There is perhaps a popular misconception that the Edinburgh Festival is not a family-friendly environment, populated by adults seeking debauchery. Well, okay, that’s part of it, but for those with children who are stuck for ideas, let us show you some of the best examples of kid-friendly events on during the August melee.
Tantrums the size of a glitterball? Why not palm off… errr… send… the kids to Baby Loves Disco? Now in its eighth year, the disco for ages 0-5 has long been seen as a go-to choice for exasperated parents, babysitters and guardians looking for an alternative to the controversy, crowds and madness of the Edinburgh Festival.There is nothing cuter than wee ones dancing to pop- just make sure they haven’t been given too many sweets or e numbers.
The Jam House (Venue 44) Edinburgh, August 6,12,20,26
Snigel and Friends is created by the wonderful Caroline Bowditch, along with designer Laura Hook, musician/performer Zac Scott and dancers Welly O’Brien and Alex McCabe. Recommended for really small ones, Snigel, the curious snail and friends, will show children and their parents a magical, cosy world full of bubbles, glitter and slidey dances.
Dance Base Edinburgh, August 4th-27th http://www.dancebase.co.uk/
How To Be A Kid Paines Plough, Theatr Clwyd and Orange Tree Theatre
Molly is 12, and does lots of household chores. She’s a carer, while her mum isn’t well, making sure her brother Joe gets to school on time. But she would like to feel like a kid again. Penned by Sarah McDonald-Hughes, this show comes with a warning: “Contains dancing, chocolate cake and an epic car chase.” Sounds like a plan.
Summerhall Edinburgh ,Aug 4th-20th http://www.summerhall.co.uk