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WELCOME Contributors We asked some of the MADE team about their most memorable birthday..

Dawn Geddes My 30th. My husband took me to Rufflets in St Andrews and I remember sitting in the gardens on a beautiful summer’s day, sipping a cold malibu and coke and thinking maybe this 30s lark might be alright after all! 

Caroline McClean My 40th. I dreaded it for months, it depressed me and made me feel old. However, the day before, I woke up and decided to embrace it. I organised a big party, got my hair restyled, bought myself a Mini and ended up having an amazing birthday!

This summer I will be holidaying abroad with friends, taking as many day-trips with the kids as possible and celebrating my 40th birthday with lots of fizz and cake. I can’t wait for all of it! I just can’t decide where/how to spend my actual birthday? Do I have a big party and invite everyone I know? Go out for dinner with the family? Go on a spa retreat? Suggestions on a postcard please. Whatever I do I’m sure I’ll reflect on reaching this fabulous milestone, and make a bucket list for the next 40 years, involving all sorts of weird and wonderful plans. I have always wanted to wing-walk… Hope you all have a wonderful summer too!

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58 6 News 13 Competitions 3 prizes to win

15 Al fresco dining with kids By Dawn Geddes

20 What happens when you die? According to kids…

24 Days out quiz What to do today?

27 Summer camps There’s still time to book

32 Calendars Fill your July & August dairies

36 Festival Fun For all the family

47 Trust Jojo If you need advice…

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49 Get back to school ready with Maddie & Marks

54 Business: Tidman Legal talk trademarks

56 Kids Lifestyle: Wild Outdoors Activity Camps

58 Shopping: It’s Totally Tropical at Rua

60 Eye Health: Cameron Optometry explains all

62 Happy Birthday to you! 66 Tried and Tested StudioLife Photography on trial

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NEWS NEW CROCHETED PRODUCTS LAUNCHED BY NICOLA STEVEN: CRAFT Combining traditional crochet with modern techniques, and after years of making gifts for friends, Nicola has developed a range of products using high-quality materials, and turned her hobby into a business. Recent commissions include a raffia tote bag, Merino wool baby blanket, twine and thread doorstops and necklaces from crocheted ribbon. Nicola is currently working on a range of gigantic floor cushions and bean bags! If you would to like to discuss a specific project please contact Nicola at @Nicolasetevencraft

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This year’s Fringe by the Sea aims to build on the festival’s formidable reputation for creative, quirky and consummate programming whilst retaining the belief that ‘small is beautiful’, so expect intimate performances from big names. With more than 100 performances and events, festival goers can look forward to firm favourites and new faces covering music, comedy, literature, film and other curiosities. Children can enjoy Monski Mouse’s Baby Disco Dance Hall and Phil Kay’s brilliant children’s show Gimme Your Left Shoe. For news and programme updates, please follow social media and www.fringebythesea.com

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Radio Lollipop Edinburgh Fundraising Ball is back, taking place on Friday 5th October at the Principal Edinburgh Charlotte Square hotel - the theme being Arabian Nights. It is set to be a fantastic night of dining, dancing and entertainment, celebrating the work of Radio Lollipop. Radio Lollipop exists to provide care, comfort, play and entertainment to children in hospital. To secure your tickets please contact graham.barr@radiolollipop.org

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ROARING NEWS SUMMER FUN G R ROARING GOOD FUN AT CAMERON TOLL

Cameron Toll’s LEGO brick King of the From 9thVisit July Jungle and his friends this summer, and Come and see our special guests, join in with their animal facts trail. Do you plus take know parthow in our nature trail, a butterfly tastes, or acompetitions how many nd animal themed activities. teeth a crocodile has? They have great prizes to be won every week. not make your own LEGO brick creation at home and share it on Facebook? With free parking, Sainsbury’s and Aldi open until 10pm Monday to Saturday and over 40 great stores, you’ll have a roaring good summer at Cameron Toll.

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TURTLE TOTS RAISE MONEY FOR SIMBA Five of the eight Turtle Tots teachers took part in the Hairy Haggis Marathon Relay recently, raising £800 for SiMBA.

ROARING SUMMER FUN From 9th July Come and see our special guests, plus take part in our nature trail, competitions and animal themed activities. www.camerontoll.co.uk

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NEWS EDINBURGH’S BEST KEPT SECRET The Montessori Nursery School is a hidden gem that’s been recommended through word of mouth for over 25 years. Situated in a tranquil garden on Murrayfield Avenue, it’s the longest running Montessori nursery and school in Edinburgh and provides a warm, bright and happy Montessori environment and community where children are nurtured and supported by qualified, experienced and committed staff. Owner, Trish Thornton, has worked at the Nursery since 2012 and has managed the school since 2015.  One current mum tells us, ‘Watching [my son] grow during his year at Montessori Murrayfield has been a joy. He has relished the fun he’s had while soaking up all that Trish and the team offer. His rapid social development has been wonderful to watch’. Recent parents have also commented, “I don’t think we have enough words to describe how this Montessori experience has enriched ours and our daughter’s life.”  “It’s a very special place.”

KIDS MUNCH AT MERCAT FOR £1 Family-run and familyfriendly Mercat Grill, in Whitecraig, East Lothian is offering kids the chance to eat wholesome tasty meals for £1 from July 2 to August 14, 12-5pm (last orders 4:45pm), Monday to Friday. Owner, Graham Blaikie said: “Families who have been out visiting one of the many attractions in East Lothian, can swing by and take advantage of our great offer, to help save pennies.’’  www.mercatgrill.com

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THE SCOTTISH PARLIAMENT FOR ALL AGES Situated at the foot of Arthur’s Seat, The Scottish Parliament is the heart of Scottish democracy, where you can book onto a free tour or explore the dramatic architecture of the awardwinning building. There’s also a family-friendly café which is the perfect spot for lunch or coffee; and a crèche which is free for visitors, and offers care for children aged between 6 weeks and 5 years. Places can be pre-booked or simply drop in (subject to availability). Open Mon - Sat, 10am - 5pm (last entry is 4.30pm). Entry is free. www.parliament.scot/open

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Magic 8 Ball is a multi-sports Curves in Davidson’s class with a difference, Mains is under new ll designed specifically for children ownership and to icket - Baseba ske tball - Cr dgeball - Ba Bumblebee who need a little bit more Do assistance. celebrate they’re offering Sports believe everyone should be allowed to women a fantastic sixMulti-Sports Coaching Programme participate in sport no matter what their level of week membership for teaching children aged walking-10. ability. They’ve found that children with additional just £39. The gym is designed for busy Children will learn 8 different sports over support needs have fewer sporting options in the women, offering a fullbody workout which the school year whilst learning great Edinburgh and Lothian region, and want to redress combines strength training, cardio activity social skills and having fun! Our highlygive trained enthusiastic the balance. Magic 8 Ball classes children a coaches and stretching - all in just 30 minutes. ensure your child’s first sporting experience place to have fun and engage inissport – and What’s more, for mums of little ones, it’s the best start they possible. give parents peace of mind. underneath TurtleDove Play Cafe so you Classes in Edinburgh, East Lothian Classes will launch in September. Toand book a space can meet the family after your workout. Midlothian or to find out more information please contact Dale An initial consultation and five 1-on-1 Greenan at dale@bumblebeesports.co.uk  personal coaching sessions are included. 07598 569 325 info@bumblebeesports.co.uk or call 07715653807 curves.eu/uk/clubs/curves-edinburgh www.bumblebeesports.co.uk

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NEWS MOVE, MAKE COLOUR, CREATE! The summer will be awash with colour at the National Galleries of Scotland with Move, Make, Colour, Create!, a month-long summer holiday activities programme for children of all ages. Explore the leafy grounds of the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art where there’ll be a new pop-up play area, ice cream in the Bothy, and four weeks of FREE activities. Everything kicks off with a special family fun day on Sunday 15 July and come rain or shine, they’ll be hosting daily activities both indoor and out, with different events each day, all focused on colourful, hands-on making. Supported by players of People’s Postcode Lottery.

