Half term activities and more Open Days: Your weekly What’s On guide from NappyValleyNet

Last Updated on : 8th October 2015

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

It’s that time of year.  What to wear?  Jacket or no jacket?  Socks or no socks?  Tights or no tights?  When to go for tights? Trousers are the default option to avoid that question.  Such frivolities can dance around the edges of a girl’s mind and are merely a distraction from the job in hand, namely children, home, work, school, playtime and the rest.  We seem to be able to juggle a thousand things at once (with the occasional dropped ball) yet still manage to get dressed (tights or no tights?), put on some mascara (sometimes) and greet the day with a smile as we head on to the next thing.  Tap into our calendar if ever there is a lull you’d like to fill or if you’re after some inspiration to entertain you and yours.  And, if you do ever get a moment, please add to it with your own classes, events, culture and more.(click here)

Looking for a new house?  Then make the most of our property pages which we bring to you with PrimeLocation and four local estate agents.  As well as all the usual search criteria, you’ll find a drop-down menu of all the primary schools in Nappy Valley.  Pick the one you have in mind and all the homes within its catchment will come to you! (click here)


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

Half term activities and more Open Days Half term activities and more Open Days  

For rent with Douglas & Gordon is an 8-bedroom converted Victorian glass factory offering an extraordinary and unique family home in Battersea, with nearly 7,000 sqft including a dining area to sit up to 20 and private parking with a secure gated entrance. …click here for more details

For sale with Marsh & Parsons is a 3-bedroom end-of-terrace Victorian house on a sought after street in Clapham Old Town just moments from Clapham Common, completely refurbished with three bathrooms and a pretty south-facing garden. …click here for more details

For sale with Hamptons International is a 5-bedroom family house off Clapham Common Northside, recently redeveloped and extended to almost 2,500 sqft including a basement with large family room and shower room, and a 57ft garden which has been part decked and part laid to lawn. …click here for more details

Available to rent with Rampton Baseley is a 2-bedroom split level flat ‘Between the Commons’ and just off Northcote Road, which has been refurbished throughout with a bright and newly fitted kitchen with French doors leading onto a lovely patio garden. …click here for more details


It’s coming.  You may have been in denial but October half term is just around the corner!

Miniversity Creative Learning Club has got all sorts of activities lined up in Chelsea for half term fun.  Will yours be an illustrator, an author, a medic, a teacher, a vlogger or a designer for the day? Children from 5 to 12 will learn about all sorts of careers through fun, games and ICT.  Build their confidence and sow the seeds of the future..! …click here for more details

Bach to Baby are holding a concert at St Luke’s called Too Harp to Handel (love it!).  Anne Denholm is the official harpist to The Prince of Wales, and will bring you dances by Bach, a concerto by Handel and a famous song from The Wizard of Oz.  A moment of calm for you and a moment of culture for the children. …click here for more details

How about a half term Halloween workshop with Dramacube?  Join in on some ghastly fun, be you a ghost or a ghoul, a witch or a wizard.  Get inspiration from all things weird and wonderful and go away covered in cobwebs and with armfuls of spooky arts and crafts! …click here for more details

Whizz, Swoosh and Whirl is an afternoon dedicated to firework art and craft at Southfields Library with Wandsworth Museum.  For children aged 4 and up, entirely free and ‘drop-in’ it sounds like a perfect half term outing that will get the creative juices flowing. …click here for more details

Bookings for the Multi-sport Holiday Camp at Clapham Common are open, with all day tennis and football options for no extra charge.  They can go every day or any combination of days and there’s a sibling discount available too – yay! …click here for more details

The Happy Potter is back in action for the full two weeks of half term, giving children aged 6 and up the chance to work with clay using various methods, as well as painting their own creations and working from their own imaginations. …click here for more details

The Inspire Life & Leisure team are running two football camps over half term, one in Wandsworth Park and one on Wandsworth Common.  For those aged three and a half up to 13, they’ll play in age-appropriate groups with lots of tournaments and prizes up for grabs!  Sounds like good healthy competition! …click here for more details

Activ Camps are back at either Emanuel School or Wimbledon College with archery, quad biking, giant inflatables, zorbs, swimming, crazy crash mats, foam stick hockey and dodgeball.  Stop – I’m exhausted..…click here for more details

Youngstars has got the area covered with their half term multi-sports camps for 3 to 10 year olds.  Think fun, games and Halloween-inspired arts and crafts in every corner of Nappy Valley, from Parsons Green to Wimbledon and Battersea to Balham. …click here for more details

