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FREE Issue 8 July/August 2011

Inco rporating Perth & Kinross

A-Z of summer fun! plus

Check out Families guide to some truly terrific days out

Back to School advice The really useful magazine for families in the Fife region:

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Contents Art you can eat


ave you heard of the latest new workshops to hit Fife? Chocz Away host workshops for children aged 4 and over for birthdays, events or just for fun. Workshops last an hour to an hour and a half and cost £9 per child. Children get to make a chocolate shell shape, a lollipop and a mallow shape of their own design. And what’s more, if it’s for a party, then whatever they make becomes their party bag to take home. Yum!  See advert below

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Inco rporating Perth & Kinross 4 Who, What, Where, When 6 Education and Childcare: Advice on choosing a nanny or a nursery 7 Back to school: Whether starting school for the first time or going back for more you’ll need a uniform and some new shoes 8 A-Z of Summer fun: Our top suggestions for great days out with kids around the region 11 Birth, Baby and Beyond: Find out what’s meant by Manual Lymphatic Drainage 12 Parent to Parent: With Karen Small Restaurant Manager of Dunfermline’s Crooked Glen 13 Clubs and Classes news and features: With the Helen O Grady Drama Academy 14 Out and About: Our improved day by day guide to what’s on this summer

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Families Fife, PO Box 29205, Dunfermline, KY12 2BL Editor: Susan Kirkwood, Tel: 01383 735938 or 07734 289 143 Design: White Creative 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.

Next issue is Issue 9: Sept/Oct Deadline: 03 August Out: 31st August 2011 Families Fife© is a part of a larger group of magazines headed by Families SW London©. All franchised magazines are independently owned and operated under license. We take every care preparing this magazine, but the publishers and distributors cannot be held responsible for the claims of advertisers nor for the accuracy of the contents nor for any consequences. Any original materials submitted for publication are sent at owner’s own risk and, while every care is taken, neither Families nor its agents accept liability for loss or damage.

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tour and appreciated being shown round by the Queen herself and let into Royal secrets by her consorts. We also enjoyed tea and scones from the fabuluous Unicorn Cafe and the stunning views from the ramparts. Stirling Castle is just one of a whole host of days out that we have put together to see you and your children through the long summer break. Added to this we have advice on choosing the right childcare and getting that all important first school uniform for Primary ones. Let us know what you think. Feedback to editor@  Susan Kirkwood, Editor


elcome to the summer edition of Families magazine. No I haven’t taken to dressing up as Marie de Guise, though I wouldn’t mind a shot in one of her dresses. This shot was actually taken on a Families day out at Stirling Castle. In May, a group comprising all the Scottish editors of Families and our children, were lucky enough to get a sneak preview of the newly renovated Royal Palace. We were given a tour of the six royal apartments which were built within the castle walls by James V. The renovation takes the rooms back to how they may have looked in the 1540s when they were home to Mary of Guise, and her infant daughter Mary Queen of Scots. We had a fantastic day out and the kids loved the



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News: Who, What, Where, When … Hop over to Hopetoun


opetoun, Scotland’s finest stately home situated on the outskirts of Edinburgh, is extending the availability of produce reared on its farms and estate with the launch of its new Farm Shop which opened this summer. The Farm Shop housed in a purpose-built destination adjacent to New Hopetoun Gardens stocks more than 100 food and drink signature brands in addition to a butcher, bakery and greengrocer offering. A large cookery theatre will also facilitate demonstrations. With a focus on traceability and terroir, its aim is to source over 80% of the product range from within fifty miles of the estate. All of the produce on offer, apart from tea and coffee, will be sourced from Scotland. Along with meat, game and poultry from the Hopetoun estate, there will also be a select range of quality prepared meals using Hopetoun produce. The range includes Fish Pie, Lasagne Verde, Beef Curry, Shepherds Pie, Lamb Tagine and Beef Meatballs. Hopetoun Farm Shop – near Newton Village on the A904 - will open 8am to 6pm weekdays 9am to 5pm Saturday & 10am to 5pm on Sunday. www. 

Fife Diet to offer family food workshops


he team at the Fife Diet are keen to get more people cooking with locally sourced and grown raw ingredients. In order to do this they are holding workshops such as ‘Family Fruit’, ‘Make it Local and for Kids’ and ‘Feed 4 on a Fiver’. Each workshop will be held around 4 times all over Fife and are open to everyone and run by food experts. Lisa Farrell, workshop coordinator explained the reason behind the workshops. ‘We would like to see families bonding over fresh and healthy local food, possibly saving some money and supporting the local producers whilst having some fun and meeting like-minded people in their area’.  See

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Circus Stars

Summer Reading Challenge launches in Fife


igh on the success of last year’s Spacehop Summer Reading Challenge comes the 2011 challenge. Called Circus Stars, it owes more to Cirque du Soleil, the new generation of circuses and the performance arts than the old-fashioned Big Top circus. An interactive Circus Stars ( website links children with top authors and illustrators, and gives them space to talk about their favourite books and to share reading ideas. The Summer Reading Challenge was an immensely popular and successful reading initiative. In Fife last year, over 2,000 children signed up to take part and borrowed a staggering 6,500 books! The Challenge to children is

ocal mum Sandra Logan set up Charlys Parlour at the end of 2009 whilst pregnant with her second child. We asked her why she set up this online shop from her home in Fife and found out what’s on offer. Q. Why did you set up Charlys Parlour? A. I set up Charlys Parlour to provide mums with slings to carry their little ones at an affordable price. Q. What sort of items do you stock? A. I stock Calin Bleu Slings in various colours, material and sizes. I also stock birth pools, Little Lamb nappies and sell clothes from premature sizes to toddler items. Q. Where did the name Charlys Parlour come from? A. Well, my daughter’s nickname is Charly

simple. They’re encouraged to read six or more books of their choice during the holidays with collectable prizes and rewards, plus a certificate and medal for every child who completes. Children can sign up at their local library as the summer term draws to a close. Children who sign up in the first two weeks of the scheme are entered into a draw to win a unicycle and all children who complete are entered into a draw to win an author visit for their school. Alongside the scheme, Fife Libraries will be offering craft and story activities throughout the summer and some will even have marvellous magic shows with professional magicians and circus workshops too!  Info

and the parlour is where I do all my internet shopping so this just sounded right to me. Like a lot of mums, I also wanted to spend more time with my children, hence the decision to find a job that I could do from home. Q. What makes you different from other shops ? A. I sell affordable, quality products and provide a personal service to my customers. Its good to engage with who you are buying from. I have tried and tested [or at least my children have!] everything I sell on the website. I can therefore endorse and recommend these items.  Families Fife readers can get 5% off any order by using the code SUMMER CAMPAIGN at the checkout.

