Half term plans, Flip Out fun and the NCT Nearly New Sale: Your What’s On activity guide from NappyValleyNet

Last Updated on : 2nd February 2017

Dear NappyValleyNetter, 

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

February. How?  Maybe it’s best not to ask. It seems the older I get, the faster it goes. Hurtling towards half term, some will be packing for the slopes, others for winter sun, and many simply bedding down to carry on with life as we know it in Nappy Valley.  As ever, there’s more fun and games for the children than you can shake a scooter at.  Make good use of our calendar to help you get ahead. (click here)

If you’re on the move, take a look at our property pages which have homes for sale and to rent in the neighbourhood.  Search under postcode, price, number of bedrooms and distance from school gate to front door. …click here for more details


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



For rent with Marsh & Parsons is a one-bedroom apartment in the heart of Balham, close to shops, restaurants and excellent transport links, recently refurbished to an exacting standard with separate kitchen and reception room. …click here for more details

For sale with Hamptons International is a 3-bedroom first floor flat in a Victorian conversion close to Northcote Road and Clapham Junction, with a spacious modern fitted kitchen and a home office area as well as the use of a private patio garden and share of freehold. …click here for more details

For sale with Rampton Baseley is a 6-bedroom end-of-terrace house close to Wandsworth Common, completely refurbished to an incredibly high standard and almost 3,000 sqft, with a wrap-around garden, a west-facing roof terrace and off-street parking.…click here for more details

Portico has a brilliant Property Valuation Tool which takes just 60 seconds to value your home, so if you’ve started 2017 with a view to making that move, this would be a good place to start. (click here)


A quick-fire round-up of half term fun

You’d have to be living on the moon not to have heard the excitement orbiting the news that Major Tim Peake’s re-entry module has landed once more (complete with scorch marks), this time at the Science Museum. So get your astronaut suits at the ready and head South Kensington way. …click here for more details

Flip Out Wandsworth will be taking a walk on the wild side during half term week with their Go Wild sessions – plenty of bouncing fun followed by a ZooLab animal education workshop packed with fun facts, like how tree frogs can jump 150 times their own length! …click here for more details

It’s all going on at the Eddie Catz soft play centres in Earlsfield, Putney and Wimbledon with sessions and workshops ranging from Make a Valentines Bear and Arty Family Fun

to a Minions Dance Groove Workshop and a Playball Playdate. …click here for more details

Julian Cousins of SW Sports is running his multi-sports children’s camps up by the tennis courts on Clapham Common.  Tennis, football, golf, rugby, cricket, rounders and more, all out in the big fresh air. …click here for more details

Lavender Leonardos is running Half Term Art Workshops each morning for children aged 5 and up in a real artist’s studio. …click here for more details

And each afternoon, children aged 10 and up can head to Lavender Leonardos for Mark-making & Printmaking Workshops. …click here for more details

Youngstars Half Term Holiday Camps will be back in the neighbourhood for the week in question with sports and activities at six different locations, so you probably won’t even have to go very far from your own front door to drop them off! …click here for more details

Miniversity at the Chelsea Academy will have them trying their hands at careers from graphic designer to lawyer at this computer-based daily course. …click here for more details

Et Patati Patata Fun French Camps in Fulham promises 100% french and 100% fun, without having to cross La Manche. …click here for more details

Ninjas On-Screen Martial Arts Movie-making course with Sparks runs over three days on Nightingale Lane.  Let them have an action-adventure to remember! …click here for more details

Open Air Fit’s Multi-Sports Kids Camps will be taking Wandsworth Common by storm again with a great range of fun and activities for all abilities and levels, be they 4 or 14. …click here for more details

Little Voices ‘Mary Poppins’ Half Term Camp will have them singing their hearts out and floating over the rooftops of Putney on umbrellas. …click here for more details

The Mad Science Half Term Camp is for 4 to 11 year olds, with dynamic demonstrations and exciting hands-on experiments over in Wimbledon. …click here for more details

The Funky Moves Dance & Art Holiday Course is in both Balham and Wimbledon this half term, with super-cool dance moves, games, fancy dress and art and crafts and even a breakdance workshop thrown into the mix! …click here for more details

Helping children from 8 up to 12 push out of their comfort zones and to thrive in this big wide world, the Role Models Confidence & Resilience Taster Day will give a glimpse into these highly acclaimed life skills courses for children. …click here for more details


Oh so busy – take some time out for you! 

