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Inco rporating Perth & Kinross 3 Welcome to Families Fife 4 Who, What, Where, When Bag a bargain at the local nearly new sales and how to get funding for your community group 6 Education and Childcare News and updates from local providers 7 Birth, Baby & Beyond Baby massage insights and it’s Real Nappy Week 8 Easter Special What’s on locally in the Easter holidays 11 Nosey Parkers Undercover Dad investigates Lochore Country Park 12 Clubs and classes With updates from local class providers 13 Parent to Parent interview 14 What’s on Even more family events and activities
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Have you made your move?
s I put together this Easter edition
in mid February, I must note that we’ve experienced some extremes in weather. Last week I was sweeping snow (yes sweeping!) snow off my car, only to be confounded this week by bright sunlight! In fact a better, more perfectly still, more beautiful day than yesterday, I have never known in February. Not in Fife anyway. This was celebrated with family walk along our stunning coastal path on the stretch from Dalgety Bay to Burntisland. Such a simple pleasure, but a long forgotten one during winter, when I think we all undergo a form of hibernation. It’s wonderful to see spring coming to greet us, snowdrops piercing the land and birdsong greeting us on the lighter mornings. So if the change in the season is making you want to get out and about, then there’s no shortage of things to see and do. Read on to find out what’s on where and don’t forget to share your experiences with us at www. familiesfife.co.uk or find us on Families Fife/facebook Oh and Happy Mother’s Day one and all!
Susan Kirkwood, Editor
ith the longer days upon us, now is the time to get out and explore more of Kirkcaldy on foot or by bike. Make your move Kirkcaldy is the partnership project between Fife Council and the UK sustainable transport charity Sustrans which is encouraging everyone to get that little bit more active by incorporating walking and cycling into our daily lives. As part of the project so far, there have been improvements made to some cycle routes across the town as well as upgrading the walking environment in places. New maps for these routes have been designed and will be distributed soon so everyone can discover easier and healthier ways to get around. Community events have been a key element of the project, offering opportunities and support for people to travel actively with popular events taking place in Beveridge Park and other town parks including the Ravenscraig cycling fun day which was attended by over 800 people. At each of these events, you can pick up maps, leaflets and get information from helpful staff. If you’ve not been on a bike in a while, or your bike is currently lying in the shed with a flat tyre or broken chain, there have been cycle training courses and bike maintenance sessions on offer. Last year the project supported a number of adults including a lot of women through their Bikeability Cycle Training (Cycle proficiency to those who
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remember the Tufty Club). One of these woman hadn’t been on a bike in 35 years and now loves it! These sessions will be run again this year, as well as a regular walking and cycling programme. The project has also been encouraging the young people of Kirkcaldy to love their bike and to cycle to school more often. 2013 sees the project continuing to move swiftly forward with many schools participating in the annual bike race known as the Big Pedal. Momentum is building for this event with schools participating in classroom sessions creating posters and designing helmets to raise awareness of cycling and safety. The
theme is ’Love Your Bike’, an entertaining event for the children, where the stories they write will allow them to spread the joy of cycling. To get involved with any of our projects or to find out how they are developing please visit www.makeyourmovekirkcaldy.co.uk Or contact Susan, our Active Travel Project Officer on 08451 55 55 55 Ext 476 593 for information about the training, walks and rides.
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News: Who, What, Where, When … New reins at Jack and Jill When West Lothian mum of 2, Pauline Macmillan first went along to a Jack & Jill Market as a shopper in July 2011, little did she know then that just 18 months later, she would be Company Director.
auline tells us “I first heard about the Jack & Jill markets through Facebook just before my daughters 1st birthday so I thought I would go along to a market to see if I could pick up any bargains and I wasn’t disappointed” The Jack & Jill Market runs monthly quality nearly new baby & kids markets throughout Scotland. They are a not-for-profit community interest organisation, dedicated to helping local families make and save money! Each market has between 40-60 stalls and attracts anywhere from 500 to almost 1000 shoppers! After chatting to Nicole Diamond, the founder of the Jack and Jill Market, Pauline’s mind was racing, so she contacted Nicole to enquire about working with her, and soon Pauline became an Events Coordinator at several of the local markets. In under 6 months Pauline was Marketing & Events Manager for several of the markets, including 2 of the largest in Edinburgh and Glasgow and soon after that was appointed National Development Manager to help Nicole grow the business. Nicole has now decided to move away from the live events whilst setting up The Jack & Jill Market online, and so of course was only too happy to pass over the reins to Pauline’s capable hands! Whether you are looking for clothes, cots, buggies, bikes, books, toys, games, high chairs, garden toys or in fact anything else for babies and children…you are sure to find it at your local Jack & Jill Market! Monthly Markets across Scotland, for a full list of dates and venues visit the website www.jackandjillmarket. co.uk, check www.familiesfife.co.uk/ whatson or like Pauline did 18 months ago, find them on Facebook!
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e are looking to find the best family holidays in Scotland. If you have had a great family weekend or holiday in Scotland please do tell us. We’d like to know where you visited, what kind of accommodation you stayed in, why it was great, was it value for money and why you’d recommend it? We are looking for a range of budgets, so self-catering, boating, camping, B&B or full five star luxury will all appreciated. Also, please do mention any particular highlights such as things to do in the area. Send us just a quick paragraph (or a full review!) and we will print a selection online and in future issues. (Entries can be linked to a blog, business website or charity of your choice). Thanks! email@example.com .
Making ceremonies meaningful I t can be all too easy for us to experience life events without taking the time to celebrate them or to reflect on their meaning and how they will influence us in the future. Traditionally people have turned to the church to celebrate significant events in their lives such as birth, marriage or death. But changes in our society mean that our connection with the church has changed for many and for some it holds no real significance at all. Civil Celebrants are trained to listen to people’s needs and wishes and work with them to create a ceremony that is tailor made to suit the wishes of all the people involved. What many people don’t realise is that a christening or baptism has no legal standing which means that parents are free to create their own ceremony. Naming ceremonies are increasingly
Is your next local Jack & Jill Market on this weekend? www.jackandjillm arket.co.uk Scotland’s Quality Nearly-New Baby & Children’s Market
popular if you want to provide a formal ceremony to name your child or you want to welcome an adopted child into your family and make commitments. You may want to change an original name or give grandparents a role in a child’s life. Or you may be celebrating a new step-family. There is virtually no limit or restriction as to what you can do or include in a ceremony. There are many types of ceremony all over the world and the different religions and elements of any of them can be used or you may want to create something entirely different and do your own thing. Ceremonies usually last around 20-25 minutes and local Civil celebrant Duncan Farqhuar aims to provide a ceremony which is both personal and meaningful to those it is created around. Contact him on 07752 467956. For more information go to www.scottishcivilceremonies.co.uk
…Making Ceremonies Meaningful
Naming Ceremonies & Blessings Personal and meaningful ceremonies where and when you want, your way. www.scottishcivilceremonies.co.uk 07752467956 www.familiesfife.co.uk
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well and the difference with us is WE LISTEN. We have, I believe, the best quality labels for a reasonable price. Labels4Kids has very high levels of customer service with a money back guarantee, a free returns policy and a free 1st class delivery option.”
