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Labels4Kids launches NEW WEBSITE Leading Scottish based international kids’ labelling specialist, Labels4Kids, is launching their new look website for March 2013.

Attention to detail is something Labels4Kids does well and to make high-quality labelling easily available to help families save money on returning property to them is something vital - more so than ever before with the cost of new clothing, shoes and other belongings increasing all the time. The new Labels4Kids website makes ordering so much easier and you can even try designing your labels on the site prior to ordering. The fun site covers labelling for your children, your sport requirements, camping, corporate and even care home items for grandparents. In addition they have a full personalised clothing site with a separate checkout to produce high-quality clothing in both climacool and normal ranges. These are not thin cotton material garments but thick, high quality items that will last. Ann-Maree Morrison, the founder and Managing Director, commented: “This website has been a massive investment for us in order to cater for our international development and I am very proud to be able to show it off to the world at last. The new Labels4Kids site will make ordering so much more pleasurable, with faster load times and better images, as well as allowing on site design and easier access to our social media hints and advice. We have even more big plans in the pipeline.” “I believe, we have the best quality labels for a reasonable price. Labels4Kids has very high levels of customer service with a money back guarantee, a free returns policy and a free 1st class delivery option.” See the full range by ordering at today.













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Cover Credits Photo: Polarn O Pyret

• Eggs are a symbol of rebirth in most cultures and had already been given as springtime gifts before Easter was first celebrated by Christians. • Eggs are coloured brightly to symbolise the sunlight of spring. • The first Cadbury’s Easter egg was made in 1875, in dark chocolate; milk chocolate didn’t arrive until 1905 with the launch of Dairy Milk. • About 10% of Britain’s annual spending on chocolate is on Easter eggs. • The average time for children to start tucking into their first chocolate Easter egg is 11am on Easter Sunday, with 30% of children eating their chocolate egg instead of breakfast!

Calling all budding writers! Are you a local author? or have you written an eBook? If so and you think it might interest the 40,000 parents who read this magazine, please do send us a brief summary and a link to your website or Amazon page and we’ll include it a round up next issue and on our website. email: Local author and Families Glasgow reader, Carolyn Mandache, has got in touch to ask if we would give a shout out to her blog and children’s story (an eBook) available on Amazon. Her children’s story is called Andrew’s Fairy Tale and is available for Kindle devices. (You don’t need a Kindle to read Kindle books as a free app can be downloaded to any laptop or tablet). Carolyn’s blog commenting on gender stereotypes and education is available on (which requires registration).

Contact us: Families Glasgow, 4 Woodside Place, Charing Cross, Glasgow G3 7QF Tel: 0141 632 6579 or 0560 0984 953 If you have any feedback or news we’d be delighted to hear from you email us at If you have an event you would like us to include free of charge in our listings section please let us know and we will do our best to include it. Designed by Mia Calderisi Phelan (DesignsbyMia) Printed By Warners (Midlands) plc. Families Glasgow copies are FREE and available through numerous outlets throughout Glasgow. If you would like some copies for your parents please let us know and we will arrange for some to be delivered to you.

Copyright: Families Glasgow Magazine March 2013. Disclaimer: Colour transparencies and any other original materials submitted for publication are sent at owners risk and, whilst every care is taken, neither Families Glasgow nor its agents accept liability for loss or damage. Families Glasgow is part of the Families group established in 1990 and headed by Families South West. All franchised magazines in the group are independently owned and operated under licence. We take every care preparing this magazine but the publishers and distributors cannot be held responsible for the claims of the advertisers nor for the accuracy of the contents nor for any consequence. Competition rules: only one entry per household is allowed, under 16s must obtain parental consent before entering, the editor’s decision is final and that no correspondence will be entered into; winners will be drawn at random and notified after 28 March. Families Glasgow has no responsibility for lost, damaged or illegible entries, Families Glasgow is not liable for any delay or failure to deliver any prize nor for the quality of the prize nor for any loss or damage arising in connection with the competition.

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New Company Director at Jack & Jill Markets WHEN local mum of two, Pauline Macmillan from West Lothian first went along to a Jack & Jill Market as a shopper in July 2011 little did she know that just 18 months later, she would be Company Director.

Pauline tells us: “I first heard about The Jack & Jill Markets through Facebook just before my daughters first birthday so I thought I would go along to a market to see if I could pick up any bargains and I wasn’t disappointed.” The Jack & Jill Market runs monthly, quality, nearly new baby and kids markets throughout Scotland. They are a not for profit community interest organisation, dedicated to helping local families make and

save money! Each market has between 40-60 stalls and attracts anywhere from 500 to almost 1,000 shoppers! After chatting to Nicole Diamond, the founder of the Jack and Jill Market, Pauline joined The Jack & Jill Markets as an events coordinator at several of the local markets. In under six months Pauline was Marketing & Events Manager for several of the markets, including two of the largest in Edinburgh and Glasgow and soon after that was

Spring collection at Polarn O.Pyret! WE were recently sent a couple of colourful items from Polarn O Pyret’s Spring collection and they really brightened our day. The PO.P Champ child top in bright horizontal stripes (there is a choice of red and white or blue and white) and full length child jeggings in a ‘riding jodhpurs’ design were a hit with our youngest, Ava aged 3. They looked great together but the top also looked nice with denim jeggings. The items are lovely quality and they wash brilliantly. Polarn’s collections are particularly good from the view of mixing and matching. The range goes from baby to 12 and covers boys and girls with a lot of the items being unisex - which is really useful in handing down to younger brothers or sisters. The clothes are stylish and functional as well as being comfy to wear - I’m told by the boss in our house! You can find Polarn O. Pyret in House of Fraser, Buchanan Street or order online - delivery is free to mainland UK too!

