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Stories and songs with Santa
Join Santa for stories, songs and a present in his Grotto in the Plant Centre. There will be gingerbread decorating and other craft activities. Online booking Monday 17th September.
Until 23/12/2018, 10am –6.30pm.
Details on website.
RHS Garden Wisley, Wisley Lane, Woking, GU23 6QB
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Christmas in the Glasshouse
The Glasshouse becomes the Woodland Realm of the Elves who care for all the woodland animals but especially Santa’s reindeer when they are not flying across the world on Christmas Eve.
Until 2/1/2019, 10am – 3:30pm. Free with normal admission
RHS Garden Wisley, Wisley Lane, Woking, GU23 6QB
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Meet a suffragette
Meet a suffragette and decide if you wish to join her fight to get the vote for women. Listen to her arguments and learn why some women at the beginning of the twentieth century were driven to drastic measures to get their voices heard by the Establishment.
1pm to 2.30pm. £5 per child (includes 1 accompanying ad)
Bourne Hall Museum Kids Club, Spring Street, Ewell, KT17 1UF

Peter Pan - Richmond Theatre 
Take a fairy tale flight to Neverland this Christmas in the swashbuckling family adventure Peter Pan, starring Robert Lindsay as the villainous Captain Hook. 
Until Sun 6 Jan, Times vary. Please check website for details.. Tickets from £12
Richmond Theatre, The Green, Richmond, TW9 1QJ 
0844 871 7651


SwimWay’s new pool
New SwimWay lessons will be available at the beautiful new pool in a private house right next to Tooting Bec Common, which has a seperate entrance and excellent facilities for clients to enjoy. The pool is 12.5m in length and 1.3m deep and SwimWay will be offering classes for parents and babies and for children age 3-9 years old.
further information email,

The Pod
The Pod is a fun place for children (all ages up to 11 years) to climb, jump, swing, stretch, wriggle, balance and bounce whatever the weather. Based at the YMCA Hawker Centre, The Pod is a two storey soft play installation open seven days a week for play sessions, private hire and children’s parties. Parents can relax in the Canteen, the riverside cafe.
Mon-Fri 9.30am-5.30pm, Sat & Sun 8am-12 noon; under 6 months free, under 4s & over 5s £4-£5.50.
YMCA Hawker Centre, Lower Ham Road, Kingston KT2 5BH
020 8296 9747

Clip ‘n Climb Chelsea
Located just off the King’s Road, Clip ‘n Climb Chelsea is London’s most exciting climbing centre. With a wide range of difficulties, and nerve-racking stations like the Leap of Faith and Vertical Drop Slide, it also makes it a popular venue for children’s parties and corporate events. Minimum age: 4 years old.
Clip ‘n Climb Chelsea, 19 Michael Road, SW6 2ER
020 7736 2271

Wet n Wild
Over the half term week there will be lots of sporting activities to keep you and your little ones active, including Wild n Wet sessions for the kids to burn off some energy.
Daily 2-4pm.
Wimbledon Leisure Centre, Latimer Road, Wimbledon SW19 1EW
020 8542 1330

Hampton Court Palace
There are lots of family friendly activities at Hampton Court Palace to keep the whole family entertained. There’s a family trail packed with quizzes, activities, facts and illustrations, free audio guides for kids at 6 and over, costumed tours and presentations, The Maze and also a family room where under 5s can let off a bit of steam.
Tickets from £8.52.
Hampton Court Palace, East Molesey KT8 9AU
0844 482 7799

Little People’s Day Nursery
Children learn and have fun in a safe, happy and stimulating environment where they play with new friends, learn social skills, develop structure to their day and become independent and confident. The nursery have dedicated, highly qualified and experienced staff including Montessori teachers, NVQ level 2/3/4 nursery nurses and those at Early Years Degree Status degree level.
8am-6pm; fees vary
250a Lillie Road, Fulham, SW6 7PX
020 7386 0006

