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THE DEFINITIVE FAMILY GUIDE FOR WEST LONDON

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SUMMER 2015 ISSUE 5 SUMMER 2018 FREE Nº 17

IS THE MAGIC NUMBER (OR IS IT?)

SUMMER

Nurseries

The best West London has to offer

Trips, days out & clubs galore

HONEST MUM Vicki Psarias on being a Mumboss

WHAT’S ON EDUCATION FASHION BOOKS ACTIVITIES


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quick glance at Instagram and it seems like everyone’s at it – even Kate Middleton has taken the plunge. Part of me wishes I had gone for it when my ovaries had half a chance. My friends would probably tell you they thought I’d be the one most likely to do it. What

am I talking about? Having baby number three. I’m told it’s a game-changer, that even though you’ve done it twice before, it’s as far behind practice makes perfect as it can be. And what of poor child number two who is forced to sidestep graciously out of the way for the blob that’s stolen his mother’s heart. Beverley Turner p13 and Sophie Clowes p18 (who can both talk with some authority on having three) investigate the magic of three and the mystery of Middle Child Syndrome. Our regular Who is...? page features another mother who hints that her baby making days may not be over. Vicki Psarias or Honest Mum® is a blogging sensation and in her new book Mumboss, she shares her experiences and her no-nonsense advice for returning to work without losing the plot. The more children you have, the more space you don’t, so our Interiors mood board for COVER IMAGE www.piupiuchick.com

bedroom sharing will be right up your alley on p21. Anyone with one or more child approaching the school holidays with trepidation will be relieved to find our What’s On Calendars from p6 as well as days out exploring Science, Technology, Engineering, the Arts and Maths on p30. Plus, our useful Holiday Clubs round-up on p48 should throw up some ideas. Add Education News, Fashion and Style, Food, Trips and Books and I think you have enough to keep you going until next time. Happy Summer!

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The family-friendly 5K course starts in a sea of bubbles, then passes four stations with cannons pumping out coloured bubbles.

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DJs mix chart floor fillers with nostalgic classics from the years before parenthood struck – for little ones and big folk.

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This famous adaptation returns to the West End for a very special season celebrating its 10th anniversary on stage and 50 years of Britain’s best-loved picture book.

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Traditional Victorian fairground, food, dog show and tug of war. What more could you want?

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here’s a look that parents of three give each other across a windy beach, a rainy towpath or in a busy restaurant. It transmits empathy, mutual respect and a large dose of ‘what-thef***-were-we-thinking?’ Having three kids can push you over the edge of parenting. One minute you’re walking down the road chatting to toddlers, one clasped in each hand. The next, with three kids, you suddenly find yourself breathless in a swirling abyss, in which the time-space continuum is torn apart. With each hand already taken up by a child, you must (literally and figuratively) resort to chivvying the eldest down the street with your spare foot. Never again will you finish a sentence without being interrupted. Bath and bedtime now takes three and a half hours. You could grow an extra arm but it would still be insufficient to tackle all the plate scraping, clothes folding, hair brushing, shoe finding, dish washing and arse wiping. For some reason, adding one child increases the workload ten-fold. Nobody knows why. There are parenting laboratories with dedicated teams of scientists trying to work it out. And yet … women like The Duchess of Cambridge (and idiots like me) still go for three. Perhaps there is a subconscious pull to this dark side. Throughout history, the number three has always had a unique significance in religion, architecture, maths and mystical ideologies. Various cultures across the globe have long shared a belief that the number three represents something sacred, mystical, universal and divine, including The Christian Holy Trinity, the ancient Egyptian Pyramids, Pythagoras’ triangles and the work of Sir Isaac Newton. Literature is littered with threes, from

One major word of warning though – Goldilocks and the Three Blind Mice to three kids is bum-clenchingly expensive. The Musketeers. If you have them in a relatively small Of course, it may just be that we really window, you’ll need a car that can take like the smell of new babies. Mother three baby seats across the back, or a Nature is a powerful bad-ass and when seven-seater. There will be no more she decides we should have three, the shared rooms in hotels with a sofa spell she casts is omnipotent. bed under the window. Most don’t Sometimes, two just doesn’t feel like accommodate five, so prepare for two enough. As one-of-three, I always knew rooms (your heart never knew it could that my offspring would have a mate to sing at the word ‘adjoining’) and the hang out with when the other sibling possibility of never sharing a bed with pissed them off. And, although three your spouse on holiday because the kids can feel like more than enough, it does are “scared” alone. eventually become three times the fun, too. A trip to the local, scuzzy fair-ground Once the chaos of young childhood has with three costs the same as a weekend passed and your years as a bouncer, doing in Paris. Five people don’t divide nicely on little more but refereeing fights are over, aeroplanes, so every flight (once you’ve three kids is a joy. The competitive instincts robbed a bank to pay for FIVE tickets) will give way to banter across the kitchen start with tears over who gets to sit next table; teasing morphs into fond admiration to mummy and who gets the one window. and siblings realise that it’s their formerly Having three kids is like climbing a annoying brother or sister who will most mountain every day. It feels impossible, it’s likely stick by them in the future. painful and it saps you of your emotional The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge energy. But, the view from the top, when came under fire from environmentalist you see your diverse, characterful group, ‘Having Kids’, who told brood and realise that them in an open letter that you did that, when you they needed to set an see the rewards of example by having no Once the chaos of your long days and more than two. The young childhood has homework fights planet, they argued, manifest themselves cannot sustain passed and your years as a in charming human large families and bouncer, doing little more but beings who know endangered species how to share, can won’t survive. It was a refereeing fights are over, laugh at themselves great publicity stunt, but three kids is a joy. and have very thick skin no family ever stopped … that’s when you realise at two for the sake of the that three times the effort, planet; for the sake of one’s is three times the prize and three bank balance, marriage and sanity times the love. – yes. But not once did it cross my mind to forgo another child due to melting ice BEVERLEY TURNER is author of The Happy caps. We do, of course, have an obligation Birth Book and hosts a show on LBC at 6pm on to educate and encourage them to grow Saturdays. into planet-saving heroes. CITYKIDSMAGAZINE.CO.UK 13


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FEATURE

STUCK IN THE MIDDLE As Princess Charlotte gets used to her new role as middle child, our resident mother of three explores middle-child syndrome. Words SOPHIE CLOWES

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As we are constantly reminded, life is often most difficult for ‘the squeezed middle’.

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abies. It may just be an “All hail the newborn Prince!” reaction but there seems to be a bit of a baby boom happening. Instagram is bursting with burgeoning bellies and beatific babies. Such news is joyful and exciting. Except, perhaps, if you are Princess Charlotte or any other younger child whose position has been bumped to that of the middle child. As we are constantly reminded, life is often most difficult for “the squeezed middle”. It’s all a bit meh and mediocre, a touch too middle-man and middle-of-theroad bland. Middle children can even lay claim to their own syndrome – a feeling of exclusion that occurs because the first child is more prone to receiving privileges and responsibilities (by virtue of being the oldest), while the youngest in the family is more likely to receive indulgences. Child psychologist Dr Laurie Zelinger observes that middle children are often overlooked and undervalued: they are the neglected birth order. Researching the lot of the middle child both online and in real life reveals parents and grandparents who are desperate not to recreate a forgotten middle. Some couples choose not to have a third child so as to retain a happy balance. Although, income, fertility and sleep deprivation seem more likely deciding factors… Birth order plays a significant part in shaping our personality and our relationships. A friend’s (wholly unscientific) theory is that people tend to choose partners who are the same birth rank as them. This must be down, in part, to a fellow feeling and understanding of family positions. As Carola, creator of Maths Teams and mother of three, says, ”It’s uncanny how often something one of us does makes me think it’s down to birth order. But I don’t often admit to

the thought – especially to my children – because I’m mindful of the trap of selffulfilling prophecies.” Dr Katrin Schumann, co-author of The Secret Power of Middle Children, says that for decades, conventional wisdom has held that within their families, middle children feel neglected, underestimated and misunderstood. Consequently, they supposedly become, “withdrawn, resentful and lacking in confidence.” Many of the middle children she and her co-author Dr Catherine Salmon interviewed felt abandoned by their parents, when they were children. So what is the rub of being born in the middle? Mostly, they feel forgotten. They feel they spend an inordinate amount of time waiting for their siblings. They are neither the trailblazers nor the sweet little baby. They have to compromise more and feel they are heard less. As Evening Standard journalist Lucy Hunter Johnston so brilliantly put it, “in real terms, the middle child owns nothing: we are a mere conduit through which possessions pass on their way from blessed first-born to angelic last.” She also says that siblings quickly learn that she who shouts loudest gets heard. The savvy middle child, however, realises, “if you’re not making noise, you can get away with almost anything.” So do middle children live out the reality of their childhood indignation and grievances as adults? Not according to Dr Schumann’s research. She notes that, “the apparent disadvantages they endure in childhood turn out to be beneficial, in many cases giving them the attributes of empathy, independence, articulacy and creativity.” As adults, middles are shown to exceed their siblings in levels of patience, in their ability to compromise, to be nonjudgemental and open to new ideas. So far, so normal. However, it gets more interesting when we discover that middles are more successful at relationships, with 80 per cent remaining faithful to their partners (compared with 65 per cent of first-borns and 53 per cent of last-borns), according to Schumann’s research. On the world stage, middles are more likely to become “reforming politicians or agents for social change” – their sense of

injustice finds a voice. Fifty two per cent of US presidents since 1787 have been middle-borns, way higher proportionally than the number of actual middles in the population. And for those jumped-up firstborns – there has, apparently, never been a 100m Olympic gold medalist amongst you. That prize goes to younger siblings who are used to fighting for their place. According to Linda Blair, a journalist who has spent a quarter of a century studying birth order, a middle child is, “the one least likely to seek psychological help in their life.” She posits that middle children are well-adjusted negotiators who make good team players. Age gaps and gender play a significant part in determining how keenly “middle-child syndrome” is felt in families. For those parents who worry about their middle child missing out, please read Alison Riggott’s A Love Letter To My Middle Child on the blogzine Selfish Mother. (As a little aside, Molly Gunn, the founder of Selfish Mother, is as inspirational a middle child as you are likely to find.) It is a beautifully written piece, so full of love and charm you’ll want to go off and make a third child immediately just so you, too, can show this to your middle child when they grow up! It seems that being a middle child is, in fact, the best place to be in a family. As Riggott writes, “So, for not being my first or my last love, I’m sorry. But you, my precious middle boy, will always be right there in the very middle of my heart.” In the familial sandwich of life, the filling in the middle is the sweetest, best bit. Take that, Princes Louis and George – Princess Charlotte is in pole position.

The apparent disadvantages they endure in childhood turn out to be beneficial, in many cases giving them the attributes of empathy, independence, articulacy and creativity.

