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the really useful magazine and website for families in the fife region

Inco rporating Perth & Kinross

Issue 19 • May/June 2013

Party time!

Families guide to making party planning child’s play

Also including: Local news and updates PLUS local day-by-day What’s On guide Pick up your copy in

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

Let’s spend the night together


ANCER RESEARCH UK is encouraging friends, family and work colleagues to get together and enter Relay For Life, a unique celebration of life and hope which unites communities to help beat over 200 types of cancer. Teams of between eight to 15 people, of all ages, levels of fitness and from all walks of life are needed to take part at Dalgety Bay Sports Centre in Fife over the weekend of 22nd and 23rd June 2013. This is the seventh time Relay For Life has taken place in Fife. Participants are asked to raise as much money as possible in the months leading up to the Relay through a wide range of fundraising activities and securing donations from friends, families and work colleagues. During the Relay itself, team members take it in turns to walk round a track while everyone else enjoys a wide range of fun activities on offer.

As Relay For Life is non-stop through the night, those team members not on the track can take turns to rest, eat, or sleep in their tents which are set up close by. As dusk falls, the atmosphere quietens as the Candle of Hope ceremony begins. The event is the most poignant part of Relay For Life when specially made Candle of Hope bags - decorated with touching messages in memory or in celebration of loved ones - are filled with sand and lit up with candles around the track.  For more information about Relay For Life Dalgety Bay visit or call 0871 641 2602.


Inco rporating Perth & Kinross 3 Welcome to Families Fife 4 Who, What, Where, When Fife Leisure presents two new leisure centres and the newly revamped Kirkcaldy Galleries open with a fanfare 7 Birth, Baby & Beyond How to minimise scars with massage and a look at home birth 8 Party power How to plan and survive the annual birthday celebrations 13 Clubs and classes With the Helen O Grady Drama Academy 14 What’s on Your day-by-day guide to what’s on locally Poor Undercover Dad is under-the-weather. We wish him a speedy recovery and hope to welcome him back with a review of Riverside Park, Glenrothes next issue.

Contact us

Editor: Susan Kirkwood, Tel: 01383 735938 or 07734 289 143 Design: White Creative Circulation: 12,000 copies printed. Distributed free of charge throughout Fife, Perth and Kinross by kind permission of Fife Libraries, Fife Leisure Centres, antenatal clinics, health visitors, surgeries, community use schools, Theatres in Fife and Perth, places of historic interest, local attractions, selected shops and playgroups and play centres. Print: J Thomson. Due care was taken to source print and other services required to produce this magazine from within the local area.

NEXT ISSUE: July – August 2013 Booking deadline: 24th May 2013 Out: 17 June 2013 Families Fife© is a part of a larger group of magazines headed by Families SW London©. All franchised magazines are independently owned and operated under license. We take every care preparing this magazine, but the publishers and distributors cannot be held responsible for the claims of advertisers nor for the accuracy of the contents nor for any consequences. Any original materials submitted for publication are sent at owner’s own risk and, while every care is taken, neither Families nor its agents accept liability for loss or damage.

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all Johnny Morris on you, but this issue seems full of animals and fun things to do – even I’m getting in on the act! Not only do we bring you our all new for 2013 guide to the region’s children’s entertainers, but we also have updates on new galleries, leisure centres, visitor attractions and happenings in the region. Those seeking outdoor adventures are invited to explore the beautiful woodland at Killiecrankie near Pitlochry and complete the National Trust for Scotland activity trail. If art is more your style, then head over to the new Kirkcaldy Galleries in June as the new exhibition space starts to welcome visitors to it’s state of the art surroundings. Sporty types in West Fife can look forward to using the new leisure facilities in Glenrothes and Kirkcaldy – a great chance for the whole family to get fit. If that were not enough – there is tons more happening locally. Just check out pages 14-15 to find out where and when. Remember to visit our website too at www.familiesfife. and befriend us on facebook for offers and up to the minute musings; Families Fife/facebook. Embrace the region!  Susan Kirkwood, Editor

Get in the saddle for summer W ith summer just around the corner, it’s the perfect time to get out and discover Kirkcaldy by bicycle or on foot with Make your move Kirkcaldy, encouraging everyone to get that little bit more active by adding walking and cycling in to our daily lives.  Surrounding the excitement of the Tour Series bike race that comes to Kirkcaldy on May 14th, school ‘Bike Crews’ are inviting peers to join them in the ‘Cycle Bus’, where they will travel as a group and tour the track by bicycle prior to the professional race, meeting the professional riders, some of them Olympians, as they make their race preparations.  ‘Dr Bike’ is visiting several local schools to ensure all bikes are safe and ready to ride in preparation for summer. In addition, Bikeability sessions will provide youngsters with the skills and confidence to get out on their bike during their free time and enjoy the best of the summer months.  National Bike Week takes place from 15th to 23rd June, it’s really easy to take part in, all you need to do is encourage as many friends and family as possible to cycle to school that week. There’s the opportunity to win an active goodie bag as well as the prestigious 2013 Bike to School week trophy! Last year’s winning school had over 55% of pupils bringing their bikes/scooters to school; we think you can better that!  The Bike Loan Scheme continues where

adult bikes and accessories are available for one-month loans, free of charge, to anyone who lives, works or studies in Kirkcaldy. Bike Maintenance classes are on hand to provide participants with the basic skills necessary for keeping a bicycle running smoothly. One attendee said the class offered an excellent opportunity to gain some extra confidence. They added: “I found it very useful and interesting and was very proud to have managed to mend a puncture!“  Regular Kirkcaldy based walking and

cycling groups meet weekly and are always looking for new participants. Dates can be found on the Make your move Kirkcaldy website or by contacting Susan Jeynes, details below.  To find out more, please visit or contact Rachel Goulding our new Project Coordinator, or Susan, our Active Travel for Health Project Officer on 08451 55 55 55 ext 476 593 for information about the project, training, walks and rides.