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ANIMAL AVENGERS! The Scottish Seabird Centre is taking inspiration from a whole host of super-heroes, with an interactive science show and family-friendly puppet performances. There are two puppet shows for little ones aged 2+. In What’s for Snack? Craig the Crab enjoys sing-along fun, exploring the issue of marine litter. He also features in Lost! – finding his way back home via beach and rockpools with help from friends old and new. Older children (age 6+) are invited to attend the interactive science show, Avengers: Animal Division. Professor Egghead returns to show audiences how animals can defend themselves from attack in weird and wonderful ways. From exploding ants, squirting octopi and spitting birds. www.seabird.org

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Edinburgh School Uniform Bank is a small local charity run by volunteers who aim to promote dignity and self-esteem in children from families experiencing financial hardship by providing school uniform and other essentials for the school day. Can you help a local child by buying a set of uniform? Please email edinburghbtosb@ gmail.com to find out what uniform is needed. Go to www.edinburghuniform.org for information about drop-off points, other ways to donate, and volunteering opportunities.

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NEWS WIGWAMS AND WISHES

Wigwams and Wishes deliver unique indoor glamping parties which will transform your space into a cosy camp! Perfect for a special celebration, and offering an exciting opportunity for your child to create lasting memories with their closest friends in a fun, safe environment. With a variety of fabulous themes for boys, girls, and newly added adults sleepovers too, the hardest part of the process is choosing a favourite!

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TIFFANY TECHNIQUE STAINED GLASS Art & Craft Collective is delighted to welcome Iwona Koziel Glass to the Gallery; a Polish stained glass maker with a home studio in Leith. She is inspired by simple yet beautiful shapes and colours that she interprets through the places she visits, particularly marine and nautical landscapes of Scotland. Her work includes window panels, suncatchers, hanging and standing pieces, jewellery and planters. Much of her work incorporates driftwood and sea glass. artcraftcollective.co.uk

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NEWS DN ACADEMIES

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BACK TO POOL SCHOOL As Edinburgh’s children head back to the classroom, day time activities go back to being all about the babies; and swimming is the perfect activity while big brothers and sisters are busy at school. Unlike other baby classes, swimming teaches a potentially life-saving skill. For a lot of parents, that makes it an unmissable option. And mums and dads find baby swimming incredibly bonding, with half-anhour a week, cocooned in warm water more valuable than ever. Check out waterbabies.co.uk to find your closest pool; and call 0131 5546682 or email woggle@waterbaibabies.co.uk to find out more.

CLOTH#18 Taking place 18 - 19 August at Dovecot Studios, this is the first curated selling event of its kind in Scotland, with more than 20 craft makers and designers from the world of textiles. Pieces for sale will include accessories, clothing, crochet, digital print, embroidery, knit, objects, print, stitch, upholstery and weave. One favourite is the Boar’s Head, part of the Woolidermy range from Welsh studio Lost in the Wood. Individual pieces are crocheted and needle felted for a contemporary twist on faux-texidermy. A range of animals will be available on the day. dovecotstudios.com

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The latest offering from Edinburgh’s well-known Dynam-nic Dance school, is DN Theatre Academies, who run performing arts classes in the city centre and Musselburgh for kids aged 5 and over. The youngest performers (age 5-7) join the weekly hour-long Mini Academy, whilst older students are part of the full Academy lasting over two hours. Experienced teachers encourage everyone to gain confidence and find their strengths in song, dance and drama within a fun, inclusive and supportive environment.   By basing academies around popular musicals, students explore character and vocal technique - currently getting their teeth into James & the Giant Peach and finding the magic in The Wizard of Oz! Everyone gets an opportunity to perform twice each year when DN Theatre Academies students come together for ‘Spotlight’ in a real theatre venue. DN Theatre Academies is enrolling students for the new term now: • Musselburgh, Fisherrow Centre Friday afternoons • Edinburgh, St John’s Centre, Princes Street - Saturday afternoons Book your free trial class at dnacademies.co.uk or call 07545 551271 for more information.

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The Frame Room at Cameron Optometry, Edinburgh’s leading independent eyewear boutique, is offering the chance to win some new season sunglasses. Home to artisan designers and well-known names, they have a wide range of unique prescription and non-prescription sunglasses. Go big and beautiful to stand out on the beach, embrace French chic or Californian cool, or go sporty for energetic exploits! Worth up to £150, the lucky winner can visit the New Town boutique and select their own frames with the team of eyewear advisors on hand to assist with the choice. For your chance to win, just tell us:

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PLEASANCE KIDS FAMILY TICKET

There are plenty of Pleasance Kids shows on this Festival – from the Showstopper’s Kids Show, to Tall Stories’ Wilde Creatures and Michael Morpurgo’s Kensuke’s Kingdom. The Cat in the Hat is also back for the triumphant third year! Now in its tenth year, Pleasance Kidzone is still the only dedicated child-friendly venue on the Fringe - with pram shelters, a nappy change, giant inflatable igloo theatre and weatherproof art-pods. There’s also arts & crafts, face-painting, visits from performers, and ad-hoc storytelling sessions! To win a family ticket (up to 4) to see any Pleasance Kids Show just answer this question:

Where you’ll be wearing your sunglasses this summer?

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The National Galleries of Scotland is launching a month-long activities programme at a new pop-up play area opening in the grounds of the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art in Edinburgh.A special opening party family fun day on Sunday 15 July will kick off four weeks of FREE outdoor art activities at the Gallery. One lucky MADE reader and their family will be welcomed to the fun day and be treated to a complimentary lunch at the Gallery, as well as a £50 voucher to spend in the shop! For your chance to win, just tell us:

What date the family fun day is taking place? To find out more go to www.nationalgalleries.org T&C: The winners will be picked at random by MADE magazine on Aug 10th. Competition entries are restricted to Edinburgh, Lothians and surrounding areas only. Editor’s decision is final. No cash alternative is available and prizes are non-transferrable. Cameron Optometry T&C: Sunglasses to be selected in person by Friday 30 November. Winner to inform the boutique when they will be visiting to select their prize. Prize value is £150. This can be used for one pair of sunglasses with an RRP of £150 or less, or else the winner can pay any additional amount should they select a pair of frames with an RRP of over £150. Pleasance Kids T&C : All tickets subject to availability.