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GUVMA Rodeo When? 13th April 2013 Where? Garscube Estate, Glasgow G20 0TH

RAISING MONEY FOR: Canine Partners, Riding for the Disabled Assoc, SSPCA and the Vet School Development Fund. SOME THINGS TO LOOK OUT FOR: Riders of the Storm, Scotland’s Elite equestrian stunt team, duck herding, Strathblane Falconry display, climbing wall and Rodeo bull, Dog show, face-painters and many more. There is something for EVERYONE! TICKET PRICES: £7 adult, £3 concession and £15 family pass (what a bargain!)

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appointed National Development Manager to help Nicole grow the business. Just before Christmas Nicole decided to move away from the live events and is now working on setting up The Jack & Jill Market online, and so of course was only too happy to pass over the reins to Pauline’s capable hands! We asked Pauline what her favourite thing about The Jack & Jill Market was. “That’s a tough question,” she answered, but finally settled on the fact that she knows that she and her team are making a real difference, not only to all the shoppers and sellers by helping them save

and make money, but also to the environment. “Shopping at The Jack & Jill Market is the new purse pleasing, gloriously green, nearly new way to shop!” Whether you are looking for clothes, cots, buggies, bikes, books, toys, games, high chairs, garden toys or in fact anything else for babies and children…you are sure to find it at your local Jack & Jill Market! Monthly Markets across Scotland. For a full list of dates and venues visit the website or like Pauline did 18 months ago find them on Facebook!

Enjoy a Great day out at the GUVMA RODEO 2013 HELD annually, the Glasgow University Vet Medical Association would like to present its 53rd Annual Charity Rodeo, this year serving to raise money for: • •

Canine Partners • Riding for the Disabled Assoc. SSPCA • The Vet School Development Fund.

It will be held on the 13th April 2013 at the Garscube Estate. This event is a great day out for ANYONE and EVERYONE and last year we had around 3,000 people attend the event. Not only is there a wide range of stalls, performers, animals and special displays but this year we also welcome back the Riders of the Storm, Scotland’s Elite equestrian stunt team, as our main display. We will also have a Dog show, Horse and Carriage, Fun and Games Scotland, Strathblane Falconry, facepainters and many more. Moreover, there are great prizes to be won in the raffle, and all the proceeds will be going to the Riding for the Disabled Association. Tickets will be sold on the day and are as follows: £7 adult, £3 concession and £15 family pass (what a bargain!)

Capture a Precious moment MOTHER-OF-TWO, Amanda Weir, offers the opportunity to capture a precious moment in time with a unique item of jewellery hand crafted in fine silver. Amanda owns a Smallprint franchise, which specialises in the production of handcrafted jewellery that captures a fingerprint in polished silver. Looking for an unusual gift idea? Look no further! Amanda can create charms, pendants, dog tags, cuff links, keyrings and bookmarks with a difference. The jewellery is made out of a substance called precious metal clay (PMC) which allows a fingerprint to be taken on a shaped piece of clay then fired in a kiln to form solid silver. Each item is finished with solid silver settings and comes beautifully packaged. As well as fingerprints, Smallprint can also capture handprints, footprints, drawings and handwriting in silver, allowing you to cherish each and every milestone. There is no age limit for taking prints so treasuring memories has never been so easy and these keepsakes make the perfect present for every occasion. For a gift that shows how much you care, take a look at the fabulous range....and don’t forget to treat yourself too! Bookings can be made for private one-to-one sessions, small parties or larger groups. View the full range at or contact Amanda on 07814 160 064.

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Enjoy Afternoon Tea with the Hamleys Bunny Bear this Easter! Monday 1st April – Friday 12th April (week days only) at Hamleys, St Enoch Centre Glasgow HOW would you like to have Afternoon Tea with the Hamleys Bunny Bear? Go along to Hamleys at St Enoch Centre as the Wonderlicious fun begins! We will take you on an adventure through our magical toy shop to the Easter Party Room where we will serve up a wide variety of treats from chocolate eggs to yummy muffins. You’ll even get to decorate your very own Millies Cookie! There are lots of activities planned with Hamleys Bunny Bear. Listen to his

bunny tales and join in the arts and crafts activities and games. Why not bring your own bear along and we will show you how to make your very own bunny bear. You can take part in our Easter egg hunt and also have the opportunity to have your photo taken with Bunny Bear. Before you leave each child will receive a special Hamleys Easter goodie bag! But wait...there’s more!! We have a live petting farm in store, a visit from a surprise Sylvanian Families character and thousands of Scrumpalicious sweets! There are so many reasons to spend your Easter

Get ready for Easter! Trust us for an Easter eggstravaganza!

COME along to Glasgow and the West’s top heritage spots and enjoy Easter fun for all the family. Culzean Castle and Country Park in Ayrshire, Pollok House and Greenbank Garden in Glasgow and The Hill House in Helensburgh are some of the places that are hosting a Cadbury Easter Egg Trail over the Easter weekend! Conservation charity, the National Trust for Scotland has teamed up with Cadbury to put on activities to keep all the family amused over the Easter weekend. Follow the Easter trail, collect the clues and win a delicious Cadbury Easter egg. And while you’re there find out more about these beautiful places and their fascinating history too! There will be plenty of fun activities for all the family throughout the day including face painting, and the chance to design your very own Cadbury EggHead. The winner may even see their design appear as a new Cadbury Egghead in 2014! Property Manager at Pollok House Ian McGreevy said: “We’re kicking the visitor season off in style this year with an Easter eggstravaganza. Come along and explore Pollok House with the family, try our Easter trail and you’ll be rewarded with a Cadbury treat! We hope to see you there.” There are 45 Cadbury Easter Egg Trails taking place at National Trust for Scotland properties across the country. For full details visit

holidays at the finest toy shop in the world! For all details on how to book your place visit


or for more information email or call 08717 042 990 and ask to speak to a member of the Events Team.