eading UK based international kids’ labelling specialist Labels4Kids is launching their new look website for March 2013. Attention to detail is something Labels4Kids does well, making high quality labelling easily available to help families recover those items that would otherwise end up in the lost property box. The new Labels4Kids website makes ordering so much easier and you can even try designing your labels on the site prior to ordering. The fun site covers labelling for your children, your sport requirements, camping, corporate and even care home items for grandparents. In addition they have a full personalised clothing site with a separate checkout to produce high quality clothing in both climacool and normal ranges. These are not thin cotton material garments but thick, high quality items that will last. Labels4Kids is pleased with the new look website at www.labels4kids.com and is confident that the customers will like it too. AnnMaree Morrison, the founder and Managing Director, commented “What we do, we do
See the full range by ordering at www.labels4kids.com/fam today
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r have you written an eBook? If so and you think it might interest the 60000 plus parents who read Families magazines across central Scotland, please do send us a brief summary and a link to your website or Amazon page and we’ll include it in a round up next issue and on our website.
Baby Booty Sale
he Baby Booty Sale is a nearly new baby and kids indoor market currently operating in Dundee and other locations across Scotland. It is an opportunity for local families to buy and sell anything to do with bumps, babies and young children all under one roof. Stalls are available through the events page on the website. There is a showcase gallery where large items can be displayed and a wide range of brands can be found at significantly lower prices than on the high street. Everything being sold is of a good standard and in full working order. Baby Booty believes in working with the local community so like-minded individuals such as crafters and small businesses are always welcome at their markets along with other companies offering free taster sessions or activities for children.
Psst- it’s Mother’s day soon
nd if you hurry, you should just about have time to get down to the Ceramic Experience in Dunfermline with dad to make something special for mum. They have mum favourites such as vases, plant pots, garden gnomes and ceramic bird boxes. Or what about decorating a teapot or a mug to give mum a gift she can use right away and treasure for years to come? And don’t worry if you’ve missed Mother’s day, there’s always Easter! Make a loved one a picture frame – with a picture of you in it obviously, and make this Easter a day to remember!
Next market: Sun 14th April at the Ardler Complex, Dundee. See Out and About for details
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10am – 5pm theceramicexperience.com Open 7 days a week 01383 840640 www.familiesfife.co.uk
id you know that communities can access the Community and Families fund for up to £10,000 towards projects which support and benefit children, or parents and families of children who are 8 and under?
The Communities and Families Fund is a grants programme funded jointly by the Scottish Government and the Big Lottery Fund in Scotland. The fund will support local projects that help families and communities give children the best start in life. Organisations can apply for a grant of between £250 and £10,000 for a 12 month project that will meet at least one of the following outcomes: Improve the quality of life of children (pre-birth to 8) through greater access to early learning, play and child and maternal health support. Enable communities to shape and deliver support for families. Examples of the types of local projects that we want to fund include; parenting support and development projects, community play projects, projects that support better nutrition for young children, Community-based family support and childcare projects. Who can apply? You can apply for funding if you are a voluntary and community organisation, a statutory body or a community council. For more information go to www.biglotteryfund.org.uk/ communitiesandfamiles or call on 0300 123 7110. And if you are successful, then be sure to tell Families Fife all about your project.
Fancy something completely different for your child’s next birthday?
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Animal handling parties and displays Animal handling fun and crafts combined to capture the attention of both the children & adults. Also available for schools, nurseries, play groups, care homes, weddings, christenings and corporate events. 1-1 sessions also available - ideal for therapy and special needs!
Call Alison on 07745594571
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Education & childcare Perth Midwife Unit Open Day On: Saturday 27th April Time: 12- 2pm ome along and speak to Midwives, other mums and mums-to-be at our open day. We will also have displays from Perth & Kinross Real Nappy Network, Live Active Team, Smoking Cessation and many more. There will be information about our midwife unit, see our birthing suite, talk to midwives about our antenatal classes including our new self-hypnosis for childbirth sessions. Mums and dads-to-be, new mums and dads, friends and family all welcome.
For more information contact: 01738 473269 or 01738 473420
Spring is in the air T
he staff and children at Lauriston will be kept busy over the Easter period with a range of ‘egg’cellent activities on offer. The children will hopefully welcome some of the residents of Canmore Lodge to the nursery for an Easter egg decorating competition. There will be Easter egg hunts taking place and children will put their creative skills to good use when making Easter bonnets and cards. The children will spend time looking at Spring with lots of bright, colourful displays on show around the nursery. The children will be busy preparing to begin planting flowers and seasonal vegetables and herbs.
Unlock your child’s potential at the Kumon Glenrothes Study Centre
classroom learning, building speed and accuracy and developing abilities such as time management and problem-solving. Above all, the programmes nurture independent learners, ensuring each child can study by themselves. There are currently over 67,000 students studying at more than 660 Kumon study centres across the UK and Ireland. The Glenrothes Study Centre is located at Cadham Neighbourhood Centre on Huntsmans Road.
