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Glasgow Life is doing a trial run of swimming lessons for toddlers aged 2-4. Classes started this week at Bellahouston and Gorbals swimming pools, and cost £30 for an 8-week block.

Bellahouston swimming pool
Classes start the week beginning 18th October for an 8-week-block and run on a Tuesday and Thursday at the following times.
10.00 – 10.30 (Adult and Baby)
10.30 – 11.00 (Toddlers)
11.00 – 11.30 (Toddlers)
13.00 – 13.30 (Toddlers)
13.30 – 14.00 (Toddlers)
14.00 – 14.30 (Toddlers)

Gorbals swimming pool
Classes start the week beginning 18th October for an 8 week block and run on a Monday at the following times.
10.00 – 10.30 (Toddlers)
10.30 – 11.00 (Toddlers)
11.00 – 11.30 (Toddlers)
On a Wednesday at:
10.00 – 10.30 (Adult and Baby)
10.30 – 11.00 (Toddlers)
11.00 – 11.30 (Toddlers)
On a Friday at:
10.00 – 10.30 (Adult and Baby)
10.30 – 11.00 (Toddlers)
11.00 – 11.30 (Toddlers)
13.00 – 13.30 (Toddlers)
13.30 – 14.00 (Toddlers)
14.00 – 14.30 (Toddlers)

Visit or phone the centre to book. Read more about it on the Glasgow Life website.

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Little Acorns Massage classes will be starting a new baby-massage class at the Boilerhouse, Hidden Gardens, Tramway on 29 October 2010 at 10.30am. The Tramway café is a great venue for parents/carers with children, so you’ll have a great excuse to enjoy a coffee and a cake with fellow parents after the class.

Joanna is a qualified infant massage instructor trained by the International Association of Infant Massage. She also worked as a paediatric Speech and Language Therapist for a number of years before training in infant massage. To find out more, visit the Little Acorns Massage website, or contact Joanna on:

email: mail@littleacornsmassage.com
Telephone: 07515499071

Join the Catherine Wheels Theatre Company in the sparkling world of White where everything is bright and new. White is a playful and highly visual show, perfect for ages 2 to 4. It’s set in the Tron’s Changing House space, which only seats 50, allowing the children to get up close and interact with the show.

The show had great reviews at the Fringe (read more here), and picked up a Fringe First award. Don’t miss it!

White by the Catherine Wheels Theatre Company
12 October & 13 October 10.30am and 1.3opm
Tron Theatre, 63 Trongate, Glasgow, G1 5HB
http://www.tron.co.uk/event/white/

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.

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.

The Department of Human Nutrition at Glasgow University is looking for pregnant and non-pregnant women aged between 18 and 40 to take part in a study to examine iodine levels. The aim of the study is to provide greater understanding between dietary habits and iodine sufficiency as well as promoting healthier diets in Glasgow, as iodine is essential to healthy growth and metabolism for women and their babies.

So what would you have to do?

Fill out a small food questionnaire on your dietary habits, a urine sample, a blood spot (finger prick), weight, height and waist circumference and have your blood pressure taken. The measurements are unobtrusive and will take no longer than five minutes, and all results are confidential.

Not only will you be involved in exciting research but you will also be entered into a prize draw where you have a one in fifty chance of winning £100!

If you are interested and would like more information please e-mail Emilie or Natalie at: nutrition.glasgow@gmail.com or phone 0141 201 0768.

The Scottish Youth Theatre are running their popular Family Story Time sessions again over May and June. Performers bring classic children’s stories to life using lighting effects and props, and audience participation is a must. Designed for younger children, the performance runs for 45 mins, and tickets cost £5/person or £15 for a family ticket (x4). Under 2s go free. After the show, head to Cupcake on Bell Street for a story-themed treat (at a discounted price on display of your story time ticket).

  • 15 & 16 May 10.30am & 12.30pm: The Three Billy Goats Gruff – how will the goats make it over the bridge when there are scary trolls hiding underneath it?
  • 29 & 30 May 10.30am & 12.30pm: The Twelve Windowsa young farmer boy only has three chances to make the beautiful princess fall in love with him so enlists the help of his friend the white fox, who has magical powers.
  • 12 & 13 June 10.30am &12.30pm: The Old Woman And Her Pig – when the old woman finds a shiny new sixpence and buys a new pig, all sorts of trouble come her way!
  • 26 & 27 June 10.30am & 12.30pm: The Sword In The Stone – Sir Kay’s sword is doomed to remain in the stone forever, and only the true future king of England is

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

For further information, visit the Scottish Youth Theatre website.

A date for your diary: the annual Scottish Baby Show is taking place in just over a month’s time, from Friday 23 to Monday 25 April 2010. With over 150 exhibitors, it’s a one-stop shop for all things baby-related, including hypnobirthing, clothing, baby classes, and buggies. You can see the full list of exhibitors here. If you’re a fan of Annabel Karmel, she’s giving a talk on the Friday morning about eating in pregnancy, feeding babies and coping with fussy eaters.

The Scottish Baby Show 2010
SECC Glasgow
23-25 April 2010, 10am – 5pm
Tickets: £6.50 online in advance, £8.00 on the door.
The Baby Show website

Jungle in the City Soft Play are starting an Arts & Crafts class on a Monday morning for 2-5-year-olds. The session runs from 10.30am to 12pm, and costs £5, which includes a 45-minute class followed by 45 minutes’ play in the soft-play area.

Jungle in the City Soft Play
8 Gardner Street, Partick
Glasgow G11 5NG

Had a fantastic birthday party yesterday at An Clachan café in Kelvingrove Park for my son’s third birthday. As he was getting a bike for his birthday, we wanted a venue that would allow him to do a bit of cycling outdoors with his wee pals. Fortunately, the rain stayed off long enough for the kids to run around the play park and try out each other’s bikes before coming indoors for pass the parcel and cake. Barbara and her team at the café did a brilliant job: balloons, decorations, lovely scones, bacon sarnies, fruit bowls and a gorgeous sparkly chocolate cake with white vanilla icing. Yum. When we got home he announced it was the best party “ever and ever and ever”.