Dads’ Pilates, mum & baby cinema and half term plans: Your weekly ‘What’s On’ activity guide from NappyValleyNet

Dear NappyValleyNetter

Welcome to your weekly ‘What’s On’ activity guide from NappyValleyNet!

Election Day has finally arrived and polling stations across NappyValley have opened their doors for us to go and make our mark.  Candidates have been busy campaigning in the papers, on the television, on the radio, on the doorstep, on social media and online, and our own site has seen some healthy debate. This election has certainly got everyone talking.  Who knows what we’re going to wake up to tomorrow.  One thing’s for sure.  Our ever-expanding calendar will be here and ready for you to check into for ideas and inspiration.  And please keep posting your events onto it via the little green button. Freedom of speech – just how we like it! (click here)

On the move?  Did you know we have property pages with PrimeLocation which bring you homes for sale or to rent in the area with all the school catchments mapped out?  Simply click on the school you’re most interested in and all the homes available within that catchment will be listed for you. Brilliant! (click here)

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

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Available to rent with Hamptons International is a 5-bedroom family home set in a private gated mews-style development right in the heart of Clapham Old Town, with a large eat-in kitchen with adjoining living room and the benefit of a separate garage …click here for details 

On the market with Douglas & Gordon is a 6-bedroom house on one of the most sought after roads in the Nightingale Triangle, stretching to over 3,200 sqft with brilliant family living and entertaining space including a 40ft sunny west-facing garden …click here for details

For rent with Rampton Baseley is a 5-bedroom house on a popular street just off Clapham Common West Side.  With a recently refurbished loft conversion and the extra benefit of a large cellar which has been converted into a utility room, the house is in immaculate condition throughout …click here for details

For sale with Marsh & Parsons is a 3-bedroom Victorian house with generous entertaining space and a large garden in the heart of Clapham Old Town, near to three local primary schools …click here for details

No sooner has your vote been cast than it’s time for the weekend and it’s a packed schedule.  To Saturday, and beyond!

Our friends at Northcote Chiropractic are celebrating their 5th birthday – congratulations!  Join them this weekend for nibbles, a glass of something lovely, massage tasters and face painting, plus the chance to win some fabulous prizes – win, win! …click here for details

Clapham Omnibus is holding a Write it/Wear it Poetry and Printing Workshop this weekend.  A chance to channel your inner fashion designer, you’ll write poetry and create an item of clothing that says it all.  For ages 7 and up, bring out the Vivien Westwood in all of us! …click here for details

Go West…who else is singing, I bet you’re singing..!  Funky Moves take their monthly Pop-up Street Dance Workshop over to Ravenscourt Park this Saturday in their quest to ‘spread the funk to all corners of the capital’!  With two age groups for children aged 5 to 7 and 8 to 11, they’ll learn all sorts of new moves, watch some experts in action and put on a stellar performance for the parents …click here for details

There’s a free afternoon of activities at Nature Scope on Wandsworth Common this Saturday.  From pond-dipping and keep fit to juicing and drawing, it’s got the whole family covered.  And with Skylark right next door, it sounds like the perfect few hours en famille! …click here for details

Another free session, this time Let’s Act Starlets.  A new musical theatre class for little ones aged two and a half to five on Saturday mornings.  Any budding stars are welcome to join in this weekend to see if they love being in the starlight and have a go at building confidence if not! …click here for details

Join the Tales of the Pied Piper this Saturday as they meet at both Sprout Arts and Ritherdon Road and then promenade to a vibrant storytelling and arts festival on Tooting Bec Common.  The parade promises to shimmy, drum and samba its way to the common for a 12 noon start – sounds fab! …click here for details

Making Things Easy is holding an Emotional Eating Masterclass on Sunday. Run by Janey Holliday (founder of Fit for a Princess) and Gill Harvey Bush (who cured Whopee Goldberg’s fear of flying), it promises to be a practical and uplifting day that will help you overcome your need for treat, comfort or rewards eating.  Sounds like some ‘me-time’ very well spent! …click here for details