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FOOD BY JO PRATT

CRISPY SQUID & DIPPING SAUCE

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rispy Squid is a very popular dish on the menu at The Gorgeous Kitchen and we’ve recently added a smaller version to our children’s menu, which is going down a treat. Of course you don’t have to plan a flight from Heathrow to taste it, as here’s the recipe for you to make it yourself at home. It’s really quick to prepare and cook, and you can easily buy ready cleaned squid (fresh or frozen) from fishmongers or larger supermarkets. Both larger squid tubes or the baby squid can be used, and you could even throw a few prawns in there too. At the restaurant we serve with a Lime and Chilli dip on the main menu (and a choice of dips for kids). For convenience you can serve yours at home with a bought sweet chilli dipping sauce, however you might also like to give the below dip recipes a try too. Enjoy!

SERVES 4 400g squid, cleaned 100g cornflour 100g plain flour 1 tsp salt 200ml milk sunflower or groundnut oil for frying lime wedges choice of dipping sauce (Lime Mayonnaise, Sweet Chilli, Satay… see recipes)

SWEET CHILLI DIP

• Wash and pat dry the squid. Slice the tubes horizontally into rings or slice in half lengthways and lightly score the inside in a crisscross pattern before cutting into smaller bite size pieces. If using baby squid, you may also have the tentacles, which can be left whole. • Put the squid into a bowl and pour over the milk. • Put the cornflour, flour and salt in a shallow bowl and mix to combine. • Pour some oil into a large pan until the pan is no more than a third full. Place over a medium heat and let the oil warm up.

• Totest that the oil is ready, place a small piece of bread in the pan - it should sizzle when it touches the oil. It needs to reach about 180°C. • Remove a handful of squid from the milk, and toss around in the flour mixture, to coat. Shake off excess flour and gently drop individual pieces of squid into the oil. Fry for about 3 minutes until the coating is crisp and lightly golden. Remove with a slotted spoon and place on kitchen paper. Repeat with the remaining squid. • Serve straight away with dipping sauces of your choices and wedges of lime to squeeze over.

SATAY DIP

LIME MAYONNAISE

½ tsp cornflour

150g peanut butter (crunchy or smooth)

2 tbsp mayonnaise

1 red chilli, finely chopped

1 tbsp soy sauce

2 tbsp Greek yogurt

85ml white wine vinegar

1 tbsp honey

squeeze of fresh lime

175g caster sugar

1 tsp grated ginger

lime zest

2 tsp fish sauce

pinch dried chilli flakes (optional)

½ garlic clove

1 clove garlic, crushed

1 tbsp finely chopped ginger

1 tsp Thai fish sauce

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Simply mix together the mayonnaise, yogurt and lime juice. Spoon into dipping bowls and scatter with lime zest.

½ tbsp sunflower oil 150ml coconut milk squeeze lime juice Blend together all of the ingredients until smooth and spoon into dipping bowls.

JO PRATT is one of four chefs who have designed the menu at The Gorgeous Kitchen at Heathrow Terminal 2. For more about the restaurant turn to page 36.


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FOOD NEWS BOOK & BRUNCH SUNDAY At the Lowndes Bar & Kitchen, enjoy an exclusive children’s menu paired with a specially selected novel from Belgravia Books. And with bottomless tea, coffee and bubbles, there’s plenty to keep parents happy too. www.lowndesbarandkitchen.co.uk/bookandbrunch

TEA FOR TWO Created by two tea-loving mums, flavours include pear, mango and raspberry and rooibos, cinnamon and vanilla. All can be brewed at low temperatures and are ethically sourced. vwww.smallandwild.com

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2 WILD CHILD KITCHEN Wild Child Kitchen delivers a menu of colourful dishes influenced by cuisines from around the world. With a range of chilled and frozen options, alongside go-between snacks and party bites, the meals are ready for parents to heat and serve or stow away for busy days. www.wildchildkitchen.co.uk

3 HELLO FRESH Masters of the adult market, the family box has a range of recipes to help time-poor parents. Designed with younger palates in mind, there are twists for more adventurous eaters. Creamy Linguine is bound to be celebrated. www.hellofresh.co.uk

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After three years in the planning, Sainsbur y’s have finally launched their own Little Ones range with 50 new dishes for children 6 months to 3 years plus. Included are food trendy menus such as Katsu Curry and BBQ Pulled Pork. And by the end of the summer they will have added 25 new items. www.sainsburys.co.uk

JIMMY’S FESTIVAL Run by TV presenter and farmer (and Jamie Oliver’s best mate) Jimmy Doherty, expect music from Paul Young, Happy Mondays as well as celebrity chef demonstrations. 21 & 22 July www.jimmysfestival.co.uk

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EDUCATION NEWS SUMMER FUN IN EALING

CHILDREN’S CAMP SEEKS CROWD FUNDING

St Benedict’s School is launching a Summer Club in the holidays for kids aged 6-12, regardless of whether they attend the school. The programme will include a wide range of sport, arts and crafts, science, dance and music. There is also a breakfast club (7.30am) and late pick-up option (6pm).

Fulham based First Hand Experiences, a leading local children’s camp that specialises in reconnecting children with nature, is launching an ambitious crowdfunding campaign to become a community focused, social enterprise. Founded by Justin and Louisa Baker in 2014, First Hand Experiences is dedicated to providing children with inspiring and enriching experiences anchored in the natural world. Both their daycamps in Fulham and sleep-overs in Kent @ PeanutButterVibes immerse children in the outdoors, letting them celebrate nature through arts and craft, music, theatre and whole food. They’re seeking to raise £45,000 through crowdfunding to buy the giant tipis, compost toilets and solar showers necessary to support their creative community. Co-Founder, Justin Baker said: “A successful crowdfunding campaign will allow us to establish sustainable infrastructure and start offering supported places to children and young adults from less privileged backgrounds. We hope people will be generous and help us realise this vision.” For more information visit www.crowdfunder.co.uk/first-hand-experiences to donate.

Call 020 8862 2000 or email summerclub@stbenedicts.org.uk

MUCH ADO ABOUT SHAKESPEARE The Y6 boys at St James Junior School are rehearsing for A Comedy of Errors which will bring the curtain down on the school’s first Shakespeare Festival on Friday 29th June. Since the Spring term, pupils have learned about music from Tudor Times, taken part in a workshop by the festival patron and renowned actor, Sir Timothy West CBE, and held two days of productions performed by the whole school. Catherine Thomlinson, headmistress at St James Junior School, said: “The festival has played a key role in promoting a sense of wonder at the beauty of Shakespeare’s prose from even the very youngest children in the school. We hope it is just the start of what will be a lifelong relationship with Shakespeare.”

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FALCONS FUNDRAISING Pupils from Falcons Preparatory School for Boys have raised £2,500 for a children’s charity, with an art exhibition showcasing their creativity. In preparation for the event, pupils worked collectively to create a large canvas painting which was sold in a traditional silent auction raising money for the school’s selected charity, The Wooden Spoon. Inspired by the roots of rugby, the charity seeks to fund a number of projects each year, supporting disadvantaged and disabled children. Meanwhile, Falcons Pre-Prep is celebrating 7+ following the launch of a new initiative which takes the school back to its founding 1956 ethos. The personalised approach to the traditional 7+ process has seen the boys win offers at renowned schools including St Paul’s Junior School, Latymer Prep, Hampton, Caldicott and Papplewick.

INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL AWARD The International School of London and ISL Surrey Primary School have been awarded a ‘Highest Commendation Award’ in the Relocate Awards 2018. ISL Surrey Primary School won the award for ‘Excellence in Family and Employee Support’ in 2013, and in being recognised again this year, the ISL UK Schools are delighted to show their expertise and passion in this area. “We believe that academic potential cannot be reached unless our basic needs are met and this is why we set up our Transitions team - to ensure that every single member of our community; students, parents and staff belongs. We are absolutely thrilled to have been recognised for our ongoing support and commitment to our community.” Claudine Hakim, Head of Admissions, Transitions and External Relations, ISL UK Schools.


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SUMMER S.T.E.A.M. This summer, Fire Tech is offering hands-on tech courses for 9-17 year olds covering robotics, coding and electronics, and creative courses such as Creating for YouTube and Digital Photography. Courses are week-long and taught by tech-savvy tutors from some of the UK’s leading universities. All students leave with finished projects to share with their friends and family, and go from passive tech-consumers to proactive tech creators. Jill Hodges, a West London mother of two, started Fire Tech because she was concerned her own children weren’t learning the skills they needed to thrive in the tech-driven economy, and wanted to make sure learning technology was fun. The courses were a hit, Fire Tech has delivered over 8,000 courses to young people around the world. One enthusiastic parent said: “There is a definite correlation between attending a Fire Tech course and [my son] deciding to work really hard in school.”

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THE NURSERY AND SCHOOL RUN

A new nursery for Twickenham!

A stress-free guide to getting little ones out of the house and on time.

Full and part time places Words MOIRA EDWARDS, St Benedict's Head of Nursery & Reception

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e’ve all been there. Everything seems to be going to plan. In an effort to avoid morning stress, shouting and general chaos, you were actually organised the night before: clean uniform laid out, workbooks, snacks, instruments and games kits are packed and ready to go. But your child isn’t. And Grandfather time waits for no man, especially on the school run. In fact, aren’t there fewer minutes in the hour in the morning? Mrs Moira Edwards, Head of Early Years (Nursery and Reception) at St Benedict’s, has put together some tips on how to manage a smooth sailing school run. MAKE IT FUN! However stressed you may be feeling as the time ticks away, try to jolly your child along with a silly song, bad jokes or funny voices. If they’re laughing they’re generally more compliant! REWARD Strike a deal with your child. If they can get ready and out of the house on time, reward them with a treat. GIVE TIME LIMITS Giving them a set time for brushing their teeth, or

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CHANGE HOW YOU TRAVEL Ring the changes by walking to school, or by letting them ride along on their scooters. This avoids the stress of traffic and can be a good time to chat to your child. TALKING TIME Talking to your child about the day ahead of them helps them to look forward to school. It also gives you the chance to find out about school life – what they enjoy and what they look forward to. COMPETE Create a little competition between siblings: who can brush their teeth, or get dressed first? SLEEP! Make sure they get enough sleep so that they are well rested for the day ahead.

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LEARNING FROM NATURE JUSTIN BAKER, co-founder of First Hand Experiences, explores.

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ur worlds, and consequently those of our children, are becoming forever more condensed and channelled through one form of screen or another. There isn’t a day that goes by where I don’t wistfully gaze outside at the ‘real world’ while sat, unavoidably, at my desk. While our schools are becoming increasingly kitted up with the latest and newest technology, beyond its walls lie the most resourced and fully equipped classrooms: the natural world. There, in the woods, fields, ponds or streams, lies an unlimited supply of learning opportunities that are ready to naturally engage children’s curious minds.

