own preserves and chutneys. Make a diary date too for their Family Fun Day on 4th August when there will be lots of family activities within the grounds. Open 1 April - 31 October daily from 9.30 am. 2 miles north of Perth on the A93. Tel: 01738 552 300 or www.scone-palace.co.uk
ÊScone Ê Palace from the air
ÊSt Ê Andrews Aquarium Nestled amidst St Andrews dramatic north facing cliffs, with stunning views of the famous west sands and bay, St Andrews Aquarium is the perfect destination for all things fishy. Boasting an impressive array of animals including 100 species of fish, a family of Harbour seals and a mob of meerkats we have just welcomed the
Home to Golf ’s History
The Country Tearoom boasts the best homebaking in Fife!
Cupar, Fife, KY15 4QD, Tel: 01334 655610 Apr, May, Jun, Sept, Oct 10 - 5pm 7 days July & August 9.30 – 5.30pm 7 days Maze opens on 25th July
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The award winning British Golf Museum uses a mixture of highly visual displays and exciting interactives to explore over 500 years of golfing history. For more information call 01334 460046 or visit www.britishgolfmuseum.co.uk THE BRITISH GOLF MUSEUM, BRUCE EMBANKMENT, ST ANDREWS, FIFE KY16 9AB The Royal and Ancient Golf Club of St Andrews Trust. A Scottish Charity SCO 07857
ÊKirkcaldy Ê Galleries If you are inspired by the art on show, you can create your very own masterpiece in the free Art Lab exhibition at the newly reopened Galleries this summer. It is a hands-on interactive show for
all the family, where you can go wild on our giant doodle wall; have a go at fuzzy felts portraiture; and get creative with some arty fun and games. www.kirkcaldygalleries.org.uk. See Out & About for other events.
ÊDiscover Ê Summer with OVER 100 things to do at Live Active Leisure! Camps, classes and great family deals! Pick up a brochure or visit www.liveactive.co.uk/discover-summer
ÊMuddy Ê Boots
Enjoy a wild and wonderful day out at Highland Wildlife Park
arrival of 4 Humboldt penguins, only the 2nd waddle of this kind on display in Scotland. Their enclosure even has unique underwater windows where you can see them swimming up close too!
et in the beautiful Cairngorms National Park, Highland Wildlife Park is home to around 250 fantastic animals including Walker and Arktos the UK’s only polar bears. Other well-loved residents include Amur tigers, Marty and Domenika and the park’s troop of cheeky snow monkeys! Enjoy the natural beauty of the Scottish Highlands with a Land Rover tour through the park’s main reserve, where you will be able to spot some of the park’s larger residents such as the European bison, elk and Przewalski’s horse. Things just got even wilder at the Highland Wildlife Park this summer with the arrival of a feisty new duo! Come along and meet our fierce and exciting new arrivals, wolverines Xale and Kirka. Each day, there is a series of keeperled talks for visitors to enjoy. This is a
fantastic opportunity to find out more about the many fascinating species that reside there and to ask any questions you might have about your favourite animals! After a long day, exploring Highland Wildlife Park, be sure to pop into “Antlers” coffee shop where you can choose from a range of tasty dishes and snacks, as well as tea, coffee and some delicious home baking. And as you leave, don’t forget to pay the gift shop a visit and treat yourself to a special souvenir to remind you of a really great day out! For more information, visit www.highlandwildlifepark.org
Open every day of the week, check out www.standrewsaquarium.co.uk for more info!
Farm Shop Café and Kids Adventure Play Balmalcolm, Cupar, Fife KY15 7TJ Tel: 01337 831222
Gift Shop, Café and a whole lot more. . . On West Sands Beach, St Andrews
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Summer fun feature ÊSt Ê Andrews Museum Throughout the summer from June to mid September, Benjamin Bunny is on his travels once again – why don’t you hop along to St Andrews Museum and explore the animal kingdom with him? From feathered friends to furry beasts, dressing-up to intrepid explorer games, there’s a lot to see and do in this family exhibition which features fascinating creatures from our natural history collection. See Out & About for other events. www.fifedirect.org.uk/museums See Out & About for other events.
ÊThe Ê British Golf Museum, St Andrews There’s fun for all the family at the British Golf Museum in St Andrews. Just opposite the famous Royal and Ancient Golf Clubhouse and next to the beautiful West Sands beach, this 5 star museum offers a warm welcome to visitors young and old. Children can follow our dedicated children’s trail around the galleries as Rolf Rabbit brings golf to life for little ones. Everyone can enjoy stunning displays and interactive fun with dressing up in period golf costume and putting. Don’t forget you can have your picture taken with the Claret Jug and be an Open Champion for the day. There will be several activities for children in the museum during the summer. Please check website www. britishgolfmuseum.co.uk for details or call 01334 460046. We are open daily from 10 until 4 until the end of March.
