Easter fun, Story Island at Skylark and the Ickle Pickles Incubator Ball: Your What’s On guide from NappyValleyNet

Dear NappyValleyNetter, 


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

I’m worried that Easter is going to take us all unawares this year.  It’s so very early and so immediately after all the schools break up that I fear for the welfare of all those chocolate bunnies, fluffy chicks, easter eggs and baskets.  Shops are stacked with towers of the stuff.  Perhaps we’ll all wake up on Good Friday and realise we haven’t realised it’s Easter.  I, for one, am prepared to fall on my sword and help the shops clear their stocks.  So often chocolate is the answer.  When your children are tiny and you need the comfort/energy/support.  When your children start talking back and running around and you need the comfort/energy/support.  When your children are approaching the teen years and you need the comfort/energy/support, but there’s no chocolate left because they’ve raided your secret stash. I know, I know.  Chocolate isn’t always the answer, but it is lovely.  Our calendar is very helpful too – slightly less tasty but not at all bad for you. (click here)


If you’re house hunting then you can use our property pages to search for your dream home in the neighbourhood.  Together with PrimeLocation and four local agents, we have all the homes for sale and to rent in the area, together with school catchments all mapped out and distances from front door to school gate. (click here)


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

 Easter fun, Story Island at Skylark Easter fun, Story Island at Skylark


For sale with Rampton Baseley is a 4-bedroom Victorian family house on one of the most sought after residential streets ‘Between the Commons’ and close to Clapham Common and Clapham South tubes, immaculately presented with just over 2000 sqft and a great sense of light and space. …click here for more details

For sale with Hamptons International is a 5-bedroom house in the sought after Heaver Estate, one of a brand new pair in neo-Victorian style finished to an impeccable standard and designed with families in mind, with a large eat-in kitchen and sitting area opening onto a 54ft garden. …click here for more details

For rent with Douglas & Gordon is a 5-bedroom family house in Abbeville Village, close to both Clapham South and Clapham Common tube stations, beautifully presented and with a side extended kitchen, a laundry room and downstairs cloakroom. …click here for more details 

For sale with Marsh & Parsons is a 4-bedroom family house on a popular residential road running off Clapham Common West Side near to Clapham South tube, with a private patio garden and the opportunity to further develop into the loft space. …click here for more details


Never a dull moment.  Today, tomorrow, the weekend and beyond..

Head to Story Island at Skylark every Friday morning, a wonderful journey of the imagination for 0 to 3 year olds.  You’ll find stories, songs, rhymes and props to enchant, engage and develop language and a love of stories.  A very lovely place to spend your Friday morning too! …click here for more details 

Baby Broadway hits Balham again tomorrow with their magical musical concert for families featuring West End performers.  Regardless of age, you’ll all love songs from The Wizard of Oz, Oliver, Frozen and more.  Happy, uplifting fun, pure and simple.  Tomorrow, tomorrow, I love you, tomorrow.  It’s only a day away.  …click here for more details

On Saturday, head to Omnibus in Clapham Old Town for the Actors Alive performance of Beyond the Blue.  This 5 to 7 year old group have spent the term writing lines, designing and directing a group of professional actors, and now share their thoughts on the refugee crisis.  Toyland is at war and four toy-friends embark on a quest for a new home as they search for a place of peace.  How perceptive children can be. …click here for more details

It’s not too late to join in on the National Literacy Trust’s Where’s Wally Fun Run on Clapham Common this Sunday.   Dig out your red and white stripes and join in the fun as you run and recreate those crazy pages in SW4!  Choose between 5k, 10k or a new 1k race for the under 12s – it’s a family affair!  …click here for more details

Streatham Common Woodland Activity Day on Sunday sounds like a lot of outward bound fun.  From Tree Climbing and Fire Craft and Shelter Sessions to Wild Food Foraging and Forest School Craft Workshops, Bear Grylls would find it hard to resist and I haven’t even mentioned the ‘Potions’ stall, bouncy castle and Easter Egg Hunt… …click here for more details

Also on Sunday – it’s a busy day! – is the City of London Sinfonia: Crash Bang Wallop! Reuse and Recycle, a classical concert in Richmond especially for families as part of the Music & Drama Festival 2016.  Experience a magical world of reimagined sounds and crazy inventions and learn how to recycle musical material. …click here for more details

How about a taste of The Good Life?  There are a series of free sessions around the area, Learn about Growing Your Own Food, and this one starts on (you guessed it) Sunday in Wandsworth.  The fortnightly classes require no previous green fingers but you’ll get to grips with all things earthy and organic.  A first step towards self-sufficiency perhaps? …click here for more details


