May half-term activity ideas: crash swimming courses, tennis camps, singing and dancing workshops plus more….

What?  Really?  Are you sure?

If, like me, you’re astonished by how quickly this half term holiday has come around then here’s a great round-up (if we say so ourselves) of what’s going on to help keep the children entertained and the demons away…

Unless, of course, you’re hot-footing it to the airport to sun yourself, in which case you will have been counting down the days…

Either way, have fun and enjoy!

Julian Cousins’ of SW Sports is running his Multi-Sports camps and tennis by the Bowling Green Cafe on Clapham Common.

Tennis balls anyone? (click here for more details)

Youngstars sports camps are keeping children busy in several venues with fun and games and skill-honing for your future sporting heros and heroines.(click here for more details)

Lifetime Tennis has a new holiday camp at Clapham’s Lambeth Academy which is great value and with a free taster session on the first morning (27th).(click here for more details)

Open Air Fit Kids Camps will be throwing a huge variety of sports at our little masses of energy each morning on the dog-free zone opposite Skylark (the new Common Ground, in case you hadn’t heard!) on Wandsworth Common.(click here for more details)

Time to grow that confidence in the water with summer approaching?  Swimway has crash (less of the splash) courses to get them swimming like fishes.(click here for more details)

And don’t miss the fab new playground in Battersea Park as well as the great Banana bikes (click here) and the zoo! (click here) A visit to Gambado is always compulsory for a fantastic session of fun and energy-burning! (click here for more details)

Arty Party (click here) has fallen into step with London’s Matisse-moment and will be helping our young modernists with their cut-outs at workshops dotted around the area, including the much-loved Romany Scout Hut (click here).  Or join in with the kids and help them create something to adorn the walls or cupboards at Sammy Duder (click here) on Webbs Road.

As ever, Eddie Catz (click here) is packed with all sorts of fun from Build a Bear to Playball, cooking and dancing, while It’s a Kids Thing (click here) is holding a Teddy Bear’s Picnic, inviting the little ones to hunt, bake and boogie.

And how about Funky Moves Kids Club at The Exhibit (click here) where they watch a movie and learn some cool dance moves.  Watch out dads…!

For budding thesps, the Polka Theatre (click here) is running half term workshops and don’t miss the Royal Opera House Family Sunday (click here) where on the last Sunday of every month, families have the opportunity to meet, mingle with and watch the dancers and directors, set and costume designers.

‘Keep it Clean; a grubby history of Wandsworth’ is still on at Wandsworth Museum (click here) with kids’ activities on offer.  Matisse (click here) at the Tate Modern promises to turn many a child’s head with his vibrant works.  Thursdays and Sundays are family activity days to help you get even more out of the exhibition, which is often the case at so many of our brilliant and free museums – The Science Museum (click here), The V&A (click here), The Natural History Museum (click here) and the London Transport Museum (click here). I could go on…check out their websites to find out more.

A little further away, head over to the Queen Elizabeth Park (click here) for an Olympic moment with a fantastic playground, and there’s Deen City Farm (click here) and Morden Hall (click here), not forgetting the brilliant Dulwich Picture Gallery (click here) which has a great garden, free activities on the first and last Sunday of each month, and their ‘Plaster Caster’ holiday workshops.  Cross the road and you’ll find yourself in the lovely Dulwich Park – ice cream and pedalo ride, anyone?

Have a great half term,

Love,

Annabel & the NappyValleyNet team

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