Half-Term Ideas from NappyValleyNet!

Last Updated on : 23rd May 2013

Ok, where has the sun gone?Half-Term Ideas from NappyValleyNet

We may be mid-way through the summer term but I feel l should be recommending indoor activities for a rainy day!

Well according to Michael Fish and his brethren we ARE promised some sun this weekend so here are EIGHTY things to do if you need some inspiration!

I’m off to get my brolly!

For your budding Andy Murray or Laura Robson how about Hotshots Tennis CampHenry Lamb Tennis or the Spencer Club Tennis camp?

Are you more of a Beckham than a Becker? If so then check-out Chelsea FC’s soccer school. Alternatively, Wandsworth council are running 5-day football courses at the Furzedown Recreation Centre.

Have you been inspired by this weekend’s test between England and New Zealand? If so, there are cricket courses running over half term at both The Spencer Club and Richmond Cricket Club. Go get em’ Botham – or am I showing my age?

Wimbledon Club are hosting their famous mini squash courses and there are badminton courses, golf camps PLUS  riding and stable management. They are also combining these so you can play golf on horseback. Actually I made that up.

Can’t choose? How about the Inspire Life and Leisure camp or the All Star Junior Holiday Course?

For the more musical youngster, Artpeggios are running a holiday camp in Earls Court so get out those drums and get playing!

If you are after something more horticultural, look no further than the Chelsea Fringe which takes place all over London. It is run independently of the Chelsea Flower Show but is about pushing the boundaries with regards to gardening. If you picture extreme sunflowers, edgy ivy, daring daisies and plants that have attitude then you’re on the right page!

Do you have the next Ray Mears in your house? Or in your garden as it were then check out the Wild Learning club on Wimbledon Common or the Caveman and Adventure Camp in Battersea.

Whilst the weather remains on the cooler side of normal, I really mean rubbish, why not head to one of our many museums – most are hosting half term activities for families and many are free. The Museum of London Docklands have a different activity every day so if you have a budding pirate (oooh arrr) head to the East. Similarly the Museum of London has activities which focus on life in London and the Thames.

The National Portrait Gallery is running art workshops that encourage children to look around the gallery and use what they have seen to inspire their own art. Perfect for any mini-plagarists and The Horniman Museum not only has a great aquarium and gardens with fantastic views of London but they are also hosting lots of art-based activities over half term. If your child loves frogs, then the Froglife workshop will appeal to them!

Fancy an afternoon of cinema and dance? Head to The Exhibit in Balham!

Action Space is running a one day event of live art specifically aimed at people with learning difficulties in Earlsfield.

There are also courses for the artists at Putney School of Arts or how about 2 days of messy fun at Artyard Handmade? Have you ever wondered how the world appeared to Alice after she shrank from taking a bite from the “EAT ME” cake? Find out at the Mad Hatter’s Tea Party.

Our friends at Eddie Catz are also running the usual workshops including Roald Dahl inspired cooking with Cookie Crumbles, puppetry fun and Arty Fun whilst the Polka Theatre have pirate parties and fun with Charlie and Lola. Gambados have their usual summer timetable of events as do Amanda’s Action Club.

Have a lovely (and hopefully sunny) half term!

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Annabel and the NappyValleyNet Team!


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