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For younger children

Sitting through a full-length dance show can be tough for little ones, so Scottish Ballet has spliced together all the best, child-friendly bits of its Christmas show to create Wee Hansel & Gretel, touring to Glasgow, Aberdeen, Inverness and Newcastle until 3 Feb.

The clever folks behind We're Going on a Bear Hunt have done the exact opposite and made Michael Rosen's popular picture book longer for the stage, so there's lots of fun to be had at the King's Theatre, Edinburgh from 20–21 Jan.

While the wonderful Theatre of Widdershins have completely revamped the popular fairytale in their funny and off-beat version of Rapunzel & the Tower of Doom at the Lyric Theatre, Hammersmith, London on 21 Jan.

A big hit in 2016, this year's Teeny Tiny Toddler Fest at Camera Obscura, Edinburgh runs from 13–22 Jan, and has six floors of interactive fun with an under-the-sea theme.

Dr Stirlingshire's Discovery

1–2 Apr (previews) and 4–9 April, 6:30pm
RZSS Edinburgh Zoo

Grid Iron, Lung Ha Theatre Company, RZSS Edinburgh Zoo and Royal Lyceum Theatre Edinburgh present Dr Stirlingshire's Discovery.

This promenade family show takes audiences on a journey through Edinburgh Zoo where we meet cryptozoologist Dr Vivien Stirlingshire and learn about her latest discovery…

Tickets available from Royal Lyceum Theatre Edinburgh



The name says it all – there's nothing humdrum about Cirque Beserk, with their knife-throwing, high-flying acrobatics and incredible motorcycle act, 'Globe of Death', playing the Churchill Theatre, Bromley from 18–21 Jan and King's Theatre, Glasgow from 24–29 Jan.

Meanwhile, Marvel Universe Live continues to draw the crowds, with Captain America, Wolverine and Spider-Man among others dropping in to venues in Belfast, Manchester and Sheffield during January.

The MoonWalk Scotland

Sat 10 Jun
Holyrood Park, Edinburgh

Sign up your family for The MoonWalk Scotland, organised by breast cancer charity Walk the Walk.

Ten year olds and above can take on the New Moon, walking 6.55 miles through the streets of Edinburgh at midnight on Sat 10 Jun. Longer challenges are also available.

Find out more



A little girl with big ambitions, Moana is determined to save the people of her Polynesian tribe in this blockbuster Walt Disney film, with Nicole Scherzinger voicing her concerned mum and Dwayne Johnson (aka The Rock) as a shapeshifter who joins Moana on her journey.

And Patrick Ness' novel about a young boy coming to terms with his mother's illness gets a sensitive re-working in A Monster Calls, starring Sigourney Weaver and Rogue One's Felicity Jones.

Burns Alicht

Sat 28 Jan
Robert Burns Birthplace Museum

The List readers can enjoy a special BOGOF offer on the brand new 2017 family event Burns Alicht!

Journey around Burns landmarks celebrating the best of his poetry and song with lanterns, special illuminations, indoor and outdoor entertainment, food & drink on sale, kids crafts and a finale burning of John Barleycorn!

Promo Code THELIST (*Lowest price ticket free)

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Join-in Fun

You're never too young to Strip the Willow, but you might need a hand to get the hang of it. The Burns Night Family Ceilidh at the Scottish Storytelling Centre, Edinburgh on 21 Jan is the ideal chance for family members of all ages to try some traditional dances and sing a few well-known songs to live music.

The Big Burns Stramash at Eden Court Theatre, Inverness runs from 14–22 Jan, with lots of family-friendly activities to celebrate Burns Night, including lantern making, films and a ceilidh.

Ever wondered what a pygmy marmoset eats for breakfast, how a Tarsier sees the colour green or how far a gibbon can swing? Over 50 primates await you at Monkey Business, the fun interactive exhibition at the National Museum of Scotland, full of fascinating facts and opportunities for hands-on learning.

Prepare to get creative, and maybe a little bit dusty, at the Biscuit Factory, Edinburgh's Epic Chalk Day on 15 Jan, a free day of chalking, juggling, hoola hooping, stilt-waking and more.

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