MADE (Mums and Dads Edinburgh) Magazine Mar/Apr 2020

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ULTIMATE A-Z OF KIDS’ PLUS a delicious smoothie bowl recipe ACTIVITIES HEALTH: sleep, mindfulness,

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WELCOME As I finish working on this edition, my youngest is lying beside me. He’s been up all night with a 24-hour stomach bug (his brother has just recovered) so I know the misery is short-lived, but I’m still having flashbacks to when he was born and neither of us slept for 10 months. It was one of the hardest things to get through, I was a zombie, and now never take my sleep for granted. Maybe that’s why I jumped at the chance of Andrea Sykes writing the Save Our Sleep article (pages 14-16). It’s the Holy Grail for new parents - thank goodness for businesses like Sleepy Lambs who can come to our rescue. Even when I asked some of the MADE team about what they’d like for Mother’s Day, they all said a lie-in. Whatever you are treated with this year, I wish all you mums a lovely day when it comes.

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We asked feature-writer, Andrea Sykes about her ideal Mother’s Day.. I’d like a wee lie-in, tea in bed, lovely snuggles with the little Sykeses before granny promptly arrives to whisk them away for a night while me and the chap take ages to get ready, then go out on an adventure whilst a crack team of cleaners and tidying gurus Marie Kondo my house in my absence. I will then eat lots of amazing food, drink lots of lovely wine (the type that magically doesn’t cause arguments or hangovers) followed by 12 hours of glorious unbroken sleep. Am I allowed a mother’s week? I’ve got more…

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54 Glamping Holidays With Hilly Cow Wigwams

14 SOS: Save our sleep

56 Make your own Smoothie Bowl

By Andrea Sykes

18 Mother’s Day treats

A Hula Juice Café Recipe

23 Kitchen Colonial

58 Easter treats and decorations

By Claire Daly

With Cloudberry Gifts

24 Kids’ activities

60 Post-baby body

An A-Z

Myths vs Facts

32 Family photoshoots

62 Choose a healthy career

How to pick a location.

With CNM

36 What’s on?

64 Happy Birthday to you!

March & April

66 MADE Meets….

40 Easter

Jen from Maddie & Marks

Events & camps

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BEETROOT SAUVAGE Beetroot Sauvage in Causewayside is a haven for body and soul. Their wellness centre, with its range of therapies, and yoga, qi gong and meditation classes, provides opportunities for healing and connection; while the city sanctuary garden is a little slice of heaven where you can experience nature in an urban setting. With classes for parents as well as children, families can unite in relaxation and delicious vegan food in the friendly cafe. For information about their Yoga, music, baby massage and new capoeira classes (starting 6 March) go to

Step It Up Dance is delighted to now cover Edinburgh South with the launch of their new hub at the Royal Commonwealth Pool in April. With fun and funky classes running for Hip Hoppers of all ages, your cool kids won’t want to miss out! Check out www.stepitupdance. for all details and to book a 2-week trial.

EDINBURGH’S FIRST CHILDREN’S GYM Gym Juniors is the new and exciting gymnastics/ freestyle/parkour facility for children and young families in the Edinburgh area. They operate with the ethos of active kids are healthy kids, their classes encouraging children to have as much fun as possible. Classes run everyday Monday - Sunday with places available to book as part of a monthly membership. Each class includes dedicated gym coaches to provide children with fun tips to learn gymnastics in a safe and caring environment. Gym Juniors also offer birthday parties with mascots and games, where kids can enjoy parkour, the foam pit and interactive climbing wall. Find out more at



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LA LECHE LEAGUE Last year was fantastic for La Leche League Edinburgh, with two new leaders and a new venue taking them to three meetings per month where pregnant and nursing mothers are warmly welcomed and help each other meet their breastfeeding goals. Their support is always free, relying on donations and wonderful members to keep the supportive community going.


This season it’s all about trainers at Treehouse, for climbing, exploring, adventures and memory-making in comfort. The shoe-fitting team have expanded their busy shoe department with a new shop layout and lots of new brands including Ecco, Geox and Superfit. They sit great next to Bobux, Start-rite, Ricosta, Petasil, Primigi, New Balance and more! Sophie, Treehouse co-owner and qualified member of the Society of Shoe Fitter, explains; ‘Trainers are great for kids’ feet to give them flexibility of movement and the support required for everyday use. Your child’s foot health is at the very core of our business and we invest in our team to provide the best fitting advice.” www.treehousechildrenswear.

NEWS PREGNANCY AND PARENTS CENTRE MOVES TO NEW PREMISES The Pregnancy and Parents Centre (PPC) is a unique charity supporting parents, carers and their children in Edinburgh and the Lothians before and after birth. It was established in 1985, and is a much-loved centre offering respectful and non-judgemental support and information through its pre and postnatal sessions and drop-in groups to families, regardless of financial circumstance. It has a library, nearly-new maternity and baby clothes and other resources to offer practical support to parents. The PPC’s regular classes include Yoga for Pregnancy, Yoga with Babies, Baby and Toddler Music, Baby Massage, Motherspace, Dads-toBe, New Arrivals, Active Birth Workshops and

more. Every session includes tea and biscuits along with time to talk and make friends. The Centre will be moving from its current home in Fountainbridge to new premises at the Pleasance in March. Find out about the current classes on offer via whatweoffer

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Habitats and wildlife in the all new Discovery Experience at the Scottish Seabird Centre. The new exhibits, games and story boards bring the wonder of Scotland seas to life in a fun and engaging way. Kids will love chasing gannets and swimming with dolphins with their Virtual Reality Bass Rock dive, learning how fulmars protect themselves from predators with the fulmar game and immersing themselves in the daily 3D films. Easter holiday fun kicks off with their everpopular live science shows and guided rockpooling sessions in partnership with Edinburgh Science Festival.

ART & CRAFT INVITATION The Art & Craft Collective Gallery on Causewayside invites MADE readers to the opening of its spring exhibition ‘Lines on the Land’ featuring paintings of lighthouses around the coast of Scotland by emerging artist Ian Pearsall. The opening takes place on Saturday 25 April from 2 pm. Ian will be there to chat about his inspiration and his work and there will of course be fizz and cake! You can read more about Ian at


NEWS SUPER SPRING AT CONIFOX Conifox Adventure Park is excited to welcome back Batman, Spider-Man, Captain America, Bumblebee and Hulk on the 21 March for Superhero Saturday. Watch the heroes perform dance moves and martial arts in the marquee, with a special appearance from their female superhero. March also sees Mother’s Day and free entry for mums with every child ticket purchased. In April, enjoy an Easter-egg hunt in the school holidays. Follow a fun activity sheet to hunt for clues and receive a 130g filled Cadbury’s egg, or look for the special golden eggs to win a large 200g Cadbury’s egg. On the Easter Weekend, meet Baxter the Bunny! For events and booking go to


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Local mum, Amber Pattullo, has made it through to the competition stage of the #backherbusiness RBS and Crowdfunder with her ‘Cook with Me’ campaign. Her business will create a cooking programme for children aged 18 months to school age for the use in early years settings or at home. Amber Pattullo, founder of Cook with Me and Nurture the Play said: “Children love to bake

and get creative but finding recipes which are in line with NHS nutritional guidelines can be tricky. This programme takes away these issues as all recipes are created to fit in with the Setting the Table document and NHS guidelines, meaning they have no added sugar or salt thus promoting a healthy and balanced diet. “Through taking part in the programme, which supports wellbeing, numeracy and literacy, children will also gain practical life skills and a sense of achievement as they advance through the different stages.” This crowdfunding project offers rewards in return for investment. Rewards can be purchased from as little as £8 which can be redeemed for a Cook with Me Class run at Nurture the Play, 5a Portland Gardens, Edinburgh, EH6 6NY. To find out more visit @cookwithmechildren on Instagram

WANT TO TAKE GREAT PHOTOS OF YOUR KIDS? Do you have a DSLR camera gathering dust in the back of a cupboard? Spend the day with family photographers Rachel Hein and Anna Moffat and they will demystify those camera settings and teach you how to get off that auto setting and start using your camera to its full potential. Their course is fun and relaxed, with just the right balance between theory and practice and includes a delicious lunch. The next course is on 15 March at Tribe Porty, Portobello, tickets via Eventbrite.


