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Inco rporating Perth & Kinross


the really useful magazine and website for families in the fife region Issue 14 • July/Aug 2012

weeks of Summer

From day trips to days in - see inside to get your summer holidays sorted

• Whats’s on: Special summer listings plus day by day guide for July and August • Back to school: Shopping advice from school outfitters and

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Dunfermline  Glenrothes  Kirkcaldy  Perth  Kinross  Cupar  St Andrews or a village in between

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Inco rporating Perth & Kinross 3 Welcome to Families Fife 4 Who, What, Where, When Local news and update

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6 Education and Childcare Curriculum for excellence explained and nursery news 7 Back to School It will come round soon enough. Advice on school kit 8 Summer Sorted: With days out, rainy day activities and planned events in and around the region 11 Birth, Baby and Beyond Choosing a birth partner with Synergy and book review

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12 Parent to Parent With local inventor Milnathort mum Susan Coghill 13 Clubs and Classes news Families guide to what’s on locally 16 Summer days out inspiration

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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: September - October 2012 Booking deadline: 3 August Out: 3 September 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. t’s July and for those of us with kids, it’s the official start of the summer. Depending on your point of view, you’ll be approaching the next 6 weeks with either a sense of dread or with one of joy. I’m feeling a mixture of both if I am honest. Joy definitely, at the thought of not having to get organised by 8.30am every day. And dread at the very real possibility of many rain soaked long days indoors! On the positive side, the Diamond Jubilee is past and the Olympic Torch has left Scotland. School Sports Day, Health Week, Bike Week, Transition Week and the myriad other highlights of the busy June calendar are now past. Phew! I wonder if they’ve started issuing mums-to-be smart phones in the maternity wards? If you are erring on the optimistic side however, there is certainly no shortage of things to do in the region. Check the centre pages for ideas and inspiration for day trips and use the Out and About section on Page 14 to find out what’s happening throughout the summer months. Don’t forget hats and sunscreen – we’re being optimistic remember… and do Like us on Facebook and check to be in the know as soon as we are. Happy holidays.  Susan Kirkwood, Editor

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ycleStart rides are designed to meet the needs of beginner cyclists, or for those who have been away from cycling for some time, and would welcome the opportunity of easy rides with experienced cyclists to gain confidence, and to meet and socialise with like-minded people. CycleStart is supported by Fife Council and by a range of local volunteers. The rides are free, are open to everyone aged 10-100 (10-17 year-olds need to be accompanied by an adult), and will be regular to allow you to build up experience, fitness and confidence. Rides will be up to 5 miles in length and

CycleStart rides During Bike Week there will be THREE CycleStart rides, all starting from Dunnikier Park (by the football pitches off Dunnikier Way). CycleStart rides are over short distances at a leisurely pace and are a great way to get out on your bike. • Sunday 17th June at 10am • Thursday 21st June at 6pm • Sunday 24th June at 10am


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News: Who, What, Where, When … Puddledub Welcome

Kinghorn’s global learners


ell known Fife meat company Puddledub, currently best known for its fabulous pork sausages and bacon, is now offering its excellent range of local meats from the butchery in the Foodhall at Dobbies Garden World Dunfermline. Run by local farmer Tom Mitchell, Puddledub is a family business which prides itself in the quality, freshness and local origin of its meat. As well as selling online and through Farmers Markets, Puddledub has now taken over the butchery at Dobbies Farm Foodhall. Families is sure that this will be a positive step for both companies and is delighted to be able to source Auchtertool Originals so close to home! That’s sausages for the uninitiated!

Follow Puddledub to find out what else is new. Puddledub on Facebook and @puddledubpork on Twitter

Badger Book Competition


ook one in the popular illustrated children’s series of Badger the Mystical Mutt books for 5 - 9 year olds has hit the no. 1 spot in paperback charts all over Scotland. Now Book two, Badger the Mystical Mutt and the Barking Boogie is out and already selling fast. In this adventure, a mysterious and extremely whiffy smell has caused the Pong Police to close the lane. Now, Cheryl with a C, the dancing diva who put the wah-wah in Chihuahua, has nowhere to practise for Anton Du Bark’s Hotpaws Barking Boogie, and she needs a partner! If you’d like to get your paws on a copy of the new book, simply answer the following question: What kind of animal is Badger the Mystical Mutt? a) a dog b) a badger c) a hamster To enter go to

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ÊÊ Some of the children on the Child Support Programme in Kibera wearing Johari Seedlings t-shirts which are designed and produced in Kenya by our Social Enterprise Johari Designs.


ne area of the curriculum for Primary school learners is global learning. Families Fife was interested to hear recently how a school in Kinghorn has partnered with a school in Kenya in order to learn more about each other’s way of life. Representatives from the Johari Foundation’s Miale programmes visited Kinghorn Primary in October 2010 to talk about life in Kenya. The Fife pupils were particularly interested in what the children ate, where they lived, how far some children had to walk to get to school, wild animals and insects and the types of activities children participated in. When they learned that children in Kenya often had to use pieces of broken pencil as there weren’t enough pencils to go around in class they were so concerned that they raised funds to purchase new stationery for the children on the Programmes. In this way they have been able to provide ongoing support for children on the Foundation’s Miale Programmes. Karyn Wyse, teacher at Kinghorn has played a fundamental role in building and nurturing the schools’ relationship. Karyn says “We have

used the Johari Foundation and their Miale programmes to provide a meaningful context to deliver a focused approach to global learning. We have appreciated the Johari Foundation’s support in helping our children understand that not all children around the world receive the rights they are entitled to and have shown how we can help”.  For more information on the other schools who have been involved with Johari Foundation and the Step up for Kenya programme, please visit

Turtle Tots announce new swim classes in West Fife


urtle Tots is a new and unique swimming programme. It begins with “Turtle Tums” - aqua-natal yoga classes for pregnant mums, and continues with Turtle Tots specialist baby and toddler swimming classes. Now just in its second term in Fife, trainer Gill Currie is delighted to be able to offer new classes in Lochgelly and Cowdenbeath starting this August. Local mum of three Gill feels that teaching babies to swim is incredibly rewarding because she’s giving them an important life skill.

