Best kids shows at Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2016
- Kelly Apter
- 30 June 2016
This article is from 2016
Storytelling, theatre, dance and music all in the mix at this year's festival
**UPDATE 18 Aug 2016**
The Fringe is well underway now and the reviews have been rolling in. Some shows from our preview turned out to be the hits they were expected to be, some shows not so much. The best place for you to find recommendations is at our Kids Reviews page, which lists all the shows we've rated so far to help you navigate the programme and enjoy the best the Festival has to offer. We also have a number of Hitlisted Kids shows in the listings section of the website.
Upswing create a cosy bedroom inside the big top, for this gentle mix of theatre, dance, circus and projections for all ages.
Underbelly's Circus Hub, 4–22 Aug (not 15), times vary
Erin, Errol and the Earth Creatures
Glasgow-based theatre company Modest Predicament explore our changing relationship with the Earth through the tale of a brother and sister, using puppetry, storytelling and live music. Aged 5+
Scottish Storytelling Centre, 4–16 & 20–21 Aug, 11.30am
A 'Sliding Doors' style adventure for ages 8-12, in which young Dominic travels backwards and forwards in time to shape the best future. Brought to you by Small Stories – the team behind Tall Stories.
Pleasance Courtyard, 4–14 Aug (not 10), 2pm
Head in the Clouds
Ipdip Theatre return to the Fringe after 2015's Anonymouse, with a gentle interactive show for young children about a sheepdog who rescues a flock of sheep from the sky.
Royal Botanic Garden, 8–27 Aug (not 10, 17, 24) 11am, 1.30am, 3pm
Four musicians from the Royal Scottish National Orchestra team up with early years specialists, Starcatchers for this relaxed, charming and quirky show for babies aged 0–24 months.
Pleasance Kids @ EICC, 11–28 Aug (not 17-18, 24), times vary
I Got Superpowers For My Birthday
Two top theatre companies, Paines Plough and Half Moon climb inside one of the Fringe's best venues for children – the Roundabout – to deliver this tale of three 12-year-olds who get superpowers on their 13th birthday.
Roundabout @ Summerhall, 5–21 Aug (not 9, 16), 11am
The Many Doors of Frank Feelbad
The team behind the highly acclaimed Fringe show, The Incredible Book Eating Boy return with another interactive, intimate theatre experience – this time about a boy looking for his lost mum
Pleasance Kids @ EICC, 10–28 Aug (not 15, 22), 12pm
Mark Thompson's Spectacular Science Show
Exploding elephant's toothpaste and Pringles tubes, beakers that disappear and paste that dances – TV scientist and author Mark Thompson mixes exciting experiments with interesting chat in this family show.
Gilded Balloon at the Museum, 4–14 Aug, 4.30pm
Michael Morpurgo's King Arthur
The clever and inventive Story Pocket Theatre are back at the Fringe with a new storytelling adventure – this time about the legend of King Arthur, based on Michael Morpurgo's book.
Gilded Balloon at the Museum, 3–29 Aug (not 16, 22), 2.45pm
Licketyspit's popular show gets another, well-deserved airing. Join Molly as she journeys up the mountain, across the hair bridge, past the giant and into the castle to ask the King for food for the Winter Feast, discovering she is far braver than she thinks along the way.
Assembly Roxy, 4–28 Aug (not 10, 17, 24), 10.30am
Barrowland Ballet presents this charming, interactive dance show for under fours, in which woodland creature Poggle helps young Vince overcome his fear of exploration.
Dance Base, 5–21 Aug (not 8, 15), 1.30pm
Shlomo's Beatbox Adventure for Kids
For two days only, world record-breaking beatboxer Shlomo is in town to make all manner of music and sounds, purely with his mouth and a microphone
Underbelly, Cowgate, 15 & 16 Aug, times vary
The Snail and the Whale
Tall Stories returns with this imaginative adaptation of Julia Donaldson's popular book, in which a tiny snail hitchhikes a ride on the back of a giant whale.
Pleasance Courtyard, 3–21 Aug (not 6, 17), 11.50am