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- THE HEALING POWER OF ART Under The Wing is a recently launched community-based art project operating in Edinburgh, founded by Sally-Ann Johns. The aim is to find ways to use art and creativity to help women who have been affected by domestic abuse. Domestic abuse can have a deep and lasting effect on people, something that makes spaces like those provided by Under The Wing vitally important. Their free and subsidised classes give these women a chance to relax, build a sense of community, and unlock the nurturing potential of creativity. Alongside this, Under The Wing offers paying classes and workshops from acclaimed artists based in Edinburgh and throughout Scotland. By attending these workshops your fee will help fund a place for a female domestic abuse survivor and her son/ daughter to attend a workshop for free. Under The Wing is guided by a belief in the power of community for helping survivors of domestic abuse. For those people the experience can be an isolating one, cutting them off from important connections. Through these classes, Under The Wing hopes to bring those people together in a relaxing and empowering environment. Find out more via

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Gandeys Circus returns to Sighthill Park, Edinburgh 10 - 19 April with a brand new show taking you on an unforgettable funfilled voyage, around the world in 80 minutes! Enjoy an incredible journey from Victorian England through the USA, South America, Bollywood and Africa in an epic two-hour adventure. You’re just a hot-air balloon ride away from a heart-stopping spectacular dreams are made of, where – while your family are safe in the comfort of our fully-heated 1,000-seat big top – Over 30 fearless artistes perform death-defying acts hand-picked direct from each corner of the earth. The all-new show will leave you screaming for more, before finishing with the encore of a Stunning Laser Light Show.

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SOS Save our Sleep

By Andrea Sykes


he minute my second child exploded into the world it was clear he was personally offended by the fall in his living standards. He was 9Ib 3oz of furious customer unleashed on TripAdvisor. If he’d had any control over his chubby, raging little hands he would have littered the internet with passive aggressive 0-star reviews. In his last residence he’d wanted for nothing! And now this?! This was a shambles. Daddy? Idiot. This baby grow? Burn it. Milk that I have to get myself? Are you mad? Sleep? How can you expect me to sleep in this wretched, godforsaken place? My little angel’s solution was to wake up and loudly complain every 45 minutes to an hour for the first six months of his life. Then at least 3 times a night until he was 2 and a half. Sometimes for hours on end. Oh, the hours. Was he in pain? Maybe he’s lactose intolerant? Have you tried co-sleeping? Swaddling? Rocking? Ignoring him? Singing? Slinging? This giant donut pillow that mimics the womb and costs the same as your first car? Heartbeat sheep? White noise machine? Blackout blinds? Kitchen fan? Shush patting? Gradual retreat? This dubious anti-histamine stuff I got from Australia


which my cousin Britney swears by despite the fact that none of her kids have allergies?! YES. Thank you. Some of this might sound familiar (if it does, we will be great friends). But this is not an article where I talk about what worked, regale you with the weird questions I asked Google at 3am or guiltily confess to having violent feelings towards parents whose babies started sleeping through at 7 weeks. You know how Spotify creates playlists based on your most played tracks? Lovely, right? Wrong! Pop on mine from 2016 and the top track is ’60 minutes of womb sounds’ by that wellknown superstar Baby-Einschlafhilfe. Not cool. Writing this article actually came about after I got the fright of my life going to take a photo of my children only to realise I’d accidentally pressed the selfie-mode button. Who was that bedraggled, shattered-looking woman on my phone? How had it got to this? Most importantly what would be the consequence for me if a full night of uninterrupted sleep retained its status as a ‘special treat’? I decided to do a bit of research (admittedly in 3 minute chunks every night before passing out).

It’s commonly accepted that sleep deprivation = bad and 8 hours = good. However it was news to me that research shows sleep deprivation actually interferes with your ability to express joy. When sleep deprived you appear sadder, your voice has less of a positive effect on those around you and your face literally finds it harder to form positive expressions. In addition to having a clinically miserable face, regular sleep deprivation inhibits your mental processes, reduces your ability to stay calm, makes you respond more quickly to negative stimuli (wailing toddler) and causes increased reactivity to other emotional expressions (wailing toddler again). When I eventually managed to persuade my youngest that having his own room was AWESOME, he in turn put in great effort to persuade me that sleeping on the carpet next to his cot holding his hand was perfectly AWESOME too. It wasn’t. If I wasn’t in my bed with ear plugs in I was broken. It was hearing a podcast interview with neuroscientist Matthew Walker by chance that provided an explanation. Apparently, half of your brain won’t sleep as deeply as the other when sleeping in a foreign environment, like a hotel room, or in my case, my toddler’s bedroom floor. I do more reading. In his 2017 bestseller Why We Sleep, Walker shares yet more gems. I remember once announcing that I felt like I was dying of sleep deprivation. It turns out that’s not far from the truth. Walker believes that lack of sleep is the

greatest public health challenge we are facing in the 21st century, indeed that we need to confront this ‘catastrophic sleep loss epidemic’. He argues that sleep deprivation is a primary cause of obesity, because the hormone that usually tells you when you are full is blunted by lack of sleep. Not only that, the hormone that tells us when we’re hungry is actually amplified by lack of sleep. That’ll explain my inability to not inhale anything left on my children’s plates. As well as making me chubby and giving me sad face, lack of sleep also apparently makes me more likely to develop Alzheimer’s, diabetes, suffer a stroke, develop cancer, depression or anxiety. Basically regularly clocking under 7/8 hours a night is as bad for you as regularly drinking and smoking to excess and will almost definitely shorten your life. And for you dads out there, if you regularly sleep 5-6 hours a night you’re likely to have the testosterone levels of a man 6-10 years your senior. It makes for sobering reading, particularly when in some circles lack of sleep and what you miraculously manage to achieve despite it has become commensurate with how tough you are. People’s attempts to get the right amount of sleep and turning in for an early one or just not a 3am one are stigmatised as boring, straight or lazy. With two-thirds of adults in developed nations failing to obtain the nightly eight hours of sleep recommended by the World Health Organisation, Walker sums up our choice succinctly:




• Kill your screen time - one hour of iPhone use before bed will delay the onset of melatonin production (the hormone that tells your body when to sleep) by about three hours and your peak melatonin levels will also be about 50% less. • Have a hot bath before bed – the drop in body temperature after getting out the bath can help you feel sleepy. • Get some sun! Daylight exposure of at least 30-60 minutes a day is key to regulating sleep patterns. “Scientists have discovered a revolutionary new treatment that makes you live longer. It enhances your memory, makes you more attractive. It keeps you slim and lowers food cravings. It protects you from cancer and dementia. It wards off colds and flu. It lowers your risk of heart attacks and stroke, not to mention diabetes. You’ll even feel happier, less depressed, and less anxious. Are you interested?” YES. So what did I do and what can you do? Firstly, my problem was not getting to sleep, it was staying asleep thanks to the youngest sprog. So we spent what was probably the best £200 EVER spent on a straight talking sleep consultant called Mary who breezed in, laid down a gentle plan we were happy with. We stuck to it religiously (turns out lack of sleep can make you very inconsistent, go figure!) which in turn sorted the little sleep thieving tyrant right out. If you and your weans are mismatched in the sleep department I wholeheartedly recommend seeking expert help. Sometimes a fresh pair of eyes on the situation and some support is just the ticket. If, however, your kids sleep but you don’t, Walker’s book offers up some further tips worth putting into practice. n


• Chilly bedroom - Your brain needs to drop its temperature by 2-3 degrees Fahrenheit to sleep so keep your room as cold as you can tolerate. • Stick to a sleep schedule – regular bedtimes and wake up times (even at the weekends!) • Avoid nicotine and caffeine – both stimulants that can cause lighter sleep and early morning waking • Avoid alcohol before bed – alcohol not only robs you of REM sleep thus keeping you in lighter stages of sleep but it can also impair your breathing and cause more night waking • Avoid staying awake in bed – Walker suggests getting up after 20 minutes of trying to get to sleep if you’re still not sleepy • Avoid exercise in the 2-3 hours before bedtime. Exercise is great for promoting sleep in general but doing it too close to bedtime can interfere with your ability to fall asleep.

