Children’s Playgroups, Projects and Things to do in Glasgow

Photo: rainbow nursery.Rainbow Dreams Day Nursery

Specialising in working with children aged between 2 and 5 years old. Refurbished early 2013, the nursery:

  • Promotes active learning
  • Provides stimulating activities that are both planned and child led
  • Utilises a spacious outdoor area to develop health and wellbeing
  • It is registered with SCSWIS and implements the Scottish Government\’s  Pre-Birth to Three and Curriculum for Excellence agendas.

All staff are highly qualified and motivated, ensuring children feel nurtured, respected and valued in their surroundings.

Open 50 weeks of the year including bank holidays.

Monday to Friday 8am – 6pm.
Tel: 0141 337 6160
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Photo:The Children’s Garden

Hillhead Children’s Garden is in The Botanic Gardens, Queen Margaret Drive, G12. You will find it next to the Play Area.
What is it? -Hillhead Children\’s Garden is for kids to find out that growing fruit, vegetables and salad is fun and the stuff tastes good.

How does it work?-Children plant seeds, water, grow on and harvest the plants. We also do sports and arts activities. Kids are supervised by adults but this space is kid\’s space. Children must be accompanied by adults.

Who is it for? -For children and their families from Hillhead area or those visiting. It is also available to be booked for school and children’s groups, to do activities.

Photo: clanmacondo.    Free Spanish lasses for Parents and Toddlers

Wednesdays – 1 p.m. – 2 p.m.

    Knightswood Community Centre – Glasgow

Free Spanish classes for parents and toddlers

Clan Macondo was founded by Maritza Rodriguez, a Columbian graduate of Hispanic studies and specialist in Columbian music, dance and language.  Maritza\’s desire to promote Columbian culture stems from her appreciation of her warm welcome from Scottish culture and people.

It has been proven that the best time to learn a foreign language is at an early age so Martiza is holding free weekly classes for parents and pre 5\’s to learn Spanish. Called “Wiggle and Giggle”, let your wee ones learn Spanish in a fun new way!

More information

Knightswood Community Centre, 201 Alderman Road, Glasgow, G13 3DD
Phone:0141 959 9419

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Activities for Families    

Project Ability
103 Trongate
Glasgow G1 5HD

0141 552 2822

AMF Ten Pin Bowling

Springfield Quay, Glasgow

Indoor Bowling. Offer a safe and exciting environment for kids, with bumpers and ramps for the younger members, plus a variety of amusements for older children.

10am – late

Family of four including 2 kids from £26 Ages 3 – 15

Telephone    0844 826 3015
amf bowling website

Scottish Youth Theatre

The Old Sheriff Court, 105 Brunswick Street, Glasgow, G1 1TF


Photo: gft pop up.Glasgow Film: Pop-Up! Programmers

CCA, 350 Sauchiehall Street, G2 3JD

Thursday 6 December 2012 – Thursday 27 March 2014(not Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays)

7:00pm : FREE

Ages: 18 and over

Call the CCA Box Office on 0141 352 4900

Start time indicative – further details to be announced.

A new creative training programme for 18-24 year-olds, funded by Young Start

Pop-Up! is for 18-24 year-olds who want to make film events happen in their communities. You don\’t need prior experience to take part, just commitment, some time and a love of cinema.

Kid Bee Happy

Photo: kids bee happy.Fernanda Piza and Kids Bee Happy Glasgow provide an excellent resource for all types of events where children require entertainment.  Whether this be at private functions, such as birthday parties and weddings, or school fayres, festivals or charity events,  the activities she provides make these events very enjoyable for the youngsters.

Children aged from four upwards have a lot of fun and get the chance to express themselves creatively through sandpainting. They love having their own work of art, which they are proud to display, and while they are enjoying themselves their parents can relax  in the knowledge that the kids are happy and engrossed.

Full details


Always try to telephone to check as times and venues change

First Touch Football

First Touch Football is a new football coaching programme.
Kicking off in Glasgow\’s West they offer quality coaching services to children wanting to play the beautiful game whether for fun, extra-training or as a career!

First Touch was founded to improve the quality of football in Scotland by getting your child involved and enjoy football from a young age, irrespective of ability.


Bearsden Academy,Stockiemuir Road, Bearsden

Explore! at Riverside

There’s so much to see at Riverside, and now there\’s even more for children to do!

    Riverside Museum,  100 Pointhouse Place Glasgow   G3 8RS
    Tel: 0141 287 2660

Every Saturday and Sunday afternoon, come along to join drop-in activities led by our learning and access team, or pick up and follow self-led trails to discover the museum in a whole new way.