ÊA ÊCabinet of Curiosities, Methil Heritage Centre From 2nd July to 19th October a Cabinet of Curiosities is an interactive exhibition for all ages exploring collecting, collectors and collections. From a whale’s ear to a Zulu spear, these curious things tell stories about Fife’s past – its landscape and the lives of its people – from the earliest times up to the present day. www.fifedirect.org.uk/museums
Open 7 Days May - September 10am - 6pm
country tearoom children’s play area
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Active family fun across Fife
reat news for families across the region - Fife Sports and Leisure Trust is making free summer swimming available with its Splash Out for Nowt offer, and, for extra active fun, its ever-popular Quid-a-Kid racquet sports promotion is back for the school holidays. The Fife Sports and Leisure Trust summer promotions, as well as its varied children’s summer programme of activities, are available from the 1 July until 14 August for juniors aged 17 and under. The Trust’s leisure centres across the region have a fun-packed summer programme to keep children and young people active over the school holidays. Visit www.fifeleisure.org and click on each leisure centre to find out what’s on offer – there’s everything from football coaching, rookie lifeguard courses, inflatable
Festivals, galas and other fun stuff
ÊElie Ê Fayre Day Saturday 13th July Fun day takes place on for all the family including inflatables, stalls, face painting and games 1pm The Harbour Elie. ÊBurntisland Ê Highland Games Monday 15th July Burntisland Highland Games is a traditional games with heavy events, track and field, cycling and Highland dancing. Fun for all the family! There will also be a funfair and over 100 stalls selling traditional Scottish produce. Open 1.00pm – 5.00pm. ÊAberdour Ê Festival The 30th Aberdour Festival runs from 26th July - 4th Aug 2013 - and is possibly the best family festival this summer! For the full programme go to www.aberdourfestival.org.uk or find us on
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fun sessions, as well as multi-activity sports, athletics and gymnastics camps. There are also a range of week-long intensive swimming lessons on offer at a number of centres – all details on the Trust’s website. To secure a place for any of the summer programme activities, contact the leisure centre directly to book. The soon-to-be-opened Michael Woods Sports and Leisure Centre in Glenrothes is already taking booking for its summer activities as well as its ongoing swimming programme. Firm favourites with families, the Trust is able to offer free summer swimming and Quid-a-Kid thanks to extra funding received from Fife Council. And, don’t forget, there are plenty of physical activity opportunities available for all ages and abilities to keep the whole family happy and healthy. www.fifeleisure.org.uk
Facebook. To give you just a flavour of what’s on - we’ve got comedy with Jo Caulfield, the Sports Day and Family Party, the famous Donkey Brae Run and Village Market – with a fantastic selection of stalls new for 2013, Extreme Sports Days, the Sandcastle Competition, the Raft Race, the Haughcross – this is only a tiny highlight – there’s much much more! Donnie Munro plays an acoustic set on 30th July and the Great Aberdour Bake Off with John Whaite (last year’s Great British Bake Off winner) takes place on 1st August. Come to the beautiful Fife Coastal village of Aberdour and have a great day (or two, or three out!). You don’t want to miss this – it’s the event of the summer! ÊHalbeath Ê Gala & Sports day, nr Dunfermline Saturday 20th July 12 noon - 4pm Fun for all the family including traditional sports for all age groups including hill race, tug-o-war, five a side football and much more. Stalls, tombola, amusements & picnic area. Free pony rides and bouncy castle. 01383 736826 ÊMary Ê Queen of Scots in Kirkgate Park, Kinross Get along with your kids to Kirkgate Park on 17 August and take part in a ‘walking talk’ about Mary Queen of Scots through Kirkgate Park at 2pm, 3pm or 4pm. These talks will be led by David Munro from the Historical Society. There will also be an exhibition in the marquees and the watch tower. A dressed up ‘Mary’ will be rowed from the island to the park followed by more fun activities. In the evening there is a period dress/ Scottish dress ceilidh in the park. Enjoy from 2pm onwards!
ÊFife Ê Diet’s Lammas Festival St Brycedale Kirk Hall, Kirkcaldy Lammas is the original Scottish harvest festival, a centuries old tradition celebrating the first wheat crop of the year. We’ll be hosting our own celebration of all things bread, with food, crafts, and music. Center stage will be our Great Lammas Bake-off, where both kids and adults can enter their best loaf in our bakery competition. Or come along and try your hand at milling your own flour on our bicycle powered mill! 1pm - 4pm Tel: 01592 871 371
Pick you own
ÊSummer Ê Festival at The Ecology Centre, Kinghorn Loch 12 noon to 4pm Great day out for all the family with lots of fun activities to keep everyone entertained. Enjoy pond dipping,
ÊPond Ê dipping at Kinghorn Loch storytelling, wildlife walks, live music and much more on the beautiful grounds surrounding Kinghorn Loch. www.theecologycentre.org or tel 01592 891567
ÊArchaeology Ê Movie afternoons at Abbot House, Dunfermline 2pm every Wednesday in July. Programme: • July 3 – Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark • July 10 – Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom • July 17 – Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade • July 24 – The Mummy • July 31 – The Mummy Returns ÊArchaeology Ê Dig Mornings at Abbot House, Dunfermline • 11am – 12pm every Thursday morning in July (age 4 to 9). 4 July - 11 July & 18 July - 25 July. Get along to Abbot House every Thursday morning in July to take part in our archaeology activities including our archaeology dig pits. ÊWeekend Ê Dig Morning at Abbot House, Dunfermline 11am Saturday 31 August. Get involved with our archaeology activities including our archaeology dig pits where you can uncover real archaeological objects found in the garden at Abbot House. Abbot House can be contacted on 01383 733266
ÊMuddy Ê Boots mayhem We’re lucky to live in such a fertile and cultivated area of Scotland. Just a short car journey from most of us lie many fruit and vegetable farms, so why not make the most of living in the fruit basket of Fife? Many have shops and cafes and some have a whole lot more! ÊAllanhill Ê Farm & Shop What ingredients make for a good afternoon out with the kids? A bit of relaxation and some good coffee for you, and a good run around for the children in the fresh air? Visit Allanhill Farm shop near St Andrews for great fresh strawberries and home baking, incredible sea views and a free outdoor play area. Located just one mile south of the town on the Grange Road, Allanhill Farm shop is located on a working soft fruit farm and prides itself on its top quality fruit and local fresh produce. ÊMuddy Ê Boots Farm Looking for a perfect day out for ALL the family? Then Muddy Boots is a family run kids adventure play centre, situated right next to a fabulously foodie Farm Shop and Café in Balmalcolm, right at the heart of Fife. With a whole range of activities that take place both indoors and outdoors, they’re open throughout the year. Choose from zorbing, giant jumping pillows, grass sledging (a must), and (if you’re small enough) the Quad Train. Add in a giant sandpit and some giro cars and you have the recipe for endless hours of family fun.