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Kitchen Colonial By Claire Daly


ast month my father-in-law moved into our house and there are now three generations of us under one roof, just the perfect Indian family I had always imagined. Except that it’s not. I was genuinely looking forward to having him move in. He’s very bubbly and makes fantastic curries. In fact, I’d decided I’d much rather have him move in than my own dad. And Rose is delighted to have her Grandpa around more. I realised before he moved in that he wouldn’t like our spice cupboard and that he would want a spice rack. So I went out and bought one especially. I thought I was prepared! But nothing could prepare me for the colonial kitchen takeover that began almost as soon as he’d moved in. This cool Californian moved in and all but laughed at our small Scottish kitchen and declared it not fit for purpose. Our house became a battleground of problems needing his urgent attention. He took one look at our clothes horse and declared, ‘Well that’s interesting, but not a permanent solution.’ Even our cheese was criticised. ‘Somerset Brie? That’s a bit like trying to say you’ve made Edinburgh Champagne’. Within days of moving in, he set about rearranging my entire kitchen. (And yes, I define it as mine.) First, he declared all my beloved cookery books would have to be moved upstairs so he could install a microwave in our kitchen. Then he decreed that the colour of the new toaster didn’t matter and now we have a complete mismatching array of copper, lilac, black and cream gadgets in our kitchen. My kitchen. Next on his hit-list were the utensils. My knives

were not sharp enough, so he bought more. He couldn’t work out how to use our salt and pepper grinders and after a grand pile of salt fell into his dinner he replaced them with new ones (ugly brown ones). I politely explained the old ones had worked perfectly well before he arrived. Now, I love a colourful tea towel à la Anthropologie. I have quite a few. But because Grandpa had not located the pile, he bought more. Ugly green and white striped ones, the likes of which you might find in a prison kitchen. Then he replaced my egg whisk. We already have one of those, I said. Next thing he was laying eggy claim to my paper pile in the kitchen. First he put an eggy spoon down next to my diary. Then he laid an egg in my pile of post. He literally left an egg rolling around on a counter! This is no place for eggs, I said. You will have to tidy your papers and put them somewhere else, he said. No, you will have to learn not to colonise my kitchen, I didn’t say. Then a cousin blithely mentioned what an absolute delight he had been in her kitchen when he came to stay. Such a delightful house guest, isn’t he, she gushed. Uh huh, I replied, too shell-shocked to know what to say. Aren’t grandparents just wonderful to have around? n


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A-Z s e i t i v i t c A Finding a new hobby for your children is as easy as ABC…


IS FOR ACRO Acro (or acrobatic dance) is a style of dance that combines classic technique with precision acrobatic elements. It’s a fun way for kids to learn new skills, build confidence and keep fit; and a safe way to learn tumbling, limbering, balancing and partner work using flexibility and strength. Douglas Dance based in Corstorphine, teaches acro, and other dance classes, in a friendly, close knit and safe environment. Email for more information.


IS FOR BALLET Lots of little girls dream of being a ballerina and now it’s the norm for boys to enjoy it too. In addition to the obvious physical, creative and social benefits children will improve their concentration and recall skills. Self confidence, mutual respect and good manners are encouraged in ballet, and there’s no being ‘picked for the team’. Waterfront Dance believe a love of dance is lifelong, and offer something for everyone at their studio. www.waterfront


IS FOR CERAMIC PAINTING Painting ceramics is loads of fun and also helps eliminate stress, gives satisfaction of producing something and makes our brains tingle with creativity. Doodles Ceramics is Edinburgh’s longest established “paint your own” pottery


studio and is open seven days a week. With hundreds of pottery items to choose from, the friendly staff will provide you with all the advice and guidance you need to create the perfect art work.


IS FOR DRAMA “Pretend play is such an important part of children developing into their own little people and understanding their thought processes, relationships and social environments. Exploring the imaginary is a way for children to safely explore their fears and the unknown. Through drama, children can be who they want to be.” Alana Myant, Director of Monkey Drama


IS FOR EXERCISE Active kids are healthy kids, so we all know we have to keep our kids moving and exercising! Gym Juniors in Gorgie - Edinburgh’s only gym for children - is a fantastic starting point for children who are just looking to take part in fun activities and classes. Offering recreational gymnastics, pre-school classes and parkour classes, qualified coaches make sure all children have the opportunity to try out bars, beams, trampolines and climbing wall, developing confidence, technique, balance and strength. To find out more and try a free trial go to

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IS FOR FOOTBALL Football is one of the most universal languages around, creating immediate bonds and friendships - it’s no wonder it’s the most popular sport in the world. One of Edinburgh’s leading football coaching programme, Play2Learn, offers excellent football coaching from age 3. Whether it’s for fun or club standard, team training or 1-1, mixed teams or single sex - they offer the highest standards possible. Within their sessions, Play2Learn cover the four main areas for development - technical, tactical, psychological and social. By including all of these elements, players do indeed play and learn. Find out more at


IS FOR GEOC AC HING Join the world’s largest treasure hunt. Explore, find and log geocaches - there are 5,146 geocaches near Edinburgh!


IS FOR HIP-HOP Hip Hop is a great dance choice for kids today. It increases flexibility and coordination and builds self-confidence and artistic expression. Step It Up Dance, the award-winning urban dance company, teaches a unique Hip Hop curriculum, teaching the coolest dance moves within nurseries, schools and communities across Edinburgh & Lothians. Their new hub launches at the Royal Commonwealth Pool in April. To book a 2-week trial, or for details of their Hip Hop Holiday Camps go to


IS FOR ICE-SKATING Ice skating is a tremendous sport and recreational activity with no age group restriction. A great hobby, not only for aspiring figure skaters, but for people wanting to have fun and keep fit.



IS FOR JEWELLERY-MAKING For all your magpies out there, Leah Bastiani offers silver jewellery making classes for kids aged 8+. With over 14 years teaching experience from her studio on London Road, she will teach how to measure, saw, stamp and solder sterling silver wire or sheet to create a personalised piece of jewellery using pattern and letter stamps, or texture it using different types of hammer or a rolling mill. The finished pieces will be polished up by the end of the session and ready to take home. She’s running kids classes on 22 March, 31 May, 14 June and in the summer holidays. For more info go to


IS FOR KITE-FLYING No classes or booking required for this! Get yourself a kite and head to your nearest park or beach for some colourful, bird-like fun.


IS FOR L ANGUAGES With the rise of international travel and technology the world has become much more connected and speaking another language boosts our ability to make the most of this. Whether a child goes on to use an additional language directly or not, the ability to speak it demonstrates commitment, cultural awareness, memory skills and patience. Felicity, founder of Mini French and Mini Spanish, runs fun, interactive language sessions for young children and parents across Edinburgh.


Play2Learn Sports Coaching offer weekly coaching sessions and holiday camps for children from Pre-school - Young Adults Holiday football camps for pre-school P7s take place every school holiday at either Meggetland Sports Complex or Cargilfield School

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IS FOR MUSIC Music ignites something special in children, and if they are exposed to music in their early years it helps them learn the sounds and meanings of words. Award-winning, Money Music classes can begin when children are just three months old. And when they graduate at four years old, they will have learnt a repertoire of nearly 500 catchy songs and fun musical activities. But music classes are more than learning impressive musical skills; listening to their teacher, making new friends and sharing time together, children are honing a whole host of new skills. Try a class for free via


IS FOR NEEDLE-FELTING Needle-felting is a craft activity suitable for all ages. Also known as dry felting, special barbed needles are used to push the fibres through into a backing cloth - it’s like colouring-in with wool. Two dimensional pictures or three dimensional sculptures can be created.


IS FOR ORIGAMI Folding origami allows kids to focus, follow direction and be creative; transforming a piece of paper into something else is great fun. Find lots of origami inspiration at


IS FOR PERFORMING ARTS Watch your child shine as they realise their potential and discover the joy of the Performing Arts. La Belle Performing Arts, based in Corstorphine, Stockbridge, Bonnington and Penicuik nurture every child on their dance and performing arts journey, and inspire creativity and self-expression in you little star. LBA offers classes in Musical Theatre, Ballet, Jazz,


Street Dance, Acro-Dance for ages 4-18; and pre-school classes in Ballet and Musical Theatre, and the much-loved ‘BabyBelles’ creative movement class. Book a free trial class and find out more at


IS FOR QUOITS A simple game of skill and accuracy where the young and the not so young can compete on equal terms.