Meet the Otters
Meet a family of otters – the Wetland Centre’s very own swimming superstars! Watch the otters playing, foraging, feeding, swimming and grooming. You’ll even be able to watch them sleeping in their specially designed holt. Asian short-clawed otters are the smallest otters in the world and live well together in family groups, unlike most other otters which tend to be solitary.
Otter feeding times 11am & 2pm; free, admission charges apply.
WWT London Wetland Centre, Queen Elizabeth’s Walk, Barnes SW13 9WT
020 8409 4400

Children’s activities
Discover the London Wetland Centre’s amazing wildlife and learn weird and wonderful facts with the education team’s regular pond dips, wildlife walks and trails.
Every weekend and during school holidays.
WWT London Wetland Centre, Queen Elizabeth Walk, Barnes SW13 9WT
020 8409 4412

Zoo Days
While Chessington Theme Park hibernates for winter, they’ll be opening for Zoo Days where you’ll meet lions, tigers, and gorillas as you venture through Trail of Kings. Go underwater with sharks and stingrays in the Sea Life Centre and see Grevy’s zebra in the Wanyama Village & Reserve.
Weekends & school holidays till March; from £8.
Chessington World of Adventures, Leatherhead Road KT9 2NE
0871 663 4477

Pony Rides
Deen City Farm run pony rides every Wednesday at midday, every weekend at 3pm (Saturday and Sunday) and every day they’re open during the school holidays.They are for children aged 7 and under, weigh under 7 stone and are able to support their own body weight. All children will need to be able to fit into a riding helmet. No booking required.
3pm; £2.
Deen City Farm, 39 Windsor Avenue, Merton Abbey SW19 2RR
020 8543 5300

Act Drama
Morning acting classes for children aged between 5-15 years. Classes are lead by professional actors using techniques to teach improvisation, role-play, voice and speech and movement.
5-9 years 9-10am; £110 for 10 classes. 10-15 years 10-11.30am; £165 for 10 classes.
Streatham and Clapham High School, 42 Abbotswood Road SW16
07976 873161

Allsorts Drama
Allsorts holds weekly drama classes for four to eighteen year olds. Booking essential – visit website to book.
Saturday classes: 4-6 years 10-11am, 7-11 years & 11-14 years 11-1pm.
Hurlingham School, 122 Putney Bridge Road SW15 2NQ
020 8969 3249

Badminton & Squash Coaching
Weekly beginners, improvers and advanced badminton and squash coaching sessions at Wimbledon Racquets & Fitness Club. Sessions are run by qualified professional coaches and equipment can be provided, so kids can just turn up with clean non-mark trainers.
Badminton 9.30am-11am, £6 per visit; Squash 10am-11am, £4 per visit.
Wimbledon Racquets & Fitness Club, Cranbrook Road SW19 4HD
020 8947 5806

Saturday Film Shoots
Each Saturday morning crew members meet to work on new film projects to add to their portfolios. Over 10 weeks, members will be devising, shooting and editing movie masterpieces from scratch ready to share on the big screen. Call to check availability. For school years 3-4, 5-6 and 7-9.
Balham SW12
0845 533 3763

Kingston Junior Cycle Club
Weekly cycle club dedicated to developing young cycle talent. There are two sessions: for 6-8 year olds (no stabilisers) from 11.30am-12.30pm and for 9-16 year olds from 11am-1pm.
£4 pay as you go rate.
The YMCA Hawker Centre, Lower Ham Road, Kingston KT2 5BH

Pony riding club
Children get the opportunity to ride a pony, plus learn and become involved with all aspects for caring for ponies. Very popular, booking essential.
Every Sat 10am-12 noon or 2-4pm; £39.
Ridgway Stables, 93 Ridgway, Wimbledon Village SW19 4SU
020 8946 7400

Saturday Club
Children get the chance not only to ride a pony in the company of their friends but also to learn and become involved with all aspects of caring for ponies. Ages 4+.
10am-12 noon; 2-4pm; £39.
Wimbledon Common
020 8946 7400