A Month’s Supply of Little Dish Meals & Little Dish Goody Bag

THE lovely people at Little Dish have given us a fantastic prize to give away in our latest competition. Little Dish make fresh healthy food for children. The meals contain 100% natural ingredients and no unnecessary salt. Every recipe is created in partnership with a nutritionist, and each Little Dish is taste tested by a team of tiny tasters before it is let out of the kitchen. The most recent addition to the range is fresh filled pasta created especially for children; as well as being delicious, it’s quick and easy for Mums to cook. To enter our competition please tell us what your child’s favourite food is? Email us at competitions@families Competition closes on 19 April. Good luck! You can find out more about Little Dish at and join their community of mothers on Look out for Little Dish fresh hand prepared meals in the chilled meals aisle in supermarkets.

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’s Mother Day l specia

The best pieces of advice you’ve ever been given Music and Dance for Boys and Girls aged 6 months - 5 years

To celebrate Mothering Sunday, we’ve asked Families friends near and far to tell us the best pieces of advice they’ve been given when it comes to being a Mum. Take one a day as needed. Think of it as our gift to you this Mothers’ Day!

• Make the most of every opportunity to play with and listen to your children. Give them your full attention and show genuine interest. The time when they want to tell you everything is so short - before you know it they are teenagers and everything is a secret. You become the most embarrassing person on the planet! - Helli Roberts, Families Head Office

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• Happy mum = Happy kids. Simple! - Allison Thomas, Editor Families Chiltern • Pick your battles. I think this is a piece of advice that gets more valuable the older my children get, although was given to me when my eldest was reaching the terrible twos. Then it was about nap times and refusing meals. Now it’s about what to wear to a party and homework. By picking your battles you let your children know that there are some things that aren’t up for debate. If you nag about everything, the important things get lost among the things that really don’t matter. - Sarah Butters, Editor Families Leeds • Slow down. Don’t rush everywhere. Stop and appreciate the precious time that can be spent with our children. It might be walking at their pace and chatting, or allowing them to tie their own shoes without diving in first. Time is precious, but time with your kids is even more precious. - Vicki Hoarty, Editor Families Sussex Coast • My eldest son was born without a left hand. After the initial shock had worn off, all I could think about was, how will he crawl, how will he develop, how will he cope? After meeting with a specialist surgeon he gave us the best advice ever – Don’t mollycoddle him. So from the earliest age, we encouraged him to get out there and have a “can do” attitude. It paid off – he was (and still is) a lot more capable physically than a lot of his peers, much to everyone’s amazement. So instead of being pitied, he found he was admired instead. - Caryl Hall, Editor Families Cheshire • I wish mummy and daddy would work longer hours and see me less so we could have more money and nicer things. - No child. Ever.

Bargain Booty! Baby Sensory Classes

• Light shows • Brain games

Award winning Baby Development classes for babies from birth to 13 months

Classes Running Weekly in Cumbernauld & North Glasgow

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To find out more details about classes visit our website • Bonding/Massage Contact: Gail Macdonald Tel: 07702806640

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WITH ‘pre-loved’ now an established trend among parents, Baby Booty Sale has reached out to local communities across Scotland, bringing bargain booty to families in Stirling, Dundee, Edinburgh, Ayrshire, Renfrewshire and of course Glasgow.

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As well as providing a central location for the sale and purchase of nearly-new bargains, Baby Booty Sale also supports local Mumpreneurs and child-focused businesses, allowing them to showcase their products or services in a fun and friendly environment! “Our events offer parents a lot more than just a great price shopping opportunity; we introduce children and carers to a whole variety of experiences, from sensory development sessions to photography, as well as craft activities and even animal welfare – last month we had a donkey and an angora rabbit attending our Stirling event.” “If you’re not already subscribed to our newsletter, sign up through our website, so you can see what we get up to next!” Visit to register and view upcoming event dates.

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Little Monkeys Love Music

Here’s some news from some local clubs and classes for the younger members of the family. For a full listing of what’s on for little ones see

Rugbytots in Glasgow RUGBYTOTS is a highly energetic play programme for children aged 2-7 years that has run in Scotland for four years, with classes in Edinburgh, Glasgow, Lothians, Borders, Stirling, and now Perth. Rugbytots is run by Carl McWilliam, who was formerly part of the New Zealand 7s team and played in the Scottish Premier league for Watsonians. Carl, joined by other experienced coaches, now aims to pass on his knowledge at grass roots level in a fun and educational way. Feedback from across our venues has been very positive. One mum recently commented ‘Many thanks for everything you have taught us over the last few years, Rugbytots has been by far the best activity that we have taken part in and worth every penny for the range of skills and the discipline you have given him.’ If Rugbytots is not currently covering an area you would like, please get in touch and they will do our best to get one of the qualified rugby coaches to you. Classes currently run in Newton Mearns, West End (Saturday) and Bearsden (Sunday). All bookings can be done online at the website at If you have any questions, please e-mail

New language classes for under 3s with the Language Hub The Language Hub Ltd offers exciting and affordable language classes and bilingual support sessions for children between the ages of 6 months and 11 years. Research shows that from 0 – 3 years is the best time for a child to be exposed to language learning. This is of course the same time when a child develops its natural ability to speak in general; a young child’s brain treats every language in the same way. So the earlier your child is exposed to a second language the easier it will be for your child to learn it and for its brain to store information. Therefore, we have recently – as the first language school in Glasgow - added new classes for the under 3s to our timetable. These classes are also suitable for bilingual children. The target language is introduced in a playful way through singing, games and suitable physical activities. This is a great opportunity for parents/carers to learn something new together with their child and meet other families with similar interests. Currently available for the under 3s are French, Spanish, Italian, Mandarin and Arabic; details on all our classes can be found on our website Alternatively, come along to the Kelvinhall on the 23.03.13 (at the BabyBootySale, 10:30-13:00 and speak to us in person. Making a second language accessible to your child – whether in a family or classroom environment - is a very special gift as it will always make your child an even stronger person.