e all know the importance of maths and English. It has been widely shown, for instance, that young people with better literacy and numeracy skills are far more likely to succeed in gaining good employment and fulfilling their potential later in life. Kumon Educational, the UK’s largest supplementary education provider, offer maths and English study programmes which are tailored to each child’s ability. Established for over 50 years, Kumon’s unique worksheet-based method can help your child to excel academically, develop their capacity for learning independently and boost their all-round confidence. The Kumon programmes complement
For more information, or to take advantage of a Free Assessment, contact Glenrothes Study Centre Instructor Lesley Shaw on 01383 822 814 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Kumon’s maths and English study programmes work to build your child’s confidence and inspire a passion for learning. Contact your local Instructor for a Free Assessment. Glenrothes Study Centre Lesley Shaw 01383 822 814
Boost your child’s confidence 0800 854 714 kumon.co.uk
For full class listings please check online at www.familiesfife.co.uk as we have limited space to list full programmes here
High quality childcare and education in a cosy home from home environment on the outskirts of Kelty
Tel: 01383 832883
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Birth, baby and beyond NCT Bumps and babies group
f you’re at home with a baby, why not banish the Monday morning blues and head along to NCT Bumps and Babies group? Mums and dads with babies under age 1 are welcome to come along any Monday morning between 10.30 and 12, to the Dunfermline East Church in Duloch. The group is very informal, and offers parents the opportunity to meet others from the local area, and to have a cup of tea or coffee and a chat while the children play. The group is run by volunteers, and £2 per visit is the requested donation which covers the refreshments. The group also welcomes parents to be. Helen Hudd, who helped to set up Bumps and Babies, explains that the group offers pregnant women the chance to find out what new motherhood is really like, from those who’ve recently been through it. One new mum recently shared her experience of coming along: “It would be so easy for a new mum to stay in and sometimes feel a bit sorry for herself. The group offers a real sense of camaraderie and also support. You realise that you’re not doing it on your own” New faces are always welcome! Just come along, or contact us through Facebook Dunfermline NCT Baby Group. If your Mondays are busy or if you have an older child (up to age 3), then why not get yourself and the kids along to the NCT Tuesday group? This longestablished friendly group runs from 10-11.30 at Gillespie Church and offers a baby area, a range of toys for children to play with and also a healthy snack for little ones. The price of £2 per week includes refreshments for grown-ups too! If you’d like more information, phone Fiona on 01383 279315, or just come along.
NCT is the UK’s largest charity for parents, and offers both antenatal and postnatal courses for parents. Log on to www.nct.org.uk to find out more.
Agenda to nurture
mbarking on her career from school, MamaBabyBliss practitioner, Alex Mitchell took up nursing at The Glasgow Royal Infirmary. Natural career progression then took her to become a Spa Therapist in some of Scotland’s top hotel Spas. From here, Alex went on to spearhead the first public sector Spa in the UK creating the brand Spa London for Greenwich Leisure. Having now become a mother herself, Alex wants to work closely with health teams locally to volunteer and to provide classes to single parents and to people on lower incomes in order to support both mother and baby through massage. Her mission is to pamper and nurture mothers, mothers-to-be and babies in the most natural
way possible. MamaBabyBliss provides natural holistic services that support mothers in pregnancy and thereafter. Alex’s classes provide parents with some essential bonding and nurturing time each week for them and their little one, whilst teaching them the skills and understanding the benefits of baby massage and baby yoga. Private 1-1 and group sessions & weekend workshops for Dads all available. Pregnancy Massage & Yoga & Relaxation classes are coming soon.
To reserve a place in a local Cupar class at Yvonne Gray’s Dance School in Short Lane Cupar, contact: 07855840842 or email email@example.com www.mamababybliss.com/teachers/ alexmitchell
Real nappies... real change
his year’s Real Nappy Week takes place 15 to 21 April, with the theme of 'Real Nappies...Real Change!' to inspire a new generation of parents to make the change. The week is shaping up to be very exciting, with each day allocated a theme such as Real Choice, Real Easy and Real £ change looking at the benefits of Real Nappies. This year you can get stuck in by taking part in The Great Cloth Diaper Change on 20 April at 11am local time, and be part of a world record breaking attempt for the most Real Nappies changed simultaneously. On 21 April join in Real Clean and hang a chain of washing up in your garden, as others will do up and down the land. There are loads of events taking place across the country during Real Nappy Week, where you can meet people who use Real Nappies, get great advice as well as get your hands on nappies to see how they work.
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Easter holiday special
What will we do in the holidays? Families has Easter sorted!
or many of us, those first two weeks in April will be at the forefront of our conscious minds, with the nagging question, how will we fill two whole weeks off
school as the usual mad morning rush is replaced with duvet mornings and slow starts. But no! It doesn’t have to be this way! As ever, Families magazine has been tirelessly poking about in Perth and ferreting around Fife to find out what’s on for children and their families this Easter time. Here follows a selection of our findings, which range from seeing a local theatre show to taking a day trip to Glasgow to meet the Easter Bunny. Or why not get sporty? With football camps and swimming on offer there’s no excuse not to? Read on for lots of inspired ideas to get you moving and making the most of the holidays. You will also find a day-by-day break down of the region’s events on pages 14-15 to add even more dates to your diary.
Cadbury’s Easter Egg Trails Trust us for an Easter eggstravaganza! Get along to Fife’s top heritage spots and enjoy Easter fun for all the family. Culross Palace, Kellie Castle, Falkland Palace and Hill of Tarvit Mansionhouse are hosting a Cadbury Easter Egg Trail over the Easter weekend! Conservation charity, the National Trust for Scotland has teamed up with Cadbury to put on activities to keep all the family
Get active with Live active
Don’t let the boredom set in this Easter holiday. Join our kids holiday programme which is crammed full of stuff that will keep your kids amused this Easter. And if that wasn’t enough we are running a special swim offer for families. Perth Leisure pool is still one of Scotland’s most popular aquatic attractions, with 5 swimming pools including outdoor lagoon, 2 flumes, wild water channels, café aqua and more, it makes a great day out for the whole family. And as a special offer we are giving families the opportunity to swim for only £10 per visit. The family voucher is valid for up to 2 adults and 3 juniors/seniors. Simply cut out the advert from the advert in Families Fife and present it at reception. However if you are looking for something to amuse the kids why not pick up a copy of our Easter Holiday Programme. Activities are available for children aged 18 months to S4, and include Full Day Camps, Sports Camps such as Kayaking and Dance and a range of come and try sessions like Football, Mutli Sports and much more. All the sessions are great fun, great value and led by a team of qualified and friendly coaches. The LAL Easter programme is available to download from the Live Active website www.liveacticve.co.uk from early March.