We are Growing Up!
New Darmabuds class for 7-10 year olds. This more advanced class is open to both children that have tried and enjoyed drama and children that are new to it. The children will be learning to act and sing and will perform at the end of term to family and friends. Spring theme is Peter Pan. Call to book.
11.45am-12.45pm; £84 for 12-week term.
West Street Evangelical Church, Carshalton.
020 8669 2355

Young Giants
These workshops are packed with exciting games, challenging drama exercises, funky dance routines and songs. The focus is on developing crucial personal skills such as confidence, memory, awareness, concentration, listening, creativity and co ordination. Ages 4-7.
10am-11.30am; classes usually coincide with term time only.
Stage Giant, Holy Trinity Primary School, Carrington Road, Richmond TW10 5AA
08450 504 509

Weekend Football
Fulham FC’s Weekend Football is for boys and girls ages 3-14 who want to improve their football skills and make friends. Turn up and play on grass – football boots are advised, but trainers will also be fine.
10am-12noon; £3 for one hour, £5 for two hours.
Hurlingham Park, Hurlingham Road, Fulham SW6 3NG
0870 442 5432

Little Dragons
Martial arts for 4-6 year olds, combined with essential life skills including: stranger awareness, poison prevention, 999 phone skills, road safety, respect and team work.
Sat 12 noon, Mon 4pm; first class free.
Surbiton Martial Arts, 21A Victoria Road, Surbiton KT6 4JZ
020 8390 9547

Ridgway Stables offer hacking after school (daylight permitting) and at weekends in the company of other children.
Sun 10am, 11am, 2pm, 3pm; midweek 4.15pm; £31-£36.
Wimbledon Common
020 8946 7400

During term time Gambado will be holding weekday sessions for little ones to learn, play and explore. Classes include Tiger Time with story, dressing up and arts and crafts, biscuit decorating and treasure hunting!
Term time only Mon-Fri, 9.30-11.30am.
Gambado, 7 Station Court, Townmead Road, Chelsea SW6 2PY
020 7384 1635

Jitterbug Play Café
Fun activities for toddlers including making (Mon), cupcake decorating (Tue), cookie making (Thur) and colouring and storytelling (Fri). 11am, free for school children in school holidays.
Jitterbugs Play Cafe, Broadway Court SW19 1RG
020 8946 4156

Le Petit Atelier de L’Apres Midi
Art and craft workshop for children aged 4-12 years (in English or French). The classes are relaxed and friendly and children can cut, paint and paste to make their own creations. Run by Charline, a French graphic designer, illustrator and mum. Location to be confirmed upon booking.
4-5pm & 5-6pm; £10 per session – booking required.
Near North End Road, Fulham

Toddler Time
Free classes every weekday (term time only) for kids. They’ll learn, play, exercise and explore with the team at Gambado. Classes include Tiger Time – story, dressing up, arts and crafts on Tuesdays and Thursdays and biscuit decorating on Fridays.
Mon-Fri, term time only; 9.30-11.30am; £7 for 1 adult and child.
Gambado Chelsea, 7 Station Court, Townmead Road SW6 2PY
020 384 1635

Bertie & Boo’s Magical Story Time
Let Bertie or Boo take you and your little ones on an imaginative magical adventure, bringing stories to life with the use of hilarious puppets, interactive songs and fun music.
Mon-Fri; 9.45am & 10.30am; £4.50 inc. free entry to soft play.
Bertie & Boo, 205-207 Balham High Road, Balham SW17 7BQ

The Bee’s Knees
Magical indoor play space for children aged 5 and under and their carers. A bright and buzzing space filled with activities and games for children. Grab lunch and refreshments from the family friendly cafe. There are also a programme of regular classes on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays – check the website for more details.
Mon-Fri; free, charges for regular classes.
Battersea Arts Centre, Lavender Hill SW11 5TN
020 7223 2223

