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A lovely new coffee shop has opened inside the historic building next to the playground at the east end of Kelvingrove Park. Called An Clachan, the shop serves delicious homemade sandwiches, soups, scones, cakes, plus baby foods. Customers can use the toilets for free; non-customers can use them by donating a pound to Yorkhill’s charity. Sit outside with your snack and and watch your child play happily within sight. Current opening hours are every day, 8am – 6pm. Over the summer, An Clachan may offer later hours and events for children. Watch this space!

If you’re thinking of weaning your little one with organic fruit and veg, you can save yourself some time by organizing a home delivery from a local supplier. I use Grow Wild, who deliver to Glasgow on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays. You can choose a ‘Baby Grow Bag’ (eg pears, carrots, swede, pumpkin, apples, bananas, broccoli, courgette), a ‘Toddler Chew Bag’ (eg sweet peppers, carrots, celery, cucumber, bananas, apples and pear), or create your own selection of fruit and veg from their itemised weekly list. Here’s a photo of the box I received this morning. It makes me feel healthy just looking at it!


If you’re thinking of using a baby sling, why not head along to the May Slingmeet this Friday 29th May at the Lane café/bar in Glasgow’s West End. Slingmeet is a monthly gathering of sling aficionados hosted by Calin Bleu. They have lots of different slings and carriers, but if there’s a specific sling you’d like to try, then post a request on the Slingmeet Forum and they’ll do their best to source one for you to try.

Glasgow Slingmeet: Friday 29 May 2009 11am-1pm at The Lane café/bar, Ashton Lane, Glasgow

You’ll be spoilt for things to do this weekend with not one, but two separate festivals in Glasgow this May bank holiday weekend.

There’s the Southside Festival on Saturday and Sunday – a community festival celebrating all things Southside – which kicks off on Saturday morning with a parade through the streets of the Southside and into Queen’s Park at noon. There will be a kids’ marquee, with Bubbles the Clown, puppet and magic shows, face painting, and arts and crafts.

There’s also the Subway Festival with all sorts of activities and workshops based around Glasgow’s underground stations, including a petting zoo at Kinning Park, trapeze acts in Partick, breakdancing workshops in Hyndland, baking workshops at Scotland St, an outdoor ski slope in Kelvingrove Park (ages 5+), and various on-train performances (last carriage only).

If you’re a fan of Giles Andreae’s book Giraffes Can’t Dance, then head to Waterstone’s on Saturday at 3pm for an event to celebrate the book’s 10th birthday.

And if you fancy leaving the city, then why not head to Linlithgow for the Party at the Palace 1503, a huge medieval pageant run by Historic Scotland at Linlithgow Palace (with falcons, parades, jousting, bouncy castles, etc.) on Saturday and Sunday.

SJ Fitness is now running postnatal fitness classes, which will include cardio work, body toning and Pilates. You can take your baby along too! Every Friday at 11.30am, classes cost £8.50, or £30 for a four-week block. Call 0141 2212332 to book, or visit the SJ Fitness website.

For other postnatal fitness classes in Glasgow, visit the Glasgow Baby ‘Exercise’ page.

The Lost in Fiction bookshop in Glasgow’s West End (Byres Road) is starting bookgroups for new mums and dads in the afternoon, and we think this is a fantastic idea! If you’re interested, please email them at titled “Bring-a-Baby Bookgroup”, and they’ll send you details of how to join.

They also regular book-based events for children from authors talks and signings to storytelling. Further details available at their website:

Head off to Bo’ness and Kinneil Railway in two weeks’ time for a day out with Thomas the Tank Engine. You’ll be able to take a  journey on the steam train from Bo’ness to Birkhill, visit Thomas and Percy, meet the Fat Controller, and watch the Troublesome Trucks at work. There will also be an entertainer, bouncy castle, roundabout, miniature train, model trains and the Scottish Railway Exhibition at Bo’ness Station.

Day out with Thomas!
Venue: Bo’ness and Kinneil Steam Railway
Dates: 16th-18th May 2009, hourly departures from 10.30am to 4.30pm.
£9 per person (ages 2+, under-2s free). Prebooking strongly recommended.
Visit the Bo’ness and Kinneil Railway website for further details.