Chinese New Year, disco dancing and foodie treats: Your weekly What’s On guide from NappyValleyNet

Last Updated on : 19th February 2015

Dear NappyValleyNetter, 

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

It might be February but it’s certainly a busy time of year.  Shrove Tuesday came hot on the heels of Valentine’s Day, so we fluttered our lashes at the significant others in our lives and then promptly flipped our way into the hearts of our children by whipping up a pancake mix (or opening a packet), and then making sure at least one of them stuck to the ceiling (the pancakes, not the children).  And today, it’s Chinese New Year, a spectacular celebration which I’m pleased to say seems to be embraced by schools, music, dance, drama and creative classes alike, to give us all a colourful taste of the Orient.  Love the fortune cookies, too. So, keep up to speed with all the goings-on by checking into our calendar regularly and keep us busy at NVN towers by adding to it all the time via the little green button (click here). As a fortune cookie might tell you, ‘now is the time to try something new’

The approaching spring might be a time to have a sort out at home or maybe you’re thinking of a whole new roof over your head?  Take a look at our property pages, where we bring you homes for sale or to rent in our neck of the woods, and you can use the school catchment you have in mind as one of the key search criteria (click here)

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

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On the market with Hamptons International is a 5-bedroom semi-detached house of almost 3,000 sq ft, finished to the highest standard with a balance of period features and contemporary design, on one of the most sought after streets near Streatham Common …click here for details 

For sale with Douglas & Gordon is a beautiful 4-bedroom house with a lovely, bright kitchen and within easy walking distance of Battersea Park and the restaurants of Battersea Square …click here for details

Available to rent with Rampton Baseley is a stunning 3-bedroom family flat, recently refurbished and in an excellent location, just moments from Clapham Junction and Northcote Road …click here for details 

And for sale with Marsh & Parsons is a 4-bedroom end of terrace family home in the heart of Clapham Old Town, with the potential to extend and a large garden …click here for details

It’s not always just about the children.  Here are some ideas for all of you, both of you, or just you!

Celebrate the Year of the Sheep in style at the Clapham Omnibus with the Chinese-Western fusion band, Yin Yang Collective.  You’ll hear the Oriental zithers, fiddles and flutes as well as more familiar strings and piano.  Before the concert, try your hand at a Chinese tea ceremony, calligraphy and paper cutting, and traditional dance.  Fabulous! …click here for details)

Take in some wonderful contemporary art with a prehistoric feel at The First Humans, on show now at Battersea Park’s Pump House Gallery.  Some of it is tribal, some sci-fi, and much of it is spoof or tongue-in-cheek.  Sounds like fun and you could join in on the family workshops which run every Sunday …click here for details

‘Beyond the Book’ Story Skills for Parents is a brand new 5-week course designed to re-awaken your imagination by teaching simple techniques to create and tell engaging stories for and with your child.  Are you sitting comfortably…? …click here for details

A baby’s sleep (and your sleep deprivation) can be one of the great challenges of parenthood, so when there are two at a time, is it double trouble?  The Parent and Baby Coach is running a Twins Sleep and Routine Workshop, giving you ideas for suitable routines and how to sleep train twins at the same time?! …click here for details

Need some help when cooking for the kids?  Cooking for Children might be just the thing, run by The Cookhouse.  Whether it’s you, your nanny or au-pair, this class is for absolute beginners and will teach you everything from the basics through to some great children’s staples.  Step aside, Jamie, we’re coming through …click here for details 

Get ready to throw some shapes again because Baby Loves Disco is back!  This month’s theme is ‘Neon Nation’ so get decked out and go along for an afternoon of ‘dayclubbing’ for the 0 to 5s. You never know, you could pick up some new moves from passing toddlers…click here for details

Another one for grown-ups and children!  Lady Berry Cupcakes is running an Adult and Child Easter Cupcake Decorating Class. Think hot cross buns, rabbits, chicks, daffodils and Easter baskets.  Gorgeous springtime in cake form.  Brilliant! …click here for details

There’s a ‘pop-up’ at Skylark again and this time it’s the turn of Adam Byatt, our local chef and restaurateur of Trinity and Bisto Union fame.  The menu sounds absolutely delicious but you’d better be quick – pretty sure the tickets are going, going……click here for details

If schools are on your radar right now, then Broomwood Hall Lower School has an Open Day next week.  It’s a pre-prep for boys and girls from 4 to 8 and you can see the school in action, have a tour and meet the staff …click here for details

Will it be sports, dancing, theatre or music? The only trouble you’ll have is choosing…

Any princesses or pirates out there wanting to strut their stuff?  Gambado are holding a Half Term Disco this very evening, with a prize on offer for the best fancy dress as well as a DJ, games, hot dogs and balloons.  They’ll have a blast! …click here for details

Go to see ‘Handa’s Surprise’ at Clapham’s Omnibus.  Such a lovely tale for young children and it’s brought to life by two talented performers who use wooden puppets, ingenious props, traditional instruments and rousing African songs to keep even the youngest entranced! Recommended for 2 to 7 year olds …click here for details

Little Aces Academy base their courses around the philosophy of ‘Love to play’, hoping to start the next generation of tennis lovers or even tennis ‘greats’ right here in Balham!  A new set of five sessions of Tennis for Toddlers is starting soon …click here for details

Funky Moves want to spread their flair around town and so are holding monthly workshops in different parts of town.  It’s Wimbledon’s turn next, so brace yourselves, SW19ers for two and a half hours of ‘pop-up’ fun and hi-octane moves, from breakdancing to street dance. Three Weetabix for breakfast that day, then!…click here for details

Is yours a Sporty Mini?  There’s a new block of sessions starting soon in two locations for 2 to 7 year olds with a 30 minute focus on FUNdamental Movement Skills (geddit?!).  They’re offering the first session for free so go and give it a go! …click here for details

Love this one!  All Star Tennis are running Toddler and Adult tennis courses on four different commons/tennis courts!  A chance for 3 and 4 year olds to learn some great co-ordination, ball-awareness and basic tennis skills and for you to have fun and exercise at the same time! Nobody puts Mum in the corner! …click here for details

Or what about Fencing classes for slightly older children?  There’s a class for beginners aged 7 to 13 in Battersea on Monday and Wednesday afternoons run by a GB International fencer and coach. On guard! …click here for details

Amanda’s Action Club runs classes four days a week at Skylark on Wandsworth Common with a new recruit to the team, Krupa.  She’s a fully trained professional Bollywood dancer, so your little ones will learn a few tips from the top and put the grown-ups to shame on the dance floor! …click here for details

That’s it for this week.  Have fun!


Annabel & the NappyValleyNet team xx

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