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of women in the workforce have faced discrimination or lost their job while on maternity leave. That is

huge. It’s likely that one of us has faced this, or knows someone who has. But what to do? Anna Whitehouse, aka @motherpukka, is on a quest to make flexible working a possibility for women, and men. Find out more on p12. In our Education pages, we look at reading and how best to create an enthusiasm for books at an early age. Best-selling author, Abi Elphinstone, also has great advice for those kids who find reading hard and who may be dyslexic on p29. PHOTOGRAPHY Danielle Owen SET DESIGN

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As always, we have a fun-packed What’s On calendar showcasing events across London all summer, as well as a fully updated classes directory. Jo Pratt has great ideas for summer BBQ food and Bev Turner’s words of wisdom should help all new parents tackle their first

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trip away with a baby. Look out for offers with Oxygen Freejumping,

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Supercamps, Little Kickers and Bockett’s Farm as well as our fantastic Giveaways on p19. Have a wonderful Summer! Victoria Evans editor@citykidsmagazine.co.uk citykidsmagazine.co.uk 07770 370 353 citykidswest @citykidswest citykidsmagazine To receive our newsletters, please sign up via our website at www.citykidsmagazine.co.uk

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CITY KIDS editor Victoria Evans designer Caroline Haye education Christen Jamar features Sophie Clowes interiors Mandy Colliss contributors Beverley Turner, Jo Pratt, Sharon Fried-Jones, Ahrani Logan, Lianne Kolirin, Romaine Coonghe, Shirley Khan This publication may not be reproduced in whole or part by any means without prior consent of the publisher. Whilst every effort has been made to ensure accuracy of the content at the time of publication, the publishers shall not be held responsible in any way for any inaccuracies or omissions. The opinions of those expressed in this magazine are not necessarily those of the publisher or CITY KIDS LTD. © 2017 CITY KIDS LTD. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. T 07770 370 353


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The Mother Box, set up by a doula and midwife team, provides expectant and new mothers with a special care package that nurtures and supports them during this time. Choose a selection of curated items, including herbal tea, nourishing food and pregnancy and birth specific products like affirmation cards and a book.

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manufacturing with traditional hand craft. Their elegant junior tree swing has retro styling and features precision engineered English Oak, hand spliced braided yachting rope with laser cut stainless steel height adjusters. Sized for 3 to 15 years

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Anyone who’s had a baby knows that finding time to feed yourself is very difficult. Step forward Thyme, whose frozen food gift boxes are a god-send and will elevate you to best friend status. Select the meals and personalise with a hand-written card. £50 www.itsthyme.co.uk

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Perfect for school holidays or whilst out and about, the Gator Watch is a wearable mobile phone and tracker for children who are too young for a smartphone, but old enough to want their independence. It can make and receive calls to and from “safe” numbers, has a Safezone alarm, and comes with an SOS button, which, when hit, instantly connects the wearer to the people most

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important to them.

SNACK ATTACK Chewy Moon is a subscription snack box for kids trying to make it as much fun to learn

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about nutrition as it is to eat the snack. The snack box can be customised per child’s taste and dietary preferences and can be delivered twiceweekly, weekly, fortnightly or monthly. Over 40 snacks to choose from.

MINI ACTIVISTS It’s great to think that many school-aged children have a view on Donald Trump or Brexit. Tap into their politics and creativity with the Protest Stencil Toolkit from the IWM. The kit comes with a more serious message as they’re launched to co-incide with the IWM’s new People Power: Fighting for Peace exhibition, commemorating a century’s worth of activism.

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June From

Now LONDON BRIDGE CITY SUMMER FESTIVAL

Mad Hatter tea parties, The Flying Seagull Circus, urban arts, big screens showing Wimbledon and the World Athletics champs, plus films, food and shopping.

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BEDFORD PARK FESTIVAL

OPEN FARM SUNDAY

Bedford Park, Chiswick www.bedfordparkfestival.org

Various locations www.farmsunday.org

Celebrating its Golden Jubilee there’s a programme of arts and community events including Green Days on 10 & 11 June.

There are four London farms, and plenty within half an hour’s drive, where you can find out what it takes to run a farm as well as enjoying entertainment put on by the farmers. This is an opportunity to learn and have fun!

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THE GREAT GET TOGETHER

London Palladium, Argyll Street www.windinthewillowsthemusical.com

Brunswick Square Gardens www.foundlingmuseum.org.uk

Join Ratty, Badger, Mole and the impulsive Toad as they embark on a series of riotous adventures spiralling from Toad’s insatiable need for speed.

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THE WIND IN THE WILLOWS

KEW MIDSUMMER FETE Kew Green www.kewfete.org

In its 8th year, it’s raised over £100k for local good causes. Take part or watch the dog show, tug of war, Victorian fairground as well as shopping and eating!

24 & 25 WEST END LIVE

The Mall www.householddivision.org.uk

Trafalgar Square www.westendlive.co.uk

Join the Queens official birthday celebrations at this 1,400 soldier parade, together with 200 horses and more than 400 musicians.

An all-singing, all-dancing free celebration of the best of London’s theatre. Excerpts from top shows and loads of family fun.

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Bring a picnic lunch and a favourite children’s book so actors can read your stories aloud and bring much-loved tales to life, in a celebration of community as part of The Great Get Together.

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London Bridge City www.londonbridgecity.co.uk

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Created to mark the programmes tenth anniversary, the trail encourages imaginative play and enables children to skip around each garden alongside characters from the show.


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HENLEY FESTIVAL FAMILY SUNDAY

Museum of London www.museumoflondon.org.uk

Henley on Thames www.henley-festival.co.uk Colin Hutton © Hartswood Films Matthew Bourne New Adventures

GREAT FIRE OF LONDON FAMILY WALK

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DOUBLE DOUBLE ACT Unicorn Theatre, Tooley Street www.unicorntheatre.com

An adult double act and child double act try to take control - they joke, mirror and test each other, reverse roles and subvert expectations.

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GIFFORDS CIRCUS

HYPER JAPAN

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Chiswick House & Gardens www.giffordscircus.com

Tobacco Dock, Docklands www.hyperjapan.co.uk

Venues across the City of London

Kids can get involved in calligraphy workshops, origami tables, and video games, as well as try out Japanese candy and meet some favourite characters.

Archikids is a festival of free family architecture activities. Explore London’s iconic buildings while completing scooter trails, building Lego landscapes and designing skyscrapers!

Until

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This vintage village green circus adopts a 17th Century Spanish theme. Expect a thrilling, candle-lit, international gymnastic show with dancing horses and a live band.

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An array of world-class performers, children’s entertainers, musicians, comedians, storytellers and more will be at Henley Festival to give children the time of their lives.

Visit the sites struck by the Great Fire of 1666 and take part in mini-challenges as a family during this fun and interactive walk.

27 to 30

GANGSTA GRANNY

BRICKLIVE LONDON

Garrick Theatre, Charing Cross Road www.nimaxtheatres.com

ExCel www.bricklive.co.uk

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SHAKESPEARE TELLING TALES

Shakespeare’s Globe, Bankside www.shakespearesglobe.com David Walliam’s hilarious hit novel is brought to life for an all too brief run in the West End this summer. Book soon! 08 CITYKIDSMAGAZINE.CO.UK

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The definitive event for all Lego lovers - young and old. Expect brick pits, incredible models and loads of fun for all the family.

A weekend festival celebrating the joy of storytelling. From tales told by candle light to talks with leading children’s authors and practical workshops.


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GARDEN SAFARI

BIRDS OF PREY DISPLAY

Theatres across London www.kidsweek.co.uk

Chelsea Physic Garden www.chelseaphysicgarden.co.uk

Food Market Chiswick www.thefoodmarketchiswick.com

Explore the hidden secrets of the garden including the jungle room and the animals, plus have a go at pond-dipping.

Static display of birds of prey within the market where children will have the oportunity to have one of the birds rest on their arm. Then a flying display in the field behind the market.

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OUTDOOR SCREENING OF FANTASTIC BEASTS

FAMILY STUDIO MIX IT UP

Kensington Palace www.thelunacinema.com

Royal Academy of Arts, Piccadilly www.royalacademy.org.uk

Bring a picnic and watch this blockbuster Harry Potter spin-off in the fabulous surroundings of Kensington Palace, thanks to The Luna Cinema.

Capture a kaleidoscope of patterns, prints and a pop of colour at this family studio, inspired by the exhibition Matisse in the Studio.

The annual kids go free theatre promotion returns with deals on loads of top shows, as well as special backstage workshops.

7 to 12

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WONDERLAND Wonderland is an enchanting musical adaptation of Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures In Wonderland and Through The Looking Glass, with a medley of magic and wonder.

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Richmond Theatre www.atgtickets.com/richmond

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Prince Charles Cinema, off Leicester Square www.singalonga.net

Polka Theatre, Wimbledon www.polkatheatre.com

Introduced by a live host, this special screening features lyrics on screen and a bag of props. Tell me more, tell me more...

The timeless classic bursts onto Polkas Main Stage this summer with dazzling puppetry, original music, stunning design and plenty of suspense.

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27 NOTTING HILL CARNIVAL FAMILY DAY Notting Hill www.thelondonnottinghillcarnival.com

Eat, sing, dance and have fun at the popular family day of Londons world-famous carnival. Follow the childrens parade to the rhythms of steel bands. CITYKIDSMAGAZINE.CO.UK 09


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“HOLIDAYS” WITH KIDS The sun is out, bags are being packed and we have entered ‘oxymoron season’ - time to go on ‘holiday’ with the kids. For, as any (honest) parent will tell you, there is no such thing. The husband and I share a joke about the moment he sets the house alarm, while me and our three sit outside in the airport taxi. As he punches in the code, he thinks, “I could stand here and not move for two weeks. It will be less stressful than if I get in that car.” Family holidays are like real-life with the volume turned up: a series of even higher-highs and extremely low-lows.

time-difference to your baby, and then avoiding the exhausted eyes of guests at breakfast whose rooms adjoin yours. One of the first holidays we took with our son was to the Isle of Wight. We felt so clever, avoiding a flight, yet giving him the thrill of the ferry and hiring a lovely big cottage. But we were so useless at getting out of the house each morning and as our energetic son suffered from ‘carcolepsy’, we would arrive at each day’s destination with an 18 month-old asleep in the back. There is not a tourist attraction car-park on that island that I haven’t sat silently in for at least 90 minutes (and this was before i-phones). My ante-natal-classmate, Lisa, summed up her first holiday with a baby 13 years ago when I messaged to see how it was going: “Same shit. Different sink” came her pithy reply. Ever since, I’ve wondered why websites don’t market family holidays based solely on the view from the kitchen sink. But, as with so many aspects of parenting, things do get easier as the kids get older. Sometimes all you need is a couple of hours peace while they go wild in a kids club to keep everyone on an even keel. Reading a book by the poolside will, one day, become gloriously possible. In the meantime, beware the lure of taking a quick break ‘sans enfant’. You decide, with a mix of guilt and excitement, to take a short holiday ‘pour deux’ (using French makes it seem

...once you’re a parent, holidays can, in fact, be an even greater test of endurance than being at home. If you aren’t prepared for this, it can come as a shock. Pre-children, holidays are bliss: no commute, getting up late, afternoon sex, boozy lunches, reading books, exploring the city at dusk, care-free outdoor swimming…I’m afraid I must stop; this is too painful. But once you’re a parent, holidays can, in fact, be an even greater test of endurance than being at home. Stripped of childcare, the refuge of your workplace and helpful grandparents, holidays can serve as a two-week reminder of everything that has changed and everything that your partner does ‘wrong.’ It starts before you’ve even left. You discover that your new baby can only travel as light as a full family of Kardashians. Your case groans beneath the weight of bottles, nappies, suncreams, clothes for every possible temperature, detergent to wash poo-stained babygros and so on. Finally, you reason that you can wear flip flops day and night as you’d rather pack an extra tub of formula (can’t risk them not selling your brand) than your wedge heels. Living in London and making your flight is invariably stressful. But throw in a last minute poo-nami, a return dash for the pram sun-shade (which you told your partner to get) and it becomes as relaxing as that moment you were told that your post-birth stitches would be done by a ‘trainee’ midwife. And there’s a reason why passengers flying with children aren’t allowed the extra leg-room of the emergency door. They say it’s because you’ll be too distracted to open it in the event of a crisis. This is untrue. It’s because every flight attendant knows you might be tempted to open it mid-flight and throw your child out. Literally nothing is more testing than flying with children who are too young to appreciate Peppa Pig on repeat. If you’re flying long-haul, I wish you luck in explaining the

Sometimes all you need is a couple of hours peace while they go wild in a kids club to keep everyone on an even keel. illicit but acceptable) while Granny steps in and you once again head for the sun like you did in your child-free years. You clink champagne glasses, inhale a whole novel on the flight and remember what thinking feels like. But somehow, you can’t quite capture the pre-child sense of wild abandon that made clubbing ’til dawn such fun. There’s a gap where your munchkin should be that even the best pre-breakfast swim can’t fill and you spend five days wishing they were there because they would simply love the folded towel animals wearing sunglasses. The grass isn’t always greener. It’s a challenge – but we must learn to appreciate what we have now. Don’t say I didn’t warn you.

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ometimes children’s questions take us by surprise. “Why, Mama, is it called the United Kingdom when we have a queen? Why isn’t it called a Queendom?” While I had already got to thinking that the United Kingdom is something of an oxymoronic name in today’s political climate, I hadn’t ever questioned why our longest-serving monarch didn’t get a look in. Questioning and then changing long-held perceptions and practices is rarely a swift process. Particularly when these working patterns were set in a previous era, when women were expected to stay at home, men were the breadwinners and children were to be seen and not heard. According to the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC), 54,000 mothers a year are forced out of their jobs – they are either made redundant while on maternity leave or are forced out by being refused f lexible working. Have you digested that frightening number? Put another way, a whopping 77% of women in the workforce have faced discrimination or lost their job while on maternity leave. It probably happened to you, it definitely happened to someone close to you and it is likely to have made you jump up and down with frustration, or elicited wracking sobs halfway through a consolatory bottle of wine with your fellow evictees. Anna Whitehouse, aka Mother Pukka, is someone who has turned jumping up and down on the subject into an art form, usually clad in a kaleidoscope of lycra with her daughter, Mae, championing the cause by her side. A vlogger for people who happen to be parents, reads her Instagram profile, #parentingtheshitoutof life. Anna is a dynamic force, shaking up the entrenched and outdated ways of the working world in a funny, self-deprecating, positive, intelligent, vibrant and on-the-money way. She tells it like it is – on all areas of motherhood. After living in Amsterdam, where, “family comes first,” Anna ...the out-of-date idea that bread-winning is for both was frustrated by the UK’s accepted genders but care-giving is still only for one, is something approach of, “pretending you don’t have a job when you are at home and that stubbornly persists. pretending you don’t have a family when you are at work.” She set up Mother Pukka to combat There is a common thread that weaves through the the inf lexibility. “Instead of just talking about it from my stories of an eclectic female band expounding on the subject, perspective, I wanted to talk about it in a way that might from Anne-Marie Slaughter, Hillary Clinton’s former policy change the landscape just a little bit.” Cue her Flex Appeal advisor, to Prue Leith, the chef and new Bake Off judge, and campaign, which has seen her and hundreds of other people that is: women can be equal to men, but only if men become f lash mob in cities across the country, including in Trafalgar more equal at home. Square, to the song “Let’s talk about ‘f lex’ baby …” securing Slaughter (who is American) advocated in a recent a slot on The One Show and a place on surprised tourists’ interview in The Times that we should have paid care Insta feeds, no doubt. leave, for men and women, and it doesn’t matter whether With over 84k Instagram followers herself, this queen of it’s caring for babies or parents. Mother Pukka, and every the pixels has a massive audience reach. Her goal is longother exponent of f lexible working, agrees. Slaughter went term and “based on a primitive maternal drive”, so that on to admit that the out-of-date idea that bread-winning “when my daughter gets to the age I am, she won’t be facing is for both genders but care-giving is still only for one, is the same brick wall.” Anna believes that we have been let something that stubbornly persists. down as a generation of women. We mustn’t pass that on to Prue Leith went one step further: her suggestion to the our daughters, and their daughters after them. Evening Standard was that, “we should have more classes

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ABOUT FLEX


How the power of the pixel is helping us take a stand against outdated working practices by SOPHIE CLOWES

