Spring to The Little Gym, Frozen fever and half term fun: Your weekly ‘What’s On’ guide from NappyValleyNet

Dear NappyValleyNetter,

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

We’ve tried to ignore it for long enough, so this week we turn our minds to half term.  How can it be that it’s here so quickly?  It feels like we’ve only just stopped wishing people Happy New Year! My dad once said to me that the older you get, the faster time goes.  He is a wise man.  So, as well as taking up all the lovely opportunities on offer each week, spend a little time looking ahead to that half term break, so that they – and we – all spend it well.  Keep up-to-date with what’s on by checking into our calendar from time to time.  It’s full of bright ideas – please keep adding yours! (click here)

But first, we NVNers certainly have a keen interest in bricks and mortar.  If you’re looking for a new home and school catchments are of interest, then this could be the search engine for you!  We’ve got properties for sale or to rent and their distances from the nearest schools all mapped out.  Simply choose the school you’re interested in and ta daaah….all the properties within its catchment will come up for you to see!(click here)

Take a look through the keyhole at these four homes from our Preferred Property Partners this week:

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For sale with Hamptons International is an iconic, semi-detached house on the corner of Bolingbroke Grove and Honeywell Road, with a large garden, off-street parking, fabulous views and substantial proportions …click here for more details

On the market with Rampton Baseley is an incredible Victorian family house ‘Between the Commons’, refurbished in a contemporary style.  Extended both on the side return and into the loft, it has an amazing sense of space …click here for more details

Available to rent with Douglas & Gordon is a stunning 3-bedroom, 3-bathroom maisonette on a road which is one of the Nightingale Triangle’s best kept secrets …click here for more details

On the rental market with Marsh & Parsons is a 4-bedroom house on a quiet residential street in the heart of Clapham Old Town, with a lovely south-west facing garden …click here for more details

Now, did someone mention half term? Here we go…!

Mamma Mia, here we go again (sorry, couldn’t resist!).  It’s the Mamma Mia Performing Arts Week in Putney for budding performers aged 4 to 16.  They’ll learn an entire script in 3 days and be part of a big performance; singing, dancing and ready to entertain you by the end! click here for more details…

Or is Mary Poppins more up their street?  Dance Grooves is holding a musical theatre workshop for one day only with an actor from the UK tour of the show.  Get some tips from the top, work on some routines, watch the movie and then perform!  Sounds supercalifragilisticexpialidocious! (sp?) click here for more details…

Inspired by the Lego Movie?  Let them create their own version this half term with Brickbuster Animations and the Studio Film School.  Seven to 11 year olds will use brick characters and stop motion during this 3-day workshop and try their hands at everything from directing to editing, designing and voicing.  Brilliant! click here for more details…

How about un petit peu de français?  Et patati patata promises to surround your children with all things French for a week, including cooking, acting, making Mardi Gras carnival masks and playing French games outdoors each afternoon.  A week in France without leaving London! click here for more details…

I know a few girls who would enjoy this – and I don’t mean just the little ones!  Smarty Paints Studio is holding a Nail Art Workshop where mums are expected to lend their hands for their girls to go wild with colours and funky nail designs. Lovely fun! click here for more details…

The love of ‘Frozen’ doesn’t seem to have thawed and Dynamic Dance will be holding a workshop at Eddie Catz in Wimbledon, where they’ll learn routines and songs from the ever so slightly popular movie.  Dressing up actively encouraged.  I wonder how many Elsa’s there’ll be…? click here for more details…

Go and watch Despicable Me 2 in Putney with Dance Grooves, have a great lunch and then learn a super cool dance routine to a song from the movie.  Wonder which one that will be?  Happy, happy, happy, happy… click here for more details…

SW Sports half term camp will be running on Clapham Common each day, with the main focus on tennis and football but plenty else besides. For boys and girls aged 3 to 12, they’ll be out there come rain or shine, having a ball and getting nicely worn out! click here for more details…

Funky Monkey keyboard classes are running a couple of days dedicated to ‘Funky Fingers’ on electronic keyboards.  It promises fun-packed sessions for 4-8 year old beginner musicians.  Keane, Coldplay, Elton…watch your backs.  Here comes the next generation click here for more details…

The Happy Potter is back with Play with Clay workshops in Streatham for those aged 6 and over.  They’ll get to grips with pottery making, working with clay as well as painting their many creations.  These are the gems that will last forever, proudly displayed at home. click here for more details…

Talk about fun and different.  Life in NappyValley could never be described as pedestrian…

It’s here!  The weekend we’ve all been waiting for.  Brace yourselves for The Festival of Funk!  Head down to The Bedford for a fun-packed afternoon thanks to Funky Movescelebrating their 10 years of bringing dance, movement and fun to the children of the neighbourhood.  Go on.  Strike a pose.  You know you want to! click here for more details…

Flick flack your way down to The Little Gym for Show Week!  Children from 4 to 12 years old will be demonstrating the skills they have learned over the last term and you’d better start limbering up as they say audience participation is likely!  The new term pole vaults into action from 9th February, so don’t miss out on your free trial class if you have a little gym bunny just rearing to go! click here for more details…

Ever thought of trying your little ones out on golf?  Take up the offer of this free Junior Golf Taster session down on Burntwood Lane.   The next Rory McIlroy could well be right here in amongst us, as yet an undiscovered talent..! click here for more details…

Amanda’s Action Club will be in full swing on two Frozen Fridays at Gambado!  Meet and greet Queen Elsa and Princess Ana, sing along to all their favourite tunes, tuck into a delicious dinner and lots of fun soft play.  Do you want to build a snowman?click here for more details…

The Little Disco Company is holding a disco-tastic Sunday afternoon in Dulwich where parents and children alike can shake their stuff.  If it all gets too much, admit defeat, order a Sunday roast and let the kids keep on throwing those shapes around the dance-floor – will make a change from their toys! click here for more details…

Or if you’re more Balham-way, then the Big Fish Little Fish Family Rave is back at The Bedford with a DJ playing the tunes, a craft area, a play area with tubes and inflatables, a giant colouring-in mural and a homemade cake stall. What’s not to love!? click here for more details…

The Drama Group run classes for children aged from 7 to 11 and are offering a free trial class this weekend!  Their imaginations will transport them on a taxi ride to London from the Antarctic, they’ll take an intrepid journey up Everest or find a magical spider at the beach.  Any vivid imaginations out there just waiting to be let loose?  click here for more details…

And one for just the grown-ups.  Third Door is hosting a Kindred Jelly Co-working Day soon which invites all freelancers, home-workers and small business owners to bring their laptops along to meet, work, chat and collaborate.  Sounds fab, but is there ice-cream with the jelly? click here for more details…

That’s it!  Whatever you decide to do, have a great time doing it!

Love,

Annabel and the NappyValleyNet team xx

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