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Win Tickets to the Irn Bru Carnival! Exclusive Jacqueline Wilson Interview Where to find (and avoid!) Santa Clubs & Classes Directory Issue 72 November/December 2018 familiesonline.co.uk
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with South Lanarkshire Leisure and Culture Studio 32 and East Kilbride Arts Centre presents Sssshhhh Santa is visiting Peter Pan our country parks Wednesday 28 November to Sunday 2 December 2018 Wednesday 5 December to Sunday 9 December 2018 Wednesday 12 December to Sunday 16 December 2018 (Wed-Fri 7.30pm, Sat 11.30am, 3pm and 7.30pm, Sun 11.30am and 3pm)
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Jack and the Beanstalk
The Town House, Hamilton Friday 30 November until Wednesday 5 December 2018 (Fri 7.30, Sat/Sun 1pm and 5pm, Mon/Tue 10am and Wed 7.30pm)
Rutherglen Town Hall Saturday 8 to Saturday 22 December 2018 (excluding 12 and 17 December 2018)
Calderglen Country Park Every weekend in December as well as Christmas Eve and late nights Friday 14 and 21 December 2018 Saturday 1 December from 1pm – 5pm Every weekend 10am – 5pm Chatelherault Country Park Sunday 2 December 2018 from 1pm until 4.30pm Saturday 8 December Sunday 23 December 2018 from 10am until 4.30pm Monday 24 December 2018 from 10am until 2pm
The Christmas Tree Fairy Trail at Chatelherault Country Park
(Sat 8 / Sun 9 1.30pm and 7pm, Thur 13 / Fri 14 7pm, Sat 15 / Sun 16 1.30pm and 7pm, Tue 18 / Wed 19 / Thurs 20 7pm, Fri 21 / Sat 22 1.30pm and 7pm)
Sunday 2 and 16 December 2018 between 10.30am – 12noon and 1pm – 2.30pm
Insideout Theatre Productions Ltd present
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Snow White and the Seven Wee Muppets
Lanark Memorial Hall Saturday 8 December 2018 at 1pm and 5pm Sunday 9 December 2018 at 2.30pm East Kilbride Village Theatre Thursday 20 December until Friday 28 December 2018 (excl 25 and 26 December) (Thu 20 / Fri 21 7pm, Sat 22 / Sun 23 2.30pm and 7pm, Mon 24 2.30pm, Thu 27 7pm, Fri 28 2.30pm and 7pm)
East Kilbride Ice Rink
is a fun way to get yourself into the Christmas spirit. We have festive skating sessions for all abilities, from family sessions through to disco nights hosted by our resident DJ. Check out our full festive programme from 24 December 2018 – 3 January 2019 on our website.
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Jingle all the Way 5K
Family Fun Run on Sunday 16 December 2018 at 11am
Little Elf’s Winter Workshops at Chatelherault Country Park
Sunday 9, Saturday 15 and Saturday 22 December 2018 from 11am – 3pm Gingerbread Decorating Workshop at 11am Hot Chocolate Cone Decorating Workshop at 12.30pm
Elves off the Shelves! Christmas
Recall at Chatelherault Country Park Saturday 8 and 15 December 2018 11.30am – 12.30pm and 1.30 – 2.30pm
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Welcome to issue 72 Glasgow Editor Susanne Hein email@example.com 01355 459 314
Families Magazine in Glasgow is now officially ten years old and I would like to take this opportunity to thank all our loyal readers for their input and feedback over the last few years. It’s been a thrill preparing this magazine for you, and it was a particular pleasure reading all your fabulous feedback from our reader survey earlier in the year. Our 72nd issue is jam-packed with things to see and do around Glasgow and I’ve made sure to include family favourites. I hope you find the things that make your family tradition short-list! Last but not least, I wish you a healthy, happy new year filled with adventure. Now get out there and spread some joy!
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You Shall Go To The Ball! It is one of the most magical stories that has stood the test of time. For generations there is one pantomime that everyone loves, and it is back at the Pavilion Theatre, Glasgow. It’s the classic rags to riches fairy tale that enchants all ages: The Magical Adventures of Cinderella. With an all star cast, starring, Liam Dolan as the silly love struck Buttons, Holly Jack as Cinderella, Stephen Purdon as Boabini, Grado as Gradina, (who are guaranteed to be two of the Ugliest Sisters you have ever seen), Joyce Falconer as the Baroness, Clark Stewart as “Daddy” Baron, Alyson Orr as the Magical Fairy Godmother, Chris Scougal as Prince Charming and Chris Taylor as the Trickster Dandini. Featuring, as always in a Pavilion panto, sing-a-long songs, plenty of silliness, lots of laugh out loud comedy, traditional audience participation and the enchanting, magical costumes and scenery, it is guaranteed to make your panto experience unforgettable! The Clock is ticking, so be sure to join them for a ball at this year’s sensational, affordable, family panto. www.paviliontheatre.co.uk
My Glasgow, My Christmas How to avoid “Santa Overload” this December By Gillian Reith, Three Sisters Bake If you’re looking for festive fun this December, we have compiled a few of our favourite “non Santa” options. Whether your little one is scared of Santa or you are trying to avoid questions about whether the Santa in the grotto is the “real Santa”, there are many alternative activities and ideas for Christmas events in and around Glasgow which don’t involve yet another visit to Santa. 1.
Christmas theatre – if you’re looking for an alternative to the “big” pantos, we love the look of “Remember December” at the Tron; PACE panto in Paisley and Scottish Youth Theatre’s “Sno Show”!
Three Sisters Bake “Little Elves” family events. Our Storytime Brunch is aimed at little children while Crafternoon Tea is the perfect treat for slightly older kids who love crafts and baking. A great option for a festive foodie day out which strikes the perfect balance of relaxation for the grown-ups with plenty of fun for the kids.
Glasgow Christmas Markets at St Enoch Square and George Square – free entry and THE most amazing Dutch pancakes!
Paisley Winterfest – includes a Nutcracker Trail around the town; ice rink with ride on penguins for little ones and a Continental Christmas Market (with Three Sisters Bake warm chocolate brownies!)
Platform at the Argyle Street Arches – Glasgow’s newest street food market, bringing together an array of amazing street food vendors with a designated kid zone which will be incorporating Christmas face painting and kids’ events over December!