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News: Who, What, Where, When …

I spy… family fun!


t’s family fun at the beginning of June, when Kirkcaldy Galleries opens to the public with a bang! Circus acts, puppetry and singalongs all feature on the opening weekend, and drop-in events are free. Kick-off is Saturday 8th June. Events include The Gruffalo in Scots and magic displays. Also appearing is author Tommy Donbavand known worldwide for his Scream Street books. The Galleries will come alive with intriguing characters from Kirkcaldy’s past roaming the grounds, and there’ll be music with Radio Lollipop. Parents in search of entertainment can also enjoy craft and creative writing or re-live the sixties with a Beatles tribute act! On Sunday 9th step even further back in time when living history group The Medieval Realm brings some pomp and pageantry. If that is not enough there’ll be a host of other activities from mad science labs to cartoon workshops. The celebrations mark the opening of Kirkcaldy Galleries after a major refurbishment, so do visit the revamped library, new museum and gallery displays. There’s also the re-sited Visit Scotland Information Centre, Galleries Shop and at the

heart of the building, a brand new Café - the perfect place to relax and unwind when you need a break from all the fun!  For further details see the local press or visit

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If you go down to the Woods today… …you’re sure of a a big surprise because today’s the day The Jack & Jill Market, Scotland’s Quality Nearly-New Baby & Kids Market, announces the long awaited launch of their second market location in Fife, namely, the super new facility, The Michael Woods Sports & Leisure Centre, Glenrothes. They will bring you a massive monthly market where you will find 50+ stalls and a large items gallery full of quality nearly-new items for 0-9yrs! You are guaranteed to save a fortune with huge amounts of bargains as far as the eye can see! If you are looking for cots, clothes, bikes, buggies, books, games toys and all the rest, you are sure to find it here.  To book a stall or find out more information visit Monthly markets across Scotland!

Is your next local Jack & Jill Market on this weekend? www.jackandjillm Scotland’s Quality Nearly-New Baby & Children’s Market

Fife is family fit

Cause for cake


etting active and having fun as a family never looked better thanks to two brand new state-of-the-art leisure centres being unveiled in Fife. Glenrothes and Kirkcaldy will be home to unrivalled choice and quality with the launch of Michael Woods Sports and Leisure Centre and Kirkcaldy Leisure Centre this summer. Both centres will be operated and managed by Fife Sports and Leisure Trust – the region’s leading provider of leisure facilities. The impressive facilities will deliver a range of choices for all the family to get active. Kids will be catered for with a great programme of tailored activities including swimming classes, mini kickers and gymnastics. And, Fife Sports and Leisure Trust is pleased to be able to deliver Quid-a-Kid, where juniors, aged 17 and under, can enjoy swimming and racquet sports for just £1 throughout school holidays and every weekend.


Across all Fife Sports and Leisure Trust centres, Archie the Hippo is on hand to get youngsters engaged in activities which will encourage a lifelong love of sports. Archie also has a fantastic range of birthday party options, including giant soft play, bouncy castles, multi-activity camps, air games arena and swimming parties with pool inflatables.  Visit for full details.

Trust in nature


he National Trust for Scotland has hundreds of outdoor activities that are perfect for families. Most are just a few pounds or absolutely free, plus many properties have picnic spots and adventure playgrounds. Discover what’s on in Fife and Perthshire at where you can search event listings, download trail guides and get the whole family involved in the Year of Natural Scotland 2013. The whole family can enjoy an outdoor adventure on the banks of the River Garry at Killiecrankie near Pitlochry. Explore the beautiful woodland by following clues on the activity trail for only £1 per child. At the visitor centre, the hands-on wildlife exhibition is great for the kids and from the balcony they can get to see red squirrels and birds through wildlife cameras. Check the website for special events, such as the fantastic Jacobite weapon displays running from May to October. Kellie Castle and Garden near Pittenweem has an adventure playground, quizzes for kids and acres of woodland to run around in. Bring your binoculars on the nature trail so you can spot wildlife from the bird hide and pack a snack to enjoy at one of the picnic spots along the way. 

For only £5.75 a month for the whole family, you can get free entry to these properties and over 100 other National Trust for Scotland properties nationwide.

Membership means great value days out at amazing places, where you can spend quality time together. Visit for more details.

ultiple Sclerosis (MS) is a neurological condition and most people are diagnosed between the ages of 20-40 and almost twice as many women as men have MS. No one knows the exact cause of MS, but it is thought to be a mixture of genetic and environmental factors.* Local woman, Susan McBride, was 32 when she was diagnosed with MS back in 1986.  Sadly, Susan’s battle and fight with MS ended after over 20 years.  So now her daughter Claire wants to give something back to the charity that supported her mother. Claire explains ‘Now I’ve never been good at running or sports charity events, but the one thing my Mum did teach me to do was bake!’. To this end, Cherry On Top, home bakery in Burntisland over the weekend of Friday 24th May – Sunday 26th May will be selling boxes of yummy Terry’s Chocolate Orange Cupcakes. Box of 6, £10.00 with £5.00 being donated towards MS or Boxes of 12, £15.00 with £10.00 being donated to MS! To order your box of Terry’s Chocolate Orange Cupcakes: call or text 07879 672 120 or email hello@ 

The official MS Cake Break is running throughout the month of May and if you too would like to sign up for your pack to help beat MS visit: to organise your own Cake Break Fundraiser. *Taken from MS Society Scotland website.

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

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News: Who, What, Where, When … Bye to Lauriston leavers


re-school children who will leave Lauriston Nursery in Dunfermline for school this year will attend a trip to the Safari Park in June. Staff, children and parent helpers will set off by bus to enjoy a fun filled day animal spotting and exploring. This will mark the end of the first chapter of a memorable journey for some of the children who have attended Lauriston since our baby room before embarking on the next chapter in their lives. We wish them all the best with their new chapters. 