Day passes start from just £3.50 per day and Annual Passes are just £35. www.muddybootsfife.com ÊCairnie Ê Fruit Farm and Mega Maze Reflecting VisitScotland’s ‘Year of Natural Beauty’ the 2013 Cairnie Fruit Farm’s Mega Maze depicts a butterfly. The Maze, sown in maize, grows to a height in excess of 8 feet. Like all maize mazes the Cairnie Mega Maze will only have a short life before being harvested in October and fed to the cattle. All agree that the unusual setting and scale, to say nothing of the marvel of the design and nature of the materials will make your visit literally AMAZING! A Mega Maze ticket includes unlimited use of the Funyard which is packed with fun activities including go-cart track, giant straw bale climbing fortress, trampolines, mega sand box, swings, slides, a “young farmers yard”, XL bouncing pillow, 30m flying fox and new for 2012 Cairnie Cresta Run and Mega Wave Slide. The 4wd ATV Barrel Bug ride is also not to be missed! The PYO continues throughout September and October so come along and enjoy picking our delicious juicy strawberries and brambles. Also take a browse round our fabulous Farmshop and refresh yourself in the Tearoom with wonderful homebaking. Cairnie Fruit Farm & Mega Maze is open 7 days a week from 10am to 5pm in June, September & October (changing to 9.30am to 5.30pm in peak times – July & August).
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Featured Clubs and Classes Waterbabies tips for things to check…
heck that the temperature is at least 30 degrees. This is the recommended minimum for babies over 12 weeks or 12lbs. Make sure they are warm enough and don’t keep them on the side or above the water for too long. Submerge them in the water to shoulder depth, supporting them under the arms. You’ll know if they
are cold if their lips or fingernails start to go blue; not because they start shivering. Maintain regular eye contact – but don’t hug them too close. Just swish them gently around whilst singing or chatting to them. But don’t, please, start putting them underwater. You need expert help in order to do that. Limit your sessions to around 20 minutes to start with (there’s an awful lot of new sensations for them to get used to). Water Babies lessons run across Fife. For more information call 01786 430314 or email makeasplash@ waterbabies.co.uk or visit www.waterbabies.co.uk
teach your baby to swim! F4N RO
Clubs and Classes now booking for next term ÊBonjour Ê la France, Glenrothes French classes for children in Glenrothes. Bonjour la France offers fun, educational French classes to children aged between 3 and 11 years. Established in 1983 and voted BEST NATIONAL ACTIVITY FOR 5-12 YRS - WHAT'S ON 4 JUNIOR AWARDS 2011, La Jolie Ronde gives the child the opportunity to develop an enthusiasm for languages through unique, recognised language programmes for nursery & primary aged children. Also starting soon: Baby and Toddler with mum French class ÊÊ Helen O'Grady Drama Academy Drama classes for school age children After school classes and Saturdays, in 3 age groups: P1 - P3; P4 - P7; P7 upwards. Classes in Dunfermline, St Andrews, Kinross, Kirkcaldy,Glenrothes Cupar, Perth, Newport on Tay Tel: 01382 330052 ÊJo Ê Jingles New term starts from Monday 19th August Monday 9.45am 10.30am Family Time Class (walking - age 5) Monday 10.45am - 11.20am Baby Class (3months - walking) Dalgety Parish Church Monday 1pm - 1.45pm Family Time Class (walking - age 5) Monday 2.00pm -2.35pm Baby Class (3months - walking) Mind and Body Studio, Kirkcaldy Monday 2.50pm- 3.35pm Family Time Class (walking - age 5) Mind and Body Studio, Kirkcaldy Wednesday 9.45am - 10.30am Family Time Class (walking - age 5) Wednesday 10.45am - 11.20am Baby Class
(3months to walking) Clever Clogs, Bonnar Street, Dunfermline Wednesday Mornings - new Kirkcaldy classes starting August 2013 times and venue TBC. Thursday 9.30am - 10.15am Over 2's Class Thursday 10.30am - 11.15am Under 2's Class (walking - age 2) Thursday 11.30am- 12.05pm Baby Class (3months to walking) Thursday 12.45pm-1.30pm Jingle Juniors (age 3yrs-5yrs) Thursday 1.45pm - 2.30pm Family Time Class (walking to age 5) All at Dunfermline East Church, Duloch Thursday Mornings - new Glenrothes classes starting August 2013 times and venue TBC Saturday 9.30am - 10.15am Over 2's Class Saturday 10.30am - 11.15am Under 2's Class (walking - age 2) Saturday 11.25am - 12noon Baby Class (3months - walking) All at Dunfermline East Church, Duloch, Dunfermline Contact: Julie 01383 734080/07713 147614 or email@example.com
ÊÊ Mind and Body Studio, Kirkcaldy Pre-school Classes Jo Jingles - Monday 1pm - 1.45pm - 3 months toddler 1.55pm - 2.30pm - 3 months - Toddler 2.45pm - 3.30pm Toddler - 5 y.o. Ballet - Saturday 9am - 9.45am - 2.5 y.o. - 5 y.o 10am - 10.45am - 4+ y.o ÊÊ Shake and Move, Dalgety Bay Children’s Highland Dancing Classes All classes held in the Kabin, Dalgety Bay. Contact Samantha on 07811 549 634 Tartan Tots 3 -5 years Thursdays 3.30pm Beginners 5 years + Thursdays 4.15pm Juniors 8 Years + Thursday 5.30pm Seniors 10 Years + Thursday 6.30pm ÊÊ Shuffledance Thursday 1.30pm & 2.15pm - Creative Dance for Preschoolers, The Space Upstairs, Burntisland.
