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WHAT’S ON

SPRING 2015 ISSUE 4 FREE

CLASSES ACTIVITIES

The Definitive Local Guide for West London May 2014

WEST LONDON’S BOND BADDIE: SÉBASTIEN FOUCAN UNISEX STYLE BEVERLEY TURNER ROLE MODELS EDUCATION BOOKS COMPETITIONS


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WELCOME

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hen it came to putting together this Spring issue, I realised there was an accidental common theme - men. Our feature interview is with Sébastien Foucan, Bond baddie

from Casino Royale, but perhaps most importantly, the founder and pioneer of freerunning. He has spent his life pushing the boundaries, attempting challenges he thought beyond him, and is now sharing his experiences with kids in Chiswick through his Freerunning Academy. A more inspirational and accessible person it would be difficult to find. Beverley Turner celebrates West London’s dads and their contribution to 21st century parenting; and we meet Hugo Shephard, the founder of Role Models - an adhoc childcare agency with a difference. Realising this had the potential to be a testosterone-charged City Kids edition, our Style page focuses on unisex clothing. Roxzann Weston has found some excellent brands that break the gender stereotype. Our beautiful cover girl, Anna, is also wearing some of 2015’s latest unisex trends. Mothers’ Day, Easter and May half term will shortly be on their way, and our What’s On calendar and directories will entertain even the most demanding little tyrants. PHOTOGRAPHY & STYLING Danielle Owen

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WE LOVE WHAT’S ON FEATURE SÉBASTIEN FOUCAN BEVERLEY TURNER ON DADS PEOPLE LENA ADDIS STYLE BOOKS EDUCATION DIRECTORY BABIES & PRE-SCHOOLERS / LITTLE KIDS / BIG KIDS DIRECTORY ACTIVITY CENTRES AND SATURDAY SCHOOLS DIRECTORY PARTIES DIRECTORY HOLIDAY CLUBS RECIPE BY JO PRATT

CITY KIDS editor Victoria Evans designer Caroline Haye contributors Beverley Turner, Sharon Fried-Jones, Jo Pratt, Roxzann Weston, Juliet Golz & Shirley Khan This publication may not be reproduced in whole or part by any means without prior consent of the publisher. Whilst every effort has been made to ensure accuracy of the content at the time of publication, the publishers shall not be held responsible in any way for any inaccuracies or omissions. The opinions of those expressed in this magazine are not necessarily those of the publisher or CITY KIDS LTD. © 2015 CITY KIDS LTD. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.

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WE LOVE ALL ABOARD Trunki have always helped to add a little joy to what can be the pain of travelling with children. New this month is Boris the Trunki Bus, complete with animal stickers to customise the window spaces. There’s a little stair case to the upper deck and white horns to grip while riding along. All Trunkis are made and designed in the UK, complete with a five year guarantee. RRP £45 www.trunki.co.uk

CLUB TROPICANA!

We’ve had our eyes on these lamps ever since we saw them. What’s not to like? Spanish designers, Goodnight Light, bring some tropical fun design to nurseries, kids or teens bedrooms. Available in yellow, pink and mint. Yum! £63.99

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POP UP PET Want a feline friend with no fuss? Or a charming canine chum? Then you need a Pop Up Pet. Out of the bag, a couple of folds and up pops something cute to keep you company. A sweet friend for teenage bedrooms; a fun companion when away at college. From the makers of Rosie Flo’s Colouring Books.

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£7.99

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WE LOVE

OUT OF THIS WORLD For the child who has it all (and parents with bottomless pockets), these are awesome! Inflatable play tents with integrated remote control mood lighting, great for sensory play. Currently available are the Galactic Space Adventure and the Sub Aqua Quest – but, in research, are more interchangeable themes. In fact, you can vote on their website for your favourite. They inflate in 40 seconds and pack away neatly in a holdall. £599

FRENCH FANCY Local mum, Lena Addis, searches high and low for new and exciting gifts and clothing for babies and children. Inspired by French brands, her top priorities are quality and originality combined with an ethical approach. Amongst her star finds are these Maileg Mouse in a Box toys as well as this Best Years knitted Stegosaurus. £13.50

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MAGIC MACS These colour changing macs from Holly & Beau bring a little fun to dreary Spring showers. The designs burst with colour when wet and return to their original colour once dry. New are these pack away macs which come in a pansy, zebra or monster design – all with matching colour changing brollies. Mac £35 Umbrella £14.99 www.hollyandbeau.com


SHAUN THE SHEEP

KEW GARDENS 28 Mar to 12 Apr 2015

Join Shaun and the Flock for fun and games at Kew Gardens this season. Book now at kew.org/ShauntheSheep u Kew Gardens Kew Bridge Kids and Friends of Kew go free

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What’s on

March

Now

Now

Sundays

SHERLOCK HOLMES

A FAMILY IN WARTIME

MAGIC CARPET

Museums of London

Imperial War Museum

www.museumoflondon.org.uk

www.iwm.org.uk

STORY TELLING National Gallery

Discover daily life during WW2 through the eyes of the Allpress family. Free. All ages.

12 to 15

From

I BELIEVE IN UNICORNS

© National Gallery, London

All ages. Runs until 12 April.

© IWM

Colin Hutton © Hartswood Films

www.nationalgallery.org.uk

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ALEXANDER MCQUEEN SAVAGE BEAUTY

Polka TheatrePolka Theatre www.polkatheatre.com

Osterley House www.nationaltrust.org.uk/ osterley-park

Michael Morpurgo’s story brings alive the excitement of books. Great for any kids who aren’t into reading. 6-12 yrs © Theatre Alibi

V&A

Make a small posy with fresh flowers for your Mum. 12.00.

FAMILY BIRD WATCHING WWT London

www.wwt.org.uk

Don’t know your goldeneyes from your shovelers. A spot of bird watching for youngsters should do the trick. All ages. 11.30.

A must for all budding fashion designers and lovers of haute couture.

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YEH SHEN THE CHINESE CINDERELLA

SHAUN THE SHEEP Kew Gardens

Watermans

www.kew.org

www.watermans.org.uk

World famous Shaun and his friend flock to Kew with a range of family fun. All ages. Runs until 12th April.

Chinese version of the popular fairytale followed by an Arts and Crafts workshop where you can make a Chinese dragon puppet. 5yrs+.

© RBG Kew

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www.vam.ac.uk

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Fly away on the magic carpet, coming to land in front of a different painting each day. 1-4yrs

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What’s on

April 4&5

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OPERATION MAGIC CARPET

CBEEBIES LIVE:

Polka Theatre www.polkatheatre.com

Wembley Arena Travel with Nomi from London to Baghdad on a magic carpet, with a genie.

www.cbeebieslive.com See Justin Fletcher’s characters from ‘Gigglebiz’ and ‘Something Special’. Robert the Robot, Little Monster and CBeebies presenters Cat, Andy and Gemma also join the fun.

6-11 yrs

5&6

From

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EASTER TRAIL

MRS MCMOON’S TEA PARTY

Polka TheatreFulham Palace www.fulhampalace.org

Premier Stage Productions Ltd. TREE FU TOM™ BBC FremantleMediaLtd Penguin

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Lyric Hammersmith www.lyric.co.uk Celebrating the re-opening of the Lyric, a cast of exciting young talent takes to the stage, splurge guns at the ready! 6 yrs+

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TREE FU TOM

MINI TENNIS WEEKEND

Beck Theatre, Hayes

Will to Win Chiswick

www.becktheatre.org.uk

Pitshanger Park, Lammas Park Registration via www.lta.org.uk

Enter the world of Treetopolis to do Tree Fu and help Tom save the day! Free introduction and coaching for parents and kids 3-10yrs.

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© 2006 Tom Sierak

© ROH / Johan Persson 2011

Follow the clues to find the chocolate. £2 per child, no booking necessary. 1pm - 2 yrs+

Watermans www.watermans.org.uk

Daring adventures and stories told by Mrs McMoon during her tea party. 3-6 yrs

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THE BOY IN THE STRIPED PYJAMAS Rose Theatre www.rosetheatrekingston.org Friendship blossoms between the son of a commandant at a concentration camp and a Jewish boy on the other side of the fence. Runs until 2 May 11yrs+


What’s on

May

Now

4

9 & 10

HOMES OF THE HOMELESS:

FAMILY FUN DAY

LONDON PET SHOW

Royal Windsor Racecourse

ExCel www.londonpetshow.co.uk

Geffrye Museum www.geffrye-museum.org.uk

If your kids need reminding of how lucky they are, take them to this exhibition to see how Victorian kids were dragged up.

www.windsor-racecourse.co.uk © IWM

Colin Hutton © Hartswood Films

SEEKING SHELTER IN VICTORIAN LONDON

Do something different! Facepainting, fun fair plus Peppa Pig & George ensure this is a family day out for all ages.

12 to 16

From

15

TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD

PETER PAN

Richmond Theatre

Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre

www.atgtickets.com/richmond

www.openairtheatre.com

It’s worth a trip to ExCel to see all creatures great and small, all under one roof. From Doggy Dancing, Rabbit Showjumping and Duck Herding. All ages.

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Become a crew member and discover what life was like defending the ship and tending to the wounded. “Terrific retelling of Harper Lee’s classic makes dramatic gold.” The Times 11yrs+

19 to 23

CHELSEA FLOWER SHOW Royal Hospital

© firstVIEW

© Theatre Alibi

www.goldenhinde.com

Magical venue, magical play. Perfect. All ages.

All ages. 11.00 & 14.00

23 to 25

FOODIES FESTIVAL Syon Park www.foodiesfestival.com

www.rhs.org.uk There is much on offer here, including Discovery Zone, Young Florist of the Year and Budding Gardener.

With the kids or without them this should not be missed! Top chefs; wine, beer, and cocktails; chocolate, baking and jams; and the Children’s Cookery Theatre.

All ages.

All ages.

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FEATURE

THE PIONEER

SÉBASTIEN FOUCAN BRINGS HIS FREERUNNING PHILOSOPHY TO CHISWICK WORDS VICTORIA EVANS PHOTOGRAPHY KELLY REEVES PHOTOGRAPHY

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FEATURE

I

have a confession. I am a closet James Bond Fan. Fan

perhaps overstates it but, just sometimes, nothing else will do. One of my favourite scenes from a Bond film is in Casino Royale, Daniel Craig’s first outing as 007. No, not the beach scene, where the outrageously buff Craig walks out of the Bahamian sea in his crazy tight swimmers, but rather the adrenalin-fuelled, high energy, death defying stunts that Craig and his baddie counterpart perform from ground level up to 200 feet above the ocean. The diminutive figure of Mollaka, gracefully leaping over obstacles and glancing off walls, while Bond crashes through them, is Sebastien Foucan - parkour and freerunning pioneer. If you have no idea what I’m talking about, Google ‘Sebastien Foucan Casino Royale’ and tell me you’re not impressed. The fact that the Bond film franchise used freerunning in the first big action sequence reflects the airtime the discipline had been getting at the time in TV commercials and in two critically acclaimed films: Jump London and Jump Britain. Foucan and his pals scaled famous landmarks, showcasing parkour and freerunning to a global audience. Why am I telling you all this? Well, Sebastien Foucan has launched his Foucan Freerunning Academy in Chiswick for secondary school kids. If you are over eleven, you can join a beginner or intermediate after-school class and learn from a true pro. There’s a certain irony in that the classes are held in a school hall. As a young boy, Foucan says he was a failure at school: “They told me I had to sit and listen, but I didn’t want to, I was full of energy, full of dreams.” Foucan has been encouraged by the enthusiasm of Chiswick School’s Head, Tony Ryan, who has bought into his vision. It’s hard not to. He speaks passionately (the French accent must help here) and eloquently about his own experiences of the education system in France; which ultimately shaped the way he now teaches children. He is certain that children are engaged by the visual; why else would they want to play on iPads or watch TV all day? “As a teacher, your duty is to inspire children and make them dream. Adults listen, kids see; it’s about playing, using your eyes. I am a failure if I have to get them to listen. As an educator, I have set up a programme where they don’t feel like they’re learning; they keep having fun and they improve.” He’s also not averse to throwing in the odd back flip from time to time to keep the kids engaged. Foucan’s journey as a parkour practitioner began as a kid, alongside his friend David Belle on the streets of France. Parkour comes from the French “parcours”, a military method of training which essentially means: to move freely from A to B by running, jumping and climbing; using what Mother Nature and city planners provide as a playground. Limited by the constraints of parkour (there are no flips or somersaults

in parkour), Foucan invented his own practice of freerunning. “It’s a mindset, a revolution, to move away from boundaries. Freerunning is what I call an unfinished discipline. For me it’s my lifestyle, it’s my DNA.” At a freerunning session with Foucan, students won’t be faced with traditional warm-ups and stretches. He often starts with a game of tag, or an activity which shakes off the inhibitions, like moving on allfours like a cat. “The shy ones aren’t keen to do it, but they see their friends doing it and become immersed in the task, eventually relaxing and letting go.” They will learn balance, precise movements, how to harness their developing physical strength, and how to take controlled risks. Above all, Foucan wants them to realise their mental strength. You see, much of Foucan’s success is built on confidence and belief. Where his education failed him, leaving his self-belief in tatters, parkour and then freerunning provided experiences which enabled him to challenge his trust in his own ability, and to conquer his fears. Foucan is acrophobic, but having watched the stunts in Casino Royale, you wouldn’t know it. All the action is real. “They didn’t know I had a fear of heights, it’s not something I publicise. It was James Bond – how could I say no? Before filming, I imagined what it would be like, I looked at models of the shoot, but when I saw the cranes for real, well … So I practiced over three months. I happened to be doing Jump Britain in Cardiff [where he leaped across a gap in the Millennium Stadium’s roof], so there was progression to these heights. I developed a way to learn how to do it - to focus.” While kids who attend his classes won’t be encouraged to dive lemming-like off the sides of tall buildings, they will be taught the basics – how to move freely, how to jump, how to land safely and how to face fears. Also, with discussions in place to take classes outside in the summer, this freerunning pioneer will be able to share his vision of the world - as one enormous playground.