The Exhibit in Balham now has Parent and Baby screenings! If you haven’t been recently, it’s had a great new refurbishment and those leather sofas for watching the movies sure are comfy!  If you missed it in the cinema (too busy with the baby perhaps?), then Philomena is showing next week for mums and babes under one, plus the option of lunch afterwards.  Brilliant! …click here for details

Planeta Ka has opened at The Unicorn.  An explorer gradually discovers a mysterious land; its mountains, craters and caves full of surprises.  With great sound, textures and visual effects, children can find secret spaces to hide, slopes to climb and places to jump and slide.  I said the children…! …click here for details

Now that May has really bedded in, it might be time to think about half term…!

Get the week off to an active, energetic start with a Playball Playdate at Eddie Catz in Putney.  A few hours of sports, games, skills and soft play will surely leave them rosy-cheeked and happy …click here for details

Join Olaf, Elsa and the gang for, yes you’ve guessed it, a Frozen Workshop with Dynamic Dance at Eddie Catz!  Arrive dressed up and learn routines and songs from the movie, ready to perform to parents at the end.  Plus lovely soft play, of course.  Let them go, let them go… …click here for details

Calling all future town planners and Lego-lovers!  Mini-engineers are holding a LEGO Urban Planning and Vehicle Build Workshop where different teams will build their vehicle and then design the road system that will lead it to meet with all other teams’ systems.  Lego one day, Hyde Park Corner the next…!? …click here for details

Little House of Science are running a Leonardo da Vinci Workshop to learn all about the brilliant Italian inventor, scientist and artist as well as build a da Vinci catapult and investigate his other inventions.  Let’s inspire the next generation! …click here for details

For something a little bit different, try the Sewing School at the Old School Club where they’ll get to grips with lots of fun projects from cushions and bags to aprons and scarves, both by hand and also on sewing machines.  Do you think if I sent mine with uniform and name tapes..….no, sorry. …click here for details

All Stars has got SW London covered almost as well as we have, with half term Tennis Camps happening in four different parks with daily programmes for various age groups ranging from 3 up to teens.  Get them started or hone those skills…next stop Wimbledon! …click here for details

Some dates for the diary you might not want to miss…

Next week is Open Week at Bright Horizons nurseries, giving you the chance to have a good look around and to meet the team that might be looking after your child.  Register on the day and you’ll be in with the chance of winning £50 of children’s books – your little ones will love you even more! …click here for details

Trinity Hospice are calling all golfers for a ‘four-ball’ at one of the leading golf courses in Surrey next week. This popular annual event raises fantastic funds for Trinity and the team’s day includes 18 holes on the beautiful course, a delicious three course lunch and wine.  If you know a golfer or four, spread the word! …click here for details

Erm.  Anyone out there familiar with Tantrums, Tears and Battles?!  The Parent Practice are holding a workshop on ‘Positive Discipline – how to be firm and fair’ next week and hope to give you a hand with disciplining children, one of the hardest aspects of parenting. …click here for details

Jane Wake is holding a free Dads’ Pilates Flow class!  Despite women being the main beneficiaries of the exercise around here, Pilates was invented by a man and with the focus on strength, power and inner core strength, this could be the best thing ever for (super) dads in SW London!  …click here for details

There aren’t many calendar entries on NappyValleyNet that start at 7.30am!  It’s the 2015 Tooting Aquathlon in aid of Ickle Pickles coming up soon.  Anyone fancy 5 lengths of Tooting Bec Lido followed by a 5km run?  Or perhaps just go along to cheer and show your support for this brilliant local charity …click here for details

And finally, there’s a whizz-bang collection of new competitions and offers for you this month.  We’ve got May half term covered with family theatre tickets and places on outdoor sports camps up for grabs, plus fabby prizes to help you glow and irresistible offers to keep you smiling.  Flaming June in glorious Devon anyone, or perhaps a taste of the exotic in Morocco? The world’s your oyster! …click here for details

That’s it for this week.  Whatever you do, have fun and happy voting!


Annabel & the NappyValleyNet team xx

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