AMF Ten Pin Bowling

Springfield Quay, Glasgow

Indoor Bowling. Offer a safe and exciting environment for kids, with bumpers and ramps for the younger members, plus a variety of amusements for older children.

10am – late

Family of four including 2 kids from £26 Ages 3 – 15

Telephone    0844 826 3015
amf bowling website

Scottish Youth Theatre

The Old Sheriff Court, 105 Brunswick Street, Glasgow, G1 1TF

Family Friendly Tour and Activities

Glasgow Museums Resource Centre    

Ages – 5 to 11


Free – Drop-in – no ticket required

Visitors usually have to book visits to Glasgow Museums Resource Centre, but we also run regular family afternoons that do not require advance booking.

Join us for drop-in activities and short family-friendly tours at 1pm and 2pm. Places on the tours are limited – first come, first served.

Telephone:0141 276 9300

Parent and Toddlers Group Heart of Scotstoun

Community Centre, 64 Balmoral Street Glasgow G14 0HB

The group runs on a Friday from 10am til 12pm and on a Monday as of the 30th of April, 2012 from 12pm til 2pm.

Run entirely by volunteers – Free for anyone to come along.


Gymboree Play and Music West End

Play and Learn Classes for Pre-school Children

Opens April 2012 at Anniesland Methodist Church,213 Bearsden Road G13 1DH .

A unique combination of music, movement, props and imaginary play to create a world where children learn, thrive and most importantly have fun!

Through engaging age-appropriate activities, Gymboree helps children learnthe concepts, skills and tasks needed to set a solid foundation for school and life success with its well-rounded programme touching upon the physical,social, emotional and cognitive development of young children.

Nominated in the 2012 ‘What’s on for Little One’ Awards
Winner of Best National Pre-schooler Development Activity 2011 and 2009

Contact us to book a free trial class : Email:
Call the team on 07545957040

Photo:The Language Hub

The Language Hub Ltd (SC398135) is a Glasgow based language school offering innovative and fun modern language classes for children keen on learning a new language and also providing language support classes for bilingual children.

Classes are available for children between the ages of 6 months and 11 years; see website for details:

For more information contact Michle Gordon (director) or Telephone: 07505144476

Hunterian Zoology Museum,University of Glasgow, ,Graham Kerr Building Glasgow G12 8QQ


Kelvingrove Art Gallery & Museum
0141 276 9599


Acting Up! Drama Sessions for Children and Young People

CCA, 350 Sauchiehall Street

Call the CCA Box Office on 0141 352 4900

With the exception of the school holidays, CCA offers competitively priced drama classes every Saturday for kids taken by accomplished writer and actor Clare Hemphill and her team of energetic assistants!  There is also an excellent annual show for each age-group, featuring the childrens\’ own ideas which are recorded onto DVD as a permanent keep-sake.

All CCA classes are exciting, fun and innovative, working on the children\’s self esteem and confidence as well as their creativity and acting ability.  It is also a wonderful place to meet new friends and have fun.  Give your child an affordable but educational weekly treat!

Email or text or phone 07974270053.

More information


German Speaking Kinderclub Glasgow

We are a German speaking mother and toddler group, we meet every monday at the Hillhead Parish Church Hall at 10:00 a.m. till 12:00 noon.

We provide a German speaking environment for parents and their children. Mums and Dads can meet up and speak their own language (or in some cases practise a second language). If you want to get in touch send an email to Petra


Garscube Community Playrooms

Manresa Place (between Garscube Rd and St Georges Rd)
Activities for 0-5 year olds
3 large playroooms including a soft play room
painting* water play* craft table*

£1 and it’s open from 9.30am to 3.30pm


German Speaking Kinderclub Glasgow

We are a German speaking mother and toddler group, we meet every monday at the Hillhead Parish Church Hall at 10:00 a.m. till 12:00 noon.

We provide a German speaking environment for parents and their children. Mums and Dads can meet up and speak their own language (or in some cases practise a second language). If you want to get in touch send an email to Petra


Young Driver Driving lessons for 11-17 year olds


Until 9 October 2013

Braehead Shopping Centre, Glasgow

Get behind the wheel of a brand new, dual control, SEAT Ibiza. Driving lessons take place at 15 venues nationwide, where government approved driving instructors teach youngsters how to drive in a safe environment. Youngsters learn how to start, stop, steer, reverse and change gear on a specially constructed course, designed to simulate real life road scenarios.

