altClowning 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 SHOW
C Too
5-30 August (not 17),
2.30pm & 1.30pm

The Amazing Bubble Man blows bubbles bigger, weirder and more beautiful than you ever thought possible.

ANIMAL ALPHABOAT
Pleasance Courtyard
15-22 August, 5pm
Entertaining poet John Hegley will be encouraging a bit of a singalong in this freewheeling afternoon of songs and stories.

ARABIAN NIGHTS
Scottish Storytelling Centre
7-30 August (not 8), 1pm

Puppet 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 OCTAVIA
C Soco
4-30 August (not 25), 12pm

One 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 PLAY
Pleasance Courtyard
4-18 August (not 11),
10am & 11.30am

First 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 KIDS
Bongo Club
6-29 August, 5.30pm

All the trappings of a regular adult stand-up show, except no swearing.

EXCALIBUR
Duddingston Kirk
Manse Garden
2-15 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 FARDELL
Charlotte Square Gardens
17 August, 1.30pm

The genial Edinburgh illustrator and children’s novelist wants to draw your off-beat inventions.

FARM BOY
Assembly Rooms
5-30 August (not 17), 11.45am

New Perspectives theatre company brings to the stage the sequel to War Horse, an illuminating insight into the changing countryside of England.

HAIRY MACLARY
Assembly Rooms
5-29 August, 10.40am

Entertaining rhyming stories by Lynley Dood about a scruffy dog and his adventures.

JAMES CAMPBELL’S COMEDY AND SONGS FOR KIDS
Assembly Rooms
5-29 August (not 18, 19, 24), 2.30pm

Silly stories and songs from the children’s stand-up, giving younger audiences a taste of what their parents are laughing at.

JUST MACBETH
Assembly Rooms
5-29 August (not 10, 17), 11.45am

Not 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 MINER
Hill Street Theatre
5-29 August (not Tue), 3pm

Time to go underground as Edinburgh children’s theatre company Tortoise in a Nutshell ventures into a mineshaft.

THE LIST OPERATORS
Pleasance Courtyard
4-31 August (not 17), 2.30pm

More inspired silliness from Matt Kelly and Richard Higgins, loved by big people as well as little ones for their surreal sketches.

THE MOOMINS
Charlotte Square
14 August, 10.30am & 12.30pm

Children 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 KEEPER
Hill Street Theatre
21-30 August, 11am

Physical theatre company Gomito journeys back in time into a mysterious museum full of strange creatures.

STORIES FOR KIDS WHO CAN RUN FASTER THAN SNAILS
Gilded Balloon
4-29 August (not Mon, Tue), 3.15pm

Best known as an adult comedian, Patrick Monahan branched out into kids’ theatre last year and returns with an hour of interactive entertainment.

PINOCCHIO
Zoo Roxy
6-24 August, 10.20am

Much admired version of the favourite tale staged by up-and-coming puppetry company Indefinite Articles.

THE PRINCESS’ BLANKETS
Scottish Storytelling Centre
8-23 August, 3pm

The 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 RENNISON
Charlotte Square Gardens
18 August, 4.30pm

A 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 WOOD
Charlotte Square Gardens
19 August, 4.30pm

David Benedictus is the man charged with providing a new set of stories for the ever popular Pooh, Piglet and Tigger.

THE SONGBIRD
Royal Botanic Garden
19-28 August (not 24), 4.30pm

Twice 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 Pasture
5-30 August (not 16), 12.30pm

The 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 GODLEY
Pleasance Dome
4-30 August, 12.45pm

Comedian 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 TWONKLE
Pleasance Dome
4-30 August (not 18, 25), 2pm

Tall 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 WILSON
Charlotte Square Gardens
21 & 22 August, 10am

Two 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.

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