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Glasgow...Youíre On!Glasgow...Youíre On!
Added: 27 Mar 2014
Check out what’s happening on Wednesday 30 July at the live zones - here.

So, they’re finally here...Wednesday marks the official start of 12 days of live sporting action and entertainment, the biggest of its kind, ever in Scotland. Glasgow’s population is going to double in size as visitors flock to the ’Friendly Games’, hoping to see some of the finest athletes in the world. And Glasgow is certainly putting on a show - as well as the sporting action there is so much going on in the city to entertain with live music, performance, theatre and art from around Scotland, the UK and the rest of the Commonwealth.

What’s on for kids (and families)? Absolutely loads and some of it may just be lurking round the corner as the city is filled with street artists as part of Festival 2014, the Merchant City Festival or Surge 2014. However, highlights and worth booking for include: Blue Block Studio and Yellow Valley at the Tramway, theatre especially for the youngest audiences created and performed by Starcatchers. It has already played across the country and has had rave reviews. There’s another chance to see The Worm, An Underground Adventure on 24 July and 26 July at the Lighthouse, a hidden gem right in the centre of Glasgow - a great play in a great venue. The Tron is running the Home Nations strand of Festival 2014 and highlights for kids and families include Grimms Tales, the classic fairytales adapted by Carol Ann Duffy and for one performance only, Scarecrows, Superworm and the Gruffalo with author Julia Donaldson on 3 August.

This week sees the final leg of Tam Dean Burn’s Marathon Storytelling Cycle Challenge. He’s been all over the country following the Queen’s Baton Relay with the aim of performing all of Julia Donaldson’s stories, songs, poems and plays. He’ll be at the Kelvingrove Bandstand on Saturday 26 July and at the Scottish Mask and Puppet Centre on Saturday afternoon and Saturday 2 August. This is not be missed. With live musical accompaniment (Emma Schad and Andy Alston), Tam really brings the stories to life. Check www.booksonabike.com for more dates including sessions at Holmwood House and The Children’s Wood where it all began.

Of course, there’s a lot of free stuff taking place at the Glasgow Green Livezone, Royal Exchange Square, BBC at the Quay and Kelvingrove Bandstand but the Merchant City Festival is on too and the Family Zone is back with theatre and workshops around Parnie Street on 26-27 July and 2-3 August. The Vintage Festival is back too with action based at Wild Cabaret and around The Merchant Square. Look out for Micro-Shakespeare at Merchant Square and Scotch Hoppers looks good too including their workshops.

If the crowds are too much, there is plenty of non-Games related stuff to do - head out to Culzean Castle for their Summer Fair, The Children’s Tours are still running at David Livingstone Centre, Pollok House is running the Curse of the White Pearl this Wednesday and Save the Servants - Find the Medal on Friday 1 August, and take the kids to Meet the Moshi Monsters at the bonny banks and braes of SEA LIFE Loch Lomond - which is a very easy train journey from Glasgow.

Out and about, on land and on water, Lambhill Stables are running regular canoeing and cycling sessions for a very minimal fee.

’Doon the Watter’ at the Riverside Museum (and the beach is back)is all about how Glaswegians used to spend their holidays and the importance of the Clyde. You can take your own trip on the Waverley which leaves from outside the Science Centre.

There are a variety of nautical-themed activities running daily at The Tall Ship including storytelling on Fridays and Sundays, music and dancing on Mondays and family tours. Pre-booking is strongly advised to guarantee a place.

There is still plenty of things to see and do Glasgow’s other museums including Kelvingrove. Marking the centenary of the first world war is Fred A Farrell, Glasgow’s War Artist at the People’s Palace - there’s Country at War: Your Palace Needs You and some traditional singing and storytelling sessions on for families. Scotland Street is also running a good variety of workshops which are a great chance to learn more about this beautiful building. GoMA will be open later during the Games and as it is right in the centre to Royal Exchange Square (also home to John Lewis Afternoon Tea), it might be a great place to hang out or to take grandparents. Naturally, there’ll be big screens to watch the sporting action.

The Glasgow Climbing Centre is running very popular activities for kids. The Holiday Camp is 90 minutes and quite a good introduction to climbing covering all the basics. The Day Camp is four hours long and a high point is the chance to abseil down the church spire. There are also ski and snowboard sessions at Glasgow Ski and Snowboard School and free golf camps.

Get outside with Bush n Bash, Commando Survival, Thrash n Splash with Wild by Nature near Kirkintilloch. Head out of town to places like Calderglen and Chatelherault for more fun outdoor stuff.

Also worth noting are the Summer Workshops at Lamont City Farm including Be a Farmer for a Day. Places are limited so booking is essential.

Remember you can still donate books at selected libraries throughout the city to mark Nelson Mandela International Day.

And congratulations to our competition winners - Adeline Kretz won the tickets to see Peppa Pig, Charlene Elliot won the first prize in our Moshi Monster Competition and Joyce Watchorn, Pauline Craig, Karen Hall, Debbie McLean and Kathleen Birney all won family tickets to visit SEA LIFE Loch Lomond.

What’s On For Kids welcomes the Games. 23 July to 3 August will see Glasgow and Scotland host its biggest ever party.

Website: www.glasgow2014.com
Festival 2014 for Families Festival 2014 for Families
Added: 02 Jun 2014
Festival 2014 is a terrific programme packed with live music, shows, sport and art to celebrate the Games in Glasgow. A 1000 performances across 100 venues. It’s a cliche but there’s something for everyone - from Lulu to Belle and Sebastian.

What’s On For Kids wouldn’t dare try and break down everything but here’s a general guide to where stuff for kids and families will be taking place. If you donít already, follow @culture2014 on twitter and look out for their daily schedule - like this for 27 July.

Glasgow Green Live Zone: The Wee House (next to the People’s Palace), the Wee Den and Wee Shed - theatre, music, crafts and visual arts. Giant puppets and active play and sports.

The Back Garden: Glasgow Sport and Glasgow Science Centre host sports and interactive exhibits including the chance to walk through an inflatable model of the human heart.

The Shed: families can take part in a variety of workshops. Try something new.

The Kitchen: enjoy freshly made food and drink using some of the best Scottish produce.

MERCHANT CITY FESTIVAL: The Merchant City Festival returns between 23 and 3 August. As before the Family Zone will be around the Tron on Parnie Street, King Street and Chisholm Street.

KELVINGROVE BANDSTAND: Daily programme of entertainment in the newly refurbished bandstand including everything from live music, comedy, storytelling, movies and puppet shows. Opens on 23 July with the Opening Ceremony Party featuring Belle and Sebastian.

The action starts at 10.30 on Thursday 24 July with Bluto Balthazar, Glasgow’s Surreal Sorcerer (also Monday 28 July). Friday 25 July has a vintage theme with The Goat with Buster Keaton and dancing from The Kennedy Cupcakes. Saturday 26 July sees Tam Dean Burn on the latest stop of his Marathon Storytelling Cycle Challenge and Children’s Classic Concerts at 3.00 in the afternoon. Sunday 27 July starts with storytelling followed by a workshop with Brass Jaw hosted by actress Carmen Pieraccini.

BBC AT THE QUAY: From 19 July to 3 August. Loads of live TV and radio shows to enjoy. Live music and comedy. Screens to enjoy the Games and food and drink. Check out www.bbc.co.uk/thequay.

ROYAL EXCHANGE SQUARE: John Lewis will be serving afternoon tea while large screens show all the Games action. GoMA will also be open later so could be quite a cool place to hang out.

Website: http://www.glasgow2014.com/celebrate/festival

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