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Enjoy everything Glasgow has to offer this Christmas with Glasgow Subway. From Sunday 18th November, just in time for the Christmas lights switch on, Glasgow Subway will extend its Sunday opening hours until 8.30pm. So whether you’re visiting the Christmas market, enjoying shopping with family or on a Christmas night out with friends Glasgow Subway is here for you. With 15 stops located around the centre, taking just 12 minutes to cross the city, it’s easy to enjoy the city and you won’t wait more than eight minutes for a train. With a Smartcard you can travel the entire Subway network, hopping on and off as you please. If you’re taking the kids as well, children under five can travel for free whilst those under 16 travel all day for £1.45 with a Smartcard. To view SPTs festive guide to what’s happening around the Subway this Christmas visit spt.co.uk/ mysubway
Will it be a White Christmas? It will, if you visit Santa at Scotland’s only indoor real snow sports facility, Snow Factor. They have teamed up with Soar at intu Braehead to give youngsters a fantastic festive experience in the run-up to Christmas. During the all new “Santa and the Snow” event, children will be taught important Elf skills before being made an honorary elf and allowed to help in Santa’s workshop. They will then meet the big man himself as he reads them a story, gives them a gift and waves them off to play in a custom-built snow play area. Building snow castles and dressing as a snowman will round off a perfect taster of what it might be like to live in Santa’s homeland. This event is in addition to the popular Dine With Santa event which will be returning from November 24th and includes a meal, a story with Santa and thirty minutes sledging. Now that there are two fantastic real snow experiences to choose from there’s something for kids of any age! David Lyon, marketing manager for intu Braehead has it right: “Our Christmas experience this year will give youngsters and their families some wonderful memories. I’ve no doubt this will be one of our most popular events and I’d urge people to book early so their child doesn’t miss out.” For more information and to book visit www.snowfactor.com
Penguins Galore Richard and Florence Atwater’s popular book, Mr Popper’s Penguins, has been lovingly adapted for the stage by Pins and Needles productions, based in Bristol. After spending a season in both New York and London, the family musical is now touring the UK and is coming to Glasgow. The story of painter and decorator, Mr Popper, was first told in 1938. He spends his time dreaming of Antarctic adventures and is astounded when one day a packing crate arrives on his doorstep and a penguin waddles out! With original songs and performing penguin puppets, this delightful, action packed musical is the perfect family treat. Catch it at the Glasgow SEC from Dec 21st to Jan 6th. familiesonline.co.uk
Remember December The Tron Theatre’s popular annual Christmas show for the very young this year invites you to join Flora and her funloving granny one snowy December’s eve. When Flora looks into her pocket she finds a letter to Santa all sealed and signed. She’s forgotten to post it. She didn’t remember? What will happen on the 25th December? It’s time to join Flora and Granny on an unforgettable mission to the North Pole, meeting a variety of quirky Christmas characters and maybe even having a wee boogiealong the way… We’ve a feeling they might need your help! Remember December is fifty fun-filled minutes of charming storytelling, festive magic and audience participation - the perfect Christmas treat for little ones aged 3- 6 years. Running from 30th November – 31st December 2018, times vary. Tron Theatre, Glasgow. Box Office: 0141 552 4267. www.tron.co.uk.
Book Week Scotland People of all ages and walks of life will come together in libraries, schools, community venues and workplaces for this year’s Book Week Scotland, which takes place from November 19th to 25th. There are several family events taking place around the city on this year’s theme “Rebel!”, and as usual The Language Hub in Partick is joining in! Take part in a special author reading of Thorfinn, the Nicest Viking on November 24th at 2pm, or take a look at fictional European rebel characters like Peter Pan and Pippi Longstocking on November 25th at 2pm.
A Magical Christmas! South Lanarkshire Leisure and Culture have pulled out all the stops to make sure there is something for everyone to enjoy this festive period. A selection of shows will delight theatre fans: from magical pantomimes like Peter Pan and Jack and the Beanstalk to a very Scottish twist on a classic tale, Snow White and the Seven Wee Muppets. Puppets at the Lanark Memorial Hall will be visiting Santa at the North Pole, The McDougalls are setting up their toyshop and Funbox are ready to tell us all about their Christmas adventure! Not only that, but the Elves off the shelves are suffering from flu in a very topical Christmas show at Chatelherault Country Park. Also at Chatelherault will be very special Christmas themed fairy trail, a festive family fun run and a Christmas market. As if that’s not enough, there will be creative workshops for your little elves as well. Festive skating sessions will be running at the East Kilbride ice rink from Christmas Eve and Santa can be found at in both Calderglen and Chatelherault Parks throughout December. Visit www.slleisureandculture.co.uk for full event listings.
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Clubs & classes Directory Thinking of switching up your child’s after-school activities next term? We’ve collected a list of some of Glasgow’s finest providers of all sorts of activities. You’re bound to find something suited to your child’s temperament! SPORTS Glasgow Fever Basketball Club Basketball development sessions for boys and girls. 3-15yrs ) email@example.com www.glasgowfever.com Storm Gymnastics Recreational as well as elite, development, competition and display groups for those gymnasts who wish to progress further and have a talent. Kelvinhall, Robroyston, Paisley From pre-school upwards ) 07966 406 834 * firstname.lastname@example.org www.stormgymnastics.co.uk Zippy Totz Preschool gymnastics classes 1-5yrs ) 0141 237 4248 * email@example.com www.zippytotz.com Zippy’s Gymnastics Academy Recreational gymnastics classes Ages 5+ ) 0141 237 4248 * zippysgymnasticsacademy@ aol.com www.zippysgymnasticsacademy. com Water Babies Swimming lessons Glasgow and Ayrshire From birth to 4yrs ) 0131 554 6682 * firstname.lastname@example.org www.waterbabies.co.uk/contact/ scotland-east-and-west Rugbytots fun, structured play sessions take children on a journey of sporting imagination. West End, Rutherglen, Pollokshields, Bishopbriggs, Shawlands, Cambuslang, Bearsden, Newton Mearns, East Kilbride and Bishopton. ) 0345 313 3252 www.rugbytots.co.uk
All Stars Cricket Pollokshields, Hillhead, Renfrew, Paisley, East Renfrewshire, Uddingston, 5-8 yrs old )0141 423 1463 * juniorconvenor@ clydesdalecricket.org.uk www.allstarscricket.co.uk Enjoy-a-Ball Multi sports coaching programme for both boys & girls. 3-9 yrs olds. Various locations ) 07780 610 595 * email@example.com www.enjoy-a-ball.com First Touch Football Innovative approach to football coaching. Yoker )07858 988 896 * glasgow@firsttouchfootball. co.uk www.firsttouchfootball.co.uk Fusion Triathlon Club Introduce kids to triathlon and develop comprehensive skills and athletic ability. Bellahouston * firstname.lastname@example.org www.fusiontriathlonclub.co.uk/ juniors Little Tales Yoga Fun, interactive yoga taught through tales. 3-8yrs. Jordanhill, Castlemilk ) 07879 995105 *email@example.com FB @littletalesyoga Libra Yoga A fun, friendly and welcoming environment for kids to relax and exercise through yoga. 3-8yrs. West End * firstname.lastname@example.org FB @librayogakids Little Greene Yoga Classes for adults, children, teenagers and postnatal mums. 3yrs+. Southside * veronica@littlegreeneyoga. com www.littlegreeneyoga.com
Phoenix Taekwondo Courtesy, Integrity, Perseverance, Self-Control, Indomitable Spirit. All ages. Various locations ) 0770 215 6700 * webform www.phoenixtaekwondo.com UKTC Taekwondo Active Tigers & Little Tiger Cubs: Build confidence and develop skills for life! Various locations. 3-18yrs ) 01786 845060 www.uktc.co.uk Tennis for Free We’re running FREE weekly coach led family oriented sessions at Drumchapel Park for the general public as part of the ‘Tennis For Free’ scheme. Everyone Welcome. Drumchapel Tennis Club. All ages. ) 07715591565 * email@example.com www.drumchapeltennis.co.uk Glasgow Riderz One of the UK’s largest youth only cycling clubs based in Bellahouston Park. 7-18yrs. * webform www.glasgowriderz.co.uk Swim Easy Swimming lessons from 3-11 yrs )0141 328 3942 www.swimeasy.co.uk
PERFORMING ARTS Ballet4Babies Fun Filled programme of dance classes for girls and boys. 6months – 5yrs. Various locations ) 07759119965 * firstname.lastname@example.org www.ballet4babies.co.uk Dance UK Expert dance tuition, vocal, acting and musical theatre tuition, fun and fitness. Various locations. 2+ yrs ) 01413875163 * email@example.com www.danceuk.co.uk
LANGUAGE CENTRE & CHILDREN’S BOOKSHOP Sensory, play-based music classes for babies, toddlers and pre-schoolers in Milngavie, Bishopbriggs, Lenzie, Scotstoun and Partick.