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Afternoon Tea with the Hamleys Bunny Bear this Easter! Monday 1st April – Friday 12th April (week days only), Hamleys, St Enoch Centre Glasgow How would you like to have Afternoon Tea with the Hamleys Bunny Bear? Join us this Easter as the Wonderlicious fun begins! We will take you on an adventure through our magical toy shop to the Easter Party Room where we will serve up a wide variety of treats from chocolate eggs to yummy muffins. You’ll even get to decorate your very own Millie’s Cookie! There are lots of activities planned with Hamleys Bunny Bear. Listen to his bunny tales and join in the arts & crafts activities and games. Why not bring your own bear along and we will show you how to make your very own bunny bear. You can
amused over the Easter weekend. Follow the Easter trail, collect the clues and win a delicious Cadbury Easter egg. And while you’re there find out more about these beautiful places and their fascinating history too! There will be plenty of
fun activities for all the family throughout the day including face painting, and the chance to design your very own Cadbury EggHead. The winner may even see their design appear as a new Cadbury Egghead in 2014! There are 45 Cadbury Easter Egg Trails taking place at National Trust for Scotland properties across the country. For full
take part in our Easter egg hunt and also have the opportunity to have your photo taken with Bunny Bear. Before you leave each child will receive a special Hamleys Easter goodie bag! ÊÊBut wait...there’s more!! We have a live petting farm in store, a visit from a surprise Sylvannian Families character and thousands of Scrumpalicious sweets! There are so many reasons to spend your Easter holidays at the finest toy shop in the world! For all details on how to book your place visit www.hamleys.com/glasgow or for more information email glasgowparty@hamleys. co.uk or call 08717 042 990 and ask to speak to a member of the Events Team.
details visit www.nts.org.uk/ easter See online for details of local events.
Children's Easter Holiday Club
Falkland Centre for Stewardship, The Stables workshop Tuesday 2nd April until Thursday 4th April 10.00am
–3.30 pm. For children aged 8 –12 years Spring is here so come join the Rangers for 3 days of wildlife watching, stream splashing, art and craft, den building, camp fire making and lots more. £50 for the 3 days. See website for full details and booking form www.centreforstewardship. org.uk
What’s ON at Fife? Puppet Animation Festival
Well for a start the beginning of the holidays also marks the return of the annual Puppet Animation Festival. This year there are shows throughout the region again and featuring a host of Scottish and international puppet companies, this year’s Festival is set to be one of the best yet. There’s Rapunzel and her long locks locked up in a castle and waiting for a prince, with a frog to tell the tale, and a wonderful mix of puppetry and music. ÊWhen Ê Shlemiel Went to Warsaw is the story of Shlemiel and his quest to reach the bright lights of Warsaw. Will his dreams come true, or is there no place like home? ÊAdapted Ê from the popular children’s book, Each Peach Pear Plum brings the story to life through puppetry. With songs, music and nursery rhyme, follow the characters through the meadow to Mother Hubbard’s for some Plum Pie. ÊIn Ê The Magic Horse, Fingal’s horse
is replaced with a magic one. He’s lead to a prince, and then to a princess, and many a quest is encountered along the way. But, who will marry the Princess, Fingal or the Prince? ÊCeleste’s Ê Circus features an endearing cast of circus characters that emerge from a giant pop-up book. It feels like you’ve come out of your seat, straight into the circus ring! Come laugh, clap, cheer and help bring the circus to life! ÊThe Ê Steadfast Tin Soldier sees a fairy tale painter sketch a large nursery,
decorating it with wondrous toys and figures. See and hear this story of a faithful soldier and his adventures. ÊWillie Ê the Wicked Wolf is an outrageous but lovable rogue who loves food, motorbikes and rock ‘n’ roll. His plan to eat Granny and Red Riding Hood fails when his motorbike breaks down. Luckily Granny is a good mechanic. Unluckily she’s not a good driver...how will it end? Coming to four theatres across Fife, Puppet Animation Festival promises as ever to have something for all ages this Easter. Be entertained, on the edge of your seat, mesmerised, and experience something out of this world as puppets come to life on stage! All tickets available at www.onfife.com or by calling or visiting any ON at Fife box office. See advert on back cover for venue dates and times.
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Easter holiday special The British Golf Museum, St Andrews
There’s fun for all the family at the British Golf Museum in St Andrews. Just opposite the famous Royal and Ancient Golf Clubhouse and next to the beautiful West Sands beach, this 5 star museum offers a warm welcome to visitors young and old. Children can follow our dedicated children’s trail around the galleries as Rolf Rabbit brings golf to life
Children’s Autumn Holiday Woodland Club
Cambo, Kingsbarns NE Fife Lots of games and things to do including, making dens , campfire cooking, making things from wood, music in the woods, arts and crafts, nature watching and lots more activities and games. Fully insured, disclosed experienced Forest School leaders. Ages - 6 to 13yrs Dates - Monday 1st - Friday 5th and Monday 8th - Friday 12th April. Times 10:00am - 4:00pm. Cost £125 for 5 days. Early Bird Discount - £100 for 5 days if booked by 8th March. Details and confirmation from: email@example.com Tel: 01337 830621, Mob: 07587 893190.
Easter Art Fair
The Stables Workshop, Centre for Stewardship, Falkland Estate Saturday 30 March, 10am to 4pm A range of family workshops including Easter arts and crafts, face painting and family treasure hunts as well as a showcase of local up and coming talent! Located in a safe and fun environment there will also be a range of home baking and refreshments available. All the family welcome.
for little ones. Everyone can enjoy our stunning displays and interactives and dressing up in period golf costume and putting. Don’t forget to have your picture taken with the Claret Jug and be an Open Champion for the day. There will be several activities for children in the museum at Easter. Please check our website www.britishgolfmuseum. co.uk for details or call 01334 460046. We are
This fair is being organised in partnership with Ignite Management. See website for more details www.centreforstewardship.org.uk
Pars in the Community
Run some great holiday classes for children to keep children happy, fit and occupied during the school break: Easter Holiday Fun Football Coaching 1st - 12th April 2013 Week 1 Monday 1st April Friday 5th April Train Like a Pro Camp • 9.00am - 3.00pm £80 includes personalised DAFC T-Shirt, and certificate P1-P7 (groups will be split into P1-3 & P4-7) Week 2 Monday 8th April - Friday 12th April Fun Football Skills • 9.30am-12.00pm Cost: £40 P1-P7 (groups will be split into P1-3 & P4-7) Mini Kickers • 3 years-5 years Pre-school 10.00am11.00am £18 Participants will receive a free ticket to DAFC v Cowdenbeath match on Sat 20th April. All classes take place at Dunfermline
Home to Golf ’s History The award winning British Golf Museum uses a mixture of highly visual displays and exciting interactives to explore over 500 years of golfing history. For more information call 01334 460046 or visit www.britishgolfmuseum.co.uk THE BRITISH GOLF MUSEUM, BRUCE EMBANKMENT, ST ANDREWS, FIFE KY16 9AB The Royal and Ancient Golf Club of St Andrews Trust. A Scottish Charity SCO 07857
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open daily from 10 until 4 until the end of March. From 1st April onwards, Monday to Saturday 9.30a.m. until 5p.m. and Sunday 10a.m. until 5p.m. We look forward to welcoming you to St Andrews!