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emember how you used to love your partner when they gave you the last forkful of dessert? Once you become parents and romantic meals are a distant memory, love is knowing that your other half will wipe your kid’s nose with their fingers. Maintaining romance while surviving the baby and toddler years (or at least not murdering your co-creator) is the greatest challenge most of us ever face. I tell my Blooming Bunch ante-natal groups, “Brace yourselves: there will be so many new ways to let each other down.” They blink silently. They just. Don’t. Know.

being run by a nappywearing dictator. But high-five to the fellas: they finally understand that being a parent is phenomenally tougher than being in the office. It’s a very brave (idiotic) dad who will still come home, survey the messy house and ask his partner what on earth she has done all day.

And how could they? It’s impossible to picture the changes until you’ve felt the fury of asking hubby to “purleeaase” empty the nappy bin for the fourteenth time; or felt your heart sink because they seem resentful about giving a bottle at 2am or felt cross that they’re never keen to play peek-a-boo with your wide-eyed bubba. (Don’t they know that children who aren’t played with for thirty minutes a day never achieve more than 10 A*s at GCSE)?

I honestly believe this social shift is partly due to dads getting involved before the birth rather than thinking their job is done after the fun of conception. Originally, I had intended for dads to attend half of the classes on my antenatal course. But due to demand, they now come to all eight. We even have dads frequently turn up without their partners if mum-to-be is kept late at the office. That was unheard of a decade ago.

But could it be that the stereotype of the hopeless husband is finally dead? According to a survey by charity Working Families, dads under 35 are now more likely to do the school run than their equally busy partners. On a recent LBC phone-in callers repeatedly told me that being a full-time father no longer carries the stigma that existed as little as ten years ago. That is one rapidly momentous social change. A glance at any of our local swimming pools on a weekend morning reveals a proliferation of daddy-day-care. It’s highly likely that the mums are at the supermarket rather than a spa but the evidence is clear – dads are more involved in parenting than at any other time in history. So who can take the credit? There’s no doubt that mums now aim higher in our expectations and being super-clear with dads about our needs is critical when we feel like strangers in a strange land

Some obstetricians question whether dads should even be at the birth. The man who wails, vomits and howls at the moon only makes mum-to-be more anxious. And that’s a conversation all couples should have openly and calmly (good luck with that by the way). Of course the majority of men do attend the birth and there is a lot that they can do to make sure they feel part of this massive event.

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THEY JUST. DON’T. KNOW

TIPS BOX

for dads at birth

I like to divide their tasks into three categories: emotional, physical and practical (see below). A couple who have prepared for meeting their baby together are likely to have a positive birth - one in which dads know what’s happening; have the confidence to assert themselves (on their wife’s behalf) and don’t feel terrified. Which, when you think about it, is a brilliant mind-set to be in when you’re about to swap romantic meals for snotty fingers.

PRACTICAL Be in charge of the parking metre. Know the best route to get to the hospital at different times of the day. Be responsible for drinks and snacks during labour (for both of you!).

PHYSICAL Men are great leaning posts for women who want to stay upright in labour. Massage hands, feet and lower back (if she wants you to). Just being present to have your hand crushed can be great comfort. EMOTIONAL Protect her – politely guard the door against people ‘popping in’. Tell her she is amazing and doing brilliantly. Be strong even if you’re scared. Once the baby’s out you can blub like a total Jessie.

Beverley Turner runs www.thebloomingbunch.co.uk and hosts Sunday Mornings on LBC Radio at 10am.

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here aren’t many sporting activities you can all do as a family. Rugby, football, hockey and cricket are great for the kids but require a certain level of spectator commitment from parents, in all weather conditions. But what if I told you there was a new venue in West London where the whole family could compete against each other on a level playing field? Nestled between terraced houses, a stone’s throw from the High Road, is an industrial estate where TeamSport have opened a spanking new go-kart track. Their family sessions mean that kids (12yrs+) can race against their parents in karts that reach eye-watering speeds. Channelling your inner Lewis Hamilton is all the more appealing as the track is indoors, warm and unexpectedly swanky as Managing Director, Dominic Gaynor explains. “We’re going against the last 25 years of people’s experiences of indoor kart tracks in the UK, which have been a bit spit and sawdust, under invested and generally a bit grubby and not very nice. Changing rooms have showers, nice lockers what people would expect from a decent health club. A lot of people walk in and don’t expect this. And partly, the electric kart really helps with that because it is a clean environment.” These new eco karts run on the same technology that commonly power mobile phones - lithium ion batteries. This makes them fast, light, and easier to manoeuvre around the 500-metre track. Gone are the noisy petrol karts you’ve probably seen and heard before. “It’s strange at first if you’re used to petrol, but actually the whole performance of the car outweighs the fact that there’s no noise. Because it’s electric, you have instant torque so they’re actually a lot quicker - the acceleration is quicker. For an indoor kart circuit, which tends to be a little tighter with more corners, twists and turns, to have that power when you’re coming out of corners is actually a much better driving experience.” Currently the electric karts are suitable for kids over the age of 12,

but kids’ electric karts for over eights are under development and Dominic hopes to see them in action in West London before the end of the year. TeamSport do however have three other London track locations, two of which in North London and Docklands run petrol karts for children from the age of eight years. A typical race day experience starts with registration and a prerace briefing to go through the do’s and don’ts of the track. Then it’s into the changing rooms to put on a race suit and helmet before stepping into the kart. You need never have driven before – the pedals are colour coded, green for go and red for braking; there are no gears and steering is quite straightforward. There are usually three eight-minute sessions with a break between each one where instructors can go through your lap times and give tips on racing lines and overtaking. It is at this point that I feel I must point out that the fairer sex is at an advantage here. Apparently women talk to the marshals more and are great at listening and gathering insider knowledge to get the best out of the karts. After a podium presentation and trophy for the winner, drivers can retire to the bar to enjoy a well-earned drink and pizza. One of the West London track’s major draws is the fact you race over two levels, the ground and the first floor, as well as test your skills on a banked corner which makes the whole experience more fun. Family and friends can watch from the viewing area and, because the karts are quieter, they can actually hear themselves speak. Plus drivers can communicate to each other, in the nicest possible way, out on the track. As well as family days and junior track days, there are options to hire the whole track for parties or corporate days out; and with annual membership you can compete in a championship against TeamSport drivers from around the UK for a track day at Brands Hatch in the autumn.

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PEOPLE

“IF YOU DON’T TAKE RISKS, YOU’LL NEVER KNOW WHAT MIGHT HAVE BEEN.” LENA ADDIS OWNER OF CHISWICK- BASED BOUTIQUE MILO ET MIMI.

Why did you start Milo et Mimi? After a long career in PR, maternity-leave was my first real opportunity to take a step back and re-assess the direction I wanted my career to take. Motherhood gave me a new perspective on things as I realised I wanted to work flexibly and be my own boss, rather than working the traditional 9am-5.30pm. I studied French at university, and it was during my year abroad that I first fell in love with French fashion; the opportunity to wander the delightful Parisian boulevards and to browse their stylish boutiques was a major source of inspiration. When my daughter was born, I realised there are of lots of wonderful, high quality, non-high street brands for little ones so I set about creating an online store that combined my love of French style with my desire to offer fashionable kids clothing which is practical, comfortable and not massproduced. And so, Milo et Mimi was born with the aim of sharing some of these amazing brands with mums, while supporting other fledgling businesses.

There are lots of online boutiques. What’s Milo et Mimi’s USP? Our handpicked collection of exciting, emerging brands sourced from across the world is what makes Milo et Mimi different. Our adorable Hazel Village soft animals originate from an attic in Brooklyn; our pretty hair accessories - Hello Shiso and The Littles - are handmade by mumpreneurs in the US 16 CITY KIDS

and our collection of toys and homewares by emerging British designer, Julia Staite, adds a touch of quirky cool to any home. Also, a number of our clothing collections – particularly from Spain - are either unique to us in the UK or only in a handful of stores. We strive to find something a bit different, not widely available on the high street, at an affordable price.

What have been your best/worst times running a business? The freedom of being my own boss and being able to work flexibly has enabled me to spend as much time as possible with my daughter during these key formative years – that’s a huge plus! I also greatly enjoyed my recent three-month stint as a pop-up; feedback from my customers has been really encouraging and heartwarming and I have had so many positive comments on my product ranges, giving me the courage of my convictions. The lows often come with trying something new say, a marketing initiative or taking part in an event I haven’t attended before. As a small business, you have to take risks and to try new things - sometimes these don’t quite go the way you hope, which can be disheartening. I try to stay positive and to keep things in perspective. After all, if you don’t take risks, you’ll never know what might have been.

What do you wish you’d known when you started up, that you know now? I wish I had known just how much the success or failure of one’s online business

is in the hands of Google!

What advice would you give to anyone wanting a change of direction? Just go for it! If you have an entrepreneurial spirit, then take the plunge. Spend time researching the sector you want to go into and looking at competitors to learn as much as you can and to see what does and doesn’t work. I would also recommend starting marketing initiatives as early as possible – especially social media efforts - as it can take a long time to create awareness and to build a loyal following.

Where is your favourite place to go with your daughter? I love exploring Kew Gardens with my daughter. Not only do they do a mean chicken pie in the restaurant but it’s truly beautiful and inspiring to explore the gardens as they change with the seasons. We are lucky enough to have annual membership and so we pop by fairly frequently. There is always something new to see and to discover; my daughter is a huge fan of the Badger’s warren, as well as the kids play area.

Who is your inspiration? My father is a great inspiration, having started his own business over thirty years ago. I know I can always turn to him for guidance when it comes to Milo et Mimi and always appreciate the voice of experience he offers.Three words to describe what London means to you. Home, creativity, vibrancy. www.miloetmimi.com


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This striking mixed zebra and leopard print jacquard knit jumper and leopard print cotton track pants by Tootsta MacGinty are this seasons must haves, über cool!! Jacquard knit jumper / From £36 www.tootsamacginty.com

UNISEX STREET STYLE One of the main SS15 emerging trends this year has been inspired by “the wild”. Children’s wear designers this season are embracing unisex shapes and bold graphic gender-neutral animal prints in bright citrus and fluorescent hues. Crocodile print zip jacket / £70 Leopard print leggings / £23 Leopard print t-shirt / £25

Liv shoe / £55 www.akidbrand.com

www.minirodini.com

Mac n Cheese packable mac / £35 www.ruffandhuddle.co.uk

Swedish brand Mini Rodini is one

These super cool leather classic

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in Ruff and Huddle’s super stylish

crocodile zip-up jacket, leopard

Akid, they come in a selection of

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print t-shirt and bottoms are totally

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unisex and made from luxurious

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and wear. ROXZANN WESTON STYLIST & ART DIRECTOR www.roxzannweston-stylist.format.com CITY KIDS 17


BOOK REVIEW

PRE-SCHOOLERS

LITTLE KIDS

BIG KIDS

A set of books that will suit anyone’s shelves is the Wild! Series by Courtney Dicmas (Child’s Play). Beautifully illustrated, the four books cover the key points in most toddlers’ lives – Mealtime, Playtime, Bathtime and Bedtime. Told in rhyming verse, Dicmas uses animals to cheerfully tackle these areas, and parents will read these with a knowing nod to the challenges that they face during these routine times of day.

Ahoy me hearties! The Adventures of the Steampunk Pirates - The Leaky Battery Sets Sail by the Blue Peter award-winner Gareth P. Jones (Little Tiger) is a rip-roaring tale that is sure to entertain. The first in a series of stories, it follows the raucous robotic Steampunk Pirates. This fearless crew, led by the unpredictable Captain Clockheart, are made from iron but are after gold. They rock the high seas, robbing and looting from others, that is until they meet their match - the Iron Duke (who’s not made from iron but refers to the strength of his heart and soul), who makes it his mission to capture our metal heroes. If only he can keep up...

On to more adventure but of a different kind, Oksa Pollock: The Heart of Two Worlds by French authors Anne Plichota and Cendrine Wolf (Pushkin) is the third book in this cracking series, which sees our plucky heroine Oksa face one of her biggest challenges yet. The earth is in trouble - serious trouble. Set in London, which has now been flooded, Oksa desperately needs to find the Edefia, her magical home, in order to put straight the troubles with the earth. No pressure Oksa! As she journeys with her family she has to make some difficult choices, including siding with her arch enemies. But will she find the portal safely and at what cost? Truly gripping, with many layers, the series has been met with rave reviews and Pollockmania seems to have finally reached these shores. Fans of Harry Potter will love this and it is great to see such a fantastic female protagonist.

This fast paced, action adventure is very funny and totally bonkers. Gareth P. Jones has created a seriously daft story with strong characters, constant twists and turns complete with jokes on every page. We look forward to Adventures of the Steampunk Pirates - Attack of the Giant Spiders which is the next book out in the series.

