Edinburgh & The Lothians: Latest News

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Hybrid programme for 2021 Children’s Festival

22nd April 2021

Following months of planning (and re-planning), the Edinburgh International Children’s Festival has announced its 2021 hybrid programme of online and outdoor theatre and dance for young people, running from May 25 to June 6. The digital programme The digital programme will include streamed...

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What's opening after lockdown

30th March 2021

The lockdown restrictions have been eased and places are opening up. There are still rules to keep in line with, particularly around the numbers of people we can meet up with. However, there is still a lot out there to keep kids entertained, enthused and educated, either right now or in the near future....

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Put your best foot forward this spring

2nd March 2021

Spring has sprung, although on some days it feels like we are slipping back into winter! But now is the time to get outdoors so here are a selection of walks to get out and enjoy the coming of the warmer months. Remember, if walking with young children you sometimes have to keep them enthused –...

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Puppet Animation Festival

2nd March 2021

Every Easter The Brunton at Musselburgh and ELC Arts Service bring the Puppet Animation Festival, the UK’s largest performing arts event for children, to East Lothian. These imaginative and playful, high quality performances and workshops are ideal for primary school age children and usually take...

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Reading Schools accreditation delivered

2nd March 2021

Twelve schools in West Lothian are the first in Scotland to achieve their Reading Schools accreditation. Run by Scottish Book Trust, the national charity changing lives through reading and writing, and funded by the Scottish Government and in partnership with Education Scotland, Reading Schools is a...

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Get ready for Easter!

2nd March 2021

Easter is round the corner so it’s time to start preparing for a fun-filled time! We might be restricted on where we can go and what we can do at this time but that is all the more reason to make Easter eggstra (sorry) special at home. So, here are a few tips to get ready for the Easter Bunny!  PREPARE...

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Hansel and Gretel

8th February 2021

The theatres may be shut but Scottish Opera has produced a classic for all the family to enjoy online. Humperdinck’s enchanting Hansel and Gretel has been staged by Daisy Evans with singing in English. The heart-warming story of two children and their journey from an impoverished home, into...

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Sowing seeds of success at five-star Cedarbank

3rd February 2021

Cedarbank School in West Lothian has been awarded five-star status by the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) for their fantastic garden project. The Livingston-based school, which provides education and support for secondary-age pupils with a range of additional support needs, has been working for...

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Big Garden Birdwatch

13th January 2021

It’s back! On a lawn, flowerbed, balcony or patio near you - the RSPB’s Big Garden Birdwatch is returning at the end of January when hundreds of thousands of people across the UK will unite to watch and count the nation’s garden birds. This year, there has been a surge in interest...

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Online resources for kids during the Covid crisis

10th January 2021

One upside (if you can have such a thing) of the coronavirus pandemic is the number of online resources which have started up. These range from fun activities which keep kids happy and engaged to learning packages which aid their school work. Most are free but some do require registration or are subject...

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Talking about coronavirus with children

4th January 2021

The coronavirus pandemic has been a difficult time for everyone, including children. They are more aware than we sometimes give them credit for. However, they may not know the full picture so it is up to parents and carers to look out for their worries, talk to them and take care of their mental health....

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Great winter walks for all the family

27th December 2020

Christmas and Hogmanay can be a great time of eating, playing games and relaxing, even if we can’t be with all the members of the family because of coronavirus. One good thing to do is get outside and enjoy a walk, especially on a crisp, sunny and hopefully snowy day. Here are ten fantastic...

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Shows and events for kids this winter

28th August 2020

Despite the coronavirus pandemic there are still some events to enjoy. But make sure you stay within the current travel restriction and note that many venues have to review their operations in light of the most recent covid restrictions. We will update this page regularly so check back and always check...

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What's open in Edinburgh and Lothian amid Covid restrictions

19th June 2020

Note: many places are reviewing their operations in light of recent covid restricitions with some already making plans to close after Christmas Eve. We will update this page when decisions have been confirmed so check back and always check with a venue before setting off. Fort Douglas at Dalkeith...

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Good reads for winter

23rd November 2020

There’s no time like winter to curl up with a book. Here’s some top choices for wintry reads with children that can become firm family favourites. Immi by Karen Littlewood Beautiful tale and beautiful illustrations in this story about an Innuit girl and how colour is brought to her...

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Get outside this winter

20th November 2020

Going outside with children in winter can leave parents feeling a bit daunted but wrapping up warm and putting a pair of wellies means you can enjoy a range of activities that are good for your physical and mental health, as well as being great fun. At this time of coronavirus make sure you stay within...

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Autumn fun in the outdoors with kids across Edinburgh and Lothian

30th September 2020

We all know that nature puts on a brilliant show in autumn, a time of wonderful colours to marvel at on a stroll through woodland. But whether it is the local park or further afield where you find the trees take some time to try out some fun activities to get closer to the environment and even create...

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The Big Data Show

28th August 2020

A ground-breaking show for young people which uses real-life gaming and digital tricks to explore cyber security is going ahead online amid the coronavirus restrictions. Originally scheduled as live show but postponed because of the Covid-19 pandemic, The Big Data Show will now be presented in a digital...

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Edinburgh and the Lothians Schools Open Day Directory

21st August 2020

For all those now in P7, it’s the last year of primary school. They’ve come a long way from those wee P1s entering the school gates, often with a wobble in their step – and lip! Now they are the oldest in the school and the best advice from former P7s and teachers is to grab all...

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Festival fun with a difference!

1st August 2020

It may not be a normal year when it comes to Edinburgh’s festivals but there are still events to enjoy from the Fringe, Book and Film festival for kids – see below for details. FRINGE SpaceUK The Space is running an online Fringe programme from August 8 to 30 with more than 80 different...