West Fife baby show West Fife’s first Baby and Toddler Show at the Carnegie Conference Centre on Sunday 9th June 10.30am-4pm.


wo Dalgety Bay Mums are the force behind the all new West Fife Baby and Toddler Show at the Carnegie Conference Centre this June. Mums, Heather and Kerry have experienced first-hand the challenges that parents are faced with and felt that West Fife was often missed on the Baby Show exhibition trail. The event will showcase a range of products and services across the whole baby and toddler market so will be of interest to expectant parents

and new parents as well as those with pre-school children within the region. Families Fife Magazine is proud to be media sponsor to the show which boasts official photography by Nikki McLeod and has Central Scotland Modelling School managing the Kids Fashion Runway. All proceeds donated to local charity Fife Sands.  For further details or to book the last available stands visit www. fifebabyandtoddlershow. or why not like them on facebook

For full class listings please check online at as we have limited space to list full programmes here

Upcoming events: Jacobite Weapons Display, 25 May, Kiliecrankie, Pitlochry Himalayan Blue Poppy Day, 26 May, Branklyn Garden, Perth Woodland Safari, 1 June, Killiecrankie, Pitlochry Animal Picnic, 20 June, The Hermitage, Dunkeld

Go on a family ramble to track fascinating creatures and search for pretty wildflowers with our Ranger at The Hermitage, Dunkeld.

Hermitage Hunt, from 10 July, The Hermitage, Dunkeld

The National Trust for Scotland has hundreds of family activities across the country. Most are just a few pounds or absolutely free, and many properties have picnic spots and playgrounds. In the Year of Natural Scotland 2013, get the whole family to enjoy the great outdoors!

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Birth, baby and beyond Care at home


erson Centred Homecare is a, small privately owned business providing home care and nursing care for any individual requiring assistance to maintain activities of daily living at home. Based in Fife, the founder of the service Patricia Cobain, is a Registered General Nurse with a Degree in Midwifery. She is also a qualified Infant Feeding advisor with many years of experience gained through her career in General Nursing, Midwifery and as a Breastfeeding Advisor. Patricia explained to Families that the ethos of this service is to ensure that clients have a bespoke service unique to their requirements that maintains a consistent and personalised approach. Person Centred Homecare can help families who require help with care of a relative by providing care in the relative’s home on a regular or temporary basis. All care packages are individualised and could include for example, respite care or postoperative care after surgery or a period of being in hospital. New mums can also benefit from their Post Natal Midwifery service. Here maternity care is provided by a Maternity nurse who works with families that have just had a new baby, to support them in the adjustment and aid in implementing a routine. The maternity nurse will assist with all aspect of baby care, bottle-feeding and allowing the family a peaceful sleep during the night. Mums choosing to breastfeed can benefit hugely from infant feeding advice and support. The maternity service is can be provided from birth until 6 weeks postnatal for the first six week, but again the package is bespoke to each family.  Further Information can be accessed via Facebook, telephone 07913690773 or email

In support of homebirth


ost people don’t realise that having a baby at home is a safe and realistic option, and it could be the best decision you’ll ever make. The Royal College of Midwives and the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists agree that there is ample evidence showing that labouring at home increases a woman’s likelihood of a birth that is both safe and satisfying. Planning a homebirth is a very effective way of keeping your birth normal and reducing the risk of complications, with studies backing that up. There are many reasons women choose to give birth at home; lack of childcare; guaranteed access to a pool, if desired; fear of hospital; lack

of transport; previous fast labour, but most often it is for access to home comforts. Your own couch, your own shower, your own bed, and your other children close by, if you wish. Midwives become guests in your home and the labouring mother stays ‘queen of her own castle’! A little bit of prep is required, particularly if planning a water birth, but a cheap shower curtain is the only essential item. Two midwives will attend

Scars run deep


ost of us have a scar of some sort on our bodies and if we are lucky we forget about it after a while, it just becomes part of us. Other scars, such as after caesarean surgery, can be more painful inside and out. Caesarean scars are often so tied up in the emotions and memories of the birth that mums can go for a long time without even touching or looking at their scar. So when their pelvis or back aches years later most don’t associate the pain with the scar. Scar tissue is an important part of the healing process, however it lays down fibres in a very haphazard way. This can cause it to adhere to other tissues in your body such as your muscles and organs restricting free movement and often causing pain. After the birth you may have been told to keep an eye on your scar, watching for signs of redness and infection for example. However, there is one simple activity that can aid both your recovery and long term prognosis – massage! Scar tissue massage helps to break

If you are planning a homebirth, or even just curious about it, find us on Facebook, or email Leanne at Another useful resource is

down the adhesions at superficial and deep layers, facilitating blood flow and healing. It is best to work with an experienced Massage Therapist initially who will treat the area and show you how to massage your scar at home. Just 5 minutes a day can do great things and it’s never to late to start! Scar tissue massage works on so many levels. Often by teaching my clients to massage their scar themselves at home they begin to come to terms with it and eventually reach some sort of peace with the birth and their new body.  Orla Beaton MFHT, Remedial Massage Therapist.

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you in labour and a kit will be delivered to your house with gas and air, and other medical items as you approach full term. The Fife Homebirth Support Group was set up with the aim of supporting families considering a homebirth. We offer moral support as well as practical advice, such as how to empty a birth pool, and where to get the cheapest shower curtains! We have monthly informal meet-ups (with cake) and a facebook group for chat. 