Pottery Cafe Macmillan
Coffee Marathon Pottery Café is supporting Macmillan Cancer Support – extending fundraising efforts across the whole month in a marathon of coffee mornings. Free tea and coffee will be served to pottery painters between 10am-12pm on weekdays for the duration of September at SW London studios in Fulham and Battersea. In return, a simple coin donation is requested in aid of Macmillan.
Open daily; Mon 11am-6pm, Tue-Sat 10am-6pm, Sun 11am-5pm.
Pottery Cafe Fulham & Battersea
020 7223 3388 (Battersea)

Amanda’s Action Kids
High energy physical activities, music, fitness and fun for 4 months to 4 years.
Eddie Catz Putney, 68-70 Putney High Street SW15 1SF
0845 2011268

London Mums Playgroup
A weekly playgroup where you can interact with lovely multilingual mums and kids. Make new friends while learning some things about multicultural London.
4.15pm-5.15pm, no classes 2 & 30 May
Eddie Catz Putney, 68-70 Putney High Street SW15 1SF
0845 2011268

Half an hour of songs and rhymes for babies and toddlers. Free on the day to library members. Every Monday excluding bank holidays. Tickets given out on a first-come-first-served-basis when doors open for the event, so early arrival is recommended. Term time only.
Every Mon term time till 29 Dec; 10.15-10.45am; free.
Kingston Children’s Library, Wheatfield Way, Kingston KT1 2PS
020 8547 5006

Rose’s Rascals
Mother and child playgroup for under 5s, create and take home a project from every session.
10-11.30am, term time only; £5 for first child, £3.50 for additional children, under 9 months free.
Wendy’s Workshop, 432 Richmond Road, Kingston KT2 5PU
020 8546 3535

Stay and Play
Families can enjoy a variety of activities at Leatherhead Trinity’s Children’s Centre. There’ll be cooking, messy play, outdoor play and creative activities. The Toy and Book Library will also be open, and there will be speech and language advice from 10-11am.
9.30-11.30am; £1 per family.
Leatherhead Trinity Children’s Centre, Aperdale Road, Leatherhead KT22 7QT
01372 812754

Battersea Babies and Crawlers
Friendly and informal baby group for parents of newborns and crawlers through to those venturing out and taking their first few independent steps. A great opportunity to meet and chat with other parents in the area and to share similar experiences. Tea and biscuits will be provided.
10.30am-12 noon; £2.
St Michaels Church, Cobham Close SW11 6HR

Chitter Chatter
A playgroup for children from 12 months to 4 years. Join the group for lots of pre-walking and toddler fun, including a home corner, play tents, musical activities and painting. Snacks and a drink will be provided for the children, and coffee, tea and biscuits for parents and carers.
9.30-10.20am & 10.30-11.45am; £3 per child, per session.
Battersea Arts Centre, Lavender Hill, Battersea SW11 5TN

The Palace Explorers
Join The Palace Explorers – weekly parent/carer and toddler sessions for children aged 2-4 years. Includes drink and a healthy snack, booking essential.
10.30am-12pm; £3 per child.
Fulham Palace, Bishop’s Avenue, London SW6 6EA
0207736 3233

Electric Theatre Drama Workshops
Fun, friendly and informal afterschool drama workshops to encourage, inspire and help children believe in themselves, make new friends, work as part of a team, grow in confidence and concentration, and build social and verbal skills, with the opportunity of performing in two professionally produced productions.
Ages 1-4, 5pm-6.30pm, ages 5-8, 6.30pm-8pm; first workshop free.
The Electric Theatre, Onslow Street, Guildford GU1 4SZ
01428 751656

Capoeira Workshops
ACER Capoeira runs Capoeira Workshops and Capoeira Performances for children. Capoeira is a fusion of Fitness, Acrobatics, Self-Defense, Dance and Music and encourages confidence, respect and self-discipline.
4.30pm-5.30pm & 5.30pm-6.30pm.
St John the Baptist Church, 40-46 Cromwell Road Kingston KT2 6RN
07851 764628

