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Gymboree is starting up shortly in the southside of Glasgow. Based at The Couper Institute in Cathcart, Gymboree will offer gym, art and music classes for babies of 3 months up to 5-year-olds. They can also organize themed birthday parties for 1-5-year-olds with exclusive use of their facilities. Classes will be available Monday, Thursday and Friday from 9.30am-3.30pm. For further details or to book a trial class, visit their website (link below), or telephone 07545 957 040.

Gymboree Glasgow South
The Couper Institute
86 Clarkston Road
G44 3DA
Gymboree Glasgow South website
Click here to download the timetable.

Gymboree is also available in the West End and in Bothwell.

UPDATE December 2009: Gymboree Glasgow South is now running classes at Pollockshaws Burgh Hall, 2025 Pollockshaws Road G43 1NE. 

The next block of jogging classes for new parents run by Culture & Sport Glasgow will start at the end of August. Sessions consist of brisk walking/jogging with your buggy, exercises such as squats, gentle pushups and exercises with bands. Classes are run at Bellahouston and Kelvingrove Parks.

Bellahouston Park
Mondays at 9.15am from 31 August 2009

Kelvingrove Park
Wednesdays at 9.45am from 2 September 2009

Classes cost £18 for the 6-week block. No booking required, simply pay the instructor on arrival. For further details, phone the Women’s Jogging Network on 0141 287 5079.

For other exercise options for new parents in Glasgow, visit’s Exercise page.

An NCT Cheeky Monkeys Tea Party will be taking place this Saturday, 15 Aug 2009, at Albertslund Community Centre, Westacres Road, Newton Mearns, G77 6WW (click here for a map) between 12pm and 4pm. Tea, cakes, stalls, and taster sessions in baby massage, signing and yoga, arts and crafts, and music and dance. There’s also a small outside play area if the weather is good. Entry fee £2 per child (babies under 6 wks and adults free).

For further information, visit the NCT website.

If you live in Ayrshire, you might like to flamenco your way over to Baby Spanish, a class in which you can learn Spanish alongside your baby or toddler. This class in aimed at parents with little or no Spanish, and all babies and young children are welcome. Classes are held every Friday at 11am in the Vineburgh Centre in Irvine. A class in Glasgow will be starting soon, so watch this space!

Baby Spanish
Vineburgh Centre, Irvine
£3.50 per session, of £15 for 5 sessions
For further details, visit or phone 07787 758 015

A new term of classes for babies and toddlers will be starting in the next few weeks, so it’s a good time to think about joining a class. I have to say we’re very fortunate in Glasgow to have an abundance of classes to choose from. There’s definitely something to suit everyone: art classes, baby massage, gym classes, music, languages, swimming… Classes are a great way not only to have some fun trying something new with your baby or toddler, but also to meet and socialize with other parents.

Have a browse through’s Learn page for ideas.

If you’re interested in trying out cloth nappies, you might like to pop along to a Glasgow Real Nappy Network nappuccino event this week.  The organisers have a nappy library with plenty of real, reusable nappies so that you can see the different types and styles of nappy available. There will also be mums on hand who use real nappies to answer all your cloth nappy questions.

Thursday 6 August 2009

10.30am-12pm at The Beanscene, Clarkston Toll

1.30pm-3pm at The Beanscene, Woodlands