FEATURE Working nine ’til five (Dolly, if you’re reading this, your lyrics were bang on then and still hold strong today) has become a cultural norm, even if those hours are outdated in their brevity. It isn’t necessary for people to adhere to this archaic, one-size-fits-all outlook, and Flex Appeal is about bringing the situation to every business leaders’ attention. Mother Pukka suggests getting everyone you know to ask their HR department to sign up to the government’s Working Forward pledge. But don’t underestimate the power of the pixel at your peril. Social media is a powerful tool for encouraging real, positive change.

at school about equality. Not just in a boring gender studies way – there should be workshops for young people that make them understand.” Mother Pukka is on the case, Prue, really, she is. ...the merits of a flexible workforce are so obvious: The depressing happier staff, lower costs and greater productivity. reality is that half as many men have f lexible working requests Mother Pukka is quick to point out that Flex Appeal approved, compared to women, so isn’t about lambasting companies; quite the opposite. Nor the burden of childcare continues does she see a need to sell f lexible working to companies, to fall on female shoulders. Mother because the merits of a f lexible workforce are so obvious: Pukka’s own husband, Matt, happier staff, lower costs and greater productivity. All of aka Papa Pukka, is, incidentally, which amounts to companies making more dosh. Mother hugely supportive and integral to Pukka suggests companies simply need to ask: “How can her campaign. She says, however, we get more, not less, out of our employees?” This means that most men don’t even ask looking at each and every employee as an individual, with to work f lexibly as it is seen as individual needs. It’s about realising a healthy working emasculating. Yet, the female fallrelationship isn’t based on an “owner and pet” dynamic and out is costing British employers about empowering employees to be entrepreneurs within £280 million pounds every year; it a company. Employees, in turn, need to understand that costs up to £30,000 to replace a asking for f lexible working isn’t so they can shirk, it’s so they senior management employee. can work as hard, if not harder for the company at a time In order for f lexible working to and place that suits them. become a reality across the board, For Mother Pukka’s sake, as well as for you and all those who for everyone, we have to lead from will come after you, let’s talk about flex. Together we can change the top and push from the bottom. Helen Lafford, head of the way we work to suit today’s workforce, and tomorrow’s. As special projects at Blue 449, a leading media agency that has for changing our country to the United Queendom, that might f lexible working at its core, believes that bosses need to be take a little longer. transparent about going to their children’s school events or needing to care for a sick parent, instead of scheduling in a grey meeting. Equally, the idea that responsibilities are shared evenly between the genders needs to start in primary school. ● ● SAVE RENT: Lambeth Council claims it will save £4.5m per year in property running costs by making sure that no more than 60% of its staff are in at one time. ● ● ATTRACT TALENT: Some 30% of the UK population wants flexible working, but doesn’t have it. Yet, only 6% of advertised jobs with a salary above £20k actually offer it. ●● State that you want flexible working and then outline how it can happen ● ● RETAIN TALENT: According to ACAS, the cost of hiring a new ●● Explain the benefits to the company – see right employee in the UK, and getting then up to speed, is in excess ●● Ask not only for yourself, but for those who come after of £30,000. The CIPD found that 76% of employers saw staff ●● Suggest a trial period to prove the efficacy of what you are retention improve when they offered flexible working. asking for ● ● IMPROVE PRODUCTIVITY: Increased productivity is a proven result of flexible working. Image: Charlotte Emily Gray

THE BUSINESS CASE FOR FLEXIBLE WORKING

HOW TO ASK FOR FLEXIBLE WORKING

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here is nothing better than firing up the barbecue during the summer months – it’s such a sociable form of cooking. Whether it’s with friends or family, everyone gathers around and enjoys the aromas and flavours the barbecue creates. Whichever type of barbecue you have, charcoal or gas, big or small, it’s amazing just how versatile they can be when it comes to what can be cooked. However, more often than not, we turn to the old-time favourites … quick-cooking bangers, steak, burgers and corn-on-thecob etc. So, how about you try cooking something that can be left to cook low ’n slow while you enjoy the company of your friends/family, a couple of drinks and the wonderful outdoors. This pulled pork is a real crowd pleaser. Its juicy, sweetly spiced and mildly smoked meat is delicious served with salads, roasted veggies, baked potatoes or simply sandwiched into a brioche burger bun. After cooking for five hours, the pork effortlessly pulls apart. It will require a little advance planning as you’ll need to cure the meat overnight in salt and sugar. This isn’t a last minute kind of dish, but the end result is worth the wait. As for something sweet to finish with, since you have the barbecue all set and fired up, simply add a few more coals to increase the heat a little, then cook these fantastically sweet, fruity, nutty stuffed apple parcels.

MAPLE AND MUSTARD PULLED 2kg piece boned pork shoulder, rind/skin removed 75g sea salt 75g dark brown sugar 2 tbsp English mustard powder

TAKES 5 hours cooking plus overnight salting SERVES 8 TO SERVE Brioche buns , Sliced gherkins, Coleslaw

75g wholegrain mustard 75g maple syrup 150ml orange juice

Have fun, happy barbecuing and enjoy the summer!

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to prepare a charcoal barbeque for low ’n slow cooking, place a small amount of charcoal in the corner of your barbecue so you have an island/mound of coals on one side. Light them, cover with a lid and adjust the air vents for a nice, low heat. Leave to heat up as you would your conventional oven. Many barbecues have a built-in thermometer, which is perfect for low ’n slow cooking. If your barbecue doesn’t, you can easily get hold of a barbecue temperature gauge that you can attach to the barbecue. Or, if you fancy a real boy-toy, then use a digital infrared thermometer temperature gun. Amazon has a great selection of both types to choose from.

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FOOD BY JO PRATT

PORK 1.

The day before you plan to cook the pork, put it in a non-metallic dish or a large food bag. Mix together the sea salt and brown sugar and rub all over the pork. Leave in the fridge overnight to draw out excess water, tenderise and evenly season the meat.

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The following day, wipe the sugary salt off the pork and sit it in a roasting tray. Mix together the English mustard powder and cayenne pepper, scatter all over the pork and bring to room temperature for about 30 minutes.

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In the meantime, light your barbecue for low ’n slow indirect cooking. Keep at a fairly consistent low heat, around 140°C.

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Mix together the wholegrain mustard and maple syrup. Spread over the pork, making sure it covers the meat.

Pour the orange juice and 200ml water into the bottom of the tin and put into the barbeque. Cover with the lid and cook for five hours, regulating the air vents and adding more coal throughout if need be. Baste the pork with any juices a couple of times. If it starts to colour too much towards the end, cover loosely with foil. If the base of the pan starts to become too dry, add a splash of water. 5.

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Transfer the pork to a serving plate or board. Shred the meat into strips with two forks. Skim any fat from the juices in the pan and serve to pour over the pork. Serve in brioche buns with gherkins and coleslaw.

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if you don’t want to cook for the full five hours on the barbecue, you can cook for half of the time in an oven set at 140°C/ gas 1, then cook on the barbecue for the remaining two and a half hours.

BARBECUED APPLES

4 large cox or royal gala apples 50g sultanas, raisins, dried cranberries or dried cherries 50ml dark rum or apple juice 75g soft brown sugar

TAKES 35-40 minutes cooking SERVES 4 TO SERVE Ice cream, clotted cream or Greek yoghurt

1 tsp ground cinnamon Finely grated zest of ½ orange 50g pecan nuts or walnuts, chopped 25g butter

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Prepare the barbeque so it is burning at about 170°C.

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Remove the core from the apples using a corer or small knife, to create a cavity through the middle of each apple. Sit each apple on a sheet of foil large enough to wrap the apples well.

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Mix together the dried fruit, rum or apple juice, sugar, cinnamon, orange zest and nuts. Stuff generously into the apples, letting any excess spill over. Top the

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Place the apples in the barbecue, sitting on the grill. Cover with the lid and cook for 35-40 minutes, until soft to touch. Rotate a couple of times for even cooking. Leave to cool for 5 minutes before unwrapping and topping with ice cream, clotted cream or Greek yoghurt.

There are more recipes to suit all members of the family in Jo’s “In the Mood for Quick Family Food”

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AUGMENTIFYING STEAM As a parent, you can’t get away from technology. It’s all around us and it’s here to stay. The good news is that tech can be used in exciting new ways to bring education, play and learning to life.

WELCOME TO THE AGE OF AUGMENTED REALITY, OR AR SO, WHAT IS AR?

WHAT CAN AR DO FOR PARENTS?

Augmented Reality is basically a digital layering of content onto the real world. An AR app is used to bring things to life. Yep, you heard correctly. The app brings 2D objects or reading material to life. How does it work? You will need a phone or tablet that is compatible with the AR app you wish to download. Once you have downloaded your app of choice, open the app and point your device at specific image targets that are compatible with that app. This could be a special AR-powered book or product you see on a supermarket shelf. Each company that creates an AR app uses their tech to focus on different things. There are a few companies around.

AR is a really fun way to play and interact with your child. It provides children with a new way of engaging with content and information that may otherwise seem boring to this new tech-savvy generation. Getting kids excited about learning at home, using gamification and the potential to blend the traditional card or quiz game with digital advances in play, holds attention and helps fire up those neurons! AR is easy to use with the right tools. All you need is a tablet or phone you are willing to share, or hand over to your child! AR has the potential to provide quality screen time. Safe, entertaining, educational and a bit of time off for a coffee sounds like something every parent might need!

Zappar From bringing brands to life and a successful crowd-funded mixed reality campaign, Zappar have dipped into education to introduce children to the wonders of AR. A recent event at the Institute of Imagination in London saw children engage with tech through designing their own AR posters.

Blippar The largest company in terms of AR. Blippar’s primary role seems to be the use of AR in advertising. Their recent offering of a Christmas shopping treasure hunt in Covent Garden offered some festive fun in London. Blippar’s educational material is classroom-focused. AugmentifyIt The most recent company entering the world of AR is one that has been created purely for educational purposes: to bring STEM and STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts & Maths) subjects to life. AugmentifyIt’s motto is “Play to Learn”, and brings learning to life through combining physical and digital play. Through bringing AR STEM learning experiences directly to parents and children, AugmentifyIt adds a new edge to the educational toy market. Contact hello@augmentifyit.com to receive a free code to view the image. "Mars" from AugmentifyIt: SPACE Augmented Reality Quiz Game

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DEVELOPING A LOVE OF READING It doesn’t have to be a struggle

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n early March this year, it looked like Hogwarts had come to London on a school trip. Harry Potters and Hermiones, the more ambitious Dumbledores and Voldemorts, and even the occasional Death Eater were all waving wands and shouting charms and curses through school corridors and in classrooms. It was World Book Day. My son was one of those many Harrys. His teacher gave his class a gentle nudge to look outside the magical world for inspiration, but no, he was sure. He wanted to be Harry Potter. And who can blame him, really? Harry Potter is the book — that book — that, for the first time, propelled him to the sofa to read. He announced his progress — “I’m now on page 58!” — every five to ten minutes. We were lucky. My son, the younger brother of another Harry Potter fanatic, picked up the reading bug like a contagion, and I give thanks to J.K. Rowling every day. But it doesn’t always happen that way. There are many reluctant readers out there who just need a nudge. There are those for whom reading is just not a familiar practice. For others, who may be dyslexic or have other special needs, reading is a frustrating struggle. We’ve spoken to some well-versed experts to get their thoughts and ideas on encouraging kids to read, especially those who are reluctant or who struggle.

THE RELUCTANT READER It will come as no surprise that many kids would rather do something else. Football? Sure! Painting? Yes, please! Pokemon? Ummm, yeah … Reading? Not so much. “It’s all about trying to develop the reading habit,” says Sue Laidlaw of the consultancy Laidlaw Education. “Encouraging reading without worrying too much about what they are reading,” can lay the foundations for everyday reading. Look for something that might spark interest, like a magazine. Focusing on the classics too early will temper enthusiasm,

Laidlaw says. And she reminds parents that even adults mix up their reading: indulging in an easy magazine (ahem, Hello!), skimming newspapers, speeding through beach-reads and then reaching for some lofty non-fiction when inspired. Children can, and should, do the same, moving across different levels and topics. The important thing is to help children enjoy reading before they get into the habit of reading.

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subscribing to a newspaper or a magazine can help make reading seem like an everyday activity. There’s no doubt that reading competes with screen time and social media, especially with tweens and teens. But Abi Elphinstone, author of the popular Dreamsnatcher trilogy, points out that many contemporary children’s authors are on Twitter and Instagram. Following them could be a way to encourage a child to read their books, with the added bonus of making authors seem more approachable.

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Reading aloud to your child can also go a long way to broadening their interests. She notes that parents often develop a habit of reading to their children when they are very little, but stop once the child has started reading independently. “Even when they’re ten, eleven or twelve, reading to them is hugely beneficial. It’s nice to snuggle on the sofa and read to them. They can hear the nuances, the different voices and the subtleties missed when they are concentrating on decoding and other aspects of their own reading.” Modeling a reading habit can also encourage reading, Laidlaw says. Just

It can be more than a lack of interest that keeps kids from reading; some suffer from a lack of confidence, which keeps them quiet and under the radar in the classroom. “There are kids who will sit, nod, smile and listen, and you think they are doing so well. While, behind the scenes, it’s quite a different story,” says Elphinstone, who worked as a secondary teacher for some time. Some of this lack of confidence can come from a lack of exposure to books and reading in the home. Many children are “living in families where there aren’t any books present in the home. Also, parents are often very busy and there’s a lack of time for real conversation,” says Ginny Lunn, CEO of literacy charity Beanstalk. According to Beanstalk, over 200,000 children in England left primary school last year unable to read at the required level. Reading difficulties can have a palpable impact on their behaviour and self-confidence. Seventy per cent of those children permanently excluded from school have literacy challenges; and over fifty per cent of boys over the age of sixteen, who are having difficulties reading, see no point to school. Beanstalk has developed many strategies for improving literacy across England. Its army of volunteers spend one to two hours a week with Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2 children who have been CITYKIDSMAGAZINE.CO.UK 29


EDUCATION identified as falling behind in reading. But some of their strategies could be transferred to the home. “It’s about taking the time with the child to really talk to them, to play with them, to get them interested,” says Lunn. “It’s all about making it exciting — what are the stories that are really going to get them interested?” In addition to the books themselves, Beanstalk volunteers use board games and puppets to help readers along. Beanstalk is also stepping up its efforts with nursery-aged children after primary head teachers pointed out that many kids enter reception with language challenges that set them back from the beginning.

pictures of her own adventures, including swimming across Scottish lochs and living with the Kazakh eagle hunters in Mongolia, which have fed into her stories. Her favourite trick is drawing a map — perhaps with a castle here and a forest there — to connect the dots of the plot. Regardless of whether a child is a reluctant reader, or one who is struggling to make sense of the reading code, reading

Abi Elphinstone above In Iceland center On Barbed Peaks aka Lochnagar in Cairngorms below Hiking in Scotland

THE STRUGGLING READER Many other children struggle to read because they can’t quite break the code of reading — they may be dyslexic, for example, a condition that has as many variations as people who have it. Author Elphinstone is one such person, and she believes that the best way to get kids into books is to tap into their innate love of stories. Elphinstone has difficulty processing information, particularly the fact-based learning of maths and sciences. She found, however, that she struggled less in history, art, and English, where learning was often channelled through stories that she could visualise, not only through text, but also through her imagination. For Elphinstone, it was her imagination and the drive to tell stories that helped her work around her dyslexia and become an author. She uses that spark to encourage all children, including those with dyslexia, to find their stories. “You can go and live your story before you write it, and that’s so helpful for dyslexic children because, once they visualise the scene, they can then get that onto paper,” she explains. While careful to state that grammar and spelling are important, she says those are skills a good teacher can help with, and “are secondary to finding your story.” In talks with schools, she takes oversized keys, an unusually shaped bone, or an encrusted mirror as objects of inspiration. She encourages children to look through picture books and at photographs to spark ideas. She shows 30 CITYKIDSMAGAZINE.CO.UK

and telling stories is key, not only for the obvious practical reasons, but also to help children make sense of the world. Elphinstone paraphrases G.K. Chesterton: “Fairy tales don’t tell children that dragons exist. Children already know that dragons exist. Fairy tales tell children that dragons can be killed.”

