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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
www.experientialplay.com

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
Bo’ness
West Lothian EH51 9AQ

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

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.

Fancy a bit of shopping at Silverburn, but wondering how you’ll keep the kids amused? Well, Busy Bees Craft Studio are running FREE craft workshops on the following days, between 1pm and 4pm.

Friday 2nd July
Thursday 8th July
Friday 16th July
Sunday 25th July
Friday 30th July
Thursday 5th August
Friday 13th August

They’re situated at the info desk on the ground floor. For further information, visit the Busy Bees Craft Studio website.

Thinking about using cloth nappies? The Glasgow Real Nappy Network organize informal gatherings over coffee and cake to help you find out all you need to know about using cloth nappies. They have a well-stocked nappy library so you can have a look at different brands, and lots of experienced cloth nappy users on hand to answer any questions you might have.

Glasgow Real Nappy Network Nappuccinos
4 February 2010
10.30am – 12pm Beanscene, Clarkston Toll
1pm – 2.30pm Beanscene, Woodlands Road

On 4 March, the Nappy Network will be organizing a bring-and-buy sale. Ideal for mums looking to destash, and great for others looking to try out some different brands without paying full high-street prices. If you are interested in becoming a seller, contact Jacqueline on 0141 416 5540 or visit their website.

Looking for a family activity this weekend? The Scottish Youth Theatre are running Family Story Time this weekend. Performers tell classic children’s tales – The Elves and the Shoemaker, The Sorcerer’s Apprentice, How Jumbo Went to the Moon, The Three Little Pigs and The Pied Piper of Hamelin – through the use of props, lights and sound effects as the audience sit round the performance on big comfy cushions. Desinged for younger children, the performance runs for 45 mins, and tickets cost £5/person or £15 for a family ticket.

Family Story Time
Scottish Youth Theatre
The Old Sheriff Court, 105 Brunswick Street, Glasgow, G1 1TF
Sat 23 & 24 Jan

Also running in February and March if you can’t make it this weekend. For further information, visit the Scottish Youth Theatre website.

GlasgowBaby’s been busy, busy, busy over Christmas, so apologies for the long silence. Back to business as usual today. If, like us, you’re wondering what to do with your wee’uns over the next few days until Hogmanay, here are a few ideas:

  • Wrap up warm and head down to Winterfest Glasgow. There are parent-and-toddler sessions at the ice rink in George Square on Wednesday 30 December 12-1pm, and Sunday 3 January 10-11am. Kids skate for free, and they provide cute little penguins to give your kids some stability on the ice.
  • If you want to escape from the cold, why not rediscover one of Glasgow’s many museums. Kelvingrove and the Transport Museum are obvious favourites, and have enough going on keep kids and parents interested over repeated visits. Alternatively, head to your local public library for a cosy cuddle with a book; most are open Monday to Thursday this week.
  • For 3-year-olds+, Little Red Riding Hood is on at the Arches till Monday 3 January.
  • Unleash your creativity at GOMA’s Winter Wonderland. A different activity is planned for every day this week, such as making patterned badges or a colourful lantern.

If you know of any other activities this week for ages 3 and under you’d like to share with Glasgow parents, please post a comment below!

There’s a special event, Baby’s First Christmas Gifts, at the Busy Bees Craft Studio this Sunday 6th December 2009. Decorate gift items with tiny hand and foot prints, perfect for Christmas gifts for aunties, uncles and grandparents. Busy Bees provide all materials, baby safe paints and aprons. Telephone or email to book.

Baby’s First Christmas Gifts
Busy Bees Craft Studio
82-84 Niddrie Road
Queens Park
GLASGOW
G42 8PU (Map).
Tel: 0141 433 9506
Email: info@busybeescraftstudio.com

For further information, visit the Busy Bees Craft Studio website.