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.
MARATHON STORYTELLING CYCLE CHALLENGE.
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.
MERCHANT CITY FESTIVAL
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
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.