In order for children to learn, they need to be able to pay attention. In order to pay attention, we need to let them move. ANGELA HANSON

Many studies from around the world show that regular time outdoors results in significant improvements in attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, learning ability and mental, psychological and emotional well-being. Here is a closer look at how time spent in nature can enrich our children lives.

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EDUCATION

CHILD-LED DISCOVERY We are all naturally curious, and this is how we learn. When children are given space and time in nature to set their own boundaries, we see at them at their best. However, children sometimes require a simple framework to remind them of this innate skill. Scavenger hunts, for example with a spotter sheet as a guide, give them the confidence they need to discover the names for natural objects. “Sycamore seed!” “Catkin!” “Blossom!” Once their minds go into ‘hunter gatherer mode’, the spotter sheet becomes more or less redundant as their curiosity leads them to search for all kinds of natural treasures through the process of child-led discovery. GIVING OWNERSHIP TO THEIR LEARNING As a learning resource, nature is not only limitless, but it is also ever present. So, children can access their own learning all year round. This means that once children learn how to engage with the natural world, they can interact with it, and respond to it with an adult supervising rather than leading. Free and unstructured play in the outdoors boosts problem-solving skills, focus and self-discipline. Socially, it improves cooperation, flexibility, and selfawareness. NATURE TO SPARK IMAGINATION Nature is also a wonderful platform for role play and creativity. During free play sessions in the woods, I’ve seen restaurants and markets set up the sale of the most delectable leaf rolled twigs you’ve ever seen! Or a carpenter’s workshop run ‘by the children, for the children’, which produced the finest quality sawdust made using a saw-shaped stick and a log!

The woods that belong to the wolf, or the stream with goats trip-trapping over it, are the stuff of fairy tales, but the natural world makes a formidable backdrop for imaginative play. Re-enacting stories is a vital part of child development and, in nature, children can become characters in their own stories. Stories that look and feel as real as a book or, indeed, the latest film. So, we know the outside world is full of rich learning opportunities that change through the seasons, need minimal input or adult intervention. It can become the source of hours of imaginative play. But, with our busy urban lives, wild time for our children can seem especially hard to achieve. How can we tackle this? Encourage your school to increase their outdoor learning, from trips to the woods, ponds, streams and even your garden, however small. At home, try to prioritise time in nature over other activities. The woodland trust ‘Nature Detectives’ resource has lots of simple outdoor activities that will help you and your family create a nature-rich life that will benefit your children now and in the future. We must remember that, “Time in nature is not leisure time; it’s an essential investment in our children’s health (and also, by the way, in our own).”

JUSTIN BAKER is co-founder of First Hand Experiences, a social enterprise dedicated to providing children with inspiring and enriching experiences anchored in the natural world. Both their day-camps in Fulham and sleep-overs in Kent immerse children in the outdoors, letting them celebrate nature through arts and craft, music, theatre and whole food.

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EDUCATION

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Science, tech and the arts in London this summer FESTIVAL OF SCIENCE

THE CRYSTAL One of the world’s most sustainable buildings is in London. The Crystal is also home to the world’s largest exhibition on the future of cities. There are interactive displays, films and models, which help kids learn how to build a sustainable building and produce energy. It’s also free for under 18s. 1 Siemens Brothers Way, Royal Victoria Docks, E16 1GB www.thecrystal.org

The 20th century’s most iconic and influential Nordic designs for children, from BRIO to LEGO, Marimekko and the Moomins have been brought together for the first time in this exhibition. It features several ‘Nordic Icons’ including Arne Jacobsen, IKEA, Alvar Aalto, BabyBjörn and Tetra Pak. Look out for Nordic Summer Family Days in August. V&A Museum of Childhood, Bethnal Green, E2 9PA www.vam.ac.uk

INFORMATION AGE AT THE SCIENCE MUSEUM

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NORDIC DESIGN FOR CHILDREN 1900 TO TODAY

Until 28 June 2018, you can celebrate all things space at the Royal Albert Hall through movies, music and workshops. Events such as Space Shambles, which features astronaut Chris Hadfield, work well for teens and adults while Classical for Kids – Cosmic Keys introduces children to classical piano pieces based on space. Kensington Gore, Kensington, London SW7 2AP www.royalalberthall.com

This exhibition celebrates more than 200 years of innovation in information and communication technologies. Moments in history are described by those who invented, operated or were affected by the new wave of technology from the first BBC radio broadcast in 1922 to digital TV. Exhibition Rd, Kensington, London SW7 2DD www.sciencemuseum.org.uk

OLD OPERATING THEATRE MUSEUM AND HERB GARRET Housed in the attic of the early eighteenth century church of the old St Thomas’ Hospital, you will get a true feel of the history of medicine and surgery. The original timber framed Herb Garret was used to dry and store herbs for medicines and, in 1822, an operating theatre was included. Predating anaesthetics and antiseptics, it is the oldest surviving surgical theatre in Europe. Access is via a narrow 52-step spiral staircase. 9a St Thomas Street, SE1 9RY www.oldoperatingtheatre.com

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THE DAD LAB by Sergei Urban - Bonnier Publishing (12th July) £14.99 With more than three million fans across his social channels, The Dad Lab has become an online sensation by posting step-by-step educational projects that are simple to prepare and have mind-blowing results. He’s now put them in a book, showing parents how to use everyday house hold ingredients to teach everything from gravity using floating eggs, to making musical instruments out of balloons. No screens required!

DK, £16.99 (DK.com) For those keen to experiment with science over the holidays, How to be Good at Science, Technology and Engineering is a great starting point. Dynamic explanations break down difficult topics, and DK’s classic visual approach makes these subjects accessible to all inquisitive young minds. All core curriculum areas of science are included.

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BOOK REVIEW

PRE-SCHOOLERS

LITTLE KIDS THE RETURN OF THE RAILWAY CHILDREN by Lou Kuenzler (Scholastic)

ABC MINDFUL ME by Christiane Engel (Quarto) With life moving at an everincreasing pace, it’s never too young to learn about being calm and present. Plus if you can learn your A-Z too, what a bonus. Every letter of the alphabet is coupled with a word that aids young children’s understanding of the fundamental principles of mindfulness, including love, kindness, gratitude and empathy. A sweet book which gives a nice twist on a tried and tested format.

THE STORY OF TANTRUM O’FURRILY by Cressida Cowell and Mark Nicholas (Hodder) On a wild and windy night, stray cat Tantrum O’ Furrily tells her three hungry kittens a story to distract them from their hunger pangs. We’re introduced to Smallpaw who uses all her courage to find her own next meal. Beautifully illustrated, using a dark palate of colours, it also has a lovely twist in the tale, which is sure to delight young children.

This follow up to The Railway Children will definitely warm the cockles and Kuenzler has not strayed too far from the spirit of the muchloved classic. Set in WWII, 12-year-old Edie is worried about being sent away to live with an aunt she doesn’t know as her mum is a pilot for the Air Transport Auxilliary. Luckily, she gets on well with her aunt and her cousins Gus and Greta but it isn’t long before she’s wondering if the pair are harbouring a dark secret of their own. A clever re-imagining that encapsulates all the joy of the original to a modern audience.

SPLASH by Charli Howard (Nosy Crow) This book packs a punch, tackling the world of competitive sport, body confidence, friendships and family dynamics. Set in Year 6, Molly dreams of being a champion swimmer, but when her best friend pressures her to conform to a particular body type, the real challenges begin. Molly also lives with her grandparents and coupled with a dad she doesn’t know and a mum who dips in and out of her life it’s a lot for young Molly to work out who she wants to be. Author Charli Howard is a body positive campaigner who wants to make the voices of diverse figures seen and heard.

BIG KIDS DR CHRISTIAN’S GUIDE TO GROWING UP ONLINE by Dr Christian Jessen (Scholastic) Know your finsta from your rinsta? No? Keep up at the back. It’s fake Instagram vs real Instagram account of course. This book is essential for children (and parents) growing up in a digital world. Famous for his Embarrassing Bodies TV series and the bestselling book Dr Christian’s Guide To Growing Up, this is just what is needed to get to grips with how to keep safe online, online bullying, group chats, your digital footprint and so much more. An absolute essential read for teens navigating an ever-changing digital landscape.

LOOKING AFTER YOUR MENTAL HEALTH by Alice James & Louie Stowell, illustrated by Nancy Leschnikoff & Freya Harrison (Usborne) Whilst we know the benefits of physical health, it’s easy to forget that young people also need to be mindful over their emotional and mental wellbeing. This book empowers youngsters with honest advice about ways of looking after their mental health in a fastmoving world. Using expert advice from the Royal College of Psychiatrists topics tackled include the science of anger, toxic friendships, sex and relationships and so much more.

SHARON JONES is a West London mum, who by day is the Head of Digital for the charity BookTrust 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. 32 CITYKIDSMAGAZINE.CO.UK


Junior School

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Open Days Thursday 20 September at 10.15am Friday 5 October at 1.15pm To reserve your place at an Open Day, for information on occasional vacancies in other year groups or to request a prospectus, please contact the Registrar on: 020 8991 2165 enquiries@nhehs.gdst.net www.nhehs.gdst.net

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Whole School Open Morning - Saturday 6th October

View our website for a full list of our Open Events or arrange a personal visit with our Registrar, Louise Pepper, on 020 8862 2254 www.stbenedicts.org.uk


Taking education to a higher level Fulham Senior School, building on the success of Fulham Prep School, opened in September 2017. Meeting the increasing demand for an independent, co-educational, senior school in South West London that aims to equip our young men and woman to be committed, considerate and courteous; ready to fulfil their potential both personally and academically. Applications for Year 9 entry in September 2018 are now being accepted.

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TRIPS

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days out, long weekends, holidays & travel must-haves

Experience ZSL Whipsnade Zoo as no-one else gets to see it. This is your chance to sleep with the white rhinos and find out what the animals get up to at night. You will be taken to visit some of the animals once all the visitors leave. After refuelling with a delicious dinner, you will have the option to explore on a torchlight walk to see who likes to stay up late and who has already gone to bed! Then it’s time for your sleep in a Lookout Lodge.

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RUN(A)WAY SUCCESS Heading off via The Queen’s Terminal this summer? Don’t miss The Gorgeous Kitchen at Heathrow T2 – a total haven, hidden away from the hustle and bustle (and stress) of a travel hub. The restaurant is classy, airy and has fabulous views of the runway. Having been lucky enough to eat there, we can vouch for the food, and there is a kids’ menu for minis. Worth a detour. Turn to p22 for a recipe from the menu.