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The Language Hub C.IC. 52 Keith Court, Glasgow, G11 6QW www.thelanguagehub.co.uk firstname.lastname@example.org t: 0141 258 2700 m: 07505 144 476
Stagecoach Have fun, make friends, learn new skills and discover hidden talents – singing, dancing and drama skills. 2-18yrs Various locations. ) 0141 204 4057 (Glasgow) ) 07787 808880 (East Kilbride) * webform www.stagecoach.co.uk
Showkids Working on material from popular musicals through singing, dance and drama, also like to encourage the children to be creative. They are often given the opportunity to come up with their own choreography, scripts or even making props with the guidance of experienced teachers. 5-11yrs. Cathcart. ) 07919176218 * miriamelwellsutton@yahoo. co.uk www.showkidsglasgow.com Kids@Citz Weekly drama classes to help increase self-confidence and social skills, encourage creativity and imagination, and have fun! 4-18yrs. Citizen’s Theatre, The Gorbals ) 0141 429 0022 www.citz.co.uk
LANGUAGES Alliance Française Glasgow French courses for adults, teenagers and children of all levels ) 0141 331 4080 * email@example.com www.afglasgow.org.uk
Music and Dance for Boys and Girls aged 6 months - 5 years www.ballet4babies.co.uk
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First Steps to Music Weekly Music Classes and Violin Lessons in for babies, toddlers and children. 6months – 7yrs. Glasgow West End. ) 07870 975071 www.firststepstomusic.co.uk
The Language Hub Exciting and affordable language classes for children and adults of all ages taught by native speakers. Classes include bilingual support, bounce&rhyme, arts&crafts Gaelic homework club and many more. Incl Japanese from January 0-11yrs. Partick. ) 01412 582 700 * email@example.com www.thelanguagehub.co.uk
Language Within French, Italian and Spanish classes City Centre. 3yrs+ ) 0141 221 5300 * firstname.lastname@example.org www.languagewithin.com Kidslingo Spanish and French classes Various locations. 0-11yrs ) 0121 769 2391 * email@example.com www.kidslingo.co.uk La Jolie Ronde Spanish and French classes Various locations. 0-12yrs * firstname.lastname@example.org www.lajolieronde.co.uk
Music Bugs Play-based music and singing classes. Newborn to 5 years. Milngavie, Lenzie, Bishopbriggs, West End. ) 0844 412 8173 * glasgownorth@musicbugs. co.uk www.musicbugs.co.uk/ glasgow-north
Early Years Music at the RCS Develop music and imaginative skills whilst promoting social interaction and independence Royal Conservatoire of Scotland 3months – 7yrs ) 0141 270 8354 * EarlyYearsInfo@rcs.ac.uk www.rcs.ac.uk/juniorc/music Melody Makers FREE music club - an opportunity to express themselves through the power of music. 7-11yrs. Tollcross. ) 0141 763 1611 www.tollcrossymca.org Mini Music Makers Make and enjoy music together in a fun and friendly setting. 0-5yrs. Pollokshields. ) 0141 287 2943 * email@example.com www.nycos.co.uk/mini-musicmakers
OTHER Messy Nessies Messy Sensory Play for Babies and Toddlers. 6mths to 5yrs. West Glasgow. ) 07791 381 576 FB @messynessies.co.uk Royal Drawing School Glasgow Drawing Club (10-14yrs) AND Glasgow Young Associates (15-18yrs). Royal Drawing School Art class. ) 0207 613 5868 * Admin@royaldrawingschool.org www.royaldrawingschool.org
Artschool! Designed to allow children to develop their artistic skills through a variety of new projects House for an Artlover P1-P7 ) 0141 353 4770 * firstname.lastname@example.org www.houseforanartlover.co.uk Super Maths Abacus maths technique class West End and South Side 6-12yrs ) 0141 946 3699 * email@example.com www.byitc.org LittleKnitKnatz Passionate about teaching kids to knit in a safe, supportive environment. Make new friends, learning a life skill, build and workout your brain. Uddingston ) 07957 238002 * firstname.lastname@example.org www.facebook.com/Littleknitknatz Sculpture Club Free. Learn various sculpturemaking processes, discover new materials, play, socialise and learn. North Glasgow 3-12yrs ) 0141 353 3708 www.glasgowsculpturestudios.org
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Super Frozen Magic Forest Matty Long This is the third Super Forest book. It’s full of magical creatures on an adventure to free their land from the snow queen. My favourite is the talking mushroom. He’s so funny. My mum gives the fat unicorn a really slow voice, it makes me laugh. The pictures are full of things to find. I bet I can read this myself soon. Aaron (age 5), Hamilton ISBN 978-0192748607 – PB £6.99 – 2+yrs
Your Kids’ Book Reviews Winter Reads Families Magazine proudly supports Book Week Scotland. Celebrate the written word from November 19th by diving into one of the below selected titles. Check the website for details of events in your area www.scottishbooktrust.com We welcome all book reviews. Send them to email@example.com and you may be published in the next issue!