IF YOU ARE INTERESTED IN READING MORE ABOUT OUR EXPERTS, PLEASE VISIT LAIDLAW EDUCATION www.laidlaweducation.co.uk ABI ELPHINSTONE www.abielphinstone.com BEANSTALK www.beanstalkcharity.org.uk BOOKTRUST also has advice on choosing books for those reluctant to read, as well as a reading list for those with dyslexia. www.booktrust.org.uk If you think your child may be showing signs of dyslexia, speak to teachers first. You may find information at THE BRITISH DYSLEXIA ASSOCIATION useful www.bdadyslexia.org.uk


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PRIMARY The Legend of Rock Paper Scissors by Drew Daywalt, pictures by Adam Rex (Harper Collins)

When the undefeated warrior, Rock, runs out of contestants to beat in the Kingdom of the Backgarden, he goes off in search of a suitable suitor. Elsewhere, Paper is the undisputed champion of the Empire of Mum’s Study but, unsatisfied by his easy wins, he leaves in search of more challenging foes. Over in the tiny village of the Junk Drawer, Scissors is making short work of her enemies and decides to find more interesting battles. When the trio stumble upon each other, the most epic battle ensues.

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BOOK REVIEW

The Little Gardener

Cinnamon

There’s a Werewolf in My Tent

by Emily Hughes (Flying Eye Books)

by Neil Gaiman with illustrations by Divya Srinivasan (Bloomsbury)

by Pamela Butchart, illustrated by Thomas Flintham (Nosy Crow)

For those fond of nature, this sweet story is one full of hope. When the little gardener struggles to grow anything on his plot, he is close to giving up. But then, he sees signs of life in the form of a little flower, but that isn’t quite enough to rescue the barren patch – until he makes a wish and his life is completely transformed. Subtle yet deep, and set against a dark palette, Emily Hughes’s tale of persistence is also one that restores faith in human kindness.

This stunningly depicted fable tells the tale of a princess called Cinnamon, whose eyes are made of pearl, meaning she is blind. Not only is she blind, but she doesn’t talk. Her parents, Rajah and Rani, are desperate to hear their daughter speak and offer a handsome reward to anyone who can make her talk. People travel from far and wide with little success, but it takes the skill of a tiger to unlock her voice. A beautiful, funny and poignant tale from a master storyteller.

Pamela Butchart never disappoints and, in her latest book, the laughs come thick ’n fast. Izzy and her friends are excited about their school camping trip, until they find out that their new, super-strict P.E teacher, Miss Moon, will be in charge. Capers-a-plenty as four friends use all their skills to survive the trip in one piece; with howling heard in the night and the discovery that Miss Moon has really hairy legs – is she secretly a werewolf? And if she is, what on Earth are they going to do about it?

SENIOR Rook by Anthony McGowan (Barrington Stoke)

Rook is the third in a series (Brock and Pike predede this), but this novella easily stands alone. When brothers Nicky and Kenny rescue a rook after it’s been attacked by a

sparrowhawk, they decide to nurse it back to life, but the boys have other worries to deal with. Interwoven into this beautifully written depiction of teen life are tips on how to avoid the school bully, as well as how to pluck up the courage to speak to a girl you like.

See How They Lie by Sue Wallman (Scholastic)

Barrington Stoke are experts in publishing fantastic stories, which are inclusive for all. They specialise in books for dyslexic and reluctant readers. Sharon Fried-Jones is a West London mum, who by day is the Head of Marketing and Digital for the charity Book Trust which inspires a love of reading in children, and by night is an aspiring children’s author with a love of clashing clothes and picture books, who longs for a good night’s sleep.

A gripping read set in Hummingbird Creek: an exclusive wellbeing retreat for troubled teens with psychiatric issues. The rules are strict, and woe-betide you break them, which is doubly difficult for Mae as her father is the founder. But, after an unintentional discovery, Mae begins to question her family life as it becomes apparent that all is far from what it seems… A real pageturning mystery, with enough sinister undertones to keep the suspense going.

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ARTSED ACCOLADE

The ArtsEd Secondary School and Sixth Form were recently named in the top 5 creative education schools in the UK and in the top 40 across Europe. Mark Ferrington, Director of ArtsEd Sixth Form said: Our School and Sixth Form provide a unique and wonderful environment in which our students can further their education academically and vocationally.

NEW HEAD FOR PARSONS GREEN PREP Tim Cannell, headmaster at The Prebendal School in Chichester, West Sussex, since 2005, has been appointed headmaster at Parsons Green Prep in Fulham, London. Starting in September 2017, Tim will cover Mrs Helen Staverts maternity leave. He will take on the role on a permanent basis if Helen decides not to return to the school. He joins at a time when the school continues to celebrate its award by the Independent Schools Association for outstanding provision in STEM. The ISA judges commented: Parsons Green Prep was chosen as the winning school due to their real-life application method of teaching STEM, which fosters lifelong interest in STEM subjects.

Tim Cannell

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STEM WEEK AT NOTTING HILL AND EALING Juniors at Notting Hill and Ealing High School were recently treated to a week of STEM activities. Guest speakers included Editor in Chief at the New Scientist Magazine, Sumit Paul-Choudhury, and science broadcaster, Dr Emily Grossman. Bubbly Maths Pals demonstrated the fundamentals of shape and measurement by asking how many teachers you can fit in a cube!

NEW LEADERSHIP AT CLIFTON LODGE SCHOOL Mr Floyd Steadman will be returning to Clifton Lodge as Executive Head from September 2017. He has an accomplished record in prep school education, working at St Pauls Prep and Mill Hill Prep School (Belmont), before successful Headships at four Cognita Schools. Outside his career in education, he played sport to a high level, captaining Saracens rugby team and playing for the Barbarians. Mr Steadman will be working alongside Mrs Beth Friel, who will become the Head of School. Mrs Friel is well known to families at Clifton Lodge and is committed to ensuring the best education for each child.

Floyd Steadman and Beth Friel

CHORAL CONCERT AT ST BENEDICT’S

World famous a cappella group, Voces8, recently spent a day at St Benedicts showcasing their talents and passing on advice to the schools choirs, pupils and Ealing Abbey choristers. Voces8 sang a wide range of music from Duke Ellington to Abba as well as Ave Maria. Headmaster Andrew Johnson said: [Voces8] perfectly blended voices, expressive and committed singing, as well as a sense of fun, was hugely inspiring for everyone.


EDUCATION

SCHOOL OPEN DAYS ARTS ED 11yrs+ co-ed www.artsed.co.uk Admissions 020 8987 6600 For tours, Rosalies Jones pupils@artsed.co.uk AVENUE HOUSE 4-11yrs co-ed www.avenuehouse.org To book an appointment 020 8998 9981 BASSETT HOUSE SCHOOL 3-11yrs co-ed www.bassetths.org.uk For registration or a tour: 020 8969 0313 - registrar@bassetths.org.uk BUTE HOUSE GIRLS 4-11yrs www.butehouse.co.uk Open day in the Summer Term. Registrar, Mrs Sarah Sparkes on 0207 603 7381 x 202 CHISWICK AND BEDFORD PARK 3-11yrs co-ed (girls only after 7yrs) www.cbppschool.co.uk By appointment only CLIFTON LODGE 3-13yrs co-ed www.cliftonlodgeschool.co.uk 14 OCTOBER Tel 020 8579 3662 - admissions@cliftonlodgeschool.co.uk DURSTON HOUSE 4-13yrs boys www.durstonhouse.org 29 JUNE Registrar 020 8991 6532 or info@durstonhouse.org FRANCIS HOLLAND, REGENT’S PARK 4-18yrs girls www.fhs-nw1.org.uk 22 & 29 JUNE / 13 SEPT / 12 OCT / 2 & 10 NOV Registrar, Mrs Sandy Bailey on 020 7723 0176 or registrar@fhs-nw1.org.uk FRANCIS HOLLAND, SLOANE SQUARE 4-18yrs girls www.fhs-sw1.org.uk JUNIOR SCHOOL 4+ ENTRY 12 JUNE & SENIOR SCHOOL 11+ 13+ ENTRY 12 & 26 SEPT / 3 OCT/ 3 & 15 NOV Registrar on 020 7824 5005 (or via the School Office on 020 7730 2971) or registrar@fhs-sw1.org.uk FULHAM PREPARATORY SCHOOLS 4-13yrs co-ed www.fulhamprep.co.uk Pre-Prep 020 7371 9911 Prep & Senior 020 7386 2444 GODOLPHIN AND LATYMER 11-18yrs girls www.godolphinandlatymer.com FOR ENTRANCE INTO YEAR 7 2018 21 & 27 SEPT / 10 OCT

HEATHFIELD HOUSE SCHOOL 4-11yrs co-ed www.heathfieldhouse.co.uk Call for appointment 020 8994 3385 IBSTOCK PLACE 4-18yrs co-ed www.ibstockplaceschool.co.uk PREP SCHOOL 21 JUNE / 27 SEPT / 15 NOV / 31 JAN / 2 MAY / 20 JUNE 2018 SENIOR SCHOOL 10 MAY / 20 & 23 SEPT 6TH FORM 26 SEPT Registrar Miss Catherine Voysey registrar@ibstockplaceschool.co.uk - 020 8392 5803 KEW GREEN PREP SCHOOL 4-11yrs co-ed www.kgps.co.uk 14 JUNE admissions@kgps.co.uk KEW HOUSE SCHOOL 11yrs+ co-ed www.kewhouseschool.com 11 OCT / 1, 7, 15, 21 & 29 NOV / 5 DEC admissions@kewhouseschool.com 020 8742 2038 KING’S COLLEGE WIMBLEDON 7-18yrs boys / 16-18yrs co-ed www.kcs.org.uk WHOLE SCHOOL 9 SEPT 7+, 8+, 9+ & 10+ ENTRY The headmaster shows small groups of parents around. Contact 020 8255 5335 11+ ENTRY 12 JUNE 13+ ENTRY Opportunities to visit the school on certain Monday afternoons. Contact admissions@kcs.org.uk or 020 8255 5349 16+ ENTRY 14 JUNE KINGS HOUSE SCHOOL 3-13yrs boys (co-ed nursery) www.kingshouseschool.org For admissions 020 8940 1878 LADY ELEANOR HOLLES 7-18yrs girls www.lehs.org.uk JUNIORS 7 OCT SENIORS check website To visit, registrar@lehs.org.uk LATYMER PREP SCHOOL 7-11yrs co-ed www.latymerprep.org Registar, Mrs Margaret Peploe - registrar@latymerprep.org LATYMER UPPER SCHOOL 11-18yrs co-ed www.latymer-upper.org 11+ 9 SEPT / 7 OCT 16+ 20 SEPT Admissions 020 7993 0063 - admissions@latymer-upper.org

HAMPTON COURT HOUSE 3-18yrs co-ed www.hamptoncourthouse.co.uk 6TH FORM 3 JULY For all entries or individual tours contact Registrar Carol Bradbrook 020 8614 0857 - cb@hchnet.co.uk

NOTTING HILL AND EALING HIGH SCHOOL 4-18yrs girls www.nhehs.gdst.net JUNIORS contact the Registrar on 020 8991 2165 SENIORS 18 OCT

HAMPTON PRE-PREP & PREP 3-7yrs co-ed / 7-11yrs boys www. hamptonprep.org.uk 6 OCT / 3 NOV admissions@hamptonprep.org.uk 020 8979 1844

ORCHARD HOUSE 3-11yrs co-ed www.orchardhs.org.uk 7 OCT Arrange visit on 020 8742 8544 or info@orchardhs.org.uk

HAMPTON SCHOOL 11yrs+ boys www.hamptonschool.org.uk 19 & 28 SEPT 020 8979 9273 or admissions@hamptonschool.org.uk

ORLEY FARM SCHOOL 4-13yrs co-ed www.orleyfarm.harrow.sch.uk ‘School at Work’ tours available by booking with the Registrar on 020 8869 7634 or registrar@orleyfarm.harrow.sch.uk

HARVINGTON PREP SCHOOL 3-11yrs girls www.harvingtonschool.com By appointment only 020 8997 1583

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SCHOOL OPEN DAYS PUTNEY HIGH SCHOOL 4-18yrs girls www.putneyhigh.gdst.net JUNIOR 14, 19 & 20 OCT 020 8788 6523 or putneyhigh@put.gdst.net SENIOR 11+ 14, 16 - 18 OCT SENIOR SCHOOL 020 8788 4886 or putneyhigh@put.gdst.net RADNOR HOUSE 11-18yrs co-ed www.radnorhouse.org 7 OCT / 11 NOV RAVENSCOURT PARK PREP SCHOOL 4-11yrs co-ed www.rpps.co.uk 13 JUNE / 19 SEPT / 12 OCT / 14 NOV ST AUGUSTINE’S PRIORY 4-18yrs girls www.sapriory.com 7 OCT ST BENEDICT’S 3-18yrs co-ed www.stbenedicts.org.uk NURSERY & JUNIORS 26 SEPT SENIOR SCHOOL 21 SEPT WHOLE SCHOOL 14 OCT ST CATHERINE’S SCHOOL 4-18yrs girls www.stcatherineschool.co.uk YEAR 5 ACTIVITIES MORNING + OPEN AFTERNOON 17 JUNE Call Chantal Goldburn to reserve your place on 020 3261 0142 ST JAMES SCHOOLS 4-11yrs co-ed / 11-18yrs girls / 11-18yrs boys www.stjamesschools.co.uk SENIOR GIRLS’ SCHOOL IN ACTION 2 NOV / 23 JAN / 2 MAY 2018 SENIOR BOYS’ SCHOOL IN ACTION 21 SEPT / 29 NOV OPEN DAYS 7 & 12 OCT

ST PAUL’S SCHOOL 7+ 8+ 11+ boys (Junior) / 13+ boys (Senior) www.stpaulsschool.org.uk 7+ 8+ ENTRY 4 NOV 11+ 13+ ENTRY 9 SEPT Early booking recommended ST PAUL’S GIRLS SCHOOL 11-18yrs girls www.spgs.org Autumn Term Open Days or tours of the school during the school day from March until the end of the summer term each year. Contact the Admissions Officer, Claire Richardson, admissions@spgs.org from late February. THE FALCONS BOYS 3-13yrs boys www.falconsboys.co.uk PRE-PREP 23 SEPT PREP 7 OCT THE FALCONS GIRLS 3-11yrs girls www.falconsgirls.co.uk 16 SEPT Registrar georgia.hutton@falconsgirls.co.uk 020 8992 5189 x7429 THE HARRODIAN 4-18yrs co-ed www.harrodian.com 11+ 26 SEPT / 10 OCT A small number of tours are available each week. Contact the Admission Office on 020 8762 6321 or admissions@harrodian.com UNICORN SCHOOL 3-11yrs co-ed www.unicornschool.org.uk Small group visits on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. registrar@unicornschool.org.uk

£10m SCIENCE CENTRE FOR ACS HILLINGDON ACS International Schools will open a new cutting-edge £10 million Science Centre at Hillingdon in August. It incorporates seven student science and technology laboratories and a designated micro-biology unit. This latest investment is designed to enhance student and teacher collaboration in science learning, and encourage students to explore the realms of scientific research. The project is part of a series of multi-millionpound investment across ACS International Schools’ three UK campuses in Surrey and Greater London. This has included the creation of a state-of-the-art Sports Centre at ACS Egham, a brand new Performing Arts Centre at ACS Cobham and, due for completion this summer, a new boarding house at ACS Cobham. Fergus Rose, Advancement Director at ACS International Schools, commented: “The investment reflects our commitment to 34 CITYKIDSMAGAZINE.CO.UK

providing a full and future-focused education with cutting edge facilities for teaching and learning. Anyone interested in a world class international education for their child is invited to experience our world class facilities at our forthcoming open days in February and March.”