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



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Birthdays and Parties

Party Power! It’s 6am on a dark morning in March. I awake with a start in a cold sweat and start to look wildly about, panicking. My panic disturbs my husband who is now also awake. ‘What is it he demands? Are you okay?’ ‘It’s her party’ I say slightly breathless. ‘But it’s two weeks away?’ he questions. ‘I know’ I reply, by now leaping out of bed. ‘It’s only 2 weeks!’


firmly believe that anyone who has a child over the age of 2 will recognise these feelings of maternal panic in the run up to their child’s birthday. Many Happy Returns – well not for mum anyway! Speaking from the wrong side of 40, it is hard to remember that birthdays were ever something to look forward to or to anticipate with such strong emotion that it borders on pain. But anticipate they do and in a way, it’s the idea of their big day that is as big a deal as the day itself. This anticipation stage begins usually about a month to six weeks before the big day. Usually, the oldest person in the class is to blame for it is their birthday that is the touchlight. The birthday babble begins. It starts with whispered planning, the writing of the Stage 1 of the invite list or ‘people in my class who are yet to offend me’. It then progresses to lengthy discussions on what sort of party to have, which by its nature involves an analysis of all previous parties both hosted and attended with a sliding scale of marks out of ten that would put the organisers of Strictly Come Dancing to shame. As the countdown to the big day continues, talk moves onto the finer details, what to wear of course, what to put in the party bags and of primary importance, who is getting on the Stage 2 invite list. It is this prolonged anticipation stage, that is the crux of the maternal panic for this is what creates the pressure to provide your child’s ‘best day ever’ and let’s face it, if you have 6 weeks to organise it, then you’ve no excuse to get it wrong.

So mothers, fathers, grandparents and carers of Fife, Perth and Kinross, it is with great pleasure that I give to you, to ease and plan away your feelings of panic… Families local guide to birthdays and parties. Whether you decide to go it alone or to bring in the professionals, keep these pages handy for hints and tips from professionals and semi professionals alike (and in this latter category falls anyone who has hosted a children’s party and survived). 

Local tried and tested party entertainers... Active parties

ÊNoah’s Ê Ark, Perth At Noah’s, with over 15 years experience, we know how important it is that your party is full of fun and one the kids will remember. Our new state of the art structure has been designed to provide the latest in soft play for children with lots of surprises and thrills to be had as they find their way around. Noah’s party hosts take care of everything from your arrival.  Our party options are detailed on our website www.noahsperth. If you are looking for something a little different why not call our party organiser who will discuss your needs to provide the perfect party?  You can choose from Play Parties, Bowling & Play or a unique experience in our Ceramic Studio.

offer exclusive use of the centre in the evenings for private functions. Just give us a call on 01738 445568.

ÊFun Ê Factory, Dunfermline at The Crooked Glen with Brewster Bear Straightforward and fun, soft play parties are just what the doctor ordered for children up to around age 8. Try the Fun Factory at the Crooked Glen at Halbeath, Dunfermline for a great value party. They provide a bespoke venue, the food, party games, a large soft play area with slides, party bags, invites and even thank you cards.  At £7.99 a head for parties of 8 or more this is a really good solution if you don’t want too much stress. It’s also well worth remembering if

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checklist and won’t take any chances without adult consent over food options. ÊMind Ê and Body Studio, Kirkcaldy This popular active studio in Kirkcaldy offers parties to suit all ages and tastes all run in a very active way. Choose one to suit from: Singing & Party Games Party (1-3 yrs) As it sounds. Job done. Little Ballerina Party (3-8 yrs) Tiaras, tutus and dance. What more can a girl want? Princesses & Pirates (4-10 yrs) Face painting and music is the order of the day. Active Kids Party (4-13 yrs) Combines fun games and fitness for a great day. Hip-Hop party (5-13 yrs) Dance show with attitude with a show for the parents at the end. Catwalk Party (age 5-13 yrs). Try our most popular party - Fashion show themed party with a real catwalk, light make-up, accessories, disco lights and music with a performance at the end for parents. Or choose from these different themes: Beauty Pamper Party (in our Hair & Beauty Salon) (815 yrs). Party cost £8 per child for a minimum of 12. Ideal for young ladies. Call 01592 263700 for more info or go to www.

ÊÊ Live Active Leisure Parties Perth Live Active Leisure offers an excellent range of party packages, including Swim, Sports or Play Party. Some venues offer party food, however customers are advised to check with their local venue.

your child’s party falls at a busy time of year or when you’re busy with another family member’s ÊÊ Toadstool tea celebration perhaps For more information visit anyone? and you don’t want any or pop into extra hassle. The birthday boy your local venue for more details. or girl gets a visit from Brewster bear and there is plenty opportunity to take photos. You can also opt for ad ons such as a balloon modelling display, helium balloons, face painting and cake can be provided on request. They are also brilliant with allergy sufferers and have a big ingredients

ÊBounce Ê and Play Babies to ...adults! Bounce n’ Play specialise in bouncy castles. They have different sizes of castles for all ages and party size, from compact infant sized castles up to full sized adult specification. They also have activity styled castles. All hires are for a full day and include delivery, set up and collection. Castles can go inside [if your venue can accommodate!] or outdoors and safety mats are supplied. Tel 01577 864725 or

ÊJo Ê Jingles If you’re looking for a fun lively musical party why not have a party with Jo Jingles? Parties suitable for age 1-7 and include singing,dancing, instruments and lots of fun with props like our parachute and bubbles! Contact Julie on 01383 734080 or email

Parties on a theme

ÊEden’s Ê Garden Animal Parties For a party with a real wow factor and which will appeal as much to boys as it will to girls, consider having an animal petting party. Eden’s Garden specialise in animal petting parties and will come to your home or chosen venue with a number of exotic creatures. The birthday child can choose from a large range of animals and can go fluffy and cute or scaly and scary. Or a mixture of both. Bearded dragons vie with colour changing chameleons for the limelight and the birthday child always gets the first chance to hold these amazing creatures. Fun activities are also built in to the session with chinchilla bathing and tortoise racing all part of the fun. It’s possible to combine the animal session with a craft session too and if you do this, Alison will bring white craft bags which the