IOW – BLACKGANG CHINE If you’re looking for a staycation, but still want to feel like you have escaped, head to the Isle of Wight. With ferries from Portsmouth, Southampton and Lymington, you can be on this gloriously English island within two and half hours if travelling from London. And, one place that will keep the kids quiet for a day is Blackgang Chine – the UK’s oldest amusement park. With dinosaurs, a maze, Cowboy Town and even a roller coaster, there’s plenty for everyone. Plus, the shop suits all budgets, so you won’t be fleeced on the way out. Relief! For more information about the Isle of Wight and Blackgang Chine, head to our website www.citykidsmagazine.co.uk 36 CITYKIDSMAGAZINE.CO.UK

DID YOU KNOW? If you rent out your home on Airbnb, it will earn 57% more if it has a nursery. As family travel becomes increasingly popular, 26,000 homes on Airbnb now include children’s books and toys.


TRIPS

TREEHOUSE MEALS, KIDS’ CLUB AND LUXURY VIBES Pure barefoot luxury, the Ekies All Senses Resort is a family-friendly retreat with a gloriously relaxed vibe. Gourmet meals in the fabulous treehouse add to this resort’s appeal. Growing up, owner Alexandra Efstathiadou spent her summer holidays here, overlooking the crystal-clear Vourvourou Bay on the peninsula of Sithonia, Chalkidiki’s ‘second finger’. She jumped at the chance to buy the hotel, and her whimsical reinvention layers various design styles that range from minimalist to high-design, along with the legendary Greek hospitality. For families, the grounds are safe, there’s a well organised kids’ club and shallow sea.

PRICE A week’s stay in August costs from £744pp, based on a family of 4 sharing a Penthouse Suite on a B&B basis, with use of bikes. Flights extra.

www.i-escape.com/ ekies-all-senses-resort

Moving Overseas? A full house or a few boxes

Anywhere in the World Prices start as low as GBP300 door to door. AGS LONDON T. +44 189 520 1595 E. manager-london@agsmovers.com

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DIRECTORY

W6

W10

W13

OUR LIST OF GOOD AND OUTSTANDING NURSERIES AND PRE-SCHOOLS IN WEST LONDON

MILLIE’S HOUSE NURSERY & PRE-SCHOOL Distillery Lane, W6 9PL millieshouse.net

BASSETT HOUSE SCHOOL 60 Bassett Rd, W10 6JP bassetths.org.uk

TREETOPS WEST EALING Green Man Passage, W13 0TG treetopsnurseries.co.uk

W3

W4

ONE WORLD MONTESSORI & PRE-PREPARATORY 69-71 Brook Green, W6 7BE oneworldschools.info

LA PETITE ECOLE FRANÇAISE 90 Oxford Gardens, W10 5BJ lapetiteecolefrancaise.co.uk

CHILDREN’S CORNER DAY NURSERY 29 Hastings Rd, W13 8QH childrenscorner.co.uk

MARIA MONTESSORI SCHOOL St Martin’s Church Hall, Hale Gardens W3 9SQ mariamontessori.co.uk

CHISWICK PARK DAY NURSERY & PRESCHOOL Evershed Walk, W4 5BW brighthorizons.co.uk

MELROSE NURSERY SCHOOL St Gabriel’s Church, Noel Rd, W3 0JE melrosenurseryschool.co.uk

THE ARK MONTESSORI FOREST SCHOOL The Scout Hall, Rugby Rd, W4 1AL arkmontessori.co.uk

INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL OF LONDON 139 Gunnersbury Ave, W3 8LG isllondon.org BUTTERCUPS ACTON 27 Old Oak Rd, W3 7HN buttercups-nursery.co.uk

W4 ORCHARD HOUSE 16 Newton Grove, W4 1LB orchardhs.org.uk MAGGIE & ROSE 1 Essex Pl Square, W4 5UJ maggieandrose.com ACTIVE LEARNING CHISWICK Quintin Hogg Memorial Ground, W4 3AN brighthorizons.co.uk TARA HOUSE MONTESSORI Wilson Walk, W4 1TP tarahousenursery.co.uk BUTTERCUPS DAY NURSERY 38 Grange Rd, W4 4DD buttercups-nursery.co.uk BUTTERCUPS HOMEFIELDS Homefield Recreation Ground, W4 2AT buttercups-nursery.co.uk CATERPILLAR MONTESSORI NURSERY SCHOOL St Albans Church Hall, South Parade, W4 3HY caterpillarmontessori.co.uk DEVONSHIRE DAY NURSERY The Vicarage, Bennet St, W4 2AH childbasepartnership.com ELMWOOD MONTESSORI SCHOOL St Michaels Ctre, Elmwood Rd, W4 3DY 020 8994 8177 / 995 2621

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BUSY BEES AT HAMMERSMITH 3 Bute Gardens, W6 7DR busybeeschildcare.co.uk LE HERISSON Rivercourt Methodist Church, River Court Rd, W6 9JT leherissonschool.co.uk

THE FALCONS SCHOOL FOR BOYS 2 Burnaby Gardens, W4 3DT falconsboys.co.uk

THE BEANSTALK MONTESSORI NURSERY SCHOOL St Peters Church, Black Lion Lane, W6 9BE beanstalkmontessori.co.uk

THE MEADOWS MONTESSORI SCHOOL Dukes Meadows Community Ctre, Alexandra Grdns, W4 2TD 020 8742 1327 / 8995 2621

THE JORDANS NURSERY SCHOOL Holy Innocents Church, Paddenswick Rd, W6 0UB thejordansnursery.co.uk

W5

W7

BUTTERCUPS DAY NURSERY 9 Florence Rd, W5 3TU buttercups-nursery.co.uk

BUTTONS DAY NURSERY SCHOOL 59 Oaklands Rd, W7 2DT buttonsdaynursery.co.uk

TREETOPS NORTHFIELDS 283-287 Windmill Rd, W5 4DP treetopsnurseries.co.uk TREETOPS PRESCHOOL 2A The Grove, W5 5LH treetopsnurseries.co.uk TREETOPS EALING COMMON Woodgrange Ave, W5 3NY treetopsnurseries.co.uk HARVINGTON SCHOOL 20 Castlebar Rd, W5 2DS harvingtonschool.com ST AUGUSTINE’S PRIORY Hillcrest Rd, W5 2JL sapriory.com ST BENEDICT’S SCHOOL 54 Eaton Rise, W5 2ES stbenedicts.org.uk ST MATTHEWS MONTESSORI SCHOOL North Common Rd, W5 3XD stmatthewsmontessori.com MARIA MONTESSORI SCHOOL Church of the Ascension Hall, Beaufort Rd, W5 3EB mariamontessori.co.uk

PLAYHOUSE DAY NURSERY Leighton Hall, Elthorne Park Rd, W7 2JD playhousedaynursery.co.uk

W8 LITTLE CHERUBS NURSERY SCHOOL Our Lady of Victories Church Hall, 16a Abingdon Rd, W8 6AF littlecherubsnursery.com IVERNA GARDENS MONTESSORI NURSERY SCHOOL Armenian Church Hall, Iverna Gardens, W8 6TP gardensmontessori.com HAWKESDOWN HOUSE SCHOOL 27 Edge St, W8 7PN hawkesdown.co.uk MAGGIE & ROSE 58 Pembroke Road, W8 6NX maggieandrose.com

ROLFE’S NURSERY SCHOOL The Little House, 34a Oxford Gardens W10 5UQ rolfesnurseryschool.co.uk

W14

W11

BO-PEEP NURSERY 142 Sinclair Rd, W14 0NL bo-peepnursery.com

DENBIGH UNDER FIVES GROUP 5b Denbigh Rd, W11 2SJ denbighunderfives.co.uk

BUSY BEES NURSERY SCHOOL Addison Boys Club, Redan St, W14 busybeeschildcare.co.uk

HOLLAND PARK NURSERY & PRESCHOOL 34 Ladbroke Grove, W11 3BQ brighthorizons.co.uk

HOLLAND PARK PRE PREP SCHOOL & DAY NURSERY 5 & 9 Holland Rd, W14 8HJ hpps.co.uk

ST PETER’S NURSERY SCHOOL 59a Portobello Rd, W11 3DB stpetersnurserynottinghill.org.uk

LITTLE OWLS NURSERY 108 Lakeside Rd, W14 0DY littleowlsnursery.com

LADBROKE SQUARE MONTESSORI SCHOOL 43 Ladbroke Square, W11 3ND ladbrokesquarenursery.com

THE KENSINGTON KINDERGARTEN St Barnabas Church, 23 Addison Rd, W14 8LH kensingtonkindergarten.co.uk

THE SQUARE SCHOOL 18 Holland Park Ave, W11 3QU thesquareschool.com

W12 JACK IN THE BOX Kelmscott Community Hall, Ashchurch Grove, W12 9BT jackintheboxmontessori.co.uk LITTLE PEOPLE OF WILLOW VALE 9 Willow Vale, W12 0PA littlepeople.co.uk STEPPING STONES NURSERY 5 Gayford Rd W12 9BY steppingstonesw12.co.uk VANESSA NURSERY 12 Cathnor Rd W12 6JA vanessanurseryschool.org.uk

W13 THE CORNER HOUSE DAY NURSERY 82 Lavington Rd, W13 9LR cornerhousedaynursery.org AVENUE HOUSE SCHOOL 70 The Avenue, W13 8LS avenuehouse.org

RICHMOND & TWICKENHAM KINGS HOUSE SCHOOL NURSERY Princes Road, TW10 6DQ kingshouseschool.org BEAUMONT HOUSE 121 Heath Rd, TW1 4AZ bhdaynursery.co.uk WINDHAM NURSERY SCHOOL Windham Rd, TW9 2HP windham.richmond.sch.uk THE BARN NURSERY SCHOOL The Barn Church Hall, Atwood Avenue, TW9 4HF barnnursery.co.uk KEW DAY NURSERY & PRESCHOOL Mortlake Road, Kew, TW9 4ES brighthorizons.co.uk ASQUITH RICHMOND DAY NURSERY 157 Queens Rd, TW10 6HY brighthorizons.co.uk HATCHING DRAGONS 2 The Green, TW2 5AA hatching-dragons.com THE BARNES VILLAGE NURSERY 3A Station Rd, SW13 0LP 020 8878 5111


babies & pre-schoolers RICHMOND DANCE & PERFORMANCE CRAFTY TALES craftytales.co.uk Cambrian Community Centre 1 Grove Rd, TW10 6SN MON Norman Jackson Children’s Centre, Hampton Hill, TW12 1QU Tangley Park Children’s Centre, 1 Bramble Lane, TW12 3XB WED