Perfectly Norman Tom Percival
I felt sorry for the old man. He is all alone in his dark house. Then the boy wants him to look after his plant. The house gets cleaned and the man cheers up. (Mum’s note: Finlay spent ages exploring the detailed drawings in this story about loneliness in the elderly. We talked about Finlays grandparents and other older people we know, and how we can help them feel part of something.) Finlay (age 4), Cumbernauld ISBN 978-1782505426– HB £10.99 – 4-7yrs
Pick a Pine Tree Patricia Toht
The Storm Keeper’s Island Catherine Doyle Fionn feels lonely – his mother sent him to stay with his grandfather on the island of Arranmore, his sister is keeping secrets, and the other island children won’t include him. But he slowly starts to feel an affinity with the island itself, which seeps through his dreams and makes him realise that his grandfather has been the Keeper of the islands magic. Will Fionn be the next Keeper? This book had me stay up late, feeling sea spray and smelling the salty loam of the island. Lucas (age 11), Bearsden ISBN 978-1408896884 – HB £8.99 – 9+yrs
Jeanie’s Nana is wicked. Not really bad, just full of mischief. Jeanie gets nervous when she’s with her nana, because she never knows what she might be up to next. I loved reading this book. The pictures are loads of fun, and there were only a few tricky words. I wish my nana was a bit more like bad nana. I’m going to read this book to her, maybe she can learn? Angus (age 6), East Kilbride ISBN 978-0008268053– PB £6.99 – 6+yrs
The House of Lost and Found Martin Widmark
Norman grows a pair of wings. He loves flying with them, but then he gets embarrassed. He hides his wings from his parents, and his friends, and from everyone. But hiding his wings makes him uncomfortable. The he makes himself brave and shows his wings to his parents. Sometimes you need to be a bit brave to be different. But it’s harder to always be uncomfortable. Amy (age 6), Bishopbriggs ISBN 978-1408880975– PB £6.99 – 3-6yrs
A beautifully illustrated, secular look at common festive activities during the Christmas season: decorating the house, inviting friends over and, of course, picking a tree. The book is in rhyme, which Archie loves, and I’m looking forward to making it part of our seasonal traditions. I’ve had to hide it in a Christmas box, so that Archie doesn’t keep picking it for his bedtime story (it’s only October!). Lynn (mum to Archie, age 3), Renfrew ISBN 978-1406379778– PB £6.99 – 2-5yrs
Bad Nana: Older Not Wiser Sophy Henn
The Truth Pixie Matt Haig
The Wizard of Once: Twice Magic Cressida Cowell I loved the first book in this series and couldn’t wait to meet Xar and Wish again. He is a hapless wizard, desperate to impress, but lacking the necessary skills. She is a tame warrior, in awe of her mother’s intimidating demeanour. Both are a disappointment to their warring tribes. They meet by chance and discover a terror in the forest. A chance to be a hero or to do the right thing? Will they find back to each other and work together to save their people? You don’t know about witches until you have read this series! Liam (age 10), Milngavie ISBN 978-1444941401– PB £7.99 – 9-11yrs
I know the Truth Pixie from Matt Long’s other Christmas books. This book is different, because it’s much shorter and it’s written in rhyme. I like it, because the Truth Pixie is so cute, even ‘though she is a bit smelly (she has a mouse living in her hair). And she has to tell the truth all the time. She’s a bit lonely, because most people don’t like to hear the truth. Which is weird, but true. In the end it’s a very sweet story about making friends, and getting through bad times. Caitlin (age 8), Hyndland ISBN 978-1786894328 – HB £9.99 – 5-7yrs
Stardust Jeanne Willis This is a wonderful story for younger siblings who feel overshadowed. The main character is a young girl who feels diminished by the praise her older sister gets. Her grandad explains to her that, actually, everyone is a star, because we are all made of stardust. Jess loves the story and so do I – it’s a great way to make her see how special she is. Sharon, mother to Jessica and Olivia (age 4 and 7), Cathcart ISBN 978-1788000680 – PB £6.99 – 2-5yrs
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L-R: Lois Looks for Bob at the Museum (0-2); Polar Bear Explorer’s Club: Explorers on Witch Mountain (9-12); The Rabbit, the Dark and the Biscuit Tin (2-5); Magnus and the Night Lion (3-6); Neds Circus of Marvels 3: The Darkening King (10+); Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus (0+); Isadora Moon Makes Winter Magic (5+); My First Book of Quantum Physics (5-11); Little Rabbit Not Lost (3+); Red and the City (5+) 8 Families Glasgow
Dame Jacqueline Wilson is arguably Britain’s favourite contemporary children’s author. She has over one hundred published books to her name, most of which deal with the often troubling and unvarnished realities of being a real-life child or parent. First published in 1991, Tracy Beaker quickly became Jacqueline’s most wellknown character. Now, over a decade after her last literary appearance, the fiery, former foster-kid is back in new book, My Mum Tracy Beaker, and while she’s now mature and mother to Jess, she’s still the same Tracy readers know and love. Families Magazine is lucky enough to have secured an exclusive interview with Dame Jacqueline Wilson in which our readers and their children ask her some of their most burning questions about her new book and her life as a writer. Why do you think Tracy is one of your most popular characters? Harbinder, age 7, Croydon I think because she’s naughty! She has reason for her bad behaviour, of course, and she’s naughty but she’s not spiteful, she’s funny. I think she’s a character that children would like as a friend - I’m not sure about adults, I think a little of her as a child goes a long way! How have you made the grown-up Tracy as appealing to children as Tracy, the child? Lily’s mum, Leeds I’ve kept her, not exactly naughty, but mischievous. She’s quite surprising - she might suddenly do something a bit mad, or a bit silly. I think being a mum has slightly changed her because she’s a very loving, caring mum, Is Tracy’s daughter the same or different to Tracy? Olivia, age 8, Aylesbury They certainly look alike, but Jess is a quieter girl, partly because she has had a much easier, more loving, caring upbringing than Tracy herself had. Jess is probably more studious, and more of a bookworm, but when push comes to shove Jess can certainly stand up for herself too. Did you and illustrator, Nick Sharratt, familiesonline.co.uk
exclusive interview with Dame Jacqueline Wilson disagree at all about how Tracy and her daughter should be drawn? Rosie, age 9, Twickenham I mostly leave it to him, and certainly I think he has done Jess wonderfully. He suggested that Jess might wear glasses, which I thought was a very clever touch because it gives them that little bit of difference, and also Jess is a total bookworm and it just looks right for her to be wearing her little glasses. I was very pleased with that addition. What’s been the highlight for you of being the Children’s Laureate? Emma’s mum, Portsmouth It gave me a chance to speak to lots of children and teachers and librarians, and the particular thing I wanted to promote was reading aloud to children. Because right from when they are one year old, any child likes to sit on a lap and hear the simplest of stories, and I also suggested that even when your child has learned to read, sometimes it’s fun to read aloud a book that they might not necessarily tackle themselves because it’s a bit difficult to get into, or the vocabulary is quite hard, but they would love to listen to the story. If they are doing colouring, or building something, or just petting the dog or whatever, or at bedtime, children do still like to be read to aloud. Your books depict real children’s real lives and challenges in a way that few others do – how do you get inside the heads of your characters? Lizzie’s mum, Glasgow Bizarrely, I can remember very vividly what it is like to be a child. I mean, ask me what happened or how I felt about something a couple of years ago and my mind is a complete blank, but ask me what I was worried about when I was nine, say, and I remember entirely. It’s just a happy trick of nature that I can take myself back. What advice would you give to aspiring writers, young or old? Amaya’s mum, Harrow I always suggest aspiring writers read lots to enrich their imagination and increase their vocabulary and try and get into a regular