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

Visual interactive fun

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Birthdays and Parties children decorate themselves so that the craft item becomes the party bag. Simple. Prices start at £100 for 10 children animals only or £120 for animals and craft. Extra children £3 per head. Call 07745 594571 or

ÊLet’s Ê Pretend When it comes to memorable parties entertaining small or large groups of girls & boys, Let’s Pretend are undisputed masters. They offer a range of themed parties for you to choose from. Popular themes for young children aged 4-6yrs are the Fairy/Wizard dress up for landlubbers or the Mermaid/Pirate Party for seafaring types or Wild West adventure all with glitter and sparkles for the girls and hand drawn “tattoos” for the boys, an enchanting interactive story, traditional party games based on the party theme and parachute play. With older girls, aged 6-8yrs the Shimmy and Shine Party is a popular choice with dancing along with the Wii, light sparkly age appropriate make-up, hair braiding and finger nail painting, and together with plenty of arts and crafts to keep busy. For older girls 9 yrs and over they offer the Pamper and Polish Party which offers a top to toe makeover with facemasks, toe nail and finger nail painting and age appropriate

Toadstool Tea Parties For fairyland fun host a tea party with the help of Toadstool Tea Parties. Tel: 01250 870102 or 07749075459

Local cake maker Claire Sara tells us all about the cake business… How many children do you have? I have one child who’s just 15 months. How long have you been making cakes? Well, a lot longer than my business has been up and running! From an early age I was sent to my gran’s to make shortbread on a Saturday morning. My mum would also constantly have me baking throughout the week as a child for school fairs and for the family. What got you started? Passion!  My mum and my

make up all using quality products. The craft side of this party involves glass/porcelain/clay painting and as always they’ll bring the Wii along for some dancing fun. They also offer great Crafty Capers parties for 6yrs and over where you can choose from a variety of projects such as jewellery making, fabric painting, glass/porcelain painting and decopatching. They really do tailor parties to suit as owner Amanda testifies, ‘We recently had a request for a One Direction themed Shimmy and Shine party and admittedly I had to do some homework for that one but I do like a

gran were home economists and so baking runs in the family. The reason I started Cherry on Top however, was that, like a lot of mums, I was unable to return to work after having my first child. I decided to turn this into a positive and to turn my longterm hobby into a business. Creating a cake isn’t just about the baking process, but it’s about the art that goes into final product and I enjoy that creative outlet. What kind of cakes do you make? All sorts. Wedding, birthday, cupcakes, cake toppers, celebratory, wedding favours and little treats.  All cakes and little treats are handmade each getting my undivided attention making them individual and unique to the special event.

challenge!’ Parties start at £10 per child, which includes invites/thank you cards, all materials and quality party bags. The party can be in your home or a venue of your choice.  To contact Let’s Pretend call 07977 203440 or look up

ÊToadstool Ê Tea Parties, Perth For fairyland fun look no further than hosting a tea party with the help of Toadstool Tea Parties. They specialise in children’s entertainment, themed parties and bouncy castles with balloon modelling, juggling, plate spinning, magic, games and face painting.

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Craft and play parties T: 01592 723 097 E: W: Facebook: “Arty Parties, Crafts & Classes by Islay Dunlop”

Kids parties with a difference From pirate play to catwalk shows we have a full range of party options. T: 01592 263700 A: 1 Kinghorn Road, Kirkcaldy

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Celebrate your party with Brewster Bear

Includes: ★ Children’s buffet ★ Dessert & drink ★ Party games ★ Soft play ★ Dance with Brewster ★ Party bag ★ Invites and thank you cards Parties 8 or over Call 01383 840070 to book

The Crooked Glen

Brewers Fayre Fife Leisure Park KY11 8EX

Call us on 01738 445568

How much notice do you need for a birthday/event? Best to book early to get the date you are looking for, but I can always make and create something at short notice. I once made a 2 tiered wedding cake with only 3 days’ notice! Any special cakes you are particularly proud of? My cake toppers are a great little helping hand to finishing off a cake.  Popular with those that want to bake and ice a cake, but just need to help finish the cake off. I do themes such as Spiderman, a tiger, a Minnie mouse or sugar roses or maybe a bride and groom for a wedding cake. ďƒ™ Cherry on Top: Tel: 07879 672120 Cherry on Top can deliver cakes locally (for which a small delivery charge may apply) or you can collect your cake and little treat orders from premises in Burntisland.

and the venue and Choc’z will bring the chocolate and the equipment. Heaven! Call 07900 305025 or visit

Creative parties

ÊCeramic Ê Experience, Dunfermline  Standard party package costs £12 per child, which includes either a £7 small animal or a £8 tile to paint, and party food (sandwiches, crisps, sausages and assorted cakes, with fruit squash to drink). Of course children can choose a more expensive item to paint, in which case the extra cost is added on.  Painted pieces can be left to be fired in the kiln and collected a day or so later. However, Shona, recommends painting items in quick drying acrylic paints so that these can be taken away on the same day and be used as party bags goodies.   Parties last one and a half hours and at the weekends are held at 11am or 2pm.  Space for 4 to 20 children or call if you have a larger group.  Tel: 01383 840640 or visit

Tel: 01250 870102 or 07749075459 Email: Find us on facebook

Chocolate Parties

ÊChoc’z Ê Away, Fife Childrens parties from Age 4. Decorate and make a chocolate shape (cats, cars, dinosaurs, bears), then a chocolate lollipop and a mallow shape – and here’s the best bit - what they make becomes their party bag! They can do lollipops and mallow shapes for larger groups. Choc’z Away can cater at your home or at a local venue of your choice. They can accommodate up to 15 children (£9.50 per head.) And even better news – Choc’z are now doing Girlie Nights for adults. Similar to the children’s parties, you supply the friends

