Music, theatre, and the half term ideas keep on coming: Your weekly What’s On guide from NappyValleyNet

Last Updated on : 12th February 2015

Dear NappyValleyNetter,

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

I saw some snowdrops the other day and smiled.  Not wishing time away, but I’m sure I’m not alone in appreciating the daylight nudging away the dark a little bit earlier in the mornings and sticking to its guns a little bit longer in the evenings.  There’s a new lightness in the air and people seem to have more of a spring in their step.  But with the arrival of spring, we have some tired children on our hands.  This term is a game of two halves.  The dark half and the less dark half.  We’ve made it through what is surely the toughest time of year and now even more fun will be had, be it at home or away, and as ever, there’s plenty for you right here.  Take a look at our ever-expanding calendar and you’ll never be stuck for ideas.  And keep posting too – let’s make it the biggest, brightest and best(est) calendar in NappyValley! (click here)

Starting with property this week and if you haven’t already, take a look at our property section which we bring to you with PrimeLocation, who loved our idea of linking school catchments to homes for sale or to rent.  We know you well, and there’s no denying that this is one of the most hotly debated topics on the site.  Thanks to our partnership with four local agents, you can search for bricks and mortar near the school that’s top of your list (click here).

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

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Available to rent with Hamptons International is a 4-bedroom family home in Abbeville Village, freshly redecorated throughout with a fabulously designed kitchen opening onto a 50ft south-facing garden …click here for more details

On the market with Douglas & Gordon is a grand 6-bedroom house with over 2,200 sq ft of living and entertaining space and a large, lawned west-facing garden on a quiet road ‘Between the Commons’ …click here for more details

For sale with Rampton Baseley is an attractive 4-bedroom house in good decorative order on a sought after street ‘Between the Commons’, extended into both the side return and loft …click here for more details

On the market with Marsh & Parsons is a substantial 6-bedroom Victorian family home in the popular Sibella Road Conservation area, which retains many original features and has a garden of over 120 ft …click here for more details

What’s all this song and dance about?  We say, thank you for the music….

Bumble Beats music classes run every Wednesday at The Bedford in Balham and they like to start ’em young, with a Babybees class for little ones up to 10 months, introducing them to live music, sounds and textures …click here for more details  Or, if your toddler is on the move and grooving away already, they might enjoy the percussion and other instruments, not to mention the pom-poms, gym-ribbons, puppets and more in the slightly older age group …click here for more details

Tempo Tots offers live music-making and interactive fun for children from 3 months to 4 years in both Twickenham and Teddington – all the T’s then! …click here for more details

Musical Buds run recorder and early music lessons based on the Suzuki method (and we don’t mean motorbikes) at St Barnabas Church on Clapham Common Northside, offering a great musical foundation for children aged 3 and over …click here for more details

There’s a free trial of the new Alphabet Dance next week at Skylark on Wandsworth Common.  It sounds like a fun and imaginative way for pre-schoolers to ‘meet’ the alphabet with dancing, singing and creative activities all thrown in the mix! …click here for more details

There’s a Baby & Toddler Group at the Balham Community Centre every Tuesday morning during term time, with the promise of ‘coffee and chat’.  Say no more! …click here for more details

Splatter Patter parent and toddler dance is holding a free open day today!  Get down to Abbeville Village and have a go at some creative dance and movement for children aged 2 and a half to 4 years old and their grown-ups (you won’t have to declare your age!) …click here for more details

It’s all going on at The Little Gym, during the day, after school and at weekends, with classes for very little ones up to elegant, flick-flacking 12-year olds, so all ages and abilities are welcome. Are yours ‘Flips and twisters’ …click here for more details or ‘Funny bugs and Giggle worms?’ …click here for more details

Just the name of this one is full of intrigue and excitement – I’m thinking Wolf Hall and men in tights (sorry). Join in on Palace Explorers at Fulham Palace in Bishop’s Park, a weekly parent and toddler session within those hallowed walls.  What a treat – don’t suppose Damian Lewis will be there?  I may have to borrow a small child, if so …click here for more details

Half term fun.  We’ve been bombarding you with ideas, and still they keep coming…!

A Little Bit Productions are running ‘Tangled’ at Eddie Catz where they’ll join Rapunzel and the gang for a morning of games and drama, music and dancing, as well as making a bejewelled crown to take home, but not before a good go in the lovely soft play! …click here for more details

This sounds quite nutty in Putney!  Dance Grooves are running a Kids Movie & Dance Club, where they’ll have a packed lunch in front of ‘The Nut Job’ before learning a super-cool dance routine from the film in their fantastic dance studio, ready to perform for parents at pick-up time.  Sounds like a lot of fun! …click here for more details

Open Air Fit Multi-Sports Camp will be up and running on Wandsworth Common again this half term.  For boys and girls from 5 to 14, each day is a fun-packed mixed bag of sport and skills development in the bracing fresh air, which should leave them both energised and (later) nicely worn out… …click here for more details

School’s Out is back for the half term break at the Balham Community Centre, offering a packed schedule of fun activities starting from 8am every day.  As well as all the indoor fun there are planned trips to museums, commons and adventure playgrounds.  Sounds like they’ll have busy time of it! …click here for more details

This sounds great for slightly older children.  ‘Britain’s Best Recruiting Sergeant’ is on at the Unicorn Theatre, as Vesta Tillley, a shining star of the music hall uses her much-loved act to recruit soldiers to fight for King and country.  But has she used her stardom for good? …click here for more details

Instead of the usual fun, there sometimes comes a time for a different sort of focus.  If you’re in the market for SATS and GCSEs, perhaps this Knights Tutoring preparation course might be for you …click here for more details

And in other news….the variety on offer around here is just brilliant! 

This picture takes me back!  The Parent and Baby Coach is running a Baby Weaning workshop to help you get started on this messy phase! An informal group session, it should answer most of your questions – what, when, how…I think we all know why! …click here for more details

Any budding thesps out there?  The Magdalene Players are holding auditions for their next production, ‘Time and the Conways’ which tells a family’s story over a period of 18 years, so they’re looking for some strong male and female leads.  And if acting isn’t for you, they’ll need help with behind the scenes, from design to costumes and props …click here for more details

If your daughter loves Cathy Cassidy and her ‘Chocolate Box Girls’ series of books, then take her along to Waterstones near Clapham Junction on Saturday morning, when the author will be there to meet her fans and to sign copies of her latest book, ‘Sweet Honey’ …click here for more details

The Paper Cinema’s Odyssey is on at the Battersea Arts Centre.  I’ve been and suffice to say that artists and musicians conspire brilliantly to create something incredibly unique and spellbinding.  Yet more original creativity at the BAC.  We’re lucky to have it on our doorstep.  Go see! …click here for more details

That’s it for this week.  Wishing you all a happy half term!


Annabel and the NappyValleyNet team x

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