Including shows from Paines Plough, Scottish Opera, Complicité, Polka Theatre and more
There's plenty to keep families entertained at this year's Fringe – here are some of our top picks for 2019 …
Alice and the Little Prince Two fictional characters meet during a chance encounter, in this new show for ages five and over from Toby Mitchell – one half of Tall Stories, the company behind The Gruffalo and other Fringe hits. Alice and the Little Prince, Pleasance Courtyard – The Green, Wed 31 Jul–Sun 18 Aug (not 9), 1.30pm.
Basil Brush's Family Fun Show The 'Boom Boom' fox is back in this show for the whole family, packed with stories, songs and humour. Basil Brush's Family Fun Show, Underbelly, Bristo Square, Wed 31 Jul–Thu 15 Aug, 1pm.
Chores A big hit at the 2018 Fringe, this circus show from Australia returns for another round of bad behaviour from two boys who really should be tidying their bedroom … Chores, Assembly George Square Gardens, Thu 1–Sat 25 Aug (not 12, 19), 12pm.
Comète From the Beatles to the Clash, on to the Strokes and beyond – this rock gig for ages six and over will have the whole family up and dancing. Comète, Assembly Checkpoint, Wed 31 Jul–Mon 26 Aug (not 8, 13), 10.30am.
Dexter and Winter's Detective Agency When Dexter's mum is wrongly imprisoned for robbery, it's up to him to prove her innocence, in this show from acclaimed theatre company Paines Plough. Dexter and Winter's Detective Agency, ROUNDABOUT @ Summerhall, Sat 3 & Sun 4, Sat 10 & Sun 11, Sat 17 & Sun 18, Sat 24 & Sun 25 Aug, 11.20am.
Basil Brush's Family Fun Show
Down with the Poetry King! Poet Mark Grist knows how to have fun with words. Join him for an hour of silliness and audience interaction, where you help shape the story. Down with the Poetry King!, Gilded Balloon Teviot, Wed 31 Jul–Sun 18 Aug, 11.30am.
Erth's Dinosaur Zoo Watch from a safe distance, or get up close and personal with prehistoric beasts of all shapes and sizes, in this interactive show for ages five and over. Erth's Dinosaur Zoo, Underbelly, Bristo Square, Wed 31 Jul–Mon 26 Aug (not 12), 11am.
Feast of Fools Vibrant and entertaining storyteller Dan Serridge fills you up with tales of dinners, dining and dishes that will make you look at food in a whole new way. Feast of Fools, Scottish Storytelling Centre, Thu 1–Sun 18 Aug (not 7, 13, 14), 1.30pm.
Fox-tot! A magical mix of music and puppetry set in a woodland world, this new show from Scottish Opera is specially tailored for the ears and eyes of tiny ones aged 12–24 months. Fox-tot!. The Edinburgh Academy, Fri 2–Fri 16 Aug (not 5, 12), various times.
I'll Take You to Mrs Cole! Theatre companies Complicité and Polka Theatre use video animation and a soundtrack of 1980s ska music to tell this thought-provoking, fun tale based on Nigel Gray's popular book. I'll Take You to Mrs Cole!, Pleasance Courtyard – Pleasance Beyond, Wed 31 Jul–Mon 26 Aug (not 12), 1.45pm.
Comète / Manou Milon
Islander: A New Musical A lonely girl struggles to choose between island life and moving to the mainland in this charming and inventive Scottish musical. Islander: A New Musical, ROUNDABOUT @ Summerhall, Wed 31 Jul–Sun 25 Aug (not 6, 13, 20), 10am.
Jarred Christmas and Hobbit: The Mighty Kids Beatbox Comedy Show Comedian Jarred Christmas and beatbox champion Hobbit come together for this hour of interactive fun, where you can make music, laugh and pick up beatbox tips to impress your friends. Jarred Christmas and Hobbit: The Mighty Kids Beatbox Comedy Show, Assembly Rooms, Thu 1–Sat 24 Aug (not 12), 3.50pm.
