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The Creation Station run arts and crafts classes for 1-5-year-olds in Milngavie (Mondays), Bearsden (Tuesdays) and Partick (Fridays). Check out their website for further information. Arty parties organized too.

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GlasgowBaby has been to try out a Mums in the Park circuits’ class, run by personal trainer Tony Curtis. I decided to go for a run on the way since I imagined a new-mum-oriented class wouldn’t push me that hard – many don’t – but, boy, was I wrong! It was a fantastic class. Probably more suited to those who were reasonably fit before having a baby, the class involved 3 sets of a circuit (incl. squats, lunges, star jumps, the dreaded burpies, plank) with rests in between, followed by a 10-minute game of netball. (I haven’t played netball since I was  a kid, but what a laugh that was, and the competitive spirit keeps you going. Apologies to my team-mates for my complete ineptness….)

Tony, the instructor, came up with the idea for these group classes when one of his personal-training clients said she was finding it difficult to find the time to keep up her fitness after having a baby. We all know what that’s like, so the idea is that mothers can come along with their babies in their buggies. Make no mistake, though; this class is very much about the mother, not the baby. Buggies are parked alongside the circuits area, and restless babies entertained by star-jumping mums.

Tony wants to keep the classes small, so that each person gets tailored attention to take into account the various levels of fitness, time postpartum etc. He’s a lovely guy, who is passionate about what he does, and his infectious laugh keeps you going through the tough bits. The other mothers in the class were truly inspiring, some of whose babies were only 11 weeks old… When my firstborn was that age, I was lucky to be out of the house by 10am, let alone at a circuits class!

Mums in the Park Fitness Classes are run in the West End and the South Side. Find out more by visiting their website. You can also keep track of upcoming classes by following @mumsinthepark on Twitter.

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.

Just a reminder that the hugely popular NCT Nearly New Sale will be taking place tomorrow, 21 November 2009 from 1pm-3pm at Cleveden Secondary School. If you want to bag a bargain, my tip would be to get there early!

NCT Glasgow Winter Nearly New Sale
When: Saturday 21st November 2009, 1pm-3pm
Where: Cleveden Secondary School, 42 Cleveden Rd, Glasgow, G12 0JW‎.
Click here for a map.

Get your dancing shoes on – Baby Loves Disco hits town this weekend! Bubble machines, baskets of instruments, a chill-out room (with tents, books and puzzles), healthy snacks, a bar for parents, and lots and lots of dancing. Suitable for kids aged from 6 months to 7 years.

Baby Loves Disco
Sunday 8th November 2009, 2pm-5pm
Tiger Tiger, The Glasshouse, Glassford Street, Glasgow, G1 1UL
£8 per ticket, non-walking babies free, buy tickets here

For further information, visit the Baby Loves Disco website.

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.