Banstead Junior Taekwon-do classes are for children aged 4+. They will learn coordination of body and limbs, listening to instructions, communication, confidence-building and making friendships.
Mon & Wed The Priory School Sports Hall, Bolters Lane, Banstead SM7 2AJ
07850 438898

Rocking Robins
Live and interactive music and movement gigs for kids that rock and for grown ups too.
3.30-4pm & 4.15-4.45pm.
St Andrew’s Church Hall, Maple Road, Surbiton KT6 4AB
020 8274 9557

Smiley Time
30min drop in class from 10am with nursery rhymes, songs and storytime for under 5s.
The Bowler, 20 Bellevue Road, SW17
The Althorp, Wandsworth Common
07540 990133

Musical Express
The classes are a fun time for parents and children to learn new songs and rhymes together that they can then share at home - using a mix of puppets, action songs and rhymes and lots of time to try all the percussion instruments. Classes have structure and some repetition which makes the children feel safe and encourages them to join in and try new things.
Under 2s 9.40am-10.20am, Wed 10.50am-11.30am, over 2s 10.30am-11.30am, Wed 9.40am-10.40am.
Southfields Methodist Church, 423 Durnsford Road, Wimbledon Park SW19 8EE
07808 587 606

New Mums' Coffee Morning
Every Tuesday morning new Mums can meet each other, relax, chat and enjoy a free pastry with every drink! We offer a comfortable, family friendly environment, with spacious baby-changing facilities and room for buggies.
10:00-11:00. Free event
Toast Rack Bakery, 314 Trinity Road, Wandsworth Common, SW18 5RG

Melody Bear Minis Class
For pupils aged 2, this is a fun and imaginative syllabus which encourages rhythm, physical development, co-ordination, spatial awareness and social skills. Please call to arrange classes.
Elizabeth James Dance Academy, King’s House School, 68 Kings Road, Richmond TW10 6ES
0208 940 5993

Perform use a lively mix of energetic games, catchy songs and funky dances to help bring out children’s true potential. If you want to boost your child’s confidence, improve their concentration or give them a creative outlet to make new friends and have fun, Perform could be for you! Book your child a drama class to try for free.
4-5pm & 5-6pm.
Surbiton Hill Methodist Church Hall, 39 Ewell Road, Surbiton KT6 6AF
0845 400 4000

Shake ‘n’ Sing toddler group
A makaton music class with percussion instruments and live music for the little ones to enjoy. This is a free class for pre-school children.
Every Tuesday; 10.15am; donations
The Sound Lounge, Merton Abbey Mills, SW19 2RD
020 8543 9555

Smiley Time is fun time!
Songs, stories, dancing, instruments, puppets and bubbles. Classes run term time and holidays. Private parties also available.
Belle Amie, Earlsfield
£6 per child, siblings £3.

Library storytimes are aimed at two to five year olds and provide a fun and enjoyable introduction to books and libraries for young children.
Epsom Library, 7 The Derby Square, Epsom KT19 8AG
0300 200 1001

Nanny Tuesdays
If you’re a Nanny and looking for something creative and fun to do with the children, why not head to Battersea for Nanny Tuesdays.
10am/11am-5pm/6pm; prices vary
Pottery Café, 153 Northcote Road,
020 7223 3388

Toddler Signing Sessions
One-hour sessions for toddlers/preschoolers (18 month+). These include a 30-35 minute fun signed sing-a-long session with time for chat, questions and socializing. Contact office for availability.
Holy Trinity Church, The Green, Twickenham TW2 5TU
020 8288 1706