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twisters.org.uk | 020 8933 9997 / 8840 4452 09.30 2-3yrs Twisters 2 10.30 3-4yrs Gymkids 14.00 3-4yrs Ballet. All abilities. Acton Baptist Church Hall, Church Rd, W3 8PP

OXYGEN SCHOOL OF TRAMPOLINING oxygenfreejumping.co.uk | 0208 992 2211 10.00 Under 5s Little Os Vision Ind Park, Kendal Ave, W3 0AF

BABY MASSAGE westlondonbabies.com | 078157 42824 10.30 & 13.30 Private venue, Chiswick

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twisters.org.uk | 020 8933 9997 / 8840 4452 09.30 1-2yrs Twisters 1 10.30 2-3yrs Twisters 2 11.30 & 13.10 3-4yrs Dance Drama 14.00 3-4yrs Gymkids Acton Baptist Church, Church Rd, W3 8PP

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thebuilditworkshop.com 09.45 16m-2yrs Loose Parts 10.45 2-3yrs Build Workshop 16.00 4-6yrs after school drop off club Chiswick Town Hall, W4 4JN

DIDDI DANCE | DANCE diddidance.com 10.00 1½-4 ½ yrs Drink Me, Eat Me, King St, W6 0SP

FRANCES LUNDY SCHOOL OF DANCE franceslundyschoolofdance.co.uk | 07956 312 662 10.00, 10.45, 14.15, 15.00 Baby ballet 15.45 Pre-primary ballet 4-6yrs The Hayloft, 3 Bond Street, W4 1QZ

HARTBEEPS | BABY MUSIC hartbeeps.com 10.00 Baby Beeps (sitting to toddling) 11.00 Baby Bells (newborn to sitting) The Printworks, Beaconsfield Terrace Rd, W14 0PP

lacapucine.co.uk 15.45 French for under 4s Betty Blythe 73 Blythe Rd, W14 0PH

TUESDAYS franceslundyschoolofdance.co.uk | 07956 312 662 09.15 2-5yrs Tiny Tots Tap & Modern 15.00 2-4yrs Baby Ballet 15.45 4-5yrs Pre-primary ballet The Hayloft, 3 Bond Street, W4 1QZ

LA CAPUCINE | FRENCH lacapucine.co.uk 09.30 French for under 4s. Betty Blythe, 73 Blythe Rd, W14 0PH

THE LITTLE GYM | GYMNASTICS thelittlegym.eu/chiswick | 020 8994 3729 From 09.30 Various classes 4mths-5yrs Hartington Road (off A316), W4 3A

GYMBOREE gymboree-uk.com | 07967 835 059 From 09.30 0-5yrs Various classes Chiswick Town Hall, W4 4JN

TWISTERS | GYM AND DANCE

DIDDI DANCE | DANCE diddidance.com 10.00 1½-4 ½yrs Drink Me, Eat Me, King St, W6 0SP

CADENZA | MUSIC cadenzaclasses.com 10.00 Holy Innocents Church, Paddenswick Rd, W6 0UB

OXYGEN SCHOOL OF TRAMPOLINING oxygenfreejumping.co.uk | 0208 992 2211 10.00 Under 5s Little Os Vision Ind Park, Kendal Ave, W3 0AF

LITTLE KICKERS | FOOTBALL littlekickers.co.uk | 0751 323 5500 10.15 1½-2yrs 3m Little Kicks 11.05 2-3½ yrs. Junior Kickers 13.15 3½-5 yrs Mighty Kickers Hogarth Community Centre, Duke Rd, W4 2JR

CHISWICK HAMMERSMITH ACTON SHEPHERDS BUSH ACTON BALLET SCHOOL actonballetschool.co.uk | 020 8992 6891 15.30 & 16.00 2½-4yrs Baby Ballet Ruskin Hall, 16 Church Rd, W3 8PP

CRAFT CLUB lbhf.gov.uk | 020 8753 3842 15.45 3-11yrs. Term-time only Shepherds Bush Library, W12 7BF

LITTLE FOXES CLUB | MULTI SPORT thelittlefoxesclub.com | 020 7376 0006 16.00 3-4 yrs Acton Park

WEST LONDON DANCE ACADEMY westlondondanceacademy.com | 07771 984 590 16.00 Baby ballet, DTA accredited St Michael and All Angels Parish Hall, Priory Avenue, W4 1TX

LITTLE KICKERS | FOOTBALL littlekickers.co.uk | 07557 123 124 16.15 3½-5yrs Mighty Kickers St Stephens Social Club, 5 Gayford Rd, W12 9BY

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HARTBEEPS | BABY MUSIC

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hartbeeps.com 09.30 Happy House (walking to 5yrs) 10.30 Baby Beeps (sitting to toddling) 11.30 Baby Bells (newborn to sitting) 12.30 Baby Beeps (sitting to walking) Chiswick Theatre Arts, 2a Belmont Rd, W4 5BQ

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lbhf.gov.uk | 020 8753 3842 10.30 Under 5yrs Hammersmith Library, W6 7AT

BABY YOGA westlondonbabies.com | 07815 742 824 10.30 Private venue, Chiswick

ARTFUL TODDLER | ARTS & CRAFT artfultoddler.com/chiswick-london 15.00 & 16.00 Chiswick Methodist Church, 52 Sutton Court Rd, W4

GROVE PARK TODDLER GROUP groveparkplaygroup.org | 020 8742 8293 15.00 10m-3yrs Isis Rooms & Garden, St Paul’s Church, Grove Park Rd, W4 3SB

gymboree-uk.com | 07967 835 059 From 09.30 0-5yrs Various classes Chiswick Town Hall, W4 4JN

ANGELA GRANT SCHOOL OF DANCE balletclasseslondon.co.uk | 07813 296 221 09.30 & 10.00 2-4yrs Baby Ballet Drink Me Eat Me, 250 - 252 King Street, W6 0SP

TWISTERS | GYM AND DANCE twisters.org.uk | 020 8933 9997 / 8840 4452 09.30 1 to 2yrs Twisters 1 10.30 2 to 3yrs Twisters 2. All abilities Acton Baptist Church, Church Rd, W3 8PP

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CHISWICK HAMMERSMITH ACTON SHEPHERDS BUSH THE MUSIC HOUSE FOR CHILDREN musichouseforchildren.co.uk | 020 8932 2652 09.45 1-2yrs Music & movement babies 10.30 2-3yrs Music & movement toddlers 11.30 Newborn music 16.00 3-4yrs Music appreciation The Music House for Children, 306 Uxbridge Rd, W12 7LJ

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hartbeeps.com 10.00 Happy House (toddling – 4yrs) 11.00 Baby Beeps (sitting to toddling) 12.00 Baby Bells (newborn to sitting) St Stephens Parish Hall, Coverdale Rd, Shepherds Bush, W12 8JJ

littlekickers.co.uk | 0751 323 5500 16.15 5-7th birthday Mega Kickers St Stephens Social Club, 5 Gayford Rd, W12 9BY

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LITTLE ANGELS | TODDLER GROUP smaaa.org.uk | 020 8994 1380 10.00 Term-time only St Michael & All Angels Hall Priory Ave, W4 1TX

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RHYME TIME lbhf.gov.uk | 020 8753 3842 10.30 Under 5yrs Shepherds Bush Library, W12 7BF

PANDEMONIUM | MUSICAL WORKSHOP watermans.org.uk 10.15 0-24m Watermans, 40 High Str, TW8 0DS

SPANISH UNDER FIVES lbhf.gov.uk | 020 8753 3842 10.30 Under 5yrs Hammersmith Library, W6 7AT

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westlondondanceacademy.com | 07771 984 590 16.00 3yrs+ Baby Ballet. IDTA Accredited St Michael and All Angels Parish Hall, Priory Avenue, W4 1TX

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BABY SONG stsimons.co.uk | 020 7603 1418 09.30 Fortnightly playgroup with cake, play, bible story & singing time. Play Café, Rockley Rd, W14 0DA

KITE STUDIOS kitestudios.org | 020 8576 6278 09.45 18m-3yrs Messy Art & Music Beats 2b Bassein Park Rd, W12 9RY

DIDDI DANCE | DANCE diddidance.com 10.00 1½-4 ½yrs The Corner House, W6 7PD

OXYGEN SCHOOL OF TRAMPOLINING oxygenfreejumping.co.uk | 0208 992 2211 10.00 Under 5s Little Os Vision Ind Park, Kendal Ave, W3 0AF

BABY MASSAGE westlondonbabies.com | 07815 742 824 10.30 & 13.20 Chiswick

lbhf.gov.uk | 020 8753 3863 10.45 Under 5yrs Askew Rd Library, W12 9AS

twisters.org.uk | 020 8933 9997 / 020 8840 4452 14.00 3-4yrs Gymkids. All abilities Acton Baptist Church, Church Rd, W3 8PP

MUNCHKIN MUSIC munchkinmusic.co.uk 15.15 Drop-in Grove Neighbourhood Centre, 7 Bradmore Park Rd, W6 0DT

ANGELA GRANT SCHOOL OF DANCE balletclasseslondon.co.uk | 07813 296 221 15.45 2½-4yrs pre-school ballet Victoria Hall, Victoria House, Becklow Rd, W12 9HB

ACTON BALLET SCHOOL actonballetschool.co.uk | 020 8992 6891 16.00 4-5yrs pre-primary ballet Ruskin Hall, 16 Church Rd, W3 8PP

THE MUSIC HOUSE FOR CHILDREN musichouseforchildren.co.uk | 020 8932 2652 16.00 3-4yrs Music Appreciation The Music House for Children, 306 Uxbridge Rd, W12 7LJ

FRANCES LUNDY SCHOOL OF DANCE franceslundyschoolofdance.co.uk | 07956 312 662 16.15 4-5yrs pre-primary ballet The Hayloft, 3 Bond Street, W4 1QZ

FRIDAYS THE LITTLE GYM | GYMNASTICS thelittlegym.eu/chiswick | 020 8994 3729 From 09.15 4m-5yrs Various classes Hartington Rd (off A316), W4 3AN

TWISTERS | GYM AND DANCE twisters.org.uk | 020 8933 9997 09.15 6m-3yrs Drop-in gym Acton Baptist Church Hall, Church Rd, W3 8PP

GYMBOREE gymboree-uk.com | 07967 835 059 From 09.30 0-5yrs. Various classes Chiswick Town Hall, W4 4JN

CADENZA | MUSIC cadenzaclasses.com 09.30 Drink Me Eat Me, 250 - 252 King Street, W6 0SP

CHISWICK FRENCH CLUB chiswickfrenchclub.co.uk 09.30 0-5yrs French Nursery Rhymes & First Adventure 11.30 Comptines en français 12.30 French-speaking families meet-up & picnic Ravenscourt Park, W6 0TH

FRIDAY FRIENDS | PLAYGROUP gunnersburybaptistchurch.org | 020 8987 2965 09.30 0-4yrs. Term-time only Gunnersbury Baptist Church, Wellesley Rd, W4 4BE

AMANDA’S ACTION CLUB | FUN, FITNESS & MUSIC amandasactionclub.co.uk | 01895 623 999 09.45 & 10.30 4m-4yrs Chiswick Town Hall, W4 4JN

BRIGHT STARS brightstarsuk.com 09.45 & 15.00 0-3yrs Sing & Sign St Saviours, Wendell Park, Church Hall, Cobbold Rd, W12 9LN


BABIES & PRE-SCHOOLERS KITE STUDIOS | ART kitestudios.org | 020 8576 6278 09.45, 10.45 & 13.45 18m-3yrs Art for Little Ones 2b Bassein Park Rd, W12 9RY

THE MUSIC HOUSE FOR CHILDREN musichouseforchildren.co.uk | 020 8932 2652 09.45 0-3yrs Music & movement babies 10.30 Music and movement toddlers The Music House for Children, 306 Uxbridge Rd, W12 7LJ

OXYGEN SCHOOL OF TRAMPOLINING oxygenfreejumping. co.uk | 0208 992 2211 10.00 Under 5s Little Os Vision Ind Park, Kendal Ave, W3 0AF

PLAY MANDARIN lbhf.gov.uk | 020 8753 3842 10.00 0-4yrs Only 2nd Friday of every month Shepherds Bush Library, W12 7BF

DIDDI DANCE | DANCE diddidance.com 10.00 1½-4 ½ yrs Nuffield Health Fitness & Wellbeing, Stevenage Rd, SW6 6PF

BABY YOGA westlondonbabies.com | 07815 742 824 10.30 Chiswick

RHYME TIME lbhf.gov.uk | 020 8753 3842 10.30 Under 5yrs Hammersmith Library, W6 7AT

CHISWICK LIBRARY STORYTIME hounslow.info | 020 8994 1008 11.00 0-5yrs. Term-time only Dukes Avenue, W4 2AB

BABY BOUNCE lbhf.gov.uk | 020 8753 3863 11.00 Stories & Rhymes Askew Road Library, W12 9AS

CROUCHING TIGER KARATE crouchingtigerkarate.co.uk | 07734 655 057 16.00 4yrs+ Tiger Cubs Karate The Dukes Meadows Community Centre, Alexandra Gardens, W4 2RX

FRANCES LUNDY SCHOOL OF DANCE franceslundyschoolofdance.co.uk | 07956 312 662 15.15 2-4yrs Baby Ballet The Hayloft, 3 Bond Street, W4 1QZ

ITALIAN STORYTIME mammaalinglese.wordpress.com 16.00 Over 2yrs Also one Saturday per month St Peter’s Church, Southfield Rd, W4 1BB

SATURDAYS THE LITTLE GYM | GYMNASTICS thelittlegym.eu/chiswick | 020 8994 3729 From 08.30 Various classes 4m to 5yrs Hartington Rd (off A316), W4 3AN

LITTLE KICKERS | FOOTBALL littlekickers.co.uk | 0751 323 5500 08.30 1½-2yrs 3m Little Kicks 09.20 2-3½yrs Junior Kickers 10.15 & 11.10 3½-5yrs Mighty Kickers 11.40 5-7yrs Mega Kickers 12.10 5-7th birthday Mega Kickers Hogarth Community Centre, Duke Rd, W4 2JR 09.05 1½-2yrs 3m Little Kicks 09.50 2-3½yrs Junior Kickers 10.45 3½-5yrs Mighty Kickers The Ellen Wilkinson School for Girls Queens Drive, W3 0HW

FRANCES LUNDY SCHOOL OF DANCE franceslundyschoolofdance.co.uk | 07956 312 662 09.15 4-5yrs Pre-primary Ballet 10.45 2-5yrs Tiny Tots & Modern The Hayloft, 3 Bond Street, W4 1QZ

THE LITTLE FOXES CLUB | MULTI-SPORT CLASSES thelittlefoxesclub.com | 0207 376 0006 10.00 & 11.00 18m-4 yrs FootballClasses Acton Park, Ravenscourt Park & Turnham Green

PARKOUR GENERATIONS | FREE RUNNING parkourgenerations.com 10.00 1-6yrs (for parent & child) Westminster Academy, 255 Harrow Road, W2 5EZ

CHISWICK HAMMERSMITH ACTON SHEPHERDS BUSH

RHYME TIME lbhf.gov.uk | 020 8753 3842 11.00 Under 5yrs Shepherds Bush Library, W12 7BF

LITTLE RUGBY | RUGBY littlerugby.co.uk 09.30 2-3½ yrs Junior Rugby 10.30 3½ - 5 yrs Mighty Rugby 11.30 5-7yrs Mega Rugby Hogarth Youth Ctr, Duke Rd, W4 2JR

WILL TO WIN | TENNIS willtowin.co.uk | 020 8994 1466 12.00 3-5yrs Mini Tots Drop-in sessions Chiswick House Grounds (A4 Entrance), W4 2RP

LITTLE KICKERS | FOOTBALL

ALBERT & FRIENDS INSTANT CIRCUS | FAMILY CIRCUS SKILLS albertandfriendsinstantcircus.co.uk | 020 8237 1170 / 020 8237 1030 10.30 15m-7yrs St Alban’s Hall, Margravine Rd, W6 8HJ

SUNDAYS THE LITTLE GYM | GYMNASTICS thelittlegym.eu/chiswick | 020 8994 3729 From 09.00 4m-5yrs Various classes Hartington Rd (off A316), W4 3AN

littlekickers.co.uk | 07557 123 124 10.15 1½-2yrs 3m Little Kicks 11.10 2-3½yrs Junior Kickers Phoenix Academy The Curve, W12 0RQ

MINI BOARDERS | SKATEBOARDING CLUB mylittleboarders.co.uk | 07801 824 688 14.30 4-5yrs Westway Sports Centre, 1 Crowthorne Rd, W10 6RP

RICHMOND GYMNASTICS ASSOCIATION richmondgymnastics.co.uk | 020 8878 8682 09.00 4yrs+ General class 1 Townmead Road, Kew, TW9 4EL