Academy of Sport on the new 3G astroturf with boys and girls of all abilities welcome. For more details call our Community Team on 01383 742 746 or email community@ academyofsports.org Residential camp with Pars in the Community Fri 2nd - Sun 4th August 2013 - Dalguise • Fun Activity Camp weekend Only £160 per child transport included. Cost can be paid in instalments. Primary 4-7 kids. Pars in the Community are running a Summer Residential Camp at Dalguise Activity Centre in Dunkeld, Perthshire. There will be a number of activities including Abseiling, Archery, Forest Trail, Giant Swing, Kayaking, Raft Building, and Zip Wire. A great team-building weekend!! Spaces are limited so make sure you don't miss out and book your place now! For more details or to find out about our full range of Summer holiday classes and to book your child's place please call 01383 742746 or email: community@ academyofsports.org
Fife Science Festival
Budding scientists and novices alike should look out for the Fife Science Festival, which takes place during 1524th March in venues throughout Fife.
Just how good are our local parks? W
travels. A full size steam engine (great for clambering on and standing on the footplate brings out the child in every dad – toot toot!), other features include the original pithead windlass and reference to the mineshafts. The park is really geared up for outdoor education including courses on sailing and other water sports, horse riding, fishing, Ranger led activities and mountain bike skill courses. For more information on these and other activities visit: www.fifedirect.org.uk/ lochoremeadows. Score 5
ith the help of our Undercover Dad from Perth, Families continues it’s scrutiny of some of the regions bigger parks. Armed again with Families strict criteria, a camera and notebook at the ready, Undercover Dad and (under covers son) visited Lochore Country Park in Fife to see how it stood up to the Families Park Challenge.
Q. Park title:
Lochore Meadows Country Park
Q. Where is the Park?
On the B920 on the southern edge of Crosshills, 2 miles north of Lochgelly.
Q. Getting there…
A car park is located next to the café and loch side. The park is well connected to Ballingry, Crosshills, Lochgelly, Kelty and Cowdenbeath for walking and cycling via the core path network. An hourly bus service passes the park entrance at Crosshills (20A – but please check). Score: 4
Q. First Impressions…
This was our first visit, but we’d heard some good reviews and so had high expectations. The car park was busy even though it was a cold grey day in mid January – which must be a good sign! Another bonus was that we found the café open and serving up a much needed hot soup and drink to warm us up before setting forth to explore. Score: 5
Q. Quality of signage…
The café, toilets, Ranger Services and information are all provided in the centre building next to the car park and play area. Having all the facilities in the same place is great to begin with as we didn’t need to worry about how to find them. A plan of the Country Park can be found next to the Rangers front desk and if in doubt a park Ranger is usually on hand to ask. Score 4 (big map near the car park would be useful for when the building is closed)
Q. Take the weight off your feet...
There are seats in the play area, scattered along the main footpaths and around the central building. Score 4 (seating near the main centre/car park would be useful for unloading prams/buggies and picnics etc)
Q. Stroller stroll or wheeled workout?
The path network around the park is excellent and offers a circular walk around Lochore with routes linking with the nearby
towns and villages. I have to admit we didn’t travel far from the play area, but we saw many cyclists and I have read that there is a wheelchair accessible bird hide. For the more adventurous there is a mountain bike trail at White Wood! Score 5
Q. Top Trumps for toddlers…
I was impressed with the wide range of formal play equipment for toddlers – lots of sand (always a winner with us), cradle swings, basket swing, small slides, spinner, tunnel, see-saw and a slidy mound thing (technical term for… we’ll you’ll know what I mean when you see it!). The setting to the play area was equally as impressive and fun with many mounds, steps, level changes and viewing platforms providing lots of hiding, scrambling and rolling opportunities. Score 5
Q. Let’s climb/jump/ scramble…
For the older kids and parents there are 3 really high slides (too high and fast for undercover dad with a toddler!) accessed from one of the mounds and there’s also swings and towers to climb. Natural play is a big feature with many mounds to climb, beach and shallow waters edge (loch) to dabble your feet in when its warmer. Score 4 (climbing net would make it perfect)
Q. Exploration Factor…
Q. Time for Tea – Outdoor eating
Picnic benches are located next to the main centre and barbeque areas are also provided. However, on a hot day there are plenty of informal picnic spots all around the park and particularly next to the loch – though word of warning the swans are particularly fond of a tasty sandwich! Score 5
Q. Time for Tea – Indoor eating
A good find – the café is open all year round, 7 days a week and is usually open between 9am and 4pm during the winter months and 9 am – 5pm in the summer (The opening times are available on the website - see above). It provides warm haven to escape from the cold weather and offers a fine array of reasonably priced hot and cold food and drinks. My son thought the soup was good and enjoyed getting messy and throwing bread on the floor – fortunately the staff were really friendly and very tolerant of the mayhem and mess! Score 5
Q. Legs Crossed?
The toilets are located in the centre and are open during the same hours as the café. There are disabled and baby changing facilities. Score 4
Q. What’s your USP?
For us the unique feature about this park is the great play area, its heritage links with its mining past, its wide open spaces and loch. However, with that being said, the excitement of feeding of the ducks, swans and gulls was a first for my son and that memory will always stick with me. Score 5
The park is vast and it would take several trips to explore the whole area. Our trip only lasted This is a great park for exploring. There is a couple of hours and we were limited to the ample space and footpath mileage to stretch play area so I can’t wait until my son is old your legs and go for a walk or cycle around enough so we can explore the Loch Ore or even to link up with park by bike. I’m also looking one of the neighbouring towns Key forward to trying out some of and villages. There are many 1 Poor: Oh No!, the other activities on offer. It’s woodlands, meadows and 2 Not impressed: definitely a park that caters for smaller paths to explore. Not so good the whole family no matter the Mining artifacts can also be 3 Ok: fair to middling age and ability of your children. found on some routes which 4 Good: Keeps us all Score 5 link the park to its bygone happy heritage. A number of mining 5 Excellent: Terrific! artifacts can be found on your Overall Score: 60 out of 65
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Clubs and classes Performing perfectly at Helen O’ Grady Drama Academy
he children of the Helen O’Grady Drama Academy, which specialises in building confidence and excellent communication skills, are not ambitious actors or budding thespians: they do not aim for the limelight, on screen or stage, but hope to excel in any arena that life shows them - and to enjoy any experience with enthusiasm and a positive outlook. Their weekly classes concentrate on speech exercises, movement skills and getting rid of inhibitions. Performing in front of an audience is not as important as being able to express oneself clearly, accurately and appropriately. And yet...when it comes to the end of the year, they do delight in the fact that they are able to present themselves with flair and imagination in front of their parents and friends.