Funky Rascal sponsors local Flower Show


he Cupar & District Floral and Horticultural Society is marking its centenary year in 2011 with a special 100th Anniversary Flower & Craft Show which will take place on Saturday 27th & Sunday 28th August 2011, in the Corn Exchange, St Catherine Street, Cupar. Funky Rascal, the place to buy cool, funky kids clothing for all seasons, is sponsoring the Children’s Open Competition with the brief being to create/design a superhero from recycled materials for which there will be cash prizes for 1st, 2nd & 3rd places. The Cupar based shop, which opened its doors in November 2010, is delighted to be sponsoring the show. Graeme Black said, ‘We have had tremendous support locally in our first year, so it’s nice to be involved and to give that support back’. Flowers, fruit and vegetables remain at the heart of the show weekend but fun activities suitable to all ages and interests have been added to ensure that the whole family can enjoy a great 2 days out.  *Families Fife Special Offer* Funky Rascal 15% OFF ALL products in store and online (www.funkyrascal. for readers. Use the code FFSUMMER11.

Mad about Urban Cuckoo

U is a brand new destination website which launched in June by Edinburgh businesswoman Jennifer Wilson. Jennifer’s main aim is to solve people’s gift dilemmas. She told Families ‘we wanted to provide shoppers with products that are a bit more unique than those that they can find on the high street and if we can do this we’ll be delighted.’ She hopes to do this by stocking modern, design-led products that are the best of what is out there in terms of style, originality and functionality. Some, like the ‘Posh Pigeon’ cushion from Sixes and Sevens are fun, others

A wee treat

Looking for a one off present or that little something different? Then you are in for a treat. Just west of Dunfermline town centre in Chalmers street {opposite the Glen Gates at the top end behind the swing park} you’ll find the Wee Treat a newly opened shop selling a mix of gift items, home grown art, cards, ethnic and fair-trade items as well as and quirky pieces. I particularly liked the sheet music bunting and the sheep’s poo greetings cards! Also on sale

The Wee Treat Fair Trade Gift & card shop incorporating Scotland’s only bodycast studio find us 74a Chalmers Street Dunfermline,KY12 8DG Tel:01383 223820 follow us on facebook thew w w w.thew

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like the Polar Ice Bucket from Cubic are quirky, and others like the fantastic prints are extremely stylish and cool. The focus of this site is beautiful and useful. Every item is delivered beautifully wrapped for dispatch to the lucky recipients, ideal for time pressed, stylish mums.  The early bird catches the worm! Urban Cuckoo is offering readers with the Families Fife region postcodes 10% off all orders placed in July. Use code FF10 when prompted at checkout. To visit the site go to

here are body casts. That is to say that you can commission a cast of ...whatever you want really. Lee will create casts of your child’s foot, your partner’s hands or your pregnant belly. Get to 74a Chalmers Street and treat yourself. 

Craft Extrava-gala Fife Craft Association is celebrating its 25th Anniversary with a special Craft Gala day at the Rothes Halls Glenrothes. The event won’t take place until 26th/27th November but there will be FREE entry and lots on offer so it’s well worth putting it in the diary now for when Christmas is just round the corner. There will be Face Painting, free workshops on Jewellery, cards and key-ring making and on working with wood and glass. For further information telephone the secretary Mr Peter Leslie on 01592 743539 or watch this space. 

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Education and Childcare Need urgent short term childcare?


any of us assume that if we need temporary short term childcare, our only option is family or friends. This always presents a quandary because if you are not paying them, you don’t feel that you can ask too much. Sunnyside Childcare is a registered childcare/nanny agency that actually specialise in finding temporary and permanent childcare for parents and families. They can find you a full time or part time nanny, or an emergency child carer at short notice to cover sickness or holidays. They also provide babysitters to look after your loved ones so that you can attend that special event or occasion you thought you’d have to miss. Sunnyside Childcare is a small, local company, based in Kinross who pride themselves in having a top quality, child focused workforce who can identify and fulfil the needs of ever changing family requirements. They understand the need to tailor the childcare to fit busy family life and that family life is never 9-5! The management has over ten years experience working in childcare management positions and experience of using children’s nurseries and employing nannies. They use a sophisticated selection process to recruit the strongest childcare workers for their bank of staff, strict referencing procedures and provide all staff initial training and opportunities for further training. As Sunnyside Childcare is a Registered Childcare Provider it accepts childcare vouchers and can be used with existing tax credit systems to assist with the childcare costs.  See our advert opposite

Nursery’s innovative new learning programmes W e all know children learn best through play, and at Building Blocks Nursery in Rosyth they’re taking that to the next level with innovative, new learning programmes. The children are involved from beginning to end so they lead the learning. Diversity reigns from volcanoes and dinosaurs to doctors and culture, the challenge that faces Building Blocks’ staff is keeping up with the demands of the little minds that attend their purpose built nursery. The nursery has a large

garden, which creates a wonderful learning environment for the children and gives the opportunity for the learning to continue. From planting and growing vegetables to making snacks, learning about the changing seasons and giving the children a place to develop their physical skills, the nursery also takes advantage of the local woodland area to engage the pre-school children in Forest Kindergarten. The children taking part in this innovative programme

show greater ability to focus on tasks, develop better listening skills along with appreciation and respect for their surroundings. Catering for children from 0 to 5 years they guarantee that through the innovative learning programmes each child goes home happy, fulfilled and with the valuable skills needed to give them the best possible start in life!  Call the nursery to speak to Laura at Building Blocks to arrange a visit 01383 419319.

Making child’s play out of childcare planning


rganising childcare can be a bit like going to the dentist – something many people approach with a sense of dread. Thankfully, there is a new nanny agency Prestige Nannies, whose ethos is all about making this process as pleasant and stress-free as possible. Set up by mother of one, Clair Bairstow, Clair knows firsthand how challenging it can be. This she explains, is why she set up Prestige Nannies. “All our nannies and babysitters are qualified and/or highly experienced child care professionals.” We interview all prospective nannies and provide a reference checking service, ID, qualifications and disclosure checks as standard. Reasons to consider choosing a nanny: There are many advantages of employing a nanny, including:

ÊÊ Child in their own environment so have their own toys, books, food etc ÊÊ Higher degree of control over all aspects of your child’s care ÊÊ Often offer more flexible hours than some other forms of childcare. ÊÊ You don’t need to dress and drive the children – nannies come to you ÊÊ They can also offer evening babysitting and extra hours, including overnight care. ÊÊ Your child can stay within their own environment if unwell. ÊÊ Nannies will carry out other duties including children’s laundry and housework. Prestige Nannies believe a successful placement is very much about working closely with the family to get your childcare right. Clair says: “Without exception all our nannies and babysitters must express a genuine love of children, as well as crucial qualities such as gentleness, kindness and enthusiasm.”  To contact Clair call 01382 58026807510 275845 or go to

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Back to School

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tarting school can be an exciting time for children – and parents! We asked Nicola Stewart from Fife Schoolwear & Uniforms (formerly National Schoolwear Centre) in Kirkcaldy, about suggestions they give to help fledgling school-parents, like ourselves – our daughter starts school in August, in putting together the basics of a uniform. “In our store, we try to guide parents through the sometimes confusing ‘new world’ of school uniform, whilst sharing in the excitement they’re feeling. Coming to a ‘school shop’ can often help settle little ones who may be concerned about the change from nursery to ‘big school’”. In June and early July we have more time to spend 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! ÊÊ How many changes of clothes? Our basic suggestion is for polo shirts say that you should have 3 – one in the washing, one on that day, and one ready for tomorrow. This could also be topped up by a shirt or blouse, and tie, on the alternate days. (Teachers often prefer poloshirts on gym days though – so they don’t have to go round doing up 20-odd ties!)