WORDS SHARON FRIED-JONES

Sharon Fried-Jones is a West London mum who blogs about her future career as a children’s author, loves shoes and writes book reviews. www.sharonfjones.com 18 CITY KIDS


EDUCATION

HOMEWORK HELL a survival guide

T

he Saturday morning homework battle - or Sunday afternoon, or Monday morning, or any day of the week really, we’ve all been there. As you sit them down to write an essay on Tudor Britain, or learn spellings, all you can remember doing at this age is playing outside. You never got homework when you were seven, did you? So why do children get homework at primary school level? Many schools argue that homework is set to improve memory and to recap on what was learnt during the week. It also enables the child to explore subjects in more depth outside of the timerestricted classroom, as well as training them to use alternative research sources such as Wikipedia and YouTube. More evidently, homework instils self-discipline and time management - all useful skills in later life. Through the promotion of such benefits, it was only a matter of time before homework became part of primary school life. So how can we get our kids to do homework when neither you nor your children feel like it? Different techniques work for different children, but here are a few suggestions: 1. BREAK DOWN HOMEWORK - homework doesn’t seem so daunting when it is broken into segments. A child is more likely to sit for a 20-minute session, rather than knowing they have an hour’s work ahead of them. 2. GET INTO A ROUTINE - find a time that works best for you and your child on a regular basis. Some parents find the morning before school an excellent time to do a 10 - 20 minute stint, others prefer the weekend. A child is less likely to protest if homework is done at a set time on a set day. 3. DON’T MULTITASK - it is very tempting to sit children down to do homework together, but it can end up as a complete catastrophe. You may find they get stuck at the same time and in helping one child, the other can lose focus. It then becomes very difficult to get them back on track. 4. STAY CALM AND POSITIVE - it is incredibly hard to remain calm and positive when, what seems like an easy question turns into a huge Maths/English challenge. Children are individuals and learn differently. If you can understand and accept this, it will help you remain calm. A fraught atmosphere will not get the best out of your child, or you. 5. EXPECT THE UNEXPECTED - just because they were able to tell the time or do long multiplication last week doesn’t mean that they will remember this week! Refer to 4.

WORDS JULIET GOLZ

6. PARENTS BACK TO THE CLASSROOM - as parents though, it is hard to follow the latest curriculum and support the task at hand when the teaching methods are completely different to how you were taught. Try and encourage your school or class teacher to have an explanatory session for parents to advise them on the methods being taught. Once you understand this method, you can adopt it at home. 7. MAKE IT A CHALLENGE - homework can be fun, especially when you turn it into an enjoyable challenge – pretend your child is a spy that has to crack a code; time and count how many times tables they can work out and see if they can break their own record. Whatever your feelings on the matter, homework is here to stay. While you may occasionally wonder what any of you are getting out of the homework process, by approaching it in an informed, positive, structured and fun way, your child is likely to be more receptive. www.chiswickschools.co.uk

WHAT ARE THE STAKES? Every day your child is asked hundreds of questions, most indirectly. Every question posed by their teacher is, in its own small way, an assessment of the group in front of them - of which your child is only one. In fact, depending on the fervour and accuracy of the responses (or lack of), the only outcome is whether or not the teacher will move the learning on, or reiterate the current concept. Eventually and predictably these low-stake assessments give way to the high-stake variety: topic-tests, entrance tests, or endof-year examinations. Asking and answering questions on a daily basis builds confidence, reaffirms the idea that making mistakes while learning new material is OK, and informs the teacher where difficulties lie. It is the questions that students ask and the answers they give to questions posed that help the teacher decide how best to use the time available - to ensure as near to complete understanding, for as many as possible. It is not perfect - 100% understanding for 100% of students is incredibly difficult to achieve, especially without your child’s input. So help them, prompt them, reward them! Just get them to take part. Jason Dodd runs NumberWorks’nWords, Chiswick 0208 994 9168

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BESPOKE BABYSITTING WORDS VICTORIA EVANS

Finding childcare to suit your child is the holy grail of many parents. Will your kids like the person you’ve chosen, will the carer engage with them, and will they have fun? Do you just need holiday cover or someone for a couple of afternoons? Step forward Hugo Shephard, founder of Role Models, an ad hoc or part-time childcare service for children aged three years or older. Hugo matches families with Role Models who can share their talents in music, arts and crafts, drama, sport or homework (yey!). His ambition is to provide experienced child carers who are talented, enthusiastic and dynamic, or TED as he calls it. “We’re trying to get away from the slightly boring, bog standard baby sitter or nanny who might be great but perhaps doesn’t bring as much to the table in terms of fun, enthusiasm and also skill. If you have a daughter who loves music or a boy who loves sport, it just makes sense to pair them up with someone who shares a similar interest. They won’t be doing music or sport the whole session, but if they want to go and kick a football outside for an hour or practice the violin, then they can, on quite an informal, fun basis.” So, if your child is a budding thespian, you can find a Role Model who’s a trained performer. Alternatively, if the Y5 maths homework is beyond your capabilities, a Role Model can step in. And if your son wants a manny, no problem. “There is a huge demand for mannies, more and more. Mum has two boys, Dad’s perhaps away or working long hours, 90% of prep school teachers are women, so they very rarely have a male role model in their lives, assuming they don’t have an older brother. So there’s a huge demand for it and mums tend to love them.” Hugo’s degree focused on the promotion of healthy child development, and whilst studying he often worked as a manny. These experiences plus childhood memories of uninspiring babysitters led him to start the business while on sabbatical from his city job. As well as ad hoc childcare, Role Models has also started running Ofsted registered SEN Activity camps for 6-12 year olds in Wandsworth. All carers have DBS certificates, references, interviews and have extensive SEN childcare experience. Bookings are being taken for Easter.

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S C H O O L O P E N D AY S - S P R I N G 2 0 1 5 HEATHFIELD HOUSE SCHOOL 4-11yrs co-ed www.heathfieldhouse.co.uk Call for appointment: 020 8994 3385 ORCHARD HOUSE 3-11yrs co-ed www.orchardhs.org.uk

7 March

THE FALCONS 3-13yrs boys www.falconschool.com

PRE-PREP Chiswick Campus 14 March PREP Richmond Campus 7 March

RAVENSCOURT PARK PREPARATORY SCHOOL 4-11yrs co-ed www.rpps.co.uk 11 March / 30 April FULHAM PREP SCHOOL 4-13yrs co-ed www.fulhamprep.co.uk PRE-PREP 19 March PREP By appointment only KEW GREEN PREPARATORY SCHOOL 4-11yrs co-ed www.kgps.co.uk 18 March / 6 May / 20 May

Active Learning Chiswick

will be holding an open day on Saturday 21st March. As well as a chance to have a look round the nursery and meet staff, there will be fun activities for visiting children to take part in. Active Learning focuses on the development of the complete child through a curriculum of learning which includes innovative Art, Music and Science Studio programmes.

For more information contact Active Learning on 020 3031 4700

ST AUGUSTINE’S PRIORY 3-18yrs girls www.saintaugustinespriory.org.uk

SENIORS 19 March WHOLE SCHOOL 9 May

ST JAMES SCHOOLS 4-18yrs www.stjamesschools.co.uk

JUNIOR SCHOOL tbc SENIOR GIRLS’ SCHOOL - School in Action 7 May SENIOR BOYS’ SCHOOL Book School in Action Tour: 01784 266 930

IBSTOCK PLACE 4-18yrs co-ed www.ibstockplaceschool.co.uk PRE-PREP & PREP 22 April SENIORS 6 May THE HARRODIAN 4-18yrs co-ed www.harrodian.com Book Tour: 020 8762 6321 LATYMER PREP SCHOOL 7-11yrs co-ed www.latymerprep.org

NURSERY O P E N D AY

1 May

KEW HOUSE SCHOOL 11yrs+ co-ed www.kewhouseschool.com 23 March / 29 April / 7 May / 21 May COLET COURT 7-13yrs boys www.coletcourt.org.uk Book Tour: ccschoolsec@stpaulsschool.org.uk LADY ELEANOR HOLLES 7-18yrs girls www.lehs.org.uk

JUNIORS 18 & 25 March / 6 & 20 May SENIORS Contact: registrar@lehs.org.uk

HAMPTON COURT HOUSE 11yrs+ boys www.hamptoncourthouse.co.uk 28 April ST PAUL’S GIRLS’ SCHOOL 13yrs+ girls www.spgs.org Book Tour: admissions@spgs.org ST PAUL’S SCHOOL 13yrs+ boys www.stpaulsschool.org.uk Book Tour: admissions@stpaulsschool.org.uk

To list your school here: editor@citykidsuk.co.uk

They also have dedicated additional qualified teachers including their own full time Sports Coaches. This coupled with the location of the site at the Quinton Hogg Memorial Ground gives children the opportunity to try new activities in the acres of open spaces available.

www.activelearningchildcare.co.uk

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BABIES AND PRE-SCHOOLERS MONDAYS GYMBOREE

TWISTERS | GYM AND DANCE

From 09.30 Various classes. Newborn to 5yrs. Includes some drop-off classes. Free trials. Hogarth Youth Centre, Duke Road, W4 2JR www.gymboree-uk.com/f/chiswick - 07967 835 059

09.30 2 to 3yrs Twisters 2; 10.30 3 to 4yrs Gymkids; 14.00 3 to 4yrs Ballet. All abilities. Acton Baptist Church Hall, Church Road, W3 8PP www.twisters.org.uk - Hermione 020 8933 9997 / Louise 020 8840 4452

TWISTERS | GYM AND DANCE

CADENZA | MUSIC

09.30 1 to 2yrs Twisters 1; 10.30 2 to 3yrs Twisters 2; 13.10 3 to 4yrs Dance Drama; 14.00 3 to 4yrs Gymkids. All abilities. Acton Baptist Church, Church Road, W3 8PP www.twisters.org.uk - Hermione 020 8933 9997 / Louise 020 8840 4452

10.00 £7 per child; £5 for each additional sibling. Holy Innocents Church, Paddenswick Road, W6 0UB www.cadenzaclasses.com

FRANCES LUNDY SCHOOL OF DANCE

MUNCHKIN MUSIC

10.00 2 to 4yrs Baby Ballet; 10.45 Tiny Tots Tap & Modern; 15.00 2 to 4yrs Baby Ballet. The Hayloft, 3 Bond Street, W4 1QZ www.franceslundyschoolofdance.co.uk - Frances Lundy 07956 312 662

09.30,10.30 & 11.30 with Nick By the Moon, 69 Blythe Road, W14 0HP (2 doors down from Betty Blythe) 15.15 & 16.00 with Nick Drink Me Eat Me, 250 - 252 King Street, W6 0SP www.munchkinmusic.co.uk - 020 7998 0073

AMANDA’S ACTION CLUB | FUN, FITNESS & MUSIC 09.45 & 10.30 with Amanda. £10 pay as you go. Chiswick Town Hall, Heathfield Terrace, W4 4JN www.amandasactionclub.co.uk - 01895 623 999

FRANCES LUNDY SCHOOL OF DANCE 10.00, 10.45, 14.15, 15.00 Baby Ballet 2 to 4yrs; 15.45 Pre-primary ballet 4 to 5yrs. The Hayloft, 3 Bond Street, W4 1QZ www.franceslundyschoolofdance.co.uk - Frances Lundy 07956 312 662

TALK WITH TASHA | COMMUNICATION 10.00 0 to18mths; 11.00 18mths to 3yrs. First group free. Mothercare, Kew Retail Park, TW9 4AD www.talkwithtasha.com - 07973 860 051

LITTLE KICKERS | FOOTBALL

ST NICHOLAS PLAYGROUP 10.00 Term-time only. St Nicholas Church, Church Street, W4 2PH www.stnicholaschiswick.org - Sonia 020 8580 3806

MUSIC HOUSE FOR CHILDREN 10.30 0 to1yrs Newborn music. £7 drop-in. The Music House for Children, 306 Uxbridge Road, W12 7LJ www.musichouseforchildren.co.uk - Kath 020 8932 2652

RHYME TIME 10.30 Under 5yrs. Hammersmith Library, Shepherds Bush Road, W6 7AT www.lbhf.gov.uk (see Libraries) - 020 8753 3842

STORYTIME 10.30 Under 5yrs. Shepherds Bush Library, 6 Wood Lane, W12 7BF www.lbhf.gov.uk (see Libraries) - 020 8753 3842

10.30 1½ to 2yrs 3mths; 11.30 2 to 3½ yrs. Check ahead as some classes have waiting lists. Hogarth Community Centre, Duke Road, W4 2JR www.littlekickers.co.uk - 07792 503 571

STORY & RHYME TIME

SPANISH STORYTIME

TEMPO TOTS | MUSIC

10.30 Under 5yrs. Hammersmith Library, Shepherds Bush Road, W6 7AT www.lbhf.gov.uk (see Libraries) - 020 8753 3842

THE CHISWICK KINDERGARTEN | TODDLER GROUP 10.30 6mths to 2yrs. Drop-in session £5. Term-time only. Chiswick Christian Centre, Fraser Street, W4 2DA www.chiswickkindergarten.co.uk - 020 7371 4848

RHYME TIME 14.15 Under 5yrs. Shepherds Bush Library, 6 Wood Lane, W12 7BF www.lbhf.gov.uk (see Libraries) - 020 8753 3842

MUNCHKIN MUSIC 15.15 & 16.00 4mths to 4yrs. Drop-in £7. Drink Me Eat Me, 250 - 252 King Street, W6 0SP www.munchkinmusic.co.uk

TUESDAYS GYMBOREE From 09.30 Various classes. Newborn to 5yrs. Includes some drop-off classes. Free trials. Hogarth Youth Centre, Duke Road, W4 2JR www.gymboree-uk.com/f/chiswick - 07967 835 059

