I’d been in to see the badminton at the Commonwealth Games and beforehand I’d been certain it wouldn’t be the place to take a toddler. I was wrong. There were loads of kids, loads of space in the Emirate Arena and it was a wonderful family atmosphere. I had the opportunity to go to the athletics a few days later and tempting as it was I was a little concerned about the transport aspect with a baby in a buggy (not to mention that I had work to do) so I decided I’d have to give it a miss.
As the week went by I started to feel I needed to expose baby to the atmosphere as I thought it would be fantastic for her even though she may not know what was going on. In lieu of the athletics I decided a trip to Glasgow Green to visit the family friendly area and sample some of the family events they had on.
Off we trundled on a wet Friday Glasgow morning and got in about 10am (not realising there was an opening time for some reason!) By the time we queued and got through security the weather was warm and we were already stripped to our t-shirts.
The first thing we came across was a public piano with a message to try it out. Of course we had to get baby to try it and she had fun slapping away at the keys. I love this kind of thing and I love to let her sample everything I can so this was right up my street.
Next stop we went to the kids area to see the Play, Talk, Read bus but the all time favourite for the kids was the tent with musical instruments. It was great to let then mess around with instruments while the older kid in the party made a foam hat – something for everyone.
After a wander round and the sampling of some lovely food we spied the big wheel. I couldn’t resist so the big wheel in Glasgow Green was to be baby’s first trip on a fairground ride! I must admit I was a teeny bit concerned at the top when she started to fidget but she wasn’t remotely scared and seemed to enjoy looking down at people so I’m chalking it up as a success.