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29 June – 26 August Summer fun at the Scottish Seabird Centre. www.seabird.org

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In fact, the whole experience can be so frustrating that it is tempting to just ditch the whole idea altogether and just stay indoors. But, with so many important benefits to eating outdoors, including fresh air, vitamin D and quality family time, dining outside is a family tradition worth pursuing. Follow our guide and find out how you can turn dining disaster into alfresco heaven.

Could you please just sit down? If eating outside isn’t a daily occurrence in your family life, your kids are bound to get a little bit over excited by the whole idea. After all, the great outdoors offers a whole host of distractions just waiting to steal your children’s attention away from their lunch. Timing is everything with these things. If you’re

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planning a picnic as part of a day trip to a tourist attraction, park or beach, try to factor in time for your kids to explore their surroundings first. Letting them run about, will help them burn off some steam and build up an appetite. If you’re just eating in your garden or someplace familiar, try to make the place they dine, just as exciting as their environment. Consider building a den or putting up a tent for them to eat inside – they’ll be reluctant to leave and much more likely to eat what’s in front of them.

I don’t like it! While it can be tempting to create something a little bit different, when you’re planning a big family picnic or barbeque, it’s probably not going to be well received by children who are already

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WITH SO MANY IMPORTANT BENEFITS TO EATING OUTDOORS, INCLUDING FRESH AIR, VITAMIN D AND QUALITY FAMILY TIME, DINING OUTSIDE IS A FAMILY TRADITION WORTH PURSUING

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Another good way of encouraging your child to eat is to let them help with the food preparations. Even small children, can help cut rolls, slice fruit and chop vegetables when using a kids safe knife – it’s guaranteed to make their food taste better.

Is it safe to eat? Another stressful element of eating outdoors is ensuring that the food is safe to eat. While most of us are confident in our abilities to cook safely in the kitchen, preparing food to be consumed outside is a whole different ball game. When using barbeques, it’s really important that all food is cooked thoroughly. Consider cooking food in your own oven first, before barbequing it outside to add in that chargrilled flavour. It will taste every bit as good! You should also cut all meat in half to ensure that it’s cooked through, making sure that it’s no longer pink inside and has steam coming out of it. For added peace of mind, consider investing in a food probe which will allow you to check that the meat has reached 75 degrees inside. Hand hygiene is also really important when cooking on a barbeque. Make sure that you wash your hands properly and use different utensils for handling raw and cooked meats. For picnics, a good cool bag is a must for transporting chilled food. Keeping food items like sandwiches, salads and quiches in the fridge until the last minute, will also help them stay cool for longer.

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fussy eaters. Making up a mixture of different foods, so that children can at least eat something that they know and like, is usually the best plan. Make up some Tupperware boxes with items that are guaranteed to go down well (sandwiches, salads, carrot sticks, grapes, apples etc) along with more adventurous foods like homemade pasta, tartlets and quiches that you can tempt them to try.


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The tools of the trade Creating the perfect alfresco dining experience is much easier when you have the right tools. Here’s a selection of our favourite outdoor dining gear... 1. Lemongrove Melamine plates by Lakeland – from £3.79 (see page 15) A durable option for picnics and outdoor dining. Made from super strong material, there’s no need to worry about your picnicware getting scratched or broken. 2. Summerhouse Coast Family Picnic Blanket by Navigate – from £24.00 This large picnic rug is both practical and chic. It’s waterproof base also makes sure that there will be no wet bottoms, even if your picnic spot is wet! 3. VonShef 22L Cooler Bag Grey – from £14.99 Stylish and compact. Thanks to its fold down mechanism, this cool bag is perfect for keeping fridge goods chilled. With ample room inside, you might even have room to pack a bottle of wine!

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4. Mountain Warehouse 4 Person Picnic Set Patterned - XL – Navy – £29.99 This backpack hamper is perfect for picnicking with kids – leaving you free to hold small hands. With a large cool bag compartment, a detachable bottle cooler and enough picnic dining gear for four, this hamper is brilliant for families on the go. 5. Thermos King Grey Small Food Flask by Lakeland – £20.99 This food flask is a must for picnics - keeping food or drinks hot for 9 hours and cold for 14. With a large lid, this item can also be used for keeping baby food hot or for heating up bottles on the go. 6. Joules Blaze Set Of 4 Melamine Beakers by Millbry Hill - £19.95 Made out of melamine plastic, which is renowned for being tough, these beakers are durable when dropped and beautiful to hold. Now that you’re armed with all the tricks and tools that you need to create the perfect alfresco experience, all you need is a nice sunny day! Good luck and bon appetit! n

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WHAT HAPPENS WHEN YOU DIE...

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When you die you see God. God is called Scott.

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You go to hell if you do bad things like kill someone, rob someone, or pick your nose.

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When you are old you die. And then you go to Livingston.

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When you die, blood comes out of you sometimes, and you go to heaven

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You go to heaven and live with God and you become an angel or a star.

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The rule is when you die, you have to stay in the graveyard for two years before you can go to heaven.

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New Charity Launches for “Forgotten” Form of Breast Cancer

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iagnosed with secondary breast cancer just last year, Edinburgh mum, Lisa Fleming (34) realised how little she knew about this form of the disease, and how little public attention, support and research funding it attracts. Only 5-7% of funding into breast cancer research focuses solely on secondary breast cancer, which is currently incurable. For Lisa, that meant, when it was discovered, her breast cancer had spread to numerous parts of her body, including her spine, skull and eventually brain. She has since undergone two spinal surgeries, brain surgery and breast surgery and faces further operations. In the meantime, she has had to learn how to walk again. Despite her gruelling treatment, Lisa and her husband, Euan have set up a charity – Make 2nds Count – to raise awareness and muchneeded funds for research into secondary breast cancer. “I actually felt embarrassed when I was diagnosed because I had never heard of it,” said Lisa. “And then I realised how little money was spent on researching it, and so little support for women who have it. It is almost like the relative that nobody talks about. This is killing women but few people know about it. I just thought this can’t be right.” In the first place, all the money raised by the charity will go directly to research into secondary breast cancer currently being conducted at the Western General Hospital in Edinburgh by leading Academic Medical Oncologist Dr Olga

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Oikonomidou, who is also a patron of the new charity. Dr Oikonomidou said: “Secondary breast cancer might be incurable but is treatable. As new treatments are being approved, patients with secondary breast cancer are starting to have more choices. “We have a long way to go but there is a lot more hope for many years of good quality life for a patient diagnosed with a secondary breast cancer now than there was two decades ago.” Lisa has already lost friends in a support group for people with secondary breast cancer, which only increases her determination to get the message out about this “forgotten” form of the disease. “This situation is just wrong and it breaks my heart, it really does,” she said. “I look at my fiveyear-old son and I think I have got to fight.’’ n

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To find out more and to support Make 2nds Count please go to www.make2ndscount.co.uk or email hello@make2ndscount.co.uk

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Archerfield Everyone knows that fairies live at the bottom of the garden and Archerfield Walled Garden is no different. Keep your eyes peeled and take a wander around the magical Fairy Trail to see if you can find their exquisite homes hidden in the trees. Collect a Fairy Trail Quiz from the Food Market then follow the path into the wonderful willow walk, through the gate and begin your adventure…

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Ryze! Fun for the whole family with facilities for ages 2+. Experience the excitement of flight when you soar around on the awesome interconnected field of trampolines, get upside down when you flip into the foam pit, or you can go biiiig on super trampolines!

