Disco divas, parenting tips and a crash course in swimming: Your weekly What’s On activity guide from NappyValleyNet

Dear NappyValleyNetter,

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

So, this Monday was apparently the year’s worst for Monday Blues.  Well, the sky was certainly blue and while the sun shone through the crisp air at the start of this week, we NappyValleyNetters got on with the day-to-day, getting to grips with this brand new year and all that is on offer for us and our families. Less of the blue, more of the bright and bold pink.  The site is flying, you’re all so busy tapping into its brilliant local knowledge or using it to share, advise and communicate.  They say things are quiet at this time of year, but not so on our calendar.  We can barely keep up with all the lovely new events and goings-on you post daily, so thank you and keep them coming!  Blue schmoo!  (click here) 

Let’s start by taking at look at this week’s properties from our ‘Fab Four’. No, not the gang from Liverpool but our Preferred Property Partners, who, together with PrimeLocation, help us bring you all the properties for sale or to rent in the area with the extra search criteria of school catchments!  Quite handy if you happen to be thinking about schools…(click here)


On the market with Hamptons International is a beautifully elegant 5-bedroom family home minutes from Clapham Common, with over 4,000 sq ft of living space and a fabulous west facing garden and off-street parking …click here for more details

Available to rent with Douglas & Gordon is an exceptional 4-bedroom family home on a popular street just off Northcote Road.  A wide Victorian house, it is immaculately presented with neutral decoration throughout …click here for more details

Also to rent with Marsh & Parsons is a very impressive 3-bedroom flat with its own entrance in a converted synagogue on Chivalry Road, with very high ceilings and lots of entertaining space …click here for more details

And for sale with Rampton Baseley is a stunning 5-bedroom family house, unusually wide and completely refurbished, with excellent living space of over 2,250 sq ft near Northcote Road. …click here for more details

So, whether it’s new or just more of what we know and love, here are a few goings-on that you might like to investigate further…

Bach to Baby are back at St Luke’s tomorrow with one of their classical concerts for little ones and their grown-ups.  Doors open half an hour before the music starts, so time for a coffee and a chat before enjoying Swooning Bassooning with favourites by Vivaldi, Bach and Mozart.  Sounds like a blissful interlude! …click here for more details

The Minnow Club is a drop-in social arts and crafts group for babies to pre-schoolers with great coffee, cake and music on hand for those over 4!  It’s run by Captain Cookie of Camp Bestival so I’m sure they know how to have fun! …click here for more details 

Amanda’s Action Club is in full swing four days at week at Skylark on Wandsworth Common with Amanda running two classes and Tim, the UK’s finest breakdancer, running the other two!  He was the dance captain for the opening ceremony of the Olympics and a semi-finalist on Britain’s Got Talent.  It’s not just the kids who are going to love him! …click here for more details

Looking for a playgroup in Battersea?  St Mary’s Toddler Stay & Play is open every Monday morning on Battersea Church Road with toys, sing-along and the chance for everyone to meet and play, with a good dose of tea and coffee thrown in for good measure! …click here for more details

Little Voices is holding a singing masterclass in Putney with West End star Kerry Ellis.  For boys and girls aged 6 to 18, go along and be inspired by her experiences and make the most of this one-off opportunity to glean some tips from the top.  Too late for me, I wonder..?! …click here for more details

And for the mums, dads, grannies, grandads, nannies…collectively known as grown-ups…

The Parent and Baby Coach is running a Baby Routine and Sleep Workshop soon with tips and advice for how to help your baby self-soothe and fall asleep on their own. One of the most important life skills and one to really crack in the first year! …click here for more details

The Parent Practice are running a free talk for parents on ‘Top tips for toddlers’ on Thurleigh Road next week.  With 10 years experience in the business, you might just pick up a few handy pointers.  Just don’t get trampled in the stampede! …click here for more details

If you’re interested in volunteering for Brownies and the Girl Guides this year, then go along to the Balham information evening, where you’ll hear more about helping girls and young women develop their self-confidence as well as helping out in your community.  Another win/win situation!   Help cut those waiting lists – lots of keen girls around these parts! …click here for more details

Here are a few fab ideas for you all to have fun together – never a dull moment…

The Festival of Funk is almost upon us!  If you haven’t already booked your tickets, then it’s not too late to be part of this celebration of 10 years of Funky Moves at The Bedford.  Think energy, fun, music, dancing, bubbles and more, much more!  Phew.  They’ll sleep well that night…! …click here for more details

We’re going on a bear hunt…we’re going to find a big one!  Join in with Gambado Chelsea’s Bear Hunt and go along dressed as your favourite story book character for a teddy bears’ picnic.  Plus story-time, soft play and build your own bear to take home.  Brilliant! …click here for more details

This is a goodie for chasing away those January blues.  Baby Loves Disco is holding a Pyjama Party so you don’t even need to get dressed – just turn up and boogie in your cosiest jim-jams or coolest onesie! …click here for more details  And for the slightly older ones (4-11 year olds) there’s a Pop Lock-in later the same day which promises to be fresh, funky and original – love it! …click here for more details

Calling all dastardly pirates!  It’s another Panto, this time Treasure Island at Holy Trinity Church, Wimbledon in aid of Spear and Merton Mencap.  It’s a traditional show with a live band, fun, slapstick and swashbuckling all the way and pirate villainy galore.  Do you think you’re bad enough..! …click here for more details

How about a Saturday morning concert of popular American folk songs, camp songs and traditional children’s songs with plenty of chances to sing along?  A great way to kick off the weekend withLittle Folk with Albo at The Colour House Theatre at Merton Abbey Mills (not bad shopping nearby afterwards either..!) …click here for more details

Dare we say it?  Some of you might be starting to think about half term, in which case…

Swimway are holding more of their popular intensive swim courses at five different pools, so this could be the moment for your little ones to take the plunge or just get even better than they already are! …click here for more details

Anyone out there keen to ‘Meet Elsa and Anna’ by any chance?  They’ll be at Eddie Catz in Wimbledon and the ticket includes meeting the pair, having a photograph taken in a special ‘Frozen’ chamber and taking that home, but not before a couple of hours of fun soft play.  Sounds like a fab day! …click here for more details

Youngstars are taking bookings for their February half term camps for 3 to 7 year olds, with a mixture of games and multi-sports plus arts and crafts in Clapham, Parsons Green, Putney and Wimbledon.  They’ve got it covered.  …click here for more details

Inspire Life & Leisure are holding fun football camps for children aged from three and a half to 13 on both Wandsworth Common and Wandsworth Park (Putney) this half term (and they’re even talking Easter, too!).  Fun, games, tournaments and prizes for every child, and there’s even an early bird drop off for no extra charge, so everyone’s happy! …click here for more details

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


Annabel & the NappyValleyNet team xx

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