Top 20 Edinburgh festival shows for kids
Each August, Scotland’s capital becomes home to the largest arts festival in the world. The Fringe Festival lasts for three weeks and sees thousands of performers travelling to Edinburgh to showcase their talent.
Whether you’re looking for a music show, story telling or a play, The Fringe Festival has it all. With a programme spanning over 350 pages of things that are happening at The Fringe, it can be a mammoth task actually finding something the whole family can go to see.
We’ve read the Programme and picked out our favourites for you to enjoy this August.
- Baby Loves Disco
- The Amazing Bubble Show
- Andy and Mike’s…Tick Tock Time Machine
- Children’s Underground Tour
- Bubblewrap and boxes
- CeilidhKids at the Fringe
- Dr Bunhead’s Blast Off!
- Drama Workshops for 5 – 12s
- Freedom family circus
- George’s Marvellous Medicine
- The enormous turnip
- Giddy goat
- Flamenco for kids
- Hairy Maclary and friends
- Jo Jingles get fit for the Olympics!
- Mil’s Trills’ Music and Stories
- Music Bugs Presents It’s Carnival Time…
- Nick Cope: Family Songs and Music
- Sesame Street Live – Elmo Makes Music
- The Velveteen Rabbit
Age: 0-7, Show time: 2 hours, Price:£6-8
Fringe sell-out 2009/2010/2011! The original and coolest dance party for kids and parents returns to Edinburgh’s funkiest nightclub. Real DJs spinning disco classics guaranteed to get little booties moving and grooving.
Age: 0-99, Show time: 55min, Price: £8-12
All-new show from Fringe favourite Louis Pearl, The Amazing Bubbleman (five sell-out Edinburgh years). Bubble magic, art, science and fun, conjuring laughs and gasps from all ages!
Age: 3+, Show time: 1 hour, Price: £6-8
Andy Day (CBeebies’ Andy’s Wild Adventures), stars alongside comedy partner, Mike James, and a time machine!
Age: 0-10, Show time: 45min, Price: £7-9
Join Auld Reekie Tours for magic storytelling in Edinburgh’s most haunted underground candlelit vaults! In our infamous underground let our guide spellbind your children with thrilling historical tales in a location dating back to the 1700s.
Age: 3+, Show time: 1 hour, Price: £5-9
This gorgeous little story about how to live bravely in a big world is told using acrobatics, clowning and a whole lot of cardboard boxes. Winners of both 2009 and 2010 Melbourne Fringe Best Family Show award.
Age: 3-7, Show time: 45min, Price: FREE
Scottish dancing for all the family. Very 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!
Age: 0-99, Show time: 1 hour, Price: £5-10
Rocket ride into the science of space with TV scientist Dr Bunhead (Brainiac). ‘A pyrotechnic extravaganza’ (Daily Mail) exploring the ‘silly, crazy, dirty dangerous and magnificent side of science’ (Daily Telegraph). Scary science for kids.
Age: 5-12, Show time: 1 hour, Price: £6
Different each day, including Star Wars: Jedi Knight Academy, Darth Vader School, Harry Potter, Doctor Who, Horrible Histories, Mamma Mia, Tinkerbell, Tangled, Roald Dahl, Pirates, Narnia. CRB-checked staff. Drop and collect! ‘Wow-tastic’!
Age: 0+, Show time: 1 hour, Price: £3-20
Hilarious antics and madcap adventures explode in a cornucopia of visual delights! This must-see premiere showcase combines the magical elements of clowns, juggling, dance and music to create a fun-filled interactive show for all ages.
Age: 4+, Show time: 1 hour, Price: £5.50-7
George lives a peaceful life on the farm owned by his parents. That is, until the arrival of Grandma. Can you help George to make a medicine marvellous enough to make even the meanest Grandma better?
Age: 2-5, Show time: 45min, Price: £7-24
Help Grandad plant the tiny seed! Slide in snail slime! Heave up the enormous turnip! Professional interactive theatre: little’uns come onstage throughout! 2011 sell-out!
Age: 4+, Show time: 50min, Price: £3.50-9.50
It’s not easy being scared of heights. Especially when you live on a mountain like Giddy Goat. Will Giddy learn to be brave? Will he become a sheep instead? Find out in this all-singing all-dancing kids’ musical (pun!).
Age: 3+, Show time: 50min, Price: £3.50-9.50
Feel that southern Spanish energy! Fringe sell-out returns to Edinburgh, bringing the opportunity for your child to come on stage and learn some rhythms, some steps and even a short performance, costumes and olés provided!
Age: 2+, Show time: 1 hour, Price: £8-10
Following the Christmas season at Sydney Opera House and featuring many characters from the books with music, singing and several of your favourite Hairy Maclary stories, this show is a must for the whole family.
Age: 0-5, Show time: 1 hour, Price: £7
Sing, shake along and boogie your way to a gold medal with Big Jo! Fun for the whole family in Jo’s latest musical extravaganza. Previous shows sold out so get your tickets quick!
Age: 0-5, Show time: 50min, Price: £3-5
Discover the world of instruments through interactive music experiences for families with young children. Original tunes by New Yorker, Amelia Robinson (Michael Nyman), on ukulele with musical guests. Suitable ages: 0-2 (10:30am) and 3-5 (11:45am).
Age: 0-5, Show time: 1 hour, Price: £8
After 2011’s sell-out success, we return to the Fringe with a fun-filled, musical fiesta for under fives. Join us for lots of instrument bashing, puppets, fun props, singing, dancing and carnival capers.
Age: 3+, Show time: 1 hour, Price: £6.50-8.50
Nick sings about things that really matter to kids – monkeys, fluffballs, jumping in mud, howling wolves, drums and goodnight kisses. ‘If only all music for under fives was made by indie-pop geniuses’ (Schofield family).
Age: 2-8, Show time: 1 hour 15min, Price: £11-40
Monsters make music? Yes and in wonderful ways too! Your family’s favourite Sesame Street friends are coming to the Meadows Theatre Big Top to share their love of music in Sesame Street Live.
Age: 4+, Show time: 1 hour, Price: £3.50-9.50
2011 hit returns. The enchanting story of how a toy was loved so much he became real. Puppetry, poetry and physical theatre bring this children’s classic to life. Laugh, shout, cry and join the adventure.
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