ÊDoodle Ê & Splat , Fife Doodle & Splat parties are designed for children aged 2-9 yrs, where there will be something there for all ages. Through a range of imaginative play areas, along with 1 to 2 art & craft activities, your child and their friends will have a party to remember. We have a large range of art activities to choose from; be it painting ceramic figures and piggy banks, decorating wooden boxes, or just having lots of messy fun, your party can be customised to meet you and your child’s needs. Our parties last for over an hour with plenty of options to keep everyone happy

Claire Sara

For cakes and little treats call Claire

For further details on classes/parties: Call Lynda/Pamela on 0794 282 5114 Email: Web:

For quality themed party bags for any occasion

Contact Susan 07916 118 003

A GREAT DAY OUT! Pick Your Own Fruit Strawberries l Raspberries l Tayberries Gooseberries l Black/Redcurrants Pumpkins l NEW Cherries & Brambles Farm Shop & County Tearoom Ready-picked fruit & seasonal produce Home-made take-away baking l Cairnie jams & other fine foods l Indoor/Outdoor plants l Large selection of gifts & cards

Giant bouncing pillow l Go-Kart track Sunken trampolines l Twisters l 30m flying fox l Crazy swings l Straw Bale Climbing fortress l Huge sandbox lYoung Farmers Yard (with ride on tractors) l Football pitch and other surprisesl Cairnie Cresta Run l Large picnic areal Plenty of free parking l


The Country Tearoom boasts the best homebaking in Fife!

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cakes for all occasions

Please call 0771 502 1996 to discuss your party with me or go to www.islaydunlop. or visit me on Facebook “Arty Parties, Crafts & Classes by Islay Dunlop�

6 Acre Mega Maze to explore Funyard includes:

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 ÊArty Ê Parties, Fife Arty Parties are ideal entertainment for crafty kids. An Arty Party by Islay Dunlop runs for approximately 2 hours and incorporates a range of activities including facepainting, party bag decoration, canvas or pottery painting, music, singing and lots of fun! We cater for kids of all ages and abilities and can create a package to ideally suit your needs.

Looking for a party for a child aged 2�9?

Also classes for Under 5's � Dunfermline & Kirkcaldy


For full details on our parties and classes or to check out availablity please check out our website or contact us at doodle@doodleandsplat. or 0794 282 5114.

Art, Craft & Messy Play

Why not try something different, a Doodle & Splat party where everyone gets to create their own unique masterpieces!

cakes for all occasions

and busy. Children are able to explore their creative side and leave the party with all their individual masterpieces that they made....a wonderful lasting memory of the party! We provide all art & craft and imaginative play materials, floor mats, aprons for children, plus all clean up at the end of the party.  Parties can be catered for up to 40 children and start at £80 for up to 10 children. Thereafter there is a small charge for each additional child.

01577 864725 M. 07775771938

Cupar, Fife, KY15 4QD, Tel: 01334 655610 Apr, May, Jun, Sept, Oct 10 - 5pm 7 days July & August 9.30 – 5.30pm 7 days Maze opens on 25th July Issue 19 Families Fife | 11

Birthdays and Parties Take the party outside

ÊÊ Cairnie Fruit Farm and Mega Maze Children’s Birthday Parties are a BIG part of the fun at Cairnie. We aim to take the hassle away and provide a fun and active venue for you and your guests! Our 2013 Birthday Party package is £12.00 per head (min. 8, max. 25) and includes: Entry into the *Mega Maze & Funyard for unlimited time + **4 free accompanying adults, balloon decorated private party MEGA TIPI and jugs of diluting juice (2 hour limit) and a bug box” picnic lunch for each child. Other items can be added such as a Chocolate Fountain with fresh strawberries & marshmallows for £22. Or a barrel bug ride for your group (optional extra £1/ head). Other options such as cupcake trees in pink or blue and a chocolate cake can also be preordered. Parties held at either 11am-1pm or 2pm-4pm. To book call: 01334 655610.

entertainer doesn’t include party bags, why not ease the strain further by buying in the party bags? Susan from the Whole Shbang supplies fantastic party bags for any occasion at affordable prices. No cheap bits of plastic that break the moment you touch them or blowers that fall silent when used! Party bags from the Whole Shbang in Dalgety Bay come filled with interesting items such as purses, Frisbees and stationery and don’t contain sweets or cake. Susan reckons that they actually work out cheaper than doing them yourself and you won’t find any of the products in the local supermarket. The Whole Shbang will take orders for a minimum of 10 bags and can create themed bags for birthdays, weddings (great as a distraction to children during those endless speeches) or for events. ÊÊ The Whole Shbang Is the good goodie bag business. If you are organising your own party, or your

To find out more contact Susan Fletcher on 07916 118 003 or visit www.thewholeshbang. or find them on facebook. 

Art and Craft Doodle and Splat: Lynda & Pamela 0794 282 5114, Daft for Crafts: 01383 825777 Ceramic Experience: 01383 840640 & 01334 www.theceramicexperience. com Potter About: 01592 873 680, Re:make: 07505 576361 Arty parties: 0771 502 1996 Animal Petting St Andrew’s Aquarium: 01334 474786 Deep Sea World: 01383 411880 Eden Garden Parties: 07745 594571 Balloons Balloons at Hallmark: 01383 611578 Bay Balloons: 07754 555 849 First for balloons: 01577 840254 Bouncy castles Bounce n Play: 01577 864725 The Bouncy Castle Man: 07513 593 073 Ball Sports Little Kicks: 01786 842973 Enjoy-a-ball: Paul: 08452