ÊÊ Don’t forget your gym kit The gym kit is often overlooked by new P1 parents. Your child is likely to have gym a few times a week, and many schools now ask that they leave their kit in school – in a marked and labelled gym bag. They should have a plain t-shirt with no logo (unless the School provide a uniform version) – and definitely no football strips! – a plain pair of shorts, and a pair of gym shoes. Your child may also be asked to wear gym shoes during the day in class – so it’s worth spending a bit extra to get quality footwear as their feet are still forming. ÊÊ Name everything You must name everything your child takes or wears to school! Sew-in, iron-on and stick-on labels are all available, and they really are worth investing in. And, they’ll help school staff to return items to children quicker – leaving them more time to get on with the

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ack to school time is incredibly busy at Clever Clogs in Dunfermline as the rush for school shoes starts. So to avoid the worst of the queues it’s best to book an appointment. As someone who knows a thing or two about children’s shoes and feet, we asked Pauline from the shop for some tips. She pointed out that after a summer in sandals and trainers, new school shoes will feel strange. To get round this make sure your child wears their new shoes for a little while every day over a week or so before school begins to make sure they're super comfy on the first day of term. She also pointed out that there's no doubt that shoes which are polished, properly dried out and generally well looked after last longer. 

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important business of running the school! ÊÊ And for that all important first day, are you thinking of sending off your little one in a smart new blazer? The traditional woollen blazer is beautiful, and extremely smart, but could you consider a polyester version at maybe a third of the price? ÊÊ Don’t leave it too late’!! Not only can shops sell out the exact item you had planned to get, but some things, such as gingham summer dresses are seasonal, so get them while they’re there! We also often hear from parents in the shop that they are ‘putting off buying until nearer the time’ as they’re scared their ‘children will grow’. Whilst some will of course, and if they do, we exchange garments for the bigger size within 90 days of purchase - I usually ask them the question – did they really grow that much in the last 6 weeks…?! The answer usually is… ‘No’…!” 

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The A-Z of Summer days out

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Families A to Z of ways to ensure that you won’t hear these words this summer A

ÊÊ Active Kids, Stanley is the place to go in Perth if you are looking for a top quality outdoor and indoor experience with children. ÊÊ Adventure Golf – looking for a morning or afternoon of fun that won’t break the bank? Try a pirate crazy golf adventure in Dunfermline’s outdoor golf park. ÊÊ ÊÊ Allanhill Farm, St Andrews – Strawberry farm with kids play area and their famous Lucy’s luscious teas and jams. ÊÊ Andrew Carnegie’s Birthplace Museum - A treasure trove in the heart of Dunfermline old town. FREE ENTRY.


ÊÊ Blackness Castle – Situated by the Forth, near Bo’ness this impressive castle is great for exploring with the kids, visit ÊÊ Blairdrummond Safari Park – www. or phone 01786 841456 free child ticket available on website ÊÊ Bo’ness Motor Museum’ or phone 01506 827007 ÊÊ Bo’ness and Kinneil Steam Railway - With trains leaving every hour from 10.00am til 4.00pm and the Scottish railway Museum, what a great day out for the kids. See www. or phone 01259 822298 ÊÊ British Golf Museum St Andrews - worth a visit for budding young golf fans.


ÊÊ Castle Campbell – Set in a stunning position high on the hill in Dollar glen, Castle

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Campbell and gardens are great for kids to explore. ÊÊ Ceramic Experience – Cupar or Dunfermline. Great places to meet friends, catch up over coffee whilst the children paint a little animal or decorate a plate for a family birthday. ÊÊ Check your local Church as they may have a summer kids clubs running (for a nominal fee) ÊÊ Cairnie Fruit Farm – for a fun day out near Cupar, complete with animals, ride on toys, a well stocked cafe and of course, wonderful seasonal foods to buy to take home and cook! 01334 655610


ÊÊ Daft for crafts – Catch them at The Bruce Festival which runs from 12.00 to 4.00pm on Saturday 27th and Sunday 28th August in Pittencrieff Park, Dunfermline. Entry to this fun packed family event is free. Tel: 01383 825777 ÊÊ Ducks – don’t forget the lure of ducks for small children. Get down to your local pond or find some further afield, make a picnic and make a day of it.


ÊÊ East Links Family Park Near Dunbar, Amazing place for kids with masses to do. A fort, an animal safari, go-karts, a train, petting zoo, small animal park, cafe, indoor and outdoor play areas...jelly belly, trampolines. Take a packed lunch or visit their cafe. And better still use our Families discount voucher. See


ÊÊ Falkirk Wheel – Take a boat ride that goes

on the amazing wheel that joins the Union to the Forth and Clyde Canal. There is a cafe, great play park and loads to do for all the family. Phone 08700 500208 or visit www. ÊÊ Fife Diet See if you can bake a fife diet cake or some rolls for lunch. See


ÊÊ Golf – Now is the ideal time to get your kids into golf with the holidays providing plenty of time to practice. If you would like a FREE consultation with a PGA Golf Professional for your son or daughter, ring Tim ThompsonGreen on 07976 478987 or send him an email on to arrange this to take place at based


ÊÊ Jupiter Artland Sculpture Park Contemporary sculpture park in the gardens of Bonnington House near to Edinburgh. Artsparks is Jupiter Artland's holiday programme of courses for children. Using Jupiter unique collection as a base, children learn (without realising!), about contemporary art! Outdoor and indoor activities teach skills and techniques in an informal atmosphere based on an artist’s work. See website for details. ÊÊ Jazzed up Junk – The Wee Treat will be running Jazzed up Junk children’s classes over the summer. Email Lee at fifelee@hotmail. com or call 01383 223820


ÊÊ Katrinewheelz – Explore the shoreline around Loch Katrine by bike. With bikes for adults, children and tag alongs, it can be the perfect family day out.

Visit or phone 01877 376366

in Edinburgh, near to the airport. See also Competitions page. ÊÊ Galas – there are many local Galas and Highland Games during the summer months. Log onto for actual dates.


