Santa sightings, holiday activities and a very Merry Christmas!: Your weekly What’s On guide from NappyValleyNet

Dear NappyValleyNetter, 

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

Christmas is a week today.  How did that happen?  As well as all the festive fairs, Christmas concerts, carol singing, mince pie eating and mulled wine swilling, it’s the wrapping that’s the name of the game this week.  And I don’t mean Fleur in the X Factor final.  Why is it those 3 for 2 on 3m rolls are never quite enough but you generally don’t realise this until midnight on Christmas Eve?  And footballs have to be the hardest thing to wrap.  Beneath the tree, wrapped presents take on weird and wonderful shapes and lead to much debate as to what they might hold (unless it’s that football).  No touching though – the elves are out in force keeping watch for good behaviour….So, as the school holidays get underway, don’t forget our fab calendar to keep you all entertained, packed as it is with ideas for the whole family as well as wonderful ways to keep the children busy and happy…click here for details

The Christmas holidays are ON!  Here are a few activities that might just be of interest…

Busy Bakers are running a Christmassy workshop to allow you more time for your preparations (or just to sit quietly somewhere!) while they delve into gingerbread, cupcakes, glitter, stickers and more.  And all in someone else’s kitchen – hurrah!…click here for details 

Any budding Gerrards, Lampards or Beckhams in your gang?  Hone their skills with Open Air Fit and their football-focused mornings next week, with drills, exercises and a bit of fancy footwork, too.  Boys and girls all welcome – and wrap up warm.  Training happens whatever the weather…click here for details

Or flick-flack your way to the Christmas Gymnastics Camps at The Little Gym, either before or after 25th, where they’ll have challenges, adventures and snacks.  Three things which all children love!…click here for details

And The Muppet Christmas Carol will be on for your children to enjoy from the lovely squashy sofas of The Exhibit next week, followed by learning a dance routine to a festive song thanks to the Funky Moves Kids Dance & Movie Club Christmas Special.  While they’re tucked up there you can do a last minute dash around Balham while they’re not looking!…click here for details

If your children are aged 7 and up, they can take part in Athletics Training at the Tooting Bec athletics track with Herne Hill Harriers this holidays.  If they were inspired by the Olympics or would like to give something different a try, then go along and receive training tips from some top coaches.  Next stop Tokyo 2020?…click here for details

Active Art is back at the Nature Study Centre on Wandsworth Common with their Eco Craft Christmas workshops.  Join in on the fun – draw characters, make toys and Christmas bags with recycled fabrics, as well as candles, decorations, yummy chocolates and more.  Lovely creative festive fun in two groups for children aged 3 up to 11…click here for details

Try out ice skating on a brand new urban rink at Ice Skate Vauxhall, with top notch food from the best local pop-up traders and a real Christmas Tree Maze to get lost in!  The Vauxhall Pleasure Gardens have never seen so much festive fun!…click here for details

He’s here, he’s there, he’s everywhere….

Minies and Minders are holding their annual Christmas party this very morning!  All welcome and it’s just £5 on the door and then fun galore with craft, fresh snacks, indoor slides and Santa making an appearance too.  Quick!  Now’s your chance if you haven’t managed to net that busy man yet!…click here for details

Father Christmas will be in residence at Clapham Village Nursery and Preschool early next week, just before the Big Day (I don’t know how he fits it all in).  All are welcome to drop in to meet him and take a look around the nursery, but do call first to make sure he can fit you into his busy schedule.  It’s his crazy time of year!…click here for details

Save the Children are holding a charity event at The playroom on Garratt Lane to help raise money to support the Ebola crisis.  Meet Santa in his Grotto and then bounce on the bouncy castle, have your face painted and more!  You must book your spot with Santa in advance though, to save any tears……click here for details

Smiley Rhyme Time is celebrating the season with Christmas carols and songs this morning with Father Christmas himself paying a special visit.  Who knew he’d be popping into the Althorp soon after 10am today?  Surely he should be heading back to the North Pole soon to ready himself for next week’s overnighter?…click here for details

Bumblebee Beats are holding a Christmas party in Balham with fancy dress, santa and snowman balloons and Christmas carols as well as the usual great songs and activities.  There’s even a sparkly Christmas offer for you lovely NappyValleyNetters of just £5, but do book in advance…click here for details

Any friends up in North London who you never manage to see?  Perhaps you should make the trip over the river and meet them at the Christmas Baby Bop where there will be music, lights and action for the children and the grown-ups to dance the afternoon away.  Sounds like fun!! here for details

The Sprout Arts Christmas Market is on now in Furzedown.  Lots of familiar local names plus exciting new designers and makers.  You’ll find all sorts of gifts on sale, from photography and ceramics to scarves and skincare products, as well as the brilliant The Common People DVD, a huge success and filmed right here on our very own Tooting Common…click here for details

A new year, a new you?  Here are some bright ideas to get 2015 off to a great start

How about starting the new year as you mean to go on? Join in on the fabulous and free Post Xmas Workout with Jane Wake & Baby A Wake on 2nd January.  Whether your baby is 6 months or 16 years, go along to this ‘no more baby belly blast off’!  Two sessions to choose from – or do both and feel really good (and polish that hailo!)…click here for details

You’re all invited to join in with Blueberry Playsongs at Neighbourhood Rhyme Time on the first Wednesday of every month in Balham, starting on 7th January.  Take your under 5s along for singing and games – it’s all free.  And there’s cake!  Say no more…click here for details

There’s a treat in store for any budding starlets!  West End star Kerry Ellis will be holding a singing masterclass with Little Voices in Putney on 1st February.  If they’d like to tread the boards in her footsteps (think Oliver, Wicked, Les Mis), then don’t miss out on this one-off chance to pick up a few top tips with a Q&A session at the end…click here for details

Babyballet Clapham are taking bookings now for their Spring term, which starts in early January, with a fab offer of three weeks of classes for just £15.  Enough to make you pirouette on the spot!…click here for details

After all the back-to-back festivities, take a break and have a look at our property pages where we’ve got homes for sale or to rent in SW London with the school catchment areas all mapped out …click here for details

Check out these great homes from our Preferred Property Partners this week:

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Available to rent through Douglas & Gordon is a stunning 4-bedroom family home on a sought after street in Abbeville Village, with off-street parking and a 50ft south facing garden…click here for details

Also to rent with Marsh & Parsons is a stunning 3-bedroom house just moments from Northcote Road, with high ceilings throughout, lots of natural light and outstanding lateral living space…click here for details

For sale through Hamptons International is a fabulous family house, impeccably refurbished and extended to almost 2,400 sqft of living space with a 77ft garden near to Tooting Bec Common…click here for details

And on the market with Savills is a substantial 5-bedroom family house on a popular residential street close to Battersea Park…click here for details

That’s it for this week.  Have lots of festive fun!


Annabel & the NappyValleyNet team x

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