Hip Hip Hooray!


he Great Hippo Parade is back for 2012. 17 local primary schools around Glenrothes have been transforming these adult hippos alongside 15 local nurseries who were given baby hippos to make over. The great unveiling of the decorated animals took place on Saturday 16th June in Lyon Square in The Kingdom Shopping Centre and the hippos are on show in the shopping centre all summer. This year’s theme was ‘Friends from across the World’.  Voting for your favourite hippo is now open and you can vote online through Kingdom Shopping Centre’s Facebook page or pick up a voting form at the information desk in the centre.

Sick Kids Hospital Fun Fundraiser


n Saturday 7th July Rosyth Civil Service Club plays host to what promises to be a fantastic fun family day out. Already the Fire Brigade are on board to allow kids to be a firefighter for the day in their engine and there’s a 5 a-side football tournament where ex professional players will take on the amateurs. There’s also all the usual fun you’d expect in the form of bouncy castles, inflatable slides, face painting and balloons, not to mention the more exotic events such as sumo wrestling and gladiator games. The event is being organised entirely by John and Helena Scott, Rosyth residents who would like to see the Fun Day become an annual event in Rosyth’s calendar. This is a charity fundraiser and the couple have very personal reasons for supporting the Sick Kids Hospital in Edinburgh. Last year, their own son Neeson spent 2 months at the hospital fighting for his life when he took ill with pneumonia at just 14 months old. 100% of funds raised will go to the hospital, half of which is promised to ITU where Neeson was cared for. To support the event, simply get your family along.  Note that this is a ticketed event for tickets call 07969 917919. You can also donate money at www.

Not only does the Turtle Tots programme focus on teaching babies and young children to swim, it also promotes pre-natal and post-natal fitness and provides an excellent toning workout for mums which can burn up to 250 calories in a single class! Of course the programme is open to dads as well, who are more than welcome to come along! What’s more, Gill is donating a percentage of every class to The Fetal Medicine Unit at Fife NHS, and the Scottish Spina Bifida Association. Having had first hand experience of the great work of both

organisations, [Gill’s second child Niamh was born with Spina Bifida] Gill wanted to help other families who have children with similar disabilities.  Classes held in Carnegie Leisure Centre, Sunday mornings 8am, 8.30am and 9am, Lochgelly High School, Sunday afternoons 1.30pm and 2pm and Tuesday afternoons 4.30pm and 5pm Cowdenbeath TBC For more information call Gill on email gill. or visit


TurTle ToTs specialisT BaBy and Toddler swimming lessons now availaBle ThroughouT FiFe New classes starting in Dunfermline, Cowdenbeath and Lochgelly in August 2012. Weekend classes available. Aqua natal yoga also available. Contact Gill Currie on 07753807188 or to book or find out more.

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Education & childcare Nursery News Staff, children and parents at Dunfermline’s Lauriston Nursery celebrated the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee by dressing up in royal colours and attire. The nursery was decorated in royal bunting and children’s artwork and the children celebrated in true royal style with a yummy party food high tea. Everyone had a splendid time. Staff, parents and children are all now busy planning for their upcoming mini Olympics which will take place on Saturday 21st July in celebration of London 2012. There will be a variety of events taking place including an egg and spoon race, standing long jump and target shooting. Even the parents will be getting involved with their very own races including a three-legged race. 

Curriculum for Excellence


he Curriculum for Excellence is the Scottish Government’s plan for ensuring the country’s youngsters are “successful learners, confident individuals, responsible citizens and effective contributors”. ÊSounds Ê fantastic, what does it really mean? It means that teachers are free to decide what to teach and the way in which to teach it. Children will be encouraged to use computers far more, perhaps using for research instead of being taught a topic. Lessons will be more joined-up across topics. For example, children studying WWII might look at the artists and writers of the time as well as the history. For secondary children, exams don’t come in until S4 and subjects get chosen much later.

To register your child for a place at Lauriston call 01383 741900 Children helping children Lilliput Day Nursery in Dunfermline have made “A Children’s Promise to learn about Social Responsibility” through early years childcare & education. Every day children are encouraged to consider how the small things they do make a difference to others. This year Lilliput will be promoting three national fundraising events and two local charities. The national charities are also supported by their parent company Bertram Nursery Group who collectively in March raised £6,852 for Sport Relief. Capes and superpowers are now at the ready for the Super Hero themed Barnardos Big Toddle this summer. November brings BBC Children in Need and then on to Christmas where Hummingbird will consult with child, parents and staff on which project to support, where children may explore the meaning of giving and ways to help others less fortunate. 

School’s out at Fife Early Years Service

ÊIsn’t Ê that just all just common sense? The idea came from a consultation in 2002 called the National Debate on Education. At the time it was felt the curriculum was too wide causing pupils to skate over the surface of topics. A more modern way of teaching was needed, where children were involved in their own learning and there was a link between different disciplines. Perhaps more seriously, there was widespread concern that too many young people were leaving school without the basic skills of numeracy and literacy. ÊSo Ê is everything wonderful at school now? As the changes to Curriculum for Excellence take place, they certainly seem to be given a cautious welcome. However, some teachers are concerned the changes haven’t been explained well enough and that, in some cases, they lack the wider skills such as in using computers.  By Ellen Arnison


ummer at last! Fife Child Care & Early Years Services are providing a wide range of fun activities through their out of school clubs over the summer holidays. All our out of school clubs are registered with the Care Inspectorate and our staff are qualified Play Professionals (who love playing!) Our registered Childcare Services offer indoor and outdoor play opportunities such as Mini Olympics, Ready Steady Cook, Mini Highland Games and organised trips. The children are involved in the planning of the programme so activities may vary from club to club. We would also be pleased to speak to any family wishing to register for out-of-school care for after the summer break, so call us to find out more!  To find your nearest Out of School Club during the summer break contact Linsey Sanders on 01592 583146 or email

