Languages, dance and sign up to Race for Life: Your weekly What’s On guide from NappyValleyNet

Dear NappyValleyNetter, 

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

I was overtaken by an orange velveteen dinosaur on a scooter the other day.  Spiderman was in hot pursuit.  The mums waved to each other and beamed.  What a happy place it is for children to be able to dress up as they wish and rush eagerly towards the nursery door on your average mid-week morning.  Shame we can’t take these childhood freedoms with us into adulthood.  Not sure whether Mr NVN would be better as an orange dinosaur or Spiderman. If only I could wave my Wonder Woman wand to find out which suits him best.  World Book day approaches. What will yours be!?  As ever, there’s an amazing variety of activities on offer in and around NappyValley.  Take a look at our calendar to see what might entertain you and yours and please keep on adding to it.  The more the merrier! (click here) 

Are you thinking of a move, perhaps to a slightly different area of NappyValley? Then our property pages are a great place to start.  We’re working with PrimeLocation and four lovely local agents to bring you homes for sale or to rent, all linked up to school catchment areas.  We noticed that was of considerable interest to many a NappyValleyNetter… (click here) 

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

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On the market with Douglas & Gordon is a well-presented 4-bedroom family home in the area commonly known as The Sisters near Battersea Park, offering versatile accommodation and entertaining space with a south-west facing garden …click here for more details

Available to rent with Marsh & Parsons is a 6-bedroom family house on the prestigious Westover Road with over 2700 sq ft of living space, including a converted basement …click here for more details

For sale with Rampton Baseley is a 5-bedroom Victorian house on a sought after road in the area known as Northside, beside Clapham Common.  Extended on both the ground and the top floors, it’s in good decorative order throughout and retains lots of original features …click here for more details

On the market with Hamptons International is a 5-bedroom semi-detached family home in the heart of Clapham Old Town, with a natural basement including a wine cellar and with french doors onto a 65ft garden …click here for more details

We’re coming over all international in NappyValley – there’s so much on offer to give us a little taste of elsewhere.

How do you eat yours?  It’s the Calcotada harvest in Catalonia and our very own Rosita and the sherry bar are celebrating!  Join in to taste, experience and enjoy this traditional Spanish event and prepare to get messy – bibs will be provided! There’s another date in March if you can’t make this one! …click here for more details

There’s a French Club for 6 to 10 year olds starting in Wandsworth this Saturday with the aim of teaching the children french through games, songs and crafts.  This first session is half price at just £3 – chouette! …click here for more details  Or if Spanish is more your thing, then head to Furzedown the following weekend for a similar half price session of immersion in all things español …click here for more details

Hot on the heels of Chinese New Year comes the Chinese Lantern Festival celebration being held at St Luke’s on Thurleigh Road.  Go along with your homemade lantern and join in on lantern riddle solving, story-telling, writing your name in Chinese and plenty of rice balls.  Sounds like fun for all! …click here for more details

Considering a bilingual nursery for your little one?  Little Linguists Nursery is holding a coffee morning soon for parents and children to come along, meet and have a chat (in whatever language takes your fancy!) …click here for more details

From pregnancy to toddlers, teens and beyond!  Take your pick according to where you’re at.

Are you in the market for an Antenatal Water Workout?  Wimbledon Leisure Centre run a class every Thursday evening during their Women Only pool session, offering safe, effective exercise with that feeling of weightlessness you have in the water – bliss during pregnancy! …click here for more details

Or you might like to try the Pregnancy Related Workshop, which is a dance-based class for expectant mums, led by West End dancer and new mum, Kerry Stammers.  They’re offering a free trial session which focuses on movement with your newfound shape and how your emotions are so tied in …click here for more details

Pray, play & tumble runs every Monday morning at St Bede’s in Balham for toddlers and their grown-ups, with songs, actions and a Bible story, followed by tea, coffee, arts and crafts and soft play.  Sounds like fun (and the name of it sounds like me on a ski slope)! …click here for more details

If your little one is aged 3 or 4, then they might love to join in on Playball at Eddie Catz Putney on Monday afternoons.  Not just lovely fun developing ball skills and sport participation but stay on afterwards and have a ball enjoying a free soft play!  What’s not to love!? …click here for more details

My Friend Mole at Clapham’s Omnibus sounds like a very sweet tale of friendship and the imagination.  With live music and storytelling it could be the perfect dash of culture for a Sunday, with stay and play afterwards …click here for more details

Baby Loves Disco is back at Clapham Junction to give the really minis a chance to strut their stuff with you.  Who’s going to show who how it’s done?! …click here for more details  And that question’s even easier to answer at the Pop Lock In for 4-11 year olds a bit later the same day.  It’s this Saturday, so start limbering up now! …click here for more details

Do you have a hip-swinging teen or pre-teen that would like to give Zumba a try?  Here are drop-in classes for 11 to 18 year olds on a Friday early evening.  Sounds fab! …click here for more details

Go along to the new Brownie and Girl Guide Group in Battersea for a taster session.  Will it be circus skills, science investigations, building their confidence or simply making brilliant friendships?  Whichever it may be, go girls! …click here for more details

Are you and yours keen on beautifully decorating your homebaking?  Lucy Berry Cupcakes are holding an Adult and Child Easter Cupcake Decorating Class.  Get ready to wow family and friends with your colourful creations from daffodils to rabbits, chicks and Easter baskets …click here for more details

Is your budding Mozart, Elton or Whitney bursting to have a stage to perform on?  Or perhaps you’re looking to help them build their confidence?  Performance Platform are inviting all budding young instrumentalists and singers to perform in this lovely setting in Abbeville Village.  Fab idea for the community! …click here for more details

And here are a few just for you.  Some fun and interesting ways to make good use of your ‘Me time’

Tweet tweet.  A little birdie told me that there’s a Twitter workshop tomorrow morning in Clapham for those of you who tweet but would like to get even more out of it.  Good Morning Twitter will give you some advanced Twitter tips and serve you a Thai-style breakfast alongside other business bods from the area. An opportunity not to be missed …click here for more details

The time has come to think about signing up to Cancer Research UK’s Race for Life in Battersea Park this June.  Cancer needs to know that hell hath no fury like a woman in pink, so come on girls, get together for a 5k!  You’ll more than deserve a glass or two and a great girls’ night straight afterwards! …click here for more details

Errr.  Anyone out there like some free advice on raising 3-13 year old boys?!  Celeb parenting guru, Noel Janis-Norton joins MyHeathcare Clinic at The Alma for a session packed with advice on how to encourage them to be ‘Calmer, Easier, Happier Boys’, just like the title of her book.  Remember you’re the grown-ups now.  No running and stampeding for a place – you need to reserve!  …click here for more details

The NCT are holding a Returning to Work Workshop in Clapham Old Town next week.  A chance to explore the practical and emotional challenges you may face and what you can do to try to tackle them.  Brilliant  …click here for more details

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

Love,

Annabel and the NappyValleyNet team xx

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