writing habit. Maybe keep a diary - just so you learn to write even when you don’t feel like it! When did you first become a writer? Emily, age 10, Sevenoaks Well, by the time I was fifteen I had written what was - at least in length - a full book. It wasn’t very good though! It was about two sisters, Margot was about fifteen, the narrator, and the sister was about eighteen. They had a car and went on a drive through France and Spain and got boyfriends! It wasn’t the most inspiring work! How do you select names for your characters? Readers at the Chatterbook Group, Ringwood Library, Dorset I like to try and have slightly unusual names, and if they are pertinent to the story that pleases me - for my identical twins in my book Double Act, I had them called Ruby and Garnet because they are both red jewel stones. For The Illustrated Mum, the mother Marigold has a great passion for tattoos and has called her girls the rather outlandish names of Star and Dolphin, simply because they are very popular tattoo icons. With Tracy I wanted a quirky, bouncy modern name - and with Hetty Feather, Hetty is an old-fashioned name and Feather because she’s light as a feather! My Mum Tracy Beaker by Dame Jacqueline Wilson is out now, published by Doubleday To WIN a copy of My Mum Tracy Beaker please send your name and address to: firstname.lastname@example.org subject "Tracy Beaker" Enter by 10 December
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Where is Santa? Santa is a busy fella in the run up to the big day, and he’s really enjoying his personal appearances! This year he has taken to showing up at Christmas light switch on events, shopping centres, garden centres and softplays. Check out our pick of the best below! Chatelherault Country Park Santa’s moved into Chatelherault for the whole of December! Take a walk through Rudolph’s stable and prepare your letter to Santa with all of your Christmas wishes before visiting Santa himself in his magical log cabin. Book a visit by calling 01698 426213. Cost £7.50 per child (including gift). www.sllcboxoffice.co.uk Christmas Fair at the Farm Meet the donkeys in the farmyard nativity scene, pick up some gift ideas, make your own decorations and see Santa and his tractor-driving elf at the award-winning National Museum of Rural Life! 9th Dec 10.00-17.00, Adult £10/ Concession £9, Child £6 (under 5s free), Family of 4 £27, discounted tickets available until Nov 25th. www.nms.ac.uk/christmasfair Summerlee Christmas Grotto Summerlee present another free Winter Wonderland experience, as well as a grotto every weekend in December, breakfasts with Santa as well as Christmas parties. Autism friendly visits are available. www.culturenl.co.uk/ summerlee-museum-events Santa's Grotto at Whitelee’s Santa will be arriving in style at Whitelee Windfarm Visitor Centre on beautiful Clydesdale horses on Saturday 24th of November at 10:30. Visits to Santa's Grotto are £5 per child which includes a small gift. Whitelee's Winter Wonderland sessions up to 9th December are sold out but keep an eye on the website in case they add 10 Families Glasgow
more dates. www.eventbrite.co.uk/o/ whitelee-windfarm-visitorcentre-17685304576
run from 9am to 7.30pm costing £19.95/child, £9.95/adult www.snowfactor.com/hit-theslope/santa-and-the-snow
Santa’s Magical Wonderland at M & D’s Have a skate on the open-air ice rink, listen to traditional Christmas storytelling, visit the live reindeer, and meet Santa (includes gift). Don’t forget to bring along your Christmas letter and post it to Santa. Selected dates from Nov 16th, from £8.20/child, £5.50/adult. www.scotlandsthemepark.com
Santa’s Woodland Experience Once on board the tractor trailer you will set off through the woodland in search of Santa’s woodland home. When you arrive at the cabin, you will be greeted and invited into the
The Christmas Tree Fairy Trail Oh no … the little fairy that sits at the top of Santa’s tree has fallen off and wandered into the woodland at Chatelherault! Go along on Sunday 2nd or 16th December for a magical walk around the fairy house trail and help search for the little fairy. You’ll have to solve some clues and knock on every fairy house door to try and find her and lead her back to Santa who is very worried about her! The price of £5.95 includes outdoor activity, group meeting with Santa and a little gift for helping him find his Christmas Fairy! Spaces are limited. To book call 01698 426213. www.sllcboxoffice.co.uk Santa and the Snow An all new interactive festive experience brought to you by Snow Factor and intu Braehead will take your child on a journey through Elf School, Santa’s Workshop, Meeting Santa himself and a custom-built Snow Play Area. The experience lasts for approximately two hours, plus snow play. Twilight sessions encourage children to come dressed for bed, with snow play redeemable during the following week. Sessions
cabin by Santa himself, where he will be waiting to hear all about what you would like for Christmas. Afterwards enjoy drinks or some delicious hot food. From Nov 30th, adults £8 children £16. www.woodlandexperiences. co.uk Finlaystone Santa’s Grotto Follow the trail to find Santa’s
Crafternoon Tea • storytime brunch
Join us this Christmas as Three Sisters Bake, Quarriers Village and Killearn, are transformed into Elf Workshops!
Join our team of elves as they enjoy a well-earned break from toy-making. A lovely Christmas brunch experience which combines festive storytelling, Christmas crafts and an amazing Three Sisters Bake breakfast!
Our Christmas elves are falling behind in the workshop and need your help to complete their list of jobs for Santa! Enjoy festive afternoon tea while helping the Elves to finish off their crafty Christmas duties!
• For children aged 1-7
• For children age 4+ (or younger kids who enjoy craft activities!)
• £11.95 per person • Dates available from December 1st-24th
• £14.95 per person • Dates available from December 1st-24th
“The lovliest, most chilled, relaxing Christmas experience ever! Fab for parents and kids.”– Louise, Mum of Georgia (5) Book online at www.threesistersbake.co.uk/christmas familiesonline.co.uk
grotto - It is a truly magical place to visit. £17.50 per child, includes 1 accompanying adult free. Every week-end day in December until 24th, 10.00am to 4pm. www.finlaystone.co.uk Christmas at the Mills, New Lanark Take a magical journey into Christmas on the Spirit of Christmas festive ride. Visit Santa in his cosy Grotto (small toy and book included). Entrance to visitor attraction included, but soft play area is charged separately. There will be festive paper crafts for children to enjoy and Santa’s Elves are still planning some fun activities! Various dates from Dec 2nd. Tickets £13.95, under 2s £4 www.newlanark.org Breakfast with Santa at the Hard Rock Cafe Be welcomed by the friendly team, enjoy the freshly cooked buffet style breakfast and let the elves entertain you and your young ones. Of course, Breakfast with Santa wouldn't be the same without a visit from Santa! Booking is essential. From 8th Dec, 9am-11am. Prices TBC. www.hardrock.com Heads of Ayr The visit will consist of a magical visit to Santa’s grotto with a festive walkway. Santa will then meet you and chat with your little ones, asking them what they would like for
Christmas and if they have been good this year, while parents take photos. Play n Wild indoor soft play will be open and is suitable for all ages. Regular tours of Little Critters Animal Barn are on where you can say hello to miniature donkeys and reindeer! Includes quiet Christmas event on Nov 30th. £11.50/child (includes gift), £6/ adult. www.headsofayrfarmpark. co.uk Santa’s Piping Hot Party Come along and bring your wee ones to meet Santa and his elves and enjoy an afternoon of festive baby disco. Seasonal dress and festive jumpers encouraged! Dec 2nd and 16th, 2pm - 4pm, The National Piping Centre. Suitable for ages 1-5 years, £12/child (includes gift), £5/adult. The hotel also run a Singalong with Santa on the same dates, from 10-11.15am, suitable for 0-3yr olds. £8 per child (includes gift) £5per adult (includes refreshments). www. thepipingcentre.co.uk Further afield Falkirk Wheel, Glenskilrie Castle, Bo’ness and Kinneil Santa Steam Train have all been recommended further afield. Santa even does home visits (look for Santa Claus on Facebook).