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Back to school Boxing Clever


ummer is a busy time for shoe shops. First it is the rush to buy sandals and then it is the panic to buy school shoes. It is important that children are properly fitted for school shoes as they will be wearing them all day every day and no two children’s feet are the same – even their own! To allow busy mums to beat the rush, Linsey’s Shoe Box in St Andrews are offering early evening school shoe fitting

pattern on the sole. Also important, is having an effective fastener across the instep so that your child doesn’t curl his toes to keep them on. Laces, buckles and velcro straps are best. 

appointments. Remember to bring along the socks your child will wear and to allow enough time for the appointment. Shop owner, Ann Scott recommends leather footwear because it provides the healthiest environment for growing feet. Children’s feet have as many sweat glands as an adult’s and as leather is breathable it allows vapour to escape through the surface of the shoe. For maximum comfort, durability and grip, choose shoes with a good tread

Back to school appointments at Linsey’s Shoe Box, 160 South Street, St Andrews From 15 July - 10 August after 5pm. Mon-Fri Call 01334 49283

Lessons in school style start in Primary 1

ÊHow Ê many changes of clothes? Our basic suggestion is for polo shirts say that

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tarting school can be an exciting time for children – and parents! We asked Steven Cook from Fife Schoolwear & Uniforms in Kirkcaldy, about suggestions they give to help fledgling school-parents, 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. 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!

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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 ÊDon’t Ê 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

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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) – 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. ÊName Ê 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 important business of running the school! ÊDon’t Ê 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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Summer fun feature

6 weeks of Summer – sorted! W

ell it was always going to be a busy summer what with the whole country focused first on the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee and now the Olympics. But just how packed we didn’t realise! We’ve put together a selection of local events and workshops taking place over summer to help you plan for those long summer holidays. Remember to look up www.familiesfife. for up to date ‘what’s on’ listings and to read this article in full. Do check with venues for up to date information before setting out. Also don’t forget to take a brolly/mac/ sunglasses/sun cream for the predictably unpredictable Scottish climate. Have fun and see you in September!

6 weeks of sumer – Festivals

ÊBig Ê Tent Festival, Falkland Estate, Fife 21 & 22 July Scotland’s leading environmental and music festival has announced another great line up for 2012 with top music acts, kids’ performers, great food and environmental workshops and demonstrations all set to make the event one of Scotland’s best value festivals of the year. Children up to the age of 16 will attend the event for free, onsite camping area. ÊAberdour Ê Festival 20-29th July There seems to be a staggering number of activities and events to get involved with in this really comprehensive festival. Go to the website for the full programme which includes the famous Donkey Brae Run on Sunday 22nd and the village tented market at Silver Sands on Saturday 21st July. – I do like

the sound of the Pimms and buffalo burgers – ed! Childrens’ event tickets are only on sale on Saturday 23rd June at the Church Hall from 9.00am to 11.30am and Monday 25th June from 6.00pm to 7.00pm at the Library, Shore Road. Get the booking form from the Festival website or at the Church Hall on Saturday 23rd June. Look out for Doodle & Splat sessions at the Aberdour Festival on Friday 27th July. Tickets will be going on sale soon. ÊBeveridge Ê Park Community Festival Saturday/Sunday 28/29 July, 12-4pm The popular Beveridge Park Community Festival will this year be held on the last weekend in July with all kinds of attractions to keep the whole family entertained. There will be live music on the Friday and Saturday evenings (tickets from Kirkcaldy YMCA) and a whole range of activities and stalls from community groups and other organisations. As part of the festival, Make your move Kirkcaldy will be running activities to encourage more people to cycle and walk in the town. These will include: • cycle stunt display shows on both Saturday and Sunday • Dr Bike: free bike checkups and minor repairs • Come and try Bike Polo (2pm Saturday) And lots more including competitions, and information to inspire you to get on your bike this summer – check www. for information and contact details. ÊRiverside Ê Park Festival Glenrothes Friday/Saturday/Sunday 27, 28,29 July On the weekend of the 27th to 29th July Riverside Park in Glenrothes hosts a festival to celebrate UK’s annual ‘Love Parks Week’ with a huge range of family friendly activities on offer. Friday’s attractions and activities will have a sporting theme to coincide with the

Under 5s Dance & Movement Classes Classes held throughout Fife, Kinross, Perth and Dundee Franchise opportunities available Low start up costs and manageable hours Call or look on facebook for your local class Call 07923 949530 or 07773 279797

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Opening Ceremony of the London 2012 Olympic Games and include sprinting and cycling challenges. An arts and crafts theme will see Saturday offering dance, circus and paint workshops along with a range of demonstrations and taster sessions on offer. Sunday will have a family focus with a wide range of fun demonstrations and workshops as well as a petting zoo and teddy bears picnic with a special guest reading from Aileen Paterson, author of the famous Maisie books. Other attractions are to include a continental market, a ‘mother and baby hippos parade’, recycled junk music workshops, bouncy castle, fairground and tractor rides. ÊSummer Ê Festival at the Ecology Centre, Kinghorn Saturday 18th August Family Fun Day, with Pond Dipping, Storytelling Walks, Games, Music. FREE Craigencalt, Kinghorn, Fife, KY3 9YG Tel: 01592 891567,

6 weeks of Summer – Local outings

Here is some inspiration for summer outings in the region. ÊAllanhill Ê Strawberry Farm If you’re looking to take your kids for an easy day out in the Fife countryside, Allanhill Farm shop is just 1 mile outside St Andrews, with a beautiful view over the bay and a free children’s play area. Allanhill is a working strawberry farm, so the fruit in the shop is the freshest you’ll get, not to mention the delicious home baking, soups and snacks.  There are farm animals to see, as well as some rarer species you may not have encountered before, so there’s plenty to amuse the family.  The shop specialises in local produce and