10.45 Under 5yrs. Askew Road Library, Askew Road, W12 9AS www.lbhf.gov.uk (see Libraries) - 020 8753 3842 14.30 3 to 18mths; 15.20 18mths to 4yrs. Mothercare, Kew Retail Park, TW9 4AD www.tempo-tots-sw.com

LITTLE STAGE ACADEMY (PSSA) 15.00 2½ to 4yrs. Drink Me Eat Me, 250 - 252 King Street, W6 0SP www.pssa.co.uk - 07943 656 092

GROVE PARK TODDLER GROUP 15.00-17.00 10mths to approx 4yrs. £3. Isis Rooms & Garden, St Paul’s Church, Grove Park Road, W4 3SB www.groveparkplaygroup.org - 020 8742 8293

ACTON BALLET SCHOOL 15.30 & 16.00 2 ½ to 4yrs Baby Ballet. Ruskin Hall, 16 Church Road, W3 8PP www.actonballetschool.co.uk - Bridget 020 8992 6891

PLEASING DANCE SCHOOL OF BALLET 15.45 Pre-primary. Hammersmith Christian Fellowship Hall, Dalling Road, W6 0UE www.pleasingdance.co.uk - Jo Wellings 020 7794 0905

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BABIES AND PRE-SCHOOLERS -

TUESDAYS continued... CRAFT CLUB

YOUNG STARS | MULTI-SPORTS AND SKILLS CLASS

15.45 3 to 11yrs. Term-time only. 50p per child. Shepherds Bush Library, 6 Wood Lane, W12 7BF www.lbhf.gov.uk (see Libraries) - 020 8753 3842

14.00 & 15.00 2 to 5yrs. The Jordans Nursery, Holy Innocents Church, Paddenswick Road, W6 0UB www.young-stars.co.uk - John 07920 426 499

LITTLE KICKERS | FOOTBALL

FRANCES LUNDY SCHOOL OF DANCE

16.15 3½ to 5yrs Mighty Kickers. Victoria Hall, Shepherds Bush, W12 9AH www.littlekickers.co.uk - Crawford 01932 429 602

14.15 2 to 5yrs Tiny Tots Tap & Modern; 15.00 2 to 4yrs Baby Ballet; 15.45 4 to 5yrs Pre-primary Ballet. The Hayloft, 3 Bond Street, W4 1QZ www.franceslundyschoolofdance.co.uk - Frances Lundy 07956 312 662

WEDNESDAYS GYMBOREE From 09.30 Various classes. Newborn to 5yrs. Includes some drop-off classes. Free trials. Hogarth Youth Centre, Duke Road, W4 2JR www.gymboree-uk.com/f/chiswick - 07967 835059

ANGELA GRANT SCHOOL OF DANCE 09.30 & 10.00 2 to 4yrs Baby Ballet. Drink Me Eat Me, 250 - 252 King Street, W6 0SP www.balletclasseslondon.co.uk – Angela Grant 07813 296221

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

MUSIC HOUSE FOR CHILDREN 09.45 0 to 2yrs; 10.30 2 to 3yrs Music and Movement. Drop-in £7. The Music House for Children, 306 Uxbridge Rd, Shepherds Bush, W12 7LJ www.musichouseforchildren.co.uk - Kath 020 8932 2652

CADENZA | MUSIC CLASS 09.45 £7 per child; £5 for each additional sibling. Christ Church, Town Hall Avenue, W4 5DT www.cadenzaclasses.com

GROVE PARK BABY GROUP 10.00 Toddler-free zone. The Vicarage, Grove Park Road www.groveparkplaygroup.org - 020 8742 8293

LITTLE ANGELS | TODDLER GROUP 10.00 £3. Term-time only. St Michael and All Angels Parish Hall, Priory Avenue, W4 1TX www.smaaa.org.uk - 020 8994 1380

WEST LONDON TWINS CLUB 10.00 £3 members; £4 non-members. St Stephen’s Church, St Stephen’s Road, W13 8HB www.westlondontwinsclub.org

LITTLE KICKERS | FOOTBALL 10.00 1½ to 2yrs 3mths; 11.00 2 to 3½ yrs; 15.15 2 to 3½ yrs; 16.15 3½ to 5yrs. Hogarth Community Centre, Duke Road, W4 2JR www.littlekickers.co.uk - 07792 5035 71

THE CHISWICK KINDERGARTEN | TODDLER GROUP 10.30 6mths to 2yrs drop-in session with music, stories, games and painting. £5 term-time only. Chiswick Christian Centre, Fraser Street, W4 2DA www.chiswickkindergarten.co.uk - 020 7371 4848

WATERMANS ARTS CENTRE 10.30 0 to 24 mths; 11.30 2 to 4yrs musical workshop for parents / carers and children. £5 (£3 conc). Watermans, 40 High Street, TW8 0DS www.watermans.org.uk

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AMANDA’S ACTION CLUB | FUN, FITNESS, MUSIC 14.30 & 15.30 With Amanda. £9 pay as you go; £8 for a 5 class pass. Mothercare, Kew Retail Park, TW9 4AD www.amandasactionclub.co.uk - 01895 623 999

KATIE’S CLUB | POP IN MEMBERS CLUB 15.00 First session free. Acton Green Church, Cunnington Road, W4 5ER www.facebook.com/tinymaestros - Katherine Sayles 07885 756340

CAROLINE LESTER SCHOOL OF DANCE 16.00 3 to 4yrs; 16.30 4 to 6yrs. Term-time only. Dukes Meadow Community Hall, Alexandra Gardens, W4 2RX www.carolinelesterschoolofdance.co.uk - 020 3673 9421

WEST LONDON DANCE ACADEMY 16.00 3yrs+ Baby Ballet. IDTA Accredited School. St Michael and All Angels Parish Hall, Priory Avenue, W4 1TX www.westlondondanceacademy.com - 07771 984 590

ANIMAL FU | PERFORMANCE MARTIAL ARTS 16.15 3 to 7yrs, £5 drop-in. £4 per session a term. Chiswick Town Hall, Heathfield Terrace, W4 4JN www.animalfu.com - 07984 707 777

ALBERT & FRIENDS INSTANT CIRCUS | FAMILY CIRCUS SKILLS 16.30 15mths to 7yrs with parent. £90 a term / £45 for each additional sibling. Melcombe Primary School, Fulham Palace Road, W6 9ER www.albertandfriendsinstantcircus.co.uk - 020 8237 1170/ 020 8237 1030

THURSDAYS GYMBOREE From 09.30 Various classes. Newborn - 5yrs. Includes some drop-off classes. Free trials. Hogarth Youth Centre, Duke Road, W4 2JR www.gymboree-uk.com/f/chiswick - 07967 835 059

BABIES BOOK CLUB 10.30 Drink Me Eat Me, 250 - 252 King Street, W6 0SP www.drinkmeeatme.com

BABY SONG 11.30 Term-time only. St Simon´s Church, Rockley Road, West Kensington, W14 0DA www.stsimons.co.uk - Sonja Arnold 020 7603 1418

TWISTERS | GYM AND DANCE CLASSES 14.00 3 to 4yrs Gymkids. All abilities. Acton Baptist Church, Church Road, W3 8PP www.twisters.org.uk - Hermione 020 8933 9997 / Louise 020 8840 4452

HARTBEEPS | BABY MUSIC CLASS 14.30 Sitting; 15.30 Walking. Drink Me Eat Me, 250 - 252 King Street, W6 0SP www.hartbeeps.com - 0800 1488 266


BABIES AND PRE-SCHOOLERS THURSDAYS continued... TEMPO TOTS | MUSIC

MUSIC HOUSE FOR CHILDREN

14.30 3 to 18mths; 15.20 18mths to 4yrs. Mothercare, Kew Retail Park, TW9 4AD www.tempo-tots-sw.com

10.30 0 to 2yrs Music and Movement. 14.00 2 to 3yrs Musical Storytelling. Registration required. £7 drop-in. The Music House for Children, 306 Uxbridge Road, W12 7LJ www.musichouseforchildren.co.uk - Kath 020 8932 2652

AMANDA’S ACTION CLUB | FUN, FITNESS & MUSIC 15.45 with Amanda. £10 pay as you go. Chiswick Town Hall, Heathfield Terrace, W4 4JN www.amandasactionclub.co.uk - 01895 623 999

ACTON BALLET SCHOOL 16.00 4 to 5yrs. Pre-primary Ballet. Ruskin Hall, 16 Church Road, W3 8PP www.actonballetschool.co.uk - Bridget 020 8992 6891

FRANCES LUNDY SCHOOL OF DANCE 16.15 4 to 5yrs. Pre-primary Ballet. The Hayloft, 3 Bond Street, W4 1QZ www.franceslundyschoolofdance.co.uk - Frances Lundy 07956 312 662

FRIDAYS TWISTERS | GYM AND DANCE 09.15 6mths to 3yrs Twisters. Drop-in gym; 10.30 3 to 4yrs Dance Drama; 11.30 2 to 3yrs Ballet. All abilities. Acton Baptist Church Hall, Church Road, W3 8PP www.twisters.org.uk - Hermione 020 8933 9997 / Louise 020 8840 4452

GYMBOREE From 09.30 Various classes. Newborn - 5yrs. Includes some drop-off classes. Free trials. Hogarth Youth Centre, Duke Road, W4 2JR www.gymboree-uk.com/f/chiswick - 07967 835 059

CADENZA | MUSIC 09.30 £7 per child; £5 for each additional sibling. Drink Me Eat Me, 250 - 252 King Street, W6 0SP www.cadenzaclasses.com

MUNCHKIN MUSIC 09.30,10.15 & 11.00 With Emily. Holy Trinity Parish Church, 41 Brook Green, W6 7BL www.munchkinmusic.co.uk

FRIDAY FRIENDS | PLAYGROUP 09.30 0 to 4yrs. Term-time only. £1. Gunnersbury Baptist Church, Wellesley Road, W4 4BE www.gunnersburybaptistchurch.org - 020 8987 2965

AMANDA’S ACTION CLUB | FUN, FITNESS & MUSIC 09.45 & 10.30 with Amanda. £10 pay as you go. Chiswick Town Hall, Heathfield Terrace, W4 4JN www.amandasactionclub.co.uk - 01895 623 999

PLAY MANDARIN 10.00 0 to 3yrs. £1 per child; 50p for each additional sibling. Call in advance. Shepherds Bush Library, 6 Wood Lane, W12 7BF www.lbhf.gov.uk (see Libraries) - 020 8753 3842

KITE STUDIOS | ART 09.45, 10.45 & 13.45 18mths to 3yrs Art for Little Ones. £95 per term or £9.50 for a trial session. 2b Bassein Park Road, W12 9RY www.kitestudios.org - 020 8576 6278

MINI MULTIPLES | TWINS/TRIPLETS CLUB 10.00 Newborns to Under 5yrs. Chiswick Children’s Centre, 9 Devonshire Street, W4 2AY www.younghounslow.info - 020 8583 5603

BABBLEBUGS | MUSIC 10.45 £9 per session or £15 for twins/siblings. £70 for 10 sessions or £110 for twins/siblings. Drink Me Eat Me, 250 - 252 King Street, W6 0SP info@babblebugs.co.uk

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

BABY BOUNCE 11.00 Stories & Rhymes. Askew Road Library, 87/91 Askew Road, W12 9AS www.lbhf.gov.uk (see Libraries) - 020 8753 3863

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

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

A2ZEN | YOGA 16.00 All abilities. Vihara Buddhist Centre, 309 - 311 The Avenue, W4 1UD www.a2ze.co - 07979 533 750

SATURDAYS KIDDIKICKS | FOOTBALL 09.00 18mths to 2½ yrs Nippers; 10.30 2½ to 3½ yrs Runners; 11.15 3.6 to 5yrs Racers. November-March at Brentford Fountain Leisure Centre, TW8 0HJ April-October Kings House Sports Ground, W4 2RZ www.kiddikicks.co.uk - 020 7937 7965

LITTLE KICKERS | FOOTBALL 09.15 2 to 3½ yrs; 10.15 3½ to 5 yrs; 11.15 3½ to 5yrs. Hogarth Community Centre, Duke Road, W4 2JR www.littlekickers.co.uk - 07792 503 571

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

LITTLE LUVVIES | PERFORMING ARTS 10.00 18mths to 3yrs; 10.45 3 to 5yrs; 11.30 6 to 8 yrs. Term-time only. Hogarth Community Centre, Duke Road, W4 2JR www.pssa.co.uk - 07943 656 092

PARKOUR YOUTH ACADEMY | FREE RUNNING 10.00 1 to 6yrs. £10 (for parent & child). Westminster Academy, 255 Harrow Road, W2 5EZ www.parkourgenerations.com

ITALIAN STORY TIME 10.30 Under 5yrs.

