You may associate the Edinburgh Fringe with cutting edge comedy and exciting new theatre but did you know it has a substantial children’s programme that runs throughout August, including plenty of kids-only activities? We’ve picked out a just a few of the world-class shows you might like to see together.
Funz and Gamez Tooz, Bosco, Assembly George Square
Phil Ellis is back with a new, much better girlfriend, plus all the gang: Bonzo the Dog, Jim the Elf, but not Uncle Mick because he’s dead. Winner of the Foster’s Edinburgh Comedy Panel Prize, 2014, this buzzy, anarchic show appeals to kids (5+) and adults alike. The Independent called it “Completely bonkers… comedy gold”.
to 31 August. Tickets £9
Comedy Club 4 Kids, Assembly Roxy
An opportunity for children to experience the atmosphere of a comedy club as the international circuit’s best acts perform their usual sets, in the afternoon and without the swearing or rude bits. The comedians are hand-picked from this year’s bill, so you know if you go along you’re not going to regret it!
to 30 August. Tickets £8-10
Timmy Failure: Mistakes Were Made, Box, Assembly George Square
Timmy and his polar bear can solve mysteries, so bring yours along, hear all about his brilliant detective talents and witness his amazing professionalism in his home-made presentation…. If your kids are 6 or over, you’ll both want to see this hilariously optimistic, hit one-man show based on the book by Stephan Pastis.
to 31 August. Tickets £10
Alfie White: Space Explorer, Pleasance Courtyard
It’s 1967. Alfie White is crazy about space, but his dad has disappeared – as if swallowed up by a black hole… With his best friend Meg, Alfie sets out on a daring mission to find his dad. But where on earth – or in space – is he? A cosmic tale of adventure, science and jazz for ages five and up from Edinburgh and West End favourites, Tall Stories.
to 30 August. Tickets £6–£10.
The Last of the Dragons, Pleasance Beneath
A princess, a handsome prince and a dragon, but not as we know them. In E Nesbit’s amusing, entertaining story the prince is afraid to fight, and the princess loves his brain not his muscle. Laugh along with your children of 3 or over as they break out of their traditional roles in their quest for the last dragon on earth.
to 31 August. Tickets £6–£10.
The Marvellous Imaginary Menagerie, Pleasance Beyond
Dr Longitude and his team of “experts” are back to guide you through a puppet-packed, Vaudeville-tinged tour of the Imaginary Menagerie’s finest and weirdest exhibits. This is the most family-friendly, silly show in the repertoire of Les Enfants Terribles, acclaimed creators of mind-boggling immersive theatre, and perfect for anyone aged 4 or more.
to 31 August. Tickets £9.50 – £13.
See www.edfringe.com for details, tickets, and loads more opportunities for Fringe family fun.