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has just added a range of Fife-made frozen ready meals, so you can even pick up something for tea before you leave! ÊÊ Cairnie Fruit Farm and Mega Maze There is something for everyone at Cairnie Fruit Farm & Mega Maze! Come along, join in the fun and have a fabulous day out in the fresh air and enjoy our beautiful great outdoors with a range of activities on offer: Pick Your Own soft fruit at one of the original family run ‘PYO’ enterprises in Scotland. Great healthy fun for all the family as well as ensuring consumption of several of your ‘Five a Day’! Mega Maze: come and get lost in our 6 acre Mega Maze, this year we will depict the Olympic Games to reflect London 2012. The Mega Maze opens 16th July, until end of October. Funyard: bring the kids and have a great day out in the fresh air playing on the straw bale climbing fortress, racing around the peddle go-cart track, bouncing on the numerous trampolines, swinging on the crazy swings and trying out the new ‘Cairnie Cresta Run’. Refresh yourself in the Tearoom & Farmshop choose from our popular family friendly menu offering wholesome healthy food. Cairnie is renowned for our wonderful fresh homebaking in particular the mouthwatering Cairnie ‘MegaTart’. Browse through our lovely spacious Farmshop where you can find our freshly picked fruit grown on the farm and taste our award winning Cairnie Fruit Farm Jam – ‘Cam’s Jam’. Cairnie

Sometimes it’s nice to get on the train and really get away. Glasgow Museums want to remind we easterners of the joys of the west.

Our museums also offer a great experience for kids of all ages through the permanent collection displays. At Kelvingrove, we have dinosaurs, an Egyptian mummy and Sir Roger the Elephant and friends, plus the miniMake sure Glasgow Museums are part of museum for the youngest ones, with all your summer! sorts of funny things to try out or try on! Glasgow Museums venues are all At Riverside, there’s the locomotives, across the city, including The Burrell the trams, the Subway and Main Street, plus Collection, Gallery of Modern Art (GoMA), much more to explore. The displays have lots Glasgow Museums Resource Centre, of interactive features to inspire young minds Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum, and if it’s a nice day, a trip on the Govan Ferry People’s Palace, Provand’s Lordship, can be a great way to make a fun day out for Riverside Museum, Scotland Street School all the family. Museum, St Mungo Museum of You can get up to date Religious Life and Art. information on what’s on at To keep everyone any of our museums from our entertained and inspired website – glasgowmuseums. over the holidays, we’ve got com – where you can download a fantastic programme of our current What’s On brochure activities and events, including or check our searchable events a medieval summer school database. for ages 7+ at The Burrell All of our museums can be Collection, GoMA Art Sessions easily reached by train, bus or for ages 3-11 and drop in craft subway – check out our website activities for ages 5-12 at St ÊÊ The mini-museum Mungo Museum, plus much at Kelvingrove is great for details on all the transport options.  more. fun for younger kids!

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Summer fun feature 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) ÊAndrew Ê Carnegie Birthplace Museum Open: Mon – Sat 10am - 5pm, Sun 2 - 5pm March - November The museum celebrates the life and legacy of Andrew Carnegie who became the richest man in the world and gave his money away for the long-term benefit of ordinary people. With interactive displays, monthly weaving demonstrations, temporary exhibitions, activities for children including a Bunny Hunt, a delightful café, garden, gift shop and unique events space, the museum is a fascinating place to visit for all the family. Free Admission, Free parking, Coach pull-in, Disabled access, Baby-changing facilities. Moodie Street Dunfermline Tel: 01383 724302

6 weeks of Summer – Events

ÊNational Ê Festival of Youth Theatre 2012 13th – 16th July Join youth theatres from across Scotland and beyond for an exciting 4-day programme of theatre and performance work - written, devised and performed by groups aged 1425. Rothes Halls, Glenrothes. Box office 01592 611101 ÊLet’s Ê Pretend - Summer arts & crafts workshops Tuesday 17th, Wednesday 18th & Thursday 19th July in the Rosyth area. Full details will be updated on website: Also, any reader booking a Let’s Pretend party is free to use Families discount code FA0602. Ê1st Ê Steps Summer fun events Teddy Bears Picnic- Grab your favourite plush and get along to 1st steps teddy bears picnic. Venue: Playzone, Kirkcaldy. Date: 16th

6 weeks of Summer – Downtime

Okay now for a reality check. You wake on the third Thursday in July and it’s a monsoon outside. Time for some wet weather creative projects. How about making your own mini glasshouse? Terrariums are making a comeback – show your children the joys of tending a miniature garden! Go to for full instructions courtesy of those supercrafters Re:make. Or try some marvelous messy play recipes from experts Doodle and Splat.

July. Time: 1- 2.15pm. Venue: Soccerworld, Dundee. Date: 16th July. Time: 10-11.15am Shorts and Shades - Get the use of those summer clothes. Venue: Play Planet, Dalgety Bay. Date: 26th July. Time: 1.30-2.45pm Refreshments are provided at these events. Open to all children not just 1st Steps pupils. Babies under 6 months free, older children welcome. Booking essential. Booking or call Elizabeth 07923 949150 or Susan on 07773 2797977. All events cost £5 per child. ÊHigh Ê School Summer Intensive Fitness Plan at Mind & Body Studio From July 2nd - August 10th Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays at 1.00pm Calling all High School Kids. Why not put the Summer to good use and get in shape? This 6 week intensive plan gives invaluable education, exercise and advice and to not only get in shape but to allow young adults

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and teenagers to make that lifestyle change for the better 6 Week Program £99 Call 01592 263700 for more details or to book. ÊSummer Ê Creative Adventure Week with Remake and Do It Outdoors Monday 30 July – Friday 3 August, Ardvreck School, Crieff Remake have teamed up again with Do It Outdoors to run the summer week at Ardvreck School in Crieff. Remake specialise in craft and construction classes finding new uses for reclaimed, scrounged and found objects. Workshops will run 9-12pm and 1-4pm from Monday 30th July to Friday 30th August 2012. Open to all children aged 5-12 years of age. From £12.50 for a morning or afternoon workshop, £20 for full day and £90 for a full week. The summer week includes Olympic Champion Torches, Medals & Crowns; Balloon Cars & Rubber Band Racers; Sundials & Mobiles; Cardboard Costume Kings & Queens; Plant Press Making & Botany Hunt; Nature Detectives; Nature Sculptures; Camouflage Kids; Spears, Fires & Piggy on a Stick; Campfire Cooking & Assault Course. Call Fiona on 0750 557 6361 to book and see  Not flagging yet? Turn to the back page for more day’s out inspiration to help you and the children enjoy the summer.

