Barnes Children’s Literature Festival, Street Party fun, music and dancing: Your weekly activity guide from NappyValleyNet

Dear NappyValleyNetter, 

Welcome to your weekly activity guide from NappyValleyNet!

Happy St George’s Day!  Which makes me think of Will and Kate’s first born.  Which makes me think of their next baby, due this month.  Favourite names at the bookies are Alice and Arthur, though everyone seems convinced it’s a girl.  Is it the shape of her bump, just a gut feeling or because everyone wants them to have one of each for a perfectly balanced royal future?  I wonder if Kate taps into our great forum.  OK, so she probably doesn’t use us to find her plumber/builder/gardener, but like the rest of us, she might have lots of questions on motherhood.  Exciting times ahead – we look forward to hearing the news!  In the meantime, keep checking into our brilliant calendar of goings-on and please keep adding to it via the little green button.  And Kate, if you’re reading, please feel free to post your second born’s birthday and name here first!! (click here).

House hunting in NappyValley?  If so, then start with us.  We’re working with PrimeLocation and four local estate agents to bring you our property search section, which has a handy drop-down menu of all the local schools, so that when you click on the one you’re interested in, all the properties for sale or to rent in its catchment area will appear – ta dah!! (click here).

Take a look at these four properties from our Preferred Property Partners this week:

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For sale with Marsh & Parsons is an 8-bedroom semi-detached family house in Clapham Old Town with off-street parking, a self-contained annex and a south-facing garden …click here for details

For rent with Hamptons International is a 5-bedroom house in beautiful condition throughout, with bi-fold doors from the kitchen leading onto a garden laid with faux grass, near Northcote Road and within easy walking distance of Clapham South tube or Wandsworth Common station …click here for details

Also for rent and with Rampton Baseley is a 5-bedroom family house with a large and bright reception room and an extended kitchen with plenty of natural light, opening out onto an immaculately kept garden, just off Northcote Road …click here for details

On the market with Douglas & Gordon is a 6-bedroom semi-detached house on one of the most sought after roads in the Nightingale Triangle, brilliantly extended to offer fantastic living and entertaining space, and set between both Clapham and Wandsworth Commons. …click here for details

It’s all go this weekend – starting Friday – and there’s something for everyone!

The very fab Independent mindbodysoul is celebrating 10 years tomorrow!  RSVP and then call in to their Balham shop for drinks and nibbles, complimentary tasters of massages as well as great offers on treatments booked and the value redeemable against lovely products.  Get down there girls and congratulations IMBS! …click here for details

It’s the Abbotswood Road Street Party in aid of The Haven this Saturday afternoon with all sorts of fabulous fun on offer!  Think live music, street dancing, a dog show, a brilliant raffle, all sorts of lovely stalls – there’s even Chuka Umunna MP coming along…well, it is only a couple of weeks away now…! …click here for details

It’s the Barnes Children’s Literature Fesitval on Saturday! Join Holly and Kelly Willoughby at a stunning line up featuring some of the biggest names in writing for children including co-creator of The Gruffalo, Alex Scheffler and the Fairytale Hairdresser, Abie Longstaff in a programme of readings, book signings, workshops and performances dotted around lovely Barnes.  Sounds like a fantastic family day out. (click here) .  We’ve got a fabulous free family pass up for grabs for one of you!  You’ve only got until tomorrow (Friday) at 11am to enter and you must be free to go to Barnes for 12.30pm on Saturday! …click here for details

If strutting your stuff is more your thang, then it’s time for another Baby Loves Disco on Saturday afternoon.  The theme this time is a ‘Teddy Bear’s Rave’, so grab your under 5s and a teddy (as if you need them as an excuse to party…).  Dayclubbing fun for the whole family – love it! …click here for details

They’re as non-stop as the Duracell bunnies (are they still going?)!  Here are a few ways to channel that energy…

Is yours a Funny Bug or a Giggle Worm?  Then they’ll fit right in at this regular gymnastics-based class at The Little Gym. For pre-schoolers aged 3 to 5 on Fridays, it’ll help them channel their energy and reach their developmental milestones.  So many different sessions to choose from for all ages, but the picture on this one is so sweet! …click here for details

Teddy Bear’s Play Group takes place every Tuesday morning on St Anne’s Hill where they (and you) will have a lovely time – arts and crafts, healthy snacks, toys and singalong fun.  Caffeine is provided for the grown-ups and there’s a separate area for babes under one, where you can meet and exchange stories and advice – brilliant! …click here for details

Splatter Dance run creative dance classes for children in Northcote Library on Monday afternoons.  Two sessions – ‘Swirl’ for 4 to 6 year olds and ‘Swerve’ for 7 to 9 year olds – will have them energised and having fun while their imaginations run wild and they turn into great little performers.  Free trial classes on offer – fab! …click here for details

The Colour House Theatre at Merton Abbey Mills plays host to another Little Folk with Albo Concert soon.  A mixture of traditional, original, folk and American camp songs, it’s a great introduction to concerts for little ones.  Albo, his banjo, guitar and, well, songs.  You get to sing-along too – no hiding at the back now..! …click here for details

If you want to get ahead with your summer holiday plans, then you might like to snap up the early bird offer currently up for grabs with Funky Moves!  Music and dancing, arting and crafting during the last week of July …click here for details

From walking and moving to hypnobirthing and culture – we’ve got the lot in NappyValley! 

Go fall down a rabbit hole with Alice in Wonderland at Battersea Library in May as part of the Wandsworth Arts Fringe 2015.  Celebrating the 150th anniversary of Lewis Carroll’s classic, this new adaptation is suitable for age 4 and up, with plenty of jokes for the grown-ups too! …click here for details

Rosie Goode runs Expert Hypnobirthing courses in Tooting Bec.  She’s taught over 2000 couples in London and is Chair of St George’s Maternity Forum, so clearly knows her stuff!  She’s offering a 20% discount for NappyValleyNet mums if you book by the end of April – thank you! …click here for details

It’s the Trinity Hospice Magnolia Walk next Sunday.  Take in a scenic route of either 2, 5 or 10 miles around Clapham and Battersea before heading back for a well-deserved BBQ in their stunning gardens.  A fantastic way to support this brilliant local charity which needs to raise £7m each year, and on Bank Holiday Sunday, a great thing to do together as a family …click here for details

Considering a move out of town?  Don’t go!!  But if you must, then here’s a great opportunity you won’t want to miss.  Life after London are holding free one-to-one 30 minute sessions to talk through all the things you might want help with.  Where to go?  How to go about making that move?  Talk to the experts …click here for details

If your children are approaching 11+ or 13+ exams, you (and they!) might be interested in a May Half Term Revision Course run by Kings Tutors.   They’ll go over the most essential content for the exams as well as study skills and exam technique, with music, art and drama in the afternoons …click here for details

That’s it for this week.  Whatever you decide to do – have fun!

Love,

Annabel & the NappyValleyNet team xx

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