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Barracudas Activity Day Camp is a multi-activity camp for children aged 4½ to 14 years, with over 80 activities on offer, including aqua slide, motorsports, archery, fencing, football, giant inflatables, dance and team-building, to name just a few!
From as little as £3.97 per hour, Barracudas offers fantastic value for money and is a great option for the holidays. As well as covering your childcare needs this summer, it’s cost effective, flexible for working parents and, of course, lots of fun! What’s more, children also stand to gain a whole host of long-term benefits that will stand them in good stead for years to come, such as exercise, spending time outdoors, developing teamwork skills, making new friends and building confidence. All of the camps are registered with Ofsted who has rated Barracudas as ‘Outstanding’ more times and more consistently than any other comparable provider.
Camps run during the summer holidays from 22 July to 16 August, Monday to Friday, 8am to 6pm. You can book individual days or a full week. The camp costs from £179 per week or £40 for individual days.
With 46 locations across the south of the UK, in SW London Barracudas will be at:
Streatham & Clapham High School
42 Abbotswood Road
London, SW16 1AW
Visit barracudas.co.uk or call 01480 467 567
My Gym Battersea is a children’s fitness centre offering classes, parties and camps for those aged 2 months to 10-years-old. The summer camps are for 3 to 8-year-olds.
At summer camp, children are kept active while having lots of fun. Relays, games, gymnastics, arts and crafts and lots more, and they are all themed from mythical creatures and Paw Patrol to pirates and mermaids. The gym boasts a ball pit, zip wire, climbing wall, trampoline and plenty of gymnastics equipment, all in a state-of-the-art, purpose-built facility. Everything is brand new as My Gym only opened in April. It’s a super-active camp so they’ll burn lots of energy, learn new gymnastics skills, build confidence, make new friends and have lots of fun.
The camp runs for 12 days of the summer holidays (2 camps each week for 6 weeks). The camps are 2.5 hours in the afternoons from 12.15pm to 2.45pm; pay for one at a time or for unlimited camps for a single upfront cost (saving £101). It costs £33 for one session, or £295 for unlimited sessions (up to 12).
My Gym Battersea
140 Battersea Park Road
London, SW11 4NB
Visit mygym.com/battersea or call 020 3417 3031
Flying Fantastic is an aerial circus school that runs circus classes, birthday parties, holiday workshops and summer camps for Young Flyers aged 5-15 years.
The Summer camps are for wannabe superheroes aged 7-15. Students will learn to climb, fly and perform tricks on aerial silks, hoop and trapeze as well as some floor-based acrobatics! Think ‘The Greatest Showman’ and that’s where they’re at!
Aerial work is challenging and helps develop kids strength, stamina, coordination and confidence simultaneously. There’s an incredible sense of empowerment with being able to lift your own bodyweight and manoeuvring it through the air! It’s hard work – but great fun! Students work in small groups of six with one instructor on three pieces of equipment so everyone gets lots of attention and airtime.
Our week long Summer camps run in Wimbledon (ST Mark’s Hall, Compton Road, SW19 7ND) and Bankside (Arch 27, Old Union Yard Arches, 229 Union St, SE1 0LR):
Wimbledon: 5-9 August and 19-23 August
Bankside: 8-12 July, 29 July-2 August and 12-16 August
The course is progressive and runs from 10am-4pm every day, ending in an informal show on the last afternoon. It costs £350 for the week.
Riva Learning – Creative Computing Summer Camps for curious young minds aged 8-12 – is a place where children create games, music, animations, stories and robots. From making self-driving cars and anti-theft alarms to learning how to code in Scratch, it’s an exciting camp line up this summer!
Choose from two creative camps this Summer:
• Young Inventor with Junior Robotics – develop design thinking, invent with technology and learn coding concepts as you create with sensors, LEDs and motors, and build robots
• Creative Coding using Scratch – share interactive media you develop such as games, animations, music and stories with people from all over the world
By the end of the camp, your child will learn the fundamental concepts of Computer Programming. They will learn how to build games, stories and animations and how to solve problems in a structured way. These camps are designed to encourage creativity, design thinking, critical reasoning and collaboration, all while having fun. Expect your child to be brimming with ideas, energy and the confidence to design and build. With six students per teacher, learning is maximised through personalised attention and guidance as well as through teamwork and peer learning.
