Family theatre, farming fun and Easter approaches: Your What’s On guide from NappyValleyNet

Dear NappyValleyNetter, 

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

With Mother’s Day and St Patrick’s Day (surely a truly great weekend for all you Irish mums) tucked under our belts, we can see clearly to the horizon and Easter awaits.  Shelves are stacked high with chocolate, daffs and crocuses litter the commons with colour, just as blossom dots the skyline.  A lovely long weekend awaits us all.  What to do?  Collapse in a heap at the end of a short but jam-packed term?  Get out into the fresh air and run around our wonderful open spaces?  Explore the endless sites and culture that our neighbourhood and beyond has to offer?  Or just spend time together, tapping into NappyValleyNet for ideas and inspiration.  Thanks to all your brilliant posting, our calendar is bursting at the seams.  My recipe for Easter goes a bit like this:  Collapse in heap, add copious chocolate, rest well, gently socialise, mull over calendar, go out for bracing fresh air and adventures. (click here).

Are you in the market for a new family home?  Did you know we have a fantastic property section in association with PrimeLocation and four fab local agents, where we bring you properties for sale or to rent in the area with school catchments all mapped out?  Handy, eh?  Here it is: (click here).

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

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On the market with Marsh & Parsons is a 5-bedroom semi-detached house just moments from Tooting Bec Common, with a south-facing garden and private off-street parking …click here for more details

Available to rent with Rampton Baseley is a wonderful 2-double bedroom flat overlooking Clapham Common, with a lovely open plan kitchen and reception room, elegantly decorated throughout and presented in very good condition …click here for more details

For sale through Douglas & Gordon is a 5-bedroom fully extended family house in the heart of Abbeville Village, with all its local shops and restaurants and close to the wide open spaces of Clapham Common …click here for more details

On the rental market with Hamptons International is a 5-bedroom house with a perfect mix of Victorian and contemporary features, including a brand new family bathroom and just a stone’s throw from Clapham Common and Clapham Junction …click here for more details

Easter’s just around the corner!  Try this great mixture of ideas for entertainment.

Where better to spend some of your holidays than at the Easter camps being held at Gambado?  I doubt there are many children who could think of anywhere they’d rather be!  All the usual fun, with Ofsted registered activity day camps, including meals, indoor and outdoor activities and trips. …click here for more details

Role Models is holding another of its SEN Camps this Easter at the Wandle Recreation Centre with a mixture of calm and dynamic activities run by teachers from Blossom House School, with some lovely Easter crafts on the timetable …click here for more details

Theatrebugs have got SW London covered when it comes to their Spring holiday workshops.  They’ll be singing, dancing, acting, crafting and dressing-up, ready for a performance of ‘Field’s Got Talent’ by the end of the week.  Sounds like fun! …click here for more details

There’s lovely muddy fun on offer at a Kids’ Easter Gardening Workshop in Putney.  Think bug hotels, mini wormeries and Easter egg boxes with plants and flowers.  A children’s paradise, plus tea and coffee on hand for you, so heaven for all! …click here for more details

Who doesn’t love Paddington? Get down to Gambado Chelsea where they’ll get arty and crafty with The Old School Club and then work out some great dance moves with Dance Grooves, all with Paddington in mind.  A packed lunch and free play and hey presto – a brilliant day!  Marmalade, anyone? …click here for more details

Arty Workshops for Kids aged from 5 to 11 will be in Balham, with all sorts on offer from painting and print-making to stitching and animating.  It runs for the usual school hours but longer days are on offer if needed, with the lure of hot cross buns for those who stay longer!  Can I come? …click here for more details

As well as the animal handling, lamb feeding, pony rides and crafts for all at the much-loved Deen City Farm, there are ‘Young Farmer’ and ‘Own a Pony’ days for those aged between 8 and 16.  Any budding agriculturalists or animal lovers out there might just want to pay a visit …click here for more details

The Twits will be in residence at The Royal Court from early April for brave 8 year olds and their families!  Roald Dahl’s much loved story of the nasty pair is turned on its head and brought to life on stage, with weekend and holiday creative and writing workshops for children with tickets. Brllliant! …click here for more details