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SATURDAYS continued... ROCKS LANE | FOOTBALL COACHING 10.30 U4yrs A; 11.00 Under 4yrs B. 16 week terms. All groups £160. www.rockslane.co.uk - 020 8994 1313

BABBLEBUGS | MUSIC 10.15 £9 per session or £15 for twins/siblings. £70 for 10 sessions or £110 for twins/siblings. Drink Me Eat Me, 250 - 252 King Street, W6 0SP www.about.me/babblebugs - Suzanne 07815 305 107 / Aoife 07708 102 289

LITTLE STAGE ACADEMY (PSSA) 10.45 2½ to 4yrs. Westside Community School, 8-30 Galena Road, Ravenscourt Park, W6 0LT www.pssa.co.uk - 07943 656 092

RHYME TIME 11.00 Under 5yrs. Shepherds Bush Library, 6 Wood Lane, W12 7BF www.lbhf.gov.uk (see Libraries) - 020 8753 3842

WILL TO WIN | TENNIS 12.00 3 to 4yrs Mini Tots drop-in £8. Will to Win Chiswick, Chiswick House Grounds (A4 Entrance), W4 2RP www.willtowin.co.uk/chiswick - 020 8994 1466

ALBERT & FRIENDS INSTANT CIRCUS | FAMILY CIRCUS SKILLS 10.30 15mths to 7yrs. £90 a term + £45 for each additional sibling. St Alban’s Hall, Margravine Road, W6 8HJ www.albertandfriendsinstantcircus.co.uk - 020 8237 1170/020 8237 1030

SUNDAYS RICHMOND GYMNASTICS ASSOCIATION 09.00 4yrs+ General class. Waiting lists. 1 Townmead Road, Kew, TW9 4EL www.richmondgymnastics.co.uk - 020 8878 8682

CHISWICK RUGBY CLUB MINIS 10.30 4yrs+ Boys and girls. Chiswick Rugby Football Club, Dukes Meadows, Dan Mason Drive, W4 2SH www.chiswickrugby.co.uk/youth-and-minis - Kelvin 07706 356 422

EALING TRAILFINDERS RC RUGBY RATS 12.00 3 to 5yrs. Trailfinders Sports Club, Castle Bar, Vallis Way, W13 0DD www.ealingrugby.co.uk - Tim Dinsley 07941 861 293

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SPORTS LINX FOOTBALL ACADEMY

From 15.00 daily incl Sat mornings. 86A Chiswick High Road, W4 1SY www.numberworksnwords.co.uk - 020 8994 9168

17.00 4 to12yrs various classes. £6. Chiswick School, Burlington Lane, W4 3UN www.slfootballacademy.co.uk - 020 8973 4311

KITE STUDIOS | ART

ALBERT & FRIENDS INSTANT CIRCUS | FAMILY CIRCUS SKILLS

15.45 6 to 8yrs Young Art Studio. £140/ £14 trial. 2b Bassein Park Road, W12 9RY www.kitestudios.org - 020 8576 6278

17.30 8yrs+ general circus skills. St Alban’s Hall, Margravine Road, W6 8HJ www.albertandfriendsinstantcircus.co.uk - 020 8237 1170 / 020 8237 1030

CHATTERBOOKS

ILYEO TAEKWONDO CLUB

15.45 8 to 12yrs Reading groups. Once a month. Term-time only. Askew Road Library, 87/91 Askew Road, W12 9AS www.lbhf.gov.uk (see Libraries) - 020 8753 3863

18.00 5yrs+ Beginners welcome. Russian Orthodox Church, Harvard Road, W4 4ED www.ilyeotaekwondo.com - 07872 932 223

HOMEWORK CLUB

20TH CHISWICK SCOUT GROUP | SCOUT GROUP

15.45 Term-time only. Maths and English tutor provided by Hammersmith and Fulham Adult Learning & Skills Service. Shepherds Bush Library, 6 Wood Lane, W12 7BF www.lbhf.gov.uk (see Libraries) - 020 8753 3842

WEST LONDON DANCE ACADEMY

18.30 6 to 8yrs Beavers. Term-time only. The Ranch, Chiswick House Car Park, Ellesmere Road, W4 2QN www.20th-chiswick-scouts.blogspot.co.uk

TUESDAYS

15.45 Preparatory Ballet; 16.15 Primary Ballet; 17.00 Grade 1 Tap; 17.45 Grade 2 & 3 Tap; 18.30 Grade 4 Ballet. St Michael & All Angels Parish Hall, Priory Avenue, W4 1TX www.dancerweb.co.uk/wlda - 07771 984 590

CRAFT CLUB

ACTON BALLET SCHOOL

LITTLE STAGE ACADEMY (PSSA)

16.00 4 to 5yrs Pre-Primary Ballet; 16.30 7 to 9yrs Grade 2 Ballet; 17.30 9 to 11yrs Grade 4 Ballet. Ruskin Hall, 16 Church Road, W3 8PP www.actonballetschool.co.uk - Bridget 020 8992 6891

ARCH 197 | DANCE 16.00 5yrs+ RAD Primary Ballet; 17.00 & 18.00 6 to 10yrs Street Dance. Prebend Gardens, Stamford Brook, W6 0XT www.arch197.com - 020 8987 8788

KUMON ACTON CENTRAL | MATHS AND ENGLISH STUDY PROGRAMMES 16.00 Registration £30 then £60 per month. St Mary’s Church Hall, 1 The Mount, W3 9NW www.kumon.co.uk - 020 8998 3379

WESTWAY CLIMBING | INDOOR CLIMBING 16.00 5 to 6yrs Tiny Tots; 16.30 7 to 14yrs Junior. After school sessions £6.25. Westway Sport Centre, 1 Crowthorne Road, W10 6RP www.westwaysportscentre.org.uk - 020 8969 0992

POP SCHOOL & STAGE ACADEMY 16.15 7 to 11yrs Junior. Commercial Street Jazz. Westside Community School, 8-30 Galena Road, W6 0LT www.pssa.co.uk - 07943 656 092

FRANCES LUNDY SCHOOL OF DANCE 16.15 5 to 7yrs Primary Ballet; 17.15 8 to 10yrs Grade 2 Ballet; 18.15 10 to 12yrs Grade 4 Ballet. The Hayloft, 3 Bond Street, W4 1QZ www.franceslundyschoolofdance.co.uk - Frances Lundy 07956 312 662

SONG ACADEMY | SONGWRITING 16.30 8 to11yrs. £215 a term. Arts Educational Schools London, Cone Ripman Hse, 14 Bath Road, W4 1LY www. songacademy.co.uk - 07710 023 743

CARLSON GRACIE JUDO 16.30 7 to 12yrs. £5. 89 Richford Street, Hammersmith, W6 7HJ www.carlsongracieteam.org.uk - 020 8748 8855

15.45 3 to11yrs Craft Club. Term-time only. 50p per child. Shepherds Bush Library, 6 Wood Lane, W12 7BF www.lbhf.gov.uk (see Libraries) - 020 8753 3842 16.00-17.00 5 to 6yrs. Drink Me Eat Me, 250 - 252 King Street, W6 0SP www.pssa.co.uk - 07943 656 092

LITTLE LUMIS | YOGA 16.00 6-11yrs 121 King Street, W6 9JG www.lumipoweryoga.com/little-lumis - 020 8846 8504

BADGER & EARL | KNITTING 16.00 Kids learn to knit classes. 14a Sutton Court, W4 4NG www.badgerandearl.com

TWISTERS | GYM AND DANCE 16.00 4 to 5yrs Gym 1; 16.50 5 to 6yrs Gym 2; 17.40 7yrs+ Gym 3. Acton Baptist Church Hall, Church Road, W3 8PP www.twisters.org.uk - Hermione 020 8933 9997 / Louise 020 8840 4452

PLEASING DANCE SCHOOL OF BALLET 16.15 Primary; 16.45 Grade 1. Hammersmith Christian Fellowship Hall, Dalling Road ,W6 www.pleasingdance.co.uk - Jo Wellings 020 7794 0905

FRANCES LUNDY SCHOOL OF DANCE 16.30 5 to 7yrs Primary Ballet; 17.15 7 to 9yrs Grade 1 Ballet. The Hayloft, 3 Bond Street, W4 1QZ www.franceslundyschoolofdance.co.uk - Frances Lundy 07956 312 662

WEST LONDON DANCE ACADEMY 16.30 Grade 2 Ballet; 17.15 Grade 3 Ballet. St Michael & All Angels Parish Hall, Priory Avenue, W4 1TX www.dancerweb.co.uk/wlda - 07771 984 590

ACTON BALLET SCHOOL 16.30 5 to 6yrs Primary Ballet; 17.00 7 to 8yrs Grade 1 exam class. Ruskin Hall, 16 Church Road, W3 8PP www.actonballetschool.co.uk - Bridget 020 8992 6891

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LITTLE KIDS (5 - 11) TUESDAYS continued... CANALSIDE ACTIVITY CENTRE | YOUTH CENTRE WITH WATERSPORTS

CARLSON GRACIE BRAZILIAN JIU-JITSU

16.30 9yrs+. £4. Canal Close, London, W10 5AY www.rbkc.gov.uk/educationandlearning/supportservices/youthsupport/ canalsideactivitycentre/holidayprojects.aspx

16.30 7 to 12yrs. £5.89. 89 Richford Street, Hammersmith, W6 7HJ www.carlsongracieteam.org.uk - 020 8748 8855

POETRY CLUB

16.30 8 to 11yrs Grade 3 Ballet. The Hayloft, 3 Bond Street, W4 1QZ www.franceslundyschoolofdance.co.uk - Frances Lundy 07956 312 662

16.45 Hammersmith Library, Shepherds Bush Road, W6 7AT www.lbhf.gov.uk (see Libraries) - 020 8753 3820

KITE STUDIOS | ART 17.00 7yrs+ Stitch & Print £132/£12. 2b Bassein Park Road, W12 9RY www.kitestudios.org - 020 8576 6278

WEDNESDAYS KUMON SHEPHERDS BUSH | MATHS AND ENGLISH STUDY PROGRAMMES 15.30 Registration £35 then £60 per month. St Stephen’s Church Hall, Coverdale Road, W12 8JJ www.kumon.co.uk - 020 3002 0735

KITE STUDIOS | ART 15.40 4 to 6yrs Nature to Numbers - Art in a Story £100/£10; 16.30 9yrs+ Young Art Studio £192.50/£17.50. 2b Bassein Park Road, W12 9RY www.kitestudios.org - 020 8576 6278

KUMON OLYMPIA | MATHS AND ENGLISH STUDY PROGRAMMES 15.45 Registration £35 then £57 per month. Masbro Centre, 87 Masbro Road, W14 0LR www.kumon.co.uk - 020 3397 8581

PLEASING DANCE SCHOOL OF BALLET 16.15 Grade 1; 17.00 Grade 3. Hammersmith Christian Fellowship Hall, Dalling Road ,W6 0EU www.pleasingdance.co.uk - Jo Wellings 020 7794 0905

KUMON ACTON CENTRAL | MATHS AND ENGLISH STUDY PROGRAMMES 16.00 Registration £30 then £60 per month. St Mary’s Church Hall, 1 The Mount, W3 9NW www.kumon.co.uk - 020 8998 3379

WESTWAY CLIMBING | INDOOR CLIMBING 16.00 5 to 6yrs Tiny Tots; 16.30 7 to 14yrs Junior. After school sessions £6.25. Westway Sport Centre, 1 Crowthorne Road, W10 6RP www.westwaysportscentre.org.uk - 020 8969 0992

TWISTERS 16.15 4 to 5yrs Ballet. Acton Baptist Church, Church Road, W3 8PP www.twisters.org.uk - Hermione 020 8933 9997/ Louise 020 8840 4452

STORY TIME 16.30 5 to 8yrs term-time only. Shepherds Bush Library, 6 Wood Lane, W12 7BF www.lbhf.gov.uk (see Libraries) - 020 8753 3842

ANGELA GRANT SCHOOL OF DANCE | DANCE 16.30 6 years Primary Ballet; 17.00 7 years Grade 1; 17.30 Grade 2; 18.15 Grade 6; 19.05 Pointe class; 19.25 Grade 7. St Dunstan’s Hall, Friar’s Place Lane, W3 7AW www.balletclasseslondon.co.uk - Angela Grant 07813 296 221

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CAROLINE LESTER SCHOOL OF DANCE 16.30 4 to 6yrs; 17.15 6yrs+ Primary Ballet; 17.45 Grade 1 Ballet; 18.30 Grade 2 Ballet; 19.15 Grade 4 Ballet. Term-time. Dukes Meadow Community Hall, Alexandra Gardens, W4 2RX www.carolinelesterschoolofdance.co.uk - 020 3673 9421

WEST LONDON DANCE ACADEMY 16.30 Preparatory Ballet; 17.00 Primary Ballet. St Michael & All Angels Parish Hall, Priory Avenue, W4 1TX www.dancerweb.co.uk/wlda - 07771 984 590

ACTON BALLET SCHOOL 17.00 Modern & Tap Grade 2. Ruskin Hall, 16 Church Road, W3 8PP www.actonballetschool.co.uk - Bridget 020 8992 6891

KUNG FU KIDS YMAA ORIENT SPORT 17.30 First session free then £8. St Stephen’s Community Hall, 34 Gayford Road, W12 9BY www.orientsport.co.uk - Shem 07824 603 261

20TH CHISWICK SCOUT GROUP | SCOUT GROUP 18.30 6 to 8yrs Beavers. 18.45 8 to 10½ yrs Cubs. Term-time only. The Ranch, Chiswick House Car Park, Ellesmere Road, W4 2QN www.20th-chiswick-scouts.blogspot.co.uk

THE 3RD CHISWICK CUB PACK | SCOUT GROUP 18.45-20.00 boys and girls 8 to 10½ yrs. Term-time only. Scouthaven, Wilson Walk, Prebend Gardens, W4 1PT www. 3rdchiswickscouts.co.uk - Rob Barnard 07771 964 312

THURSDAYS ART CLUB 15.35 every two weeks. Hammersmith Library, Shepherds Bush Road, W6 7AT www.lbhf.gov.uk (see Libraries) - 020 8753 3820