ÊÊ Highland Safaris – If cycling is your thing, Highland Safaris is a bike friendly venue and Trail Centre. It now has a mountain bike skills loop which is suitable for all ages and abilities. Younger children can enjoy the trike and tractor park conveniently located next to BikeTRAX whilst the older ones perfect their biking skills. Bikes can be hired from Highland Safaris. There is also a cafe; toilets; free parking and visitor centre. Includes a Deer Park, Discovery Garden; Play Area and Scotland’s only gold and gem panning Centre - enough activities to fill the whole day, and all in the beautiful open setting of the Appin Valley. ÊÊ Honeypot Ceramics – Ratho nr Edinburgh at Edinburgh International Climbing Arena – A day out in itself and a fantastic venue. You can wander round the arena, have coffee and sandwich, wander around outside, visit Tisos and then make jewellery, bath bombs or soap or paint a plate.


ÊÊ Indoor activities – See our Smart Money mum column on page 10 for ideas.

ÊÊ Kirkcaldy Museum & Art Gallery – Big family-friendly show this summer is Animal Magic! from 18 June to 11 September. As well as showing unusual animally things from their collections - stuffed monkey, beautiful butterflies and beetles - it will have a giant mix & match magnetic animal frieze (so you can make up some new animals), an explorer corner, and a giant interactive rabbit!


ÊÊ Loch Katrine – Enjoy a trip on the famous Sir Walter Scott steam ship. For details on sailings visit or phone 01877 332000 For a great family outing why not hire bikes at Katrinewheelz ÊÊ Lochore Meadows Country Park, Lochgelly - Fantastic family friendly park great on a sunny day. You can walk round the loch, feed the swans or enjoy the fantastic newly refurbished play area which is all themed around Lochgelly’s mining past. ÊÊ Lomond Hills, Fife - Climb the Lomonds – not too high so fine for children too.


ÊÊ Menstrie Castle - A three story partly furnished castellated house which is over 400 years old. Visit or phone 0844 493 2130 ÊÊ Muck – where there’s muck....there’s brass. If it’s wet get the kids to help clear out their wardrobes and then take the old clothes to the charity shop sell on Ebay, or post them on Families Fife buy and sell forum! Or take them to Cash 4 Clothes (Just opened in Kirkcaldy High Street) and use any money raised for a treat.

bingo card style for some great stuff.


ÊÊ Outdoor Breakfasts – Great fun and the birds can clear up the slabs rather than you mopping the lino.


ÊÊ Live Active Leisure Summer Programme – Summer Holiday Brochures are out now! The Summer Programme is all about fun for kids of all ages. Our Half and Full Day Camps are a great way for kids in P1 - P7 to spend their day during the holidays.   Or for something a bit more casual, our single sessions are great for kids aged from 18 months to S6 who want to try something new.  Also on offer are a range of Crash Course Lessons and Active & Aqua Camps aimed at kids who want to learn the basic skills or improve their ability in a specific sport.  For more information on the activities on offer, pop into your local venue or visit


ÊÊ Quiet Time – No this is not a cop out for Q. Well okay it is. But children do need time out especially in the holidays so don’t overplan their time. They do need to potter and sometimes just stay in, lie on the sofa and chill.


ÊÊ re:make – is running summer workshops at Comrie Croft near Crieff from 13th July to 28th August 2011. All age groups though each one has a minimum age, parents/carers can come and assist budding young crafters. ÊÊ Racquet sports – Under 17s ‘Quid a Kid’ during the summer holidays at Fife Sports and Leisure Centre. Visit website for further details


ÊÊ Stirling Castle - Go and see the fantastic renovation of the Palace apartments. You will come face to face with Mary of Guise and other members of the Royal Court. Brilliant fun for the kids very hands on and interactive. Great day out for all the family. See or phone 01786 450000.


ÊÊ Nature Hunt – Go on a nature hunt, find pictures of some common items and make a

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The A-Z of Summer days out ÊÊ Swim for free during the summer holidays. Under 17s can ‘Splash Out for Nowt’ from 10am – 5pm at Fife Sports and Leisure Centres. Visit website for further details www.

- get your sensible shoes on and pick up the path near you. ÊÊ Waterbabies – got a baby under one year old? Why not give them a gift that could save their life?



ÊÊ Take a train - Did you know that kids go free on family train trips and if you visit you will find venues where your Kids Go Free train ticket will also give you one free child entry to a host of Scotland’s best attractions including Edinburgh Zoo, The Edinburgh Dungeon, the Glasgow science centre and the Sea life Centre at Loch Lomond.


ÊÊ Uniform – make sure you get yours sorted before they all sell out. Try Fife Schoolwear in Kirkcaldy 36 High Street, Kirkcaldy. Tel: 01592 269282 ÊÊ Umbrella – We all know what Scotland’s like so don’t go on any of these trips without one.

ÊÊ Xcess Energy? Then get to a soft play and let them run it off. Or for older kids why not organise a game of rounders in a local park. Then sit and read your book. Yeah right!

ÊÊ Stirling Castle New and improved? Well, yes!


ÊÊ Vane Farm - Part of the Loch Leven Nature reserve this is a great day out for children and adults of all ages. Walk up the hill or simply sit in the cafe and birdwatch with a cuppa.


ÊÊ Walks Fife Coastal Path, Loch Leven Heritage Trail in Kinross or rural Aberfeldy

The smart money mum

ur children love to play and be entertained - the proof of which is often at the bottom of your purse, especially at this time of the year when they’re gifted six glorious weeks out of school. However, with kids’ rapidly changing desires and often shorter than we would like attention spans, today’s in demand hot toy can be tomorrow’s hallway clutter. Well, here are a few make-itthemselves ideas. ÊÊ PLAY DOUGH You can buy ready-made play dough from the shops but it will cost you. Make it yourself and the whole thing costs buttons - and you can have heaps of fun making the dough as well as the fun of playing with it afterwards. All you need is 2 cups of flour, 4 tablespoons of ‘cream of tartar’, 2 tablespoons of cooking oil, 1 cup of salt, 2 cups of boiling water, and some food colouring. Pop it all in a bowl and mix. Savings = £20

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ÊÊ Yoga - With all that activity, you may feel the need to de-stress! Try Synergy Yoga centre in Glenrothes or The Yoga with Susannah Dean with classes in West Fife.


ÊÊ Zoo - What else could you do starting with Z? Edinburgh Zoo. New Budongo trail chimpanzee enclosure should entertain and remember it’s cheaper by rail.