MINI EXPLORERS brilliantplay.co.uk Marble Hill Park (meet nr car park) MON WED

WILD EDUCATION wildeducation.co.uk Twickenham, Kew, Barnes Common MON THU FRI

S.T.E.A.M MINI PROFESSORS miniprofessors.com/richmond Pandemonium, 125 Sheen Lane, SW14 8AE WED Teddington Baptist Church, TW11 8PF THU Eddie Catz Putney, First Floor, 68-70 Putney High St, SW15 1SF TUE

WHOOSHPOP The National Archives, TW9 4DU FRI Pensford Field - Nature Reserve, TW9 4HR TUE

DANCE & PERFORMANCE JUST IMAGINE BALLET facebook.com/JustImagineBalletLondon East Sheen, Kew, St Margarets, Richmond, Teddington, Twickenham MON TUE WED THU FRI SAT

DANCE WITH ANNARIE dancewithannarie.com Studio K, TW9 2NA SAT

GROOVAROO BY VERONIKA groovaroo.com/england Bemore Studio, SW14 8JN TUE

HUMMINGBIRD SCHOOL OF DANCE hummingbirddance.co.uk The Exchange, TW1 1BE MON St Mary’s School - Middle Site, TW1 3AD SAT The Exchange, TW1 1BE MON

MARBLE HILL DANCE STUDIO

KIDSCOACH

marblehilldancestudio.co.uk The Crossways Centre MON Orleans Park School MON

kidscoach.uk.net Marble Hill Park, TW1 2NL TUE

DIDDIDANCE diddidance.com Army Church Teddington, TW11 8PF All Soul’s Church, St Margarets, TW1 1PB TUE Crane Community Centre, TW2 6PG WED St Johns Centre, 80 St Johns Rd, TW7 6RU Pandemonium, 125 Sheen Lane, SW14 8AE THU The White House Hampton, TW12 3RN FRI Holy Trinity Church, TW9 1UP SAT

HARTBEEPS hartbeeps.com Teddington Baptist Church MON The Crossway Building St Margarets Kew Barn Church TUE Cambrian Community Centre, Richmond Crane Community Centre, Twickenham THU All Saint’s Church, Hampton FRI

PLAYGROUND & DROP-INS SEE SAW orleanshousegallery.org Coach House or Stables Gallery, Orleans House Gallery FRI

SPORTY THE LITTLE GYM hamptonteddington.thelittlegym.eu 94-102 High St, Hampton Hill, TW12 1NY DAILY

GYMBOREE gymboreeclasses.co.uk Putney Exchange Shopping Centre, SW15 1TW MON TUE WED THU FRI SAT St Margaret’s, TW1 1RG MON TUE WED THU FRI SAT

HALF BACKS halfbacks.co.uk Marble Hill Park, TW1 2NL SAT Twickehnham Green, TW2 5AB Teddington RFC, TW11 0EA SUN

KIDDIKICKS kiddikicks.co.uk Palewell Playing Fields, SW14 8RE THU

LITTLE KICKERS littlekickers.co.uk St John the Divine Church Hall, TW9 2PE WED Our Lady Queen of Peace, 222 Sheen Rd, TW10 5AN MON SAT 13th Twickenham Scout Hall Seymour Gardens, TW1 3AR TUE Twickenham Richmond College, TW2 7SJ SAT

PLAYBALL playballkids.com Pools on the Park, Old Deer Park, Richmond Barn Elms, Queen Elizabeth Walk MON Harrodian School, Lonsdale Rd, Barnes TUE Moor Mead Park (Tennis Courts) - Moor Mead Recreation Ground, St Margarets TUE Working Mums (East Sheen) - Roebuck House 284-286 Upper Richmond Rd, WED

PUDDLE DUCKS puddleducks.com Grey Court School, TW10 7HN MON THU SAT SUN

WATERLIFE waterlifeswimschool.com Cedars Health Club, TW10 6RW MON WED THU FRI SAT

MUSIC MONKEY MUSIC monkeymusic.co.uk Kitson Hall, Kitson Rd, SW13 9HJ MON WED St Michael’s Community Centre, Cross St, SW13 0NX TUE St Stephen’s - The Crossway Centre, TW1 2PD WED St Luke’s Church Kew, TW9 2AJ TUE WED THU FRI Landmark Arts Centre, TW11 9NN MON TUE WED THU Parkside Church, Upper Richmond Rd, SW14 8DU FRI

TEMPO TOTS tempo-tots.com York House, Twickenham, TW1 3AA MON FRI

BABY MOVES babymoves.co.uk Richmond MON

Hampton TUE

SINGING HANDS singinghands.co.uk Crossway Centre, TW1 2PD MON Holy Trinity Church Hall, TW2 5TS TUE Teddington Methodist Church Hall, TW11 8TP THU

TINY TUNES tinytuneslive.com The Vineyard Church, The Vineyard, TW10 6AQ MON Twickenham Library, Garfield Rd, TW1 3JT All Souls Church, Northcote Rd, TW1 1PB THU

MOTHER & BABY YOGABELLIES yogabellies.co.uk Duke Dance Studio, Quadrant Rd, TW9 1DH MON Sheen Rd, TW9 1AW Richmond and Putney Unitarian Church, TUE RACC, TW9 2RE SUN

YOGABELLIES yogabellies.co.uk Duke Dance Studio, Quadrant Rd, TW9 1DH St Margarets, TW1 1RG THU

BABYBLOSSOM YOGA & MASSAGE hellobabyblossom.co.uk Fellowship Hall, TW9 1DH WED THU

BUSYLIZZY busylizzyrichmond.co.uk Crane Community Centre, TW2 6PG TUE St Stephen’s, The Crossway Centre, TW1 2PD WED THU St John the Divine Hall, TW9 2NA MON WED FRI Marble Hill Park, TW1 2NL WED FRI SAT

BABY SENSORY RICHMOND babysensory.com/richmond Richmond and Putney Unitarian Church, TW10 6TH Caplan Court, 1 Grove Rd, TW10 6SN WED Barnes Methodist Church, SW13 0NH TUE

BUGGYFIT RICHMOND Old Deer Park, TW9 2SF TUE FRI

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babies & pre-schoolers ART & CREATIVE THE BUILD IT WORKSHOP thebuilditworkshop.com Chiswick Town Hall, W4 4JN MON

KITE STUDIOS kitestudios.org 2b Bassein Park Rd, W12 9RY THU FRI

CINEMA BABES IN ARMS www.olympiccinema.co.uk 117-123 Church Road, Barnes SW13 9HL TUE

PARENTS & BABIES SCREENINGS watermans.org.uk Watermans, 40 High St, TW8 0DS WED

DANCE & PERFORMANCE DIDDI DANCE diddidance.com
 The Corner House, W6 7PD TUE THU Nuffield Health Fitness & Wellbeing, Stevenage Rd, SW6 6PF FRI

DYNAMIC DANCE GROOVES mimisminis.co.uk Grove Neighbourhood Centre, W6 0DT MON

FRANCES LUNDY SCHOOL OF DANCE

ACTON CHISWICK HAMMERSMITH SHEPHERDS BUSH

THE LITTLE DANCE ACADEMY thelittledanceacademy.com The Corner House, W6 7PD MON TUE Princess Victoria, W8 6EB THU St Andrew’s Church, W14 9SA FRI

WEST LONDON SCHOOL OF DANCE westlondonschoolofdance.co.uk | 020 8743 3856 Du Boisson Studios, 25 Bulwer St, W12 8AR MON St Peters, 59A Portobello Rd, W11 3DB MON TUE

LANGUAGE BILINGUAL BEATS bilingualbeats.com Rivercourt Methodist Church, W6 9JT MON St Luke’s Church, SW10 9HF THU

CHISWICK FRENCH CLUB 07708 227877 Ravenscourt Park, W6 0TH MON TUE THU FRI

Holy Innocents Church, Paddenswick Rd, W6 0UB WED St Mary and the Virgin, Mortlake WED Parkside Church, East Sheen, SW14 8DU FRI

THE MUSIC HOUSE FOR CHILDREN musichouseforchildren.com 306 Uxbridge Rd, W12 7LJ WED FRI

MINI MOZART minimozart.com Drink Me, Eat Me, 250 King St, W6 0SP WED

CADENZA cadenzaclasses.com Holy Innocents Church, Paddenswick Rd, W6 0UB TUE Christ Church, Town Hall Ave, W4 5DT WED Drink Me, Eat Me, 250 King St, W6 0SP FRI

HARTBEEPS

etpatatipatata.com Thomas’s Academy, SW6 4LY SAT

hartbeeps.com The Barn Church, Kew, TW9 4HF TUE Chiswick Theatre Arts, W4 5BQ WED Hampshire Hog, W6 9JT St Stephen’s Hall, W12 0PG THU The Aeronaut, W3 9BH FRI

LE FRENCH PROGRAMME

KITE STUDIOS

CLUB PETIT PIERROT clubpetitpierrot.co.uk The Greek Cathedral of St Sophia, W2 4LQ WED THU

ET PATATI PATATA

franceslundyschoolofdance.co.uk The Hayloft, 3 Bond Street, W4 1QZ MON TUE WED THU FRI SAT

lefrenchprogramme.com Parsons Green Prep, SW6 4LJ SAT

kitestudios.org 2b Bassein Park Rd, W12 9RY THU

WEST LONDON DANCE ACADEMY

LINK CHINESE ACADEMY

LUCY SPARKLES & FRIENDS BABY MUSIC

westlondondanceacademy.com St Michael and All Angels Parish Hall, Priory Avenue, W4 1TX WED

ACTON BALLET SCHOOL actonballetschool.co.uk Ruskin Hall, 16 Church Rd, W3 8PP TUE FRI

ANGELA GRANT SCHOOL OF DANCE balletclasseslondon.co.uk 250-252 King St, W6 0SP WED SAT Victoria Hall, Victoria House, Becklow Rd, W12 9HB THU

LITTLE STAGE ACADEMY (PSSA) pssa.co.uk Westside Community School, 8-30 Galena Rd, W6 0LT SAT 40 CITYKIDSMAGAZINE.CO.UK

linkchinese.co.uk Bute House School, W6 7EA SAT

HANNA & JOICE MANDARIN CLUB

lucysparkles.com Cupcake Family Club, SW6 4TJ MON Cuckoo Hibou, SW6 4SW THU

Drink Me, Eat Me, 250 King St, W6 0SP FRI

PANDEMONIUM

KITE STUDIOS kitestudios.org 2b Bassein Park Rd, W12 9RY WED

SPANISH FOR UNDER 5s lbhf.gov.uk Hammersmith Library, W6 7AT WED

MUSIC MONKEY MUSIC monkeymusic.co.uk The Catholic Centre, 2 Dukes Ave, W4 2AE TUE

watermans.org.uk Watermans, 40 High St, TW8 0DS WED

STORY & RHYME TIME lbhf.gov.uk Shepherds Bush Library, W12 7BF MON TUE WED SAT Hammersmith Library, W6 7AT TUE THU FRI Askew Rd Library, W12 9AS TUE THU FRI Chiswick Library, W4 2AB FRI