All things baby – be it pregnancy, birth, siblings and shopping

If you think the time has come to embark on weaning, then you might be interested inBaby-led Weaning Workshops in Abbeville Village.  Little One Led is run by two mums, a nutritional therapist and a coach, who have been creating, cooking and sharing baby-led weaning ideas and recipes for the last few years.  Help is at hand. …click here for more details

There’s an aden + anais sample sale in Earlsfield today and tomorrow, so if you’re after a fantastic selection of muslin accessories in iconic prints, or swaddles, sleeping bags, blankets, bibs and more with up to 80% off, then this is for you. …click here for more details

If you have a baby on the way then you may be interested to find out more aboutHypnobirthing and Birth Preparation.  There’s an introductory course at Physio for All on Webbs Road which covers everything from self-hypnosis to deep relaxation and massage techniques, with croissants and biscuits along the way! …click here for more details

A quick reminder about The Baby Care Company’s 2nd baby preparation class in Fulham next week.  If you’re a ‘North of the river’ mum and expecting number two, then you’ll find out more about how to cope at tea time, bath time, bedtime and beyond.  There is an answer to that juggling conundrum! …click here for more details


Easter sheep, Easter yoga, original Easter fun. Easter – it’s only a week away!

Love this!  Sheepscapes in our libraries is a series of free workshops from Wandsworth Museum straight after Easter.  Wandsworth was once a rural place where sheep grazed on common land; take a look at the picture of Wandsworth Common and Bellevue Road – a brilliant piece of history!  But what is it like to be a sheep?!  Sound artist Dan Scott invites families to explore sights, sounds and sheep from the past and even to create your own sound recordings. …click here for more details

How about a day in East London on Good Friday for a change of scene?  You could call in on the BKD Kids Easter Baking Workshop – Willy Wonka cookies, part of ‘Easter in the East’.  Think googly eyes, popping candy, sprinkles galore – Roald Dahl would be proud! …click here for more details

Back in Nappy Valley on Easter Saturday, Lady Berry Cupcakes is holding an Easter Cupcake Decorating Class for parents and children together.  Suitable for 5 to 15 year olds, you’ll be brimming with gorgeous Easter details and full of the joys of spring! …click here for more details

Time to get those bundles of energy outside!  Open Air Fit are running their Multi-Sport Kids Camps this Easter for children aged from 4 to 14 on Wandsworth Common.  They’ll try out sports they may have never experienced before, as well as playing tried and tested favourites, all under big skies, be they blue or grey, wet or dry! …click here for more details

For older children from 12 to 16, Lavender Leonardos is running a new Printmaking Workshop every afternoon of the holidays with tutors who are all professionals in their craft.  Ideal for those building a portfolio for 13+ or about to embark on GCSE art. …click here for more details

Let’s Act is running an Easter Holiday Musical Workshop at St Luke’s where children will be trained by experts in acting and singing.  By the end of the week you’ll  be watching them tread the boards in a local theatre and see their confidence shine! …click here for more details

Join in on Easter time Yoga Fun with Mini Yoga Wandsworth at the new Eddie Catz in Earlsfield.  Three hours of holiday fun including a yoga class, yoga-inspired crafts and a soft play session.  Sounds like they’ll be nicely tired out after all of that, and super-relaxed! …click here for more details

Sometimes feel like you’re managing a circus?  Now they can develop some real circus skills at Flying Fun Workshops.  They’ll learn Aerial Skills, Hoop and Trapeze, working in small groups with a dedicated trainer, so they’ll have plenty of airtime and will be suitably challenged! …click here for more details

There’s plenty of Easter Fun at Eddie Catz this holidays, from Playball Playdates to Mini Engineers, Little House of Science and more, so whatever their age and whatever their likes, they’ll be happy, especially when it comes to the free soft play at the end! Take your pick from the three great venues – Putney, Wimbledon and now Earlsfield.

…click here for more details


And finally…

Tickets are now on sale for the seventh annual Ickle Pickles Incubator Ball, this time at The Dutch Hall in the City.  Last year raised a fabulous £24,000 for the charity which helps to buy essential equipment for neonatal units across London to give sick and premature babies the best possible start in life.  On the night, think bubbles, canapés, bowl food, black tie and cocktail dresses and the chance to get together a great crowd of friends to enjoy all the live entertainment, charity auction, silent auction, Incubator Draw and more.  You shall go to the ball! …click here for more details


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


Annabel & the NappyValleyNet team xx

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