IS FOR RUGBY With the Six Nations due to conclude in March, it’s all about rugby at this time of year - a great sport with a friendly fan following. If your littles ones have been inspired by the games, now might be a great time to introduce them to the sport in safe, non-contact weekly classes. Aimed at children aged 2-7, Rugbytots nurtures and develops key motor physical skills of throwing, catching and kicking, and also introduces children to shapes, colours and counting. Overall, the award-winning programme is focused on fun. To find a class visit or email sandra@


IS FOR SWIMMING Swimming classes are of vital importance, providing a life-long, life-saving skill; as well as improved co-ordination, balance, mobility and gross motor skills. Karina from Turtle Tots told us, “As well as the physical benefits of swimming, extensive research has shown that children who swim from a young age reach developmental milestones quicker, have better balance and gross motor skills than their non-swimming peers.” Turtle Tots has a strong focus on teaching life-saving skills in a fun way. The earlier little ones start swimming, the quicker they become confident in the water.



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IS FOR TRAMPOLINING All kids love to bounce! (Most adults do too.) Orcadia in Portobello has a trampoline room with six floor-level trampolines and offers sessions for under 5s every Monday, Wednesday and Friday 10am - 12pm.


IS FOR UKULELE Ukulele lessons have become more common in the past years due to a wide range of high profile musicians playing the instrument when performing live or on recordings. The ukulele is similar to a small guitar, but with fewer strings and different tunings. Morningside School of Music offers lessons for ages 4+ on a 1-2-1 basis or small groups. Find out more at


IS FOR VIOLIN Young children often become fascinated with learning to play the violin, and if so, they should


be encouraged! Sheena Ferguson has been playing the violin for over 30 years and has vast experience in teaching different age groups and standards; both for fun and those working towards an exam. With lessons tailored to individual pupils, she receives excellent results from anyone wanting to learn violin. Contact Sheena via


IS FOR WARHAMMER Warhammer is a tabletop miniature war game with a medieval fantasy theme that simulates battles between terrestrial armies from different factions. Paint and perfect your miniatures and enjoy a tabletop battle with armies, elves and a variety of creatures.


IS FOR XTREME SPORTS Wakeboarding, off-road segways, rope courses over water and Ringo rides! If you want a little more adrenaline in your hobby there’s plenty to choose from at


IS FOR YOGA Beetroot Sauvage in Causewayside runs children’s and teenagers’ yoga classes. The kids session (ages 7-10) is playful, integrating mindfulness and yoga to help them develop balance, flexibility and coordination, as well as an understanding of dealing with emotions. The teenagers’ class focusses on calming breath work, a yoga flow accessible to all levels and a guided relaxation. No previous yoga experience is necessary to attend, only a willingness to try something new, let go and have fun.


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How to choose your family photography


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Weʼre blessed with some stunning locations around Edinburgh, so how do you choose where to have your family photography session? There are many factors that can influence your choice. Family photographer Rachel Hein has put together some tips to help make your decision a bit easier… 1. Favourite places Where do you hang out as a family? Do you gravitate towards the beach, walk the dog in the woods or are you more of an urban family? Your photos should reflect who you are as a family. Or choose a location that has sentimental value - how about returning to the venue you got married at? 2. Accessibility If you have young children who canʼt walk very far you might want to bring a buggy along, so a muddy woodland trail is probably not going to work. If it’s a multi-generational shoot, consider older relatives too. 3. The dirt factor Do you want your kids to (try!) and stay clean and tidy during the shoot? Are you comfortable with them getting dirty in the mud or covered in sand at the beach?


4. Familiarity If you have young children it has to be fun, so going to a familiar place will help them to relax and be themselves. Somewhere they can run and let off steam is ideal. 5. Season Would you love to have a spring shoot in a woodland filled with bluebells, or do you prefer the gorgeous colour that autumn brings?

East Lothian beaches Yellowcraig and Gullane are great for younger children, thanks to their easily accessible beaches. The beautiful woodland at Yellowcraig offers shelter from the sun and the wind, the dunes and the marram grass are perfect for portraits, and even the play park is photogenic! Tyninghame beach and woods are equally gorgeous, with a wilder feel and a longer walk to the beach itʼs more suited to families with slightly older kids.

Rachel has been photographing families in and around Edinburgh for ten years and in that time has built up a wealth of knowledge about the local area. Here are a few of her favourite locations… Blackford Hill & Hermitage Braid The woodland around here offers a wonderfully diverse range of backdrops all year round. There’s plenty for all ages to explore and itʼs a relatively easy walk from the car park to top of the hill where the views over the city and Holyrood park are hard to beat. Lauriston Castle This ticks all the boxes; itʼs accessible, beautiful and has a great variety of backdrops from woodland to manicured gardens. It is also home to Edinburghʼs only Japanese garden. Throw in a stunning Edwardian house and a fabulous sea view and itʼs a clear winner. Itʼs a great spot in spring when the daffodils and bluebells are out in force and again in autumn when the colours are gorgeous. made MAR / APR 2020

Cammo Estate Cammo has a wonderful, untamed feel to it. Itʼs such a fun place to explore with ruined buildings and a tumbledown walled garden to fuel the imagination. Itʼs very accessible but at the same time you feel that you could quite easily get lost in the woods. It has some of the oldest and most unusual trees in Edinburgh, a beautiful range of flowers in the spring and a lovely open meadow. Beecraigs Country Park Beecraigs has it all. The forest is magical, thereʼs a beautiful loch and even a deer park. Itʼs a lovely place for a wander with all ages, year round. Post shoot thereʼs the added bonus of coffee and cake for the grown ups at the cafe and the play park is one of the best in the Lothians. n


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Why collaborative family law can be the “Marriage Story” tonic Hollywood has a tendency to turn divorce lawyers into compelling villains. Gibson Kerr’s Head of Family Law, Fiona Rasmusen, looks into depictions of divorce – and reveals an alternative process that could stem misery for Scottish families.


NYBODY who has watched the recent movie, Marriage Story could be forgiven for being put off ever engaging in divorce proceedings, whatever their situation. Without giving too much away, as is so often the case, the lawyer acts as the catalyst in a race to the bottom, twisting a healthy post-split relationship into a nasty custody battle. While there’s much to admire about the film, including stellar performances from Scarlett Johansson and Adam Driver, Scottish viewers may be left questioning whether it is truly representative of the divorce process. Thankfully, from first-hand perspective after 25 years in family law, I’d say broadly no. To great effect the lawyers in Marriage Story play caricatures. From the dozy old pro counting down his days to exit, to Ray Liotta’s pinstripeclad city-slicker. However it’s Laura Dern’s portrayal that offends practitioners this side of the Atlantic most, with a needless pre-emptive escalation into conflict that is (thankfully) unreflective of the sector today. The nature of divorce is the very reason it makes such captivating storylines. It is intensely personal, potentially distressing and highly emotive. Of course there are difficult moments – and times when a lawyer must take a stand and fight for a client. The key way in which this movie differs from reality is that, as family lawyers, our primary position is one of empathy. Above all else, we’re working with our clients towards an amicable civilised settlement, not making the situation more unpleasant. Collaborative process – a silver bullet? There has been quite a slow uptake of this process in Scotland, likely due to a lack of awareness, however, engaging in the collaborative process


is an attractive option for anybody worried about an escalation into conflict. It does two things. Firstly, rather than instruct a lawyer to act solely in the interests of their client, it allows them to sit around a table with the aim of reaching a fair solution. Secondly - it takes the threat of court off the table entirely (provided an outcome is reached). These two points change the dynamic dramatically, with solicitors as facilitators, and all financial information obtained during the process. It’s worth bearing in mind that not all family lawyers are qualified to deliver collaborative family law – but many are – and it can result in a more harmonious process. Unfortunately the collaborative process doesn’t offer a panacea for all separating couples. If it doesn’t work, the couple will be back to square one – with little to show for the time and effort. While it is painful, going to court does provide a final decision. It can also be surprising just how straining even the collaborative process can be. Regardless, separating couples in Scotland should take heart that there are options out there. Divorce can sometimes mirror the Marriage Story plot – and while we can’t guarantee a fairytale ending, we can ensure Hollywood’s depiction of divorce lawyers remains entirely fictional. n


Operating from two Edinburgh city centre locations and specialising in personal law, family law and property, Gibson Kerr is led by its three partners Scott and Fiona Rasmusen, and Lindsay Maclean. To book an appointment, simply call 0131 202 7516 or fill out an online enquiry form via



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Dates for your diary Monday


Wednesday Thursday







Cirque Berserk @ Festival Theatre. Britain’s biggest theatre circus spectacular is back featuring all your favourite acts plus some thrilling new ones. Runs 10 - 15 March.