SCIENCE LITTLE HOUSE OF SCIENCE littlehouseofscience.com Westbourne Grove Church, W11 2RW MON

PLAYGROUPS BRIGHT STARS brightstarsuk.com St Saviours, Wendell Park Church Hall, Cobbold Rd, W12 9LN FRI

LITTLE ANGELS smaaa.org.uk Priory Ave, W4 1TX WED

PLAY CAFÉ stsimons.co.uk St Simon’s Church, Rockley Rd, W14 0DA THU

ST NICHOLAS PLAYGROUP stnicholaschiswick.org Church Street, W4 2PH MON

WEST LONDON TWINS CLUB westlondontwonsclub.org St Stephen’s Church, St Stephen’s Rd, W13 8HB THU

YOGA & MASSAGE BABY MASSAGE westlondonbabies.com Private venue, Chiswick MON TUE THU FRI

TODDLER YOGA WITH MEGAN Dorset Wharf, W6 9HN THU

SPORTY THE LITTLE GYM thelittlegym.eu/chiswick Hartington Rd (off A316), W4 3AN DAILY

LITTLE KICKERS littlekickers.co.uk Chiswick School, Burlington Lane, W4 3UN SAT St Stephen’s Social Club, 5 Gayford Rd, W12 9BY MON TUE Hogarth Community Centre, Duke Rd, W4 2JR MON TUE WED FRI SAT The Ellen Wilkinson School for Girls, Queen’s Drive, W3 0HW SAT

OXYGEN FREEJUMPING oxygenfreejumping.co.uk Vision Ind Park, Kendal Ave, W3 0AF DAILY


babies & pre-schoolers WILL TO WIN

LITTLE FOXES CLUB

willtowin.co.uk Chiswick House Grounds (A4 Entrance), W4 2RP SAT

thelittlefoxesclub.com Acton Park TUE SAT Turnham Green THU SAT Ravenscourt Park WED SAT Latymer Upper School, W6 9LR SAT

ALBERT & FRIENDS CIRCUS SKILLS albertandfriendsinstantcircus.co.uk St Alban’s Hall, Margravine Rd, W6 8HJ SAT

AMANDA’S ACTION CLUB amandasactionclub.co.uk Chiswick Town Hall, W4 4JN FRI

RICHMOND GYMNASTICS ASSOCIATION richmondgymnastics.co.uk 1 Townmead Road, Kew, TW9 4EL MON TUE WED THU FRI

LITTLE RUGBY littlerugby.co.uk
 Hogarth Youth Ctr, Duke Rd, W4 2JR SUN

CROUCHING TIGER KARATE crouchingtigerkarate.co.uk The Dukes Meadows Community Centre, Alexandra Gardens, W4 2RX FRI

GYMBOREE gymboree-uk.com Chiswick Town Hall, W4 4JN DAILY

TWISTERS twisters.org.uk Acton Baptist Church, Church Rd, W3 8PP MON TUE WED THU FRI SAT

KIDDIKICKS kiddikicks.co.uk April-October Kings House Sports Ground, W4 2RZ November-March Brentford Fountain Leisure Ctr, TW8 0HJ SAT

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Flunky Floaties & Dinky Divers £9.99

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babies & pre-schoolers EALING ART & CREATIVE TIPPITOES tippitoes-ealing.co.uk Lammas Park Play Centre, Elers Rd, W13 9QD TUE WED THU FRI SAT

DANCE & PERFORMANCE HOOLLABALOO hullabaloopuppetmusictheatre.co.uk The Duke of Kent, W13 8DL MON Plough Inn, W5 4XB TUE WED THU FRI

EALING SCHOOL OF DANCE ealingschoolofdance.co.uk Ealing Green Church, W5 5QT THU FRI

INNOVATION DANCE innovationdancestudios.co.uk Innovation Dance Studio,
96 Pitshanger Lane, W5 1QX MON TUE WED THU SAT

YOURSTAGE DRAMA yourstagedrama.com St Augustine’s Priory, Hillcrest Rd, W5 2JL SAT

SA DANCE sa-dance.co.uk University of West London, St Mary’s Rd, W5 5RF SAT

THE ITALIA CONTI RUISLIP italiacontiruislip.co.uk Wiltshire Lane, Pinner, HA5 2LX

ANNA DAVYDOVA DANCE SCHOOL
 annadavydova.co.uk St. Andrews Church Centre, Mount Park Rd, W5 2RS TUE

WEST LONDON DANCE ACADEMY westlondondanceacademy.com All Saints Church Hall, Elm Grove Rd W5 3JH

LANGUAGE TODDLER STORY TIME SESSIONS
 ccslibraries.com Perivale Library, Horsenden Lane South, UB6 7NT Southall Library, 112 The Green, Southall, Middlesex, UB2 4BQ Greenford Library, Oldfield Lane South, UB6 9LG Pitshanger Library, 143-145 Pitshanger Lane, W5 1RH THU

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Northolt Library, Church Rd, UB5 5AS Jubilee Gardens Library, UB1 2TJ FRI

Wood End Library, Whitton Ave West, Greenford, UB6 0EE FRI

MUSIC

QUESTORS YOUNG MUSICIANS CLUB

MONKEY MUSIC monkeymusic.co.uk The Grange Pub and Dining Room, Warwick Rd, W5 3XH MON Ealing Green Church, The Green, W5 5QT TUE Playschool Hall, St Paul’s Ealing, Ridley Avenue, W13 9XW WED Wasps FC, W3 9QA FRI

HARTBEEPS hartbeeps.com Tribeca Studios, Ealing,W5 2PJ MON The Foresters Pub, 2 Leighton Rd, W13 9EP TUE

SOUND GENERATION EDUCATION soundgeneration.org.uk St Paul’s Church, Ridley Ave, W13 9XW THU

EALING JUNIOR MUSIC SCHOOL ejms.org.uk Twyford Church of England School, Twyford Crescent, W3 9PP SAT

ACTION, SONGS & RHYMES

qymc.org Little Ealing Primary School, W5 SAT

SIGN & SIGN singandsign.com St Mary’s Ealing, W5 5RH MON

PLAYGROUPS QUACKERS PLAYGROUP stjohnandstjames.org.uk St James Church, 32 St James Avenue, W13 9D MON

SNIPS PLAYGROUP stjohnandstjames.org.uk St John’s Church Crypt, Mattock Lane, W13 9LA TUE THU

NOAH’S ARK PLAYGROUP stmaryshanwell.org.uk St Mary’s Church Hall, 62 Greenford Ave, W7 3QP MON

HANWELL PLAYGROUP hanwellmethodist.info Methodist Church, Church Rd, W7 1DJ WED

St Paul’s Church, Ridley Ave, W13 MON The Church of the Ascension, Hanger Hill THU

GREAT AND SMALL STAY & PLAY

BABY BOUNCE & RHYME

St Paul’s Church Hall, Ridley Ave, W13 FRI

ccslibraries.com Northolt Leisure Centre Library, Eastcote Lane North, Northolt, UB5 4AB TUE West Ealing Library, Melbourne Ave, W13 9BT WED Ealing Central Library, 103 Broadway Centre, W5 5JY WED FRI Southall Library, 1e Green, Southall, Middlesex, UB2 4BQ WED Greenford Library, Oldfield Lane South, UB6 9LG WED Hanwell Library, Cherington Rd, W7 3HL Perivale Library, Horsenden Lane South, UB6 7NT Jubilee Gardens Library, Jubilee Gardens, UB1 2TJ Northfields Library, North Elds Ave, W5 4UA THU Northolt Library, Church Rd, UB5 5AS FRI

St Paul’s Church, Ridley Ave, W13 9XW WED

NORTHFIELDS PLAYGROUP

ST ANDREWS MOTHER & TODDLER GROUP St Andrew’s Church, W5 2RS MON WED FRI

BUMPS & BABIES St Mary’s Church Hall, W5 5RH TUE

YMCA ymcawestlondon.org Bouncy castle, Massage, Mini Movers, Baby Explorers, Baby Sensory, Gym Kids, Tinies Tumble and more 25 St Mary’s Rd, W5 5RE MON TUE WED THU FRI

LONDON BABY SWIM londonbabyswim.co.uk Osterley Centre, 178 Wood Lane ,TW7 5EH MON TUE WED THU FRI SAT

WATERBABIES waterbabies.co.uk St Ann’s School, Springfield Rd, Hanwell, W7 3JP MON Castlebar School, Hathaway Gardens, W13 0DH WED SAT

SWIM EXPERT swimexpert.co.uk Novotel London Brentford, Great West Rd, TW8 0GP MON TUE WED THU FRI

FF4K MINI KICKERS footyfun4kidslondon.com Blondin Park, Northfields SAT

LITTLE KICKERS littlekickers.co.uk Drayton Manor High School, W7 1EU SAT SUN Ellen Wilkinson School for Girls, Queen’s Drive, W3 0HW SAT

THE LITTLE FOXES CLUB thelittlefoxesclub.com Pitshanger Park, Ealing MON TUE SAT

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SPORTY WILL TO WIN willtowin.co.uk Pitshanger Park, W13 8DJ SAT Lammas Park, W13 9NJ SAT

GYMBOREE gymboree-uk.com Putney Exchange Shopping Centre SW15 1TW MON TUE WED THU FRI SAT

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ADVENTURE ARMY CADETS armycadets.com 207 Hammersmith Det ACF (Royal Signals) Princess Louise House, W6 7DJ WED FRI 206 Chiswick Det ACF (Royal Signals) Stamford Brook Avenue, W6 0YD 202 Acton Det ACF (Royal Engineers) Creswick Rd, W3 9EZ 209 Burlington Danes Academy Det ACF (Grenadier Guards) 203 Brentford Det ACF (RLC), Ealing, W5 4BT TUE THU 204 White City DET ACF (Parachute Regiment) TA Centre, W12 7RW MON WED

MELLA MELLA’S mellamellas.co.uk Pottery, painting courses & drop-in. 8 Essex Place, W4 5UT DAILY

FUN WITH FIMO CLAY clare.format.com | 020 8992 3767

Acton Workshops on specific dates

CUBS, SCOUTS, BROWNIES 1ST CHISWICK BROWNIES

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LANGUAGES BILINGUAL BEATS bilingualbeats.com Spanish Drink Me Eat Me, W6 0SP MON St Luke’s Church, SW10 9HF THU