Child labour can save you £205.50

Nicole Diamond is founder of The Jack & Jill Market, the quality nearly-new baby & children’s market where Smart Mums Sell and Save. See Out and About for next markets near you



ÊÊ HARRY POTTER WAND Of course, you know what the real magic is don’t you? That’s right, it’s charging £35 for a plastic stick! So if you make three of your own for three different little wizards, you’ve saved £100 - and that’s magic too. Wands made of rolled-up paper may not light up when waved but you can guarantee they’ll soon get bored of that trick anyway. Roll up coloured sheets of paper tightly, glue, paint, and sprinkle with gold glitter glue – this will save you many pounds and give you and your kids hours of fun. Savings per wand = £35 ÊÊ TWISTER The toy phenomena of the 20th Century, it’s twisty turny fun appeals to many children (and adults) and you may at some point find yourself being begged to buy it. However, grab some tape and stick various shapes on to the floor. Then call out the instructions: “put your

left foot in a circle”; “place your right elbow in a triangle”. Plenty of squeals and delight to be had for a fraction of the price – and a bit of ‘know your shapes’ education thrown in for good measure. Savings =£13 ÊÊ TEN-PIN BOWLING Children love this as they’re simply allowed to knock stuff over – fun! Grab 10 of your empty water, juice, or soda bottles, partly fill with rice grains or beans, and voila: a ten-pin bowling set. The first to strike out – wins! Savings = £40 ÊÊ CATCH BALL Raid your laundry and recycle two plastic detergent jugs with handles (courtesy of many fabric softeners). Cut them in half keeping the handle ends - and tape the edges to smooth them off. Look round the house for a tennis ball or a pair of rolled up socks, and your kids have all they need for hours of catch ball fun - that is until they get bored and move on to the next great thing. Savings =£10 ÊÊ LIMBO How low can you go! About £2.50 lower - actually. And as someone once said: every little helps! No need to fork out on a limbo stick when some ribbon tied between two

chairs or the kitchen broom will do the trick. However, you might want to splash out on the dulcet tones of Chubby Checker’s Limbo Rock to really get the party started. Savings =£2.50 ÊÊ VOLLEYBALL “Mum, can we play outside?”“No, it’s raining”. “Boo”. “But you can play indoor beach volleyball.” “Yay!” No need to splash out on expensive volleyball sets all the time. Simply tie some sturdy string or clothes line between two chairs, hang an old hang sheet over it, blow-up the impulse beach ball purchase from last year’s holiday – or a balloon, split into teams, and your kids are all set for the Rainy Day Volleyball Championships. Savings = £60 ÊÊ FOOTBALL “Mum, can we play outside?”“No, it’s STILL raining”. “Boo”. “But you can now play indoor football.”“Yay!” And when the novelty of beach volleyball has worn off, the aforementioned volleyball net transforms into a football goal - time to bend it like Beckham! Savings=£25  The Smart Money Mum is a trademark of The Jack & Jill Market.

Birth, baby and Beyond Better beginnings with the Synergy Centre


This month Lynora Kennedy looks at the benefits Manual Lymphatic Drainage in pregnancy Many mums-to-be experience swollen ankles during their pregnancy. Although sometimes an indication of pre-eclampsia, a certain amount of swelling [oedema] is normal during pregnancy, as the body naturally retains more water. Tips such as putting your feet up and taking it easy can help too, but busy modern-day mums often donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have time to heed this advice and needlessly put up with this uncomfortable and unattractive condition,


ummer is the time to boost your vitamin D levels so that you have enough to see you through the winter months. To optimise the synthesis of vitamin D in the skin you want to allow about half an hour of sun exposure to as much as the body as possible, preferably under the stronger midday sun and then screen up. I know this goes against the grain of many conventional recommendations as we are always being told to avoid the midday sun, but the best sunshine to get vitamin D is when it is directly overhead in the sky. Of course you are not going to expose your new born to strong sunshine but for younger kids a little bit of sunshine will do them no harm and in fact may do them a lot of good. Once you have had your allocated sun exposure then apply a mineral sunscreen which will start working straight away and protect against both UVB and UVA rays. ď&#x192;&#x2122;

Ă&#x160;Ă&#x160; Families adds: Remember after a short period of unprotected exposure, you should cover up or put on sunscreen to avoid sunburn. You can get plenty of vitamin D from the diet too, by eating vitamin D rich foods.

which largely affects women in the third trimester. Manual Lymphatic Drainage (MLD) is a very gentle, light touch massage that improves the efficiency of the lymphatic system â&#x20AC;&#x201C; the bodyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s waste disposal system. Specific and gentle movements of the skin stimulate and increase the rate of removal of waste products, tissue waste and excess fluid from the bodyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s tissues resulting in reduced fluid retention, swelling and puffiness of the ankles. What to expect The first visit to a trained MLD practitioner will include a consultation. At an MLD session, which lasts an hour, you will be asked

Lynora Kennedy is a fully qualified Vodder MLD and Lymphoedema Therapist. She has worked as a massage therapist for more than 30 years in England, USA, Belgium and now full time in Scotland. For appointments please contact Synergy Centre, Glenrothes on 01592 631672 or book online via

New breastfeeding support group for mums


f you are thinking about breastfeeding or have already started to breastfeed your baby why not head along to Fairfield Community Centre in the centre of Perth. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s on every Monday at 1pm â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 2.30pm. Breastfeeding support workers are there to support all mums and will provide information and help over a cuppa. ď&#x192;&#x2122;

For more information contact our Breastfeeding Support Worker: 01738 473259 or email or



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to remove some of your clothing and lie down on the treatment bed where you will be covered to keep you warm. It is a very relaxing experience and as no oils or powders are used it is safe even for those with sensitive skin. Are there any side effects to the treatment? There are usually no bad side effects and it is perfectly safe to eat before and after a MLD treatment. It helps to drink some water after your treatment and you may need to go to the toilet more often, as the reenergised lymphatic system starts to recycle excess fluid and waste. After an MLD treatment, you should feel more relaxed and clear headed! ď&#x192;&#x2122;


Specialist Care for Pregnancy

Complementary Therapies Available Pre & Post Natally

Yoga Reiki Shiatsu Massage Birth Partner Workshops Manual Lymphatic Drainage Emotional Freedom Techniques

Gift Vouchers Available Synergy Natural Pregnancy Services

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Parent to Parent Competitions Summer is the time for the golf course. Want to win a golf club headcover? 25 runner-ups will receive a bag of tees. Just answer the following question. Q. Which animal headcover is on the home page of To enter the draw send your answer by email marked kidsgolfshop with your name, address, child’s age to for a chance to win.   Easy2Name - Off to School set We have 5 Easy2Name Off to School sets to give away, each set is worth £17.90 and contains 30 waterproof stickers, 30 iron on name tapes, 1 set of shoe covers, 1 bag tag and 1 shoe bag. To enter the draw simply login to www.  Registering just takes a minute then you will be able to enter lots more competitions and access future offers. The full Easy2Name range can be seen at Families readers get 10% off their order by entering Families when requested when making an order.