More venues coming soon to the Fife area
fun, innovative classes creating life-saving confidence from birth
01786 430314 waterbabies.co.uk
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W: www.shakeandmove.co.uk T: 07811 549 634
Kids parties with a difference From pirate play to catwalk shows we have a full range of party options. www.mindandbodystudio.co.uk T: 01592 263700 A: 1 Kinghorn Road, Kirkcaldy
Friday 3.30pm - Creative Dance for Preschoolers 4pm - Street Dance and Jazz P1-3 4.45pm - Street Dance and Jazz P4-7 5.45pm - Macho Moves, BOYS ONLY!! P3-7 All Duloch Leisure Centre, Dunfermline. Saturday 9.15am - 2 - 3 1/2yrs Creative Dance 10am - 3 1/2 - 5yrs Creative Dance 10.45am - P1-3 Street Dance and Jazz 11.30am - P 4-7 Street Dance and Jazz ÊTurtle Ê Tots, Various locations Sunday Carnegie Leisure Centre 8am, 8.30am, 9.00 Kirkcaldy Leisure Centre 10.30am and 11.00 Lochgelly High School 12.30, 1.00 and 1.30 Kirkland High School 12.45 and 13.15 Michael Wood Sports Centre 2.30 and 3.00 Monday Michael Wood Sports Centre 9, 9.30, 10.00 and 10.30 Tuesday Cowdenbeath Leisure Centre 14.45, 15.15 and 15.45 Wednesday Kirkcaldy Leisure Centre 9.00 and 9.30am Friday Cowdenbeath Leisure Centre 11.00 and 11.30 Saturday Cowdenbeath Leisure Centre 9.00 and 9.30 ÊÊ Waterbabies, Various locations We currently swim: Tuesday Keavil House Hotel, Dunfermline 1.00 – 3.30pm Wednesday Keavil House Hotel, Dunfermline 2.00 – 3.00pm Wednesday Bowhill Swimming Pool Cardenden 10.30 – 12.30pm Thursday Cairnsmill Caravan Park, St Andrews 11.15 – 12.15pm Friday Cairnsmill Caravan Park, St Andrews 9.30 – 12.00pm Friday Beacon Leisure Centre, Burntisland 11.00 –12.00pm ÊYoga, Ê Inverkeithing and Dunfermline General yoga Tuesdays 8 – 8.55pm@ Inverkeithing Civic Centre Wednesdays 6 – 6.55pm@ Carnegie Hall, Dunfermline Pregnancy yoga Tuesday 7 – 7.55pm (shorter)@ Inverkeithing Civic Centre Wednesday 7 – 8.15pm (longer)@ Dunfermline Carnegie Hall Meditation & Mindfulness Wednesday 8.20-9.15pm@ Dunfermline Carnegie Hall. One off events: 12th June coming up.
Top tips for labelling
abels4Kids new website launched mid-May after a major investment to make it easier for you to find your way to the right products. High quality labels can prevent lost property and wasted time and money investing in new uniform! Take a look around with 10% discount using the code families at the checkout. Local Stirling mum and founder Ann-Maree was recently invited to be a member of No10 Downing Street EU E-Commerce task force along with ASOS to give her advice on e-commerce so she knows what it’s like to make the site clear and easy to use. ÊAnn-Maree’s Ê tips for new school mums are particularly useful having 3 boys to cope with, so we have produced the list for you below: 1 Label EVERYTHING from hair bands to swimming googles… because kids lose stuff!
2 Better still, label it TWICE, once inside a pocket or on the care label, and once on the collar so there is NO DOUBT who things belong to. 3 There are brilliant stick on clothing labels, easy to use iron on labels and woven iron on labels from our range. See our Selection Packs for these combined with vinyl labels for hard surfaces, especially shoes, and bag tags too. Remember that not all labels marketed as “vinyl labels” are the same and not all “shoe labels” are the same. Labels4Kids are particularly high quality and work. 4 Cheap name tape just will not live up to the wash and either to marker pens which fade. Belongings are too expensive to replace compared to the cost of good labels. 5 ORDER EARLY Waiting until August just adds to your stress and the kids don’t grow out of name labels! labels4kids.com
Preparing to perform
he children of the Helen O’Grady Drama Academy are busy preparing their end of year shows for parents and friends -and getting ready to make an impression! While the younger children will be recreating an Arabian story of sultans, princesses and snake charmers, the older children, aged 8 - 11, will do their best to thrill in their play, “Imagine That!”. This tells the story of a group of children who camp out on the school field and try to scare each other - and it looks as though some of them might be having some success!
Performances take place in Kirkcaldy Old Kirk, Kinross Community Campus and Cupar Corn Exchange at the end of June.