CHISWICK FRENCH CLUB chiswickfrenchclub.co.uk Ravenscourt Park, W6 0TH MON WED 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

girlguiding.org.uk Term-time only Oxford Rd North (Scout Hut) THU

ET PATATI PATATA etpatatipatata.com Suite 239, 2 Old Brompton Rd, SW7 3DQ SAT

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

6TH CHISWICK BROWNIES

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

LYRIC HAMMERSMITH

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

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

CRAFT CLUB

7TH CHISWICK BROWNIES

lbhf.gov.uk Shepherds Bush Library, W12 7BF TUE

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

ART BROOK GREEN ART CLASSES

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

KITE STUDIOS kitestudios.org | 020 8576 6278 5yrs+ Wide range of art disciplines including GCSE & A-Level portfolios 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

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

LIBRARIES ASKEW ROAD LIBRARY lbhf.gov.uk | 020 8753 3863 5yrs+ Arts & Crafts WED 5-12yrs Chatterbooks term-time only FRI 5-10yrs Lego club THU SAT 5yrs+ Games Club once a month SAT

HAMMERSMITH LIBRARY lbhf.gov.uk | 020 8753 3820 Poetry Club TUE Chatterbooks - once a month TUE Homework Club MON THU Art Club every two weeks THU 5-11yrs French Club SAT

SHEPHERDS BUSH lbhf.gov.uk | 020 8753 3842 Homework Club term-time only MON WED SAT Craft Club term-time only TUE Storytime WED Code Club THU 5yrs+ French Club FRI SUN Chatterbooks - fortnightly SAT

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

lyric.co.uk 9-13yrs Sonic Pi Coding TUE 7-12yrs ECCO First Steps SAT 14-25yrs Studio Sessions WED 7-11yrs Keyboard Centre THU 5-12yrs Little Singers THU

THE MUSIC HOUSE FOR CHILDREN musichouseforchildren.co.uk |020 8932 2652 Drop-in and instrumental tuition 0-14yrs 306 Uxbridge Rd, W12

MZ SINGING WORKSHOPS tabernaclew11.com The Tabernacle, W11 MON

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

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

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little & big kids Ealing West, Pitshanger Methodist Church, W5 1QP THU FRI SAT St Stephen’s Church Hall, Coverdale Rd, W12 8JJ 020 3002 0735 WED FRI Masbro Centre, 87 Masbro Rd, W14 0LR 020 3397 8581 WED FRI Northfields, Northfields Community Centre, W13 9SS MON THU SAT Holy Trinity Church Hall, Richmond, TW9 1UP MON THU St Jude’s Community Hall, W10 4QL MON WED

NUMBERWORKSNWORDS numberworksnwords.co.uk 86A Chiswick High Rd, W4 1SY 020 8994 9168 MON TUE WED THU FRI SAT 19 Alexandria Road, W13 0NP 020 8840 8404 MON TUE WED THU FRI SAT

PERFORMANCE DANCE ACTON BALLET SCHOOL actonballetschool.co.uk | 07939 930229 Ruskin Hall, 16 Church Rd, W3 8PP MON TUE WED THU FRI

ANGELA GRANT SCHOOL OF DANCE balletclasseslondon.co.uk | 07813 296 221 After-school RAD Ballet St Dunstan’s Hall, Friar’s Place Lane, W3 7AW WED Victoria Hall, Becklow Rd, W12 9HB THU

ACTON YOUTH BALLET SCHOOL actonyouthballet.com | 07771 905226 8- 17yrs ballet, jazz, contemporary and choreography SAT

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

BARBARA SPEAK STAGE SCHOOL barbaraspeake.com Ballet, street dance, tap, drama East Acton Lane, W3 7EG WED SAT

DANCE GALLERY dancegallery.co.uk Tap, street, hip hop, contemporary, musical theatre St Stephen’s Church, St Stephen’s Rd, Ealing W13 8HB MON TUE WED THU

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EALING SCHOOL OF DANCE

PASSION DANCE ACADEMY

ealingschoolofdance.co.uk | 07885 417 542 4yrs+ (2yrs ballet) RAD syllabus ballet and tap Ealing Green Church, W5 5QT THU FRI

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

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

EAST STREET DANCE ACADEMY ealingstreetdance.com Benedict’s School, W5 2ES SAT

SA DANCE

ALLSORTS DRAMA

INNOVATION DANCE EALING

THE ELLIS BALLET

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

veriteellis.wixsite.com/the-ellis-ballet St Mary’s Church Hall, W7 3QP THU North Hanwell Baptist Church Hall, W7 1BW SAT

LYRIC, HAMMERSMITH

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

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

MICHAEL FLATLEY DANCE ACADEMY michaelflatleydance.com 4yrs+ Chelsea MON Kew WED Hammersmith FRI

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

THE ITALIA CONTI RUISLIP

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

YMCA WEST LONDON ymcawestlondon.org 4yrs+ Dance and ballet. Term-time 25 St. Mary’s Road, Ealing, W5 5RE TUE WED

WEST LONDON DANCE ACADEMY westlondondanceacademy.com | 07795 578781 Ballet, Tap, Modern Jazz & Performance classes. IDTA accredited St Michael and All Angels Parish Hall, Priory Avenue, W4 1TX MON WED THU FRI

WEST LONDON SCHOOL OF DANCE westlondonschoolofdance.co.uk 2½ yrs+ Ballet, tap, jazz, singing Village Hall, 58 Bulwer Street, W12 8AP MON TUE WED THU FRI Du Boisson Studios, 25 Bulwer St, W12 8AR MON TUE WED THU FRI SAT St Peters, 59A Portobello Rd, W11 3DB MON TUE THU

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

PLEASING DANCE SCHOOL OF BALLET

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

lyric.co.uk 8-21yrs ZAD West Beginners - Advanced FRI 11-21yrs Move it Mondays MON 7- 21yrs (split age groups) Contemporary dance class THU 5-10yrs Children’s ballet SAT 11-16yrs Dance West Youth Company MON

THEATRE 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

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 University of West London, St Mary’s Rd, W5 5RF SAT

FUNKY MOVES DANCE

Portobello Court, W11 2DL WED FRI

allsortsdrama.com 4yrs+ Notting Hill Preparatory School , W11 1QQ FRI SAT

BARBARA SPEAK STAGE SCHOOL barbaraspeake.com 6yrs+ Drama and singing East Acton Lane, W3 7EG SAT

BARNES MUSICAL THEATRE CLUB barnesmusicaltheatreclub.com 4-7yrs St Osmunds Church Hall, SW13 9RT 8-14yrs Kitson Hall, SW13 9HJ MON

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

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 Holy Innocents Church, W6 0UB THU St Albans Fulham, W6 8HJ TUE Arts Educational Schools, 14 Bath Rd, W4 1LY SUN


RICHMOND EALING ACTON CHISWICK HAMMERSMITH Chiswick Town Hall, W4 4JN TUE Ark Priory Primary Academy, Acton Lane, W3 8NR MON Acton Park Children’s Centre, W3 7LJ SAT Everyone Active Acton Centre, W3 6NE 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 Barnes Methodist Church Hall, SW13 0NH MON FRI St Mary Magdalen RC Church, SW14 8PR SAT St Paul’s Church Hall, W13 9XW TUE

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

QUESTORS

Kensington United Reformed Church, Allen Str, W8 6BL SAT Broomfield House, Kew Gardens SAT St Vincent’s Catholic Primary School, Pierrepoint Rd SAT Kings House School, Richmond SAT Lady Margaret School SAT Brandlehow Primary School, Putney SAT St Stephen’s Church, Putney FRI Kensington United Reformed Church SAT North Ealing School, Ealing THU Hobbayne Primary School, Ealing SAT

THEATRE STUDIO WEST marinamellor.co.uk | 020 8994 8751 4yrs+ The Studios, Priory Community Centre, W3 8NY SAT

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

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

READING / STORYTELLING

SCHOOL OF COMEDY

waterstones.com/bookshops/chiswick 5yrs+ storytelling WED

schoolofcomedy.com | 07912 222 670 4-18yrs+ Stand-up, improvisation Chiswick WED FRI

SONG ACADEMY songacademy.co.uk | 07710 023 743 8+yrs Song writing Arts Ed, 14 Bath Rd, W4 1LY MON Holy Trinity Church, Brook Green, W6 7BL THU The Tabernacle, Notting Hill, W11 2AY THU St Dionis Church, Fulham, SW6 4UH THU

STAGECOACH stagecoach.co.uk 4yrs+ Drama, Dance and Singing Chiswick Strand on the Green School, Thames Rd, W4 3NX FRI William Hogarth School, Duke Rd, W4 2JR SAT Addison Primary School, Blythe Rd, W14 0DT FRI St Barnabas & St Philips School, 58 Earls Court Rd, W8 6EJ SAT

WATERSTONES CHISWICK

SCIENCE / STEM BLUE SHIFT CODING blueshiftcoding.com Beginner The Corner House, W6 7PD TUE

CYPHER CODERS cyphercoders.com 5-12yrs Chiswick & Notting Hill MON SAT

LITTLE HOUSE OF SCIENCE littlehouseofscience.com 4yrs+ Notting Hill & Kensington MON TUE WED THU SAT

MINI ENGINEERS mini-engineers.com 5-11yrs Lego construction & coding Imperial College London, SW7 2AZ SAT

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RICHER EDUCATION richereducation.co.uk 7-14yrs STEM 4-11yrs Science, 7-12yrs Robotics, 7-12yrs Mechatronics, 5-9yrs Maths, 8-14yrs Engineering, 7-14yrs Coding (Python) Imperial College London, SW7 2AZ SAT SUN

INDIAN GYMKHANA

THE BUILD IT WORKSHOP

CHELSEA FC SOCCER SCHOOL

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

chelseafc.com/soccer-schools Barnes SAT

SPORT

excelsports.info | 07956 151 559 4yrs+ Kings House Sports Ground TUE WED

ATHLETICS ST MARY’S RICHMOND AC

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

FOOTBALL

EXCEL SPORTS SOCCER SCHOOL

smrac.org.uk 8yrs+ term-time St Mary’s University Running Track,TW1 4SX TUE

University of Westminster Sports Ground, Hartington Rd, W3 3UH SAT

THAMES VALLEY HARRIERS

CLIP N CLIMB

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

clipnclimbchelsea.co.uk 19 Michael Road, SW6 2ER

FULHAM FC

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

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

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

FOOTY FUN 4 KIDS

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

KEW PARK RANGERS kewparkrangers.co.uk | 020 8940 9882 U4½-U8yrs North Sheen Recreation Ground SAT U9-U10yrs+ All girls’ teams Christ’s School, Queen’s Rd, TW10 6HW SAT U11–U15yrs University of Westminster MON TUE THU SAT (check which day applies) North Sheen Recreation Ground, TW9 4HA

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

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)