Children meet for an hour a week in many locations throughout Fife and Perthshire, and there are three age groups, ranging from 5 - 17. Each age group prepares an improvised story, created and devised in class week by week. For some children, learning to express themselves and articulate their ideas is a wonderful experience: for others, it is speaking out clearly the sentences they have created: for others, the excitement of acting a role that they have devised. Imaginations are encouraged, clear voices are developed and confidence is grown - and a lot of fun is enjoyed! For more information about our locations and affordable fees, ring Barbara on 01382 330052 or visit www.helenogradyeastcentralscotland.co.uk
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Classes in Perth, Kinross and Fife
Swimming comes naturally …to Turtle Tots
t’s never too soon to introduce your baby to water! The Turtle Tots swim philosophy is to ensure safety and water confidence - whether at classes, on holiday or trips to the local pool. We believe that babies who learn key life saving skills from an early age, many of whom can swim by as young as 2 years old, while not drown-proof, have a much greater regard for water and are safer around it. Swimming is also an activity that the whole family can enjoy together, regardless of age. Babies have a natural affinity with the water. They become totally liberated, as water is a free environment for them. Babies are born with reflexes that enable them to hold their breath underwater naturally and keep supplying oxygen to the main organs, which helps to provide a gentle introduction to submersion. They also have primitive swimming stroke actions up to 6 months of age and can propel themselves through the water. At Turtle Tots our highly trained instructors work with these natural reflexes to enable your baby to be completely happy moving in and through the water.
We have new classes starting across Fife in April and May 2013. Contact Gill to find out more on 07753807188 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Shuffle Dance part of ‘EveryBodyDance Group’
Jo Jingles is Here! Fun Music, Singing & Movement Classes for children aged 3 months to 5 years
Develop your child’s
TURTLE TOTS SPECIALIST BABY AND TODDLER SWIMMING LESSONS NOW AVAILABLE THROUGHOUT FIFE NEW CLASSES starting throughout Fife in April and May 2013 Aqua-natal yoga also available Contact Gill Currie on 07753807188 or email@example.com to book or find out more.
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• Social Skills • Language • Confidence • Listening Skills • Co-ordination • Imagination Children’s Parties & Nursery Sessions also available!
*Babies under 6 months receive their first 4 weeks of classes free!* For details on classes in: Dalgety Bay, Duloch, Dunfermline & Kirkcaldy Call Julie on 01383 734080 firstname.lastname@example.org www.jojingles.com/fife
u creative dance u street dance u jazz u zumbatomic u u u
From £4 per class, Payable in blocks From 2 years to adults
New classes in Dunfermline Burntisland Dalgety Bay & Rosyth email@example.com
07800 560290 www.everybodydancegroup.co.uk
for little feet that love to dance! www.familiesfife.co.uk
Parent to parent Clubs news
Shake and Move Shake and Move provide
dance and fitness classes for all ages from Pilates, Zumba Fitness, Zumba toning, Bokwa Fitness and Highland dancing. There is a class to suit everyone. If you need extra help with your fitness or nutrition goals then 1:1 personal training sessions are available. Check our new website www.shakeandmove.co.uk for full details
Baby Sensory Due to popular demand there will be an additional class at 12.00pm on a Wednesday in Cowdenbeath for babies to come along and enjoy the benefits of sensory play. Call Claire West Fife Baby
atherine Younger is mum to Anna, Jamie and youngest Younger Sam. She lives with her husband in Dunfermline and her children attend Donibristle Primary. Catherine recently gave up her career in financial services in Edinburgh to become a childminder and attained her registration certificate in January. If you’re looking for a local childminder with lots of experience of young children, boundless energy and good old Irish common sense then contact Catherine on firstname.lastname@example.org
Sensory on 07749468864
Turte Tots Now running Turtle Tums
aquanatal yoga Cowdenbeath Monday 8pm Michael Wood Centre Monday 11.30am and Wed 7pm. Call 07753 807188. Shuffledance We have our first show on March 3, in Carnegie Hall at 3pm! Our kids have worked really hard rehearsing and fundraising for costumes – it’s going to be a cracker of a show!! Tickets can be bought from me directly on 07800560290 or gillian@everybodydancegroup. co.uk if anyone wants to come along and see what we’ve been up to – all welcome. La Jolie Ronde Running from 02/0405/04 in Glenrothes for 3-11 year olds is a fun holiday French class from La Jolie Ronde. We don’t have venue details at the time of going to press but do look on the Clubs and Classes section of www.familiesfife.co.uk for updates or call 07510 596798. Jo Jingles Jo Jingles music and movement classes are held weekly in Dalgety Bay, Dunfermline and Kirkcaldy. Classes are suitable for babies from 3 months to children age 5. We have lots of fun in class playing percussion instruments, singing, dancing and moving to music with fun props including streamers, pom poms, parachute and everyone’s favourite...bubbles! Jo Jingles can also visit local playgroups, toddler groups and nurseries for regular or one off sessions. We can also come along and help your child celebrate their birthday with a party programme that can be written especially for your little one.
Why you like living where you do? It’s family friendly, the kids have friends they can play outside with and there are plenty of amenities on the doorstep. How child friendly is it? There are loads of activities for the kids like the library, leisure centres, swimming pools and easy access to Fife’s beaches. There are also plenty of restaurants catering for families. Favourite park: We like the park at Shore Road in Aberdour. It’s quite small but the kids enjoy the equipment there and it’s only a short walk up from a lovely wee beach. Favourite children’s club/class: Toddletots in Dunfermline. It is held in the new Church at Duloch and is well laid out in terms of activities for different ages of pre-schoolers. Favourite day out: Anstruther Fish Bar for lunch and a walk and play on Elie beach. If it’s in the summer and we can stay at the caravan - even better as there’s no drive home. Best planet saving tip: Make a shopping list and stick to it – less food/ packaging waste. Favourite child friendly restaurant: Luigi’s in Dunfermline – the staff are fantastic with the kids and the food
is always excellent and reasonably priced. No parent should be without: Wipes of any sort – baby, surface, floor. Parenting pet hates: Toy packaging - who would have thought that you would ever need a screwdriver to get a toy out of a box! Funniest comment: When my son had a cold and sneezed he told me he was covered in “Bless you”. Favourite family holiday spot: We have a caravan in Elie. It’s right beside the beach and very safe for the kids. As long as the sun is shining it’s perfect as they have so much freedom to play with their friends. It’s also close enough to home for friends to come up for visits. Best children’s book: Horrid Henry Best children DVD or video: Toy Story 3 Most played with toys: Building cities out of various toy houses and furniture, lego, Barbie dolls, pirates and the Wii. Biggest waste of money: Getting to Friday night and can’t face cooking so end up getting a curry – but they are nice! Most successful recipe/food: My husband’s homemade pizzas – everyone loves them.