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Classes in Perth, Kinross and Fife
www.theyoga.co.uk or tel 01383 413121
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Introducing… The Girls’ Brigade Jo Jingles gets more jingly T W e’ve all heard of it, but what actually is the Girls Brigade? For me, I must admit, visions of prim girls in neat little pinafores spring to mind, but nothing is further from the truth. Arlene Keddie from the St Andrews brigade explains the organisation to the uninitiated and clears up some misconceptions. The Girl’s Brigade is a voluntary organisation for girls and young women, from Primary 1 to Secondary 6. We are just for girls, and we offer a place and space for girls to learn, develop, talk, make friends and have fun. There are five companies in Fife, run by trained volunteers and we provide a wide range of activities including crafts, drama, stories, dancing, art, games, music, and baking. With organised fun days, trips and camps there really is something for everyone, and Girls’ Brigade is for girls of all abilities and backgrounds. In Girls’ Brigade, the girls work towards one badge a year. The activities they take part in during their weekly meeting will all count as part of their ‘badge work’. Girls are put into groups by school age starting with Explorers in P1P3. Explorers have fun! They play games, do craft, bake, tell stories and make things while earning their badge. The leaders pick a theme each year, like Journeys or
Animals, and do badge work activities based on that theme. Doing these activities earns the badge at the end of the year. Following on from Explorers come the Juniors from P4P7. Juniors spend their time with challenges, quizzes, games, marching, exploring, art, music and lots of other activities. Each year, the activities are based on a collection of topics and Juniors earn their award by completing a selection of these based on four categories; Spiritual, Physical, Educational and Service. The fun doesn’t stop with the end of primary school. Brigaders is the group for girls in S1 to S6. Brigaders take on extra challenges and the girls, and young women in Brigaders, are encouraged to develop by pushing their boundaries and learning new skills. As well as having fun, of course! They also work towards one badge a year, and take part in a wide range of activities including drama, camping, dancing, jewellery making, sports and lots more.
More information about Girls’ Brigade can be found on the Girls’ Brigade in Scotland website, http://www.girls-brigadescotland.org.uk, or by contacting your local company. Contact Arlene Keddie, arlenekeddie@ yahoo.com in the first instance to find your nearest group. Groups meet in Dalgety Bay, Kirkcaldy, Glenrothes, Methil and St Andrews.
LET’S LEARN FRENCH!
Bonjour la France classes give your child the chance to excel in a foreign language through fun games, songs & stories. Classes in Glenrothes and Kirkcaldy Call on 07510 596798 or email Aleksandrak@lajolierondelicensee.co.uk For 3 - 11 year olds
wo years ago Julie Cruickshank took over the franchise for Jo Jingles in Fife. The music and movement classes for babies, toddlers and pre-schoolers have proved so popular that new classes are being added to the timetable. In August 2013 extra classes will be added in Dunfermline and Kircaldy. And Julie’s new class teacher Andrea will be bringing Jo Jingles classes to Glenrothes! Like our Facebook page for all details on new classes and venues www.facebook.com/jojinglesfife New classes in Dunfermline East Church include new baby class and Jingle Junior class for 3-5year olds. Babies under 6 months receive first 4 weeks classes free! Come and join us for singing, playing instruments, dancing, games, props and lots of fun!
More Turtletots classes
urtle Tots is delighted to announce new classes starting across Fife and Perthshire. Since we launched in April 2012 our classes have attracted a great deal of interest. With classes filling up quickly we were keen to secure new venues and are pleased to be able to offer the following classes in Fife: • Kirkland High School, Methil • The brand new Kirkcaldy Leisure Centre due to open this summer • Michael Wood Centre in Glenrothes. Contact Gill to find out more on 07753807188 or gill.currie@turtletots. com. We are also delighted to announce the launch of Turtle Tots Perthshire with new classes starting now, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Shuffle Dance part of ‘EveryBodyDance Group’
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From £4 per class, Payable in blocks From 2 years to adults
New classes in Dunfermline Burntisland Dalgety Bay & Rosyth email@example.com
07800 560290 www.everybodydancegroup.co.uk
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Just how good are our local parks? U
Q. Exploration Factor…
ndercover local dad decides to find out... This month he visited Riverside Park in Glenrothes with his toddler son to test this green space to see how it measured up to Families strict ‘family friendly’ criteria.
Q. Park title:
Riverside Park, Glenrothes
Q. Where is the Park?
On the A911, Leslie Road, to the south of Glenrothes Hospital.
Q. Getting there…
The park is clearly sign posted off the A911 Leslie Road giving easy access to a reasonably sized car park. Bus stops are located on either side of the road at the entrance to the park and frequent bus service to the bus station include the numbers 4, 36, X37 and 38 (see Traveline Scotland website: www. travelinescotland.com). The park is also well connected to core footpath (P812) and local footpath network as well as cycle ways. Score: 4
Q. First Impressions…
This was another first visit for us and we did not know what to expect other than this is a major Greenspace in the heart of Glenrothes. Unfortunately it was pouring with rain on the day of our visit but we didn’t let this dampen our spirit. At first glance the area around the car park is very enticing with formal flower beds and terracing near the road bridge – giving an image of neatness and being well kept. Score: 5
Q. Sign of signage…
There are several notice boards in and around the main car park which contain various pieces of local information including a small A4 map of the park. However, the map is very small and is not very legible so we relied on the direction finger posts to guide us to the play areas and the rest was exploration. Score: 3 (big maps and clearly legible maps please!)