Camps start on Monday 29 July and run until Friday 23 August.
Each camp runs for five days, Monday-Friday, 9am-3pm.
The camp is located at:
£399 for a 5-day camp but NVN readers can enjoy a £25 discount using code ‘NVNSUMMER19’
Visit rivalearning.com or call 07539 890 926
Upbeat Music Courses – Pop and Rock School – offer singing, dance, electric guitar and drum sessions, band workshops, songwriting, recording and performing. As well as improving their musical abilities, children develop confidence and learn new skills in a warm and welcoming environment. Groups are small and Upbeat has a dynamic team of experienced musicians, teachers and choreographers to offer a wide range of activities to the children. Pop and Rock music is presented in a fun and exciting way, but always keeping education at its heart! For children from 4-14 years of all abilities. See the kids in action on Instagram at ‘upbeatlondon’.
The camp is located at Sullivan Primary School, SW6 and runs from 22-26 July and 29 July-2 August,10am-4pm each day. Early drop-off/late pick-ups available.
Children commit for a week with an end-of-course Upbeat gig on the final day. It costs £265 and sibling discounts are available. Quote NappyValleyNet for a 10% discount.
Visit upbeatmusiccourses.co.uk or call 07816 901396
Kimberley Swim Clinics run intensive swim clinics for children aged 3 and above.
There are a range of clinics to choose from and each one has a different objective. Perhaps your child would like to gain water confidence, to learn to swim, to brush up on key skills, to work on a particular stroke or to learn self-rescue skills. It’s really worth booking your children into a July clinic so that they learn to be safer in water as well as gain confidence and skills ready for your summer holidays.
The clinics run on the following schedule this summer and must be booked for four or five days as indicated below. No shorter period can be booked.
4 days: 08/7/19 – 11/7/19 4pm-5.15pm
4 days: 15/7/19 – 18/7/19 4pm-5.15pm
5 days: 22/7/19 – 26/7/19 4pm-6pm
The swim clinics are held at:
Ernest Bevin College (Sports Centre),
London, SW17 7BN
A 5-day clinic costs:
30 min sessions = £92.50
45 min sessions = £135.00
A 4-day clinic costs:
30 min sessions = £74.50
45 min sessions = £110.00
Stars Performing Arts Clubs is a young, local, non-franchise performing arts company based in Earlsfield which offers holiday clubs, lunchtime and after school clubs, and a Theatre Company for ages 10+. The club strives to build confidence and self-esteem through creative learning and children are taught by West End professionals with a passion for teaching. Staff hold current enhanced DBS checks, first aid and safeguarding training.
The summer camp consists of a week of acting, singing and dancing, whilst rehearsing for a show, mixing it up with lots of games, exercises and arts and crafts. The week ends with a performance for family and friends in the amazing Tara Theatre, complete with lighting, costumes and props. Our themes this year will be The Greatest Showman for ages 6-9, and Harry Potter for ages 8+.
The camp dates are:
The Greatest Showman – 29 July-2 August, 9am-3.30pm (ages 6-9)
Harry Potter – 27-30 August, 9am-3.30pm (ages 8+)
Performers commit to the whole week (5 days for The Greatest Showman and 4 days for Harry Potter) (though it’s fine to miss a day if you have to!)
The camp is located at:
356 Garratt Lane
It costs £150 for a 5-day week (The Greatest Showman), £120 for a 4-day week (Harry Potter), so £30 a day. 10% sibling discount on any additional child joining us.
All Star Tennis Camps are award-winning tennis camps for 3-year-olds up to teens. All Star Tennis are renowned for their fun and creative approach to teaching tennis. They welcome all levels and abilities and guarantee that every child leaves having learnt new skills and always with a smile on their face. The camps are packed with games, drills, tennis technique, match preparation, tournaments, trick shots, prizes and team games, together with a chance to dress up on the last day. Feedback is consistently good: “Love All Stars; it is by far my children’s favourite camp. The team is excellent at welcoming them every time and the girls always come away so happy to have done it!”