Choc’z Away Fun chocolate workshops... Chocolate parties in your own home or venue of your choice for children aged 4 and over... 07900 30 50 25

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 Young Farmers Yard (with ride on tractors) l Football pitch and other surprises l NEW* for 2012 Cairnie Cresta Run l Plenty of free parking Large picnic area 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 16th July

Birth, Baby and Beyond

Visualise and realise a calmer birth P

Better beginnings with the Synergy Centre Birth partner - be prepared


regnancy yoga is one of the best things you can do to feel healthy and relaxed. Yoga can help you keep active so you feel good during your pregnancy, and after the birth. You will find your body feeling more supple and notice discomforts, such as back pain and cramp, diminishing. Many pregnant women get their best sleep of the week after yoga class as they have exercised and relaxed deeply as a Dunfermline class participant testifies rather than YP: ‘After class I felt very relaxed, lighter and happy’. YogaBirth classes offer pregnancy yoga and childbirth education to help your birth as well as your pregnancy. Their unique formula has been developed over 30 years and has its origins in the active birth movement of the 1970s. By encouraging your baby to position well within you, you help make your birth

‘It made a HUGE HUGE difference - the breathing works wonders’

Leesa, Inverkeithing class attendee

simpler and easier. This involves using your body position to encourage your baby’s spine towards the front of your belly in your third trimester. Forward leaning positions will help your baby position well so getting on all fours even for a few minutes every so often during your day will greatly help you and your baby. Classes focus on breathing and you will learn techniques such as Dandelion breathing and Birth-Day breathing. Through breath awareness you will find yourself feeling calmer and more able to let go. During birth many women find the breathing techniques transformative. 

he right birth partner can make all the difference to a labouring woman and the labour itself. A finely balanced cocktail of baby’s and mother’s hormones (often described as love hormones) control labour. This natural state is best maintained in an environment where a woman feels safe, nurtured and secure. Our sphincters are also shy, and a woman needs a birth partner she can “be herself” with in order to relax and surrender to the birth process. This may be the father, (although for some women the father may not be around) a friend, relative or a paid Doula [a person, usually a woman, who is professionally trained to assist a woman during childbirth and who may provide support to the family after the baby is born]. Sometimes a woman chooses more than one birth partner to be in attendance. Fifty years ago fathers were rarely at the birth of their children. Now in the UK more than 95% of fathers are with their partner during labour. Though many embrace this, some fathers express confusion and uncertainty of their role, whilst others may be fearful. Fear is contagious, adrenaline, the hormone of fear impedes the love hormones of the first stage of labour,

and a birth partner who is uncertain and unprepared for their role may unknowingly hinder progress of this stage. Clarifying the role of birth partner, developing an understanding of the birth process through antenatal preparation, and open discussion with the woman on her birth plan are key steps to offering her the support she needs. As a birth partner you also need to look after yourself. Make sure you have supplies of all your own needs with you including snacks and drinks. Birth partners also need to wear a tough skin! Don’t take rejection or reaction seriously. Above all keep calm and know that by just being there you can make her feel safe, nurtured and secure... So what is the role of a birth partner? In essence the role can be described under 3 headings; Guardian of the environment, Support and Advocate. To learn more about the role of the birth partner as Guardian of the environment, Support and Advocate read the full article at  Maggie McKeen is a retired Midwife and Health Visitor now teaching Yoga for Pregnancy & Birth Classes and offering Birth Partner Preparation Workshops and Private Sessions at Synergy Yoga & Therapy Centre in Glenrothes. Maggie is a Co-Founder and Co-Director of Synergy. Tel: 01592 631672 Email:


Susannah teaches regular yoga classes for adults, pregnancy, and baby in Inverkeithing & Dunfermline. See what others have said about her classes [ testimonials/]. Susannah has just published a new book a visual guide to help mums to be who can’t get to her classes or for those who’d like a visual guide to the poses. Yoga and breathing for pregnancy and birth integrates yoga poses, breathing, optimal fetal positioning and active birth positions. Get a copy of the book at: http://www. yoga-and-breathing-for-pregnancy-andbirth/paperback/product-20117174.html

stretch & relax

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3 pregnancy & birth baby & postnatal general mixed ability


Dunfermine, Inverkeithing S. Queensferrry & Edinburgh Susannah Dean IYT, BWY, YogaBirth, IAIM 01383 413121



Yoga Reiki Shiatsu Massage Birth Partner Workshops Manual Lymphatic Drainage Reflexology

Gift Vouchers Available Synergy Natural Pregnancy Services

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Parent to parent

One family, two languages


French summers weren’t enough to get me used to the unrelenting heat of a city. Keeping windows closed to keep the heat out does not come naturally to someone from Scotland. Heeding official advice and taking your child to a supermarket for a daily dose of air-conditioning is quite a novelty. Managing to keep your flat at a cool 27 degrees is an achievement when it’s 36 degrees outside. Scottish summers may be cooler and shorter, but the recent heatwave has meant Monsieur R and Puce are enjoying discovering all the things you

can’t do in France: seal-spotting at Tentsmuir; fish and chips whilst admiring the colourful boats in Anstruther; amazed that a “full” beach at Broughty Ferry still means you’re at least 5 metres from your neighbours; and checking the ice-cream is worth queuing for at St Andrews (it is). If only “summer” could last until September…! Jenny Clark, Strictly Speaking: One Family, Two Languages www.