SINCE starting last April we have loved watching how much our little Monkeys have blossomed through music. We are delighted with the newest curriculum that is unique to Monkey Music, which has been written specifically for babies from 3 months in response to huge demand from parents, who are increasingly aware of the importance of introducing their children to music from as young an age as possible. Called “Rock’n’Roll”, each class is themed around the everyday life of a very young child and is a special time in the week for parents and carers to simply stop, look at each other and enjoy the sensory experience of sound together. Our classes are currently running in Lenzie, Milngavie, Bearsden and Bishopbriggs. If you would like to try out a complimentary class why not contact us quoting Families on 0141 5737299 Or why not visit the interactive website at www. to sample some of the delights of Monkey Music for yourself! Free Web Listing on Please send us details of your toddler group for a free listing. Also, we can exchange links for any business /charity that is of interest to our readers. Set up a link then let us know: Just email

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Spring into the Holidays with Glasgow Sport! THE best place to be in the Spring Holidays is with Glasgow Sport! We have action packed sessions every day of the holidays to make sure they are active and full of fun. From multi activity to specialised sports training sessions there is something to suit everyone. Many of the activities are free with your Kidz Card. for more details

All sessions 1st April – 14th April 2013 Multi Activity • Club 511 • Kids Club • Pool Activities Club 511 is a two hour fun session for 5-11 year olds where you can try a variety of activities including sports, fun, games, arts and crafts and much, much more. Kids Club is a 5 hour session for 5-11 year olds with a mix of games, sports and activities. Pool Activities There are also pool fun sessions with inflatables and flumes – the only problem is choosing what to do!


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Sports Development • Athletics • Cycling • Disability Sports • Football • Gymnastics • Tennis • Table Tennis Athletics - Run faster, jump higher and throw further than you have ever done before! Athletics Camps focus on a selection of track and field sports with the emphasis always on fun, enjoyment and skills development. You can learn and develop new skills from qualified coaches who can advise on the Run Jump and Throw sessions throughout the year. These camps are open to children with disabilities. Cycling - From novices to confident riders there is a cycling session here to get the kids moving and hooked on cycling for life! Learn how to ride a bike or improve your cycle skills to inhance confidence. Try the thrilling sport of Cycle Speedway for fast and fun riding or learn to ride on the Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome – Scotland’s’ first indoor velodrome – there is something here for all levels. Disability Sports - There are a variety of different fun courses available suitable for 6-16 years olds with additional support needs from crash course swimming to hip hop and free style dance to judo. The emphasis is on fun, enjoyment and taking part.

Football - Mini Kickers is an introduction to football for young children with fun filled football sessions introducing basic movement and ball skills whilst making friends. Fun 4s is for children aged 5-12 years looking to develop their technique and improve their game. The programme has been designed to replicate experiences from the school playground and street football… maybe creating the next super star player! Gymnastics - These come and try fun gymnastics sessions help develop children’s physical skills of balance, coordination, flexibility and strength. From child and parent fun sessions to gymnastics skills sessions using the floor, beam, bars and vault there is something for all levels to take part. Tennis - Come and try tennis sessions are available for all abilities. All sessions are led by our team of qualified tennis coaches and provide the perfect way to try tennis for the first time and practice your skills in a safe, fun environment. Table Tennis - These are table tennis sessions for young players aged 8 and over who want to improve their playing standard.

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a family ticket for The Mark of Zorro

on 5 April at 7.30pm. Part of Families at Easter at Cumbernauld Theatre

A mysterious figure has arrived in town. A flurry of a cape, the glint of a sword and a flash of a mask; who is this baffling character? Exciting friend or formidable foe? If you’re looking for some swash buckling fun, come and lock swords with Zorro. Watch as the masked champion ricochets from one sticky situation to another in a world where adventure is the name and justice is the game!

Watch out for ‘Zs scratched into the ground, it might mark the start of a thrilling escapade... “A racey-pacey adventure brought vividly to life” The Independent To enter answer the following question: True or False: Zorro wears a mask? Send answers and contact details by email to or by post to Zorro Competition, Cumbernauld Theatre, Kildrum, G67 2BN. To see what else Cumbernauld Theatre have on this Easter break visit For more on the show visit

Easter Camps at Snow Factor SNOW Camps at Snow Factor give children the opportunity to learn while having fun and making new friends. Camps starting from beginner levels through to Pro and Freestyle mean that all levels and interests are catered to and leave parents in the knowledge that their child will be learning to their ability, learning new skills and developing on others. Our Camps run during every school holiday in half or full days’, giving parents an excellent source of childcare. With activities and games running each day on our full day camps, you can rest assured that your child will have a unique and exciting experience.

Half day RIDER and PRO - £119 per child (7-10 year olds in morning - Morning Arrival 08.30 – 12.30 11- 15 year olds in afternoon - Afternoon Arrival 13.30 – 17.30) 8th – 12th April Full Day ROOKIE camp - £199 per child 08.30 - 17.30 Half day RIDER and FREESTYLE - £119 per child (7-10 year olds in morning - Morning Arrival 08.30 – 12.30 11- 15 year olds in afternoon - 13.30 – 17.30

Camps Running In Easter:

ROOKIE An introductory course for 7-15 years old aimed at beginner skiers and boarders to work through a progressively structured lesson package to achieve recreational standard.