PIANO GUITAR VIOLIN PERCUSSION DRUMS TRUMPET CELLO UKULELE SINGING GROUP LESSONS HOME TUITION MUSIC FOR BABIES MUSIC FOR THREE TO FIVES YEARS SCHOOLS WORKHOPS BIRTHDAY PARTIES

ROCKS LANE | FOOTBALL COACHING rockslane.co.uk | 020 8994 1313 10.30 Under 4yrs A 11.00 Under 4yrs B. 16 week terms

KIDDIKICKS | FOOTBALL kiddikicks.co.uk | 020 7937 7965 10.30 2½-3½ yrs Runners 11.15 3.6-5yrs Racers Kings House Sports Ground, W4 2RZ April-October Brentford Fountain Leisure Centre, TW8 0HJ November-March

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MONDAYS YMCA WEST LONDON | GYM ymcawestlondon.org | 020 8832 1576 09.15 0-3yrs Merry-go-round 11.00 3-4yrs Gym Kids 12.45 3-5yrs Toddler Football 13.00 Body Bootcamp (with Babies) 15.00 2-3yrs Tumble&Stretch Term time only 25 St. Mary’s Rd, W5 5RE

LONDON BABY SWIM londonbabyswim.co.uk | 020 8400 9091 From 09.30 6wks-approx. 2yrs Baby swim level; 2-4yrs Advanced Toddler Osterley Centre, 178 Wood Lane ,TW7 5EH

QUACKERS PLAYGROUP stjohnandstjames.org.uk 09.45 Under 4yrs Term time only St James Church, 32 St James Avenue, W13 9D

HOOLLABALOO hullabaloopuppetmusictheatre.co.uk | 07787 113 785 10.00 Under 4yrs 11.00 Under 18m A Puppet Music Theatre Class The Duke of Kent, Pitshanger, Scotch Common, W13 8DL

NORTHFIELDS ACTION, SONGS & RHYMES 10.00 6m+ St Paul’s Church, Ridley Ave, W13

GYMBOREE | PLAY & MUSIC gymboree-uk.com | 07534 953 116 From 11.30 0-5yrs. Play& Learn 44-46 South Ealing Rd, W5 4QA

HARTBEEPS hartbeeps.com 12.45 Baby Beeps (sitting to toddling) 13.45 Baby Bells (newborn to sitting) 14.45 Baby Beeps (sitting to toddling) 15.45 Happy House (walking to 4yrs) The Foresters Pub 2 Leighton Rd, W13 9EP

INNOVATION DANCE innovationdancestudios.co.uk | 020 8998 2283 10.30 2yrs Melody Bear Ballet. Drop in Innovation Dance Studio, 96 Pitshanger Lane, W5 1QX

NOAH’S ARK PLAYGROUP stmaryshanwell.org.uk | 020 8567 6185 14.45 Under 4yrs. Term time only. Drop in, stay with your children St Mary’s Church Hall, 62 Greenford Ave, W7 3QP

WATERBABIES waterbabies.co.uk | 020 8427 4012 16.00, 16.30 & 17.00 Baby swim classes St Ann’s School, Springfield Rd, Hanwell, W7 3JP 40 CITYKIDSMAGAZINE.CO.UK

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HARTBEEPS

FF4K MINI KICKERS

swimexpert.co.uk | 0330 111 2929 2yrs+ 1-2-1 swimming classes Novotel London Brentford, Great West Rd, TW8 0GP

hartbeeps.com 14.00 Baby Bells (newborn to sitting) 15.00 Baby Beeps (sitting to toddling) 16.00 Happy House (walking to 4yrs) The Foresters Pub 2 Leighton Rd, W13 9EP

footyfun4kidslondon.com | 07957 360 742 09.45 2-4yrs Football and Multi skills Kingsdown Methodist Church, Northfield’s Ave, W13 9PR

GREAT AND SMALL STAY & PLAY

WATERBABIES

10.00 Under 4yrs St Paul’s Church, Ridley Ave, W13 9XW

TUESDAYS YMCA WEST LONDON | GYM ymcawestlondon.org | 020 8832 1576 10.20 2-3yrs Tumble&Stretch 11.15 0-2yrs Baby Explorers 13.00 3-4yrs Gym Kids Term time only 25 St. Mary’s Rd, W5 5RE

TIPPITOES tippitoes-ealing.co.uk | 07590 493 293 09.30 Under 2yrs 10.30 Under 4yrs Music, Movement, Games, Messy Play Lammas Park Play Centre, Elers Rd, W13 9QD

HOOLLABALOO hullabaloopuppetmusictheatre.co.uk | 07787 113 785 09.30 Under 4yrs & 10.30 Under 18mths A Puppet Music Theatre Class Plough Inn, Northfields, 297 Northfield Ave, W5 4XB

LONDON BABY SWIM londonbabyswim.co.uk | 020 8400 9091 From 09.30 6wks-approx. 2yrs Baby swim level; 2-4yrs Advanced Toddler Osterley Centre, 178 Wood Lane , Isleworth, TW7 5EH

SNIPS PLAYGROUP

waterbabies.co.uk | 020 8427 4012 16.00 & 16.30 Baby swim classes Castlebar School, Hathaway Gardens, W13 0DH

WILL TO WIN | TENNIS willtowin.co.uk | 020 8840 0888 16.00 3-5yrs Mini Tots Term-time Courses Lammas Park, Ealing, W13 9NJ

ANNA DAVYDOVA DANCE SCHOOL annadavydova.co.uk | 07769 680 056 17.15 3-5yrs Tiny Tots Ballet St. Andrews Church Centre, Mount Park Rd, W5 2RS

SWIM EXPERT swimexpert.co.uk | 0330 111 2929 2yrs+ 1-2-1 swimming classes Novotel London Brentford, Great West Rd, TW8 0GP

WEDNESDAYS YMCA WEST LONDON | GYM ymcawestlondon.org | 020 8832 1576 11.15 0-2yrs Baby Explorers 13.00 3-4yrs Tiny Tiptoes 14.00 3-4yrs Gym Kids. Term time only 25 St. Mary’s Rd, W5 5RE

stjohnandstjames.org.uk 10.00 Under 4yrs. Term time only St John’s Church Crypt, Mattock Lane, W13 9LA

HANWELL PLAYGROUP

GYMBOREE

HOOLLABALOO

gymboree-uk.com | 07534 953 116 From 10.30 0-5yrs Music 44-46 South Ealing Rd, W5 4QA

hullabaloopuppetmusictheatre.co.uk | 07787 11 3785 09.30 Under 4yrs 10.30 Under 18m A Puppet Music Theatre Class Plough Inn, 297 Northfield Ave, W5 4XB

INNOVATION DANCE innovationdancestudios.co.uk | 020 8998 2283 10.30 18mths-2yrs Melody Bear Baby Ballet (Melody Movement syllabus) Drop in Innovation Dance Studio, 96 Pitshanger Lane, W5 1QX

BABY BOUNCE N RHYME ccslibraries.com | 020 3700 1080 11.30 0-2yrs Norholt Leisure Centre Library, Eastcote Lane North, Northolt, UB5 4AB

WILL TO WIN | TENNIS willtowin.co.uk | 020 8991 9844 13.30 & 15.30 3-5yrs Mini Tots Term-time Courses Pitshanger Park, Ealing W13 8DJ

hanwellmethodist.info | 020 8991 1913 09.30 Under 5yrs Methodist Church, Church Rd, W7 1DJ

LONDON BABY SWIM londonbabyswim.co.uk | 020 8400 9091 From 09.30 6wks-approx.2yrs Baby swim level; 2-4yrs Advanced Toddler Osterley Centre, 178 Wood Lane, TW7 5EH

TIPPITOES tippitoes-ealing.co.uk | 07590 493 293 09.30 Under 4yrs 14.30 Under 2yrs Music, Movement, Games, Messy Play Lammas Park Play Centre, Elers Rd, W13 9 QD

TODDLER STORY TIME SESSIONS ccslibraries.com | 0203 700 1052 10.00 2-4yrs Ealing Central Library, 103 Broadway Centre, W5 5JY

BABY BOUNCE N RHYME ccslibraries.com | 020 3700 1065 10.30 Babies and toddlers West Ealing Library, Melbourne Avenue, W13 9BT

GYMBOREE | PLAY & MUSIC gymboree-uk.com | 07534 953 116 From 10.30 0-5yrs. Various classes 44-46 South Ealing Rd, W5 4QA

INNOVATION DANCE innovationdancestudios.co.uk | 020 8998 2283 10.30 2yrs Melody Bear Ballet. Drop in Innovation Dance Studio, 96 Pitshanger Lane, W5 1QX

BABY BOUNCE N RHYME ccslibraries.com | 020 3700 1059 11.30 0-2yrs Southall Library, 1e Green, Southall, Middlesex, UB2 4BQ

WILL TO WIN | TENNIS willtowin.co.uk | 020 8991 9844 13.30 & 15.30 3-5yrs Mini Tots Term-time Courses Pitshanger Park, Ealing, W13 8DJ

BABY BOUNCE N RHYME ccslibraries.com | 020 3700 1062 14.30 0-2yrs Greenford Library, Oldfield Lane South, UB6 9LG

AMANDA’S ACTION CLUB | FUN, FITNESS & MUSIC amandasactionclub.co.uk | 01895 62399 15.45 4m-5yrs The Forester, 2 Leighton Rd, W13 9EP

EALING SCHOOL OF DANCE ealingschoolofdance.co.uk | 07885 417 542 16.00 2-4yrs Nursery Ballet Ealing Town Hall, W5 2BY

WATERBABIES waterbabies.co.uk | 020 8427 4012 16.00 & 16.30 Baby swim classes Castlebar School, Hathaway Gardens, W13 0DH


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EALING

SWIM EXPERT

BABY BOUNCE N RHYME

LONDON BABY SWIM

INNOVATION DANCE

swimexpert.co.uk | 0330 111 2929 2yrs+ 1-2-1 swimming classes Novotel London Brentford, Great West Rd, TW8 0GP

ccslibraries.com 10.30 Babies and toddlers Hanwell Library, Cherington Rd, W7 3HL

londonbabyswim.co.uk | 020 8400 9091 From 09.30 6wks-approx. 2yrs Baby swim level; 2-4yrs Advanced Toddler Osterley Centre, 178 Wood Lane, TW7 5EH

innovationdancestudios.co.uk | 020 8998 2283 09.00, 10.30 & 11.00 Tots Pre-primary ballet Innovation Dance Studio, 96 & 120 Pitshanger Lane, W5 1QX

THURSDAYS TIPPITOES tippitoes-ealing.co.uk | 07590 493 293 09.30 Under 2yrs 14.30 Under 4yrs Music, Music, Movement, Games, Messy Play Lammas Park, Play Centre, W13 9QD

HOOLLABALOO hullabaloopuppetmusictheatre.co.uk | 07787 11 3785 09.30 Under 4yrs 10.30 Under 18m A Puppet Music Theatre Class Plough Inn, 297 Northfield Ave, W5 4XB

LONDON BABY SWIM londonbabyswim.co.uk | 020 8400 9091 From 09.30 6wks-approx. 2yrs Baby swim level; 2-4yrs Advanced Toddler Osterley Centre, 178 Wood Lane, TW7 5EH

GYMBOREE | PLAY & MUSIC gymboree-uk.com | 07534 953 116 From 10.00 0-5yrs Various classes 44-46 South Ealing Rd, W5 4QA

SOUND GENERATION EDUCATION soundgeneration.org.uk | 020 3344 2310 09.45 0-2yrs 10.30 2-4yrs Music sessions. Drop in St Paul’s Church, Ridley Ave, W13 9XW

Perivale Library, Horsenden Lane South, UB6 7NT 11.00 0-2yrs Jubilee Gardens Library, Jubilee Gardens, UB1 2TJ Northfields Library, Northfields Ave, W5 4UA

TODDLER STORY TIME SESSIONS ccslibraries.com | 020 3700 1090 10.30 Babies and toddlers Perivale Library, Horsenden Lane South, UB6 7NT 14.00 2-4yrs Southall Library, 112 The Green, Southall, Middlesex, UB2 4BQ 14.30 2-4yrs Greenford Library, Oldfield Lane South, UB6 9LG Pitshanger Library, 143-145 Pitshanger Lane, W5 1RH

WILL TO WIN | TENNIS willtowin.co.uk | 020 8991 9844 13.30 & 15.30 3-5yrs Mini Tots Term Time Will to Win Ealing, Pitshanger Park, W13 8DJ

FF4K MINI KICKERS footyfun4kidslondon.com | 07957360742 13.45 2-4yrs Football and Multi skills Kingsdown Methodist Church, Northfield’s Ave, W13 9PR

EALING SCHOOL OF DANCE

HANGER HILL ACTION, SONGS & RHYMES

ealingschoolofdance.co.uk | 07885 417 542 15.30 2½-4yrs Nursery Ballet Ealing Green Church, W5 5QT

10.00 6m+ The Church of the Ascension, Hanger Hill

WILL TO WIN | TENNIS

SNIPS PLAYGROUP

willtowin.co.uk | 020 8840 0888 16.00 3-5yrs Mini Tots Term-time Courses Lammas Park, Ealing, W13 9NJ

stjohnandstjames.org.uk 10.00 Under 4yrs. Term time only St John’s Church Crypt, Mattock Lane, West Ealing, W13 9LA

INNOVATION DANCE innovationdancestudios.co.uk | 020 8998 2283 10.00 1-2yrs Little Shakers (Music & Movement) 10.50 2yrs+ Little Shakers (Music & Movement) 14.00 2yrs Melody Bear Ballet (Melody Movement syllabus). Drop in Innovation Dance Studio, 96 Pitshanger Lane, W5 1QX

YMCA WEST LONDON | GYM ymcawestlondon.org | 020 8832 1576 10.25 1-2yrs Tinies Tumble 11.20 2-3yrs Tumble&Stretch 13.00 5wks-pre-crawlers Baby Massage 14.15 3-4yrs Gym Kids. Term time only 25 St. Mary’s Road, Ealing, W5 5RE

SWIM EXPERT swimexpert.co.uk | 0330 111 2929 2yrs+ 1-2-1 swimming classes Novotel London Brentford, Great West Rd, TW8 0GP

FRIDAYS YMCA WEST LONDON | GYM ymcawestlondon.org | 020 8832 1576 09.30 2-3yrs Tumble&Stretch 10.20 3-4yrs Gym Kids 12.00 0-3yrs Merry-go-round 15.00 1-2yrs Tinies Tumble. Term time only 25 St. Mary’s Rd, W5 5RE

TIPPITOES tippitoes-ealing.co.uk | 07590 493 293 09.30 Under 4yrs 11.00 Under 18m Music, Movement, Games, Messy Play 14.30 Under 2yrs Lammas Park Play Centre, W13 9 QD

GYMBOREE | PLAY & MUSIC gymboree-uk.com | 07534 953 116 From 09.45 0-5yrs 44-46 South Ealing Rd, W5 4QA

HULLABALOO shbchurch.org.uk | 020 8840 3855 09.45 Under 4yrs Toddler & Babies playgroup South Hanwell Baptist Church, Boston Rd, W7 2HJ

NORTHFIELDS PLAYGROUP 10.00 Term-time only St Paul’s Church Hall, Ridley Ave, W13

TODDLER STORY TIME SESSIONS ccslibraries.com | 020 3700 1078 10.00 2-4yrs Northolt Library, Church Rd, UB5 5AS

BABY BOUNCE N RHYME ccslibraries.com 10.00 0-2yrs Ealing Central Library, 103 Broadway Centre, W5 5JY 10.00 2-4yrs Northolt Library, Church Rd, UB5 5AS 10.30 0-2yrs Wood End Library, Whitton Avenue West, Greenford, UB6 0EE

TODDLER STORY TIME SESSIONS ccslibraries.com | 020 3700 1088 14.30 2-4yrs Jubilee Gardens Library, Jubilee Gdns, UB1 2TJ

SWIM EXPERT swimexpert.co.uk | 0330 111 2929 2yrs+ 1-2-1 swimming classes Novotel London Brentford, Great West Rd, TW8 0GP

SATURDAYS WATERBABIES waterbabies.co.uk | 020 8427 4012 From 08.30 Baby swim classes Castlebar School, Hathaway Gardens, W13 0DH

YOURSTAGE DRAMA yourstagedrama.com | 07580 474 638 09.00 3-5yrs Dance & drama . St Augustine’s Priory, Hillcrest Rd, W5 2JL