KITE STUDIOS | ART 16.00 5yrs+ Create in Clay. £132/£12; 17.15 9yrs+ Portfolio into secondary £192.50/£17.50. 2b Bassein Park Road, W12 9RY www.kitestudios.org - 020 8576 6278

SONG ACADEMY | SONGWRITING 16.00 8 to 11yrs. £215 a term. Holy Trinity Church, Brook Green, W6 7BL www.songacademy.co.uk - 07710 023 743

ACTON BALLET SCHOOL 16.00 4 to 5yrs Pre-Primary Ballet; 16.30 5 to 6yrs Primary Ballet; 17.00 8 to 9yrs Grade 3 Ballet. Ruskin Hall, 16 Church Road, W3 8PP www.actonballetschool.co.uk - Bridget 020 8992 6891


LITTLE KIDS (5 - 11) THURSDAYS continued... TWISTERS

FRANCES LUNDY SCHOOL OF DANCE

16.00 4 to 5yrs Gym 1; 16.50 5 to 6yrs Gym 2; 17.40 7yrs+ Gym 3. Acton Baptist Church Hall, W3 8PP www.twisters.org.uk - Hermione 020 8933 9997 / Louise 020 8840 4452

16.00 5 to 7yrs Primary Tap & Modern; 17.00 7yrs+ Grade 1 Tap & Modern. The Hayloft, 3 Bond Street, W4 1QZ www.franceslundyschoolofdance.co.uk - Frances Lundy 07956 312 662

GAMES CLUB

KITE STUDIOS | ART CLASSES

16.30 5yrs+ (under 8’s must be accompanied by an adult). Askew Road Library, 87/91 Askew Road, W12 9AS www.lbhf.gov.uk (see Libraries) - 020 8753 3863

16.00 5yrs+ Art in Spanish. 2b Bassein Park Road, W12 9RY www.kitestudios.org - 020 8576 6278

CANALSIDE ACTIVITY CENTRE | YOUTH CENTRE WITH WATERSPORTS

WEST LONDON DANCE ACADEMY

16.30 9yrs+. £4. Canal Close, W10 5AY www.rbkc.gov.uk/educationandlearning/supportservices/youthsupport/ canalsideactivitycentre/holidayprojects.aspx

16.15 Grade 2 Ballet; 17.00 Grade 3 Ballet; 17.45 Intermediate Ballet. St Michael & All Angels Parish Hall, Priory Avenue, W4 1TX www.dancerweb.co.uk/wlda - 07771 984 590

ANGELA GRANT SCHOOL OF DANCE | DANCE

16.15 5 to 11yrs Be Kids. £7 per class. Term-time only. Fitrooms, 254-258 North End Road, SW6 1NJ www.bedance.co.uk - Becca Allen 07545 697 352

16.45 6yrs Primary ballet; 17.15 7yrs+ Grade 1; 17.45 Grade 2; 18.30 Grade 3; 19.15 Grade 4. St Dunstan’s Hall, Friar’s Place Lane, W3 7AW www.balletclasseslondon.co.uk - Angela Grant 07813 296 221

WEST LONDON DANCE ACADEMY | BALLET & TAP 16.45 Grade 1 Ballet; 17.30 Primary Tap; 18.15 Grade 4 Tap. St Michael & All Angels Parish Hall, Priory Avenue, W4 1TX www.dancerweb.co.uk/wlda - 07771 984 590

FRANCES LUNDY SCHOOL OF DANCE 17.00 8yrs+ Grade 2 Tap & Modern; 18.15 9yrs+ Grade 3 Tap & Modern. The Hayloft, 3 Bond Street, W4 1QZ www.franceslundyschoolofdance.co.uk - Frances Lundy 07956 312 662

CROUCHING TIGER KARATE | KARATE 17.00 6 yrs+ Crouching Tiger Shotokan Karate, 17.45 8 yrs+. St. Michael’s Church, Elmwood Road, Grove Park, W4 3DZ www.crouchingtigerkarate.co.uk - 07734 655 057

HOMEWORK CLUB 17.00 Term-time only. Maths and English tutor provided by Hammersmith and Fulham Adult Learning & Skills Service. Hammersmith Library, Shepherds Bush Road, W6 7AT www.lbhf.gov.uk (see Libraries) - 020 8753 3820

THE 3RD CHISWICK BEAVER COLONY | SCOUT GROUP 17.40 boys and girls 6 to 8yrs. Term-time only. Scouthaven, Wilson Walk, Prebend Gardens, W4 1PT www. 3rdchiswickscouts.co.uk - 07845 299 179

FRIDAYS KUMON SHEPHERDS BUSH | MATHS AND ENGLISH STUDY PROGRAMMES 15.30 Registration £35 then £60 per month. St Stephen’s Church Hall, Coverdale Road, W12 8JJ www.kumon.co.uk - 020 3002 0735

BE DANCE

STAGECOACH CHISWICK 16.15 4 to 6 yrs Early Stages dance, drama and singing; £162 a term. 16.30 6 to 18yrs Main School; £324 a term. Strand on the Green School, Thames Road, W4 3NX www.stagecoach.co.uk - 020 3394 0818

STAGECOACH KENSINGTON 16.15 4 to 6yrs Early Stages; 16.30 6yrs+ Main School. Addison Primary School, Addison Gardens, Blythe Road, W14 0DT www.stagecoach.co.uk/kensington

ACTON BALLET SCHOOL 16.30 6 to 8yrs Grade 1 Ballet; 17.15 Irish. Ruskin Hall, 16 Church Road, Acton, W3 8PP www.actonballetschool.co.uk - Bridget 020 8992 6891 / 07771 905 226

LOVE IT PERFORMING ARTS 16.30 4 to 8yrs & 9 to14yrs. £120 per term. The Salvation Army Hall, 21-23 Dalling Road, W6 0JB www.loveitperformingarts.co.uk - 07595 470 865

WILL TO WIN | TENNIS 17.00 8 to 14yrs Junior social. Drop-in £12 - includes pizza, crisps & squash. Will to Win Chiswick, Chiswick House Grounds (A4 Entrance), W4 2RP www.willtowin.co.uk - 020 8994 1466

PARKOUR YOUTH ACADEMY | FREE RUNNING 18.45 7 to19yrs. £5. Westminster Academy, 255 Harrow Road, W2 5EZ www.parkourgenerations.com

SATURDAYS ONTHEBALLTENNIS WITH MAHMUDA

15.45 Registration £35 then £57 per month. Masbro Centre, 87 Masbro Road, W14 0LR www.kumon.co.uk - 020 3397 8581

09.00 5 to 8yrs £6; 09.45 8 to 9yrs; 10.30 10yrs £8; 11.30 11yrs £8 Drop-in classes, no pre-booking required. All year. Ravenscourt Park Tennis Courts, W6 0UA www.ontheballtennis.co.uk - Mahmuda 07813 163 430

CROUCHING TIGER KARATE

EXCEL SPORTS SOCCER SCHOOL

16.00 4yrs+ Tiger Cubs Karate £90; 16.30 & 17.15 6yrs+ Crouching Tiger Shotokan Karate £100. The Dukes Meadows Community Centre, Alexandra Gardens, W4 2RX www.crouchingtigerkarate.co.uk - 07734 655 057

09.00 4 to 5yrs; 09.30 6 to 7yrs; 10.30 8yrs+. University of Westminster Sports Ground, Hartington Road, W4 3UH Tom 07956 151 559

KUMON OLYMPIA | MATHS AND ENGLISH STUDY PROGRAMMES

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LITTLE KIDS (5 - 11) SATURDAYS continued... CHISWICK SATURDAY MUSIC CENTRE 09.10 all ages. Individual & group music lessons. Chiswick School, Burlington Lane, W4 3UN (Staveley Road entrance) www.chiswicksaturdaymusic.org.uk - 07513 012 373

KIDDIKICKS LIGA SOCCER | FOOTBALL 09.15 5 to 8yrs. November to March at Brentford Fountain Leisure Centre, TW8 0HJ April to October at King’s House Sports Ground, W4 2RZ www.kiddikicks.co.uk

KEW PARK RANGERS 09.15 Under 4/5yrs and Under 10yrs Boys; 11.00 Under 10yrs Girls. North Sheen Recreation Ground, North Road, Kew, TW9 4HA www.kewparkrangers.co.uk 020 8940 9882

CENTRE STAGE WORKSHOPS 09.30 8 to 11yrs. £190 per term. 25% discount for siblings. Tabard Theatre, 2 Bath Road, W4 1LW www.tabardtheatre.co.uk - 020 8995 6035

STAGECOACH CHISWICK 09.30, 11.30, 14.00 & 15.30 4 to 6yrs Early Stages. £162 a term. 10.00 & 14.30 Main school (6 to18yrs) Saturdays. £324 a term. William Hogarth School, Duke Road, W4 2JR www.stagecoach.co.uk - 020 3394 0818

STAGECOACH KENSINGTON 09.30, 11.15, 14.00, 15.45 4 to 6yrs Early Stages; 10.00 & 14.30 6yrs+ Main School St Barnabas & St Philips School, 58 Earl’s Court Road, W8 6EJ www.stagecoach.co.uk/kensington

SPORTS LINX FOOTBALL ACADEMY 10.00 4 to12yrs. £6. Chiswick School, Burlington Lane, Chiswick, W4 3UN www.slfootballacademy.co.uk - 020 8973 4311

KITE STUDIOS | ART 10.00 7yrs+ Young Art Studio. £200/£20. 2b Bassein Park Road, W12 9RY www.kitestudios.org - 020 8576 6278

LITTLE FOXES | MULTI-SPORT CLASSES 10.00,11.00 & 10.00 5 to 6yrs Cheeky Foxes & 7 to12yrs Super Foxes. The green opposite Turnham Green Church www.thelittlefoxesclub.com - 020 7376 0006

ESTA | THEATRE SCHOOL 10.00 6 to 17yrs. Term-time only. £300 per term. Southfields School, Southfield Road, W4 1BD www.estatheatreschool.com - 020 8741 2843

THEATRE STUDIO WEST 10.00 6 to 9yrs TSW Stage; 10 to13yrs TSW Youth Company. £195 term-time only. Acton Baptist Church, Church Road, W3 8PP www.theatrestudiowest.co.uk - Julie Saunders 020 8616 8846

PARKOUR YOUTH ACADEMY | FREE RUNNING 10.00 1 to 6yrs. £10 (for parent & child). Westminster Academy, 255 Harrow Road, W2 5EZ www.parkourgenerations.com

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POP SCHOOL & STAGE ACADEMY 10.00 7 to 11yrs PSSA Junior Stage Academy; 11.30 5 to 6yrs Little Stage Academy; 12.00 12 to 16yrs Senior Stage Academy. Westside Community School, 8-30 Galena Road, W6 0LT www.pssa.co.uk - Amelia Amos 07943 656 092

WILL TO WIN 10.00 8 to 10yrs Mini Orange drop in; 11.00 10 to 11yrs Green drop-in £8 & Yellow drop-in £8; 12.00 3 to 4yrs Mini Tots & 5 to 8yrs Mini Red drop-in £8. Will to Win Chiswick, Chiswick House Grounds (A4 Entrance), W4 2RP www.willtowin.co.uk - 020 8994 1466

YOURSPACE | DANCE & DRAMA 10.00 6yrs+ drama and/or dance. Termly themes. £105 drama or dance; £195 drama and dance. St Augustine’s Priory, Hillcrest Rd, Ealing, W5 2JL www.yourspacedrama.com - 07580 474 638

ALBERT & FRIENDS INSTANT CIRCUS 10.30 15mths to 7yrs Family Circus skills; 11.30 8yrs+ General Circus skills; 13.15 Beginner/Intermediate Aerial skills. St Alban’s Hall, Margravine Road, W6 8HJ www.albertandfriendsinstantcircus.co.uk - 020 8237 1170 / 020 8237 1030

CANALSIDE ACTIVITY CENTRE | YOUTH CENTRE WITH WATERSPORTS 11.00– 9yrs+. All day. Canal Close, W10 5AY www.rbkc.gov.uk/educationandlearning/supportservices/youthsupport/ canalsideactivitycentre/holidayprojects.aspx

CHATTERBOOKS 10.45 8 to 12yrs. Reading groups. Meet once a month. Term-time only. Askew Road Library, 87/91 Askew Road, W12 9AS www.lbhf.gov.uk (see Libraries) - 020 8753 3863

CARLSON GRACIE GRAPPLE AND STRIKE 11.00 7 to 12yrs wrestling Jiu-jitsu and kick boxing. £5. 89 Richford Street, Hammersmith, W6 7HJ www.carlsongracieteam.org.uk - 020 8748 8855

ILYEO TAEKWONDO CLUB 11.00 5yrs+ Beginners welcome. Russian Orthodox Church, Harvard Road, W4 4ED www.ilyeotaekwondo.com - 07872 932 223

THE BAND PROJECT 11.00-13.00 & 14.00-17.00 8 to11yrs live performance and band-based course. Arch 196, Prebend Gardens, Stamford Brook, W6 0XT www.thebandproject.co.uk - 07771 456 955

FRANCES LUNDY SCHOOL OF DANCE 11.30 5 to 8yrs Gymnastic Aerobics; 12.15 9yrs+ Gymnastic Aerobics. The Hayloft, 3 Bond Street, W4 1QZ www.franceslundyschoolofdance.co.uk - Frances Lundy 07956 312 662

SATURDAY KIDS’ CLUB 14.00 Free crafts, computers, games, music, books. Hammersmith Library, Shepherds Bush Road, W6 7AT www.lbhf.gov.uk (see Libraries) - 020 8753 3820