1st – 5th April Full day ROOKIE camp - £199 per child 08.30 finish at 17.30

RIDER A camp for skiers and boarders 6-15 years old who meet recreational standard or have passed

their level 4 lesson. The camp will build on existing technique through introduction of parallel turns. PRO Aimed at all aspiring Pro’s aged 6-15 years old who are at level 5/6 standard. This camp will work on existing techniques and introduce race, slalom and slope style skills. FREESTYLE A camp aimed at children aged 6-15 years old who have passed level 5/6. This camp will look at advancing the freestyle elements of both skiing and snowboarding. To book please call 0871 222 5672 or visit

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Lands of Turnberry Turnberry Resort Ayrshire KA26 9LT, 01655 331000

are luxurious, huge and very well appointed. Also they’re investing in the adjoining farm and activity centre and there is a children’s Wee Explorer Club (a secure activity room) for younger children in the main hotel which the kids can enjoy with you or under supervision. They have a babysitting service, which in our case also happened to be one of the girls from the Wee Explorer Club so the kids had already met her. Children are welcome in the pool at any time but there is a designated Splash Time (4-5pm) which is when they throw the floats into the pool, otherwise it’s quite clearly a Spa pool and other guests are there for some peace and calming ‘me time’! (The pool is an ideal depth for all ages of kids, which is not always the case with spa pools).

A review by James Patrick & Family Lands of Turnberry is a self-catering enclave of apartments and lodges within the luxury Turnberry Resort. Located on the dramatic and historic Ayrshire coast, Turnberry was the venue for one of the greatest golf tournaments of all time when Tom Watson pipped Jack Nicklaus to the Open title in1977. If you’re not a golf fan, please do keep reading, but skip the following paragraph… If you or your family do happen to be golf fans then you probably already know about Turnberry’s two championship courses (and more) and the new Turnberry Performance Academy with driving ranges, practice greens and a wide range of tuition sessions including the astonishing TaylorMade Performance Lab (the only one in Scotland) which uses advanced motion capture technology to assess your body shape, swing speed and strength to then custom-build you the perfect clubs for your body and physique. Anyhoo, back to the hotel and its facilities for non-golf fans. Turnberry Resort is a luxury, five star, internationally renowned hotel and it’s most definitely not the sort of place where children run around the lobby or race down corridors. However, the resort has made a great effort in recent years to attract families and welcome kids. The family friendly self-catering apartments 10 March/April 2013

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PICTURED ABOVE: Turnberry Performance Academy PICTURED BELOW: Lands of Turnberry Farm

There is plenty for families to do on site. Guests can walk over to the farm at any time (just along from the lodges) to see and feed the animals but a guided tour is probably worthwhile first. They have an interesting collection of animals such as Alpacas, miniature goats and donkeys, ponies, white peacocks, guinea fowl, highland cows, ‘pom pom’ ducks and their legendary indestructible turkey called Braveheart (who hilariously took issue with our three year old’s bright red jump suit). In and around the farm are a range of outdoor activities which the family can enjoy together such as air rifle shooting, clay pigeon shooting, quad biking, treasure trails, pony, horse and cart rides, falconry, fishing archery and more. There are age restrictions on some of these but age eight seemed to be the cut off for the more adventurous pursuits. Turnberry also offer a ‘Buddy for a Day’ child minding service (for half or full days) so the children can try each of these outdoor

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activities under supervision, including snacks and lunch, while the parents or grandparents enjoy a peaceful golf or spa day.

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Golfing and other activities for all the family

Kitchen equipped with basic cutlery, crockery, glassware and kitchenware suitable for 6 people. Living-room with living flame gas fire TV with a selection of satellite channels and DVD player. Board games and books. Spacious bedrooms with TV. Luxury en-suite bathrooms. Washing machine. Free WiFI. No extra charges for electricity, gas or water.

Even as non-golfers we thoroughly enjoyed our family golf lesson in the driving range. There were mini-clubs for our three year old and eight year old (who has repeatedly asked for golf lessons since). The charming South African professional was attentive, enthusiastic and patient - but filming mum and dad each swinging a golf club and then comparing the footage side by side with Tiger Woods was cruel in the extreme. Obviously as Turnberry is on the coast , you can walk down to the beach via a public footpath through the golf course which is lovely and you can book various water sports sessions in the summer such as power boating and sailing. Off site, nearby there is Culzean Castle and obviously you’re in Robert Burns country. See our website for more details:

Food & Drink Obviously, Lands of Turnberry is self-catering so bring your own food and drink but you do also have full access to the main hotel’s six restaurants including formal fine dining to bar and lounge menus as well as their famous and award-winning Champagne Afternoon Tea, which is a very special treat indeed… and highly recommended! Well-behaved children are welcome in all the restaurants, even the formal restaurant, 1906 (the date Turnberry was built). The meal for two we had in 1906 was outstanding… and the sea views from your table are incredible. In summary, Turnberry is very luxurious with all that entails, from large rooms, to attentive staff, top class food, a wonderful setting and a rate card to match. Lands of Turnberry, their self-catering lodges, are very family friendly and there is tons to do but the extras could add up.

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Family Breaks in Scotland WE are looking to find the best family holidays in Scotland. If you have had a great family weekend or holiday in Scotland please do tell us. We’d like to know where you visited, what kind of accommodation you stayed in, why it was great, was it value for money? and why you’d recommend it. We are looking for a range of budgets, so self-catering, boating, camping, B&B or full five star luxury will all appreciated. Also, please do mention any particular highlights such as things to do in the area. Send us just a quick paragraph (or a full review!) and we will print a selection online and in future issues. Submissions can be linked to your blog, business website or charity of your choice. Thanks!

Families Magazine Spring Getaways Offer at Lands of Turnberry Preferred tee-times, a family lunch at the Tappie Toorie clubhouse restaurant, complimentary access to the spa, a leisurely stroll around the estate; this is what a luxury selfcatering break at Lands of Turnberry may include. Reserve a fun filled spring holiday with friends or family: 4 night midweek or 3 night weekend: £795 for a 3 (arriving Friday) or 4 night stay (arriving Monday) £994 for a 7 night stay (arriving Monday or Friday) Valid for stays between 29th of March and 27th of June 2013 Lands of Turnberry guests have privileged access to all Turnberry Resort’s facilities including the championship golf courses, the spa, indoor pool, sauna, relaxation lounges, gym and outdoor activity centre. For additional information and to book these special offers call 01655 333 994 or e-mail Families Glasgow

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Reading out loud in class Is your son ‘does children no good’ or daughter WELL-LOVED children’s author Julia Donaldson has said that reading aloud in class is too “wooden” to interest children in books, and instead they should be taught how to read by acting out plays. The Children’s Laureate has suggested that reading aloud makes children feel like they are being tested, rather than inspiring them. The author of The Gruffalo and Room on the Broom said that when she visits a classroom she takes small groups of students aside and works on the play with them, before reading it to the rest of the class. “It can develop children’s reading” as well as build confidence, she said. The author launches a new series of short plays written especially for schools this winter, including plays by authors such as Vivian French, Alison Hawes and Steve Barlow.