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Susan Coghill is the creator of ‘Puff the Magic Dryer’ the world’s first highspeed, low-noise hand dryer created especially for children. Inspired by her daughter Katie’s dislike of noisy ‘adult’ hand dryers in toilets, which in turn meant that washing hands was becoming a problem, she created a hand dryer that not only dries hands fast but encourages children to wash their hands properly using Puff’s ‘hand wash high 5’ (a free A4 poster available to download from the website). Having launched the dryers at Dundee Science Museum back in March, the dryers are now being sold in the UK and Ireland and will soon be launched in New Zealand, South Africa and Australia. More information can be found at Susan lives in Milnathort with husband Iain and daughter Katie who’s 7. Why you like living where you do? I love living in Milnathort – there are so many clubs, activities and facilities for both parents and children. Loch Leven is beautiful and we love walking and cycling round there. The Loch Leven Community Campus has a great library and sporting facilities too. Some of the holiday clubs there are also great value for money. Favourite shop: Loch Leven’s Larder for the fantastic cakes after a cycle round the Loch! They also have some beautiful gifts and cards. Favourite park: Kirkgate Park in Kinross – we love it there – there’s plenty of space to run around, have a picnic, followed by a wee trip to The Boathouse for coffee and a treat! Favourite children’s club/class Katie loves going to the Brownies and has also just started Karate in Milnathort and is really enjoying that. Favourite child friendly restaurant: Whenever we have a family birthday, we all go to Frankie and Benny’s in Perth or Dunfermline. We’ve always had a good experience there and the kids love the food. Proudest eco-friendly moment: Creating the first child-friendly hand dryer called Puff the Magic Dryer! We estimate for every Puff the Magic Dryer installed, up to 3 trees per annum are saved! Best planet saving tip: Fill a 1 litre drinks bottle with water, replace the lid and insert into your toilet cisterns. This will reduce your water consumption by 15% on average. No parent should be without: Tissues! Something I learnt from my mum.

Parenting pet hates: Noisy handdryers in baby changing rooms! (Asda please note!) Favourite family holiday spot: Portugal, the Eastern Algarve in particular – it’s a short flight, great beaches, lovely weather. Favourite day out: A day trip with the family to Edinburgh – there’s so much to see and do for all ages and it doesn’t have to cost very much. We had a picnic in Princes Street gardens recently and then went to the National Museum of Scotland which has free entry. We also love going to Cairnie Fruit Farm in the summer. Best children’s book: Gangsta Granny by David Walliams. Both Katie and I really enjoyed this book, it was both funny and surprisingly sad too. Best children DVD or video: I would say Animal Alphabet or Spider in the Bath have both stood the test of time and have been passed around our family for years! Most played with toys: Barbie is still a favourite and anything which is arts or crafts based. The trampoline is regularly bounced on especially when friends and family visit. Biggest waste of money: The latest ‘collectables’, such as Moshi Monsters or Hello Kitty. Most successful recipe/food: Crepes, both savoury and sweet always go down a treat in our house. So quick and easy to make a batter, and just a few minutes to cook. Then get the kids to fill with chicken and sweetcorn, or ham and tomatoes, etc. Or for a sweet filling, bananas and honey, or delicious local raspberries and ice cream! Yum. 

Clubs and Classes Clubs and Classes news Rugbytots is coming to Perth! Rugbytots is a play programme for children aged 2-7 years. The Scotland area, with classes in Edinburgh, Glasgow, Lothians, Borders, and Stirling is run by Carl McWilliam, who was formerly part of the New Zealand 7s team and played in the Scottish Premier league for Watsonians. Carl, joined by other experienced coaches, now aims to pass on his knowledge at grass roots level in a fun and educational way. Carl comments “It is a great way to get kids learning basic motor skills which will give them a head start in any sport they choose to follow. The aim is to create a positive play environment which will help to develop confidence and social skills” Classes will start in Perth in August. Send your email interest to or add yourself to the online waiting lists at

Doodle and SPlat Look out for sessions from Doodle and Splat at the Aberdour Festival on Friday 27th July. Tickets will be going on sale soon. Check facebook for details.  Live active leisure Live Active have just announced their packed summer programme which includes pre school activities, full and half day camps and sports camps for all ages. Go online to get the lowdown. 

Get your baby splash happy!


wimming is one of the few things your baby can do from birth, and as well as being fantastic for them, it’s also one of the healthiest activities for you too. In water, babies are able to exercise every single muscle in their body. Whilst the emphasis in our sessions is on strengthening the bond between the two of you, swimming from birth is also excellent for their development. Despite looking gentle, swimming strengthens the heart, lungs and respiratory 01250 870102/07749 075459 ENTERTAINMENT, THEMED PARTIES & BOUNCY CASTLE

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system which, in turn, aids development of the brain. What’s more, regular swimming can enhance their awareness while improving eating and sleeping patterns. Your baby doesn’t need to have completed their immunisations before entering the pool, but if you have any concerns check out the NHS Choices website.  For more information, call Wendy on 01786 430314, email her on or visit

Kids Parties With A Difference Catwalk Party (age 5-13 yrs) Try our most popular party A Fashion show themed party with a real catwalk, light makeup, accessories, disco lights and music with a performance at the end for parents. Party cost £8 per child. Call Mind and Body Studio, Kirkcaldy on 01592 236700 for more info

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Out and About: July 2012 Sunday 1st July

ÊÊ Jupiter Artland Sculpture Park

Cupar Highland Games Duffus Park, Cupar.

Wednesday 4th July Chris & Pui Roadshow 2012 Carnegie Hall Chris and Pui – the hottest duo on children’s TV – are back on tour with a sparkling new show. Come along and sing, dance and join in with everyone’s favourite double act, fresh from appearing on CBeebies in Show Me Show Me. The duo invite their young audience to join them for sketches, songs, and loads of audience participation. Bring your favourite toy (a teddy bear, doll or character figure) and join in the fun! Parents – hang on to your kids and their toys, as it will be a lively show!, 01383 602302

Saturday 7th July 2012 Family Fun Day to raise money for Edinburgh Sick Kids Hospital. at Rosyth Civil Service Club For more details, to help or support contact Helena Scott on 07969917919

Sunday 8th July Beveridge Park Railway Kirkcaldy Model Engineering Society will run the railway in Beveridge Park again this year at 2pm weather permitting. Also 12th August.