Supported by police forces, The Duke of Edinburgh\’s Award and the Institute of Advanced Motorists, Young Driver offers a fun, confidence building experience whilst encouraging good driving in young people.

Lessons cost £29.99 for 30 minutes driving and £57.99 for 60 minutes.

More information: 0844 371 9010

Sessions run from 10am until 16:30pm.

£29.99 for 30 minutes driving –  £57.99 for 60 minutes.


Strathclyde Country Park

Amazonia – a unique place for fun and learning for all ages.

Adventure in the Amazon with Parrots, toucans, monkeys, snakes, bats, tarantulas, leaf cutter ants, tropical birds, butterflies, caiman crocodiles and giant millipedes.

Ages    1 to 15

Times    10am – 6pm

Prices    Adults (16 years+) £5.95Child £4.50Children under 3 enter free when accompanied by a paying adult.

01698 333 777

Strathclyde Country Park, 366 Hamilton Road, Motherwell

Photo:Evolve Academy

Evolve Academy is a new and innovative drama school based in the heart ofGlasgow. We provide expert tuition in drama and performance and arecommitted to working with our members every step of the way throughout theirdevelopment journey. Our courses are student orientated and we alwaysstrive to promote a hands on and motivational approach.

We are always on the look out for fabulous people aged 7- 17 to join ourfriendly team and participate in our various classes, projects andperformances. Like what you hear so far? This is only the start of it!

For further information

Photo:The Zest Programme

Providing a wide range of activities for kids to try during the school holidays. Including: Things to do for 5 – 18 year olds in Glasgow during the holidays. Look out for activities taking place in venues across the city, including libraries, museums, sports centres, pools, community centres, and out and about in your area. Lots of events for families too.
More information – Zest website

Hillhead Toddler Group

Fun play and arts and crafts activities at Hillhead Church, Observatory Road<,/p>

Tuesdays – 10am – 12am
Thursdays – 10am – 12am
Cost &pound;1.50 per family


The Scout Hall Kelbourne Street
Quality childhood development through play
A cooperative family experience
Contact: Dearbhla

Sing and Sign Classes for Babies

Partick Burgh Hall

The original UK baby signing programme. Help your baby to communicate before speech with our award winning music programme which combines action songs, rhymes and gestures derived from sign language. The use of puppets, props and musical intruments make our classes an exciting journey of discovery and learning that you and your baby will look forward to every week. It\’s fun and easy! Boost your baby’s speech and language development.

Other classes also available.
Winner of Best Baby Signing Class 2008 and Best Activity for Under 2\’s 2007 – come and join us to see why.
Contact: Jayne Rooney at 0141 616 2460,

Swimming for tots

We teach children from age 3 in the pool at Cleveden Secondary.
Booking opening for the new term from Monday 10th of December.

Scottish Mask and Puppet Theatre Centre

8-10 Balcarres Avenue, Glasgow G120QF
Bookings: 0141 339 6185
E-mail venue
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Beaconsfield Toddlers

Are you 0-3 years old? Why not come along and join in the fun on Tuesday and Thursday mornings 10am to 11.45am in the Large Hall of St John\’s Renfield Church, Kelvindale. Just remember to bring an grown up with you!

Jo Jingles

Fun with music from the leading children\’s music group!
Jo Jingles provides your child with a fun introduction to music with age-specific classes starting from 6mths through to 5years. Classes last for 45 mins and are held weekly (term-time) in \’The Annexe\’, Stewartville Street, Partick.
Over 20,000 children attend Jo Jingles across the UK every week.
For more information on Jo Jingles and other classes in the Glasgow North area please visit
Please phone in advance to check availability in your desired class on 0141 587 7942.
Jo Jingles is also available for Parties and attends Nurseries

Anchor Boys

                        We are the Anchor Boys of the 5th Glasgow Boys Brigade. We are looking for boys in P1-P3 to join us on a Thursday evening from 6.15pm to 7.30pm in St John\’s Renfield Church Hall, Beaconsfield Road, Kelvindale. There will be lots of games, crafts and most importantly FUN!!!! Contact Wendy Watt on 0141 589 1864 to find out more or just come along on Thursday.