Avoid Santa Overload! Do you have nervous little ones, who feel a little intimidated by a man with a big beard? Or are you looking for a festive alternative to yet another grotto visit? Why not try one of these alternatives to the traditional festive experiences, in full keeping with the Christmas spirit and a gentle way to celebrate the Christmas season. Little Elf Experiences Three Sister Bake created lovely Christmas experiences near Glasgow last year based on feedback from parents that they were looking for a “non-Santa” Christmas experience. The events are seated and don’t involve queues, so are perfect for extended families with older members or for those looking for a festive foodie day out. Christmas Crafternoon Help the Elves finish off their Christmas cards, decorate Mrs Claus’s baking, and create festive decorations! Combine kids festive baking, crafts and an amazing festive afternoon tea. From £14.95. Storytime Brunch with the Elves Three Sisters Bake, Quarriers Village, is transformed into an Elf Workshop! Join the Elves as they enjoy a well-earned break from toy-making for some Christmas card decorating and festive story time fun! Includes a delicious Three Sisters Bake breakfast. From £11.95. www.threesistersbake.co.uk Mrs Claus at Pollok House
Enjoy a truly magical family Christmas when you bring the children to meet the award-winning Mrs Claus at Pollok House. Admire the house, dressed up for Christmas, and see your child receive their special Christmas gift from Mrs Claus herself. Tickets for Mrs Claus are from £5/child and £7.50/adult. From 1st to 24th December. www.nts.org.uk/visit/events/mrs-claus-at-pollok-house
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Top Toy Tips Join the adorably ambitious “littlest reindeer”, the pony Elliot, this Christmas as he sets his sights on becoming the newest – and tiniest – member of Santa’s reindeer team! A simple story for young children, perfect for Christmas Eve viewing. Rated PG.
The LEGO® DUPLO® 10874 Steam Train is a fantastic addition to your Duplo collection. Become the train driver with the Push & Go motor. Place the 5 coloured action bricks along the track to sound the horn, turn the lights on and off, pause and refuel, change direction and stop the train wherever they like. Includes train driver, child figure, squirrel, train station and coal tipper. There’s even an app to unlock more play possibilities. 2-5yrs RRP £49.99 shop.lego.com and www.johnlewis.com
Smart have been making logic games for 25years. IQ Stars boast 120 new multi-level challenges: simply place the colourful stellar puzzle pieces on to the grid to match the chosen challenge, then fit the remaining stars in place. All the fun of an app without the screen time! Includes clever travel case. 6+ yrs RRP £9.99 www.amazon.co.uk The Playmobil Aquarium is the perfect toy for little ones with a big curiosity. It comes with a comprehensive collection of accessories, including sea creatures and plants. Fill it with water and watch the sea lions perform a show with the hoop and ball! Lovely little details like the movable clock and phone. The Aquarium allows children to fully submerge themselves into an underwater adventure where the detailed accessories and features open a world of imagination. 5+yrs RRP £49.99 www.playmobil.co.uk Always be yourself, unless you can be a unicorn, right? With these fab headphones from Little Rockerz (now also comes in bear, bunny and dragon) you your child can enjoy their music and stories in style. The built-in volume limiter won’t play music over 85dB and the handy buddy jack makes it easy to share devices. RRP £24.99 www.zagg.com
WIN Win tickets to The IRN-BRU Carnival Get ready to buckle up as the unmissable IRN-BRU carnival is coming back to the SEC, Glasgow bigger and better this festive season. With over 60 rides and attractions, there’s something for all the family to enjoy and we’ve got 10 pairs of tickets up for grabs. Test your bravery on this year’s selection of thrilling rides with new additions, Airmaxx 360 and Rotor, that are guaranteed to excite even the biggest of daredevils! Or for those who prefer a more gentle ride, family favourites Big Wheel, Carousel and many more return for another year. Hosting over 20 classic game stalls and activities, from Arcade Games and Basketball to Bungee Trampolines and Whack-A-Minion, there’s hours of endless fun to be had. The IRN-BRU Carnival kicks off on Thursday 20 Dec 2018 until Sunday 13 Jan 2019. Advance tickets are available now, priced at £13 for General Admission and £8 for Concessions when booked in advance. All General Admission tickets include entry to the Carnival, and 10 ride vouchers per person.
For your chance to win a pair of tickets just tell us how many days the carnival is on for! Send your entry to email@example.com with your name and address no later than December 10th. Terms and conditions: Prize is one pair of tickets to The IRN-BRU Carnival (travel is not included). Prize is only valid for one day and can be redeemed between 20 December 2018 and 13 January 2019. This prize has no cash alternative, is non-refundable and non-exchangeable. The IRN-BRU Carnival reserves the right to refuse entry without explanation.
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WIN Win a family ticket to Children’s Classic Concert’s A Christmas Carol ‘Tis the season to be jolly, so on that note, we need your help in saving Scrooge from his surly ways - can we convince him of the joy and wonder of the festive period? Join Owen and the RSNO and jump into the wonderful world of Charles Dickens for this unique special orchestral retelling of a beloved Christmas classic. To win a family ticket to Children’s Classic Concert’s A Christmas Carol just answer this question: How many ghosts visit Scrooge in A Christmas Carol? Email your answer to firstname.lastname@example.org (subject: “Children’s Classic Concerts”) with your name and address by Friday 30th November. Standard terms and Conditions apply. There is no cash alternative. Subject to availability.Family ticket is for up to two adults and up to three children to the Glasgow performance of Children’s Classic Concert’s A Christmas Carol at either 1pm/3pm on 8 December at the Glasgow Royal Concert Hall.
12-30 Dec Cinderella Various times | from £18.15 SEC Armadillo, Finnieton Quay, Glagow G3 8HN www.sec.co.uk
Christmas Shows, Pantos and Concerts
28 Nov – 16 Dec Peter Pan Various times | from £7.50 East Kilbride Arts Centre, East Kilbride G74 4DU, 01355 261000 www.sllcboxoffice.co.uk Join Peter, Tinkerbell, Wendy and the Lost Boys on their swashbuckling journey to save Neverland from the villainous Captain Hook, his bumbling sidekick Smee and their crew of dastardly pirates.