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Little adventures across Scotland this summer

8th July 2020

With home schooling finished for the summer and lockdown restrictions easing, how do you keep the kids entertained? Luckily, where we live is the perfect playground for little adventures from close to home trips to epic escapades further afield. So, here is some handy holiday inspiration from VisitScotland...

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Great family walks in Edinburgh and Lothian

27th June 2020

Even without lockdown’s lingering restrictions, it can be tricky to keep children occupied during the summer holidays. One easy way to get them active and enthused is to go on a walk. Don’t just put one foot in front of the other, think of things to keep young minds busy – try to...

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Activities at home during lockdown from Edinburgh attractions

8th April 2020

Schools and families can access online teaching resources for Scottish Opera’s popular primary school production, Fever! To access Fever! resources visit their website Created especially for children in primaries 5, 6 and 7, the show, which was first performed by Scottish Opera in 2011, features...

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Ideas for kids' birthday parties in lockdown

6th April 2020

Get the neighbours involved There were emotional scenes when neighbours hung out of windows and stood in gardens to sing Happy Birthday to Sophie as she turned eight on a street in Southampton in England – check out the video posted by her dad on Twitter at @robthomas_1. Other neighbourhood...

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How to talk to children about coronavirus

24th March 2020

HOW TO TALK TO CHILDREN ABOUT CORONAVIRUS It's hard to know what to say to kids when they are anxious about Covid-19; what's going to happen, when will they see their friends or their granny again, when will school reopen. Especially when as adults we don't have all the answers ourselves!...

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A Chocolate Sensation: Our Review of The Chocolatarium

2nd March 2020

Do you know how much an Ecuadorian cacao bean farmer earns? Why you can’t grow cacao trees in Scotland? How much pressure it takes to crush a cacao bean into coco butter? Which country eats the most chocolate? No? Then you need to try a tour of The Chocolatarium, one of Edinburgh’s newest...

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Winner of children's book prize announced

29th January 2020

Scottish Book Trust has today revealed the winner of the 2020 Bookbug Picture Book Prize is The Station Mouse by Meg McLaren (Anderson Press). Over 13,000 children across Scotland cast their votes for the award online. The award is run by Scottish Book Trust, the national charity changing lives through...

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Top dark night reads for children

3rd January 2020

There's no time like winter to curl up with a book.  Here's my top choices for wintry reads with children that have been favourites in our family. Immi by Karen Littlewood Beautiful tale and beautiful illustrations in this story about an Innuit girl and how colour is brought to her...

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What to do with kids in 2020 - our top choices!

3rd January 2020

2020 marks not just a new year but a whole new decade! As the new year begins, we look ahead to just some of the exciting events and trends for children in Edinburgh and Lothians in 2020. Get up close to dinosaurs The most comprehensive exhibition ever mounted on tyrannosaurs will make its only...

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St John Vianney pupils win competition to transform school classroom

28th November 2019

Primary school pupils’ idea for a new inspiring space in their school will become a reality after they won an innovative new competition run by the City of Edinburgh Council. St John Vianney RC Primary School pupils came up with the idea of transforming their outdated Audio Visual room into...

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"We left feeling full of festive spirit"

23rd November 2019

My 11 year old daughter and I were lucky enough to experience the opening night of Christmas at the Botanics, and what a wonderful time we had! To be honest, as we went in on a chilly, slightly damp November evening I hadn’t thought too much about Christmas yet, but by the time we came out we were...

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Schools win sports awards

21st November 2019

A record number of Scottish schools have received a prestigious award from sportscotland including 39 from Edinburgh, 20 from Midlothian, 63 fromWest Lothian and eight from East Lothian. The sportscotland School Sport Award is presented for innovation and achievement in delivering school sport and...

News in Edinburgh and the Lothians

1st October 2019

Vote for your favourite picture book! So will it be a unicorn expert, a ninja frog (and pals) or a station mouse who wins? The Scottish Book Trust’s 2020 Bookbug Picture Book Prize Shortlist has been announced and fans are invited to vote for their favourite by 5pm on Friday December 6. The...

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Junior brass band looking for new players!

26th September 2019

Newland Junior Brass Band is looking for new players.  The band is looking for anyone aged 8 and above to join their team. The band rehearses in Bathgate Partnership Centre on Monday evenings during term time. For more information, please PM the Newland Concert Brass Facebook page.

Alphabetical listings of the Children Fringe shows 2019

8th July 2019

Here you can find the full list of Children’s Fringe shows, with links to our reviews for the Primary Times Children's Choice Awards, sorted alphabetically below. Reviews will be added to the shows as they come in, so keep an eye on this page! Shows beginning with A Shows...

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Signs of Sepsis

19th April 2018

LOOK OUT for Signs of Sepsis… Sepsis, also known as Septicemia or blood poisoning, is potentially a life-threatening condition that is triggered by an infection. In sepsis, the body’s immune system goes into overdrive, setting off a series of reactions including widespread inflammation,...

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Healthy Family - Edinburgh

19th April 2018

These 'Healthy Family' features highlight preventative health conditions amongst families. This feature looks at ways to keep colds and flu at bay... Also in the Healthy Family Series:   The State of the Nation's Health Building a Child's Confidence Help...

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Holiday Hotspots in and around Edinburgh

19th April 2018

We know it's not easy organising a family holiday as you need ideas for things to do on a family day out that will inspire, excite, challenge, reward and entertain lots of different people all at once. And then, everyone wants a whole lot of new things to do tomorrow….. Well, it's...

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Performing Arts in Edinburgh

19th April 2018

When deciding on a suitable performing arts school for your child, there will be questions that need answering first. For example, what are the time commitments – ‘How often are the classes held?’ and ‘How long do the classes last?’ You will also need to consider...

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