For full class listings please check online at www.familiesfife.co.uk as we have limited space to list full programmes here
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LET’S LEARN FRENCH!
Bonjour la France classes give your child the chance to excel in a foreign language through fun games, songs & stories. Classes in Glenrothes and Kirkcaldy Call on 07510 596798 or email Aleksandrak@lajolierondelicensee.co.uk
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For 3 - 11 year olds
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Out and About: familiesfife.co.uk/whatson March 2013
mystery of ancient faerie worlds. 01592 583302
Saturday 2nd March
15th -24th March
The Jack & Jill Market Dunfermline
Fife Science Festival
10.30am – 1.30pm 40 stalls bursting with quality, nearly-new baby & kids clothes, cots, toys, buggies, bikes, equipment and much more! (0-9 yrs). The Vine Venue, 131 Garvock
A wide range of events for families and schools across Fife. www.fifesciencefestival.org.uk
Hill, Dunfermline KY11 4JU.
www.jackandjillmarket.co.uk Sunday 3rd March
Saturday 16 March Simple knitting/crocheting and family baking
Falkland Estate Sunday 17th March
The Jack & Jill Market Perth
10.30am – 1.30pm 40 stalls bursting with quality, nearly-new baby & kids clothes, cots, toys, buggies, bikes, equipment and much more! (0-9 yrs). North Inch Community Campus, Gowans Terrace, Perth PH1 5BF. www.jackandjillmarket.co.uk Saturday 9th March Faerie Stories Adam Smith Theatre Kirkcaldy
Fusing Scottish Gaelic culture, puppetry, music and physical theatre, this wonderful show transports audiences into the magic and
Plastics ‘r’ Fantastic Earthship
Fife Visitor Centre Kinghorn Loch, Fife Have fun whilst being creative with waste! Try your hand at transforming plastic drinks bottles into flowers, windmills, bird-feeders, spiders and rockets. Free event for all ages! 12:00 to 16:00 www.sci-scotland.org.uk Friday 22nd March Free Guided Night Walks Falkland Estate
Family walk: As Spring starts to arrive join us for storytelling, plant pot craft and an
I.T.Dad Kids,Computer & Internet I.T. Dad is Jagdeesh Hiremath a local Families reader and father to a 3 year old girl. He currently works as a Software Build & Integration Manager in Fife. t’s now believed that children learn through hands-on experience, have successes and failures, then use these successes and failures to form their own mental representation of the world. But what part does technology play in this development. Should kids be exposed to technology? How much screen time is appropriate for children? This developmental debate has raged for decades. Research has uncovered both positive and negative effects of technology use on young minds. Many parents believe they’re doing great job raising their kids if their child is quietly playing video games or watching television all day in their room. But what they fail to realise is that the child will lose communication
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skills this way. It is the parents’ responsibility to ensure that the time spent interacting with technology is beneficial. And it is worth noting, according to pediatric research, in a perfect world, technology wouldn’t be chosen at all. According to a 2009 Kaiser study, children engage with digital media an average of 7.5 hours per day. However, the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends no more than 1-2 hours per day of screen time. A study indicates, technology overuse is not only changing brain chemistry, but also increasing the likelihood of children developing mental illness. Human connection, eye contact and dialogue are paramount to communication. ÊWhat Ê can you do as a responsible parent? 1. Get television out of the children's bedroom 2. Engage in “co-viewing” 3. Evaluate appropriate technology by age
4. Institute “technology breaks" 5. Set aside “sacred time” 6. Encourage “healthy” technology - Limit certain types of technology, narrow it down by app, and only approve ones based on solid research. 7. Trust your kids: Although parents shouldn’t give kids free reign of their social media presences, allow them to “clean up” their profile pages. 8. Feel confident that as a parent, you have the right to drop by and view your child’s page spontaneously. We as parents should understand that exposure to technology in these days is inevitable. Anxiety over childrens’ technology use has existed for decades, before the rise of the mobile phone, and even before the invention of calculators. There’s no doubt that children are growing and developing differently than they did even 15 years ago. “People are just about as happy as they make up their minds to be” Abraham Lincoln
evening stroll followed by hot drinks and marshmallows around the campfire. - 4.30pm to 6pm (families with children age 7+) Adult walk: A welcome talk on spring festivals and a walk into the fading light of evening to view the stars and any emerging wildlife. Walk followed by a glass of mulled wine and fire baked jacket potato around the campfire. 6.45pm to 8.45pm (adults only) Must be booked in advance by phoning Debbie Cranmer at the Falkland Centre for Stewardship on 01337 858838. Creative Weekends Falkland Centre for Stewardship, the Stables . Saturday 23 March Art sessions and family baking.
There will be craft and baking sessions to take part in along with a chance to enjoy some refreshments. The Centre will be open from 1pm to 4pm. No booking required, just pop along. www.centreforstewardship.org.uk Saturday 23rd March The Jack & Jill Market Dundee
10.30am – 1.30pm 50 stalls bursting with quality, nearly-new baby & kids clothes, cots, toys, buggies, bikes, equipment and much more! (0-9 yrs). Dundee International Sports Centre, Mains Loan, Dundee DD4 7AA. www.jackandjillmarket.co.uk Saturday 30th March Easter Art Fair The Stables Workshop, Centre for Stewardship, Falkland Estate. A range of family workshops including Easter arts and crafts, face painting and family treasure hunts as well as a showcase of local up and coming talent! Home baking and refreshments available. All the family welcome. 10am to 4pm www.centreforstewardship.org.uk Castaway Kids Methil Heritage Centre Events 2-4pm / 6-12 yrs / £3 Imagine you are stranded on a desert island.
