Welcome to your weekly What’s On activity guide from NappyValleyNet!
January has flashed by and February and a leap year loom large on the horizon. For those girls out there in the mood to pop the question, you may have the 29th in mind to change your life in this year of 366 days (ooh, do post with the news, we love a good wedding). For others, the middle week of February may be featuring more heavily. Half term approaches, and whether you’re at home and looking for help with entertaining the children, or you need help and ideas for keeping them busy while you work, our website and calendar is full of bright ideas. From drama groups and film school to dance sessions and outdoor sports, there’s never a dull moment around here, even if we do have one whole extra day to make the most of in 2016. Keep on adding your own events, classes, fairs and more – we can never have too many; just follow the little green button… (click here)
Take a look at our property pages which we bring to you with PrimeLocation and four local estate agents. We’ve got all the usual search criteria, plus the most up-to-date school catchments, with handy maps so you can see where the properties are in relation to local primary schools, with distances listed too in all-important metres from school to home. (click here)
Check out these four homes from our Preferred Property Partners this week
For sale with Hamptons International is a two-bedroom, two bathroom top floor flat with far reaching views just moments from Clapham Junction, Northcote Road and the wide open spaces of Clapham Common, very well presented throughout with a good-sized master bedroom and a cleverly laid-out reception room.
For rent with Rampton Baseley is a 5-bedroom house set ‘Between the Commons’ and close to Northcote Road and a number of good primary schools, immaculately refurbished throughout and presented in excellent condition with a brand newly fitted kitchen with French doors opening onto a lovely garden. …click here for more details
For sale with Douglas & Gordon is a river-fronted semi-detached house in Putney set on a prestigious road where properties rarely come to the market, with off-street parking, the potential to extend and panoramic views out over the River Thames beyond the 100 ft garden. …click here for more details
For sale with Marsh & Parsons is a 3-bedroom house close to Clapham South tube, completely refurbished and with wonderful outdoor entertaining space as well as a bright and spacious open plan kitchen and large reception area. …click here for more details
The countdown is on – half term inspiration!
Memory, all alone in the moonlight… sorry, got distracted. Little Voices is running a‘Cats’ Half Term Workshop in Putney for boys and girls aged 4 up to 16. They’ll learn a script in four days, have fun with the costumes and props, make some new friends and be part of a big show. Andrew Lloyd Webber would be proud! Don’t miss the early-bird offer. …click here for more details
And there’s more creative fun with The Happy Potter, where children will get to grips with a complete experience of pottery making, working with clay and painting their own creations. It’s at Streatham & Clapham High each day of half term, for those aged 6 and up. …click here for more details
Miniversity Half Term Camp is running a computer club with a careers theme for children aged 5 to 12 each day of the week in Chelsea. Through ICT, they’ll experience being an architect, an entrepreneur or a doctor for a day, and then Friday is ‘Minecraft Madness’. I’m sure many a successful career lies behind Minecraft! …click here for more details
There’s half term fun on offer at Kensington Palace between 11am and 4pm each day. Discover what it’s like growing up in a palace, hear about Princess Victoria’s childhood and play some of her favourite games. With crafts and storytelling too, take a step back in time. …click here for more details
SW Sports is running its holiday camp up on Clapham Common by the Bowling Green Café this half term. Sessions run from 10am to 3pm each day with tennis and football programmes for those aged from 3 up to 12 in age-specific groups, as well as more sports than you can shake a stick at, including hockey sticks, cricket bats and golf clubs. …click here for more details
At the Studio Film School: Stunt Trouble Workshop, those aged 7 up to 14 will have an action hero kind of half term. Learn the secrets of stunt performers, direct a blockbuster and make a white-knuckle action sequence. Brace yourself, Stallone. The new generation is coming. …click here for more details
Open Air Fit Multi-Sport Kids Camps is running a brilliant mixed-bag of sporting challenges for children aged from 4 up to 14 on Wandsworth Common, with drop-in rates and discounts for siblings or for booking the full five mornings. Fill their lungs with fresh air, make their cheeks glow and wear them out nicely. …click here for more details
The much-loved Not Now, Bernard is on at Polka Theatre in Wimbledon. Remember the one? Things go from bad to worse when everyone’s too busy to listen and then Bernard finds a big purple monster in the garden shed. Joined by two other funny (and not too scary) monster stories, this promises to be a half term treat not to be missed. Don’t ignore the children on this one – you never know what might be lurking down the garden! …click here for more details
Before and beyond half term, here are some goings-on for you
First Aid for Life has some courses coming up if you’d like to brush up on your own First Aid skills or perhaps ask your nanny, au-pair or even granny, to go along to one to refresh their memories on how to do something to help in an emergency. There’s even a special discount on offer for NappyValleyNetters – thank you! …click here for more details
The Laurels School in Clapham is holding an Open Day in early February for a chance to look around this independent secondary school for girls aged 11 to 18 with a Catholic
ethos. …click here for more details
Oliver House School, also in Clapham, is holding an Open Day soon too. For boys and girls aged 3 to 11, this is another Catholic independent school opening its doors for you to take a look around, meet the teachers and get a good feel for the place.
Between the Lines is a one man play at St Barnabas in Southfields this Saturday evening, written and performed by Simon de Deney, which unravels a 100 year mystery as it follows an underage soldier’s journey through The First World War. Sounds like a moving and thought-provoking evening. …click here for more details
Lords at Home is Celebrating 30 years of Sizzle with Ken Hom in their Notting Hill branch. For just £10 you’ll get to see the master at work and you can even redeem that against a Ken Hom wok should you be so inspired! And if you do, there’s the chance of receiving his book for free – get your skates on! …click here for more details
The National Literacy Trust brings its ‘Where’s Wally Fun Run’ to Clapham Common this March, so expect to see thousands of Where’s Wally lookalikes donning stripy tops and glasses to take on the 5k or 10k challenge. For the first time this year there’s a 1k race for under 12s, so why not go Wally en famille, get out there in the fresh air and take it on together? …click here for more details
Music, lights, action…from singing to ballet and tap, this is one musical neighbourhood!
BE.Dance is in Balham on Saturdays with an action-packed schedule of classes for children who like to move! Starting with Bubbas & Boppers, introducing the world of dance to little ones from 18 months to 3 years, then it’s on to the 3 to 5 year olds followed by BE.Broadway musical theatre and tap classes and beyond for ages 5-18. Something for everyone and a free trial class on offer – dust off those dancing shoes! …click here for more details
Monkey Music runs fun music sessions for babies from just 3 months up to 4 years old in age-specific classes in Balham on Monday afternoons, with lots of instruments and colourful props to really help them get into their groove! …click here for more details
Baby Broadway, the musical extravaganza for children and the lucky grown-ups who go with them, is hitting Wimbledon next week. A 45 minute concert featuring famous favourites from Mary Poppins, Annie, Frozen and The Wizard of Oz. Different and uplifting, it sounds like it’ll put a swing in your step for the rest of the day! …click here for more details
Amanda’s Action Club has started a new class in Abbeville Village on Friday afternoons. Get your weekend off to a great start with your baby or toddler from 4 months up to 4 years old, with singing, music, movement and a mini-workout (for both of you!). …click here for more details
Funky Moves run Kids Street Dance classes on Saturdays on Nightingale Lane and invite you along for a free trial of their award-winning sessions. With different groups for children from 4 up to 12, they’ll have lots of fun while working on their co-ordination, agility and movement – just play that funky music! …click here for more details
That’s it for this week. Whatever you do, have fun!
Annabel & the NappyValleyNet team xx