ACTON BALLET SCHOOL 14.30 5 to 6yrs Primary Ballet; 15.00 6 to 7yrs Prep Grade 1 Ballet; 15.45 7 to 8yrs Grade 1 Ballet. Ruskin Hall, 16 Church Road, W3 8PP www.actonballetschool.co.uk - Bridget 020 8992 6891


LITTLE KIDS (5 - 11) SATURDAYS continued... THAMES YOUNG MARINERS (TRAINING CENTRE) Sailing courses for beginners Dinghy level 1 to Youth Sailing Scheme Level 4. Powerboat courses for 8 to 11yrs. Riverside Drive, Ham, Richmond, TW10 7RX 01372 378 901

SUNDAYS LET’S PLAY NETBALL 09.00 6 to 8yrs; 10.00 8 to 10yrs. Chiswick School, Burlington Lane, W4 3UN www.letsplaynetball.co.uk

After school Saturday mornings Holiday camps

www.OnTheBallTennis.co.uk Mahmuda 07813 163430

EALING RUGBY CLUB 10.00 Under 6yrs & Under 8yrs tag; 9yrs+ contact. Trailfinders Sports Club, Castle Bar, Vallis Way, W13 0DD www.ealingrugby.co.uk

From beginners to winners Groups or individual at Ravenscourt Park

AERIAL CIRCUS KIDS CLUB

It’s the most exciting Youth Circus School in West London

www.aerialand.com fly@aerialand.com | 07737 624 296

WASPS FC MINIS 10.00 Girls and boys 4yrs+. Twyford Avenue Sports Ground, Twyford Avenue, Acton, W3 9QA www.pitchero.com/clubs/waspsfootballclub - 020 8993 8384

CHISWICK RUGBY FOOTBALL CLUB MINIS 10.30 Girls and boys 4yrs+. Dukes Meadows, Dan Mason Drive, W4 2SH www.chiswickrugby.co.uk

AERIALAND | YOUTH CIRCUS SCHOOL 14.30 9 to 12yrs. 8-30 Galena Road, W6 0LT www.aerialand.com - 07737 624 296

Come along and learn aerial silks, trapeze, and hoop. We also include sessions in juggling, hula-hoop, acrobatics, unicycle and more. 6-9 years and 9-12 years

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BIG KIDS (11+) SPRING COURSES & CAMPS

MONDAYS NUMBER WORKS’NWORDS | MATHS & ENGLISH TUITION From 15.00 daily, incl Sat mornings. 86A Chiswick High Road, W4 1SY www.numberworks.co.uk - 020 8994 9168

WESTWAY CLIMBING | INDOOR CLIMBING

Chiswick House Gardens (A4 Entrance) Chiswick W4 2RP

16.30 7 to 14yrs Junior. After school sessions. £6.25. Westway Sport Centre, 1 Crowthorne Road, W10 6RP www.westwaysportscentre.org.uk - 020 8969 0992

HOGARTH YOUTH AND COMMUNITY CENTRE INTERMEDIATES CLUB 17.00 Years 7, 8 and 9. 50p entry. Duke Road, W4 2JR www.hogarthtrust.org.uk - 020 8747 1999

POP SCHOOL & STAGE ACADEMY 17.15 13 to 18yrs Advanced Commercial Street Jazz. Westside Community School, 8-30 Galena Road, W6 0LT www.pssa.co.uk - 07943 656 092

KITE STUDIOS | ART 17.15 GCSE & A-Level Portfolio Projects £198/£22. 2b Bassein Park Road, W12 9RY www.kitestudios.org - 020 8576 6278

CAMPS

CARLSON GRACIE JUDO

For a week of intensive tennis and fun in the school holidays, sign up to a week of camp. A variety of drills, games and match play are used each day to convey specific teaching points. The emphasis is on learning and fun!

SONG ACADEMY | SONGWRITING

17.15 13 to 17yrs. 89 Richford Street, Hammersmith, W6 7HJ www.carlsongracieteam.org.uk - 020 8748 8855

AGE GROUPS: Junior ages 8-16, 5 days, 10am - 3pm Mini Red ages 4 - 7, 5 days, 12 - 1pm

17.30– 12 to 16yrs. £215 a term. Arts Educational Schools London, Cone Ripman House, 14 Bath Road, W4 1LY www. songacademy.co.uk - 07710 023 743

COURSES

18.30 Grade 7 Ballet. Ruskin Hall, 16 Church Road, W3 8PP www.actonballetschool.co.uk - Bridget 020 8992 6891

Book onto a structured course for a fun way to learn tennis. Courses run after-school each day during term-time dependent on age group.

AGE GROUPS: Mini Tots ages 3 - 4 Mini Red ages 5 - 8 Mini Orange ages 8 - 9 Green & Yellow ages 10 - 16

HOGARTH YOUTH AND COMMUNITY CENTRE SENIOR CLUB 18.45 11 yrs+; first session free; 50p thereafter. Duke Road, W4 2JR www.hogarthtrust.org.uk

20TH CHISWICK SCOUT GROUP Full details on all camps & courses are online at our website

Full Adult programmes also available

Plus

BACK TO NETBALL NEW PROGRAMME FOR WOMEN

MIDDLESEX LTA CLUB OF THE YEAR 2011, 2012 AND AGAIN IN 2013

Tel: 020 8994 1466

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ACTON BALLET SCHOOL

19.45 14 to18yrs Explorers. The Ranch, Chiswick House Car Park, Ellesmere Road, W4 2QN www.20th-chiswick-scouts.blogspot.co.uk

TUESDAYS CARLSON GRACIE BRAZILIAN JIU-JITSU 16.30 13 to 17yrs. 89 Richford Street, Hammersmith, W6 7HJ www.carlsongracieteam.org.uk - 020 8748 8855

CANALSIDE ACTIVITY CENTRE | YOUTH CENTRE WITH WATERSPORTS 16.30– 9 to19yrs. Canal Close, W10 5AY www.rbkc.gov.uk/educationandlearning/supportservices/youthsupport/ canalsideactivitycentre/holidayprojects.aspx

KITE STUDIOS 17.00 Stitch & Print for Duke of Edinburgh skills. £132/£12. 2b Bassein Park Road, W12 9RY www.kitestudios.org - 020 8576 6278


BIG KIDS (11+) TUESDAYS continued...

WEDNESAYS continued...

FOUCAN ACADEMY | FREE RUNNING

HOGARTH YOUTH AND COMMUNITY CENTRE SENIOR CLUB

17.30 Teenage beginners; 18.30 Teenage Intermediates. £15. Chiswick School, Burlington Lane, W4 3UN www.foucan.com

18.45 11yrs+. First session free; 50p thereafter. Duke Road, W4 2JR www.hogarthtrust.org.uk - 020 8747 1999

ACTON BALLET SCHOOL 17.45 12yrs+ Intermediate Class. Ruskin Hall, 16 Church Road, W3 8PP www.actonballetschool.co.uk - Bridget 020 8992 6891

WESTWAY CLIMBING | INDOOR CLIMBING 18.00 12 to 18yrs. £176 per term. Westway Sport Centre, 1 Crowthorne Road, W10 6RP www.westwaysportscentre.org.uk - 020 8969 0992

FRANCES LUNDY SCHOOL OF DANCE 18.15 11yrs+ Grade 5 Ballet. The Hayloft, 3 Bond Street, W4 1QZ www.franceslundyschoolofdance.co.uk - Frances Lundy 07956 312 662

ARCH 197 | DANCE CLASSES 18.30 14yrs+ Sam McAvoy’s Master Class. Prebend Gardens, Stamford Brook, W6 0XT www.arch197.com - 020 8987 8788

WEST LONDON DANCE ACADEMY 18.00 Advanced 1 Ballet. St Michael & All Angels Parish Hall, Priory Avenue, W4 1TX www.dancerweb.co.uk/wlda - 07771 984 590

BE DANCE 20.30 16yrs+ Be Adults. Beginners and Keep Fit. £7. Fitrooms, 254-258 North End Road, SW6 1NJ www.bedance.co.uk - Becca Allen 07545 697 352

THE 3RD CHISWICK SCOUTS 19.00 10 to14yrs Scouts boys and girls; 20.00 14 to18yrs Explorers. Term-time only. Scouthaven, Wilson Walk, Prebend Gardens, W4 1PT www.3rdchiswickscouts.co.uk - Neal Andrews 07976 520 747

CHISWICK SEA CADET UNIT | SAILING & ADVENTURE TRAINING 19.00 12 to18yrs boys and girls. The Pier House, Chiswick Pier, Corney Reach, W4 2UG www.sea-cadets.org/chiswick - 020 7654 7000

BACK TO NETBALL 19.30 Re-introduction to the game for girls and women over 16yrs. Will to Win Chiswick, Chiswick House Grounds (A4 Entrance), W4 2RP www.willtowin.co.uk - 020 8994 1466

THURSDAYS CARLSON GRACIE BRAZILIAN JIU-JITSU 16.30 13 to 17yrs. 89 Richford Street, Hammersmith, W6 7HJ www.carlsongracieteam.org.uk - 020 8748 8855

CANALSIDE ACTIVITY CENTRE 16.30 9 to19yrs. Youth Centre with watersports. Canal Close, W10 5AY www.rbkc.gov.uk/educationandlearning/supportservices/youthsupport/ canalsideactivitycentre/holidayprojects.aspx

SONG ACADEMY | SONGWRITING

WEDNESDAYS LEARN 2 ROW 16.30 £30 for 6-week course. University of London Boathouse, 81 Hartington Road, W3 3TU www.londonyouthrowing.com

WESTWAY CLIMBING | INDOOR CLIMBING 16.30 7 to 14yrs Junior. After school sessions £6.25. 18.30 12 to 18yrs £176 per term. Westway Sport Centre, 1 Crowthorne Road, W10 6RP www.westwaysportscentre.org.uk - 020 8969 0992

HOGARTH YOUTH AND COMMUNITY CENTRE INTERMEDIATES CLUB 17.00 Years 7, 8 and 9. 50p entry. Duke Road, W4 2JR www.hogarthtrust.org.uk - 020 8747 1999

FRANCES LUNDY SCHOOL OF DANCE 17.30 11yrs+ Intermediate Ballet; 18.30 11 yrs+ Grade 6 Ballet. The Hayloft, 3 Bond Street, W4 1QZ www.franceslundyschoolofdance.co.uk - Frances Lundy 07956 312662

WEST LONDON DANCE ACADEMY 17.45 Grade 5 & Intermediate Tap; 18.30 Grade 5 Ballet. St Michael & All Angels Parish Hall, Priory Avenue, W4 1TX www.dancerweb.co.uk/wlda/ 07771 984 590

ACTON BALLET SCHOOL 18.00 Pointe work beginners; 18.30 Grade 4 dances. Ruskin Hall, 16 Church Road, Acton, W3 8PP www.actonballetschool.co.uk - Bridget 020 8992 6891

17.00 12 to16yrs. £215 a term. Holy Trinity Church, Brook Green, W6 7BL www.songacademy.co.uk - 07710 023 743

WILL TO WIN | TENNIS 17.00 9 to 14 yrs mini tennis green/challenger. Will to Win Chiswick, Chiswick House Grounds (A4 Entrance), W4 2RP www.willtowin.co.uk - 020 8994 1466

ACTON BALLET SCHOOL 18.00 Grade 5 Ballet; 19.00 Grade 5 Pointe work/dances. Ruskin Hall, 16 Church Road, Acton, W3 8PP www.actonballetschool.co.uk - Bridget 020 8992 6891

20TH CHISWICK SCOUT GROUP | SCOUT GROUP 19.30 10½ to14yrs Scouts. The Ranch, Chiswick House Car Park, Ellesmere Road, W4 2QN www.20th-chiswick-scouts.blogspot.co.uk

FRIDAYS STAGECOACH CHISWICK 16.30 6 to18yrs Main School. Strand on the Green School, Thames Road, W4 3NX www.stagecoach.co.uk - 020 3394 0818

STAGECOACH KENSINGTON 16.30 6 to16yrs Main School. Addison Primary School, Addison Gardens, Blythe Road, W14 0DT www.stagecoach.co.uk/kensington

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BIG KIDS (11+) FRIDAYS continued... WILL TO WIN | TENNIS 17.00 8 to 14 yrs Junior social. Drop-in £12 - includes pizza, crisps & squash. Will to Win Chiswick, Chiswick House Grounds (A4 Entrance), W4 2RP www.willtowin.co.uk - 020 8994 1466

WEST LONDON DANCE ACADEMY 17.45 Intermediate Ballet. St Michael & All Angels Parish Hall, Priory Avenue, W4 1TX www.dancerweb.co.uk/wlda - 07771 984 590

WESTWAY CLIMBING | INDOOR CLIMBING 18.00 12 to 18yrs. £176 per term. Westway Sport Centre, 1 Crowthorne Road, W10 6RP www.westwaysportscentre.org.uk - 020 8969 0992

FRANCES LUNDY SCHOOL OF DANCE 18.00 11yrs+ Senior Tap & Modern. The Hayloft, 3 Bond Street, W4 1QZ www.franceslundyschoolofdance.co.uk - Frances Lundy 07956 312 662

PARKOUR YOUTH ACADEMY | FREE RUNNING 18.45 7 to19yrs. £5. Westminster Academy, 255 Harrow Road, London, W2 5EZ www.parkourgenerations.com

SATURDAYS continued... THE BAND PROJECT 11.00 - 13.00 & 14.00 - 17.00 11 to 16yrs Live performance and band based course. Arch 196, Wilson Walk, Stamford Brook www.thebandproject.co.uk - 07771 456 955