Rose Acting Workshops
Rose Acting Workshops focus on teaching professional drama skills and techniques. These team workshops develop young people’s selfconfidence, voice, listening and imaginative skills. Groups meet once a week for two hours on a Tuesday or Wednesday evening. To secure a place for the autumn term, email
£100 for 12 sessions per term.
Rose Theatre, 24-26 High Street, Kingston KT1 1HL
020 8939 4050

Clapham Taekwon-Do
The Clapham School of Taekwon-Do trains children and adults aged 7 to 50 to develop their fitness, flexibility, concentration and commitment. Contact the club for more information.
6.45pm-8pm; first session free.
Clapham School of Tawkwon-Do, St Ann’s Community Centre, Venn Street, Clapham Common SW4 0BD
07968 257329

Music Studio
A new studio in Ham Youth Centre for 11-29 year olds has opened, giving budding young musicians a place rehearse and record their own music. The studio will be equipped with mixing desks, drum kit, guitars, production software and DJ decks.
Ham Youth Centre, Ham Close TW10 7PL

Fitness for new mums looking to get back into shape in a fun and sociable environment with a qualified instructor (bring your baby in the buggy).
9.30-10.30am; £6 per session, £4 for members.
WWT London Wetland Centre, Queen Elizabeth’s Walk, Barnes SW13 9WT
020 8409 4412

Recorder Group
Hayes Music hosts this recorder group every Wednesday (during term time) for children aged between 5-9 who would like to learn to play a new instrument. Children will learn pitch, rhythm and pulse through exciting games, songs and musical exercises.
5.30pm; £6 (recorder hire £1)
St Luke’s Church, Wimbledon Park

Baby Wednesdays
Weekly activity at the Pottery Cafe in Fulham – Mums and Dads can enjoy a complimentary cappuccino while printing baby’s feet on pottery. Booking essential to avoid disappointment.
Pottery Cafe, 735 Fulham Road SW6 5UL

Baby Wednesdays
Lovely contemporary pottery café, with sessions every Wednesday especially for babies (10am-6pm)! Mums and dads can enjoy a complimentary cappuccino or tea (and a cake or two from the cafe) while printing baby’s feet on pottery, with high chairs to make life easier.
Pottery Cafe, 153 Northcote Road SW11 6QB
020 7223 3388

Ting ‘n’ Ting cookery workshops
For children of all ages, Garfield literally ‘performs’ his cooking workshop and the children love him. For all children interested in food, ingredients and the art of international cuisine.
Every Wenesday; 4pm; ticket £5
The Bandstand / Ting ‘n’ Ting, Merton Abbey Mills, Merantun Way, SW19 2RD
07961 328 486

Balham Pitter Patter
Aimed at parents and carers of newborns, crawlers and those attempting their first steps. The babies will be able to enjoy some very gentle activities
such as singing, soft play and stories, especially aimed at little ones.
10am; donations £2.
St Stephen’s Church, Weir Road, SW12 0NU

Le Club Tricolore
Fun French for toddlers ages 3-4½ years, with art and craft and for 5-11 years with games and songs – Le Club Tricolore is the longest running children’s French club in the UK.
Ages 3-4½ 3pm-4pm, ages 5-11 4pm-5pm.
Broomwood Methodist Church Hall, 155d Broomwood Road (side entrance in Kyrle Road) SW11
020 7924 4649

Musical Express drop off class
These classes cover all the basic elements of pitch, dynamic tempo and rhythm. The children are encouraged to sing and play on their own and learn the names of the instruments and they provide musical accompaniment for some of the stories. There’s also time for the ‘Jolly Phonics’ system of learning letter sounds.
1.30-3pm; call for prices.
St Luke’s Church, Ryford Road, Wimbledon SW19 6NT
07808 587606

Tiny TKDers
Taekwondo classes for children aged 4-6, where they learn the basics of martial arts (almost non-contact way), co-ordination of their body and limbs, listening to instructions, communication, confidence building and making friendships.
The Priory School Sports Hall, Priory Preparatory School, Bolters Lane, Banstead SM7 2AJ
07850 438 898 (James)