Have you planned the Easter school holidays? Have a look at pages 40-47 for ideas… EASTER @ DALKEITH COUNTRY PARK 10-13 APR



10.30-10.50am Little Adventures @ National Museum. Short, fun interactive sessions in the Imagine and Adventure planet galleries. For ages 2-5 and their adults. Free, drop in. 18




World Book Day

Tyrannosaurs @ the National Museum of Scotland. An exhibition exploring the most feared and revered of all dinosaurs, featuring rare fossils and cast skeletons. On until 4 May 25 The Bohemians present Shrek the Musical @ King’s Theatre. All the beloved characters from the film, by one of the best amateur companies. Runs 25 - 28 March.





10.30am The Secret Garden @ Howden Park Centre, Livingston. A wild and beautiful retelling of the classic tale for families. Show also at Traverse Theatre 6 Mar & The Brunton 7 Mar.





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march 2020 Spotlight on... Friday Saturday Sunday 6 7 4pm - 5pm FREE trial of Capoeira @ Beetroot Sauvage, Causewayside. This holistic Afro-Brazilian art form incorporates dance, music and martial art. Class for ages 7-10.


The Slightly Annoying Elephant @ The Studio. The stage adaptation of David Walliams’ bestselling children’s book for ages 3-8. Runs 6 - 8 March.


13 14 Wee Creatives @ Festival Theatre. Creative antics for 2-5 year olds and their adults. Explore multiple art forms at weekly workshops.


20 21 10.30am-12.30pm FREE Open Morning to change career with CNM Edinburgh. @ Napier University Merchiston Campus, 10 Colinton Rd. events 27 28 10am - 3 pm Fairylight Fantastic @ Art & Craft Collective, Causewayside. Learn how to make your own set of gorgeous felted fairylights.

15 Photography Course @ Tribe Porty, Portobello. Learn how to take great photos of your kids with photographers Rachel Hein and Anna Moffat. Tickets via Eventbrite. 22 Mums get in FREE to Conifox!

29 10am - 4pm Sunday Funday @ The Yard, Canonmills. Open to the public on Sundays so everyone can get messy and have fun! £6 per child for two hours.

Conifox Adventure Park Saturday 21st March 2020

9.30am, 11.15am, 1.30pm Batman, Spider-Man, Captain America, Bumblebee and Hulk are flying back to Conifox to perform super cool dance moves and martial arts in the marquee, with a special appearance from a female superhero too. The superheroes will get the children involved in activities and games, and the show will be followed by a meet-andgreet to give great photo opportunities. Tickets via include entry into the adventure park.


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Dates for your diary Tuesday

Wednesday Thursday

13 Play Days start at Festival Theatre. Every day this week will explore a different art form and theme. No experience necessary, everyone welcome, booking required, lunch included. 20



4pm Andy and the Odd Socks @ Church Hill Theatre. Live music act for children fronted by CBeebies superstar Andy Day.


10.30am - 12.30pm Children’s Easter Clay Workshops @ Doodles, Marchmont. Projects will be a mixture of clay and special painting techniques. Max 10 kids. Book in advance. Runs 7, 8, 9 April.





Scottish Ballet’s Swan Lake @ Festival Theatre. The world’s most popular ballet, retold for a new generation. Runs 9 - 11 April.


Enjoy Easter fun @ Scottish Seabird Centre with live science shows running daily and guided rockpooling. Runs 6 - 19 April.

Kids go free at The Royal Yacht Britannia when they bring favourite cuddly toy! Valid until 26 April.






Conifox’s Easter Egg Hunt runs 4 - 19 April with loads of yummy eggs up for grabs. Use the activity sheet to hunt for clues and try to find a special golden egg and meet Baxter the Bunny at the weekend.


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Beltane Fire Festival @ Calton Hill. A modern interpretation of the original Celtic festival celebrating the turning of the seasons with a vivid display of fire, drumming, and acrobatics.

april 2020 Spotlight on... Friday Saturday Sunday 3 4 Edinburgh Science Festival runs 4 - 19 April. Enjoy science adventures at City Art Centre, The Pleasance, National Museum of Scotland and lots of other venues. Find out more on pages 46 & 47. 10 Gandeys Circus returns to Sighthill Park, Edinburgh with a brand new show taking you on an unforgettable fun- filled voyage, around the world in 80 minutes! On 10 - 19 April




Easter Saturday Raceday @ Musselburgh Racecourse. Top racing, live music, Easter Bunny, and FREE kids entertainment!

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9am - 11am Breakfast with the Bunny @ Hard Rock Cafe. Breakfast, treats for kids, games & entertainment and a chance to meet Bunny himself!

10am, 1pm & 3pm Coastal Creatures Workshops @ Dynamic Earth. Learn about the wonders of the shallow sea. Bring your own shoebox to make a rock pool filled with fishy characters. £1.50. Book online.

Wed 8 April 11.30pm & 1.30pm Thur 9 April 10.30am & 12.30pm For ages 5+



Enjoy thrilling illusions, spooky mind reading, stunning sleight-ofhand, and death-defying escapes. The audience helps to create the show by using their imagination, ingenuity, and ability to saw someone in half.

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


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You Are Magic!

A magic show for children and childish grownups featuring magician extraordinaire Magic Gareth.

10.30am-12.30pm FREE Open Morning to change career with CNM Edinburgh. @ Napier University Merchiston Campus, 10 Colinton Rd. events

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Magic @ Scottish Storytelling Centre

Trick Trick Boom! Wed 8 April 3.30pm Thur 9 April 2pm & 4pm For ages 8+ Trained by Penn & Teller, World Record Breaking Magician Kevin Quantum returns with more blow-your-brains magic and big-laughs in a fastpaced show that will rock your socks off. And you won’t even have to take off your shoes.




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C ONIFOX ADVENTURE PARK Sat 4 - Sun 19 April Conifox Easter Egg Hunt is back, with tons of yummy 130g Cadburys eggs up for grabs. Use the fun activity sheet to hunt for clues around the park and if you’re lucky enough to find their special golden eggs* you could win a large 200g Cadburys Egg to take home! Baxter Bunny will be bouncing around the park on the Easter Weekend so make sure you say hello. Normal park entry applies plus £2 to join in the hunt. *One golden egg per child.

HARD ROC K C AFÉ BREAKFAST WITH BUNNY Sunday 12 April, 9am - 11am Take your children to enjoy Breakfast with the Bunny! There’ll be breakfast, treats for the kids,



entertainment and games from Tricky Ricky and a chance to meet THE Bunny himself! Limited availability, book via Adults: £14.95 Kids: £9.95 Under 2s: FREE

SJM PERFORMANCE AC ADEMY EASTER C AMP Mon 13 - Fri 17 April SJM Performance Academy camps have been tailored specifically to cater to any age or experience of child. The holiday camp week comprises a mixture of singing, acting and dancing as well as learning theatre skills, gaining experience in script and stage work and working as a team. Children will have lots to keep them busy, but will also have time for relaxing, playing and being creative. The camp take places at Marchmont St Giles Church; the week ending with a showcase for family and friends.





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There will be breakfast, entertainment and games from Tricky Ricky, treats for the kids, and a chance to meet THE Easter Bunny! TicketsAdults: £14.95 Kids: £9.95* Under 2s: FREE Booking Essential! *Kids tickets for under 12s

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NATIONAL MININ G MUSEUM EASTER SOCK BUNNY WORKSHOP 14 Apr 11am & 2pm (1 hour) Easter crafts don’t come much cuter than this! Come along and make your own Easter Sock Bunny. £5.00 per child, tickets via DALKEITH COUNTRY PARK

DALKEITH C OUNTRY PARK Fri 10 April - Mon 13 April Aside from exploring Fort Douglas with its Sky Maze, zip wires, scramble nets and slides – kids and their grown-ups will enjoy a real Easter adventure at Fort Douglas. Easter Weekend includes a photo-opp with giant Easter bunny, Duggie! He’ll be around at 11am, 12noon, 1pm, 2pm and 3pm so you can get your own pic with him. The Easter Bunny and his band of merry helpers are hiding a number of rubber eggs throughout Fort Douglas from 10am to 4pm. Once found, you can exchange them for a small Cadbury’s creme egg. If little ones need a quieter moment, head over to The Witches’ Den for your favourite craft activities on at 11.30am, 12.30pm, 1.30pm, 2.30pm and 3.30pm each day.