Inspired by spectacular Williams, Federer and Nadal at the weekend? Dig out your tennis racket and head outdoors.  Ladies Tennis Morning is on Clapham Common every Wednesday for a very reasonable drop-in charge. …click here for more details

Jane Wake of Baby-A-Wake (and off the telly-box!) is offering 10% off any of her classes plus a free trial, including her unique Pilates Flow and the brand new Barefoot Workout.  Book by the end of this month for your discount. …click here for more details

Hydrofit on Northcote Road has a brilliant offer of 50% off an Aquabiking or Cyrotherapy session.  Always wondered what it’s like? Here’s your chance to find out. You never know, you might just love it! …click here for more details

If you’re looking for a new challenge, there’s a Recruitment Open Day at Parkside on Saturday.  From Registered General Nurses to Physiotherapists, Radiologists and Client Services, there’s a great range of opportunities on offer. …click here for more details

At the Woman First Post-natal Workshop in Wimbledon next week, you’ll gather fitness, food and lifestyle knowledge to help you reconnect with yourself – just in case being a mum has taken over! …click here for more details

Following some good reviews, Movers & Shapers in Balham have a special discount code for you on new membership.  Just the incentive you need to sign up and tackle February head on?  Offer ends tomorrow so seize the day! …click here for more details

Time for a Winter Warmer pop-up supper with Gutsy Chutney at Barmouth Kitchen.  Warm up with Indian small plates served with a twist on a new six-course menu with lesser-known Indian delicacies. …click here for more details

Southside Players, Balham’s award-winning theatre group, presents Time and The Conways, by J B Priestly at Chestnut Grove Theatre soon, beginning with a family gathering in 1919 where everybody has high expectations for the future. How does it play out? …click here for more details

When better to think about a holiday than February?  Our NappyValleyNet exclusive offers and competitions this month include irresistible offers on four fabulous getaways.  25% off in Crete with Tots Too, 25% in Devon (including half term!) with Gitcombe Country Cottages, a lovely deal for two- or three-night stays with Luxury Family Hotels dotted around our fair isle (including free Cream Tea for Two) and 10% off your ski trip with Ski Famille if you want to head mountain-side. …click here for more details


With little ones in mind…

Don’t forget the NCT Nearly New Sale on Saturday. Bag a bargain from a huge collection of pre-loved and used baby equipment, clothes, books, toys and more. Elbows out..! …click here for more details

Bach to Baby in Fulham next week is offering you a Winter Warmer with Zivorad Nikolic on the classical accordion – a mix of classical and folk with dashes of the Argentine sun to brighten up a February day. …click here for more details

Cine Mini presents Babe in Battersea soon, an immersive cinematic experience.  Not just a red carpet VIP vibe, but special stars from Vauxhall City Farm, mini tractor races, arts and crafts, farmers’ market and bar.  Sink into your own family-sized beanbag and enjoy with a lovely 15% discount on tickets – why, thank you! …click here for more details


And finally…

Brilliant for the Duke of Edinburgh Award and fabulous peace of mind for parents, book your children onto this Saturday’s First Aid for Life, First Aid for Teenagers course and they’ll gain crucial skills.  There’s a 10% discount on offer and a 25% reduction if you book with a friend. …click here for more details

The Laurels School Open Event is taking place next week, a girls’ school for 11 to 18 year olds in Balham. …click here for more details

The Food Assembly, an award-winning food community, has arrived in Clapham.  The organiser selects the most delicious products for the online market, you fill your basket with fruit, veg, eggs, meat, bread, honey and more, and then head to La Petite Bretagne each Tuesday evening to collect your shop and meet the producers.  Kind of like an online farmers’ market! …click here for more details


That’s it.  Have fun and happy half term planning – here’s that link again! (click here)


Annabel & the NappyValleyNet team xx

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