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Conifox This exciting adventure play park is a fun day out for the young and young at heart. With a jelly-belly, sunken trampolines, go-karts, ride-along tractors, foot-golf and a picnic area, it’s easy to spend a day at Conifox having a blast. Their on-site bistro and BBQ are perfect for grabbing a snack or enjoying lunch.

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For Children P1 to P7 Tues 7th to Sat 11th August 2018 - 10am to 12.30

Games, crafts, drama, plus the real story of Joseph in Egypt! 5 mornings of free fun in the last week of the holidays! Christ Church Edinburgh, 68 Britwell Crescent EH7 6PT To register, please contact holidayclub.cce@gmail.com or 07816980017 All volunteers PVG checked. Registered charity number SCO46474. Christ Church Edinburgh is a Free Church of Scotland congregation

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hanahmackmusictuition.co.uk For the second year, Hanah Mack Music Tuition, presents Summer Singers. Run by a team of fully-qualified music teachers, the summer holiday pop choir will be filled with games, musical warm ups and singing along to the best chart hits and movie favourites. The team will rehearse all week, working towards a Friday afternoon showcase for family and friends. No singing or performance experience is necessary. Mon 23rd - Fri 27th July Lifecare Centre, Stockbridge P1 - 3 9:30-11:30am P4 - 7 12 - 2pm

FREE HOLIDAY CLUB Pyramid Rock Holiday Club is for P1-P7 children, 10am to 12.30 from Tuesday 7 - Saturday 11 August. Stories, games, crafts and drama free fun during the last week of the holidays!  At Christ Church Edinburgh, 68 Britwell Crescent, EH7 6PT.  To register, please contact holidayclub.cce@gmail.com or 07816 980017.

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S TEP INTO SUMMER stepitupdance.co.uk Step It Up Dance has been running successful holiday camps for six years and has developed and honed a winning format. This year they are offering short camps for children aged 3-5 in  Stockbridge and Musselburgh,  as well as week-long camps for children in P1-7 in Stockbridge and Portobello. Jam-packed with activities, including a variety of dance styles including Hip Hop, Breakdance & Acro, team games, outdoor play, arts & crafts and face painting every week.

MUSIC AL FUN AND GAMES WITH MONKEY Monkey Music will be running a series of exciting, summer themed workshops whilst they take a break from regular classes. The 45 min sessions are suitable for both existing and new customers:  The Eric Liddell Centre 26th July  & 16th August at 9.45am (Mixed Age 1 to 5 years) and 10.45am (Babies from 2 months to 12 months) LifeCare, Stockbridge 16th & 18th July, 20th, 22nd & 24th August at 10am (2 years - 5 years) and 11am (3 months – 2 years old) Book at www.monkeymusic.co.uk

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WHAT’S ON AT EXCEL SPORTS AC ADEMY THIS SUMMER? 6 weeks of All Sports Camps and the specialist Excel+ activities which includes Art, Dance, Tennis, ComputerXplorers, Coerver Football, Athletics, Sports Leaders Level 5, Gymnastics, Rock School, DJ Mixing, Canoeing and Swimming. Based at St Georges School, 8am till 6pm, childcare vouchers are accepted. Book online at www.excel-sports.co.uk TALKING TOTS

SUMMER SPARKLERS – SET FOR SC HOOL Do you want to increase your child’s confidence, language, or concentration skills before they start Primary 1? Talking Tots Edinburgh’s ‘Set for School’ sessions are designed by experts to boost language and communication, group co-operation, social confidence, concentration and pre-literacy skills - allowing your child to thrive in the classroom environment. July 16th-20th, 2-3pm at St. Thomas’ Church Corstorphine, and July 23rd – 27th, 10-11am at Liberton Kirk Halls. Includes drink and healthy snack. £8 per session, or £35 for the full week including exclusive T-shirt, certificate and book. zoe@talkingtots.info www.talkingtots.info/Edinburgh

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Diary of a Bootcamp By Dominique King

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anuary and February were a turning point in my life. I was grounded mentally and physically. I put it down to having been confined to bed for two weeks with the flu, but then I also found myself in a complete state of mental disarray for another four weeks thereafter. Looking back, I realise that it was my body simply shutting down and forcing me to rest after what has been four pretty intense years setting up my business Wunderlife. When I started to gradually feel better, I decided it was time for something new. My health seemed a good place to begin so I enrolled with Achievement Coaching Bootcamp. I didn’t really know anything about it, other

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than that ‘Bootcamp’ was not something I had ever considered, as I don’t like getting too dirty and close to mud. In my view, I thought Bootcamps would be too hard core for my liking. And exactly for those reasons it felt right to sign up for it – I wanted purposefully to push myself out of my comfort zone; get fitter by doing something totally new and ‘not me’.

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straight into sit ups; sprints etc. quite often working in teams of two, accompanied by great music throughout. Brigitte keeps a close eye on us to make sure we are not twisting and turning in the wrong direction, which is good as I have no idea what I am doing. Halfway through the session I’m starting to run out of puff but I am determined to keep going. Our noses are in the mud a lot, and by the end I am covered in it, but also feeling quite proud for having completed my full first session. The next day I found myself walking sideways as my leg muscles were in serious pain; but I had an appetite for more, and was looking forward to the next session.

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and they are running around making air bubbles and mucking in. This for me captures the spirit of sessions. They are designed to make you work hard to get fitter and stronger but also put a smile on your face as there is always an element of fun and surprise involved (gin run; coffee after the session; dress up etc). Brigitte takes the sessions very seriously but not herself (which I think is a great character trait). Today I am cycling to the session which is amazing as four weeks ago I was nearly crawling back on all fours. My legs are starting to look a bit more toned and generally I am feeling a lot more upbeat.

Today was a progress check for those attending the Bootcamp on a regular basis. Brigitte is an ex gymnast, track - and- field athlete turned triathlete, with a University degree in Performance Psychology and 12 years experience in Personal Training and Triathlon Coaching - we’re in good hands! I brought my Brug this time. It is big enough for two of us to do sit ups and push ups, robust enough to withstand the dirt but also doubles up as a great bag for me to carry my workout kit and personal belongings in. At the end of the session, it’s my Brug that is totally covered in mud (not me) which is a huge bonus as far as I am concerned!

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I find myself now looking forward to each session come rain or shine. I love the fresh air, the jolly spirit and camaraderie. It’s a professionally designed program to deliver the results you set yourself in the PT session, with a huge dollop of fun. Now, in week three, I notice I am getting stronger, fitter and feeling less painful after each session. One of made JUL / AUG 2018

the mums brought her baby to the session today and we turned the Brug into a play-mat to keep the youngest recruit happy.

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The exercises we are doing follow a certain pattern but vary from session to session in terms of how they are mixed up. For somebody like me who does not want to think too hard to remember the exercises, this is the perfect mix. This session included working out in pairs with running and various exercises which was a lot of fun and brought a great sense of team spirit.