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262694, Cakes & Chocolate Allyballybee Alison: 07752 767854, Sensation Designer & Novelty Cakes, Kinross Julie: 07976 037252, Kingseat cakes Linda: 0777825 6305 Chocz Away: 07900 305025 Facepainting Stina Sparkles: Christina enever Toadstool Tea Parties: 01250 870102 Fancy dress Top Cat: 01383 724 825 Chicken Shop: 01592 642377, Jewellery parties Smallprint: Abi 07747 Karaoke and Disco Steve Steele: 07511 956951 Kids entertainers Party Toons: 01333 351585 Puffin kids entertainer: 01383 720018 Animal man: 0131 516 8850

Roger the dodger: 01334 828231 Jolly Jigglers: 07511 956951 Magicians Mick magic: 01383 727922 Mobile disco hire DJ Ash Ashley: 07513 593 073 Music and Movement Musical Steps: Inga Jack 0845 224 0613, www.musicalsteps. Jo Jingles Fife: Fiona: 0131 339 9597 Buddha Bairns: www.facebook. com/BuddhaBairns Outdoor pursuits Active Kids, Perth: 01738 827286 www. Cairnie Fruit Farm: 01334 655610 Adventure Golf Island: Matthew: Rifle Shooting and Youth Archery - Cluny Clays: 01592 720374 Muddy Boots: 01337 831222

Families Fife cut out and keep guide to local party suppliers Pamper & Catwalk parties Mind and Body Studio: 01592 263700 Let’s Pretend: 07977 203440 Soft plays Active Kids, Perth: 01738 827286, www. Noah’s Ark Perth: 01738 445568 Jungle Jims: Kirkcaldy 01592 755111 Action Zone: Leven 013333 423690 Tiso Tots Perth: 01738 628663 Brewster’s Fun Factory: at the Crooked Glen 01383 840070 Bongos: 01592 631133 Jumpin Jacks: 01592 655000, Play Planet: 01383 822288 Live Active Leisure: Fife Leisure: 01383 602310 Photograhers Karolina Grabara: 07525 259342, http:// karolaphotography.blogspot. Lauchlan Photograpy: Facebook - LauchlanPhotography E:

Clubs and Classes

Showing us at our best! For full class listings please check online at as we have limited space to list full programmes here


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his is an exciting term for the Helen O’Grady Drama Academy as all the students are busy preparing short plays to present in June. Each age group has a theme to develop into a play – so as well as creating speech, devising parts, presenting characters, perfecting lines and inventing plots, they will be dressing up, dancing, singing and demonstrating the skills of self expression

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Classes in Perth, Kinross and Fife

and presentation that they have been working at all year. New found confidence will enable each child to shine in their own way, with their own ideas, making them proud of their own personality, abilities and achievements. The youngest children will look at eastern Snake Charmers: the Upper Primary classes will give their play a haunted theme – or, instead, be noisier as cheer-leaders – and the youth theatres have a thriller – or a soap opera – or a Greek myth - to choose from. Whatever happens, it will be fun!  Come and join us in one of our studios in Fife or Perth – phone 01382 330052 to find out more.

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01382 330052 See www.shakea contact 07811 for more details or 549 634

From the makers of Peppa Pig the BAFTA award winning television show

Wednesday 17 & Thursday 18 July Wed 1pm & 4pm; Thu 10am & 1pm

Box Office 01738 621031

© Astley Baker Davies/Entertainment One UK Limited 2008.

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Out and About: May 2013 Saturday 4th May The Jack & Jill Market Dunfermline

10.30am -1.30pm 40 stalls bursting with quality nearly-new baby & kids items, clothes, toys, books, equipment & a large item gallery full of cots, buggies, bikes, highchairs & much more!! (0-9yrs). Snap up great BARGAINS and SAVE £££. The Vine Conference Centre, 131 Garvock Hill, Dunfermline KY11 4JU. For more info visit: Saturday 11th May 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). Dewars Conference Centre Glover St Perth, PH2 0TH. Kids fun run at Loch Leven Half Marathon – Kinross Community Campus

At the finish line of the Half Marathon there will be some entertainment and fun activities. While you wait for the runners coming in, come along and browse through the wares of local stall holders, take part in a tug of war or in other mini Highland Games. The whole event will take place on the playing fields behind the Community Campus (Kinross) on Saturday 11th May 1-5pm. The fun run takes place at 1.30pm but come a little bit earlier for registration. Sunday 12th & Monday 13th May The Gruffalo’s Child, Lochgelly Centre The Gruffalo said that no gruffalo should Ever set foot in the deep dark wood... But one wild and windy night the Gruffalo’s child ignores her father’s warning and tiptoes out into the snow. After all, the Big Bad Mouse doesn’t really exist... does he? Songs, laughs and scary fun for children aged 4 and up, and their adults... 01592 583303 Tuesday 14th May

Anyone for tea?


f you’re looking to take your kids for an easy day out in the Fife countryside, Allanhill Farm Shop is just 1 mile outside St Andrews, with a beautiful view over the bay and a free outdoor children’s play area. Allanhill is a working strawberry farm, so the fruit in the shop is the freshest you’ll get, not to mention the delicious home baking, soups and snacks. There are farm animals to see, as well as some rarer species you may not have encountered before, so there’s plenty to amuse the family. The shop specialises in local produce, with local honey, cheeses, eggs and artisan stone-baked bread, so there are plenty of fresh, healthy foods to stock up on and take home! 