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Sail Back in Time

Mondays – Fridays
Sail back in time to 110 years ago when the SV Glenlee took her maiden voyage. Meet some of her crew and explore the ships.
Suitable for all ages.         0141 222 2513 Admission applies: &pound;4.95 (&pound;3.95)




is running an early years music programme for children ages 0-7 on Sunday afternoons – call 0141 332 4101 for info and to register for next term


Story Telling and Craft Workshops

Jam at the University of Glasgow

New Children\s Sports Programme

Photo: Sling Meet


Helps parents meet up with other parents who use slings around the UK. Monthly meetings – Check slingmeet website for locations and dates.

Do any of the following describe you?
*You want to carry your baby while you carry on other activities
*You want to buy a carrier but you\’re not quite sure which one
*You have a carrier but have not had much luck getting a comfortable fit
*You\’ve never used a baby carrier but wouldn\’t mind trying
*You are an experienced \’baby wearer\’ and you would like to share your experience
Then come and meet us!


Sports coaching for 3-9 year olds
Hyndland Community Centre
Novar Drive
Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays
classes teach children 8 different ball sports
along with fun ball games
more info Hazel Kennedy 07921 268 063
or visit

The Annexe

Stewartville Street, Partick

Arts and Crafts Sessions

for 3-5 year olds
Fridays 10-11am
each session is designed to allow children to explore different themes and express themselves through a range of creative media.Let your child develop their imagination and creative skills
For more info &amp; to prebook call Jill on 07932 628155

TinyTalk Baby Signing Classes

Hyndland Community Hall, Novar Drive
Learn to communicate with your baby before they can talk with singing, signing and playtime. Social time is included where refreshments are provided.
Mondays 11-12noon during term time for 0-2 year olds.

07850 217925

Hyndland Toddler Group

Hyndland Community Hall Novar Drive
Meets Tuesdays and Thursdays 10 – 11.30am
more info from

Partick Community Players

The Annexe, Stewartville Street, Partick
Creative Drama Workshops
Thursdays 6.30-8pm 10-15yr olds
tel 0141 579 5561 to enrol
Fridays 5-6.30 5-9yr olds
no enrolment – just turn up!
more info email Alison Reid

Glasgow Science Centre

Pacific Quay
Live shows every day
for an extra &pound;2 on your Centre ticket
you can visit the Scottish Power Space Theatre
See a night sky as it should be seen
for a full Science Centre programme &amp; bookings tel: 0141 420 5000
or visit

Partick Library

Dumbarton Road
every Wed 10.30-11.30
Bounce and Tickle
for under \’s
*stories *rhymes *songs *and fun


The Tall Ship at Glasgow Harbour

The only Clydebuilt sailing ship still afloat in the UK
Events programme from 0141 222 2513
or visit
Admission &pound;4.50/&pound;3.25 Children &pound;2.50 or one child FREE with each paying adult

Twins and Multiples Club

Glasgow West End contact Lisa Sandford 0141 334 2482 or 07720 448 718
or email

Football Development Programme

Glasgow City Council run a huge programme
from 3-4 year old mini kickers through all ages
WestEnd venues are Scotstoun Leisure Centre, for a programme tel 0141 287 5902
or visit

every Thursday 10am – 12noon Parent &amp; Toddler Group
Stewartville Street Annexe in Partick
more info 0141 357 6747

Go and hear some Monstrously Good Stories
at Hillhead Library
every Fri at 3.30pm

Juvenile Pipe Band

based at Knightswood Community Centre
on Alderman Road
looking for new members aged 8-18!
expert tuition given for drummers and pipers
tuition fees are an incredible &pound;1 per night!
and the annual membership is &pound;15
for more info email Mary at:
or phone her on 01475 540720 after 6pm and at weekends


Mondays 11-12noon Wednesdays 1-2 Fridays 10-11 &amp; 11-12noon
Scotstoun Leisure Centre Danes Drive
Swim classes for babies of six months to toddlers of 5 years
no need to book just take yourself along with your wean
trained coaches encourage you with games, songs and splashes

Baby Massage

Friday 1-3pm you need to book this one
Scotstoun Leisure and Recreation Centre: 0141 276 1620

Children’s Aikido Classes every Saturday 10.30-12noon
with John McGill in the Stewartville Street Annexe
Classes &pound;2

Junior Jujitsu
5 – 15 years Sundays 12.30 – 1.30 in the Kelvin Hall
for more info 0141 357 2525

Le Club Picoti
Rencontres enfants (de 0 a 5 ans)
mamans, et papas francophones et francophiles
Tous les mercredis de 10 h a midi
Hillhead Parish Church Hall, Observatory Road
Chansons-Jeux Activites Manuelles
Contacter Veronique au 0141 942 3192 ou Pascale 0141 552 7814


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