SA DANCE sa-dance.co.uk | 07863 555 817 09.00 3-4yrs Early Ballet/Modern 09.30 4yrs Preparatory Ballet University of West London, St Mary’s Rd, W5 5RF 09.30 3-4yrs Tiny Steps Ealing Town Hall, Telfer Room, New Broadway, W5 2BY

EALING JUNIOR MUSIC SCHOOL ejms.org.uk | 020 8930 0579 From 09.00 From 3yrs Musicianship – Introduction to Music Twyford Church of England School, Twyford Crescent, W3 9PP

LITTLE KICKERS littlekickers.co.uk | 07557 123 124 09.05 18 mths-2yrs 3 mths Little Kicks 09.50 2yrs 3mths-3.5yrs Junior Kickers 3.5yrs-5yrs Mighty Kickers Ellen Wilkinson School for Girls, Queen’s Drive, W3 0HW

FOOTY FUN 4 KIDS (FF4K) footyfun4kidslondon.com | 07957360742 09.15 2-4yrs Saturday Morning Club Drop in Kingsdown Methodist Church, Northfield’s Ave, W13 9PR

WILL TO WIN | FOOTBALL willtowin.co.uk | 020 8840 0888 09.15 3yrs Drop-in sessions 09.45 4-5yrs Drop-in sessions Lammas Park, Ealing, W13 9N Pitshanger Park, Ealing, W13 8DJ

GYMBOREE | PLAY & LEARN gymboreeclasses.co.uk From 09.30 Various classes 44-46 South Ealing Rd, W5 4QA

LONDON BABY SWIM londonbabyswim.co.uk | 020 8400 9091 From 09.30 6wks-approx. 2yrs Baby swim level; 2-4yrs Beginners Toddler; 2-4yrs Advanced Toddler Osterley Centre, 178 Wood Lane, TW7 5EH

TIPPITOES tippitoes-ealing.co.uk | 07590 493 293 09.30 Under 2yrs Music, Movement, Games, Messy Play 10.30 Under 5yrs Lammas Park Play Centre, W13 9 QD CITYKIDSMAGAZINE.CO.UK 41


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WILL TO WIN | TENNIS

ccslibraries.com 11.00 4-7yrs Wood End Library, Whitton Avenue West, Greenford, UB6 0EE 11.00 2-4yrs Northfields Library, Northfields Avenue, W5 4UA 14.30 2-4yrs Pitshanger Library, 143-145 Pitshanger Lane, W5 1RH

willtowin.co.uk | 020 8991 9844 12.00 & 12.30 3-5yrs Mini Tots Drop-in Pitshanger Park, Ealing, W13 8DJ

GRASSHOPPERS RUGBY FOOTBALL CLUB

13.00 3-5yrs Mini Tots Drop-in Lammas Park,Ealing, W13 9NJ

grasshoppersrfc.com | 020 8568 0010 09.30 3-6yrs Knee-highs (Sept - May) MacFarlane Lane, Isleworth, TW7 5PN

ANNA DAVYDOVA DANCE SCHOOL

LONDON BABY SWIM

annadavydova.co.uk | 07769 680 056 13.30 3-5yrs Tiny Tots Ballet St. Andrews Church Centre, Mount Park Rd, W5 2RS

WEST LONDON DANCE ACADEMY westlondondanceacademy.com | 07771 984 590 11.30 Baby ballet, DTA accredited All Saints Church Hall, Elm Grove Rd. W5 3JH

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EALING TRAILFINDERS RUGBY CLUB ealingrugby.co.uk | 020 8799 0404 12.00 3-4yrs Rugby Rats (Sept - May) Castle Bar, Vallis Way, W13 0DD

SWIM EXPERT swimexpert.co.uk | 0330 111 2929 2yrs+ 1-2-1 swimming classes Novotel London Brentford, Great West Rd, TW8 0GP


LITTLE & BIG KIDS ADVENTURE BRENTFORD ARMY CADET FORCE 203brentfordacf.co.uk | 020 8568 6044 Adventurous activities & military skills 203 Brentford (RLC) Cadet Centre, Windmill Rd, W5 4BT SUN

ART BROOK GREEN ART CLASSES brookgreenart.com | 07951 845 180 8yrs+ term - time portfolio & scholarship preparation THU FRI SAT

IMAGINE ART CLUB imagineartclub.co.uk | 07534 240 509 Art classes for 5-12yrs, guided museum visits for children. St Gregory’s School, W5 MON Montpelier School, W5 TUE WED Hanwell Community Centre, W7 SAT

KITE STUDIOS kitestudios.org | 020 8576 6278 5yrs+ Wide range of art disciplines 2B Bassein Park Rd, W12 9RY MON TUE WED THU FRI SAT

MAKERS AND SHAKERS makersandshakers.co.uk | 07773 795 654 5-8yrs Arts & Crafts Our Lady & St John’s Church, Boston Park Rd, Brentford, TW8 9JF TUE St Gregory’s School, Ealing, W5 THU Mount Carmel School, Little Ealing Lane, W5 4EA FRI

START STUDIOS startstudios.co.uk 6-13yrs in 2 groups. Basic principles of drawing Haven Green Baptist Church, Ealing Broadway, W5 THU

CRAFT CERAMICS CAFÉ ceramicscafe.com | 020 8810 4422 6 Argyle Rd, W13 8AB

CUBS, SCOUTS, BROWNIES 1ST CHISWICK BROWNIES girlguiding.org.uk Term-time only Oxford Rd North (Scout Hut) THUR

6TH CHISWICK BROWNIES girlguiding.org.uk Term-time only Chiswick Methodist Church, Sutton Court Rd, W4 4HH TUES

7TH CHISWICK BROWNIES girlguiding.org.uk Term-time only St Albans Hall, South Parade, W4 5LG MON

11TH CHISWICK BROWNIES girlguiding.org.uk Term-time only St Michael’s Church, Elmwood, W4 3DY FRI

6TH CHISWICK RAINBOWS girlguiding.org.uk Term-time only Oxford Rd North (Scout Hut) WED

7TH CHISWICK RAINBOWS girlguiding.org.uk Term-time only St Albans Hall, South Parade, W4 5LG MON

6TH CHISWICK GUIDES girlguiding.org.uk Term-time only Chiswick Methodist Church, Sutton Court Rd, W4 4HH TUE

20TH CHISWICK SCOUT GROUP 20th-chiswick-scouts.blogspot.co.uk Term time only Beavers, Cubs, Scouts & Explorers The Ranch, Chiswick, House Car Park, Ellesmere Rd, W4 2QN MON WED THU

BROWNIES stmellitushanwell.com | 020 3067 0035 7-10yrs St Mellitus Church, 1 Church Rd, W7 3BA WED

LANGUAGES

CHISWICK FRENCH CLUB chiswickfrenchclub.co.uk FRI

LINK CHINESE ACADEMY linkchinese.co.uk | 020 3665 3942 SAT

LIBRARIES ASKEW ROAD LIBRARY lbhf.gov.uk | 020 8753 3863 8-12yrs Chatterbooks term-time only MON SAT

8-12yrs Games Club once a month THU

CHISWICK HAMMERSMITH ACTON SHEPHERDS BUSH EALING

HAMMERSMITH LIBRARY lbhf.gov.uk | 020 8753 3820 Poetry Club TUE Homework Club THU Art Club every two weeks THU

SHEPHERDS BUSH lbhf.gov.uk | 020 8753 3842 Homework Club term-time only MON Craft Club term-time only TUE

NUMERACY KUMON kumon.co.uk Acton Central, St Mary’s Church Hall, 1 The Mount, W3 9NW 020 8998 3379 MON WED Acton West, West Acton Youth & Community Ctr, Churchill Grdns, W3 0JN TUE SAT Chiswick Town Hall, W4 4JN 020 8876 9954 MON TUE

Storytime WED

Ealing Broadway, St Peters Church Hall, Mount Park Rd, W5 2RU TUE THU

MUSIC

Ealing South, Polygon Centre, St Mary’s Road, W5 5RH TUE FRI SAT

CHISWICK SATURDAY MUSIC CENTRE chiswicksaturdaymusic.org.uk | 07513 012 373 All ages, individual and group music lessons. Chiswick School, Burlington Lane, W4 3UN SAT

DAVE DJEMBE DRUMMING 07539 323 590 African drumming 4yrs+ CTA Chiswick, Belmont Rd Hogarth Youth Centre WED FRI

THE BAND PROJECT 07771 456 955 8-11yrs & 11yrs+ live performance and band-based course Arch 196, W6 0XT TUE SAT

EALING JUNIOR MUSIC SCHOOL ejms.org.uk | 020 8930 0579 3yrs+ Term-time classes Twyford C of E High School SAT

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PELICAN MUSIC pelican-music.co.uk | 07540 494 929 Choir, instrumental tuition and performance. 8yrs+ St Stephen’s CE Primary W12

QUESTORS YOUNG MUSICIANS CLUB qymc.org Instrumental tuition and concerts Little Ealing Primary School, W5 SAT

Ealing West, Pitshanger Methodist Church, W5 1QP TUE THU SAT St Stephen’s Church Hall, Coverdale Rd, W12 8JJ 020 3002 0735 TUE Masbro Centre, 87 Masbro Rd, W14 0LR 020 3397 8581 WED FRI Northfields, Northfields Community Centre, W13 9SS MON THU SAT

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PERFORMANCE DANCE ACTON BALLET SCHOOL actonballetschool.co.uk | 020 8992 6891 Ruskin Hall, 16 Church Rd, W6 0XT MON TUE WED THU FRI SAT

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PERFORMANCE DANCE ANNA DAVYDOVA DANCE SCHOOL annadavydova.co.uk | 07769 680 056 3-9yrs Ballet St. Andrews Church Centre, Mount Park Rd, Ealing, W5 2RS MON TUE THU FRI SAT

CAROLINE LESTER SCHOOLOFDANCE

LITTLE & BIG KIDS MICHAEL FLATLEY DANCE ACADEMY

WEST LONDON SCHOOL OF DANCE

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NEW DANCE VENTURES

THEATRE

newdanceventures.com | 07766 816 308 8yrs+ contemporary dance The Dance Studio, Chiswick School, W4 3UN TUE WED

carolinelesterschoolofdance.co.uk | 020 3673 9421 4yrs+ ISDT syllabus Dukes Meadow Community Hall, Alexandra Gardens, W4 2RX WED

PASSION DANCE ACADEMY

DANCE GALLERY

PLEASING DANCE SCHOOL OF BALLET

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EALING SCHOOL OF DANCE ealingschoolofdance.co.uk | 07885 417 542 4yrs+ (2yrs ballet) RAD syllabus ballet and tap Town Hall, Uxbridge Rd, W5 2BY WED Ealing Green Church, W5 5QT THU FRI

FRANCES LUNDY SCHOOL OF DANCE franceslundyschoolofdance.co.uk | 07956 312 662 4yrs+ Ballet,Tap & Modern; Gymnastics The Hayloft, 3 Bond St. W4 1QZ MON TUE WED THU FRI SAT

FUNKY MOVES DANCE funkymovesdance.com | 07810 431 101 Street dance St John’s Church, Landsdowne Crescent W11 2NN

INNOVATION DANCE EALING innovationdancestudios.co.uk | 020 8998 2283 4yrs+ RAD syllabus ballet, tap, jazz, modern and street dance Innovation Dance Studio, 96 Pitshanger Lane, W5 1QX MON TUE WED THU FRI SAT SUN

LYRIC BALLET lyric.co.uk 5-10yrs Ballet for beginners taught by NEBT’s ballet mistress during term-time. King St, W6 0QL SAT

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passiondanceacademy.com | 07882 413428 4yrs+ Acro gymnastics, performing arts & dance Alec Reed Academy, Northolt, UB5 5LQ TUE SAT

pleasingdance.co.uk | 020 7794 0905 2.5yrs+ RAD ballet Westside School, Galena Rd, W6 TUE WED

SA DANCE www.sa-dance.co.uk | 07863 555 817 Ballet, modern, tap, jazz, contemporary and pilates. Classes for children & adults. Blossom & Bee, Rear of Welsby Court, Eaton Rise, W5 2EX WED Ealing Town Hall, W5 2BY THU SAT University of West London, St Mary’s Rd, W5 5RF TUE SAT

THE ITALIA CONTI RUISLIP italiacontiruislip.co.uk | 020 8839 8747 4yrs+ Ballet, modern, tap, gymnastics Wiltshire Lane, Pinner, HA5 2LX SAT

THE LONDON SCHOOL OF BALLET londonschoolofballet.co.uk | 07794 943 034 5yrs+ RAD and Cecchetti Ealing Quaker Meeting House, W5 2SE MON St Martin’s Church Hall, W3 9SQ TUE

URBAN ACES urbanacesuk.com 4-17yrs Dance & Drama Askew Rd Church, Bassein Park Rd, W12 9RN SAT

WEST LONDON DANCE ACADEMY westlondondanceacademy.com | 07771 984 590 Ballet., Tap & Performance classes IDTA accredited St Michael and All Angels Parish Hall, Priory Avenue, W4 1TX MON TUE WED THU

ARTS ED artsed.co.uk | 020 8987 6692 4-16yrs Weekly Skills Academy - fun and exciting musical theatre, drama and dance classes for students of all abilities. Inspiring confidence, nurturing talent and delivering great results. 14 Bath Road, W4 1LY SAT

CHISWICK THEATRE ARTS chiswicktheatrearts.com | 020 8742 2861 Term-time musical theatre, ballet, modern, tap, street dance MON TUE WED THU FRI SAT

ESTA estatheatreschool.com | 020 8742 2843 6-17yrs Ravenscourt Park Prep, W6 0SL SAT

HAYA thehuntacademy.co.uk 8-12yrs Youth Theatre with voice & speech training, audition technique, stage combat Brentford Free Church, Boston Manor Rd, TW8 8DW

PERFORM perform.org.uk | 020 7255 9120 4-12yrs+ Drama and dance Westway Sports And Fitness, 1 Thorpe Close, W10 5XL THU Brook Green, Masbro Children’s Centre,87 Masbro Rd, W14 0LR SAT St Andrew’s Church Hall, W14 9SX THU St Mary’s West Kensington, W14 9BA FRI St Peter’s Hall, 59A Portobello Rd, W11 3DB WED FRI Askew Road Church, W12 9RN TUE Arch 197, 75 Prebend Gardens, W6 0XT THU Arts Educational Schools, 14 Bath Rd, W4 1LY SUN Chiswick Town Hall, W4 4JN TUE Ark Priory Primary Academy, Acton Lane, W3 8NR MON All Saints Church, Elm Grove Rd, W5 3JH THU Kew Community Centre, St Luke’s in the Avenue, TW9 2AJ THU

Brentford Methodist Church, Clifden Rd, TW8 0PB MON St Barnabas Millennium Hall, Pitshangar Lane, W5 1QG MON TUE WED SAT St Paul’s Church Hall, W13 9XW FRI

POP SCHOOL & STAGE ACADEMY pssa.co.uk | 07943 656 092 5-6yrs Little Stage Academy; 7-16yrs PSSA Stage Academy & 11-16yrs Commercial street jazz Westside Community School, 8-30 Galena Rd, W6 0LT SAT

QUESTORS questors.org.uk 6-18yrs Questors Youth Theatre 12 Mattock Lane, W5 5BQ MON TUE WED THU FRI SAT

SCHOOL OF COMEDY schoolofcomedy.com | 07912 222 670 6-16yrs+ Stand-up, improvisation Chiswick WED SAT

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STAGECOACH CHISWICK stagecoach.co.uk/chiswick | 020 8398 4709 7yrs+ Drama, Dance and Singing Chiswick Strand on the Green School, Thames Rd, W4 3NX FRI William Hogarth School, Duke Rd, W4 2JR SAT

STAGECOACH KENSINGTON stagecoach.co.uk/kensington | 020 8398 8106 4-18yrs Drama, Dance and Singing Addison Primary School, Blythe Rd, W14 0DT FRI St Barnabas &St Philips School, 58 Earls Court Rd, W8 6EJ SAT Kensington United Reformed Church, Allen Str, W8 6BL SAT

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LITTLE & BIG KIDS THEATRE STUDIO WEST marinamellor.co.uk | 020 8994 8751 6yrs+ The Studios, Priory Community Centre, W3 8NY SAT