27 Nov – 6 Jan Mammy Goose Various times | from £9 Tron Theatre, Glasgow G1 5HB, 0141 552 4267 I www.tron.co.uk Will Mammy Goose choose eternal youth over friendship and love? Will Jack and his new pal Will dare to climb that hill together and see what’s up there? Will Lucy the Goosey taste better with BBQ or plum sauce? There’s only one way to find out in this year's rip-rollicking panto Mammy Goose…. 7-11 Nov Nativity Various times | from £16.90 | 5+yrs King's Theatre Glasgow, Glasgow G2 4JN, 0844 871 7648 www.atgtickets.com 14-16 Nov Aladdin the Pantomime 19.30 | £12/£8 Kilmardinny Arts Centre, Bearsden G61 3NN 20-24 Nov Cinderella Various times | from £12 East Kilbride Village Theatre, East Kilbride, G74 4HG, 01355 261280 www.sllcboxoffice.co.uk 26 Nov – 1 Dec Aladdin Various times | from £12 Eastwood Park Theatre, Giffnock G46 6UG, 0141 577 4956 www.eastwoodparktheatre.co.uk 27 Nov – 1 Dec The McDougall’s Magical Toy Shop Various times | £8 | 2+yrs Theatre Royal Glasgow, Glasgow G2 3QA, 0844 871 7647 www.atgtickets.com
29 Nov - 2 Dec Aladdin Various times | £10/£8 Lanark Memorial Hall, ML11 7AB, 01555667999 www.sllcboxoffice.co.uk 30 Nov – 29 Dec Rapunzel Various times | £13.95/£11.95 Cumbernauld Theatre, G67 2BN, 01236 732887 www.cumbernauldtheatre.co.uk 30 Nov – 31 Dec Remember December Various times | from £6.50 | 3-6yrs Tron Theatre, Glasgow G1 5HB, 0141 552 4267 I www.tron.co.uk Join Flora on a snowy night. She'll need your help to put things right. Can she deliver her letter, so her name is not missed, from Santa Claus's Christmas present list? 1 Dec – 6 Jan Aladdin Various times | from £12 King's Theatre Glasgow, Glasgow G2 4JN, 0844 871 7648 www.atgtickets.com 1 Dec – 5 Jan Britney and the Beast Various times | from £5 to £17.50 Webster’s Theatre, Glasgow G4 9HZ, 0141 357 4000 www.webstersglasgow.com Full of song, dance and the good old Glasgae banter. Come see an incredible first-class professional cast as they take you on a hilarious journey through Pantoland with this new Scottish twist on the old classic tale. 1-30 Dec ‘Sno Snow Various times | £7.50 | 3-7yrs Scottish Youth Theatre, Glasgow G1 1TF, 0141 552 3988 www. scottishyouththeatre.org 3-8 Dec Jack and the Beanstalk Various times | from £14 Eastwood Park Theatre, Giffnock G46 6UG, 0141 577 4956 www.eastwoodparktheatre.co.uk
29 Nov – 13 Jan The Magical Adventures Of Cinderella Various times I from £19 The Pavilion, Glasgow G2 3AX, 0141 332 1846 www.paviliontheatre.co.uk With an all-star cast and featuring some great sing-a-long songs, plenty of silliness, lots of laugh out loud comedy, traditional audience participation and our enchanting and magical costumes and scenery. It's all guaranteed to make your panto experience unforgettable! familiesonline.co.uk
3-15 Dec Jack and the Beanstalk Various times | £10/£7 East Kilbride Village Theatre, East Kilbride, G74 4HG, 01355 261280 www.sllcboxoffice.co.uk Fri 7 Dec CLIC Sargent 40th Anniversary Christmas Concert 19.30 | £16 The Glasgow Royal Concert Hall, Sauchiehall Street, Glasgow G2 3NY 0141 3533800 www.glasgowconcerthalls.com
4 Dec – 6 Jan A Christmas Carol Various times | £12.50/£9 Citizens Theatre @ Tramway, Glasgow G5 9DS 0141 429 0027 www.citz.co.uk Ebenezer Scrooge is a notoriously bitter old man who is determined not to let Christmas interfere with his miserly routine. But one Christmas Eve, Scrooge receives some unexpected supernatural visitors who are determined to show him the error of his ways. 8 and 15 Dec Elves Off The Shelves! Christmas Recall 11.30 + 13.30 | £3.50 (free for ACE) Chatelherault Auditorium, Hamilton ML3 7UE, 01698 426213 www.sllcboxoffice.co.uk Elfluenza has struck the North Pole! Can the Elves Off the Shelves help to wrap all Santa's gifts in time for Christmas? Sat 8 Dec The Glasgow School of Art Christmas Concert 15.00 + 19.30 | £8.50 The Glasgow Royal Concert Hall, Sauchiehall Street, Glasgow G2 3NY 0141 3533800 www.glasgowconcerthalls.com 8-9 Dec Snow White and the Seven Wee Muppets Various times | £11.50/£10 Lanark Memorial Hall, ML11 7AB, 01555667999 www.sllcboxoffice.co.uk Sun 9 Dec A Christmas Carol 14.30 + 19.30 | £12/£8 Eastwood Park Theatre, Giffnock G46 6UG, 0141 577 4956 www.eastwoodparktheatre.co.uk 11-30 Dec Jack and the Beanstalk II: Return of the Farmer Various times | £11/£8 Eastwood Park Theatre, Giffnock G46 6UG, 0141 577 4956 www.eastwoodparktheatre.co.uk Wed 12 Dec Pips and Panda at the North Pole 10.30 | £5.50 | 7yrs and under Lanark Memorial Hall, ML11 7AB, 01555667999 www.sllcboxoffice.co.uk Pips and Panda find one of Santa's toy sacks. They hear noises coming from inside - what do you think they found? You'll have to come and see! Meet Santa, Rudolph, plus Pips and Panda's new friends in this special Christmas puppet show.
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12-31 Dec Humbug! Various times | £12.50/£9 | 3-6yrs Citizens Theatre @ Tramway, Glasgow G5 9DS 0141 429 0027 www.citz.co.uk An interactive, musical comedy filled with fun, joy, laughter and perhaps the odd humbug here and there. 14-16 Dec Funbox: Once Upon a Christmas Various times | £16 The Glasgow Royal Concert Hall, Sauchiehall Street, Glasgow G2 3NY 0141 3533800 www.glasgowconcerthalls.com Sat 15 Dec Fizzgig Theatre Company presents Aladdin 11.00+15.00 | £12/£8 Pollok House, Glasgow G43 1AT, 0141 616 6410 www.nts.org.uk 20-28 Dec Snow White and the Seven Wee Muppets 14.30+19.00 | £11.50/£10 East Kilbride Village Theatre, East Kilbride, G74 4HG, 01355 261280 www.sllcboxoffice.co.uk Sat 22 Dec RSNO Christmas Concert 14.00 + 18.00 | From £19 The Glasgow Royal Concert Hall, Sauchiehall Street, Glasgow G2 3NY 0141 3533800 www.glasgowconcerthalls.com Sun 23 Dec City of Glasgow Chorus - A Christmas Cracker 15.00 | from £9 The Glasgow Royal Concert Hall, Sauchiehall Street, Glasgow G2 3NY 0141 3533800 www.glasgowconcerthalls.com 27-29 Dec The McDougall’s Magical Toy Shop East Kilbride Arts Centre, East Kilbride G74 4DU, 01355 261000 www.sllcboxoffice.co.uk It’s Christmas Eve in the Magical Toyshop and Santa’s got the flu. The McDougalls have come to help the elves with the Christmas lists, but they need your help too!