Camps run every week of the holidays:
5-7yrs: 10-1pm or 3-5pm
Teens: 12-4pm (Tooting Common & King Georges Park only)
All Star Tennis recommend joining for a week to get the full camp experience but understand this is not always possible, so do accept day bookings a week before a camp, subject to availability. It costs £67-£225 a week.
The locations are:
King Georges Park, SW18 2GJ (just behind the Southside shopping centre)
Leader’s Gardens, SW15 1LS
Wandsworth Common, SW18 3RT
Tooting Bec Common, SW17 8JU
Visit allstartennis.co.uk/holiday-camps/ or call 020 8871 4706
The Dance Grooves team continue to dream up new ways to have fun while learning valuable life skills. This summer, their dance and creative workshops will involve learning a seriously cool dance routine to your favourite song from Mamma Mia or The Lion King, taught by the super-talented Dance Grooves team. There’ll be creatively-themed arts activities, high-energy-themed dance games and a special performance at the end of the workshop for parents, grandparents, nannies and carers.
Thursday 25 July 2019
10.00 am – 1.00 pm
The Half Moon Putney
4 – 10 years
Cost per child: £25
The Lion King:
Tuesday 27 August 2019
10.00 am – 1.00 pm
Eddie Catz Earlsfield
3 – 8 years
Cost per child: £25, includes unlimited Free Play at Eddie Catz following the workshop
The Lion King:
Thursday 29 August 2019
10.00 am – 1.00 pm
The Half Moon Putney
4 – 10 years
All workshops are drop-off so you can enjoy a little bit of time to yourself. For the sessions held at Eddie Catz Earlsfield, they get unlimited soft play afterwards if they still have the energy!
Mathnasium is a Maths Learning & Tuition Centre for children aged 5-16. They make maths make sense in fun and interesting ways, whether that’s direct tutoring or playing maths and logic games. There is a phenomenon known as ‘summer learning loss’ which Mathnasium calls the summer slide; they can help you stop it by keeping your child’s maths knowledge up over the summer and getting them ahead for the next school year. They’ll improve maths and numeracy skills, develop critical thinking skills and get exam preparations underway (7+, 11+, entrance tests, GCSE etc).
From 15 July – 31 August Mathnasium has extended opening hours as follows:
Monday to Thursday, 1:30pm-6:30pm; Friday 10am-12pm; Saturday 11am-3pm.
You don’t need to pre-book. Once you’ve had your assessment attendance is flexible – drop in when you like, as often as you like (maximum once per day!) and you can choose to have either a 60-minute session or a 90-minute session, with the extra 30 minutes focusing on maths and logic games.
Book before June 29th for an early bird discount, packages vary starting from £325.
122 Northcote Road
Book by phone on 020 70787 000 and for more information visit mathnasium.co.uk/clapham
Smart Break is a Summer Camp for children aged 6-11 years old run by qualified teachers focussed on learning outside the classroom. Activities include science projects, drama games, sports, arts and crafts, cookery, journalism workshops and lots more! Please see our website for detailed timetables. At Smart Break they have children’s learning, happiness and safety at their core. They encourage Smarties to develop their potential and guide them towards new opportunities and make new friends through a wide range of activities and expert leaders. While the typical day runs from 9am-4pm, there is also an opportunity to extend your child’s day from 8am to 6pm.
It runs at the following locations on the following days:
Dulwich 29th July – 2nd August, Goose Green Centre SE22 9AT
Wimbledon 12th – 16th August, Mansel Road Centre SW19 4AA
Clapham 19th – 23rd August, Clapham Omnibus – SW4 0QW
Generally, we would encourage a week long commitment, but contact Smart Break for ad hoc days.
It costs £290 per week or £65 per day
Fore more information, please visit smartbreak-uk.com or call 07780788636
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