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The monthly nappuccino events are taking place this week. Get up to date on all things cloth-nappy-related over coffee and cake.

Thursday 5 November 2009
10.30am-12pm at The Beanscene, Clarkston Toll
1pm-2.30pm at The Beanscene, Woodlands.

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There will be a Little Explorer Day at the Glasgow Science Centre this Wednesday, 4 November 2009. Designed for children aged 2-5, the theme for the day is “Animal Bites”. Examine teeth from different species, and compare the skulls of different animals and try to work out who eats what at an animal picnic. Sign-up activities last for 35-40 minutes, and they are available from 10am-1pm. £6.25 per child, and each child can bring one adult free of charge.

Little Explorer Day – Animal Bites
Glasgow Science Centre
50 Pacific Quay, Glasgow, G51 1EA
Pre-book your visit on 0141 420 5000.
Visit the GSC website for further details.

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The NCT Winter Nearly New Sale will be taking place in a month’s time on Saturday 21st November 2009. This is a hugely popular event, and anyone can sell good-quality baby clothes, equipment, toys and books (you just have to register in advance) – the seller takes 65% of the value of items sold, with 35% going to the NCT. It’s a great way to declutter by getting rid of all those things your kids have grown out of. To register for a seller’s pack, go to http://www.justgiving.com/nct-glasgow and donate £3.50 for your pack.

NCT Winter Nearly New Sale
When: Saturday 21st November 2009, 1pm-3pm
Where: Cleveden Secondary School

For further information, contact Sheila Macintyre on:
email: nns_glasgow@yahoo.co.uk

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

Learn about baby, adult and animal teeth at this sing-along session at the Glasgow Science Centre next Wednesday 25th February. Activities take place every hour between 10am and 2pm. £4 per child under six, and the price includes one free adult and admission to the Science Mall. Suitable for children aged 2-5.

Animal Bites at the Glasgow Science Centre, 25th February 2009, 10am – 2pm

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 February slingmeet on Friday where you can try out a number of different slings. See the Glasgow Slingmeet forum for further information.

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

Head to the Cranhill Beacon Play Centre this weekend to meet the Gruffalo and join in the fun with games, a sing-along and animal activities. Touch a real hedgehog from the natural history collection, and have a go at making a hedgehog hat. Listen spellbound as storyteller Allison Galbraith brings woodland animals to life from 1pm–3pm. Cranhill Beacon Play Centre also has a soft play area, a children’s library, games hall and outdoor play park.

Launch: Saturday 14 February to Monday 16 February 2009, exhibition runs until February 2010
Venue: Cranhill Beacon Play Centre, 200 Bellrock Street, Glasgow, G33 3LZ
Opening hours: Saturday to Sunday 11am–5pm, Monday and Friday 10am–7pm, Tuesday to Thursday 10am–8.30pm, public holidays 12 noon–6pm.
Free entry.

Visit the Open Museum website for more information.

Whether it’s your baby’s first Christmas or your toddler’s third, there are dozens of ways to celebrate the season in Glasgow over the next few weeks.  This weekend kicks off the Family Fun Days in George Square, where you’ll find face painting, ice sculptures, live music, a carnival and Santa’s Grotto.  Santa’s Grotto is open from 22 November – 24 December (Mon-Fri, 2-8, Sat/Sun 11-8), and includes a visit with the Big Man, a photo and a Christmas gift for 7 pounds.  Admission to the Family Fun Days is free.  Visit http://www.winterfestglasgow.com for more details.  Kelvingrove Museum also has a Festive Family Weekend on 6 and 7 December (each day at 3) called Bringing in the Mistletoe.  The Glasgow Royal Concert Hall will continue its wonderful Children’s Classic Concerts with “Sleigh Ride” on 13 December at 1 and 3pm.  CBeebies are visiting the SECC with their Christmas Spectacular on 11 December at 2pm and 5:30pm.  The King’s Theatre will have a Cinderella panto, and the Tron Theatre has a children’s play about Rudolph called Little Rudi.  Please write to tell us of other exciting events you know about!

Are you interested in using a baby carrier, but aren’t sure which one is right for you? Or perhaps you’re an experienced baby wearer who would like to meet other sling enthusiasts? Then head along to the Coffee and Yummy Cakes Sling Event this weekend. There will be a number of slings for people to try, including the Storchenweige ring sling, Napsack mei tai, Calin Bleu wrap slings (cotton & fleece), Coorie pouch slings, Calyx Baby carrier, Olive & Applesauce structured carrier, a Scootababy hip carrier, Wilkinet, BabyHawk mei tai, Hoppediz woven wrap. The event is open and free, although there will be a donation box to cover the cost of the room and tea. Join the Scotland Slingmeet forum for more info.

The Annexe
9a Stewartville Street Partick
Glasgow, G11 5PE
Box office: 0141 357 6747
http://www.theannexehlc.org.uk/

1-3pm on Sunday 16 November

Apple tastings, juice pressings and a display of over 100 Scottish apple varieties. There will be apple-picking adventures and games, and you can even bring your own apples to make into juice. All ages welcome. For more information visit the Children’s Orchard website.