Messy monsters – love to get their hands dirty
Baby Loves Disco: An absolute hoot. For babies, toddlers and pre-schoolers. Involves music, face-painting, dressing up – the works!
Electric Circus, times and dates vary
The Amazing Scene Machine: Learn how to make models with Jim Parkyn of Aardman Animations – the next Wallace and Gromit are just a few squeezes of clay away.
Pleasance Courtyard, times vary, 5-25 August, not 8, 15, 22
Lord and Lady Laughs-a-Lot – love to roll about laughing
Trash Test Dummies: Comedy Circus from Australia complete with wheelie bins. What's not hilarious about that?
Underbelly's Circus Hub, times vary, 4-21 August, not 10, 15
Doktor James' Akademy of Evil: This super villian on a mission needs minions to help him take over the world. Are you up to the challenge?
Sweet Grassmarket, 11:40am, 6-20 August
Baby Bard – has an imagination that knows no bounds
Drama Workshops for 5-12s: Generally, the Spotlites Theatre workshops are a good bet. It's really hands-on stuff.
Spotlites, 9:30am, various dates
The Story of Mr B: Puppets, shadows and more in this play set inside a giant pop-up book.
Institut français d'Ecosse, times vary, 5-28 August, not 15, 22
Too cool for school – slightly older kids
Comedy Club4Kids: No rude words, but loads of jokes, and actual comedians who don't talk down.
Assembly Roxy, 5:35pm, 5-28 August
How to Be a Rock Star: What better way to learn about body positivity than through the medium of air guitar?
Assembly George Square Gardens, 3:15pm, 4-29 August, not 17
Quietly Curious – kids who aren’t quite as keen on the razzle dazzle
Taiwan Season: The Adventure of Puppets: All the way from Taiwan, the action here all takes place on a tabletop
Summerhall, 11:45am, 4-28 August, not 15
I Got Superpowers For My Birthday: A new play about three almost-teens on an epic quest to protect the world from an evil overland, performed in a beautiful pop-up theatre.
Roundabout @ Summerhall, 11:00am, 5-21 August, not 9, 16