8 Dec Children’s Classic Concerts: A Christmas Carol 13.00 + 15.00 | from £11 The Glasgow Royal Concert Hall, Sauchiehall Street, Glasgow G2 3NY 0141 3533800 www.glasgowconcerthalls.com ’Tis the season to be jolly, so on that note, we need your help in saving Scrooge from his surly ways – can we convince him of the joy and wonder of the festive period? Find out as the RSNO performs plenty of beloved Christmas classics! Families Glasgow 13
Your essential guide to family events this November & December. We take great care in compiling our events guide, but check with the venues before you leave home just in case times or prices have
Sat 10-Sun 11 Nov Big Music for Minis Various times | various prices | up to 7yrs The Glasgow Royal Concert Hall, Sauchiehall Street, Glasgow G2 3NY 0141 3533800 www.glasgowconcerthalls.com Sat 10 Nov German Lantern Making for St. Martin’s Celebrations 13.30 | £5 The Language Hub, Partick G11 6QW, 0141 2582700 www.thelanguagehub.co.uk Sat 10 Nov Jack and Billy 14.00 | £5.95 Scottish Mask and Puppet Centre, Glasgow G12 0QF, 0141 339 6185 www.maskandpuppet.co.uk Sun 11 Nov WWE Live 17.00 | From £39.75
SSE Hydro, Exhibition Way, Glasgow G3 8YW, 0141 248 3000 www.sec.co.uk Sat 17 Nov Galoshins 14.00 | £5.95 Scottish Mask & Puppet Centre, Glasgow G12 0QF, 0141 339 6185 www.maskandpuppet.co.uk Wed 21 Nov Nitro Circus Live 19.30 | from £39.75 SSE Hydro, Exhibition Way, Glasgow G3 8YW, 0141 248 3000 www.sec.co.uk
Sat 1 Dec Snow Child 14.00 | £5.95 Scottish Mask & Puppet Centre, Glasgow G12 0QF, 0141 339 6185 www.maskandpuppet.co.uk 1-5 Dec Flutter Various times | £9/£6 | 2-6yrs Platform, Glasgow G34 9JW, 0141 276 9696 www.platform-online.co.uk Flutter is an interactive, immersive performance that combines puppetry, music and stunning visuals to create a multi-sensory performance for small hands.
Sat 24 Nov I Spy With PC McKay 14.00 | £5.95 Scottish Mask & Puppet Centre, Glasgow G12 0QF, 0141 339 6185 www.maskandpuppet.co.uk
Sun 2 Dec Advent Party 14.00 | £6/£4 The Language Hub, Glasgow G11 6QQ, 0141 258 2700 www.thelanguagehub.co.uk Join us for some German Christmas biscuits and cakes, hot drinks and non-alcoholic 'Gluehwein', some carol singing and arts & crafts for the younger ones.
22-24 Nov Robinson Crusoe (The Truth) 14.30 + 19.30 | £8/£6 East Kilbride Arts Centre, East Kilbride G74 4DU, 01355 261000 www.sllcboxoffice.co.uk
Wed 5 Dec The Narnia Experience 15.00 | FREE Govan and Linthouse Parish Church, G51 2YL, 0141 445 2010 www.govanlinthouseparish.org
Fri 30 Nov St Andrew’s Day Torchlight Parade Fri 18.15 | £10/£5 Glasgow West End www.torchlightparade.co.uk
Sat 8 Dec The Magic of Christmas 14.00 | £5.95 Scottish Mask & Puppet Centre, Glasgow G12 0QF, 0141 339 6185 www.maskandpuppet.co.uk
8, 22, 23 Dec Christmas Baby Disco 10.00 + 13.00 | £4 Eastwood Park Theatre, Giffnock G46 6UG, 0141 577 4956 www.eastwoodparktheatre.co.uk Join in the fun with Christmas tunes, party outfits and silly games to get you in the mood for the most wonderful time of the year! (Both parent and child require a valid ticket.) 9, 15, 22 Dec Little Elf’s Winter Workshops 11.00-15.00 | from £3.20 | 5+yrs Chatelherault Country Park, Hamilton ML3 7UE, 01698 426213 www.sllcboxoffice.co.uk Santa’s elves are so busy this year and they need your help! Can your little elves help Santa’s elves in his workshop?! 11am Gingerbread Decorating Workshop - decorate your own gingerbread man and gift wrap your finished masterpiece! 12.30 Hot Chocolate Cone Decorating - Fill your cone and decorate the outside to make your cone look like Santa or even Rudolph! Sun 9 Dec Star Wars: A New Hope Live in Concert 19.30 | from £36.90 SSE Hydro, Exhibition Way, Glasgow G3 8YW, 0141 248 3000 www.sec.co.uk
This year’s sensational family panto!
29th November 2018 until 13th January 2019 14 Families Glasgow
15, 16, 22, 23 Dec Elf Academy 9.00 + 12.00 | primary 1-4 | £20 Eastwood Park Theatre, Giffnock G46 6UG, 0141 577 4956 www.eastwoodparktheatre.co.uk Just drop your kids off and let them enjoy a series of creative and fun activities in this jam-packed session! Make a Christmas craft, bake, join in with a wintery tale and enjoy a festive film before graduating from Elf Academy with your very own Elf ears! 15-16 Dec Santa’s Back by Gary Dunn 14.00 | £6.50 Scottish Mask & Puppet Centre, Glasgow G12 0QF, 0141 339 6185 www.maskandpuppet.co.uk Sun 16 Dec Jingle all the Way 5K 11.00 | £10/£6 Chatelherault Country Park, Hamilton ML3 7UE, 01698 426213 www.sllcboxoffice.co.uk 5K family race around the trails of Chatelherault Country Park! 18-23 Dec Black Beauty £9/£6 | 5+yrs Platform, Glasgow G34 9JW, 0141 276 9696 www.platform-online.co.uk Sat 22 Dec Paper Moon 15.45 | £5 | under 5s Cumbernauld Theatre, G67 2BN, 01236 732887 www.cumbernauldtheatre.co.uk Poppy wakes up to discover that MoonMoo has got stuck on the
21 Dec – 6 Jan Mr Popper’s Penguins 11.00 + 14.00 | from £14.20 | 4+yrs SEC, Exhibition Way, Glasgow G3 8YW, 0141 248 3000 www.sec.co.uk Painter and decorator by day, Mr Popper spends his time dreaming of Antarctic adventures. He is astounded when one day a packing crate arrives on his doorstep and a penguin waddles out! With original songs and performing penguin puppets, this delightful action-packed musical is the perfect family treat for ages 4 – 104! Moon! Poppy’s mission is clear! And she really needs your help to! Will you be Poppy’s friend at Astronaut School and help her build paper rockets to rescue MoonMoo? Sun 30 Dec Hogmanay Baby Disco 10.00 + 13.00 Eastwood Park Theatre, Giffnock G46 6UG, 0141 577 4956 www.eastwoodparktheatre.co.uk
A special orchestral retelling of a beloved Christmas classic
WIN A Family Ticket to A Christmas Carol by Citizens Theatre at Tramway This bold, theatrical adaptation from the Citizens Theatre captures the original heart of Charles Dickens’ famous tale. Ebenezer Scrooge is a notoriously bitter old man who is determined not to let Christmas interfere with his miserly routine. But one Christmas Eve, Scrooge receives some unexpected supernatural visitors who are determined to show him the error of his ways.
To win a family ticket to A Christmas Carol, simply answer the following question:
What night is Ebenezer Scrooge visited by his supernatural guests?
Email your answer to email@example.com (subject: “Citizens Theatre”) with your name and address by Friday 30th November. Standard terms and Conditions apply. There is no cash alternative. Subject to availability. Gold performances excluded. Family ticket is up to two adults and up to three children. Recommended for 6yrs+.
THE PERFECT FESTIVE TREAT
BASED ON THE NOVEL BY
RICHARD & FLORENCE ATWATER MUSICAL IS PURE THEATRICAL MAGIC’
‘LIVELY AND JOYFUL’ Radio Times
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GLASGOW ROYAL CONCERT HALL 8 December 2018, 1pm & 3pm
FRI 21 DECEMBER - SUN 6 JANUARY SEC LOMOND AUDITORIUM, GLASGOW
www.sec.co.uk 60 mins of ACTION-PACKED FUN for ages 4+
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