Offers Polar No.Pryet Swedish clothing now available online To celebrate the fact that their clothes are now available online, the Swedish clothing who’s signature is bright and functional have offered Families Fife readers a discount in their online store. We don’t have to go to Jenners anymore- Hurrah! Use the code FMFIFE11 for a 10% at www.polarnopryet. discount and FREE P&P. To be used online only between 24.06.2011 - 31.08.2011 Charly’s Parlour Summer offer The online place for birthing pools, clothing, cotton nappies and slings is offering a 5% discount to Families readers. Simply type in the word summer campaign when prompted to get the discount. And remember P & P is free. Funky Rascal Summer offer Funky Rascal Fife’s own Swedish clothes retailer is offering a generous 15% off all stock for Families Readers. *Families Fife Special Offer* Funky Rascal 15% OFF ALL products in store and online (www. for readers. Use the code FF-SUMME R11. 

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Local mum Karen Small is manager with her partner Gary Wilson of the busy Crooked Glen restuarant in Dunfermline in Fife Leisure Park. They have 2 children, Caragh 8 and Caitttlin, 15 months. Karen shares her experience of the local area with Families readers. WHY DO YOU LIKE LIVING WHERE YOU DO? Duloch Park is quiet yet accessible for the motorway, good for school and work. It’s a nice community but does lack a decent pub! FAVOURITE SHOP? Debenhams. You can get anything there, really nice kids clothes and they’ve got very spacious loos! FAVOURITE PARK? Ravenscraig Park in Kirkcaldy. Great play area then you can walk through to Dysart. There’s an adventure woodland walk along the Forth. FAVOURITE CHILDREN’S CLUB OR CLASS Duloch Parent and Toddlers has been really good to meet other mums. Also Kupso for my older daughter at Duloch Leisure Centre. FAVOURITE DAY OUT? A picnic or the park or both. Also we love the Royal Highland Show as long as you get the weather - there is so much to do for children.

between school rules and home rules. Schools now are very pro choice and this can infringe on individual parenting styles I feel. Childen now feel justified in saying ‘its my choice and my decision’. And sometimes I think ‘but you are 8 years old!’ PROUDEST ECO FRIENDLY MOMENT: Recycling all food waste and cardboard and glass at work and having good systems in place. At home I am working on it. FUNNIEST COMMENT: ‘talk to the booty, cause the hands off duty and the face dont want to know’ from an 8 year old and with complete swinging hips movement... FAVOURITE HOLIDAY SPOT? The Lake District it’s so lovely and quiet. And the kids love Blackpool. We also love Portugal, Albufera because of the weather. BEST CHILDREN’S BOOK Any Roahl Dahl, Julia Donaldson and Harry Potter - for me.

FAVOURITE CHILD FRIENDLY RESTAURANT? The Crooked Glen of course! May sound corny but Carragh loves it. Breakfast is served till 10.30 daily. Kids eat free. Adults £7.99. What more can I say?

BEST CHILDREN’S DVD In our house it is Mamma Mia

FAVOURITE ALTERNATIVE HEALTH CLINIC OR PRE/POST NATAL CLASS? Post natal swim babies at Olympia in Dundee was fantastic. Rhymes and getting used to water - we need something like that here!


BEST PLANET SAVING TIP: I reuse all my jars for a new purpose - storage. NO PARENT SHOULD BE WITHOUT: Infracol

*STOP PRESS* From 6th July Brewers Fayre is becoming a Buffet Place. They will offer an All Day Carvery on Sundays. What’s more - during the holidays they’re putting on All-You-Can-Eat buffets for kids on all weekday lunchtimes. To book 01383 840070 or just drop in!

PARENTING PET HATES: Here I’d have to say its the dichotomy

MOST PLAYED WITH TOYS: The trampoline and any arts and crafts stuff.

MOST SUCCESSFUL RECIPE/FOOD Lasagna or Spagetti Bolognaise. 

Clubs and Classes: Clubs and Classes News

Families Clubs listings go online Our news is that the Clubs page has become a victim of its own success. With so many people wanting to list classes we’ve decided to put these online. It was either that or to give you all a free magnifying glass to read them. See clubsandclasses If you’d like to list your class or club on this page for free, or to make changes to your current listing, then please email: Doodle and Splat Are going to be at Edinburgh Fringe with Baby Loves Disco on Sunday 14th August at Electric Circus, which they are really looking forward to! Plus they are starting up classes in Edinburgh on a Wednesday at the Mayfield Salisbury Church in Newington and also at St Stephen’s Comley Bank Church, in Stockbridge from the 31st August. All classes in Fife remain the same as this term with the excepetion of our Thursday 1pm class at Duloch which will no longer be running after the summer break. Classes restart w/c 29th August with the term running for 6 weeks up to the October break. Find them now on Facebook and look for offers and photos. Musical steps Musical steps are running summer classes for music and movement for pre-schoolers. Musical Steps ‘’Summer Fun’’ Classes, Dunfermline and West Fife Week 1 ~ Tuesday 2nd - Saturday 6th August Week 2 ~ Tuesday 9th - Saturday 13th August Tuesdays @ North Queensferry Church Hall Wednesdays @ St. Andrews Erskine Church, Dunfermline Thursdays @ Crossford Scout Hall Fridays @ The Dance Bank, Dunfermline Saturdays @ Dunfermline (venue to be confirmed). Please contact Inga for further information on 0845 224 0613 or inga.jack@

Drama is... a good idea T

he Helen O’Grady Drama Academy is entering its 16th year offering a fun and integrated programme of self development to the children of Fife, Perth and Kinross. Founded over 30 years ago in Australia, the Academy now offers classes in 42 different countries, and its highly acclaimed programme is affordable, available and accessible to every child. Classes are held weekly in halls and community centres throughout the region and are divided into three age groups. Lessons are fast moving and fun, and highly developed to encourage maximum participation, develop high self esteem and promote clear, effective communication skills. The hour’s lesson involves each child in the spark of an idea which is then developed, nurtured and expanded eventually growing to a play in which every child has a part to play. Imagination is a hugely important

For more information about places and times, please ring Barbara on 01382 330052.  

 Call Susan on 07734 289 143 to advertise here

Baby Signing Classes Summer themed specials. Fun and animated sessions in which you and your baby will learn to “talk” before their speech develops. What will your baby say? Classes in St Andrews and Cupar. For information on course dates and locations visit or contact Jenni on 07967 010727.

part of a child’s development whether they are studying the Arts or investigating science, maths or technology: through Drama the children can understand how there may be many means towards an end, and discussion and collaboration lead to a satisfactory conclusion.  Every teacher in the Academy is highly qualified and trained: energetic, dynamic and exciting classes ensure a stimulating experience for every child. 


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Classes in Perth, Kinross and Fife

Horsecross Glee Juniors Glee workshops for 6-11 year olds (P3-P7) coming soon! Check from Mon 6 Jun for dates of classes which will being in August. No auditions or experience necessary – just lots of enthusiasm and willingness to work hard.

