Top Picks: Kids

The best of the Fringe's kids programme, from magical realism to an acerbic comedian

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The Adventures of Sleepyhead
Photo by Dan Derby
Published 02 Aug 2022

The Adventures of Sleepyhead
Assembly Roxy, 4-29 Aug (not 16), 11:10am

Gemma Soldati's Sleepyhead invites us to a slumber party that promises to aid a blissful sleep, using her clowning skills and opening our imaginations. Suitable for babies and their grown ups.

Marcel Lucont: Les Enfants Terribles – A Gameshow for Awful Children
Gilded Balloon Teviot, 3-14 Aug, 1pm

The acerbic Frenchman hosts a family gameshow. Playing off the children against the adults, Lucont wants to discover just who is the worst child in the room. Recommended for comedy fans with boisterous kids who can more than match the surly host. (From age six, but ideally ages eight plus).

Shlomo's Beatbox Adventure for Kids
Pleasance Courtyard, 3-28 Aug (not 17), 12:05pm

Suitable for all ages, SK Shlomo is looking for the next adventurous generation of beatboxers, and inspires his audience to think about music while they're playing it.

A Very Old Man With Enormous Wings
Summerhall, 3-28 Aug (not 15, 22), 10am

An adaptation of Gabriel Garcia Marquez's inverted fairy tale where an angel appears for a family in need – only for the family to take advantage of their guest. Puppetry and subtle multimedia effects will hold the attention of school age children.

Dance Base, 11-21 Aug (not 15), 12:30pm

A wild musical adventure, WhirlyGig's four musicians (and 30 instruments) are setting families countless puzzles to entertain children from around six-years and older.