EASTER MASK MAKING 16 Apr 11am, 1.30pm, 2.30pm (1 hour) Hop along to the museum this Easter and make a bunny mask! Wear it while you hunt for the 6 hidden bunnies in the museum. £2.00 per child, tickets via

Friday 10 April - Easter Clay Creatures Saturday 11 April - Easter Card Making Sunday, 12th April - Easter Themed Crafts Monday, 13th April - Easter Pebble Painting

MUSSELBURGH RACES Find Easter Saturday Royal thrills at Musselburgh Racecourse! Families are looked after with a dedicated kids zone featuring the return of the hugely popular Easter Bunny, game stalls, fairground rides for all ages and face painting. The best bit is kids under 17 are free when accompanied by an adult.




Kids go free at The Royal Yacht Britannia when they bring their favourite cuddly toy!* Step aboard Her Majesty The Queen’s former floating palace this Easter for a fun day out for all the family. Follow in the footsteps of Royalty, celebrities and world leaders in the State Apartments to see where the Royal Family entertained and relaxed as a family during their annual summer holiday to the Western Isles. Hear fascinating stories as you explore the five decks with your complimentary audio guide, available in both adult and children’s versions. See the onboard Series 1 Land Rover and the stunning Phantom V Rolls Royce on the quayside. Head down to the Crew’s Quarters, try on the sailors’ uniforms and discover what life was like on board for the 220 Royal Yachtsmen. Pose for

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a #CorgiSelfie with Clarence the cuddly corgi and don’t forget to spot Clarence’s friends on the tour route in our Cuddly Corgi Treasure Hunt. *T&Cs: Each child (aged 5-17) must bring a cuddly toy and show it to the team at the ticket desk to gain free admission. Valid for up to two children for every full paying adult or senior ticket purchased. Under 5s go free. Offer redeemable at The Royal Yacht Britannia’s Visitor Reception on the 2nd floor of Ocean Terminal only. Not valid with any other offer or for advance tickets. No cash alternative. Valid until 26 April 2020. Ref. 4224.




Scotland’s Best Visitor Attraction for 13 years ( VisitScotland) * Each child must bring a cuddly toy and show it to our team to gain free admission. Valid for up to two children for every accompanying full paying adult or senior. Children aged 5-17. Children under 5 go free. Offer redeemable at The Royal Yacht Britannia’s Visitor Centre on the 2nd floor of Ocean Terminal only. Not valid with any other offer or for advance tickets. No cash alternative. Ref. 4224. Registered charity: SC028070

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SC OTTISH SEABIRD CENTRE Mon 6 April - Sun 19 April Easter holiday fun kicks off with the ever-popular live science shows running daily (included with admission) and guided rockpooling sessions in partnership with Edinburgh Science Festival. Primary aged children also have the chance to join in with a whole host of fun, marine based, indoor and outdoor activities at their Easter Holiday club run by Education Officer, Fran.

‘BORN TO PERFORM!’ EASTER SC HOOL Stockbridge: 7- 9 April 9:30am - 4:30pm Penicuik: 7 - 9 April 9:30am-4:30pm Corstorphine: 14 - 17 April 9:30am - 4:30pm Early drop-off, late pick-up, single day booking and sibling discounts available. Is your little one born to perform? Do they love to sing and dance? At La Belle Performing Arts Edinburgh you can watch your child shine in their Easter Creative Performance School. Children will learn songs and routines from hit Broadway and West End shows in a fun, inspiring and nurturing environment; as well as fun activities and crafts, an Easter Egg Hunt, and a special performance to show family and friends at the end of the week.



Friday 10 - Mon 13 April Full steam ahead for great family fun over Easter weekend. A journey by steam through the spring countryside, fun in the Museum hunting the Easter Eggs and a free tasty Easter treat for every child. No pre booking required.

PL AY DAYS AT FESTIVAL THEATRE The Easter break is a great time to try something new. Visit the Festival Theatre and get hands-on experience of stage craft. Each day will explore a different art form and theme with professional artists. No experience is necessary, everyone is welcome. Booking required, lunch included. Mon13 April - Drama Tues 14 April - Dance Wed 15 April - Music Thurs 16 April - Clowning Fri 17 April - Film

ROYAL BOTANIC GARDENS Sat 4 April - Sun 19 April, 10am - 4pm (drop in) Follow the Botanics Bunny and learn about the elements together. You’ll discover how the plants and animals in the Garden interact with earth, air, fire and water. £2 per trail booklet S


'Born to Perform' EASTER SCHOOLS


Does your little star love to sing and dance?

Do they dream of being the next 'Matilda' or 'Oliver'?

Watch Them Shine at one of our 'Born to Perform' Easter Schools at La Belle Performing Arts this upcoming Easter Break STOCKBRIDGE: 7-9TH APRIL AUCHENDINNY: 7-9TH APRIL CORSTORPHINE: 14-17TH APRIL

Live science shows at the Scottish Seabird Centre "An unforgettable experience for my little performer" Julia


4th April – 19th April

Scottish Charity No. SC025837

Conservation | Education | Community

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Join Edinburgh Science Festival in venues across the city from 4–19 April

Spend the day at City Art Centre where you’ll find workshops and activities perfect for everyone under 12 and their families. Discover The Buzz About Bees, try some Creative Coding and scrub up and save lives in ER Surgery.

CITY ART CENTRE Safety Matches

For a tricera-top adventure head to Dinosaur Weekend at Pleasance (9–10 April) and take part in some roar-some activities. A half-day ticket includes a dinosaur show – Prehistoric Beasts and How to Know Them – and a host of cretaceous crafts.


PLE ASANCE The Pleasance will also be hosting shows and workshops for all ages – Strong Women Science and Robot Chef will delight audiences in Pleasance Theatre while Cyber Zone gives everyone the chance to get hacking and code-cracking with workshops suitable for children and young adults.

Safety Matches

Pale Blue Dot at the National Museum of Scotland is a multisensory exploration of everything marine and The University of Edinburgh will present a programme of family-friendly workshops and activities in the Museum’s Learning Centre.

Around Edinburgh you’ll find an Easter Trail at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Meet the Keepers at Edinburgh Zoo and marvel at Gaia – a huge scale model of earth – at Dynamic Earth.

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PLANT-BASED RECIPE s r e g n a h C e m a G

By Charlotte Thompson, Owner of The Pantry

So, along with Thom, Head Chef at The Pantry Stockbridge, we have come up with some ideas to get kiddies eating plant based a couple nights a week. The easiest way being simple swaps. Ted, my middle child, loves fajitas and quesadillas, so we came up with jackfruit tortillas which substitutes the pulled pork or chicken for the really versatile fruit. I genuinely couldn’t taste the difference. Add some smoked paprika mayo and it’s parent friendly too!

The Netflix documentary The Game Changers has become a hot topic within a lot of mum circles recently, with lots of mamas trying to eat plant-based at least a few times a week, if not adopting a full vegetarian or vegan diet. But with many parents (myself included!) trying hard to adopt the policy of feeding their kids the same (or at least a version) of the things they feed themselves, this can pose a bit of a conundrum: how do you get your fish fingers and chips loving little ones to try some plant based foods?

A JA CK FR U IT TO R TI LL ma yo wit h lim e an d sm oke d pap rik a 400g tin of jackfruit l 1tsp ground cumin l 1tsp ground coriander l 2tsp smoked paprika


200g grated cheddar 4 tortilla wraps l 2 tbs mayo l 1tsp lime juice



 Drain jackfruit and mix with spices


yo. 1tsp of paprika for the ma 15 min. for 200  Roast in the oven at ed. shr n the Allow to cool and pan on low heat.  Place a tortilla in a nonstick fry ced jackfruit and spi the With 50g of cheese, add and another tortilla. ese che of 50g r cover with anothe the tortilla and cook  Once the cheese has melted flip . until all the cheese is melted quarters.  Allow to cool slightly and cut into aining paprika and lime  For the mayo mix the rem juice with some mayo. es of avocado.  Serve with a couple of slic

Finlay, my eldest, just devours Spag Bol. This quick substitute with cauliflower is unnoticeable as the textures are very similar. And so much better than a meat substitute !