Q. Take the weight off your feet...
There are seats scattered along the main footpaths and in the play areas. Score: 4
Q. Top Trumps for toddlers…
There are three play areas in this park. One
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play area located 5 mins walk to the west of the main car park is mostly aimed at younger children and consists of traditional swings, slide, springies and roundabout. It is set alongside a burn and within an opening in the woodland. As it was raining we didn’t venture onto the play equipment, but my son was definitely interested in guddling in the burn. I can see us on a hot summer days (or any other day for that matter!) wading in with wellies and fishing nets, building dams with stones or even playing ‘Pooh Sticks’ from the small wooden bridge. Parental supervision is a must especially with smaller tots. Another play area for younger children is located near to the pavilion at the east end of the park. Score: 4
Q. Stroller Stroll or Wheeled Workout?
Being aware that this is an urban park we expected to find good footways and we brought along our new lightweight stroller to put it through its paces! The footpath network was good and offered a range of different types of footpath from the surfaced core footpath which extends the length of the park to smaller and more rough and ready routes. We found that the stroller could cope equally well with the footpaths which in some places became narrow, un-surfaced and informal routes. For those seeking a more thrilling work out with a bike, inline blades, scooter or skate board there is a new skate park which opened a couple of years ago. It offers a wide range of concrete ramps for kids (and parents) of all abilities. Score: 5
Q. Let’s climb/jump/ scramble…
A 5 – 10 minute walk under the road bridge to the east of the main car park brings you to the second play area (near to the skate park). This one is aimed at older children and contains a feature tower with spiral slide, nest swing, cableway and climbing wall. Score: 4
This is a large linear park which follows the valley of the River Leven and subsidiary water courses in the centre of Glenrothes. The landscape comprises of mowed park land, woodland, formal gardens, ponds and newly created wetland habitats and orchard – all of which creates a diverse and interesting landscape which is perfect for exploring. There are great opportunities for informal play such as making dens in the woods or hiding in wildflower and long grass areas. Score: 5
Q. Time for Tea – Outdoor eating
Picnic benches are located next to the main car park and there are plenty of informal picnic spots throughout the park. Score: 4
Q. Time for Tea – Indoor eating
There are no indoor eating facilities in this park to my knowledge. We had our afternoon snacks in the Kingdom Centre which is a 5 minute drive away. Score: 0
Q. Legs Crossed?
Keep your legs crossed as there are no toilets or changing facilities in this park! A Fife Council employee directed us to the Kingdom Centre. Score: 0
Q. What’s your USP?
For us the unique feature about this park was feeling as if we were miles from the town centre whilst only being a short walk away from it. There is also a strong feeling that this park is well loved and used by the community as demonstrated by the community arts projects and sculptures that can be found throughout the park. Score: 4
Q. Lasting Impressions
We really enjoyed the sense of exploration and not knowing what will appear round the next corner. We only spent a couple of hours in the park as lack of toilet facilities reduced the time that we had available. We will definitely be back to explore the park further and find more sculptures/community art, feed the ducks and explore the woodlands further. The informal play value of this park is phenomenal. The Glenrothes Summer Festival will be held in the park Key on 28th July. 1 Poor: Oh No!, Score: 4 2 Not impressed: Not so good Further information can 3 Ok: fair to middling be found on the Friends of 4 Good: Keeps us all Riverside Park website: www. happy forpglenrothes.org.uk 5 Excellent: Terrific! Overall Score: 46 out of 65
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Out and About: familiesfife.co.uk/whatson June 2013
June - 31 December
131 Garvock Hill, Dunfermline KY11 4JU www.jackandjillmarket.co.uk
Alien Invasion Perth Museum & Art Gallery
Native species battle for territory under threat from hostile invaders. www.pkc.gov.uk/museums
Sunday 7th July
1st June – 15th September
Animal Magic St Andrews Museum
The land that time forgot RSPB Loch Leven
See Summer feature for details
2-3.30 Must be booked*.
8th June – 15th September
Monday 8th July
Art lab Exhibition Kirkcaldy Galleries
The Grub Club Launch The Kaleyard Community Garden, Beveridge Park, Kirkcaldy 12 – 3pm Fife diet are hosting a
See Summer feature for details 29th and 30th June Perth and District Model Railway Club annual model railway show Dewars Centre Perth.
There will be almost 100 stands including over 30 layouts.There is something for everyone including train rides for children of all ages. www.perthmrc.com/page5.htm 1st July Whirligigs and Water Beetles RSPB Loch Leven 11-12.30 Must book
2nd July – 19th October 2013 A Cabinet of Curiosities Methil Heritage Centre. See Summer feature for details
Tuesday 2nd July
The Singing Kettle Rumble in the Jungle Perth Concert Hall Tel. 01738 621031
children’s garden party to launch our weekly kids gardening club at Fife’s newest community growing space. There’ll be cooking, storytelling and games in the park, all free of charge. Suitable for primary school children of all ages. 01592 871 371
Mobile Magic St Andrews Museum
10.30am – 12pm (5 – 7 years), 1.30 – 3pm (8 -12 years). £3 MUST BE PRE-BOOKED on 01334 659380 www.fifedirect.org.uk/museums Kirky Kids Messy Play Active Kids Stanley
10.30-11.30 to book please call Kelli on 07850362563 www.facebook.com/kirky.kids Wednesday 17th & Thursday 18th July Ben & Holly’s Little Kingdom Perth Concert Hall 01738 621031 www.horsecross.co.uk Thursday 18 July 2013 Funky Birds Kirkcaldy Galleries 10.30am12pm (4-7 year olds) 1.30pm-3pm (7-10 year olds). Tickets £3 must be booked in advance – on 01592 583213 / 513206
Friday 19th – Thursday 25th July Adventure Gold Island Dunfermline
Tuesday 09th July
Anyone quoting “Families Fife” will be entered in to a raffle to win restaurant vouchers to be used within the leisure park. www.adventure-golf-island.com
BBC Antiques Roadshow Valuation Day Scone Palace The show’s presenter, Fiona Bruce will be
Saturday 20 July 2013
Life in leaf litter and worm charming RSPB Loch Leven. 11-12.30 Must be booked.*
here along with the team of experts, so why not bring along your family heirlooms or car boot bargain. For details about attending this event, please visit the BBC Antiques Roadshow website.