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6th session 11 T H M AY Today we worked on different work-out stations. Each station had three exercise elements to it and you work your way through it in a group. The groups were made out of different people with different fitness levels but this actually did not matter. Whilst I am getting fitter and more able, for others it was their first class visit. As Brigitte always makes sure there are different variations to suit all fitness levels you can work on your own level and push your boundaries as it suits you. Looking now back over the last 6 sessions, I feel stronger and more toned, have made some new friends and a had a great deal of fun. I am determined to keep my new regime going as we progress through the summer. n

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12pm & 3.30pm Milkshake! Live ‘The Magical Story Book’ @ Usher Hall. See Spotlight for more info…

ROARING SUMMER FUN From 9th July Come and see our special guests, plus take part in our nature trail, competitions and animal themed activities.

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Visit Cameron Toll and its LEGO animals! On every day in the summer, follow the animal trail and learn amazing facts. Prizes to be won!

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10 Pop out to Scottish Seabird Centre to see their interactive science and puppet shows! Find out more at www.seabird.org

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ARRANGE A VISIT TO BORDER BERRIES

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25 11am Pips & Panda in Magicland @ Purves Puppets, Biggar. Glow in the dark puppet fun for under 7s.

19 Wizard of Oz The Beyond Broadway Experience @ King’s Theatre. An enchanting, epic production with a Beyond Broadway twist! Runs July 19 - 21. 26

PIPS & PANDA IN MAGICLAND @PURVES PUPPETS JULY 25

30 31 Visit Jupiter Artland on a Monday and ‘pay what you want’. To celebrate being open 7 days a week, visitors can pay what they can every Monday.

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8 10am - 4pm Sunday Funday @ The Yard. Open to the public every Sunday, everyone can come along to get messy and have fun! £6 per child for two hours.theyardscotland.org.uk

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2pm & 7pm Peter and the Wolf @ Festival Theatre. A jazz version of Prokofiev’s classic Peter and the Wolf. Perfect for children of all ages who will enjoy this fun-filled animal story set to music.

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2pm - 4pm Summer Family Fun Day @ The Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art. This special family day will kick off 4 weeks of FREE outdoor art activities at the Gallery. 22

BrickLive is at Glasgow SEC July 19th - 22nd. See bricklive.co.uk for more info.

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Milkshake! Live ‘The Magical Story Book’ www.usherhall.co.uk Starring Milkshake! favourites Bob the Builder, Little Princess, Noddy, Wissper, Fireman Sam, Pip from Pip Ahoy!, Winnie and Wilbur, Shimmer and Shine, Milkshakes very own Milkshake Monkey and two Milkshake! presenters, this all singing, all dancing, musical masterpiece will take audiences on a journey through the world’s favourite fairy tales. Set amongst Milkshakes magical bookcase, this brilliant live show is sure to amaze and delight! The Milkshake cast will be singing songs and sharing stories that audience members, young and old, will know and love.

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Visit Edinburgh International Book Festival @ Charlotte Square. Runs 11-27 August.

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27 28 29 30 Virgin Money Fireworks Concert brings the Edinburgh International Festival and Edinburgh’s summer festival season to a resplendent VIRGIN MONEY FIREWORKS AUG 27 conclusion.

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Fringe by the Sea starts in North Berwick! Runs 3-12 Aug, with 100+ performances and events.

3pm Monski Mouse’s Baby Disco Dance Hall @ Simpson Spiegeltent, Fringe by the Sea, North Berwick. Why toddle when you can dance? Read more in the spotlight…

10 11 Bambino Beats Summertime Boogie @ Stockbridge Church (Venue 317). Popular music and sensory show for the under fives. See more info on pages 36-43.

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12pm - 4pm Kids Fest 2018 @ The Meadows. Festival to raise money for Radio Forth Cash for Kids. Inflatables, games, bungee run, gladiator joust, magicians and comedy acts.

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CLOTH#18 @ Dovecot Studios. More than 20 craft makers and designers from the world of textiles. £1 entry on the door. Runs 18-19 Aug.

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Ellie and the Enormous Sneeze @ Assembly Roxy (Venue 139). A wild snot-filled adventure for ages 5-12. See more info on pages 36-43.

A shoe-show where every kid gives up their left shoe and then does a skit with daft props to get it back. Parents! Bring an odd thing from the garage or under the stairs that you’re happy to leave without. Phil will make fun with 4-13-year-olds, you won’t have to get on stage!

26 10am - 4pm Sunday Funday @ The Yard. Open to the public on Sundays so everyone can get messy and have fun! £6 per child for two hours. theyardscotland.org.uk

Monski Mouse’s Baby Disco Sun Aug 5th, 15.00 Simpson Spiegelten Selling out shows around the world, find out why DJ Monski Mouse is a hit with under fives and their parents/carers. Expect high-energy smiling to retro hits, pop favourites and funky nursery rhymes.

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THE BEAR family, puppetry pinsandneedlesproductions.co.uk Pleasance Courtyard (Venue 33) Aug 1-27 (not 20) 12.00 (1 hour) For ages: 3+

One night when she’s fast asleep, an enormous white bear climbs into Tilly’s bedroom. It has a big black tongue and a yawn as big as your head. But Tilly’s not scared. With dazzling puppetry, delicious music and dozens of laughs, The Bear is an unforgettable experience for the whole family. So bring a bear and join Tilly and her great big white friend on a wild and magical adventure.

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MONSKI MOUSE’S BABY DISCO DANCE HALL dance, music monskimouse.com Assembly George Square Gardens (Venue 3) Aug 3-5, 10-12, 17-19, 24-26 11.00 (1hour) For ages: 0-5

WILDE CREATURES storytelling, music tallstories.org.uk Pleasance Courtyard (Venue 33) Aug 2, 4, 6, 8, 10, 12, 14, 16, 18, 20, 24, 26 2.50pm (1 hour, 5 mins) For ages: 5-12 A motley crew of storytelling musicians bring Oscar Wilde’s classic fairy tales to life in Tall Stories’ magical new show, direct from London’s West End.  Characters from The Happy Prince and other stories spring to life as the pompous mayor, the petulant princess and the love-sick student compete to become the new town statue. Hauntingly beautiful tales for everyone aged 5 to 105 told with original live music and a generous dash of comedy. made JUL / AUG 2018

Why toddle when you can dance!? Sell-out shows around the world, come find out why DJ Monski Mouse is a hit with under fives and their parents/carers. Every Friday, Saturday and Sunday of the festival, the Spiegeltent gets bopping with Monski Mouse and her dancers. Expect to do some high-energy smiling to retro hits, pop favourites and funky nursery rhymes as heads and shoulders, knees and toes bop till they drop.