1 small head of cauliflower 2 tablespoon olive oil l 1 cup of chopped onion l 3 cloves of garlic, finely chopped l 2 cans of plum tomato or chopped tomato l 1/2 cup lentils l 3 tablespoon balsamic vinegar l 1 teaspoon of sugar l Pinch of dried thyme l Pinch of dried oregano l Pinch of dried basil l Salt & pepper to taste l Chopped fresh basil and parmesan to top if you want l

 Slice the cauliflower in half, removing the thick centre core. Cut into large chunks. Using a

food processor, pulse the cauliflower until it looks crumbly with a few small florets. Put cauliflower in a bowl and repeat. If you don’t have a food processor, you can finely chop the caulifl ower into pieces.  In a large heavy-bottomed pot, heat the butter or olive oil over low heat. Add the onions and cook until soft, about 3-5 minu tes.Add the cauliflower to the pot. Increase the heat to medium and conti nue to cook stirring occasionally for about 10-12 minutes.

 Add the garlic, pour in the tinned toma

toes and add the spices. Mix until well combined. Place the lid on top and bring the sauce to a gentle boil. Reduce the heat to low and simmer with the lid on fo r about 30 minutes.  Remove the lid and cook for an additional 15 minutes or until the cauliflower is soft and lentils are broken down. Cook your pasta, mix in the sauce and serve!

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Sunday Funday

is open to everyone so you and your family can experience the magic of The Yard.

10am - 4pm every Sunday in Canonmills £6 per child The only indoor and outdoor adventure play centre in the east of Scotland, with something for everyone, The Yard is where all ages get messy and have fun!

...the ultimate pop party experience...

Be a star for the day at Yoo-Star, the professional, fun recording studio. Experience the thrill of being a real popstar, enjoy a fun recording session and photoshoot and leave with your own music CD. Perfect for kids parties, or an unforgettable day out for your little star to record their favourite tunes. Scotland Yard Adventure Centre (known as The Yard) is a registered Scottish Charity SC002538 and Private Limited Company registered in Scotland 101671.

Yoo-Star @ Groove Tunnel, Eldin Cottage, Eldin Industrial Estate, Edgefield Rd, Loanhead EH20 9QX. t: 0131 448 2170

Be prepared for “probably the best…

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SATURDAY 18th APRIL 2020 : 9.30am – 12 noon GREENBANK CHURCH, BRAIDBURN TERRACE, EH10 6ES 4th Braid Scout Group is registered as a Charity number SCO15021

Adults £2

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to North Berwick in order to embrace a more balanced, family friendly lifestyle. No travel, no demanding bosses, just more fresh air and fun. What she didn’t expect, was to start experiencing panic attack and suffering from anxiety. Her youngest daughter Brooke had been diagnosed with having febrile convulsions. Anybody who has witnessed a febrile convulsion will appreciate how stressful this is.



eing Mindful is all about being in the moment, feeling calm and in control and aware of ones thoughts. This is certainly not how Jarrien Philip from North Berwick felt as her youngest daughter was rushed to hospital having one of her many febrile convulsions. Jarrien is a busy mum of two girls aged 4 and 1. After having her second child, she decided to quit the sales and marketing job in Edinburgh and move out


DISCOVERING MINDFULNESS HAS HELPED JARRIEN TO GATHER RESOURCES AND TECHNIQUES THAT SHE CAN USE TO KEEP HER ANXIETY UNDER CONTROL A child can become stiff and their arms and legs may begin to twitch. They can also lose consciousness, vomit and foam at the mouth. The cause of these seizures is usually unknown but can often be caused by a fever. A truly horrible thing to witness, especially in your own child at such a young age. Jarrien found these convulsions understandably stressful but to make things worse she found that she was not coping with day to day life the same anymore and was experiencing regular panic attacks and bouts of anxiety. No doubt that dealing with these high pressure situations with her daughter had triggered this anxiety. She faced sudden overwhelming feelings of alarm, racing heart, dizziness and uncontrollable worry would set in. She realised she needed help and after seeing her GP she started to get counselling. However, she also wanted to explore other ways of coping and ways to feel in control, knowing she was moving forward. Jarrien discovered a company called ‘The Mindful Enterprise’ which helps people of all ages strengthen their mental resilience. After going on a training course with them she felt something suddenly click, and knew that the techniques they were explaining to her were going to change her life. She’s learned to be a calmer better person and has far more self compassion and patience. Discovering mindfulness has helped Jarrien to gather resources and techniques that she can use to keep her anxiety under control. Adding anything into an already busy and stressful day with young children can be hard but Jarrien feels that by sticking to these quick techniques and activities, mindfulness can soon become normal and part of your daily routine.


Be More Mindful Journalling. We’ve all heard that writing down three things you’re grateful every night and every morning is good for the soul, and it is. But taking a few more minutes each morning to set an intention for your day, perhaps briefly scribbling thoughts about what is ahead and how you want to feel, can put your mind in an open and grateful space as you face your day ahead. Meditation.. This is another thing we know we should do, but is tricky with kids and work and friendships and households and extended families and everything else to manage. Which is why it’s so important! Even taking a minute to close your eyes and concentrate on your breath can help clear a cluttered mind. Yoga. The benefits of yoga are countless and even taking five minutes to stretch and breathe can help reset your body and your mind. Get outside! Grab your wellies and a waterproof, wrap up warm, and get walking. Fresh air does wonders for the soul. Try and find some green space and spend some time looking — actually looking — at what is around you. Nature is the mind’s greatest healer. Talk. Open up about how you are feeling. Chances are, many people you know have struggled with anxiety and coping with all of the pressures of modern life. Reach out and you’ll find countless people ready to offer useful advice and a hug. “Me” time. This could be a long soak in the tub with a novel or a three-hour box set binge. Find something you want to do that feels frivolous and do it. It’s not wasted time when you are indulging in something that will put you in a better place after you’ve finished. Relish this time; it is nonnegotiable. n

FIND OUT MORE Jarrien is on Instagram as @jarrien_ (Wellness by the Sea).



illy Cow Wigwams is a working farm in West Lothian, where you can enjoy the comfort of glamping in heated wigwams, and beautiful views and sunsets over the Forth Valley and the Pentland Hills. Surrounded by rural countryside, Hilly Cow offers all the sights of the farm, whilst still being close enough to the attractions of Edinburgh. It’s the perfect wigwam site for a peaceful break, whether it be for walking, fishing, shooting, pony trekking, cycling, golfing, or touring.

FACILITIES Heated wigwams with fridge and kettle l Some wigwams are ensuite - deluxe wigwams have luxury hot tubs! l Heated toilet and shower block l Disabled/family toilet and shower room l Ramps available for wigwam entrances l Kitchen-diner with cutlery and crockery l Camp fires & BBQs l Drying room, washing machine (payable locally) l Dog bowl & lead available. l Children’s play area l Games room with pool table, giant Jenga and darts. l Free WIFI l Breakfast Baskets on order l

FARM TOURS Easter is always an exciting time on the farm at Hilly Cow, with lots of newborn lambs and calves. You might be lucky enough to see a calf or hold a lamb - some very lucky guests in the


past have even seen lambs being born! All the sheep are brought into the lambing shed, so they can be checked day and night, in case they need help when lambing; and to make sure they are getting plenty of nutrition for energy to look after their lambs and produce milk to feed them. When they are born, the sheep and lambs are placed in a small pen so they can bond, and the lambs can learn to suckle. Calving starts in April too, with cows having calves into the summer months. Similar to sheep, the cows are looked after to make sure they have a fresh straw bed, water, and lots of healthy nutritional food; Helping the cows to calve where need be and supporting the calf to feed from its mum, before they go out to the fresh spring grass. However cows are a bit bigger and can be very protective of thier young so we do need to be extra careful when working with them. Farm Tours happen most mornings during school holidays about 9.30am and are free for guests staying at Hilly Cow Wigwams, so that’s another reason to book your stay this spring… n

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o you find yourself listening to A-listers such as Venus Williams, Brad Pitt or Ellie Goulding, proclaiming the virtues of a vegan existence, and wonder if that’s the path for you? Or, like many of us, have you just considered increasing the amount of plant based choices in your diet but don’t know where to start? Then fear not, as our good friends at HULA have taken time out from nurturing their customers at their Grassmarket and Fountainbridge eateries to share some of their kitchen magic. Hula’s unique blend of vegan/vegetarian options alongside carefully chosen health promoting meat dishes will bring a ray of sunshine to anyone’s day. And, the best thing is that these busy ‘Hulagans’ just love to share so here is a special recipe for you to try at home to get your plant-based taste buds tingling in just 15 mins:




