Chinese New Year, Let’s Act ‘Play in a Week’ and Imagine Children’s Festival: Your What’s On activity guide from NappyValleyNet

Last Updated on : 11th February 2016

Dear NappyValleyNetter, 

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

Kung Hei Fat Choi!  The Year of the Monkey is here and celebrations are underway. The monkey is considered to be curious, witty and mischievous which is, of course, a great definition of the species in general and perhaps the reason we resort to calling our own offspring cheeky little monkeys from time to time.  Certainly they’re full of beans (and bananas), energetic, nimble, crafty, clambering (over sofas as well as climbing frames), occasionally destructive, often funny and did I say cheeky? No wonder the lines can blur between children and monkeys.  If ever you’re in need of some inspiration to keep them occupied, it’s here on our site and clearly laid out for you day-by-day in our calendar.  Keep telling us what’s on in your world too by posting via the little green button.  We monkeys are sociable and curious beings – both big and small – and often like to hang out in troops. (click here)

Thinking of a move?  Have a look through our property pages, filled with homes for sale and to rent all over the neighbourhood.  Thanks to PrimeLocation and four local estate agents, we’ve got SW London covered and it’s not just with properties, but up-to-date school catchments too.  Take a peek through the keyhole. (click here)


Check out these four homes from our Preferred Property Partners this week

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For sale with Douglas & Gordon is a 6-bedroom interior designed family house set ‘Between the Commons’, with a full basement conversion, garden and roof terrace, which comes to the market chain free. …click here for more details

For rent with Rampton Baseley is a 5-bedroom house set in the popular Magdalen Estate near the open spaces of Wandsworth Common, stretching to over 2,300 sqft of living accommodation with exceptional lateral entertaining space and good storage.…click here for more details

To rent with Hamptons International is a 4-bedroom home set in a modern gated development just moments from the heart of Clapham Old Town with all its shops, restaurants and transport links, carefully extended to provide excellent accommodation all round. …click here for more details

On the market with Marsh & Parsons is a 3-bedroom split level apartment with substantial entertaining space and a south-facing garden, set ‘Between the Commons’ just moments from Northcote Road and close to local primary schools. …click here for more details



Just two days to go until half term – let the fun begin! 

Get the children acting and singing their little hearts out at the Let’s Act ‘Play in a Week’ Half Term Workshop.  They’ll have fun taking on a musical production and working towards a performance for parents on the last day.  Let them tread the boards – refreshingly different from their normal school days! …click here for more details

Creation Station will be at Eddie Catz in Wimbledon with oodles of arts and crafts fun and plenty of sequins, sparkles and glitter to go around.  Let their imaginations run wild in creatively messy art sessions before running around the soft play and heading home proud of their creations. …click here for more details

Southside is holding a free Half Term Workshop on the last Saturday of the break with Battersea’s Pump House Gallery, illustrators Pencil & Help and dancers CoDa Dance.  Think art and dance activities for the whole family in the heart of Wandsworth and watch out for Sammy the Southsideasaurus roaming the malls both this coming Saturday and next – you have been warned! …click here for more details

Herne Hill Harriers are running their brilliant Star Track Sessions at the Tooting Bec Athletics Track again this half term.  Keep warm in the fresh air by learning new athletics skills in all events – running, jumping and throwing.  For children aged 7 and up, they’ll love being at a real track and picking up top tips from top coaches. Next stop Tokyo!?…click here for more details

The new Eddie Catz in Earlsfield is where you’ll find Mini Yoga Half Term Fun next week.  They’ll have two hours of yoga-inspired fun, with stories, games, soft play and lunch.  Sounds like a blissful sanctuary where you’ll all find some inner peace! …click here for more details

As we wave goodbye to Storm Imogen, head outside for some good ol’ fresh air on Clapham Common.  SW Sports still has a few spaces left on their half term multi-sports camp, with tennis, golf, football, cricket and more on offer.  Hone those skills and give those little monkeys a good run around! …click here for more details

Funky Moves is running one of their action packed workshops at The Bedford in Balham.  They’ll be working on routines and rhythm and throwing some shapes, as well as getting stuck into arts and crafts. Boundless fun for their boundless energy! …click here for more details

Go (slightly) west for the Half Term Holiday Activities at Orleans House Gallerywhere they’ll be looking at Springtime, Landscape & Nature.  They’ll be inspired by the changing seasons (yay!) and new exhibition, Capability Now, and will work on various techniques including print-making, sculpture and textiles. …click here for more details


For the little ones, for the grown-ups, for the whole family

To celebrate the Year of the Monkey, head to Chiswick House Gardens for the spectacularMagical Lantern Festival, open each evening from 5pm.  You’ll see amazing illuminations of art and lights through giant sculpted lanterns in a great variety of forms and structures.  Soak up the carnival atmosphere, meander through the market, tuck into international food and take home your own magical lantern. A great family treat. …click here for more details

Talking of monkeys, there’s a regular monthly night of improvised comedy at Omnibus in Clapham Old Town, Monkey Toast and Friends. Next week’s sees special guests Folie à Deux, a pair who promise to fearlessly entangle themselves in an hour of hilariously inventive improv, often from just a single word from the audience.  Sounds like a hugely entertaining start to the week – belated Valentines treat to make you both smile, perhaps? …click here for more details

Talking of Valentine’s, how about this for an original ‘date night’?  The V&A starts its week-long celebration of the new Europe Galleries tomorrow evening with a free and drop-in programme, Love & Liaisons.  A Valentine’s night of performances, talks and tours, including electro-Baroque DJs, silent speed dating, courtly dancing, historic perfumes and love tokens – brilliant! …click here for more details

Monday mornings aren’t so bad when you realise it’s Animal Story Time at Battersea Park Zoo.  Head over to listen to a small, furry animal story and maybe a reptilian one too, plus the opportunity to meet the real life characters who are so close at hand in SW11. …click here for more details

Dance Yourself Fit is a new take on exercise and fitness each Wednesday evening at The Exhibit in Balham.   One hour dedicated to you, music and rhythm, encouraging mindfulness in your muscles, posture and core with professional live DJs mixing the tunes.  Sounds like a lot of fun (and not even a cocktail in sight!). …click here for more details

Sprout Arts in Furzedown, down Streatham way, has been holding a Showcase for South London Artists and it runs until Sunday.  With 14 talented artists exhibiting an eclectic and exciting range of work from photography to painting, etchings and prints, call in to support not only a neighbourhood gallery but also local talent.  All good! …click here for more details

Head to the Southbank for a fun-filled fortnight of literature, art, dance and theatre events at the Imagine Children’s Festival.  There’s loads on offer including workshops and free activities for children up to 12.  From celebrating what would have been Roald Dahl’s 100th birthday with stories, music and art installations to the chance to meet authors and illustrators, every day will be bursting with fun. Half term sorted! …click here for more details


Don’t forget! 

Clapham Works gets underway later this month – a three week schedule of marketing workshops, talks and events all over Clapham, both during the day and in the evenings.  It’s for anyone wanting to learn more about the marketing world and to meet other businesses in the area, so if you’re looking to get back to work or take your career in a whole new direction, brush up on your social media knowledge and skills or brainstorm with others, take a look at what’s going on. …click here for more details

Our February offers and competitions are here, complete with some incredible prizes.  A child assessment worth £395 from Jaderberg Krais, a place on a Positive Parenting Class with The Parent Practice worth £500 and free tickets to Grand Designs Live are up for grabs, plus lots of lovely discounts on holidays, interiors and treats for you.  …click here for more details


That’s it for this week.  Happy half term!


Annabel & the NappyValleyNet team xx

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