Tour Series, Kirkcaldy As well as the main race,

there will also be attractions on throughout the day, including an opportunity for everyone to ride the circuit, as well as school and junior races. Saturday 18th May Fife Show Kinloss, near Cupar

Entertainment for all the family 9am – 5pm

Saturday 25th May Horrible Histories, Perth Theatre 4pm & 7pm Barmy Britain We all want to meet people

from history. The trouble is everyone is dead! £14.50; Young Scot card holders, registered disabled or unemployed, under 16s, students £12.50 (includes booking fee) 20th - 26th May Bookbug week

Find out about local events by visiting your local library or www.scottishbooktrust/bookbug

June 2013 Saturday 1st June 2013 The Jack & Jill Market Dunfermline

10.30am -1.30pm 40 stalls bursting with quality nearly-new baby & kids items, clothes, toys, books, equipment & a large item gallery full of cots, buggies, bikes, highchairs & much more!! (0-9yrs). Snap up great BARGAINS and SAVE £££. The Vine Conference Centre, 131 Garvock Hill, Dunfermline KY11 4JU. For more info visit: Pop up market Kingsgate Shopping Centre, Dunfermline Vintage/fashion/craft pop up

market comes to Dunfermline. To showcase the work of independent traders this market is hosted by clothes designers. Home-baking, gel nails, henna tattoos, jewellery & clothing. To trade email: West Fife Show Hilton Farm near Kelty 1st June- mid September Animal Magic St Andrews Museum

Sunday 19th May Bus Runinng Day Scottish Vintage Bus Museum Lathalmond nr Dunfermline

Free bus service from Dunfermline on the hour and half hour from 10am – 4.30pm Free round trips with photo-stops to Saline, Townhill & Kelty Transport Stalls (10am – 5pm)

Benjamin Bunny is on his travels once again - why don’t you hop along to St Andrews Museum and explore the animal kingdom with him? From feathered friends to furry beasts, dressing-up to intrepid explorer games, there’s a lot to see and do in this family exhibition which features fascinating creatures from our natural history collection. 01334 659380 Sunday 2nd June

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 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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Markinch Highland Games

10m John Dixon Park, Markinch KY7 6BQ Monday 3rd and Tuesday 4th June Children’s Woodland Club, Fife

Ever heard a tree’s heartbeat? Here’s your chance to, and build a den, light a fire, use tools, play games, watch wildlife and more. Come and have fun.Age 6 to 13yrs.10:00am - 4:00pm. £50 for 2 days Fully insured, disclosed qualified Forest School Leader. Early Bird Discount - £40 for 2 days if booked by Friday 17th May. Booking essential. Contact: Tel: (01337) 830621, Mob: (07587) 893190. Saturday 8th June KIRKCALDY GALLERIES Reopen

partnership with Edinburgh Science Festival. See www. kingdomshoppingcentre. for more details Saturday 15th June Fife Scale Model Show Cupar

10am- 4pm Cupar Old Church Hall, Kirk Wynd Cupar Newburgh Highland Games

12 noon Robbie’s Park, Newburgh. Fun Day to celebrate the reopening of the Kirkcaldy Galleries. Catch the Gruffalo in Scots and magic displays. Craft, creative writing, music and much more. See

Sunday 16th June Festival of Historic Transport

Scottish Vintage Bus Museum Lathalmond nr Dunfermline. Display of all types of road transport(11am – 4pm).

Cupar Highland Games

12 noon Duffus Park Cupar.

Saturday 22nd June

Leven Rose Queen Day

Dunfermline Children’s Gala

12 noon Carberry House Scoonie Road Leven.

Annual procession of 3,000 children, with bands and entertainment. 11am-3.30pm Pittencrieff Park, Dunfermline

Scottish Fisheries Museum Open Day

Plenty of stalls and activities within the museum. Included Fisher Lass & Lad ceremony. Free. Monday 10th June Max on Holiday Carnegie Hall Dunfernline

Max the mouse is back, and this time he’s on his summer holidays! Join him at the beach as he meets new friends, plays new games and has a brand new adventure. A brand new show for 3-7 year olds, with interactive storytelling, puppets and song. 01383 602302 Tuesday 11th June

St Monans Sea Queen Day

10.30am The Harbour, St Monans Saturday 29th June Ceres Highland Games

Oldest traditional free Highland games, 12 noon Bow Butts, St Andrews Road, Ceres KY15 5QH ALSO: BOOKING NOW FOR SUMMER PERFORMANCES

Max on Holiday Lochgelly Centre

The Singing Kettle presents Rumble in the Jungle

see 10th june for details T:01592 583303

Sun 7 Jul: 12pm + 3pm | Perth Concert Hall

14th June – 13th August Glenrothes Hippo Parade voting

Vote for your favourite nursery, primary & high school hippo. Kingdom Dig – Discover dinosaurs in the Kingdom Shopping Centre in

Open 7 Days May - September 10am - 6pm

country tearoom children’s play area

Astley Baker Davies Ltd and Entertainment One Ltd present Ben & Holly’s Little Kingdom

Wed 17 Jul: 1pm + 4pm, Thu 18 Jul: 10am + 1pm at Perth Concert Hall and Perth Theatre tickets: 01738 621031.

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.


Hopetoun Town and Country Fair 2013 Family Pass

Families Fife has teamed up with Hopetoun House to offer lucky readers the chance to win a family pass for the new Hopetoun Town and Country Fair. Set in the spectacular grounds of the Hopetoun Estate, the Town and Country Fair, sponsored by Gillespie Mcandrew, will take place over Saturday 27th and Sunday 28th July 2013.  Tickets for the event will be available online from May priced at £15 per day ticket with under 12’s going free! For further information and to purchase tickets visit: www.

Q. To be in with a chance of winning, simply tell us which month the Hopetoun Town and Country Fair takes place?


Muslin Make Believe Swaddle set

aden + anais, the baby brand widely known for its iconic muslin swaddling, sleeping, feeding and bath time products, is delighted to announce a new range of prints and patterns. To celebrate the launch of the three muslin collections, Make believe, Argyle and Lovely, 3 lucky readers can win a set of muslins from the new collection. Q. To be in with a chance to win, simply tell us the names of the 3 new collection prints. Closing date for entries is Wednesday 26th June 2013 To enter either competition and access our offers go to www.familiesfife. Registering just takes a minute then you will be able to enter more competitions and access offers in the future.

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