01382 330052

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Out and About: July

Wednesday 13th July

Saturday 18th June until 11th September

Face Painting Norie-Miller Studio, Perth Concert Hall Learn how to face paint with your child with make-up artists Susan McClymont and June McEwan. Professional face paints are available to buy after the workshop. For parents/ carers and children Age 3+ 10.30am–12pm and 1.30-3pm £6.50 (for adult + child. Adults must accompany). 01738 621031

Animal Magic. Kirkcaldy Museum & Art Gallery Have a fangtastic time at and enjoy a truly beastly exhibition! From unicorn horns to rattlesnakes, explore the animal kingdom – hands-on fun for all the family with fancy dress and intrepid explorer games. Admission Free 01592 583213 animalmagic

Saturday 2nd July St Andrews Farmers Markets North Car Park, Argyle Street Perth Farmers Markets King Edward Street and St John’s Place www.perthfarmersmarket. East Wemyss and McDuff Gala Rosie McDuff Hall East Wemyss KY1 4QH 11.45am

Saturday 2nd – Sunday 3rd July Beveridge Park Community Festival Kirkcaldy The theme this year is Helath and wellbeing lots of fun for all the family.

Sunday 3rd July Go on a Scent Trail Learn about how flowers attack insects by taking part in a sniffy, whiffy scent trail and find some sensory surprises. Children will also make their own lavender bag, perfect for sniffing before bedtime. For full details on times and how to join Dobbies Little Seedlings Club visit Cupar Highland Games
12 - 5pm Duffus Park, Cupar East Neuk Festival: Fun in the Sand Join the Sand In Your Eye team to create a bespoke artwork in sand on Elie Beach. From 10am. Tel: 0131 669 1750 Email: info@

4th - 8th July &11th - 15th July Children’s Summer Club Falkland A Summer Activity group for young people aged 7-12. 10am to 3.30pm Tel: 01337 858838 Email: info@ www.

Monday 4th July – 13th August Fife libraries have lots of events on all based on a circus theme including Clowning Around, Bookbug, Magic Masks, Big Toppers: Ringmaster hats & Crazy Clowns sessions See for the full list or contact Booking recommended to guarantee a space. Library and Museum Headquarters 01592 583204

Monday 4th & Tuesday 5th July Clunny Kids Summer Camp. Kirkcaldy Archery, shooting golf & play for 9-14 year old £20.00 (full day) or £15.50 (half day) To book a place or for more information Tel: 01592 720 374 enquiries@ Also Monday 1st & Tuesday 2nd, Monday 8th & Tuesday 9th August 2011

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Thursday 7th July Blairgowrie, Rattray & District Pipe Band, Blairgowrie, Wellmeadow 7.15pm. The band will meet at 1.30pm to march down the High Street to the Wellmeadow for 2.00pm on Saturdays and will meet at 7.00pm to march down the High Street to Wellmeadow for 7.15pm on Thursdays. All performances will last for 1 hour. Also Thursday 21st July 7.15pm, Saturday 23rd July 2.00pm, Thursday 11th August 7.15pm & Thursday 18th August 7.15pm

Saturday 9th July Jack and Jill Market Vine Church, Dunfermline 10:30 AM - 01:30 PM Baby & Kids markets (0-9 years). Book a stall to sell your items, or come along to market day for great bargains. 01721 725879

Thursday 14th July Little Wiggles Norie-Miller Studio, Perth Concert Hall 10.15–11am 3–5 yrs 11.15am– 12.15pm 6–8 yrs. Explore the world of movement with an exciting soundtrack to accompany. Wear comfy clothes and shoes suitable for dancing! £5 (for adult + child. Adults must accompany) 01738 621031

Friday 15th July Blood, Guts and Gore Norie-Miller Studio, Perth Concert Hall Horror effects workshop Age 8-12, 10–11.45am and 1.15–3pm. Transform bits of your body with gruesome stage effects. Wear old clothes – you will get messy! £5 01738 621031

Saturday 16th July CUPAR Farmers Markets Crossgate 9am -1pm

Sunday 17th July, 2011 Animal Handling with Fife Animal Park at Kirkcaldy Museum & Art Gallery. Drop in between 2pm and 4.15pm. FREE01592 583213 DUNFERMLINE Farmers Market Glen Gates, Bridge Street

Monday 11th July & Tuesday 12th July Graffiti Art Studio Theatre, Perth Theatre Work with two leading graffiti artists to create t-shirts, baseball caps and a large mural board. Mon 10am–4pm 8-11 yrs, Tue 10am–4pm 12+ yrs. Please bring a packed lunch and wear old clothes – you will get messy! £5 01738 621031

Tuesday 12th July Pirate Fun Methil Heritage Centre Funky pirate arts and crafts. £3.00 or £2.50 with Fifestyle discount. Book in advance. Pay on the day. To book ring Methil Library 01334 659373.

Wednesday 13th July to 28th August re:make summer workshops at Comrie Croft You can learn to make pop pop steam boats from tin cans, solder your own electronics project, create your own art materials from feathers and berries, build an outdoor kiln, construct a shabby chic jam jar chandelier for the garden, learn about glass fusing and build a bushcamp in the woods? Bookings can be made through Comrie Croft on 01764 670140 or email

Thornton Highland Gathering
 11am – 5.30pm Memorial Park, Thornton

Monday 18th July Horsecross Glee Juniors Norie-Miller Studio, Perth Concert Hall Like singing and dancing? Then come along to this day of workshops. You’ll work with our vocal and dance coaches to learn a song and dance routine from the hit TV show Glee. Parents are invited to see the work at 3.50pm. Please bring a packed lunch, a bottle of water and wear comfy clothes you can dance in. 10am–4pm 7-11 yrs £5 01738 621031 Pond Life The Ecology Centre Kinghorn This is a fun opportunity to investigate pond life at The Ecology Centre. Go pond dipping and then examine specimens under the microscope to find out what lives in our local habitats. Children must be 8 years or over.10am - 11am &11.15am - 12.15pm Meet at the car park of The Ecology CentreCost £3.50 per child. Booking Essential! To book a place, please call 01592 891567 or email: Burntisland Highland Games 10am
 Burntisland Links, Burntisland
 www. 2nd oldest highland games in the world.

Tuesday 19th July Street Dance for Boys Norie-Miller Studio, Perth Concert Hall Calling all boys: Come and take part in this fun street dance workshop where girls are banned! You’ll learn how to pop,

Sunday 7th August

lock and jam to an upbeat soundtrack. Please wear comfy clothes and shoes suitable for dancing in. 10am–12pm 5–7 yrs 1–3pm 8–11 yrs £5. 01738 621031

Prickly Cactus Garden Join in the summer holiday fun and find out about cactus and other different types of carnivorous plants – hungry plants that trap and munch insects. For full details on times and how to join Dobbies Little Seedlings Club visit

Wednesday 20th July Act the Part Norie-Miller Studio, Perth Concert Hall Led by our drama artists, these workshops will be fun and fast-paced as you create new characters, act out stories and play some drama games. 10am–12pm 5–7 yrs, 1–3pm 8–10 yrs £4 01738 621031 Mobile Magic at Kirkcaldy Museum & Art Gallery Make colourful birds and butterfly mobiles. £3.00 or £2.50 with Fifestyle discount. Book in advance. Pay on the day. Tel: 01592 583213.