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BAMBINO BEATS SUMMERTIME BOOGIE

BAMBINO BEATS SUMMERTIME BOOGIE - ON THE FARM music bambinobeats.com Stockbridge Church (Venue 317) Aug 3-5, 10-12, 17-18 11.00, 14.00 (1 hour) For ages: 0-5

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comedy shedloadtheatre.com Underbelly, Cowgate (Venue 61) Aug 2-12, 14-26 12.10pm (1 hour) For ages: 3+ The invincible schoolboy William Brown and his gang of the Outlaws are performing in their very own play. The Old Barn is now a theatre, they’re playing all the characters, they’ve made or “borrowed” the props and are desperately hoping that Violet Elizabeth doesn’t find out about the whole thing. Just William’s Luck is the story of Gnite’s of the Square Table, glamorous proposals, misguided hauntings and daring robberies, all for the want of a bicycle... JUST WILLIAM’S LUCK

ELLIE AND THE ENORMOUS SNEEZE theatre, comedy mouthsoflions.co.uk Assembly Roxy (Venue 139) Aug 2-13, 15-20, 22–27 1.30pm (1 hour) For ages: 5-12 ‘A sneeze is a powerful thing, a dangerous thing, you never know what might happen with a sneeze...’ Join Ellie on a wild snot-filled adventure as she sets out to help her friend Stanley to sneeze for the very first time. A Roald Dahl-esque tale featuring live music, magical mucus and everextendable nose hairs from the award-winning creators of Dr Zeiffal, Dr Zeigal and the Hippo that can Never be Caught!

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’s m a i l l i JustLWuck Richmal Crompton’s classic characters burst into live at this year’s Edinburgh Fringe in a rip-roaring adventure guaranteed to delight the whole family!

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Aug 2 - 12, 14 - 26 12.10pm (1 hour) For ages 3+

Fun filled Music & Sensory classes for babies and children from birth-preschool throughout Edinburgh & the Lothians ...with a retro twist!

Are you having a birthday? Celebrate your little ones Birthday in style with a retro Birthday Party sure to get everybody grooving!

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NUTTY NOAH: YOU MIGHT DIE!

NUTT Y NOAH: YOU MIGHT DIE! family, variety komediaentertainment.com Pleasance Courtyard (Venue 33) Aug 20-27 14.00 (1 hour) For ages: 0+ Nutty Noah, recently crowned UK Family Entertainer of the Year 2018, invites you to join him in poking his tongue out at death and stamping on the foot of St Peter. You could get squashed by an elephant that’s out of control, or you could come and see this ‘death defying’ fun

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packed show for all the family. Noah’s trademark comedy, music, magic and (not so) dangerous stunts will make you feel truly alive!

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comedy rubbishshakespearecompany.com Pleasance Courtyard (Venue 33) Aug 1-27 (not 13) 11.45am (55 mins) For ages: 3+ Enemies. Balconies. Kissing. Sausage rolls! Shakespeare’s iconic tale is ‘rubbished’ in this debut Fringe run. Sporting a national reputation, from school tours to work with the RSC, this allmale, all-silly troupe present Shakespeare’s most hilarious tragedy ever. Expect an hour of multiroling, unkempt wigs and the burliest Juliet yet.

MAMABABAME dance, music www.madeinscotlandshowcase.com Pleasance at EICC (Venue 150) Aug 1-17 (not 6, 13) 10.30, 13.30 (45 mins) For ages: 0-3 MamaBabaMe is a beautiful dance, physical theatre and live music experience created especially for babies and children aged 0-3 and their grown-ups. The audience sits within the set around a mini arena with soft boundary edges from which to enjoy the performance. With the soothing sounds of live cello and intimate lighting and set design, MamaBabaMe explores the profound connection between parent and child.

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THE LITTLE MUSICIAN

MICHAEL MORPURGO’S KENSUKE’S KINGDOM

family theatre brushtheatre.com Assembly Roxy (Venue 139) Aug 2 - 26 (not 13, 20) 12.15 (55 mins) For ages: 3+ In a world full of darkness, the warmth and light of the sun has gone missing. One girl, armed only with a flute, sets out on a brave adventure to find the lost sunshine. Join The Little Musician on her journey and help her to save the world from freezing. Combining live sound effects and inventive scenery, this beautiful and imaginative show reminds us of the real meaning of sunshine and relationships. A joyful, interactive show suitable for all the family. LITTLE MUSICIAN

MIC HAEL MORPURGO’S KENSUKE’S KINGDOM theatre wildchildproductions.co.uk Pleasance Courtyard (Venue 33) Aug 1-27 (not 13) 12.30pm (1 hour, 15mins) For ages: 8+ Off on the adventure of a lifetime, Michael, his parents and their faithful dog Stella set sail around the world. Then, the night before his 12th birthday, disaster strikes. Washed overboard, Michael finds himself stranded on an island in the Pacific. But he is not alone... Join Michael, Stella, a buffoonery of orangutans and Japanese war survivor Kensuke in their fight to protect the Kingdom.

BEETLEMANIA: KAFKA FOR KIDS! children’s theatre, comedy

BEETLEMANIA: KAFKA FOR KIDS!

Pleasance Dome (Venue 23) Aug 1-26 (not 14) 13.15 (1 hour) For ages: 8+ Kafka for kids? Karter thinks it’s a brilliant idea. Kat just wants to have fun! And Karl wants a kebab... but someone very strange and very, very important has arrived to shut everything down. And Edinburgh Pest Control are planning on killing the show – Karl is keeping quiet because strangely, he’s started growing extra legs.

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comedy gussetgrippers.co.uk Gilded Balloon Rose Theatre (Venue 76) Aug 1-26 16.45 (1 hour) Suitability: 12+ Physiotherapist, mother and recovered incontinent shares the wonders of the pelvic floor – so, come and laugh, not leak. Learn what a pelvic floor is, what it does and what to try if yours is a bit broken. Evidence based: CPD certificates for healthcare professionals. It was awarded “the weirdest show of the Fringe”, which is, apparently, a compliment.

MATT AND OLLIE ARE... DADS! comedy theatre

Underbelly, Bristo Square (Venue 302) Aug 1-27 (not 13) 18.35 (1 hour) Suitability: 14+

THE C ANTERVILLE GHOS T theatre (storytelling, music) Pleasance One (Venue 33) Aug 1, 3, 5, 7, 9, 11, 13, 17, 19, 21, 23, 25 14.45 (1 hour 15 mins) Suitability: 12+

After a stupid medieval dad makes a bargain with the devil, his descendants must pay a terrible price. Things go from dad to worse for writer/ performers – and new fathers – Matt and Ollie in this kaleidoscopic gallop through the history of one awful family.

MATT AND OLLIE ARE... DADS!

For your delight and delectation, four valiant vaudevillians present their terrifying take on Oscar Wilde’s gruesomest ghost story. When the Otis family move into Canterville Hall, they’re warned about the fearsome ghost that stalks its corridors. But the Otis family are a thoroughly modern bunch. Has anyone warned the Canterville Ghost about them? Award-winning theatre company Tall Stories presents its latest show – for those who dare…

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L AURENCE CL ARK: AN IRRESPONSIBLE FATHER’S GUIDE TO PARENTING comedy laurenceclark.co.uk Assembly George Square Theatre (Venue 8) Aug 2-26 (not 14) 15.40 (1 hour) Suitability: 12+ Growing up, Laurence never really thought about becoming a father. He never saw dads with cerebral palsy; which made him think he’d never be one. But when he meets his wife, she states he’d better be prepared for the fact she wants babies… which is a pretty strong opening line for a first date! What follows is the hilarious, honest, warm story of two people with cerebral palsy traversing the ups and downs of parenthood.