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little & big kids 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 shootingstarz.co.uk | 07549 982 243 Football, netball, multi-skills clubs The Park Club, W3 7HB WED FRI SAT SUN

THE LITTLE FOXES CLUB thelittlefoxesclub.com | 020 7376 0006 5yrs+ Tennis, football, Foxes FC, gym & netball Brook Green Tennis Courts WED Turnham Green Church (on the green) THU SAT Ravenscourt Park SAT Pitshanger Park, Ealing TUE SAT Latymer Upper School, W6 9LR SAT Holland Park School, W8 7AF SUN

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

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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

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. Term-time St. James’ Church, St James Ave, W13 9DL TUE

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

CROUCHING TIGER KARATE

ennis-gymnastics.com | 07731 393422 5-8yrs Rhythmic gymnastics Perivale Community Centre, Horsenden Lane South, UB6 7NP TUE THU FRI SUN

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

HEATHROW GYMNASTICS

ILYEO TAEKWONDO CLUB

heathrowgymnastics.org.uk | 020 8569 5069 4yrs+ Green Lane, TW4 DAILY

Ilyeotaekwondo.com | 07872 932 223 5yrs+ Beginners welcome Russian Orthodox Church, Harvard Rd, W4 4ED MON SAT

LUMI KIDS

KENSHUKAI KARATE

lumipoweryoga.com/little-lumis | 020 8846 8504 5-12yrs 121 King St, W6 9JG TUE

kenshukai.net St Martin’s Church Hall, W3 9SQ SAT The Church of the Ascension, W5 3EB TUE

LONDON TRAMPOLINE ACADEMY

PEEWEE KARATE

ENNIS GYMNASTICS ACADEMY

londontrampoline.com | 07950 267655 4yrs+ Trampoline training Reynolds Sports Centre, Acton MON TUE THU SAT Osterley Sports and Athletics Centre, Isleworth WED FRI

RICHMOND GYMNASTICS richmondgymnastics.co.uk 4yrs+ Term-time Townmead Rd, TW9 (and other locations) DAILY

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

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

fskauk.co.uk 3-6yrs Scout Hall, TW9 3QA MON St Michael’s Community Centre, Barnes Bridge, SW13 0NX MON

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 SUN Westway Sports Centre SAT

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

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

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


RICHMOND EALING ACTON CHISWICK HAMMERSMITH EALING RUGBY CLUB

JANET ADEGOKE SWIMMING POOL

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

better.org.uk | 020 8735 4900 Phoenix Fitness Centre, W12 DAILY

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

littlerugby.co.uk 5-7yrs Mega rugby Hogarth Youth Centre, Duke Rd, W4 2JR SUN

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

LONDON WELSH 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

MYLITTLEBOARDERS 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

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KENSINGTON LEISURE CENTRE

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NAUTILUS SWIMMING

DUKES MEADOWS

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LAURA SEVENUS

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NEW CHISWICK POOL

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ONTHEBALL TENNIS WITH MAHMUDA

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POOLS ON THE PARK

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SPORTS GENERATION

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sportsgeneration.co.uk Roko Chiswick Bridge, W4 TUE THU FRI SAT SUN Private pool, Richmond, TW10 7AD DAILY Cedars Health Club, Richmond Hill DAILY

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WATER SPORTS CANALSIDE ACTIVITY 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

LONDON CORINTHIAN SAILING CLUB lcsc.org.uk RYA accredited courses for beginners upwards Linden House, 60 Upper Mall, W6 9TA

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 DAILY

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SAXON FENCING CLUB saxonfencing.co.uk 14yrs+ Twyford Sports Centre, W3 9PP THU

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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

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

CHISWICK THEATRE ARTS chiswicktheatrearts.com 4-14yrs Chiswick

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ART & DESIGN MELLA MELLA’S mellamellas.co.uk All ages | Pottery, painting, kids corner Chiswick

FUN WITH FIMO CLAY funwithfimoclay.co.uk Acton

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

YOUNG FILM ACADEMY

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

THE ROYAL INSTITUTE OF BRITISH ARCHITECTS

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architecture.com 7-18yrs | Design workshops W1

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

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DUKES MEADOWS

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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

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

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

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

STEM & CODING

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firetechcamp.com 9-17yrs | Creative tech camps incl coding, electronics, games, robotics Chelsea, South Kensington, Hampstead

EALING CRICKET CLUB

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

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

CYPHER

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

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

HEATHROW GYMNASTICS

FIRE TECH

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SHARKY & GEORGE

cyphercoders.com 4-14yrs | Creative & Coding camps Various locations across London

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

MAD SCIENCE

CHISWICK COURSES

madscience.org.uk 4-11yrs Various locations

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

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

MULTI-ACTIVITY

RICHMOND GYMNASTICS

firsthandexperiences.co.uk 3-14 yrs | Nature inspired day and sleep away camps . Art, craft, theatre, music and whole foods. SW6 & GU27

richmondgymnastics.co.uk 5-16yrs Kew

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

FIRST HAND EXPERIENCES

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 SCIENCE MUSEUM sciencemuseum.org.uk Parties within the award-winning museum Exhibition Rd, SW7 2DD

CLUB DE SPORTS clubdessports.co.uk Football, netball, tennis, cricket, gymnastics, ballet, karate, boxing East Acton Lane, W3 7HB

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

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BLOSSOM & BEE

ALL SAINTS CHURCH

ALL SAINTS EALING HALL

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

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

PITSHANGER COMMUNITY PLAYCENTRE

ST PAUL’S CHURCH

EALING GREEN CHURCH HALL

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

BRENTFORD FOUNTAIN LEISURE CENTRE

CERAMICS CAFÉ

3RD CHISWICK SCOUTS

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

HEATHROW GYM

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

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

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

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

ST MICHAEL’S CENTRE stmichaels-elmwoodroad.org Elmwood Road, W4 3DY

HANWELL METHODIST CHURCH HALL

SNAKES AND LADDERS

ST MICHAEL AND ALL ANGELS

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snakes-and-ladders.co.uk | 020 8847 0946 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 ASKEW ROAD CHURCH askewroadchurch.org.uk Two halls to let with kitchens – suitable for children’s parties. Other smaller rooms. Corner of Bassein Park Rd, Shepherds Bush, W12 9RN

MASBRO CENTRE upg.org.uk | 020 7605 0800 87 Masbro Rd, W14 0LR

ST PETER’S CHURCH PARISH ROOM

NEW CHISWICK POOL

stdunstanschurch.org.uk | 020 8740 1383 Friars Place Lane, W3 7AW

ealinggreenchurch.org.uk | 020 8810 0136 Ealing Green, W5 5QT

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

THE BLEND HOUSE

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

stmaryacton.org.uk | 020 8993 0422 1 The Mount, Acton High Street, W3 9NW

ST DUNSTAN’S EAST ACTON

GROVE NEIGHBOURHOOD CNTR

THE LITTLE GYM

ST MARY’S CHURCH HALLS

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

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

07472 889 080 114 Churchfield Road, W3 6BY

sph.org/hiring | 020 8748 3855 Queen Caroline Street, W6 9PJ

020 8741 3321 7 Bradmore Park Rd, W6 0DT

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 56 Grove Park Rd, W4 3SB

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

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

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

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

stpetersw6.org | 020 8741 4848 Black Lion Lane, W6 9BE

DORSET WHARF COMMUNITY HALL rockingscots.co.uk/ dorsetwharfcommunityhall | 07880 840 692 158 Rainville Road, W6 9HN

JORDANS NURSERY 020 8741 3230 Holy Innocents Church, Paddenswick Rd, W6 0UB

MACBETH CENTRE hfals.co.uk (under Room Hire) Macbeth Street, W6 9JJ

CORINTHIAN SAILING CLUB

The Little Gym

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WHO IS? VICKI PSARIAS PEOPLE

VICTORIA EVANS CATCHES UP WITH THE AUTHOR AND BLOGGER

having a cool-headed and caring husband, Peter and manager, Jack Freud, helps hugely. I never feel sad for long.

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Top tips for someone wanting to blog as a career? Buy my book Mumboss of course: I share all that I know within that from how to start a blog, finding your voice and confidence and knowing your worth. Quick tips are: let your passions lead you, write what you know and be consistent. hree words to describe yourself. Warm, talkative, generous.

What are your social media house rules? Nothing digital at the table and the kids have set times when they can use the computer. YouTube is weekends only. I’m not addicted to my phone anymore either and most of our evenings are tech-free unless I’m on a deadline. I tend to write during the day now that my book Mumboss is out. I wrote that between 10pm and 3am last year! Lots of people blog so they can get their hands on free stuff. What was your motivation? I started Honestmum.com in 2010 to rediscover my voice after a traumatic birth. Blogging as a career in the UK was unheard of then. After four weeks, I was offered my first commission and my business grew organically from there. Now I work with global brands while sharing all that I know to help mobilise and inspire other mums and dads to work flexibly and remotely thanks to the democratic internet.

What was the motivation for Mumboss? I wanted a long-form piece that you could follow, or dip into which houses all that I’ve learnt in the seven years blogging and vlogging. Last book you read? Purpose-Find Your Truth and Embrace Your Calling by my pal Jessica Huie MBE. It is brilliantly life-affirming and inspirational. What’s your top tip for date night in London? We do date days, to be honest. It’s easier to get a babysitter and there are no hangovers. The Royal Garden Hotel for vegan afternoon tea, followed by a walk in the adjacent Kensington Gardens, would be the best day date possible. I adore being their resident blogger. It’s my second-home and it’s so tranquil there.

Why do you think your profile has grown in the way it has? My readers tell me they feel I’m their friend: their honest, loving friend who tells it like it is and gives them the advice they need to hear. I’ll take that.

Where’s your favourite place to go in London with the children? Anywhere in Kensington or Notting Hill. I used to live on Westbourne Grove and did so when I met my husband Peter so we have lots of happy memories there. We love revisiting with the kids be it eating out, heading to the park or visiting a local museum.

How do you deal with negativity on social media? I’m pretty good at brushing off the trolls now that I’m seven years in. I think

Tell us one thing that people don’t know about you. I can bark like a dog. Crazy but true. Discovered that as a

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child. Dogs bark back at me but I’ve not a clue what they’re on about!!! What would you take to a desert island? My kids and husband. Then vegan chocolate. Signature dish? I turned plant-based several months ago and my go-to is a mild chickpea curry the whole family loves. What’s been your proudest moment? The birth of my kids and my wedding day. Then, seeing my parents’ faces on publication day. Their pride and joy is etched in my mind’s eye forever. What’s next on the list of things to do? Mumboss: The Movie is the grand plan, Stan. A talk show too please and moving to LA in five years’ time, perhaps. Oh, and the big dream is another baby, but I need to work on my nonbroody husband for that one (it might take a while). I have a lot I want to do to be honest...

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