Page C Edinburgh Fringe Children's Shows

Captain Flinn and the Pirate Dinosaurs: The Magic Cutlass


31 July -19 August, 10.45am

Pleasance Courtyard, Pleasance One, 60 Pleasance, EH8 9TJ

Join Flinn on an action-packed adventure to a world of devious dinosaurs, deep-sea dangers and smelly sausages. Based on the best-selling books by Giles Andreae and Russell Ayto. Suitable for 3-12 years.

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Captain Jake and the Search for the Red Queen


August 2-18, 2.15pm

Pleasance Courtyard, The Cellar, 60 Pleasance, EH8 9TJ

Join Jake's Crew as he takes you on a journey to the high seas in this historic adventure. Learn how to be a pirate as we search for the Red Queen. Suitable for all ages.

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CeilidhKids at the Fringe – Free!


August 1 - 25 (not 15, 20, 22)

10.15am, Laughing Horse @ The Counting House, 38 West Nicolson Street, EH8 9DD

Fun Scottish dancing for all the family. Simple child-friendly dances to traditional Scottish music. Hugely popular with local families, now it's your turn. Bring Mum or Dad along to partner you under the chandeliers! For 3-7 years. Free non-ticketed.

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Celeste's Circus


August 1-5, 9-12, 16-19, 23-25 - 10.30am

Scottish Storytelling Centre, The Netherbow Theatre at Fringe, 43-45 High Street, EH1 1SR

Join Celeste at this award-winning show – she invites you to spot a peek-a-boo pussycat, applaud a highwire hippo and fall in love with the cutest seal pup ever. Specifically designed for babies and young children, ages 0-5.

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Children Are Stinky


August 1 -26 (not 7, 14, 21), 1.30pm

1.30pm, Assembly George Street Gardens, George Square EH8 9LH

Children are Stinky is an exciting award-winning children’s comedy from Australia. Expect daredevil stunts, incredible acrobatics, lighting fast hula hoops, and loads of laughs. Innovative stagecraft combined with mischievous fun leave adults and children with their jaws on the floor hooting for more. Be sure to book in advance, these tickets sell faster than a fart empties an elevator. For 3-12 year olds. Tickets £6-£10.

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Children's Haunted Underground Experience


2-26 August, 1pm and 2.30pm

Auld Reekie Police Box, 300 Lawnmarket, EH1 2PH

An atmospheric storytelling experience in Edinburgh’s largest network of 1700s Old Town underground vaults where the poor and destitute lived. See if you can smell our resident ghost who goes by the name Mr Stinky. For 5-12 years.

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Children's Underground Ghost Show


1-26 August, 11am and 12.30pm

Old Police Box, 9 Hunter Square, EH1 1QS

Help us to find out which ghosts haunt our famous underground vaults. Join mingin' Annie from Edinburgh's past and explore what is it like to have lived underground for 400 years! Be brave, be very brave! For 5+.

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August 1-25, 12pm

Assembly George Square Gardens, George Square, EH8 9LH

Chores is the story of two brothers hanging out in their messy bedroom when they hear their mum approaching and must hustle to get their jobs done so they can ride their bicycles! Kids go crazy for the acrobatics, juggling, major flips, acrobalance and cheeky humour. Chores is an action-packed 60-minute show, jam-packed with acrobatics, juggling, unicycling and other amazing skills. For 3-12 years. Tickets £7-£10.

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Circa: Humans

6, 8-11, 13-18, 20-24 August -​​ 7pm

Underbelly's Circus Hub on the Meadows

This is thrillingly fearless, boundary-pushing circus at its best. Ten acrobats take us on a stirring journey of what it means to be human, and how our bodies, our connections, and our aspirations all form part of who we are. Created by Yaron Lifschitz, Humans asks how much can we take – how much weight can we carry? Who can we trust to support our load? Suitable for 8+.

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Cirque Beserk!

6, 8-11, 13-18, 20-24 August -​​ 1.30pm and 6.30pm

Pleasance at EICC, Lennox Theatre

Showcasing the finest in traditional circus thrills and skills, Cirque Berserk! brings this treasured form of live entertainment bang up-to-date in a jaw-dropping spectacular created especially for the theatre. Combining contemporary cirque-style artistry with adrenaline-fuelled stunt action, this astoundingly talented international troupe includes over 30 acrobats, aerialists, dancers, drummers and daredevil stuntmen. Suitable for 5+.

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Colonel Mustard and the Big Bad Wolf


August 5, 6, 7, 15, 16, 17, 18 -​​ 12pm

Gilded Balloon Teviot, Teviot Row House, 13 Bristo Square EH8 9AJ

Is the Big Bad Wolf really bad, or just misunderstood and trying to trigger his muddled memory? Could music or something else beginning with M be the answer? It’s a mystery that will make you laugh, play, sing and dance with music festival favourite Colonel Mustard! Loved by Still Game star Gavin Mitchell who gave it 5 stars and said: "You"ll laugh, you'll dance, you"ll sing! I defy anyone not to leave without a smile in your heart and on your face". For 3+. Tickets £7-£9.

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July 31 – August 26 (not 8 or 13)

10.30am, Assembly Checkpoint,  3 Bristo Place, Edinburgh EH3 1EY

Covers and compositions blend into a true rock music awakening, live show for curious kids and nostalgic parents, sure to have you singing and dancing! Pop rock musicians used to the biggest stages share with you their rock galaxy! For 5-12 years. Tickets £7-£11.

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