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Underbelly, Bristo Square (Venue 302) Aug 1-26 15.35 (1 hour) Suitability: 14+ No one knows who the killer is, not even the cast! The improvised comedy murder mystery is back! Following a sold out Edinburgh 2017 run, CSI: Crime Scene Improvisation returns to Edinburgh creating a 100% brand-new whodunnit every show to solve an outlandish murder invented by the audience. Someone’s kicked the bucket. But who, what and how? The choice is yours, the problem is theirs.

FANNY’S @ FIVE comedy jojosutherland.co.uk The Stand 2 (Venue 5) Aug 3-26 (not 13) 17.05 (1 hour) Suitability: 14+

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Everything else may have dried up but not their wit! The grande dames of Scottish comedy triumphantly return, just as funny and feisty as ever. . Join Jojo Sutherland and Susan Morrison in their spontaneous, riotous, unscripted, anything-may-happen hour of nonsense which is shorthand for ‘we haven’t written it’.

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You can always trust comedian JoJo Sutherland for her interesting childcare advice! For more laughs follow her @jojosutherland.

The school holidays are here again! I always like the end-of-term with school shows and prize-giving, and I particularly like the school fete because I get to clear out a whole lot of stuff to donate to the raffle/tombola. The problem is I have a child who saves up their pocket money and then squanders the lot on the tombola and I end up “winning” back the things I donated, plus a whole host of other people’s rejects! It would be lovely if we could win the Prosecco, but no, I have water pistols, ladies hankerchiefs and a Buzz Lightyear lunch box - does anyone need any prizes donated? The Festival will be upon us soon too, so time to start wading through the ever increasing Fringe brochure. Let me save you some time and highly recommend two shows; Fanny’s @ Five, The Stand 2 (5pm) and The Bench, Rose St Theatre (2.15pm). I’m in one and directed the other so I might be slightly biased.

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Dear Jojo My son doesn’t like getting his face wet, so showers and swimming have become a nightmare – any tips? Frank, Silverknowes Dear Frank Just randomly squirt water into his face as a fun game – I have some water pistols you can have! My youngest always had to have a flannel over her face at all times in the bath (she hated the shower) and she kept her head held firmly up at swimming but over time she got used to it – just means having a dirty faced child for a while.

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mark, someone else might and could even force you to rebrand! As the saying goes, ‘prevention is better than cure’ and, in my experience, the ‘cure’ is often time-consuming, stressful and costly. 5. WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF HAVING A TRADE MARK? In addition to protecting your business identity, it allows you to take action for trade mark infringement against anyone trying to use your name or a similar name for identical or similar products or services. If you only have an unregistered trade mark, it is notoriously difficult and expensive to succeed in a ‘passing off’ action. 6. HOW DO I GO ABOUT GETTING A TRADE MARK? It is important to first check that your proposed name or logo has not already been trademarked or in widespread use. 7. WHAT ARE THE BEST NAMES TO TRADE MARK? Distinctive or made-up words make the best trade marks. Don’t be too descriptive or literal with your brand or product name. 8. CAN I USE THE TM SYMBOL? You can use the TM symbol next to unregistered trade marks. However, it is a criminal offence to use the registered trade mark symbol ® where your name or logo is not registered. The ® symbol warns competitors that your mark is registered and also makes them less likely to challenge it. 9. WHAT IF MY BUSINESS PLANS CHANGE? Although you may be a small start-up, this does not mean that you shouldn’t plan for future expansion of your business. Protecting your brand and identity is vital, particularly in the event you wish to sell. 10. HOW LONG DOES A TRADE MARK LAST? Once registered, a trade mark lasts for ten years but can be renewed indefinitely.

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THE WILD OUTDOORS ACTIVITY CAMPS For a summer that lasts a lifetime

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he school summer holidays are when some of our most fond childhood memories are created; long hot days spent on big adventures sharing laughs with friends. The Wild Outdoors Activity Camps (based in the beautiful grounds of Thirlestane Castle) want children to gain a love of the outdoors, learn about the outdoors, and be able to thrive in the outdoors. The team believe there are key skills that every child should have, and throughout their camps the children get the chance to learn a few, if not all, of these skills; tree identification, safe fire lighting, spotting animal tracks, first aid, tying knots plus many more. But it’s all about fun too! So, activities such as target sports (archery, catapults, etc.), Gokarting, stalking and tracking games, wide field games, songs, stories and hot chocolate and marshmallows around the camp fire are all on the schedule too. Food is hugely important on these camps, and the team ensure that each child eats healthy, freshly prepared food throughout the day, with delicious snacks between meals. Food is not just about the eating though, it is about the preparation. They have meals that the children help cook using their newly acquired wild cooking skills; such as lamb kebabs, whole roasted salmon, bushcraft-burgers, mac ’n’ cheese and

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many more delicious exciting meals. The Wild Outdoors Camps are also about creativity, and there are lots of activities where the children can make their own tribal flags, creative tails and head dresses, fantastic beast traps, bug hotels and many more. Children’s welfare is at the heart of everything The Wild Outdoors team believe in, and every member of staff is on the PVG scheme and holds a first aid qualification. They understand how important your child and their experiences are to you; so when your child comes home from camp, you will love to hear the stories they tell, with pure excitement in their eyes. For children staying at night-time, there are canvas tents to sleep in. These are large roomy tents where the children can spread out at bed time and share stories of the day, and reflect on their experiences before dropping off to sleep to the sound of the woods….n

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ACTIVITIES Camp Crafts Capture the Flag Target Sports Forest Flag making Stalk the Lantern Go-Karting Night Line Dream Catchers Fox Ears Mask Making Bug Hotels

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eyes

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he eyes are such a wonderful gift, allowing us to enjoy a bright and colourful life, capturing a wealth of wonderful sights and experiences. We only get one pair of eyes. An obvious statement, yet many are fastidious about visiting the dentist (which is great!) but don’t give the same attention to their vision. There is no second chance with the eyes. Once the damage is done, whilst the effects may not be apparent for many decades, it is irreversible. WHAT TO LOOK OUT FOR A child should have their eyes examined at least every two years from their pre-school year, but earlier and more frequently if you have any cause for concern. It is very hard to spot if a small child has an issue with their vision. They won’t know the way the see isn’t normal. Here are some things to look out for: ● Headaches and sore eyes - your child rubbing their eyes or temples. ● Difficulty concentrating - often apparent when a child starts school, for instance if they are struggling focus on the smartboard for prolonged periods. ● Losing their place when reading or complaining

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that the words seem jumbled, wobbly or that the letters are moving on the page. ● Having issues with coordination for example when playing ball games or balancing, or perhaps they just seem a little clumsy and accident prone. ● Squinting or closing one eye when reading or watching television. ● Eyes pointing in different directions which can be particularly obvious when they are tired. ● Showing sensitivity to light or the glare from a screen, or having very watery eyes. None of these mean your child definitely has an issue with their eyesight but they are worth booking them in for an eye examination to eliminate the possibility. Ultimately, trust your instinct and never, ever think you’re wasting an optometrist’s time by getting something checked over. “I HAVE JUST FOUND OUT MY CHILD NEEDS GLASSES…” This can be very upsetting for a parent. No one wants their child to meet a hurdle in life but there are now so many options it doesn’t mean they need to be restricted in any way.