Wed 11th July & Thurs 12th July Peppa Pig’s Treasure Hunt Perth Concert Hall. Ahoy there me hearties! Peppa Pig and her friends are going on a treasure hunt and need your help! Peppa, George and Danny Dog are up to fun and games on a day out on Grandad Dog’s boat. Help them with Pedro Pony, Polly Parrot and Zoe Zebra to follow the clues and find their treasure as they all enjoy a day of adventure., 0845 612 6324

Wednesday 11th July Face Painting Norie-Miller Studio Perth Concert Hall. For parents/carers and children 10.30am – 12pm & 1.30pm – 3pm. Learn how to face paint with your child with make-up artists Susan and June. Age 3yrs+ £6.50 (for adult + child. Adults must accompany) 0845 612 6324

Thursday 12th July Junior Street Dance Norie-Miller Studio, Perth Concert Hall. Calling all dancers: Come and take part in this fun street dance workshop. You’ll learn how to ‘pop,lock and jam’ to an upbeat soundtrack. Please wear comfy clothes and shoes suitable for dancing in. 10am – 12pm: 4 – 7 yrs 1pm – 3pm: 8 – 11yrs £5 0845 612 6324

Friday 13th – Monday 16th July 2012 National Festival of Youth Theatre Rothes Halls, Glenrothes 01592 611101

Saturday 14th July The Jack & Jill Market Dunfermline 10.30am – 1.30pm 40 stalls bursting with quality, nearly-new baby & kids clothes, cots, toys, buggies, bikes, equipment, etc (0-9 yrs). The Vine Venue, 131 Garvock Hill, Dunfermline KY11 4JU

Flower Power! St Andrews Museum A fun and hands on workshop inspired by the flowers in Peploe’s paintings. Children will make flowers out of unusual and unexpected materials. Come along and join the fun! 10.30am – 12 noon [5 - 7 years], 1.30pm - 3pm [8 - 12 years], MUST BE PRE-BOOKED on 01334 659380

14th July – 22nd September Animal Magic Methil Heritage Centre Take a walk on the wild side with this fabulously beastly exhibition! Following on from a showing at Kirkcaldy Museum last year, Benjamin Bunny is hopping over to Methil. Filled with hands-on fun and fascinating animal facts this show is one for all the family. To book phone Methil Library on 01334 659374.

Sunday 15th July Thornton Highland Gathering 11am-6pm Memorial Park, Thornton.

Monday 16th July Burntisland Highland Games 2nd Oldest highland games in the world. Burntisland Links, Kinghorn Road.

Wednesday 18th July Bookbug @ the Museum St Andrews Museum 10.30am [0 - 4 year olds and their carers], Bookbug is moving from the Library to the Museum for some extra holiday sessions - join us for some favourite songs, stories and craft for wee ones. FREE MUST BE PRE-BOOKED on 01334 659380 Pond Dipping The Ecology Centre, Kinghorn. 10am to 11am & 11.15am to 12.15pm £4 per child (must be over 8 years)

Wednesday 18th – Saturday 28th July Crail Festival From Pirate Training Camps, to a Sandcastle Competition and a Junior Golf Skills Competition... lots of events for all the family

Friday 20th to Friday 27th July Aberdour Festival See page 8 for details

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animal picture in this fun and interactive workshop. To book phone Methil Library on 01334 659374.

Saturday 21st July Disney’s Camp Rock: The Musical Perth Theatre This summer at camp was supposed to be all about the music but the new flashy Camp Star now threatens Camp Rocks very existence. Based on the hit Disney Channel OriginalMovies, Disney’s Camp Rock: The Musical will fire up the Perth Theatre stage. Performed by our summer school participants. Age guidance 7yrs 7pm 0845 612 6324

Saturday 11th August Storytelling workshops with Mara Menzies Methil Heritage Centre 1.30pm, 2.30pm, 3.30pm, 3 - 8 years, £3/£2.50 with Fifestyle card To book phone Methil Library on 01334 659374. The Jack & Jill Market Dunfermline 10.30am – 1.30pm 40 stalls bursting with quality, nearly-new baby & kids clothes, cots, toys, buggies, bikes, equipment, etc (0-9 yrs). The Vine Venue, 131 Garvock Hill, Dunfermline KY11 4JU

Saturday 21st & Sunday 22nd July Big Tent Festival, Falkland Estate See page 8 for details

Thursday 26th July Fantasy Insects Methil Heritage Centre 2 - 4pm, 8 - 12 years, £3/£2.50 with Fifestyle card. Turn yourself into a Butterfly or Insect in this fun and interactive workshop. To book phone Methil Library on 01334 659374.

Thursday 26th – Saturday 28th July West Side Story, Adam Smith Kirkcaldy Adam Smith Youth Music Theatre for Young People. The world’s greatest love story takes to the streets in this landmark Broadway musical that is one of the theatre’s finest accomplishments Performed entirely by students., Box Office 01592 583302

Friday 27th – Sunday 29th July 2012 Riverside Park, Glenrothes Festival Weekend A weekend festival to celebrate Riverside Park in Glenrothes will take place this summer with a huge range of family friendly activities on offer.

Saturday 28th – Sunday 29th July Beveridge Park Kirkcaldy Community Festival Make your move Kirkcaldy will have a marquee with a Stunt display show on both days.

Sat 28th and Sun 29th of July 2012 Hopetoun Horse Trials The two-day event, on the grounds of Hopetoun House, Scotland’s finest stately home, will also offer the best in food, shopping and entertainment. As well as the usual disciplines.