Kirky Kids Perth Toy Swap, Grammar Wing, Perth Grammar School From 2pm – £1
Wednesday 10th July
Admission (2 toys and 1 book can be swapped per person all items must be of excellent quality) for more information contact Kelli on 07850362563 www.facebook.com/kirky.kids
RSPB Loch Leven. 2-3.30. Must be booked.*
Prints and poo, wildlife tracking!
Thursday 11th July Too Many Cooks Carnegie Hall, Dunfermline
Halbeath Gala & Sports day. See Summer
feature for details. Push Kart Derby Festival &East Coast Bike Show, Dalgety Bay Face Painting Drop-in Methil Heritage Centre
1pm-4pm (all ages) Must be booked in advance 01592 583204. www.fifedirect.org.uk/museums Sunday 21 July Green fingers! Gardening for nature RSPB Loch Leven Join us in our wildlife garden to get
digging and find out how you can give nature a home in your back garden! Must be booked.*
The Magical Woodland RSPB Loch Leven
Welcome to the world’s noisiest kitchen, where everything is not as it seems. 01383 602302 www.onfife.com
2-3.30 Must book RSPB Loch Leven visitor centre on 01577 862 355
Friday 12th July
Kirky Kids World of Chocolate crazy chocolatiers, Perth Grammar Wing
Friday 5th – Thursday 11th July
Yarla and the Winter Wood Carnegie Hall, Dunfermline 01383 602302 www.onfife.com
Wednesday 3rd July
Adventure Gold Island Dunfermline Anyone
quoting “Families Fife” will receive one complimentary admission to play both Treasure Island and Pirates Cove with purchase of an admission to play both Pirates Cove and Treasure Island. www.adventure-golf-island.com Friday 5th – Sunday 7th July Game & Wildlife Conservation Trust Scottish Game Fair Scone Palace Over 300 stands, learn
more about the countryside, huge variety of displays and demonstrations. www.scottishfair.com or Tel: 01738 554 826
Saturday 13th July Elie Fayre Day See Summer feature for details Sunday 14th July Build a bird a home RSPB Loch Leven
Must be booked.* Monday 15th July Dragon’s Den! RSPB Loch Leven 11-12.30 Must
be booked* Burntisland Highland Games See Summer
feature for details
Saturday 6th July
17th - 27th July
NYOS Junior Orchestra Perth Concert Hall
Crail Festival Held during the last fortnight in
Sibelius Finlandia, Saint-Saëns Cello Concerto No.1, Rimsky-Korsakov Tsar Saltan Suite NYOS Junior Orchestra is for young musicians aged 8 - 13yrs. 3pm 01738 621031 www.horsecross.co.uk
July, the festival provides entertainment for the whole family - sandcastles to symphonies! Wednesday 17th July
The Jack & Jill Market - Dunfermline
Myths & magic in the woodland! RSPB Loch Leven 2-3.30 Must be booked.*Suitable for
10.30am -1.00pm The Vine Conference Centre,
children aged 8 – 12.
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Tuesday 23rd July
1pm-2.30pm. From chocolate fountains to fondue children aged 5-10 are invited to come and explore the world of chocolate ...by mixing, moulding and creating their own chocolate gift to take home. £6 per child booking required. Please call Kelli on 07850362563 www.facebook.com/kirky.kids Wednesday 24th July Wild Woods Wednesday: Woodland survival! RSPB Loch Leven. Must be booked.* Masks of Mystery Methil Heritage Centre
10am-12pm (4-7 years) 2pm-4pm (8-12 years) Workshop. Please wear old clothes. £3 Must be booked in advance 01592 583204 www.fifedirect.org.uk/museums Thursday 25th July Cairnie Mega “Maize” Maze opens Pick Your Own Fruit will begin early June with Strawberries and all the other soft fruits to follow in July-October. www.cairniefruitfarm.co.uk Doodle & Splat Art, Craft & Messy play sessions: 9.30-10.15 Age 1-3 yrs and 10.30-
Holiday Clubs & Summer Schools • High School Musical Summer School Perth Theatre Monday 8th – Saturday 13th July:
9.30am – 5pm. No experience necessary. No audition to take part in the chorus. To audition for a lead role please contact our creative learning team or box office. AGE 11-15 01738 621031 www.horsecross.co.uk • Jungle Explorers Junior Summer School Norie-Miller Studio, Perth Concert Hall
Monday 15th - Friday 19th July: 9.30am3.30pm. Five day devising and performing course for 7-10 year olds 01738 621031 www.horsecross.co.uk
· Monday 8th to Friday 12th July, Kingsbarns · Monday 22nd to Friday 26th July, Kingsbarns · Monday 5th to Friday 9th August (venue TBC) A chance to build a den, light a fire, use tools, play games, watch wildlife and more. Come and have fun. Age 6 to 13yrs. 10:00am – 4:00pm. £125 for 5 days. Early Bird Discount £100 for 5 days if booked by Friday 21st June. Fully insured, disclosed qualified experienced Forest School leaders. Booking essential. Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org Tel: (01337) 830621, Mob: (07587) 893190. Queen Anne High School Community Use
• Children’s Summer Nature Club Falkland Centre for Stewardship Wednesday 10th
Monday 5th – Friday 9th Aug 2013
- Friday 12th of July. 10am - 3.30pm 3 days - £50 Ages 8 - 12 years Join the ranger for fun, sunny days, chasing butterflies and bees, build shelters in shady woods, create a butterfly and bee friendly garden with feeders and boxes and get creative with craft. email@example.com
09.30 – 12.00, Primary 1 – 7, £29.10*
• Children’s Woodland Club, Fife
• Multi-Sport Camp
Brilliant Butterflies & Marvellous Moths RSPB Loch Leven
Tues 6th August See entry for 25th July for craft and songs events.
