Glasgow Life is doing a trial run of swimming lessons for toddlers aged 2-4. Classes started this week at Bellahouston and Gorbals swimming pools, and cost £30 for an 8-week block.

Bellahouston swimming pool
Classes start the week beginning 18th October for an 8-week-block and run on a Tuesday and Thursday at the following times.
10.00 – 10.30 (Adult and Baby)
10.30 – 11.00 (Toddlers)
11.00 – 11.30 (Toddlers)
13.00 – 13.30 (Toddlers)
13.30 – 14.00 (Toddlers)
14.00 – 14.30 (Toddlers)

Gorbals swimming pool
Classes start the week beginning 18th October for an 8 week block and run on a Monday at the following times.
10.00 – 10.30 (Toddlers)
10.30 – 11.00 (Toddlers)
11.00 – 11.30 (Toddlers)
On a Wednesday at:
10.00 – 10.30 (Adult and Baby)
10.30 – 11.00 (Toddlers)
11.00 – 11.30 (Toddlers)
On a Friday at:
10.00 – 10.30 (Adult and Baby)
10.30 – 11.00 (Toddlers)
11.00 – 11.30 (Toddlers)
13.00 – 13.30 (Toddlers)
13.30 – 14.00 (Toddlers)
14.00 – 14.30 (Toddlers)

Visit or phone the centre to book. Read more about it on the Glasgow Life website.

Little Acorns Massage classes will be starting a new baby-massage class at the Boilerhouse, Hidden Gardens, Tramway on 29 October 2010 at 10.30am. The Tramway café is a great venue for parents/carers with children, so you’ll have a great excuse to enjoy a coffee and a cake with fellow parents after the class.

Joanna is a qualified infant massage instructor trained by the International Association of Infant Massage. She also worked as a paediatric Speech and Language Therapist for a number of years before training in infant massage. To find out more, visit the Little Acorns Massage website, or contact Joanna on:

Telephone: 07515499071

Join the Catherine Wheels Theatre Company in the sparkling world of White where everything is bright and new. White is a playful and highly visual show, perfect for ages 2 to 4. It’s set in the Tron’s Changing House space, which only seats 50, allowing the children to get up close and interact with the show.

The show had great reviews at the Fringe (read more here), and picked up a Fringe First award. Don’t miss it!

White by the Catherine Wheels Theatre Company
12 October & 13 October 10.30am and 1.3opm
Tron Theatre, 63 Trongate, Glasgow, G1 5HB

There’s going to be a baby and toddler event tomorrow at the Thistle Hotel, between 10am and 4pm. This is free event organized by Experiential Play, and there will be lots of stands offering ideas for play, relaxation, development and learning, alongside those selling clothes, toys, games and gifts. You can also take part in free taster classes:

11am – 11.30am; Tickle Giggle
12pm – 12.30pm; Bounce and Rhyme
1pm – 1.30pm; Singing Circle
2pm – 2.30pm; Toddlers Tales
3pm – 3.30pm; Tickle Giggle

Baby & Toddler show
Saturday 18 September 2010, 10am – 4pm
Thistle Hotel, Cambridge Street, Glasgow

Thinking of carrying your baby in a sling, but don’t know where to start? Then head along to the next Glasgow Slingmeet on Friday 17 September 2010, 10.30am – 12.30pm at The Life Craft on Great Western Road. You can try out a number of different slings, get advice on carrying your baby, or simply hang out with other babywearers.

Glasgow Slingmeet
Friday 17 September 2010, 10.30am – 12.30pm

The Life Craft
691 Great Western Road, Glasgow, Lanarkshire G12 8RA
The Life Craft website

For further information about Slingmeet, visit the Slingmeet Scotland forum.

It’s still not too late to get tickets for tomorrow’s Thomas the Tank Engine event at Bo’ness and Kinneil railway. Included in your ticket is a trip to Birkhill station and a return hauled by one of Thomas’s friends. Thomas the Tank Engine will be ab Bo’ness station all day, so plenty of opportunities to meet Thomas and the Fat Controller. You might even spot the Troublesome Trucks!

You can also now reserve tickets for the Santa steam train event taking place every Saturday and Sunday between 27 November and 19 December 2010. Santa travels by steam train giving all young passengers a gift, while entertainers pass from carriage to carriage singing festive songs. Glasgow Baby thoroughly enjoyed this event last year. Cheesy family fun! It does get booked up early, so prebooking is definitely recommended.

Bo’ness and Kinneil Railway
Bo’ness Station
Union Street
West Lothian EH51 9AQ

Visit the Bo’ness and Kinneil Railway website for further details.

Unleash your creativity with Busy Bees at various drop-in sessions throughout Glasgow:

Busy Bees @ The Life Craft (691 Great Western Road, Glasgow)
Drop in to this new venue near the Botanics to paint ceramic ornaments, jewellery boxes, treasure chests, mirrors and more!  Choose from a range of paint, papers, glitter and embellishments to personalise your crafts. Birthday parties catered for too.
The Life Craft offers tea, coffee and fabulous home baking!
Every Wednesday and Saturday 3pm – 5pm
Prices vary

Busy Bees @ The Loft (Ashton Lane, Glasgow)
Activities on offer during the weekend lunch service.  Relax and enjoy your meal while the kids take part in a craft activity.
Every Sat and Sun 12pm – 2pm
Free activity for families having lunch at The Loft

Busy Bees @ Silverburn Shopping Centre
Join us most weekends for activities sponsored by Silverburn Shopping Centre.  Activities range from painting shopping bags, mini windchimes, gift boxes, magnets and more!
Check What’s On page for full dates
Free activity

Busy Bees Craft Studio

Club Soletes – parent-and-child group for Spanish speakers – is moving to a new venue as of today:

The Scout Hall
Kelbourne Street
(off Queen Margaret Drive)
North Kelvinside
Meetings are held Wednesday during term time from 15.45 to 17.45.

Looking for something to do tomorrow? Well, there’s going to be a Strawberry Tea Party at Hyndland Community Hall to raise funds for Breast Cancer Care. £1 entry. Baby and child friendly. Lots of tea, coffee, cakes, raffle, lucky dip, face painting, and a crawl corner for little ones!

Strawberry Tea Party
Saturday 28 August 2010, 2-4pm
Hyndland Community Hall
24 Novar Drive, G12 9PN

Two great shows coming up in September. For Julia Donaldson fans, why didn’t you know?, the Gruffalo musical will be at the Theatre Royal in Glasgow between 2 and 4 September 2010. For younger readers, In the Night Garden will be running two different hour-long shows in a custom-made show dome in Glasgow Green from 11 – 26 September 2010. Isn’t that a pip?!

The Gruffalo

Theatre Royal, 282 Hope Street, Glasgow
2 – 4 September 2010, various times
Further details from the Gruffalo Live website, or you can book tickets by clicking here.

In the Night Garden

Glasgow Green
11 – 26 September 2010, various times
Further details from the In the Night Garden Live website.