What would you take? How would you survive? Inspired by the story of Robinson Crusoe, artist Sophie Knight will lead a fun and interactive workshop where you can make your very own Desert Island. Wear old clothes. Book on 01592 583204.
sticky situation to another in a world where adventure is the name and justice is the game! Watch out for ‘Z’s scratched into the ground, it might mark the start of a thrilling escapade . . . Age 5+ 01383 602302
Sat 30th March & Sat 27th April Horsecross Stories Foyer Perth Concert Hall Storytelling workshops for 3yrs+ Led by a different storyteller each month. Free to attend and no need to book in advance. 10.15am – 10.55am www.horsecross.co.uk 0845 612 6324
The Singing Kettle Rumble in the Jungle
Tues 2nd April until Thurs 4th April Children’s Holiday Club Centre for
Stewardship, Falkland Estate 3 days of wildlife watching, stream splashing, art and craft, den building, camp fire making and lots more . £50 for the 3 days-10.00am –3.30 pm (For children aged 8 –12 years) www.centreforstewardship.org.uk
Thursday 11th – Sunday 14th April Adam Smith Theatre Kirkcaldy Come dressed as your favourite wild animal and sing along with the sounds of the jungle. 01592 583302 Friday 12th April
children go free. Café, baby changing and a quiet feeding room available. Tuesday 23rd April The Owl Who Was Afraid of the Dark Perth Theatre. Based on the classic children’s book by Jill Tomlinson, especially for small people aged 3 – 7. With ablend of live music, puppetry and storytelling, this beautiful show introduces an old friend to a new generation. Come join us, it’s going to be a hoot! www.horsecross.co.uk 0845 612 6324 Saturday 27th April
Bottled Biospheres St Andrews Museum
East Meets West Children’s Classic Concerts
2 pm – 3.30 pm / 8 - 12 yrs / FREE A recycled bottle, soil, seeds, water and air the only ingredients you need to create your own miniature world! Discover the wonders of the water cycle in your bottle and wait for
Perth Concert Hall Join Owen and Olly as they set off on a musical adventure meeting pandas, cowboys and African drummers! With world-class musicians, this high-energy whistle-stop
April 2013 Monday 1st - 6th April Puppet Animation Festival
See advert for details Friday 5th & Saturday 6th April Bugsy Malone Adam Smith Theatre Kirkcaldy
ON at Fife Youth Music Theatre Join Bugsy, Fat Sam, Blousey, Tallulah and all the gang for this ‘splurge-tastic’ adventure in mobster-land! Anybody who is anybody will be there! 01592 583302 Saturday 6th April Willie the Wicked Wolf Adam Smith Theatre
Follow the hilarious adventures of Willie as he plans to eat Granny and Little Red Riding Hood… if he can only get his motorbike to work! A tale of wickedness, spanners, rock n roll and food… starring the one and only Willie the Wicked Wolf from Over The Top Puppet Co. 01592 583302 Saturday 6th April The Jack & Jill Market Dunfermline
10.30am – 1.30pm The Vine Venue, 131 Garvock Hill, Dunfermline KY11 4JU. www.jackandjillmarket.co.uk Going Green: That’s How We Roll!
St Andrews Museum 11.00 am – 12.30 am / 4-8 yrs / FREE A fun, hands-on workshop, children will make and decorate seed planters out of ecofriendly toilet tissue rolls. Plant them at home and watch them grow! All materials provided. Book on 01334 659380.
ÊTom Ê Thumb in Fruit
the magic to begin. All materials provided. Book on 01334 659380. Saturday 14th April Scoundrels and Buccaneers Methil Heritage
Centre Events. 1.15-2.30 (3-7yrs) & 3-4.15 (8-12yrs) / £1.50. Dress up as a pirate, help Robinson Crusoe survive danger and search for fabulous Spanish treasure on the mysterious island of Mas à Tierre. Join Chatterbox Stories for an afternoon of tales and adventures from Leven to the Pacific. Book on 01592 583204. Sunday 14th April The Jack & Jill Market Perth
Tuesday 9th & Wednesday 10th April
10.30am – 1.30pm North Inch Community Campus, Gowans Terrace, Perth PH1 5BF. www.jackandjillmarket.co.uk
The Mark of Zorro Carnegie Hall Dunfermline
Baby Booty Sale Dundee
If you’re looking for some swash buckling fun, come and lock swords with Zorro. Watch as our masked champion ricochets from one
Sun 14th April at the Ardler Complex, Turnberry Avenue, Dundee. DD2 3TP 10.30 am – 1.00 pm Entry is £1 for Adults and
tour has something for everyone, from the haunting sounds of a Chinese bamboo flute to the rhythms of the Argentinian tango and the toe-tapping tunes of a Scottish ceilidh. There’s fun for all the family with special surprises and lots of participation. Age 6+ www.horsecross.co.uk 0845 612 6324 Sunday 28th April The Jack & Jill Market Dundee
10.30am – 1.30pm Dundee International Sports Centre, Mains Loan, Dundee DD4 7AA. www.jackandjillmarket.co.uk 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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Easter Fun with
Across all our venues £4.50, conc. £3.50
Talks • Family Fun Days Roadshows • School workshops
Puppet Animation Festival Mon 1 April I 11.00 I Age 3+ I ROTHES HALLS Clydebuilt Puppet Theatre Rapunzel Tue 2 April I 11.00 I Age 4+ I ROTHES HALLS Puppet Theatre Maribor When Shlemiel Went to Warsaw Wed 3 April I 10.30am & 1.30pm I Age 3+ I CARNEGIE HALL The Puppet Lab Each Peach Pear Plum Thu 4 April I 11.00 I Age 3+ I ROTHES HALLS Yugen Puppet Company The Magic Horse
Fri 5 April I 11.00 I Age 4+ I ROTHES HALLS Thalias Kompagnons The Steadfast Tin Soldier Fri 5 April I 11.00 I Age 0 – 5 I LOCHGELLY CENTRE Free Range Puppeteers Celeste’s Circus Sat 6 April I 11.00 I Age 5+ I ADAM SMITH THEATRE
Over the Top Puppet Co. Willie the Wicked Wolf Fri 5 & Sat 6 April I 7.30pm; Sat Mat 2.30pm I ADAM SMITH THEATRE ON at Fife Youth Music Theatre Bugsy Malone
15-24 March www.fifesciencefestival.org.uk
Tue 9 & Wed 10 April I 2pm Tue; 10.30am Wed I CARNEGIE HALL Visible Fictions The Mark of Zorro Thur 11 – Sun 14 April I Various times I ADAM SMITH THEATRE The Singing Kettle Rumble in the Jungle
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Fife Science Festival is coordinated by Dundee Science Centre Dundee Science Centreis a company limited by guarantee. Registered in Scotland, no. 181709. Dundee Science Centre is a charity, registered with the Office of the Scottish Charity Regulator. Scottish Charity Register no. SC033272. Registered office: Greenmarket, Dundee DD1 4QB. VAT registration: GB 7429035 34.