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Here are some tips if you find they need vision correction. Let your child choose frames they love: there are so many fab designs out there, character frames for little ones to trendy ones for budding fashionistas. Find ones that they want to show off and embrace them, showing excitement when they first wear them. They will quickly love their new accessory. Let them take time to get used to them: don’t force them to wear them all the time. Ease them in and reward them for remembering to put them on. Glasses for all occasions: having a prescription shouldn’t restrict your child, from prescription goggles for swimming, to wrap around glasses for playing sport. In fact, correcting their vision should help them with coordination and spatial awareness, so could have a hugely positive impact. Contact lenses are for kids too: there are so many options available for children as young as seven. Ortho-K lenses worn overnight, reshaping the eye so the child can have perfect vision by day without wearing glasses or lenses to school. Myopia Management lenses, reducing the progression of short-sightedness in children so when they reach adulthood their prescription will be a lot lower than it would be if left untreated. And dailies, which are perfect for children who feel self-conscious wearing glasses or feel their eyewear gets in the way of their dailies lives. Not all opticians offer contact lenses for children, so if you want to explore your options, look around for one that specialises in children’s lenses. If you have found that your child needs glasses, please try not to worry. Ensure their vision is closely monitored and embrace their new eyewear. n

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If your child is due an eye examination or you have any concerns about their vision, award-winning optometrists at Cameron Optometry would be delighted to help. Book a free examination by calling 0131 225 2235 or book online at www.cameronoptom.com.

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Are you short-sighted? What does that mean for your child? If you are short-sighted (myopic) the chance of your child becoming short-sighted significantly increases. We can now slow the progression of short-sightedness by up to 50% using specialised contact lenses in children as young as six. When your child reaches adulthood, Myopia Management could be the difference between severe shortsightedness, which can lead to several serious eye conditions, and low to medium levels, which can be easily managed with contact lenses or glasses. Please get in touch to arrange an assessment for your child. cameronoptom.com/myopia

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A LITTLE

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’m a stay-at-home mum of three children, one with a little extra,” Aoife Burns says of her life, which likely echoes that of many Edinburgh families. Irish-born Aoife and her Edinburgh husband have three children; Dillon is 7, Ciara is 5, and Hugo is 1. What makes their story different, however, is that the “extra” refers to a copy of chromosome 21; Ciara has Down Syndrome. Aoife, who has become a bit of an Instagram star with over 1000 followers (@ edinburghmumma), has been open with her family’s story since Ciara’s birth. “I think being open and honest is an important first step in how we can change the way we discuss and perceive additional needs and disability,” she says. “I find people are happy to take my lead. Once I open that

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conversation by talking about my daughter they will ask questions that they maybe wouldn’t have felt comfortable asking otherwise.”

THIS GIRL CAN AND THIS GIRL WILL So how do they make it work? Like everyone’s, mornings are hectic; “we tend to use the ‘divide and conquer’ tactic,” Aoife says, citing superorganisation as the key: school bags ready at the front door, uniforms and outfits laid out the night before. “I’ve learned that my children tend to go backwards in the morning and are easily distracted so at that time of day the less I expect

from them the better. Team work makes the dream work.” Like many parents, Aoife finds it challenging to spend quality time with all of her children every day, but she’s sensible about it. “I realise that it’s normal for siblings to have to share their parents,” she says, though things are easing a bit now that the baby is older. Aoife even says that adding a third child was easier than the first two. “I have trusted my own instincts as a mother more and felt like I knew the ropes well enough to let myself enjoy the experience and let go of the anxiety I had first time round.” Of course the family’s challenges extend to Ciara’s condition, but Aoife has created a mantra of sorts that she often shares on social media alongside stories of Ciara’s

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life: this girl can and this girl will. “In my ignorance, when she was born I thought she wouldn’t be capable of doing all the things a typical child would do,” Aoife remembers. “Once I got to know her I could see the sparkle in her eye, and I decided very early on that she would have the same opportunity to learn and experience life as her siblings and peers, and that we as parents had a responsibility to ensure that.” Their family and support network have high expectations of Ciara. They are ready to find the right support and encouragement to deal with her learning disability, and will give her the time she needs to work things out. “She has flourished at mainstream nursery and will be starting at our local primary school in August. She has been skiing and horse riding, attends regular ballet, swimming, and ball sports classes, and she’s travelled a bit too. Not bad for a 5-year-old!” Aoife seems to be actively tearing down some of the awkwardness that comes with parenting children with additional needs. “It’s all very well saying we should talk about these issues but if we are not opening those gates in the first place, people feel shy or feel like they may be acting intrusively by asking questions,” she says. “Another way of opening communication around additional needs is for parents to start conversations with their children. Explain that some people need lots of support, some find it difficult to speak, some can’t walk, but that they still have feelings and a quality of life just like everyone else. Take the fear away before it develops at all. Let them know it’s ok to be different, and it’s a positive thing to meet people from all walks of life. Children learn from their parents, so set the right example for them and teach them compassion.” n

LET THEM KNOW IT’S OK TO BE DIFFERENT, AND IT’S A POSITIVE THING TO MEET PEOPLE FROM ALL WALKS OF LIFE

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In this edition we spoke with mum, Melanie, about photography experts, Studiolife Photography. Studiolife Photography claims... They are a boutique photography studio specialising in natural newborn, baby and family photography.

Melanie says... When we found out we were pregnant with our first baby, we were elated and nervous. So when it came to choosing a newborn photographer we did our fair share of internet research. We knew exactly the look we wanted so when we came across Zsofi’s portfolio we instantly fell in love with her photography. Zsofi explained everything from how to prepare for the shoot and what to expect on the day putting us at ease. Zsofi’s studio is gorgeous and perfect for newborns, it’s comfortable, safe and warm for baby’s comfort and also parents, we were able to sit back, relax and drink coffee whilst watching Zsofi at work. The whole experience was amazing, at first I wasn’t sure how I would feel handing over my baby girl but after meeting Zsofi I honestly never hesitated. Zsofi was so gentle and had an amazing way of soothing her, making sure she was comfortable, happy and took great care of her at all times, she truly is a baby whisperer! Watching Zsofi photograph our baby girl was magical, you can tell she loves what she does. Zsofi was patient, creative and has a keen eye for detail with different set-ups using her beautiful handmade headbands, bonnets, props and ultra-soft wraps. Newborn photos are important to us, it’s just lovely to have reminders of these first days together and so nice to be able to look back at these photos in the years to come. It’s also a beautiful way to share this special time in our life with family and friends.

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To book your newborn photo session with Zsofi please contact 0131 603 7777. facebook.com/studiolifepictures www.studiolifephotography.co.uk

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Then there is the end result, the photos took my breath away! Each photo of our baby girl is so beautiful, we’re beyond happy, I simply cannot find the words! I cannot recommend Zsofi highly enough and she is a truly lovely person to meet! We booked the baby plan including newborn, 6 month sitter and 1st Birthday cake smash session.


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