Wednesday 20th July – Saturday 30th July Crail Festival including; 23rd - Sandcastle Competition 24th The Sticky Kids Singalong Show, 25th Junior Drama workshop amongst many other events. Tel: 01333 450108 Email:

Thursday 21st July Printmaking Workshops on seaside theme at St Andrews Museum. £3.00 or £2.50 with Fifestyle discount. Book in advance. tel: 01334 659380

Friday 22nd July Bookbug @ the Museum Bookbug is moving from the Library to St Andrews Museum for the summer –seaside songs, stories and craft for wee ones. FREE. tel: 01334 659380 to book.

Saturday 23rd July Jack and Jill Market Dewar’s Centre Perth 10:30 AM - 01:30 PM. Baby & Kids markets (0-9 years). Book a stall to sell your items, or come along to market day for great bargains. www. 01721 725879

Thursday 28th July Seaside Craft Workshops Make your own seasidethemed masterpieces at St Andrews Museum. £3.00 or £2.50 with Fifestyle discount. Book in advance. Pay on the day. tel: 01334 659380

Friday 29th July Storytelling Koko the Crocodile with Mara Menzies at Kirkcaldy Museum & Art Gallery. £1.50 or £1.00 with Fifestyle discount. Book in advance. Pay on the day. Tel: 01592 583213.

Saturday 30th July KIKRCALDY Farmers Markets The Town Square

Sunday 31st July St. Andrews Highland Games 1pm -5pm
 Station Park, St. Andrews

Wednesday 10th August

August 2nd August – 3rd August Rock Pools The Ecology Centre Kinghorn Come along and have a fascinating look at the amazing creatures that inhabit our local rock pools on Kinghorn Beach. Wear old shoes, your feet will get wet! Always a very popular summer activity with children and adults alike. Children under 8 must be accompanied by an adult. Tue @10am - 11.30am, Wed @11am - 12.30pm Meet at the Sailing Club by Kinghorn Beach. Cost: £3.50/adult, £2.50/child/concession To book a place please call 01592 891567 or email:

Wednesday 3rd August, 2011 Monster Masks at Kirkcaldy Museum & Art Gallery. £3.00 or £2.50 with Fifestyle discount. Book in advance. Pay on the day. Tel: 01592 583213. Killin Highland Games Breadalbane Park Killin

Thursday 4th - Saturday 6th August The Singing Kettle’s Funny Farm Perth Theatre Cilla, Artie, Gary and Kevin serve up a bumper crop of top-notch singalongs including Little Red Tractor, Old Macdonald, and The Farmer’s in his Den. Meet the wackiest collection of farmyard friends you’ll ever see and don’t forget to dress up as yourfavourite farmyard animal. 11am + 2pm. £12; family of four £44; groups 10+ £8.50 babes in arms (up to 12 mths) £2 01738 621031

Friday 5th August Bookbug @ the Museum Bookbug is moving from the Library to St Andrews Museum for the summer –seaside songs, stories and craft for wee ones. FREE. Tel: 01334 659380 to book

Saturday 6th August St Andrews Farmers Markets North Car Park, Argyle Street Perth Farmers Markets King Edward Street and St John’s Place Pirate Fun funky pirate arts and crafts at Methil Heritage Centre. £3.00 or £2.50 with Fifestyle discount. Book in advance. Pay on the day. To book ring Methil Library 01334 659373. Inverkeithing Highland Games 10am – 5.30 pm
 Ballast Bank Sports Pavilion, Inverkeithing

Clydebuilt Theatre Seaside Special puppetmaking workshops at St Andrews Museum. £3.00 or £2.50 with Fifestyle discount. Book in advance. Pay on the day. Tel: 01334 659380. tel: 01334 659380.

Saturday 13th August Jack and Jill Market Vine Church, Dunfermline 10:30 AM - 01:30 PM. Baby & Kids markets (0-9 years). Book a stall to sell your items, or come along to market day for great bargains. 01721 725879 DUNFERMLINE Farmers Market Glen Gates, Bridge Street

Sunday 14th August Perth Highland Games
South Inch, Perth

Saturday 20th August CUPAR Farmers Markets Crossgate 9am -1pm

Saturday 21st – Sunday 22nd August Scottish Bus Museum Open Weekend Dunfermline Tel: 01383 623380

Sunday 21st August Crieff Highland Gathering
Market Park, Crieff

Friday 26th – Tue 30th August Continental Market Dunfermline

Saturday 27th August Birnam Highland Games
 Little Dunkeld, Birnam KIKRCALDY Farmers Markets The Town Square

Saturday 27th & Sunday 28th Bruce Festival Dunfermline.

Sunday 28th August Summer Festival The Ecology Centre Kinghorn Don’t miss our annual Summer Festival, four hours of summer fun for all the family to enjoy. A lively afternoon of games, live music, displays and activities. Plenty for all ages. Sunday 28th August 12 noon - 4pm Entrance is free.

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SUMMER PROGRAMME Monday 4th July - Friday 29th July


Looking for fun this Summer? Looking to make new friends? Then check out our Full Day Camps @ Loch Leven Community Campus

Donaldson’s School Information Day A day for parents and professionals

Saturday 24 September 2011, 10am - 1pm

Situated in Linlithgow, Donaldson’s School is Scotland’s national school for pupils who are deaf or have communication difficulties.

Our Full Day Camps are for kids in P1 - P7 and take place Monday to Friday from 8.30am - 5.30pm. Call the Campus on 01577 867200 or the Summer Programme Booking Line on 01738 492461 Parents, carers & professionals are invited to our Information Day: Meet our specialist staff team and learn about our unique environment of inclusive communication Attend workshops covering topics including Educational Audiology, Speech & Language Therapy and Learning and Teaching Find out about our flexible range of places, funded by local authorities including nursery, primary, secondary and residential Enjoy a full tour of the modern facilities and refreshments Please register your place in advance by contacting Kim Pedder, School Secretary, on 01506 841900 or email

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Preston Road, Linlithgow, West Lothain EH49 6HZ

Donaldson’s is a Grant Aided Special School support by the Scottish Government. Donaldson’s (Governors of Donaldson’s Trust) is a registered charity (SCO17417)

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Families Fife magazine Issue 8 Jul - Aug 2011

Families Fife Issue 8 Jul - Aug 2011  

Families Fife magazine Issue 8 Jul - Aug 2011