Todos A Cantar!
Songs, games and stories in Spanish for under 4s.
10.15am-11am, £7 per session (paid termly)
The Bowls Pavillion, Wimbledon Park,

Parent & Toddler Group
Every Wednesday morning during school term volunteer Sue and her assistants run one of the longest running Parent & Toddler groups in Merton, at Deen City Farm. Slightly away from the toys, crash mats and play areas where the toddlers are toddling, you will find a quiet space to enjoy a cup of tea, biscuits and have a chat. Every Wed 10.15-11.45am during term time
Deen City Farm, 39 Windsor Avenue, Merton Abbey SW19 2RR
020 8543 5300

Children’s Theatre Clubs
Children’s Theatre Clubs, for children and young people aged 3 to 18. Children work in a fun and friendly environment in drama, singing, dancing and stagecraft culminating in a performance each term. There are five groups for different age groups: Reception to Year 8 (three age groups) on Thurs 5-6.30pm; Youth Theatre on Thurs 6.30-8pm; and 3-5 year olds on Wed 4-5pm.
£60-£70 per term.
Lantern Arts Centre, Tolverne Road, Raynes Park SW20 8RA
020 8944 5794

Amanda Action Club
Music and fitness for babies and children! Sessions are for ages four month- four years. Classes run throughout the school holidays except for bank holidays.
10am-11.30am; every week 2 Apr till 21 Dec; tickets £10
Skylark Cafe , Dorlcote Road, Wandsworth Common, SW18 3RT

Musical Express
Early years music groups where you and your child will be involved in active music-making. More importantly you will have lots of fun. Term-time only, places are limited so booking is absolutely essential!
Under 2s 1.30-2pm, £5; over 2s 2.15-3pm, £6.50.
Gooseberry Bush, Kingston Road, Wimbledon SW19
07808 587606

Naughty Mummies Coffee Date
A regular weekly chance to catch up with your mum friends and meet some new mummies! See website for more details.
Jitterbugs Play Cafe, Broadway Court SW19 1RG
020 8946 4156

Peep for Ones is active and fun. For an hour each week you can go along and sing songs, share books, play and explore with your child and share information and ideas about your child and their learning. Parents can talk about routines such as sleeping and eating, and also look at why it’s so important for children to play and explore.
10.30-11.30am; £1 contribution, call to book a place.
Ashtead Children’s Centre, St George’s Christian Centre, Barnett Wood Lane KT21 2DA

Playball operates a toddler, pre-school and early years programme at Canbury Gardens Tennis Courts. Children take part in activities and games that provide them with a fantastic skill to enable them to engage in most ball sports such as cricket, hockey, tennis, rugby, football, basketball.
Canbury Gardens, Lower Ham Road, opposite Chestnut Road, Kingston KT2 5AU

Library rhymetime is aimed at babies and toddlers, aged 0-18 months, along with their parents and carers (although older toddlers are also welcome). Based entirely on sharing nursery rhymes, action songs and percussion music. It’s fun, interactive and noisy!
Epsom Library, Epsom Library, 7 The Derby Square, Epsom KT19 8AG
0300 200 1001

Sing, Sign and Rhyme
Ten week course that’s an ideal introduction to getting started with baby signing or, as a follow on from the Baby Signing Basics course, helping you to keep signs fresh in your memory. There is plenty of singing, signing and popular rhymes to gently engage your baby or toddler. This course fee includes a copy of Song Book, Signing Hands; Nursery
Rhyme and Sign.
Every Thur till 19 Jul; £75 per Mum and baby for 10 weeks.
St James Centre, Balham SW12

The Exhibit Kids’ Club
The Exhibit Cinema is partnering up with Funky Moves to bring you a packed afternoon of fantastic entertainment for your kids, every Thursday in August. Each child will eat a packed lunch in The Exhibit’s luxury private cinema whilst watching a film. They will then learn a cool dance to a song from the film they have just watched and even do a mini performance for the parents. Ages 5-12+, book online.
1-4pm; £15 per child inc a packed lunch & present.
The Exhibit, 12 Balham Station Road, Balham SW12 9SG
020 8772 6556