Mr Men and Little Miss On Stage Almost 50 years after the miniature folks first hit the shelves, these colourful characters make it to the stage, with appearances from Mr. Bump, Little Miss Splendid, Mr. Tickle and Little Miss Inventor among others. Mr Men and Little Miss On Stage, Underbelly, George Square, Thu 1–Mon 26 Aug (not 12), 11am.
Mustard Doesn't Go With Girls A musical with a message, this new show finds eight-year-old Abigail solving the mystery of why the children in Bow-on-Tie keep disappearing. Mustard Doesn't Go With Girls, Pleasance Courtyard – Upstairs, Wed 31 Jul–Fri 23 Aug (not 13), 11.30am.
Shlomo's Beatbox Adventure For Kids World record-breaker SK Shlomo makes music using just his mouth and a microphone. Become one of his side-kicks in this hip-hop adventure. Shlomo's Beatbox Adventure For Kids, Wed 31 Jul–Sun 18 Aug, 3.35pm.
Hoopla Clique and Cluster Arts
Chores is the story of two typical young rascal boys playing in their messy bedroom. Suddenly, Mother's alarming screams rattle the boys into acrobatic action. A generous serve of comedy and chaotic acrobatics accompanies every attempt at cleaning their room. A comedy circus show from…
It's never too soon to break out the Clash, never too late to submerge in the Beatles. And in between, float on Air, glide with Hardy and strut the Strokes! Covers and compositions blend into a true rock music awakening, a live show for curious kids and nostalgic parents sure to have you all…
A Complicité and Polka Theatre Co-Production
It's 1981 and ska music pulses. Young Ashley creates havoc by getting lost in a wild, imaginative world while Mum longs to return home to Barbados. When Jedi battles and forest adventures go too far, will Mum resort to the scariest threat of all? Accompanied by an original…
Helen Milne Productions
Eilidh stares out to sea and dreams of a new life beyond her lonely island. Myth and reality collide when the tide washes a mysterious stranger onto her beach, changing her life forever. Epic storytelling, intimately staged with a contemporary Scottish folk-inspired score. The cast live-record…
Award-winning silliness and choose-your-own-adventure poems for the whole family as you work to transform your writing skills. Featuring odes to stinky pirates, murderous sheep and deadly mouthwash. You'll be surprised by what you learn along the way! This show is jam-packed full of audience interaction…
Paines Plough and Theatr Clwyd
When Dexter’s mum is sent to jail for getting mixed up in a jewellery robbery, it’s up to Dexter and his best friend Winter to get her out. On their journey to uncover the truth and free mum, their detective work leads them to some surprising discoveries. Dexter and Winter's Detective…
Ever poured gravy into your hat? Eaten next to a Sultan? Had a dinner party with the devil? Well now’s your chance. The Feast of Fools will make this happen and more in one of the most unusual feeds you’ll ever have. Join storyteller Daniel Serridge at his dinner table of foolishness as he regales you…
Bric à Brac Theatre
When the children of Bow-on-Tie start mysteriously disappearing, Abigail decides to investigate further. She embarks on a music-filled adventure to uncover the town's secrets, topple the cabinet of treacherous animals in charge and prove girls are made of more than just sugar and spice. Catch this…
Blue Jeans Management
Calling kids aged 5 to 100, join our mighty gang! A sensational interactive show, where the worlds of comedy and beatboxing collide with electrifying results. Pick up beatboxing tips to impress your friends, make mind-blowing music, win prizes and laugh through your pantaloons! Fantastic family…
Underbelly and Erth
From creators Erth Visual & Physical Inc, critically acclaimed international hit Erth's Dinosaur Zoo™ takes audiences into a new dimension of theatre. Get right up close and personal with an amazing array of prehistoric creatures, from baby dinos to some of the largest carnivores and herbivores…