Saturday 28th July Olympic Adventure Golf! Adventure Golf Island, Dunfermline. 12:00 to 18:00 . Dress up to get a free ice cold drink, meet Captain Jack Sparrow and even win a prize for the best costume! So get your thinking caps on to think of who you are going to dress up as, maybe Andy Murray or Usain Bolt? A great day out for the whole family! The Jack & Jill Market Perth 10.30am – 1.30pm 50 stalls bursting with quality, nearly-new baby & kids clothes, cots, toys, buggies, bikes, equipment, etc (0-9 yrs). Dewars

Saturday 18th & Sunday 19th August The Scottish Vintage Bus Museum (10am - 5pm) museum open weekend 01383 623380 Conference Centre, Glover St, Perth PH2 0TH Animal Handling Methil Heritage Centre 2 - 4pm, Free Family Drop-In Fife Animal Park team will bring along a selection of animals for visitors to handle. To book phone Methil Library on 01334 659374

August 2012 Wednesday 1st & Thursday 2nd August Rock Pool Guddles The Ecology Centre, Kinghorn. Cost £3 child/concession & £4 adults

Monday 6th August Bookbug @ the Museum St Andrews Museum See 18th July for details. FREE MUST BE PREBOOKED on 01334 659380

Wednesday 8th August Clydebuilt Theatre Special St Andrews Museum10.30am – 12 noon [5 - 7 years], 1.30pm - 3pm [8 - 12 years], £3/£2.50 with Fifestyle card Celebrate colour in St Andrews this summer with puppet making activities inspired by the work of S.J. Peploe. This exciting workshop will explore a beautiful and colourful world of landscapes and flowers. MUST BE PRE-BOOKED on 01334 659380

Thurs 9th August – Sat 11th August The Singing Kettle Shake, Rattle & Roll Perth Theatre. Bang a pot, shake a tin, bring anything you can to make a din and play along with The Singing Kettle in this brand new musical extravaganza. With loads of audience participation and favourite songs it’s rip-roaring fun for both children and adults alike. 0845 612 6324

Thursday 9th August Half unicorn, half penguin? Methil Heritage Centre. 2 - 4pm, 8 - 12 years, £3/£2.50 with Fifestyle card. Create your very own fantasy

Saturday 18th August The Jack & Jill Market Perth 10.30am – 1.30pm 50 stalls bursting with quality, nearly-new baby & kids clothes, cots, toys, buggies, bikes, equipment, etc (0-9 yrs). Dewars Conference Centre, Glover St, Perth PH2 0TH Summer Festival Family Fun Day, The Ecology Centre, Kinghorn.With Pond Dipping, Storytelling Walks, Games, Music. Entry – Free

Sunday 19th August The Scottish Bead Fair Perth Concert Hall 11am. Scotland’s original and largest bead and jewellery making event is back with a huge array of the finest jewellery making supplies for sale, along with all new jewellery making classes and demonstrations throughout the day.£4.50; accompanied under 16s free. 0845 612 6324

Sunday 12th August Kingdom FM Baby and Early Years event, Adam Smith Theatre, Kirkcaldy 12-4pm

Saturday 25th August Perth & Kinross Disability Sports Family Sports Day North inch community campus, Perth Informal, fun sessions for families with a young person who has additional support needs to take part in activities together, and with other families. To find out more or to check availability please contact: enquiries@

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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6 weeks of Summer - Trips


ere are our suggestions for local days out or further afield trips. We’re figuring 6 weeks holidays, so 2 trips per week if you’re not going away. OUT AND ABOUT IN PERTH

Perth Museum and Gallery. Check PerthMuseum or online for kids activity sessions such as Bronze Age art and activity classes. .

STAGGER UPON STANLEY Experience the new hi-tech interactive visitor experience at the spectacular Stanley Mills, 18thcentury water mill complex beside the River Tay in the village of Stanley. Open April to Sept 9.30 am to 5.30 pm Oct 9.30 am to 4.30 pm.

BRIDGE OF EARN In this neck of the woods remember to stop into the Brig Farm Shop and café on the Edinburgh Road, Bridge of Earn. Grab a lovely lunch or High Tea.

SUPER CUPAR Children love animals. Muddy Boots Farm welcomes families with fantastic seasonal home produce, pigs – small and large, and chickens galore. Best of all for a couple of pounds you can relax with friends whilst the children run around in the enclosed outdoor play area. Balmacolm Tel: 01337 831222

KINROSS CAPERS Kirkgate Park can’t fail to impress. Let the kids run off steam. Play area nearby café and toilets at Loch. Regular ferry trips in summer to the Castle ruins on Lochleven Island. Follow this up with a trip round the Loch to Loch Leven’s Larder where you can fill up on soup, cake and lots of fine foods for dinner.

DAY OUT IN DUNFERMLINE Steeped in history, Dunfermline has lots to offer other than Primark!. Visit the Abbot House, Dunfermline Abbey, Pittencrief House Museum, St Margaret’s Cave or Andrew Carnegie’s birthplace to learn more about the Fife’s richest benefactor and it’s former Kings, royal household and religious connections.

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ABERDOUR ANTICS Aberdour Castle is a complex of buildings dating from the 12th to the 17th century with a walled garden. Then take a picnic and pop down to Silver Sands beach and attempt to build a sand version of the castle! There’s a café and toilets.

LOST IN LOCHORE Lochore Meadows is a fantastic day out. Walk or cycle round the loch, have a bite to eat in the indoor/ outdoor café, or better still bring a barbeque. Beach and adventure playpark for kids.

PARK UP IN KIRKCALDY What this town lacks in seafront, it makes up for in outdoor spaces. Pack a picnic and head to Ravenscraig Park down by the coast or if it’s breezy try Beveridge Park as it’s inland! Both have toilets, snack vans and great play parks.

EAST NEUK ROAD TRIP Take a trip round the stunning East Neuk. Pittenweem, St Monans, Elie, Anstruther and Crail can be done in a day. Blacketyside Farm shop makes a welcome afternoon stop off for cake. For culture, head to the Scottish Fisheries Museum in Anstruther which is conveniently situated near the famous Fish bar. Heaven!

GO NATURAL IN ST ANDREWS Pop into the sublime Botanic Garden and do the Hug a tree trail. Or meet the meerkats at the St Andrews Aquarium. Daily interactive demonstrations and regular opportunities to feed the animals! Or if it’s a nice day – you can’t beat the beach.

JAPERS IN JUPITER Don’t travel light years to get to Jupiter. Go to Jupiter Artland instead. Jupiter Artland is a contemporary sculpture garden in the grounds of Bonnington House just outside Edinburgh. It’s a wonderful, calm space for children and adults open Thursdays to Sundays. to book your visit. Works by many leading artists have been commissioned and then constructed in situ. 

Families Fife Issue 14 July-August 2012  

Families Fife Perth & Kinross magazine issue 14

Families Fife Issue 14 July-August 2012  

Families Fife Perth & Kinross magazine issue 14