Baby Boppers
Music, dance and movement for preschoolers –a new initiative for younger children age 2+.
£4 per session; Fri 10am-10.45am term time only.
Lantern Arts Centre, Tolverne Road, Raynes Park SW20 8RA
020 8944 5794

Children’s Knitting
Weekly afternoon knitting workshop for children. Must be booked in advance to avoid disappointment.
4.30-5.30pm; £10 per session.
Wendy’s Workshop, 432 Richmond Road, Kingston KT2 5PU
020 8546 3535

Clapham Common Junior Cricket Club
Free cricket coaching every Friday for boys and girls. All sessions are coached by Level 2 coaches who encourage inclusivity within a safe environment. Years 4, 5 and 6 from 4-5pm and Years 7 and 8 from 5-6pm. Meet at the bandstand by the cafeteria to register. Please contact Peter Jones to book at
Clapham Common SW4

Drop In Crafternoons
Book a table with your friends and join in after school for some crazy fun making, messing, sticking, painting, glueing, stitching and cutting! You just never know what we might be doing. This is an untutored session, where children and parents/carers can work on crafty projects together. Ages 5-12 years.
3.45-6pm; £5.
Artyard Handmade, 318 Upper Richmond Road West, East Sheen SW14 7JN
020 8878 1336

Messy Tots
Workshops for under 5s to have fun, learn, explore and get messy!This drop in class helps children to develop their imaginations, aides hand-eye co-ordination and teaches colour and shape recognition.
10-11am; £5 per session – call to confirm class running.
Artyard Handmade, 318 Upper Richmond Road West, East Sheen SW14 7JN
020 8878 1336

Parent and toddler’s group
A fun filled, musical, soft play morning for toddlers and parents. As well as enjoying the stories and songs, you can dance with your toddler under the disco ball in a shower of bubbles.
10-11.30am; £5, £2 extra sibling.
Colour House Theatre, Merton Abbey Mills SW19 2RD
020 8542 5511

Salsa Bambinos
For all the little ones who can dance on their own two feet. 40 min dance class full of Latin/Tropical rhythms enriched with props to stimulate creativity. Lots of action songs will improve their sense of rhythm and co-ordination! Ages 1-4. Booking required.
All Souls Church Hall, Northcote Road (off St. Margaret’s Road) TW1 1PB
07961 838349

Snappity Story and Craft
Go to Kingston Museum to handle some museum objects and enjoy a story, a song and a making activity. For under five year olds but older siblings welcome.
10.15-11am; free.
Kingston Museum, Wheatfield Way KT4 7RD
020 8547 5006

Star Steppers
Run by professionally trained dancers, singers, actors and performers. Children will learn dancing, acting and singing. Call for prices.
Parochial Rooms, 42 The Broadway, Cheam SM3 8BL
07810 808 228

Toddler Group
Join other parents and toddlers for storytime and under 5s jive. As well as enjoying the stories and songs, you can dance with your toddler under the disco ball in a shower of bubbles!
Colour House Theatre, Watermill Way SW19 2RD
020 8543 9608

Toddlers Rhyme Time
Take along your little ones to West Barnes Library for a fun time of rhymes and musical activities. For babies and toddlers aged 0-5 years.
West Barnes Library, Station Road, New Malden KT3 6JF
020 8274 5789

Yo Baby!
Suitable for babies and toddlers and lasts for 45 minutes. The classes have a world theme and change every half term, featuring music from countries such as India, Africa, America and many more. Children will learn songs from all over the world and play on percussion instruments.
Babies, 5 months 9.40am, toddlers up to 3 ½ years 10.30am; first class free, £5.50 after.
Surbiton Library Hall, Ewell Road, Surbiton KT6 6AG
07970 202473