School’s Out Holiday Club will be back at the Balham Community Centre offering all day activities with an early bird start from 8am.  It’s packed full of fun and includes outings to many of the commons, parks and adventure playgrounds. …click here for more details

How about a Spooktacular Halloween Golf Camp for something a little bit different?  There’ll be skills challenges, competitions and tasks for children of all levels and under professional supervision too, so they’ll be in the swing in no time. …click here for more details

Little Voices Theatre Week in Fulham will take them on a wonderful journey to ‘Frozen Tangled Up’ (can I come?) where they’ll be singing, acting and dancing like Elsa, Anna, Olaf and Rapunzel, building confidence along the way ready for a performance for parents at the end of the week. Let them go, let them go…! …click here for more details


Open days here, open days there, open days just about everywhere…

It’s time for the UK’s largest school open day in Battersea Park soon, The Independent Schools Show. Two hundred of the leading schools will be in the one place for this dynamic and informative event where you’ll be able to meet registrars and heads and hear about admissions, scholarships, bursaries and more.  Entry is free if you book online in advance! …click here for more details

The Fruity Tree Nursery at Clapham South is holding an Open Morning on Saturday for you and your little ones to have a look around, meet the staff and get a feel for this first learning environment. …click here for more details

It’s the Bolingbroke Academy Open Morning on Saturday for a chance to have a good look around this popular secondary school set ‘Between the Commons’. …click here for more details

And Dulwich College opens its doors this Saturday too for those considering entry at Year 7, with departmental displays and tours of the college as well as the chance to talk to teachers. …click here for more details

Broomwood Hall has an Open Day next week for those looking at pre-prep for boys and girls aged 4 to 8. …click here for more details

Hornsby House has an Open Morning next week too, another pre-prep for boys and girls from 4 to 11 years old, set in between Balham and Wandsworth Common. …click here for more details

And it’s the turn of Northcote Lodge a week on Saturday, when you can see the school for boys aged 8 to 13 in action, with tours conducted by pupils offering you a ‘warts and all’ experience! …click here for more details


With music there’s laughter and fun ever after.  Start them small and it’ll be with them forever.

Tin Pan Annie is offering a fantastic five free classes between now and Christmas for babies aged under 5 months at their sessions in SW4 and SW12.  Go see just how transfixed your very little ones will be with the music.  Not just music to their ears but music to their brain development too. …click here for more details

Do-re-mi Babies are holding another of their monthly concerts for babies, toddlers and their grown-ups, this time in Parsons Green.  There’s fresh coffee, homemade cupcakes and a classical music adventure.  Can I borrow a small child?! …click here for more details

Music Babies is held every Thursday and Friday at Gambado. Multi-sensory musical baby, toddler and pre-school classes, using lights, bubbles and a well-known soundtrack, plus they’ll get to play at Gambado too.  Blissful fun! …click here for more details

Puddle Ducks run swimming lessons for babes in arms (and bigger ones!) at a choice of pools around the neighbourhood, with an emphasis on developing a safe and happy love of water using rhyme, music and movement to really engage the little ones. …click here for more details

There’s a new NCT Postnatal Course taking place weekly on Wednesdays, providing a fab opportunity to get together with other new mothers getting to grips with motherhood.  You set the agenda and have the chance to bounce ideas around, share stories and make some new friends. …click here for more details

And how do you wear yours?  Sorry, couldn’t resist!  There’s an Introduction to Babywearing Workshop in Chelsea next week for those wanting to learn about all the latest makes and models of baby carriers.  Brilliant things – they leave you with your hands free to get on with all that juggling! …click here for more details


And finally…

Are you an early bird?  Then you might want to head over to Putney tomorrow for an Early Bird Christmas Sale with everything from stocking fillers and children’s clothes to jewellery and prints.  Tick a few godchildren off that list perhaps? …click here for more details

Don’t miss our amazing batch of offers and competitions just for you this month.  You could win a mini gold fingerprint charm thanks to Little Print Jewellery, a free evening’s babysitting with Likeminders, membership of The Positive Parenting Academy with The Parent Practice, a family ticket to Peppa Pig Live and lots more. Plus loads of fab offers and discounts – 20% off a full term of lessons with Little Voices, £200 off a holiday with The Flight Centre, 25% off winter-weight merino sleep bags with Bambino Merino… I could go on! …click here for more details



That’s it for this week.  Have fun and happy half term planning!


Annabel & the NappyValleyNet team xx

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