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garlic_omh_0092Garlic Theatre will delight children and adults alike with a spicy blend of slapstick and folk humour in this fresh and funny adaptation of the well-known nursery rhyme. Watch out for well-crafted glove puppets, singing teapots and a feast of musical treats.  Suitable for ages 3+.

Old Mother Hubbard and Her Cupboard
Venue: The Village Storytelling Centre, St James’ Pollok Parish Church. 183 Meiklerig Crescent, Glasgow, G53 5NA
Date: Saturday 4 April 2009 at 3pm
No charge, but donations welcome.

Venue: Gilmorehill G12, University of Glasgow, 9 University Avenue, Glasgow G12 9Q
Date: Wednesday 8 April 2009 at 11am
£4/ticket

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If you want to get back into shape after having a baby, then a Pilates course, which works on your core muscles and pelvic floor, is a great place to start. SJ Fitness run a Pilates course designed specifically for the postnatal period, and you can take your baby with you. Note that you need to have had your 6-week postnatal check before you start. 

Postnatal Pilates at SJ Fitness, next 4-week block starts Friday, 27 March 2009 at 11.30am
Venue: SJ Fitness Studio, 12a Sandyford Place, Glasgow
Cost: £30, or click HERE to book online for a special-offer rate of only £22.
Visit the SJ Fitness website for further details.

Thinking of using a baby sling? Or perhaps you already use one, and want to meet up with other babywearers? Then head along to the March slingmeet on Friday where you can try out a number of different slings. See the Glasgow Slingmeet forum for further information.

March Slingmeet: Friday 20 March 2009 11am-1pm at The Lane café/bar, Ashton Lane, Glasgow

I blogged recently about Toddler Time at Kelvingrove, but got the time wrong. It’s now running at 11.30am on Fridays (not 11am as previously stated). Their website says 11am, but I’ve checked with the museum, and it definitely starts at 11.30am. However, if you get there early, there’s plenty to see and do: stuffed animals, interactive toys and a dedicated pre-5s section with quirky displays, and animal masks and shoes you and your toddler can try on.

This year, on Mother’s Day, The Living Room is offering a ‘pampering experience’ that includes complimentary Bobbi Brown makeovers, massages, manicures, pedicures and glasses of champagne for all mums.  The event kicks off at 2pm on Sunday 22 March.  Tickets cost 6 pounds from www.supernovaevents.co.uk.

On Saturday 7 March at 3pm, Glasgow’s Royal Concert Hall will host “Crash! Bang! Wallop!”, a Children’s Classic Concert that’s a “high-energy rhythmic riot featuring Owen and Olly doing what they love best – making a lot of noise by playing as many musical instruments as possible.”  Call the box office on 0141-353-8000 for tickets.  Also on Saturday 7 March, Taiko drummers will perform for free from 2:30-3:30 at the Kibble Palace, as part of the Hina Matsuri festival celebrating Japanese culture (with Japanese sweets and crafts from 1-2:30).  Families can also find quieter entertainment at a special Bounce and Rhyme session at the Mitchell Library on Sunday 8 March from 10:30-11:30, as part of the Aye,Write! Festival.  Phone 0844-847-1683 to book a place.

The aye write! book festival starts this weekend, Saturday 7 March 2009, and runs until the following Saturday 14 March. The programme includes various children’s events: Bounce & Rhyme, Toddlers Tales, Experiential Play and readings by children’s authors, such as Julia Donaldson, author of the much-loved The Gruffalo. Click here to download the aye write! 2009 programme.

aye write! book festival, 7-14 March, various locations

Looking for something to do on Friday morning? Why not try Toddler Time at the Kelvingrove Art Gallery for stories, songs and a whole lot of fun. 11-11.45 every Friday morning. It’s free and there’s no need to book.

Toddler Time, Fridays at 11am, Kelvingrove Art Gallery

Creative Mess Play for under 5s. Paint tools, Play-Doh, collage and more. And the best bit? While your kids get messy, you can enjoy a lovely latte and one of Tapa’s wonderful cakes. Run by Busy Bees Craft Studio. £3.50 per session.

Crafty Tots, Tuesday 3 March (and every Tuesday), 11am, Tapa Bakehouse, Pollokshaws Road