THE BUNBANTER THEATRE COMPANY bunbanter.com | 020 313 7 7914 4-16yrs Term time only. 29a Junction Rd, Ealing, W5 4XP SAT

YOURSTAGE DRAMA yourstagedrama.com | 07580 474638 6-16yrs Dance & drama St Augustine’s Priory, Hillcrest Rd, W5 2JL SAT

READING / STORYTELLING WATERSTONES CHISWICK waterstones.com/bookshops/chiswick 5yrs+ storytelling WED

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RICHER EDUCATION richereducation.co.uk | 020 3059 7907 5yrs+ Science; 7yrs+ Robotics; 8yrs+ Civil engineering Imperial College London, SW7 2AZ SAT

THE BUILD IT WORKSHOP thebuilditworkshop.com After-school drop-off club Chiswick Town Hall, W4 4JN MON

SPORT ATHLETICS ST MARY’S RICHMOND AC smrac.org.uk 8yrs+ term-time St Mary’s University Running Track,TW1 4SX THU

THAMES VALLEY HARRIERS thamesvalleyharriers.coom | 07951 927 724 8yrs+ Linford Christie Centre, W12 SAT

CLIMBING WESTWAY CLIMBING westwaysportcentre.org.uk | 020 8969 0992 5yrs+ after-school sessions; 12yrs+ Westway Sport Centre, 1 Crowthorne Rd, W10 6RP

FULHAM FC soccerschools.fulhamfc.com | 0870 442 5432 Boys & girls 3-14yrs Bishops Park, SW6 MON SAT

KEW PARK RANGERS

CRICKET CHISWICK CC chiswickcc.co.uk 6yrs+ Riverside Drive, W4 2SP TUE SAT SUN

CHISWICK & WHITTON CC chiswickandwhitton.org 11yrs+ Whitton Park & Chiswick House

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COACHING CRICKET EXCELLENCE KIDDIKICKS LIGASOCCER coachingcricketexcellence.co.uk | 07958 981 919 6yrs+ Twyford Sports Centre SUN (AND OTHERS)

EALING CRICKET CLUB ealingcc.co.uk 7yrs+ Girls and boys Corfton Rd, W5 2HS SUN

INDIAN GYMKHANA indiangymkhanaclub.co.uk Colts and girls 8yrs+ Thornbury Avenue, TW7 4NQ TUE THU SUN

FOOTBALL CHELSEA FC SOCCER SCHOOL chelseafc.com/soccer-schools Barnes SAT

EXCEL SPORTS SOCCER SCHOOL excelsports.info | 07956 151 559 4yrs+ Kings House Sports Ground TUE WED University of Westminster Sports Ground, Hartington Rd, W3 3UH SAT

FOOTY FUN 4 KIDS footyfun4kidslondon.com | 0795 7360 742 4-12yrs Saturday Morning Club Drop in. Kingsdown Methodist Church, Northfield’s Ave, W13 9PR TUE Blondin Park, Northfields SAT Walpole Park, Ealing SUN

kiddikicks.co.uk 8-11yrs Christ’s School, Queen’s Rd, TW10 6HW (Until March 25) King’s House Sports Ground, W4 2RZ (from April) Brentford Fountain Leisure Centre, TW8 0HJ (November to March)

LITTLE KICKERS littlekickers.co.uk | 07557 123 124 5yrs+ Chiswick Hogarth Community Centre, Duke Rd, W4 2JR WED SAT St Stephen’s Social Club, 3-5 Gayford Rd, W12 9BY THU

QPR SOCCER SCHOOL qprcommunitytrust.co.uk | 020 8735 4900 Botwell Leisure Centre, Hayes, UB3 2HQ MON PlayFootball, 41 South Africa Rd, W12 7RW SAT Goals Ruislip, HA4 0JE WED

RAVENSCOURT PARK RANGERS k4academies.com | 020 3740 2988 4yrs+ Ravenscourt Park, W6 0UL SAT Latymer Sports Ground, W12 0HJ TUE

ROCKS LANE MULTI-SPORT CENTRE rockslane.co.uk | 020 8994 1313 4yrs+ Team training and matches Chiswick Common Rd, W4 FRI SAT

SHOOTING STARZ

CHISWICK HAMMERSMITH ACTON SHEPHERDS BUSH EALING THE LITTLE FOXES CLUB thelittlefoxesclub.com | 020 7376 0006 5yrs+ Tennis, football & Foxes FC Brook Green Tennis Courts WED Turnham Green Church (on the green) SAT Ravenscourt Park SAT

WE MAKE FOOTBALLERS wemakefootballers.com | 020 7148 1602 4yrs+ Chiswick School, Burlington Lane, W4 3UN MON THU SAT

WESTWAY SPORTS CENTRE sports.westway.org | 020 8969 0992 4yrs+ classes and goalkeeper training Crowthorne Rd, W10 MON TUE WED THU FRI SAT

WILL TO WIN FOOTBALL willtowin.co.uk 3-10yrs. Drop in and term-time courses Lammas Park, Ealing, W13 9NJ MON WED THU SAT Pitshanger Park, Ealing, W13 8DJ SAT

GYMASTICS & YOGA AERIALAND aerialand.com | 07737 624 296 5yrs+ Term-time aerial circus skills 8-30 Galena Rd, W6 MON THU

ALBERT & FRIENDS INSTANT CIRCUS albertandfriendsinstantcircus.co.uk | 02082371170 Youth / Familly Circus Skills, Aerial classes The Hub, St Alban’s Church, 2 Margravine Rd, W6 8HJ Melcombe Primary School, Fulham Palace Rd, W6 9ER

ENNIS GYMNASTICS ACADEMY ennis-gymnastics.com | 07731 393422 5-8yrs Rhythmic gymnastics South Ruislip Young People’s Centre, Victoria Rd, HA4 0JE Perivale Community Centre, Horsenden Lane South, UB6 7NP TUE WED THU FRI SUN

HEATHROW GYMNASTICS heathrowgymnastics.org.uk | 020 8569 5069 4yrs+ Green Lane, TW4 MON TUE WED THU FRI SAT SUN

shootingstarz.co.uk | 07549 982 243 Football, netball, multi-skills clubs The Park Club, W3 7HB WED FRI SAT SUN CITYKIDSMAGAZINE.CO.UK 45


CHISWICK HAMMERSMITH ACTON SHEPHERDS BUSH EALING LITTLE LUMIS lumipoweryoga.com/little-lumis | 020 8846 8504 6-11yrs 121 King St, W6 9JG TUE

LONDON TRAMPOLINE ACADEMY londontrampoline.com | 07950 267655 4yrs+ Trampoline training Acton High School, Gunnersbury Lane, W3 8EY MON TUE THU SAT

RICHMOND GYMNASTICS richmondgymnastics.co.uk | 020 8878 8682 4yrs+ Term-tIme Townmead Rd, TW9 MON TUE WED THU FRI SAT SUN

OXYGEN SCHOOL OF TRAMPOLINING oxygenfreejumping.co.uk 6-11yrs; 12yrs+ Beginners & intermediates Oxygen Freejumping, Unit 15, Vision Industrial Park, Kendal Ave, W3 0AF TUE THU SAT

THE LITTLE GYM thelittlegym.eu/Chiswick | 020 8994 3279 6yrs+ Beginners to advanced, aerials, gymnastics, dance, karate and tumbling Hartington Rd (off A316), W4 3AN MON TUE WED THU FRI SAT

TWISTERS twisters.org.uk | 020 8933 9997 Chiswick & Acton 4yrs+ Ballet & Gymnastics Acton Baptist Church Hall, Church Rd, W3 8PP TUE WED THU

YMCA WEST LONDON ymcawestlondon.org | 020 8832 1576 4yrs+ Gymnastics, ballet, judo. Term time 25 St. Mary’s Road, Ealing, W5 5RE MON TUE WED THU FRI SAT

MARTIAL ARTS CARLSON GRACIE carlsongracieteam.org.uk | 020 8748 8855 7yrs+ Judo, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, kick-boxing 89 Richford St, W6 7HJ MON WED SAT

CROUCHING TIGER KARATE crouchingtigerkarate.co.uk | 07734 655 057 6yrs+ St Michael’s Church, Elmwood Rd, W4 3DZ Dukes Meadows Community Hall W4 2RX St Luke’s House, Kew, TW9 3NP WED THU FRI

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LITTLE & BIG KIDS ILYEO TAEKWONDO CLUB Ilyeotaekwondo.com | 07872 932 223 5yrs+ Beginners welcome Russian Orthodox Church, Harvard Rd, W4 4ED MON SAT

KUNG FU KIDS YMAA ORIENT SPORT orientsport.co.uk | 07824 603 261 St Stephen’s Community Hall, 34 Gayford Rd, W12 9BY WED

PEEWEE KARATE peeweekarate.co.uk 4yrs+ Scout Hall, Station Avenue, Kew Village, TW9 3QA MON TUE

WLS TAEKWONDO wlstkd.com | 07885 819 469 4yrs+ Brentside High School, Greenford Ave, W7 1JJ FRI Our Lady of the Visitation Parish Centre, Greenford Rd, UB6 9AN WED St John’s Fisher School, Sarsfield Rd, UB6 7AF TUE THU Oaklands Primary School, Oaklands Rd, W7 2DP MON

NETBALL LET’S PLAY NETBALL letsplaynetball.co.uk 6yrs+ Chiswick School, Burlington Lane, W4 3UN

ROCKS LANE HIGH 5 rockslane.co.uk Term-time junior netball league Chiswick Common Road, W4 FRI

WILL TO WIN NETBALL willtowin.co.uk High 5 and 7-a side term-time courses 7-11yrs (Years 3, 4, 5 & 6) Chiswick House Grounds (off A4), W4 2RP FRI Lammas Park, Ealing, W13 9NJ TUE Pitshanger Park, Ealing, W13 8DJ MON

Boston Manor Park (until mid-October) FRI

PARKOUR GENERATIONS parkourgenerations.com 7yrs+ & youth Freerunning, in & outdoor Various locations, check website. WED FRI SAT

RIDING EALING RIDING SCHOOL ealingridingschool.net 5yrs+ group & private lessons and pony days 17-19 Gunnersbury Avenue, W5 3XD TUE WED THU FRI SAT SUN

STAG LODGE RIDING ridinginlondon.com | 020 8974 6066 Group and private lessons and weekend pony club Robin Hood Gate, Richmond Park

FOUCAN FREERUNNING ACADEMY foucan.com/ffa Beginners, intermediates, advanced 7yrs+ West London Free School Primary Cambridge Grove, W6 0LB MON TUE WED SAT

londonwelshminis.org | 020 89402368 5yrs+ minis, tag, touch London Welsh RFC, Old Deer Park, Kew Rd, TW9 2AZ SUN

WASPS FC pitchero.com/clubs/waspsfootballclub | 020 8993 8384 4yrs+ boys and girls coaching and matches Twyford Avenue Sports Ground, W3 9QA SUN

SKATEBOARDING BAYSIXTY6 baysixty6.com | 020 8969 4669 7yrs+ beginners/intermediates 65 Acklam Rd, W10 SAT SUN

MY LITTLE BOARDERS

RUGBY BARNES RFC barnesrfc.org 5yrs+ term-time Queen Elizabeth Walk, SW13 SAT

CHISWICK RFC JUNIORS chiswickrugby.co.uk 4yrs+ boys and girls Dukes Meadows, Dan Mason Drive, W4 2SH SUN

EALING RUGBY CLUB ealingrugby.co.uk | 020 8932 6936 / 07941 861293 4yrs+ all standards training and matches Trailfinders Sports Club, West Ealing, W13 0DD SUN

GRASSHOPPERS RFC grasshoppersrfc.com | 020 85680010 4yrs+ training and matches Macfarlane Lane, off Syon Lane, TW7 5PN SUN

HAMMERSMITH & FULHAM RFC fulhamrugby.co.uk 5yrs+ training & matches Hurlingham Park, SW6 3RQ SUN

LITTLE RUGBY

PARKOUR & FREERUNNING

LONDON WELSH

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LONDON SCOTTISH londonscottish.com | 020 3397 9551 5yrs+ training and matches Richmond Athletic Ground, TW9

mylittleboarders.co.uk | 07801 824 688 6yrs+ intermediate & advanced Westway Sports Centre, W10 6RP SUN

SWIMMING AQUATOTS BABY SWIMMING aquatots.com | 020 8688 6488 Up to 6yrs term-time Chiswick

BRENTFORD FOUNTAIN LEISURE CENTRE fusion-lifestyle.com 4yrs+ term-time group & individual classes 658 Chiswick High Rd, TW8

JANET ADEGOKE SWIMMING POOL better.org.uk | 020 8735 4900 Phoenix Fitness Centre, W12 MON TUE WED THU FRI SAT SUN

KENSINGTON LEISURE CENTRE better.org.uk | 020 3793 8210 Silchester Rd, W10 MON TUE WED THU FRI SAT SUN

LAURA SEVENUS sevenus.com | 020 8834 7442 11 Wilson Walk, W4 MON TUE WED THU FRI SAT SUN

NEW CHISWICK POOL fusion-lifestyle.com | 0845 456 6675 Edensor Rd, W4 MON TUE WED THU FRI SAT SUN

POOLS ON THE PARK springhealth.net/Richmond Old Deer Park, TW9 MON TUE WED THU FRI SAT SUN


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TEDDY TENNIS

07956 410 940 Term-time classes Vanessa Nursery School, W12

teddytennis.com | 0845 643 1173 5yrs+ classes using music and pictures Westminster Sports Ground, Hartington Rd, W4 3UH SAT SUN

SPORTS GENERATION sportsgeneration.co.uk Roko Chiswick Bridge, W4 SAT SUN

SWIM EXPERT swimexpert.co.uk | 0330 111 2929 2yrs+ 1-2-1 swimming classes Novotel London Brentford, Great West Rd, TW8 0GP

SWIMFARM 4strokeswimming.co.uk | 020 8969 6758 4yrs+ term-time classes Westway Sports Centre, W10 MON TUE WED THU FRI SAT SUN

SWIMMING NATURE swimmingnature.com 1:1 or 1:2 ratio Fitness First Hammersmith, W6 7HA TUE THU FRI SAT Kensington Close Hotel, W8 5SP MON TUE WED THU FRI SAT

SWIMWAY swimway.co.uk | 020 8871 3972 Term-time 1:1 or small classes Kew Gardens, TW9 4HH Kensington W8 7QG MON TUE WED THU FRI

TENNIS CHRISTIAN GALLAN’S LOVE TENNIS love-tennis.co.uk Chiswick Tennis Club, Burlington Lane, W4 3EU MON TUE WED THU FRI

DUKES MEADOWS dukesmeadows.com | 020 8994 3314 5yrs+ Term-time Group, individual, beginner to elite. Indoor & outdoor MON TUE WED THU FRI SAT SUN

HARTSWOOD TENNIS CLUB hartswoodtennis.co.uk | 020 8746 1390 5yrs+ term-time Hartswood Gardens, 31-33 Hartswood Rd, W12 9NE MON WED THU SAT

ONTHEBALL TENNIS WITH MAHMUDA ontheballtennis.co.uk | 07813 163 430 4yrs+ group, individual and camps Ravenscourt Park Tennis Courts, W6 0UA MON TUE SAT North Acton Playing Fields WED THU FRI SAT

ROCKS LANE

WESTWAY SPORTS CENTRE sports.westway.org | 020 8969 0992 4yrs+ mini tennis & pay and play MON TUE WED THU FRI SAT

WILL TO WIN TENNIS willtowin.co.uk 3yrs+ Mini Tots / Mini Red / Orange / Green / Yellow Drop-in, courses, camps and free court time for kids Chiswick House Grounds (off A4), W4 2RP Lammas Park, Ealing, W13 9NJ Pitshanger Park, Ealing, W13 8DJ MON TUE WED THU FRI SAT

WATER SPORTS CANALSIDE ACTIFITY CENTRE rbkc.gov.uk 9yrs+ Kayaking, canoeing, raft building Canal Close, W10 5AY TUE THU SAT

CHISWICK SEA CADET UNIT 12yrs+ Sailing & adventure training The Pier House, Corney Reach, W4 2UG WED SUN

THAMES YOUNG MARINERS 01372 378 901 Sailing courses for beginners Riverside Drive, Ham, TW10 7RX SAT SUN