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ON Friday 3rd May, Fettes College will once again be running their Sporting Talent Day for sporty boys and girls aged 10 and 11. This fun-packed day aims to enthuse and inspire while honing skills and nurturing sporting talent. Enthusiastic coaches will give advice, teach new skills and encourage your son or daughter to achieve the very best they can across a range of sports. Like previous years we hope this event will nurture the talents they already have and introduce them to sports they have maybe never tried before as well as getting them involved in some competitive group activities. If you would like further details of this free event, please just email and she will be happy to help.

what’s on Scottish Mask and Puppet Centre Announce New Spring/Summer Season - Shows, Workshops, Birthday Parties for all the Family Jan 19 - Jun 8 2013 Full details of the season from January 19 - June 8th can be found on the ‘WHATS ON’ page of the NEW WEBSITE at Look out for the amazing small space show Toowittoowoo by Sokobauno & Grinagog Theatre in a 1960s Cheltenham Fawn Caravan, which seats just 15 children and adults on Sun 10 Mar 11 – 4pm on the hour along with refreshments and home-baking!

1 February - 12 April 2013

Inspired 2013 Paisley Museum Inspired 2013 is the annual exhibition of creative work from young people in schools and nurseries across Renfrewshire. 12 lucky artists will have their works selected by Provost Anne Hall for the Renfrewshire 2014 calendar.


10.30am Hartbeeps St Enoch Food Court Hartbeeps Multi-Sensory Play and Music sessions. Every Wednesday at 10.30am in St Enoch Food Court next to Hamleys. Tel Gillian on 07508025153 or e-mail

Wednesdays to Saturdays

Storytelling Hamleys Glasgow Get lost in a world of make believe with Amy Imagination as we discover new worlds, make new friends and go on adventures with some of your favourite characters! At Hamleys we think that reading is fun and with so many books to choose from, every day is a brand new experience! Our resident storyteller Amy Imagination is so excited to meet you and all the family. Why not join us at our Tales and Fables Bandstand for fun and learning! Every... Wednesday 1pm and 3pm, Thursday 1pm and 3pm, Friday 1pm and 3pm, Saturday 12noon, 1pm and 3pm.

2 March 2pm - 4pm What’s Hiding at the Heritage Park James Hamilton Heritage Park James Hamilton Heritage Park Meet the Countryside Ranger Service at the hide to look for birds and chicks in the nature reserve. Bring binoculars if you have them, but some will be provided. Suitable for all the family. Free 01355 276611 10.30am – 1.30pm The Jack & Jill Market Bellahouston Leisure Centre 60 stalls bursting with quality, nearly-new baby & kids clothes, toys, buggies, bikes, equipment and much more! (0-9 yrs). Snap us great BARGAINS and save £££ To book a stall visit:

3 March

1pm The Corky Craft Club Scotland Street School Museum Starting in March, every second Sunday after our Corky film showing we invite you to join us at the Corky Craft Club where you can take part in an activity linked to our museum or the film. It’s open to all so you can take part even if you didn’t watch the film! 0141 287 0500

Why not pop over after a Sunday walk in the Botanic Gardens, just along the road from the Centre. Also don’t miss the events for this year’s Glasgow International Comedy Festival between Sat 16 – Sun 24 Mar- Laughology Workshop, Big Magic Wand, Funny Puppets Workshop, Magical Mayhem and Jango’s Jolly Show. The Scottish Mask and Puppet Centre will also have two Easter Holiday Workshops on Thurs 4 and Fri 5 April - Do you know what a Croc ‘O’ Dragon is?

3pm Glasgow Kids Comedy Club The Stand, Glasgow Live comedy for younger fans, particularly those aged 8-12. Every month a selection of comedians tweaks their material for the toughest audience on the planet. No under 5s, all kids must be accompanied by an adult. £4 0844 335 8879

7 March 10am – 2pm Little Explorer Days: All About Me Glasgow Science Centre Little Explorer Days are special days for 35 year olds. Each day has its own theme and includes a mix of workshops, drop ins, make and take activities, songs and time to explore the science mall. Little Explorer Days are an ideal outing for wee ones and their families, happening every month till April 2013 and are great value since £7.95 gets places for a child and an accompanying adult. Call 0141 420 5000 to book your places!

8 March 2013

Fairtrade Football Festival Woodfarm High School, Giffnock It’s Fairtrade footy time again! This will be a five a side fun tournament for local business people and public/third sector workers. It is a great informal networking opportunity for a good cause. If you or anyone you know would like to play, please contact Samantha. to register. 6.30pm Madagascar Live! SECC, Glasgow The DreamWork’s animated movie comes to life. Ticket Prices: £20-50

9 March 10.30am - 1pm Baby Booty Sale The Lagoon Leisure Centre Monthly markets to buy and sell nearly new items at affordable prices. Pop along and experience the bargain bagging buzz for yourself. 10am - 1pm Spring Fayre Cross Arthurlie Primary Come along to the Cross Arthurlie Primary School Spring Fayre and pick up some treats! With a variety of stalls, pizzas, pakoras and cakes galore. £1.50 for adults, 50p for kids. To book a stall please email a reply and we’ll get in touch, tables cost £15 each.

