Museum fun, summer action and me-time: Your weekly What’s On guide from NappyValleyNet

Dear NappyValleyNetter, 

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

 So the weather’s been a bit hit and miss, we’re all having to reach for the occasional jumper or waterproof, but really, is there a need to have the ‘early autumn’ catalogues landing on our doormats?  When the first ones arrived a couple of weeks ago they got firmly shoved to the bottom of the ‘to do’ pile.  Because, frankly, there’s nothing ‘to do’ with autumn quite yet.  I, for one, am still resolutely set in the summer. August it is and August it will remain for another week or so, taking us nicely into one of those lovely four day weeks when the banks take a much-needed holiday.  Enjoy it while it lasts.  It’ll be gone before we know it and then there’ll be plenty of time for a new purchase (or three) from those catalogues.  Keep up to speed with late summer shenanigans by visiting our calendar regularly.(click here).

 Moving house?  Then make good use of our brilliant property pages, with homes for sale or to rent in the area with school catchment distances all mapped out for you.  We have all the usual search criteria plus the less usual one of a drop-down menu of all the local primary schools, so you can look for a new home near to the school you have in mind.  (click here).

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

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On the market with Hamptons International is a 5-bedroom end-of-terrace Victorian family house just off Battersea Rise and Northcote Road, extending to over 2,000 sqft and in fantastic condition, with great entertaining space plus handy side access to a good-sized contemporary, decked garden. …click here for more details

 On the market with Douglas & Gordon is a 4-bedroom semi-detached family home close to both Putney and Barnes Commons and near to the shops and riverbank, superbly modernised throughout and with great outdoor space. …click here for more details

 On the market with Rampton Baseley is a 7-bedroom detached house very close to Wandsworth Common, offering incredible lateral space measuring over 5,000 sqft, with a garden which wraps around the house on three sides with a purpose-built studio and off-street parking. …click here for more details 

 For sale with Marsh & Parsons is a 2-bedroom split-level home set on a quiet residential street in the Nightingale Triangle, just a short walk from the shops, restaurants and transport links of Balham, immaculately presented throughout and with a stunning private roof terrace. …click here for more details

 On the doorstep or slightly further afield, here are a few ideas to entertain 

 The Trinity Hospice Cinema Series is on right now!  If you’re not too late, choose from Casablanca tonight or Mrs Doubtfire tomorrow and set up your picnic in front of the big screen and under the stars in the gorgeous garden on Clapham Common Northside.  Something a bit different and all in aid of an amazing local charity. Enjoy! …click here for more details

 The 3 Little Pigs is on stage at The Palace Theatre and full of catchy songs, jokes and japes.  Will the Big Bad Wolf, played by Simon Webbe of Blue and Strictly fame (calm yourselves, girls), get the better of the three little superstar piglets in this brand new retelling of the much-loved classic?  Suitable for those aged 3 and up, it’s said to leave you squealing with glee but may not be suitable for vegetarians! …click here for more details

 The Imperial War Museum is always worth a visit.  With its stunning new atrium complete with Spitfire, their eyes will be out on stalks before you’ve even got started.  Every Sunday this summer, join in on object handling sessions to explore items and how they link to the iconic pieces on display in the atrium.  They’ll feel the weight of a shrapnel piece from the First World War and get to grips with much more besides.  Oh, and it’s all free of course! …click here for more details

 All aboard for The London Transport Museum which is free for children and packed to the rafters with all the things that get small people (and some big ones) really excited!  There are regular family fun workshops where they can get crafty or listen to stories around the transport theme, and little ones from 0 to 7 will love galavanting around the new Playzone –  sitting in the driver’s seat of a real bus, repairing a mini Tube train or strumming a tune in the busking spot! …click here for more details

Keep that summer feeling going with music and action to make them smile 

 Fruity Tunes summer timetable has been running this month to entertain the little ones with music and fun, and there are still a couple of sessions this week.  If you haven’t been before you’re very welcome to a free trial.  Seize the day before the autumn term gets going – you’ll be tempted to sign up and join in! …click here for more details

 The Little Gym Summer Camp continues for children aged from 3 to 8 or 6 to 12.  The younger ones will be on a mission ‘Racing to Outer Space’, flying to a different planet each day and dodging asteroids, comets and black holes along the way.  The older crew will be ‘Rocking some Rolls’ as they practice forward, backward and sideways rolls as well as launching themselves into mid-air! Sounds like they’ll roll well into bed after all that! …click here for more details

 Herne Hill Harriers continue to run their Startrack Summer Athletics Training at the Tooting Bec Athletics Track for those aged over 7 each weekday morning, right through until early September.  Send them along to pick up some top tips on running and relays to javelin and hurdles.  All outdoors in the great fresh air – perfect! …click here for more details

 Banana biking is always great with the children in either Battersea Park or Dulwich Park.  Available for those with slightly smaller legs (I’m talking about the children) as well as longer versions, it’s fab family fun and makes for lots of smiley faces and tired legs. For those with really little legs, you can hire a bike with a sweet little spot for them to sit and enjoy the view. …click here for more details

 This sounds like a lorra lorra fun!  Aqua Run is an inflatable session in the pool at Tooting Leisure Centre for children from 8 years and up, running on Monday afternoons throughout the summer.  The £4 tickets are available from 9am on the day.  Elbows out, you’re under starter’s orders.  Let the splashing begin! …click here for more details

 How about something a bit different?  Older children over 11 aren’t too late to join in on a week’s Junior Rowing Course at Barn Elms Boathouse.  With daily sessions for beginners or intermediates, they’ll get to grips with the oars and have a real taste of rowing on the Thames.  It could be time to uncover a hidden talent! …click here for more details

 Put some ‘me-time’ to good use with this collection of suggestions

 Clara Bee Interior Design is holding a workshop on children’s rooms in early September, so if you plan to tackle a bedroom or playroom post-holidays, this could be just what you need.  With samples of paints, papers, colours and more, you’ll create your own mood board and get some top tips on everything from colour and room layout to lighting and accessories. …click here for more details

 Already a writer or perhaps a book inside you yearning to get out?  Then consider joining the Omnibus Writer’s Group in Clapham Old Town. One evening a week for 8 weeks, you’ll be able to hear your writing aloud and share feedback and ideas to help you develop and your writing evolve.  Could this be what you’ve been waiting for? …click here for more details

 If you have parenting experience (quite likely!) and a few spare hours a week then you might consider volunteering for Home-Start Richmond and helping out local families.  Find out more at an introductory coffee in early September and then the free of charge training is just once a week.  If you’ve been thinking about doing something locally, this could be it! …click here for more details

 Do you have a second baby on the way with a 1 to 2 year age gap?  Then The Baby Care Company’s Baby Preparation Workshop might just be for you!  Meet mums with similar age gaps and pick up tips on everything from jealousy to coping with two at bedtime and bath time, meal times and routines.  Let the fun begin…! …click here for more details

 If you’re thinking about nurseries, it’s the kidsunlimited Wandsworth Open Evening soon.  Offering full and part time places for children from 3 months up to 5 years, you’ll have the chance to look at the facilities and meet the staff.  For an extra visit with your little one, they also run ‘Stay and Play’ sessions every Friday morning for local parents and children, as well as a Summer Fun club for children up to 8. Fab! …click here for more details

 There’s a Lampshade-making class at Barmouth Kitchen next week.  Everything you need apart from the fabric will be provided, so bring it along and get creative on a drum lampshade that will be yours, all yours, to light up and admire for years to come! …click here for more details

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


Annabel & the NappyValleyNet team xx

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