OTHER QUEENS ICE SKATING & BOWLING CLUB queensiceandbowl.co.uk 5yrs+ Group and individual lessons Bayswater, W2 MON TUE WED THU FRI SAT SUN

ST PAUL’S FENCING CLUB stpaulsfencingclub.com | 07961 061 662 8-10yrs 17.30 Lonsdale Rd, SW13 9JT TUE

SKIPLEX LK BK skiplex.co.uk | 020 8994 3314 3yrs+ Indoor moving slope for skiing / boarding Dukes Meadows, W4

W4 LACROSSE CLUB info@w4lacrosse.com 11yrs+ Term time only Astro pitches, Hartington Rd (by Roko), W4 2UH

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HOLIDAY CLUBS TO THE RESCUE PERFORMING ARTS ARTS ED artsed.co.uk 4-16yrs | Drama, musical performances, improv & imaginative play Chiswick

POP & STAGE SCHOOL ACADEMY pssa.co.uk 4-18yrs | Themed week-long camps Chiswick

SONG ACADEMY songacademy.co.uk 8-12yrs | Write, produce, perform and record a song Brook Green

MUSIC HOUSE FOR CHILDREN musichouseforchildren.co.uk Various ages Shepherds Bush

THEATREBUGS CHISWICK theatrebugs.co.uk 3½-6yrs | Acting, singing, dressing up Chiswick

XBAND STUDIO SCHOOL OF ROCK POP AND MORE xbandstudio.com 8-18yrs Ealing

CHISWICK THEATRE ARTS chiswicktheatrearts.com 4-14yrs Chiswick

PERFORM perform.org.uk 4-12yrs | Drama, dance and singing Shepherds Bush & Chiswick

THE BAND PROJECT thebandproject.co.uk 4-7 & 8-16yrs | The complete band experience Chiswick, Ealing, Notting Hill

ART & DESIGN FUN WITH FIMO CLAY 6yrs+ funwithfimoclay.co.uk Acton

KITE STUDIOS kitestudios.org Various ages | Arts and crafts Shepherds Bush

BRITISH FILM INSTITUTE bfi.org.uk 8-14yrs | Workshops Southbank

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YOUNG FILM ACADEMY

RICHMOND GYMNASTICS

youngfilmacademy.co.uk 8-19yrs | 1- 4 day courses in film-making Chelsea, St John’s Wood, Wimbledon

richmondgymnastics.co.uk 5-16yrs Kew

THE ROYAL INSTITUTE OF BRITISH ARCHITECTS

ROCKS LANE

architecture.com 7-18yrs | Design workshops W1

SPORT WILL TO WIN willtowin.co.uk 3-16yrs | Week-long tennis, football & netball camps Chiswick, Ealing

THE LITTLE GYM CHISWICK thelittlegym.co.uk/chiswick 3-12yrs | 3 hour themed camps Chiswick

SPORTS GENERATION sportsgeneration.co.uk Various ages | Swimming and football crash courses. Richmond

DUKES MEADOWS dukesmeadows.com 5yrs+ | Golf & Tennis camps Chiswick

THE LITTLE FOXES CLUB thelittlefoxesclub.com | 0207 376 0006 18mths-12yrs | Football, Tennis & Rugby Acton, Chiswick, Hammersmith

EALING CRICKET CLUB

rockslane.co.uk 4-16yrs | Multi sports and football Chiswick

WESTWAY SPORTS CENTRE westwaysportscentre.org.uk 4-16yrs | Tennis, football and climbing Holland Park

SKATEBOARDING CLUB mylittleboarders.co.uk 6yrs+ Westway, Westminster Academy, Royal Oak

EALING RIDING SCHOOL ealingridingschool.biz 5yrs+ | Riding & stable management days Ealing

TEAMSPORT IN ACTON team-sport.co.uk 8yrs+ | Karting Acton

ALBERT & FRIENDS INSTANT CIRCUS albertandfriendsinstantcircus.co.uk Circus and creative arts Hammersmith

MULTI-ACTIVITY SUPER CAMPS

ealingcc.co.uk 4-15yrs | Premier Cricket Coaching Ealing

supercamps.co.uk | 01235 467 300 4-12yrs Ofsted Registered, Childcare Vouchers accepted Ealing, Hammersmith, Putney & Isleworth

ON THE BALL TENNIS

EXPLORATION SOCIETY

ontheballtennis.co.uk 5-15yrs | Daily drop-in tennis camp Ravenscourt Park

explorationsociety.co.uk Get a group of 6 friends together to take part | Shelter building, climbing, swimming, sailing, high ropes.

EXCEL SPORTS CAMPS excelsports.org.uk 4-12yrs Chiswick

FIT FOR SPORT fitforsport.co.uk 3-12yrs Chiswick, Acton, Barnes

HARTSWOOD TENNIS CLUB hartswoodtennis.co.uk 5-15yrs | Drop-in holiday camps Chiswick

HEATHROW GYMNASTICS heathrowgymnastics.org.uk 4-12yrs | All abilities. Hounslow

LET ME PLAY letmeplaysports2.moonfruit.com 11-19yrs | Free activities incl. dance, drama, sport, cookery, art, fashion and music Hammersmith

ROYAL INSTITUTION rigb.org.uk 7yrs+ | Various science-based workshops Mayfair

MAD SCIENCE madscience.org.uk 4-11yrs Various locations

TREEHOUSE LEARNING treehouselearning.co.uk 3-10yrs+ | Forest school and bushcraft Ham

BEAR GRYLLS SURVIVAL ACADEMY beargryllssurvivalacademy.com 8-12yrs Ealing, Barnes

PICCOLO PLAYCENTRE piccoloplaycentre.co.uk 4-11yrs Chiswick

HIGH FLIERS high-fliers.org.uk 4-11yrs | Creative writing, ICT, scientific enquiry and sports team-building Ealing

MINIVERSITY miniversity.com 4-12yrs | Creative learning clubs Chelsea

ROLE MODELS rolemodels.me 8-12yrs | Confidence & Resilience and Enterprise & Creativity Courses Chelsea & Notting Hill

SHARKY & GEORGE sharkyandgeorge.com 5-8yrs | Kites and plane flying, boat racing, art attack, nerf battles, adventure races, survival skills, science madness. W2

BLUE{shift} blueshiftcoding.com 5-12yrs | Everything from Robotics and Coding to Minecraft and Python. Notting Hill & Hammersmith

CAMP BEAUMONT campbeaumont.co.uk 6-16yrs | Multi-activity day camp Hammersmith

CHISWICK COURSES chiswickcourses.co.uk 5-16yrs | Film-making, fashion, street dance, cookery, Lego & entrepreneur workshop Acton

ET PATATI ET PATATA 4-18yrs Fun French Holiday Day Camp etpatatipatata.com SW6


PARTIES PARTY VENUES GAMBADO CHELSEA gambado.com | 020 7384 1635 Tiger Tots, Tiger, Laser Tag & Build a Bear parties Townmead Rd, SW6 2PY

BRAMLEY’S BIG ADVENTURE bramleysbig.co.uk | 020 8960 1515 Soft play, various packages 136 Bramley Rd, W10 6TJ

WESTWAY SPORTS CENTRE westwaysportscentre.org.uk | 020 8969 0992 Football, tennis, climbing parties 1 Crowthorne Rd, W10 6RP

WILL TO WIN willtowin.co.uk Tennis, football, netball & sports-themed parties Chiswick House Grounds (off A4), W4 2RP 020 8994 1466 Lammas Park, Ealing, W13 9NJ 020 8840 0888 Pitshanger Park, Ealing, W13 8DJ 020 8991 9844

AERIALAND aerialand.com | 07737 624 296 Aerial circus and acrobatics skills 8-30 Galena Rd, W6 0LT

THE PARK CLUB

BRENTFORD FOUNTAIN LEISURE CENTRE fusion-lifestyle.com | 0845 456 6675 Softplay & pool parties 658 Chiswick High Rd, TW8 0HJ

CERAMICS CAFÉ

ST DUNSTAN’S EAST ACTON

heathrowgymnastics.co.uk | 020 8569 5069 Green Lane,, Hounslow, TW4 6DH

stdunstanschurch.org.uk | 020 8740 1383 Kitchen facilities and furniture available. Friars Place Lane, W3 7AW

SNAKES AND LADDERS

3RD CHISWICK SCOUTS

snakes-and-ladders.co.uk | 020 8847 0946 Soft play Syon Park, Brentford, TW8 8JF

PARTYMAN WORLD OF PLAY partymanworld.co.uk | 020 8904 9044 Vale Farm, Watford Rd, Wembley, HA0 3HG

HALLS FOR HIRE MASBRO CENTRE upg.org.uk | 020 7605 0800 3 halls of different sizes from £25 per hour. 87 Masbro Rd, W14 0LR

GROVE NEIGHBOURHOOD CENTRE

VIRGIN ACTIVE ACTON virginactive.co.uk | 020 8600 9600 Softplay & pool parties 36 Bromyard Avenue, W3 7AU

stpetersw6.org | 020 8741 4848 From £30 per hour. Black Lion Lane, W6 9BE

THE LITTLE GYM

DORSET WHARF COMMUNITY HALL

ARUSH arush.co.uk | 07773 775 445 Outdoor Laser Combat King’s House School Sports Ground, Riverside Drive, W4 2SH

BLOSSOM & BEE blossomandbeelondon.co.uk | 07932 954 436 Rear of Welsby Court, Eaton Rise, W5 2EX

ST MARY’S CHURCH HALLS

HEATHROW GYM

ST PETER’S CHURCH PARISH ROOM

fusion-lifestyle.com | 0845 456 6675 Pool parties Edensor Rd, W4 2RG

allsaintsealing.org.uk | 07507 624 949 Elm Grove Rd, Ealing, W5 3JH

ceramicscafe.com | 020 8810 4422 6 Argyle Rd, W13 8AB

020 8741 3321 2 rooms for hire from £38/hour. 7 Bradmore Park Rd, W6 0DT

NEW CHISWICK POOL

ALL SAINTS EALING HALL

bookings@actongreen.org Hall for hire. Bollo Bridge Rd, W3 8AX

stmaryacton.org.uk/the-church-halls | 020 8993 0422 1 The Mount, Acton High Street, W3 9NW

theparkclub.co.uk | 020 8743 4321 Parachute play, sports and themed parties East Acton Lane, W3 7HB

thelittlegym.co.uk | 020 8994 3729 Games, music and fun activities Hartington Rd (off A316), W4 3AN

ALL SAINTS CHURCH

rockingscots.co.uk/ dorsetwharfcommunityhall | 07880 840 692 Hall and room for hire from £12 per hour. 158 Rainville Road, W6 9HN

07947 354 554 Wilson Walk, Off Prebend Gardens, Stamford Brook, W4 1PT

EALING GREEN CHURCH HALL ealinggreenchurch.org.uk | 020 8810 0136 Ealing Green, W5 5QT

ST ANDREW’S UNITED REFORMED CHURCH CENTRE standrewsealing | 020 8566 9642 Mount Park Rd, Ealing, W5 2RS

ST BARNABAS CHURCH HALL barnabites.org | 020 8998 0236 Pitshanger Lane, W5 1QG

BRENTSIDE HIGH SCHOOL

ST MICHAEL’S CENTRE

ealing.schoolbookings.co.uk | 0333 011 0476 Greenford Ave, Hanwell, W7 1JJ

stmichaels-elmwoodroad.org Hall with stage and kitchen. Furniture for hire. Elmwood Road, W4 3DY

HANWELL METHODIST CHURCH HALL

ST MICHAEL AND ALL ANGELS

hanwellmethodist.info | 020 8991 1913 Methodist Church, Church Rd, W7 1DJ

smaaa.org.uk | 020 8994 1380 Priory Avenue, W4 1TX

THE PIER HOUSE chiswickpier.org.uk | 020 8742 2713 Corney Reach Way, W4 2UG

PICCOLO PLAY CENTRE

DOMINION CHAPEL CHURCH HALL dominionchapel.org.uk | 020 8574 5979 Off Lady Margaret’s Rd, Southall, UB1 2BZ

KINGSDOWN METHODIST CHURCH HALL

piccoloplaycentre.co.uk | 07525 773 659 Hogarth Youth Centre, Duke Rd, W4 2JR

kingsdownmethodist.org.uk | 020 8567 0172 Kingsdown Ave, West Ealing, W13 9PR

ST PAUL’S CHURCH

SOUTH HANWELL BAPTIST CHURCH

stpaulsgrovepark.com | 020 8994 3074 2 rooms for hire and garden. 56 Grove Park Rd, W4 3SB

shbchurch.org.uk | 020 8840 3855 Boston Rd, Hanwell, W7 2HJ

CHISWICK SCHOOL chiswickschool.org | 020 8747 6699 Hall for hire. Burlington Lane, W4 3UN

CHISWICK CATHOLIC CENTRE 020 8994 9905 2 Dukes Avenue, W4 2AE

ST JAMES CHURCH stjamesealing.org.uk | 020 8840 2586 St James Ave, West Ealing, W13 9DL

ST JOHN’S CHURCH stjohnsealing.org.uk | 020 8566 3507 Mattock Lane, West Ealing, W13 9LA

JORDANS NURSERY 020 8741 3230 2 rooms from £20 per hour. Holy Innocents Church, Paddenswick Rd, W6 0UB

MACBETH CENTRE hfals.co.uk (under Room Hire) From £29 per hour. Macbeth Street, W6 9JJ

CORINTHIAN SAILING CLUB

PITSHANGER COMMUNITY PLAYCENTRE

linden-house.org | 020 8748 1841 6 Upper Mall, W6 9TA

pitshangerplaycentre.co.uk | 020 8998 1918 Meadvale Rd, W5 1LU

ST PAUL’S CHURCH sph.org/hiring | 020 8748 3855 Room capacity 5-500. From £20 per hour. Queen Caroline Street, W6 9PJ CITYKIDSMAGAZINE.CO.UK 49


PEOPLE

WHO IS? NOYA BEBAWI FOUNDER OF BEANIE & BEAR

Describe yourself in three words Fiery, Creative, Obsessive How did Beanie & Gear begin? It all began with my daughter (Beanie) and my son (Bear). When they were out of swimming nappies, I struggled to find swimwear that I really loved. We were lucky enough to be able to spend August at my mum’s in Spain. By the end of that month everything was saggy and faded. I decided to see if I could do better. What’s a typical day for you? School days start with the typically hectic hustle and bustle of getting two people off to school, and my husband off to work. I normally treat myself to a long walk with our dog, Buddy, after that and gear myself up for the rest of the day. I could be working on new designs, discussing samples for new lines, sending out orders or dealing with the admin that comes with running a business. I look forward to the admin less than the rest, but I get a kick out of what I do. Who inspires you? The people who really inspire me are my family. Antony’s calm and diplomatic approach to life, and innate sense of what is right and good, anchors me and makes me feel like I can do it. Our children’s innocence and energy instils in me a need and a desire to do and to better. 50 CITYKIDSMAGAZINE.CO.UK

What’s the best piece of advice you’ve been given?

That which does not kill us makes us stronger and mistakes are fine so long as you learn from them! What would you take to a desert island? An endless supply of great books! I love to read but I realise that an endless supply might not really be compatible with the desert island thing. I guess a kindle would do the trick, but then you would need electricity. Aaargh. Some great sunglasses... Where’s your favourite spot in London? Dulwich Park or Brockwell Park have become firm favourites since we added a dog to the equation. I love that you can find peace and green in the middle of what is generally a very hectic city. Being outside and watching the seasons change is amazing. I grew up in Hong Kong and the seasons weren’t nearly so dramatic there. Where’s your favourity holiday spot? Our best holiday, hands down, was at the Six Senses in the Maldives. It was the epitome of barefoot luxury. Ibiza is also a firm favourite. Obviously, it was quite a different experience before kids, but it’s become a very special family escape and we keep going back for more. What’s your biggest luxury? The places we get to visit for our photoshoots. We decided

that we wanted to showcase the brand through our family - our kids doing most of the modelling and my husband, who’s a keen photographer, taking the pictures. What we save on hiring people to create images for us, we put towards getting ourselves out to an amazing location so we get a look book and a holiday! What’s next for Beanie & Bear?

We have some exciting collaborations in the pipeline and they may see us expanding beyond swimwear. In the more immediate future, I am busy finalising the next collection. There will be a couple of new products joining the range and of course lots of great new prints. www.beanieandbear.com


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