Scottish Mask and Puppet Centre Year Round Children & Families Programme Shows, Workshops, Birthday Parties 8-10 Balcarres Ave, Kelvindale Glasgow G12 0QF

Tel: 0141 339 6185

9 and 10 March 1–3pm The World of Ancient Egypt Glasgow Museums Resource Centre Come and explore the lives of the Ancient Egyptians through objects they left behind. Visits must be booked in advance 0141 276 9300

10 March 2013 12pm, 3.30pm The Singing Kettle: Rumble in the Jungle SECC, Glasgow Join the Kettle team on a marvellous adventure deep into the depths of the jungle, to see what creatures can be found there. There’s colourful energy and singalong songs to get the whole family dancing in the aisles. £12.50, Family £46 12 pm - 4 pm Mothering Sunday Cream Tea’s Chatelherault Country Park Served in style within the grand setting of Chatelherault’s banqueting room. Treat your mother to an afternoon she will never forget. £10.75 pp with one glass of wine. Book early 01698 543402.

14 March

Taste of Science Dinner Glasgow Science Centre Second annual Taste of Science event will be hosted by BBC’s James Martin. Probably best known as the presenter of BBC’s Saturday Kitchen, James will do a presentation and Q and A session. Guests will also enjoy a champagne reception and four course meal. Tickets cost £65.

2pm Fun Run, 5k Mugdock Country Park 183rd Glasgow Scouts invite you to join them in shaking off the winter blues by taking part in this annual fundraising fun event. For more information on the event and race registration please visit 10.30am – 1.30pm The Jack & Jill Market Citadel Leisure Centre, South Harbour St, Ayr 50 stalls bursting with quality, nearly-new baby & kids clothes, toys, buggies, bikes, equipment and much more! (0-9 yrs). Snap us great BARGAINS and save £££ To book a stall visit:

17 March 11am - 3pm Science Sunday Funday Mugdock Country Park Join the British Science Association for a family Science Sunday Funday to celebrate National Science and Engineering Week. There will be lots of experiments to try, activities to join in and science films to watch. For more information visit www.

23 March

10.30am - 1pm Baby Booty Sale Kelvin Hall Sports Arena Monthly markets to buy and sell nearly new items at affordable prices. Pop along and experience the bargain bagging buzz for yourself.

28 March

14 March - 6 April 2013

The Sky Is Falling Scottish Youth Theatre, Glasgow While out picking flowers one day, Henny Penny is suddenly hit on the head by an acorn. This can mean only one thing: the sky is falling! Help him warn the other animals before it’s too late, but watch out for the cunning Foxy Loxy. . . £7.50, Family £24, Concession £6 early bird tickets available until 28 Feb Tel: 0141 552 3988

16 March 10am - 2pm Nearly New Sale St Silas Church Glasgow The return of the great big St Silas nearly new sale in the church hall 69 Park Road, Glasgow, G4 9JE. On sale will be all things kids related from age 0 to 12, homebaking, a fair trade stall and a cafe.

BodyWorks exhibition Glasgow Science Centre 115 interactive exhibits, research capsules and live laboratory experiences make up BodyWorks. Visitors will be able to battle snot, run in a giant hamster wheel and take part in an autopsy amongst other things. As well as the fun interactive exhibits, a brand new programme of workshops and live labs will complement the health based exhibition such as ‘Heart and Lung Dissection’ and a show looking at digestion.

28 March - 14 April 2013

Easter Quiz Chatelherault Country Park A kid’s seasonal treasure hunt with an Easter mystery to solve! A small charge will apply to cover material costs. 01698 426213

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what’s on 29 March 2013 - 1 April 2013

1pm - 3pm Cadbury’s Easter Trails David Livingston Centre, Blantyre Come to our trails, including arts, games, nature, and the best of all, chocolate! We’ll be having all kinds of fun over the Easter weekend. Our Easter trails will take you exploring all over our grounds. 0844 4932207

29 March 10.30am & 11.30am Hartbeeps Silverburn Free sessions for a unique, interactive and sensory experience for babies and children now available at Silverburn on the last Friday of every month. 7:30pm The Mark of Zorro Eastwood Park Theatre, Glasgow The mask-wearing, sword-toting Spaniard goes from thrilling adventure to thrilling adventure, creating mystery and intrigue wherever he goes. Visible Fictions brings the dashing man in black to the theatre stage. Recommended for ages 5+. Ticket Prices: £10, Family £35 Tel: 0141 577 4956

30 March 10am – 1pm Car Boot Sale Inchinnan Parish Church Inchinnan Parish Church hold a car boot sale on the last Saturday of each month from 10am till 1pm! Free Book your space at or phone 0845 0500657 11am – 1pm Table Top Sale Linwood Parish Church Linwood Parish Church hold their popular Table Top Sale on the last Saturday of every month! There is always plenty of bargains to be had so make sure you get there early!

31 March 1pm-4pm Easter Eggsplosion Finlaystone Country Park An afternoon of traditional egg-citing Easter activities. Tel: 01475 540505

1 – 4 and 9 - 11 April 10.30am – 12pm Easter ZEST Gallery of Modern Art The holidays are here so why not get creative every morning in GoMA. Fun, colourful, diverse workshops for families every morning from 10:30 till 12. See the website for list of classes. Free Drop in

1 April 2pm Families at Easter: Shlemiel! Puppet Theatre Cumbernauld Theatre At home the lazybones Šhlemiel, whose wife sells vegetables in the market, keeps an eye on the children and dreams of leaving his dreary town to visit the bright lights of Warsaw. So he sets out for the city of his dreams…but realises that whether you travel East or West, sometimes home is best! Cost: £5. Age: 4+ 01236 732 887