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Aloha! This is a super quick and easy recipe for a Hula favourite. Works for breakfast, as a snack or as a dessert. All you need to do is chop the fruit into bite size pieces and leave them in the freezer overnight. Or you can buy the fruit already frozen. Prep: 10min

Method: 5min

Hula’s tropical smoothie base:


• 1/2 cup frozen pineapple

• 1 physalis

• 1/2 cup frozen mango

• Sliced kiwi

• 1/2 cup frozen peach

• Pomegranate

• 1 frozen banana

• Cashew nuts

• 1 cup tinned coconut milk

• Coconut flakes

• Dash of maple syrup for sweetness Method: • Combine all the ingredients for the smoothie base in a blender. Blend until a smooth and thick mixture. • Pour into two bowls and arrange the toppings. • Sometimes we like to jazz it up a bit with some gluten-free and vegan granola for that extra crunch! • Serve immediately. If you fancy trying more of the same, the team at Hula are looking forward to welcoming you to their island in the city soon…

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POST BABY BODY the myths

MYTH: Your body will bounce back after giving birth. TRUTH: It always takes work, there is no “bouncing back”. The body needs a bit of help getting back to its “new normal”. MYTH: Post-Natal exercise is boring. TRUTH: Yes, it kind of is but only for the first 4-6 weeks. After that you can have all the fun in the world as long as you know what you’re doing and you listen to your body. Kettlebell routines, hula hooping, all the squats,lunges and lifts in the world can be done as long as you make sure you build things up steadily and don’t overdo it. MYTH: You’ll lose the “baby weight” when you start breastfeeding. TRUTH: Breastfeeding burns calories but you need to eat to compensate. Combine this with an interrupted sleep pattern, higher stress levels and hormonal changes, weight-loss is not a given at all. The hormones required for breastfeeding mean you’re likely to retain between 5-10 lbs of weight as your body wants to make sure it can support.


MYTH: Pain is the “new normal”. TRUTH: Back-, neck- and hip-pain. Poor posture and a numb, round, belly don’t have to be part of your future. With the right exercise and guidance there is no reason why your body can’t be pain-free and look and feel amazing. MYTH: Peeing yourself happens post-natal. TRUTH: Although your pelvic floor will be weaker immediately after giving birth this too can be strengthened up. Don’t reach for the Tena Ladies just yet. Do your exercises and you’ll be fine. MYTH: You can’t exercise straight after having had a baby. TRUTH: You can start gentle pelvic floor exercises, such as Kegels, as soon as you feel comfortable and it’s highly recommended you do this. Even simple things such as doing the core breath will make a big difference to your pelvic floor and core. About 6 weeks after giving birth you’ll be ready to start a post-natal program such as healthypostnatalbody. MYTH: You need to exercise for hours every week to see any results. TRUTH: If you can do just 10 minutes a day of targeted exercise you can achieve some amazing results. You get results by being consistent and doing something regularly. n


After years of training women in the Edinburgh area and writing about Post-Natal Health, Peter launched HPNB is different from some other “systems”. They don’t just tackle the “mummy tummy” - they do much more than that. For just £8 a month you can access the forums which are monitored by Post-Natal experts, including Peter, where you can ask any questions you may have, safe in the knowledge that the answer you will get will be correct and safe for you. The mission is to give you your health back, and to make you fitter and stronger than you’ve ever been…

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THE CNM COURSE IS A VERY WORTHWHILE EXPERIENCE By Ciara Roberts CNM Naturopathic Nutrition Graduate and Author


found my CNM studies comprehensive, enjoyable and affirming and loved my three years of training in Naturopathic Nutrition. CNM is a combination of hopeful endeavour and academic excellence which makes it a very worthwhile experience. My first book ‘Wholly Aligned, Wholly Alive’, launched in June 2019, details my journey and includes the tools of nutrition and yoga and how they have helped me. I went into renal failure at 14. I had hospital dialysis treatments until age 21 when I had a kidney transplant. I lost transplant kidney function 3 years ago and whilst waiting for another transplant, I currently support my health with both conventional and natural medicine treatments.


Having been raised by a mother very interested in natural health, I considered a Master’s in Nutrition. It was through that process I ‘happened’ upon the CNM course and it immediately sang out to me. It literally felt like the course had been designed just for me. I was still working full-time in private banking credit risk in Canary Wharf when I started at CNM, however, I knew in my heart there was so much more I had to offer in this lifetime. I resigned from banking in 2013, having been supported by an amazing Global Head to go part-time for a year prior – highly unusual in my type of role. When you believe you are supported, this becomes the reality. I loved the lecturers, whose calibre was



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excellent, and meeting like-minded people, some of whom became very good friends. The course content and feeling fully equipped to practise after graduation, were helpful antidotes to my very busy, stressful banking career. I came to really enjoy studying at the weekends. Having also qualified as a yoga teacher, I set up my own business, Wholly Aligned, in 2012. Wholly Aligned draws upon the wisdom of nutrition and yoga to help people reconnect with mind, body and soul and ultimately awaken their inner physician. The CNM course enriched my knowledge and, importantly, helped me understand more deeply the intricate nature of therapeutic rapport and how key it is to build trust and confidence with your clients. n


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Happy Birthday

to you

If your little one will be celebrating their birthday in May or June 2020 and they would like to see themselves on these pages then please email with a clear photo, their name, age, DOB and address.

Anya 4 on 7 April

Tilly 5 on 26 March

Austin - 8 on 4 April Arthur - 1 on 24 April


Lochlan 2 on 31 March

Demi Vita 4 on 26 March

Willow-Coco 10 on 23 March

Erica 5 on 6 April

Thomas 2 on 31 March

Elspeth 5 on 9 April

Islay 5 on 9 March

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MADE meets...Maddie & Marks M

um to crazy 3-year old Ava, Jen Wilson has lived in Scotland for almost 20 years now. Based in Colinton, when she’s not with her family and socialising with friends, she’s busy working on her new business, Maddie & Marks Shoes. We talked to Jen to find out more… What inspired you to buy Maddie & Marks? I’ve always worked in retail and I loved it, and always had aspirations to own my own business. Two years after working for Maddie & Marks, the chance came up to buy the Bruntsfield business and I knew I had to go for it! Working at M&M had been amazing, I genuinely love every day, and can’t believe I now own such a wonderful shop. I have an incredible team around me and our customers are fantastic. For me, this is the dream and I’m so excited for our future plans. What advice would you give parents in terms of shoes for their babies/kids? This is something we get asked a lot. We are passionate about getting the right fit and measurements for babies, right up to teens. Kids feet are vulnerable and need the best care to help prevent problems later on. Babies don’t need shoes until they are walking, and even then there is no rush - barefoot or sock is best. Once they are toddling we would recommend a super soft cruiser to protect the foot. Once they are confidently walking, then we can get going onto the exciting world of shoes! I would also say don’t worry if the first shoe experience doesn’t quite go to plan! Babies often don’t like getting their feet measured, we are well used to it and have lots of distraction techniques to help. What do you do in your spare time? Spare time is often taken up with activities with Ava, whether it be ballet, soft play or playing on her scooter, we are always running about! When we do get a spare minute we catch up with family and snuggle down on the sofa to watch whatever dance programme is on - we love them all.


What do you always have in your handbag? In the good old days it would’ve been lippy, a purse, perfume etc. But now it’s more likely to be crayons and a snack of some description. Oh, and my diary otherwise I’d forget where I’m meant to be! What are your plans for the future? Family wise we plan to stay in Colinton - Ava starts school next year and we are keen to stay in this area. (I’d like to squeeze in some more holidays before we are restricted by term times!) Work wise I have so many plans, I’m really keen to get our transactional website up and running and to refit the shop. Short term we are up for an Edinburgh Business Award in April, for Best Independent Retailer in Edinburgh - this in itself was a huge compliment so we shall see what that holds! n

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Easter holiday entertainment with activities, workshops and shows for scientists of all ages. Join a deep-sea adventure, make your own slime and scrub up and save lives at City Art Centre (4-19 April) Don’t miss out on a (tricera) top adventure in Dinosaur Weekend at Pleasance (9-10 April)

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