Kids’ Shows TweetShareSharePin0 SharesClowning about and playing the fool isn’t just for grown-ups at the festivals. Mark Fisher kids around with the best shows for children. THE AMAZING BUBBLE SHOWC Too5-30 August (not 17), 2.30pm & 1.30pmThe Amazing Bubble Man blows bubbles bigger, weirder and more beautiful than you ever thought possible. ANIMAL ALPHABOATPleasance Courtyard15-22 August, 5pmEntertaining poet John Hegley will be encouraging a bit of a singalong in this freewheeling afternoon of songs and stories. ARABIAN NIGHTSScottish Storytelling Centre7-30 August (not 8), 1pmPuppet company Theatre of Widdershins routinely leaves Edinburgh with a clutch of five-star reviews, so expect visual delights in this retelling of the popular tales. BELT UP’S OCTAVIAC Soco4-30 August (not 25), 12pmOne of the most talked about adult companies to emerge from the Fringe welcomes a younger audience to this interactive tale. CHARLIE AND LOLA’S BEST BESTEST PLAYPleasance Courtyard4-18 August (not 11),10am & 11.30amFirst time in Scotland for Polka Theatre’s adaptation of Lauren Child’s much loved books about the sensible brother and the naughty sister, featuring puppetry, live action and music. THE COMEDY CLUB 4 KIDSBongo Club6-29 August, 5.30pmAll the trappings of a regular adult stand-up show, except no swearing. EXCALIBURDuddingston KirkManse Garden2-15 August, 11am (8, 15, 2.30pm)Idyllic setting on the far side of Arthur’s Seat for Theatre Alba’s sword-in-the-stone adventure in which the audience helps King Arthur solve clues. JOHN FARDELLCharlotte Square Gardens17 August, 1.30pmThe genial Edinburgh illustrator and children’s novelist wants to draw your off-beat inventions. FARM BOYAssembly Rooms5-30 August (not 17), 11.45amNew Perspectives theatre company brings to the stage the sequel to War Horse, an illuminating insight into the changing countryside of England. HAIRY MACLARYAssembly Rooms5-29 August, 10.40amEntertaining rhyming stories by Lynley Dood about a scruffy dog and his adventures. JAMES CAMPBELL’S COMEDY AND SONGS FOR KIDSAssembly Rooms5-29 August (not 18, 19, 24), 2.30pmSilly stories and songs from the children’s stand-up, giving younger audiences a taste of what their parents are laughing at. JUST MACBETHAssembly Rooms5-29 August (not 10, 17), 11.45amNot one for the purists, this Australian treatment of the Scottish play features a garden gnome and a severed head as well as the witches and ghosts. THE LAST MINERHill Street Theatre5-29 August (not Tue), 3pmTime to go underground as Edinburgh children’s theatre company Tortoise in a Nutshell ventures into a mineshaft. THE LIST OPERATORSPleasance Courtyard4-31 August (not 17), 2.30pmMore inspired silliness from Matt Kelly and Richard Higgins, loved by big people as well as little ones for their surreal sketches. THE MOOMINSCharlotte Square14 August, 10.30am & 12.30pmChildren have been beguiled by Tove Jansson’s bestselling classics for 65 years, so here’s a birthday celebration with dances, songs and games. THE NIGHT KEEPERHill Street Theatre21-30 August, 11amPhysical theatre company Gomito journeys back in time into a mysterious museum full of strange creatures. STORIES FOR KIDS WHO CAN RUN FASTER THAN SNAILSGilded Balloon4-29 August (not Mon, Tue), 3.15pmBest known as an adult comedian, Patrick Monahan branched out into kids’ theatre last year and returns with an hour of interactive entertainment. PINOCCHIOZoo Roxy6-24 August, 10.20amMuch admired version of the favourite tale staged by up-and-coming puppetry company Indefinite Articles. THE PRINCESS’ BLANKETSScottish Storytelling Centre8-23 August, 3pmThe Poet Laureate, Carol Ann Duffy, joins John Sampson and Ella Duffy for an afternoon of poetry, music and fairytale, featuring old rock’n’rollers and even older classical heroes. LOUISE RENNISONCharlotte Square Gardens18 August, 4.30pmA chance to get an introduction to Withering Tights, the author’s latest series of hilarious books, about the teenage Tallulah Casey and her summer drama school. RETURN TO THE HUNDRED ACRE WOODCharlotte Square Gardens19 August, 4.30pmDavid Benedictus is the man charged with providing a new set of stories for the ever popular Pooh, Piglet and Tigger. THE SONGBIRDRoyal Botanic Garden19-28 August (not 24), 4.30pmTwice nominated in this year’s Critics’ Awards for Theatre in Scotland, this piece of sensory theatre features a haunting live score. STICK MAN LIVE ON STAGE!Udderbelly’s Pasture5-30 August (not 16), 12.30pmThe team that took We’re Going on a Bear Hunt to the West End, turns its attentions to Julia Donaldson’s story of the stick man who lives in a tree. TALL STORRIE AND WEE GODLEYPleasance Dome4-30 August, 12.45pmComedian Janey Godley keeps it in the family as she takes to the stage with her own daughter, Ashley Storrie, for games, storytelling and music. Feel free to bring your own instrument. TWINKLE TWONKLEPleasance Dome4-30 August (not 18, 25), 2pmTall Stories, the team that enjoyed such success with The Gruffalo, in a play about two children who notice something’s gone array with the sky. JACQUELINE WILSONCharlotte Square Gardens21 & 22 August, 10amTwo chances to quiz the prolific author of the Tracy Beaker books about her characters. The post-talk book signing will be so popular that only those whose names are drawn from a hat will be eligible. TweetShareSharePin0 Shares Leave a Reply Cancel Reply Your email address will not be published.CommentName* Email* Website Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment.