Edinburgh Fringe Festival is world famous for its celebration of the theatre and the arts, but it can be difficult to fight your way through the crowds with young children and pushchairs once The Edinburgh Fringe Festival is in full swing.
The Edinburgh International Children’s Festival brings a mini fringe style festival to the city from the 25th May to the 2nd of June 2019. The family-friendly festival presents the world’s best theatre and dance for the smallest of audiences, the acts produce visual elements and engaging performances to inspire the creative spirit in the young audiences.
Discover our recommendations on the top three acts to see at this year’s Edinburgh International Children’s Festival.
Best for: All under one roof
Walking here, there and everywhere with pre-schoolers can often drain the fun right out of a family fun day, if you are looking for it all under one roof then the National Museum of Scotland hosts a day of free family activities including live music, storytelling and interactive arts activities on the 25th of May. The museum opens up a world of exploration for the kids to get involved with and spark their little imaginations, teamed with walk-about performances and hands on activities The Festival Family Day is a must do for a family treat.
Best for: Less chat, more experience
Performative productions can sometimes be a bit overwhelming for younger children, too much dialogue can be difficult to follow in a theatrical setting. MAPPAMONDO, a non-verbal interactive installation is perfect for young audiences to experience colour and movement. Inspired by nature and the environmental elements our habitat, the Dutch theatrical group use percussion instruments incorporated with dance and smell to recreate the earth’s richness through performative art.
Best for: Self awareness
You won’t need to ask for the WiFi password for the older kids at the Edinburgh Children’s Festival, performances with a little more content for the in-betweeners will be on offer this year. Mental health has an overwhelming impact on our youth, Super Human Heroes is a performance that explores the darkness and challenges that life presents. We follow Captain Sunshine on his journey of uncertainty. What does it mean to be a modern day Super Human Hero?