Wednesday 7th August Predators and prey! RSPB Loch Leven
Must be booked.* Kirky Kids Messy Play Active Kids Stanley
10.30 – 11.30 to book please call Kelli on 07850362563 www.facebook.com/kirky.kids Monster Masks St Andrews Museum
10.30am – 12pm (5 – 7 years), 1.30 – 3pm (8 -12 years) Fangs and fur will fly in this mask making workshops. Workshop. £3 MUST BE PREBOOKED on 01334 659380 www.fifedirect.org.uk/museums
• Tennis Coaching
Thursday 8th August 2013
12.30 – 14.30, Primary 4+, £23.25*
Clydebuilt Puppet Theatre present ‘Diving Belle’ Kirkcaldy Galleries 11am, repeated at
• Mini-Kickers & Games
15.00 – 16.30, Pre-school (3+ years), £18.25* *Fifestyle discounts of up to 50% available 01383 602351
2pm (3+ years). Dive into the magical world of Belle’s Carousel Café. Play. Tickets £2 per person must be booked in advance – on 01592 583213 / 513206 Storytelling Sessions Methil Heritage Centre
11.15 Ages 1-8yrs Jo-Jingles Music & Movement Sessions:
10.15 Over 2’s, 10.30-11.15 Walking to 2 yrs and 11.30-12.15 Babies both at Dunfermline East Church on Nightingale Place Tickets in advance from organisers. NB. Both sessions also on Tue 6th August.
Tickets £3 must be booked in advance 01592 583213 / 513206 Thursday 1st August The Festival Players present A Midsummer Night’s Dream RSPB Loch Leven 7pm - 9pm.
1.30pm-2.10pm (3-6 years) 2.30pm-3.10pm (7-9 years) With Chatterbox Stories Friday 9th - Thursday 15th August Adventure Gold Island Dunfermline
Anyone quoting “Families Fife” will receive one complimentary admission to play both Treasure Island and Pirates Cove with purchase of an admission to play both Treasure Island and Pirates Cove. www.adventure-golf-island.com
26th July - 4th August Aberdour festival 10 days of music, events & culture. See Summer Feature for details. www.aberdourfestival.org.uk
Please note that this is an open air performance with no wet weather provision. Dress warmly! Bring your own blankets, chairs and picnic. Gates open at 6pm, performance begins at 7pm. Please note that the audience area is on a grassy slope. Must be booked*
Friday 26th July
Saturday 3rd August
Mermaids & Pirates at the Museum Kirkcaldy Galleries 11am-12pm (3-6 years) 2pm-3pm
The Jack & Jill Market - Dunfermline
Friday 23rd Thursday 29th August
10.30am -1.00pm. The Vine Conference Centre, 131 Garvock Hill, Dunfermline KY11 4JU www.jackandjillmarket.co.uk
Adventure Gold Island Dunfermline
(6-10 years). Tickets £1.50 must be booked in advance – on 01592 583213 / 513206 Crafty Class Decopatch Class for Ages 6+ 10am. Lady of Lourdes Church Hall on Aberdour Road in Dunfermline. See www.doodleandsplat.co.uk to book. Saturday 27th July Baubles & Beads Methil Heritage Centre
1.30pm-3.30pm (8-12 years) £3 Must be booked in advance 01592 583204 www.fifedirect.org.uk/museums Monday 29th July
Lammas Festival St Brycedale Kirk Hall, Kirkcaldy 1pm - 4pm See Summer feature for
Summer Festival at The Ecology Centre, Kinghorn Loch 12 noon to 4pm See Summer
The Jack & Jill Market GLENROTHES
feature for details.
10.30am -1.00pm. The Michael Woods Sports & Leisure Centre, Viewfield Road, Glenrothes KY6 2RD. www.jackandjillmarket.co.uk
Bruce Festival Dunfermline
Get busy with the bees! RSPB Loch Leven
Pittencrieff Park (The Glen ) Dunfermline
2 – 4pm Must be booked.*
Wednesday 31st July
Fruity Flowery Fun Kirkcaldy Galleries
from 2pm-4pm seaside themed indoor funday with Kelli on 07850362563 or visit www.facebook.com/kirky.kids
10.30am-12pm (4-7 year olds) 1.30pm-3pm (7-10 year olds) Workshop. Wear old clothes.
Monday 5th August
Anyone quoting “Families Fife” will receive a free slush puppy or chocolate bar. www.adventure-golf-island.com
Sunday 4th August
Kirky Kids Seaside Funday Grampian Hotel Perth Messy Play session 1pm-2pm Funday
2 - 4.30 Must be booked.*
See Summer Feature for details.
Saturday 24th August
11-12.30 Must be booked.*
Den & shelter building RSPB Loch Leven
Mary Queen of Scots in Kirkate Park, Kinross
details. Tel: 01592 871 371 www.fifediet.co.uk
Family Fun Day Scone Palace Come along and enjoy a great day out with fun and activities in the Grounds. See Summer feature for details.
Monsters of the Deep! RSPB Loch Leven
Saturday 17th August
Saturday 24th & Sunday 25th August
Monday 26th August Perth Youth Orchestra Perth Concert Hall
01738 621031 www.horsecross.co.uk *To book any of the events at RSPB Loch Leven call 01577 862 355. Whilst every care has been taken to compile the Out and About section with accuracy, please remember to check with the venue before making plans to avoid any disappointment as Families magazine is put together weeks in advance of actual publication.
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