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4 April 10am - 4pm Punch & Judy Puppets, Coffee & Homebaking Day Scottish Mask & Puppet Centre We will be open all day so why come along or even get together with a few friends and arrange to meet for a coffee and a chat while the children colour, cut out and make a puppet from our Punch and Judy collection, or it could be the crocodile, the policeman, the baby, Toby the well as Punch & Judy. £1.50 per puppet or choose two characters for £2 and take one away to keep you busy. All designs and materials supplied. Drop In Tel: 0141 339 6185 2pm Families at Easter: The Steadfast Tin Soldier Cumbernauld Theatre A fairy-tale painter starts to (literally!) sketch a large nursery, decorating it with wondrous toys and figures, to tell us the story about a faithful tin soldier who falls in love with a tissue paper ballerina.A nasty red goblin interferes and the images start to come apart at the seams. Will the painter be steadfast and, together with the tin soldier, find a path back to beauty and happiness? Cost: £5 Age: 4+ 01236 732 887

5 April 7.30pm Families at Easter: The Mark of Zorro Cumbernauld Theatre A flurry of a cape, the glint of a sword and a flash of a mask; who is this baffling character? Exciting friend or formidable foe? If you’re looking for some swash buckling fun, come and lock swords with Zorro. Watch as our masked champion ricochets from one sticky situation to another in a world where adventure is the name and justice is the game! Cost: £5. Age: 7+ 01236 732 887

6 - 7 April 12 – 4pm Riverside Museum Event Square Spring Programme During the Spring school holidays, there will be a programme of children’s activities focusing on water and the Clyde. The Glasgow Richmond Model Boat Club are one of Scotland’s premier model boat clubs and will be bringing their pond and models to Riverside to offer children and adults a shot to use the boats. The GalGael Trust will be undertaking boat building demonstrations and traditional craft workshops. Also some water based activity for older kids.

6 April 10.30am – 1.30pm The Jack & Jill Market Bellahouston Leisure Centre 60 stalls bursting with quality, nearly-new baby & kids clothes, toys, buggies, bikes, equipment and much more! (0-9 yrs). Snap us great BARGAINS and save £££ To book a stall visit: Chatelherault Craft Fair Chatelherault Country Park Chatelherault Visitor Centre is transformed into a display of local crafts, produce and demonstrations from around South Lanarkshire. Something for everyone. 01698 426213

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10.30am - 1pm Baby Booty Sale Hutchesons Grammar School Monthly markets to buy and sell nearly new items at affordable prices. Pop along and experience the bargain bagging buzz for yourself.

7 April 10.30am – 1.30pm The Jack & Jill Market Alistair McCoist Leisure Centre, East Kilbride 40 stalls bursting with quality, nearly-new baby & kids clothes, toys, buggies, bikes, equipment and much more! (0-9 yrs). Snap us great BARGAINS and save £££ To book a stall visit:

8 & 9 April 8 April - 1.30pm & 4.30pm / 9 April - 11am & 2pm Justin & Friends Easter Tour Clyde Auditorium Join Justin Fletcher, Mr Tumble, Katy Ashworth, Andy Day and Nina from Nina and the Neurons. Along with lots of friends from Justin’s House, Something Special and Gigglebiz 0844 395 4000.

9 April

2pm Families at Easter: Innocence Cumbernauld Theatre A unique theatrical playroom for 0-7 year olds (and their adults!), inviting children to dance, play and sing, on a magical journey shared with Scottish Dance Theatre, a breathtaking exploration of the unique world of Innocence. £3.50. Age: 3+ 01236 732 887

13 April

GUVMA Rodeo Garscube Estate Charity event for all the family including Scotland’s elite equestrian stunt team, duck herding, falconry display, climbing wall, rodeo bull, dog show and much more. Tickets are £7 adult, £3 concession and £15 family pass. 10.30am – 1.30pm The Jack & Jill Market Citadel Leisure Centre, South Harbour St, Ayr 50 stalls bursting with quality, nearly-new baby & kids clothes, toys, buggies, bikes, equipment and much more! (0-9 yrs). Snap us great BARGAINS and save £££ To book a stall visit: www.

20 April 2013 11am East Renfrewshire Highland Games Rouken Glen Park The first National Highland Games of the season and this year, it will be a cracker! Expect a day of real traditional Scottish entertainment and it is free! Activities starting at 11.00 am and full games start at midday with competitive caber tossing, hammer throwing, weight over bar. Fingers crossed that we will all require factor 15 and the sun will shine on another fantastic Highland Games event.

27 April 10.30am - 1pm Baby Booty Sale Kelvin Hall Sports Arena Monthly markets to buy and sell nearly new items at affordable prices. Pop along and experience the bargain bagging buzz for yourself.

Join Justin & Friends this Easter FOR the first time ever fans will be able to see Justin Fletcher’s favourite characters brought together on stage as Justin & Friends prepares to rock the SECC Clyde Auditorium on 8 and 9th April. Gigglebiz favourites including Nana Knickerbocker; Lost Pirate; Arthur Sleep and Keith Fit will be joining the fun alongside a host of Tumbles from Something Special. Lord Tumble, Grandad Tumble and Cliff Tumble will star alongside Mr Tumble in a spectacular show presented by CBeebies Live! Joining Justin on his adventures will be his friends Robert the Robot and Little Monster from Justin’s House, as Justin prepares to put on a spectacular rock and roly-poly show for a very special visitor! Justin is on the lookout to find everyone’s special talents and needs you! He will be joined on tour by Nina from Nina and the Neurons, to make sure everything goes according to plan; the adventurous Andy Day who will leave no stone unturned and Katy Ashworth who will cook up a storm. As Robert’s enthusiasm for tidying up threatens Justin’s plans to stage the most amazing show ever, he’ll need your help to keep things on track. Prepare to be thrilled, excited and spectacularly entertained. You too will discover your special talents, as you dance and sing along with Justin Fletcher and all his friends! Tickets are available now and are priced from £13 for children, with family tickets from £52 (for four people and subject to booking fee). For tickets and the most up to date tour information please visit:

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