At The Polka Theatre, Operation Magic Carpet starts during the holidays – an action-packed adventure from London to Baghdad suitable for 6 to 11 year olds.  A genie bursts out of a mango pickle jar and Nomi is swept away to meet characters from the Arabian Nights. Magical – hold on tight!…click here for more details

And at The Unicorn Theatre it’s time for The Velveteen Rabbit, the really splendid fat cuddly toy who lies unnoticed on the nursery floor, dreaming of being picked up and loved.  The ‘Boy’ rediscovers him and all his hopes start to come true……click here for more details

And all the fun, fun, fun isn’t just reserved for the holidays.  This lovely lot makes up your ‘every day’…

Let’s Act Junior Drama is held after school on Mondays for 4 to 6 year olds.  Let their imaginations run wild as they explore different poems, nursery rhymes, stories, characters and plays.  They’re offering one class for free – grab it with both hands! …click here for more details

Amanda’s Action Club is at Skylark every weekday except Wednesdays, with an extra class for very little ones aged 4 to 12 months on Thursdays.  Get that musical ear tuned early with a free trial class on offer for all new bouncing babes! …click here for more details

The Tiger who came to Tea workshops are being held by Sprout Arts and Rutherford House School, getting children involved in tea time fun with this ferociously popular book by Judith Kerr.  With various workshops to choose from, there are plenty of ‘tigertastic’ sessions to get your teeth into …click here for more details

It’s time for another Performance Platform, this time in Balham.  Any budding instrumentalists or singers can perform in a relaxed and friendly environment in aid of a local charity.  A fab community idea and something for children to aim for when practising those tunes …click here for more details

Calling all mums, dads and any other responsible grown-ups. From juice and caffeine to weaning and walking.  It’s all here! 

Lord’s of Notting Hill on Northcote Road invite you to ‘Get your Juice on’ at their Boot Camp Booster sessions.  An after-workout treat of freshly made juices and smoothies in store every Saturday.  Does it count if I just get dressed into my sports kit every weekend and come along? (click here).  And on Tuesday mornings, you’ll find a free coffee on offer at a regular demo and tasting.  It could just be the perfect stop-off on your way back from the school run! …click here for more details

Anyone out there short on time but keen to learn some invaluable parenting skills?  There’s an ‘early bird’ offer on ‘Parenting in a Nutshell’ withThe Parent Practice, a day packed with top tips and advice including communicating and positive discipline.  Go on, catch that worm! …click here for more details

The Parent and Baby Coach is holding a Baby Weaning Workshop next week with advice on when your baby is ready to wean, where to start, which foods to give or not to give, that is the question……click here for more details

It’s the inaugural get together of Dads, Walk & Talk on Saturday.  Dads are invited to stretch their legs and free their minds, while enjoying a liberating walk and talk through Bushy Park – no girls allowed.  Oh, to be a fly on the wall/tree …click here for more details

Don’t forget the Table Top Sale at St Michael’s Church off Northcote Road and Bolingbroke Grove this Saturday too.  Fun for all with face paints, arts and crafts and refreshments and you might just bag a bargain……click here for more details

 And it’s the Clapham Pregnancy & Baby Show on Saturday afternoon at Chatham Hall where you’ll have the chance to meet lots of local experts in pregnancy, birth and parenting.  Tickets are free but you must book in advance. …click here for more details

Ready for an evening of Military Whist in Clapham Old Town? It sounds like a fun and competitive take on the traditional card game, working in teams to compete for world domination!  Invade and conquer whilst protecting home turf and return home with flags.  Remember, it’s only a card game…! …click here for more details

And finally, don’t miss out on our fab exclusive offers and competitions which we bring to you each month, with great prizes and discounts on everything from short breaks to shutters and childcare to theatre tickets …click here for more details

That’s it for this week.  Whatever you do, have fun and enjoy the solar eclipse tomorrow!

Love,

Annabel & the NappyValleyNet team xx

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