CANALSIDE ACTIVITY CENTRE 11.00 9 to19yrs. Youth centre with watersports. Canal Close, W10 5AY www.rbkc.gov.uk/educationandlearning/supportservices/youthsupport/ canalsideactivitycentre/holidayprojects.aspx

CENTRE STAGE WORKSHOPS 11.30 12 to 16yrs. £190 per term. 25% discount for siblings. Tabard Theatre, 2 Bath Road, W4 1LW www.tabardtheatre.co.uk - 020 8995 6035

POP SCHOOL & STAGE ACADEMY | PERFORMING ARTS 12.00 12 to16yrs Senior Stage Academy. Westside Community School, 8-30 Galena Road, W6 0LT www.pssa.co.uk - Amelia Amos 07943 656 092

SUNDAYS CHISWICK SEA CADET UNIT | SAILING & ADVENTURE TRAINING

SATURDAYS CHISWICK SATURDAY MUSIC CENTRE 09.10 All ages. Individual & group music lessons. Chiswick School, Burlington Lane, W4 3UN (Staveley Road entrance) www.chiswicksaturdaymusic.org.uk - 07513 012 373

WESTWAY CLIMBING | INDOOR CLIMBING 9.30,10.30,12.30,16.00,16.30,18.00 12 to 18yrs. £176 per term. Westway Sport Centre, 1 Crowthorne Road, W10 6RP www.westwaysportscentre.org.uk - 020 8969 0992

THEATRE STUDIO WEST 10.00 10 to13yrs TSW Youth Company; 14 to19yrs TSW Senior Company. £195 term-time only. Acton Baptist Church, Church Road, W3 8PP www.theatrestudiowest.co.uk - Julie Saunders 020 8616 8846

ESTA | THEATRE SCHOOL 10.00 7 to18yrs term-time. Southfields School, Southfield Road, W4 1BD www.estatheatreschool.com - 020 8741 2843

STAGECOACH CHISWICK 10.00 & 14.30 6 to16yrs. William Hogarth School, Duke Road, W4 2JR www.stagecoach.co.uk - 020 3394 0818

10.00 Alternate Sundays. 12 to18yrs boys and girls. The Pier House, Chiswick Pier, Corney Reach, W4 2UG www.sea-cadets.org/chiswick - 020 7654 7000

EALING RUGBY CLUB 10.00 U13+ Girls and boys all standards up to county level. Trailfinders Sports Club, Castle Bar, Vallis Way, West Ealing, W13 0DD www.ealingrugby.co.uk - Tim Dinsley 07941 861 293

WESTWAY CLIMBING | INDOOR CLIMBING 10.30,16.30,18.00 12 to 18yrs. £176 per term. Westway Sport Centre, 1 Crowthorne Road, W10 6RP www.westwaysportscentre.org.uk - 020 8969 0992

BRENTFORD ARMY CADET FORCE | ADVENTUROUS ACTIVITIES Take part in adventurous activities like rock climbing, mountain biking, archery and abseiling. Learn military skills such as drill, shooting and fieldcraft. 203 Brentford (RLC) Cadet Centre, Windmill Road, W5 4BT www.203brentfordacf.co.uk - 020 8568 6044

THAMES YOUNG MARINERS Sailing courses for beginners Dinghy level 1 to Youth Sailing Scheme level 4. Powerboat courses for 8 to 11yrs. Riverside Drive, Ham, Richmond, TW10 7RX. www.surreycc.gov.uk/outdoorlearning - 01372 378 901

STAGECOACH KENSINGTON 10.00 & 14.30 6 to 16yrs Main School. St Barnabas & St Philips School, 58 Earl’s Court Road, W8 6EJ www.stagecoach.co.uk

YOURSPACE | DRAMA AND DANCE 10.00 11 to 16yrs drama and/or dance. Termly themes. £105 drama or dance; £195 drama and dance. St Augustine’s Priory, Hillcrest Road, W5 2JL www.yourspacedrama.com - 07580 474 638

WILL TO WIN | TENNIS 10.00 12 to 16yrs Challenger drop-in. Will to Win Chiswick, Chiswick House Grounds (A4 Entrance), W4 2RP www.willtowin.co.uk - 020 8994 1466

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We do our best to ensure the accuracy of our directory. Please do call ahead if you wish to book a course.


ACTIVITY CENTRES

Maggie & Rose Chiswick, 020 8994 7211 www.maggieandrose.com Soft play, cooking, art, music, dance, storytelling.

Chiswick New Pool Chiswick, 0845 456 6675 www.fusion-lifestyle.com Swimming, gym, parties.

Chiswick Theatre Arts Chiswick, 020 8742 2861 www.chiswicktheatrearts.com Ballet, tap, modern, street dance, drama, musical theatre, parties, holiday workshops.

Brentford Fountain Leisure Centre Brentford, 0845 456 6675 www.fusion-lifestyle.com Pools, gym, crèche, soft play, badminton, basketball, netball, squash, trampoline, creche.

Piccolo Play Centre Chiswick, 020 3643 2574 www.piccoloplaycentre.co.uk Indoor soft play, classes, bouncy castle, parties.

Westway Sports Centre Holland Park, 020 8969 0992 www.westwaysportscentre.org.uk Tennis, football, fives, cricket, table tennis, swimming, basketball, netball, climbing, netball, free running.

Arts Ed Chiswick, 020 8987 6666 www.artsed.co.uk Acting, singing and dance courses.

The Park Club Acton, 020 8743 4321 www.theparkclub.co.uk Indoor and outdoor pools, tennis, cricket, rugby, football, netball, martial arts, gym, crèche, indoor play area, spa, parties (open to non-members too), holiday clubs.

Laura Sevenus Chiswick, 020 8834 7442 www.sevenus.com Swimming lessons. Chiswick School Chiswick, 020 87476699 www.chiswickschool.org Outside providers supply fooball, kung fu, badminton, rugby and fitness classes.

Roko Chiswick Bridge, 020 8747 5757 www.roko.co.uk/chiswick Gym, pool, spa, junior swimming lessons and football coaching by Sports Generation.

Virgin Active Acton Acton, 020 8600 9600 www.virginactive.co.uk Swimming pools, tennis, gym, parties, crèche. Snakes and Ladders Syon Park, 020 8847 0946 www.snakes-and-ladders.co.uk Indoor soft play. Newly refurbished. Eddie Catz Putney, 0845 201 1268 www.eddiecatz.com/putney Indoor soft play, classes, parties. Bramley’s Big Adventure Holland Park, 020 8960 1515 www.bramleysbigadventure.com Indoor soft play, parties. Gambado Chelsea, 020 7384 1635 www.gambado.com/clubs/chelsea/ Indoor soft play, parties.

The Little Gym Chiswick Chiswick, 020 8994 3729 www.thelittlegym.co.uk Gymnastics and parties.

SATURDAY SCHOOLS for bilingual children

Chinese:

Link Chinese Academy ................................

www.linkchinese.co.uk

The Czech School ........................................

www.czechschool.org.uk

Den Danske Kirke .......................................

www.danskekirke.org

De Regenboog School .................................

www.regenboogschool.org.uk

Finnish School of Kingston .........................

www.fsok.org

La Petite Ecole d’Ealing ..............................

www.petiteecoledealing.com

Deutsche Samstagschule Ealing ..................

www.germansaturdayschoolealing.co.uk

Culture Curry ...............................................

www.culturecurry.co.uk

via the Italian Consulate ..............................

www.conslondra.esteri.it

The Japanese School ...................................

www.thejapaneseschool.ltd.uk

Polish:

Polska Sobotnia Szkoła im M.Reja .............

www. www.polskaszkolachiswick.org

Polska Szkoła im. Stefana kardynała .......... Wyszyńskiego w Londynie

www.polska-szkola.org.uk

Russian:

Cathedral of the Dormition .........................

www.russianchurchlondon.org

Instituto Cervantes ......................................

www. londres.cervantes.es (Wednesday & Friday classes)

Czech:

Danish:

Dutch: Finnish: French:

German:

Hindi: Italian:

Japanese:

Spanish:

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PARTIES PARTY VENUES

THE LITTLE GYM CHISWICK University of Westminster Sports Ground Hartington Road, W4 3AN www.thelittlegym.co.uk 020 8994 3729 Games, music and fun activities

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

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

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

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

NEW CHISWICK POOL Edensor Road, W4 2RG www.fusion-lifestyle.com 0845 456 6675 Pool parties

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

ARCH 197 Prebend Gardens, W6 0XT www.arch197.com 020 8987 8788 Street Dance

SNAKES AND LADDERS Syon Park, Brentford, TW8 8JF www.snakes-and-ladders.co.uk 020 8847 0946 Soft play

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

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GAMBADO CHELSEA

ALL SAINTS CHURCH

MACBETH CENTRE

Townmead Road, SW6 2PY www.gambado.com/clubs/chelsea/ 020 7384 1635 Tiger Tots, Tiger, Laser Tag and Build a Bear parties

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

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

CHISWICK CATHOLIC CENTRE

CORINTHIAN SAILING CLUB

AERIALAND 8-30 Galena Road, w6 0LT www.aerialand.com 07737 624 296 Aerial circus and acrobatics skills Includes kitchen and large cafeteria area for refreshments.

2 Dukes Avenue, W4 2AE 020 8994 9905

MASBRO CENTRE 87 Masbro Road, W14 0LR www.upg.org.uk 020 7605 0800 3 halls of different sizes from £25 per hour.

HALLS FOR HIRE

GROVE NEIGHBOURHOOD CENTRE

3RD CHISWICK SCOUTS

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

Wilson Walk, Off Prebend Gardens, Stamford Brook, W4 1PT 07947 354 554 Large room, kitchen and secure garden. £80 for 2 hour slot. Children’s tables and chairs included.

ST MICHAEL’S CENTRE Elmwood Road, W4 3DY www.stmichaels-elmwoodroad.org Hall with stage and kitchen. Furniture for hire.

ST MICHAEL AND ALL ANGELS Priory Avenue, W4 1TX www.smaaa.org.uk 020 8994 1380 3 rooms available to hire from £70 per 3½ hour slot. Children’s tables and chairs for hire.

THE PIER HOUSE Corney Reach Way, W4 2UG www.chiswickpier.org.uk 020 8742 2713 Large room with kitchen facilities and river views. From £50 for 2 hour weekend slot.

PICCOLO PLAY CENTRE Hogarth Youth Centre, Duke Road, W4 2JR www.piccoloplaycentre.co.uk 07525 773 659 Choice of halls to hire from £40 per hour.

ST PAUL’S CHURCH 56 Grove Park Rd, W4 3SB www.stpaulsgrovepark.com 020 8994 3074 2 rooms for hire and garden.

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

ST PETER’S CHURCH PARISH ROOM Black Lion Lane, W6 9BE www.stpetersw6.org 020 8741 4848 From £30 per hour.

DORSET WHARF COMMUNITY HALL 158 Rainville Road, W6 9HN www.rockingscots.co.uk/Dorsetwharfcommunityhall.html 07880 840 692 Hall and room for hire from £12 per hour.

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

66 Upper Mall, W6 9TA www.linden-house.org 020 8748 1841

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

ST MARY’S CHURCH HALLS 1 The Mount, Acton High Street, W3 9NW www.stmaryacton.org.uk/ the-church-halls 020 8993 0422 2 hours £95.00; 3 hours £125. Saturday availability is usually between 11.00-16.00.

ST DUNSTAN’S EAST ACTON Friars Place Lane, W3 7AW www.stdunstanschurch.org.uk 020 8740 1383 3 rooms for hire from £30 per hour. Kitchen facilities and furniture available.

SUPPLIES SUGAR ROSE 07949 268 378 Vintage Tea Parties & China Hire for birthdays, garden parties, baby showers etc.


HOLIDAY CLUBS TO THE RESCUE

PERFORMING ARTS POP & STAGE SCHOOL ACADEMY

Chiswick | 4-18yrs Themed week-long camps. www.pssa.co.uk

PERFORM

Shepherd’s Bush & Chiswick | 4-12yrs Drama, dance and singing. www.perform.org.uk

SONG ACADEMY

Brook Green | 8-12yrs Write, produce, perform and record an original song. www.songacademy.co.uk

MUSIC HOUSE FOR CHILDREN

Shepherds Bush | Various ages www.musichouseforchildren.co.uk

BRITISH FILM INSTITUTE

ROCKS LANE

THE ROYAL INSTITUTE OF BRITISH ARCHITECTS

WESTWAY SPORTS CENTRE

South Bank|8-14yrs Half-term workshops. www.bfi.org.uk

W1 | 7-18yrs Design workshops. www.architecture.com

YOUNG FILM ACADEMY

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

SPORT WILL TO WIN

Chiswick & Barnes | 4-16yrs Week-long tennis camps during half-term. www.willtowin.co.uk

Chiswick | 4-16yrs Multi sports and football. www.rockslane.co.uk Holland Park | 4-16yrs Tennis, football and climbing. www.westwaysportscentre.org.uk

SKATEBOARDING CLUB

Westway | 6-14yrs www.chiswickschools.co.uk

EALING RIDING SCHOOL

Ealing | 5yrs+ Riding & stable management days. www.ealingridingschool.biz

MULTI-ACTIVITY CHISWICK COURSES

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

SPORTS GENERATION

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

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

STAGECOACH

ON THE BALL TENNIS

LET ME PLAY

THEATREBUGS CHISWICK

Hammersmith & Chiswick | 4-18yrs www.stagecoach.co.uk

ANGELA GRANT SCHOOL OF DANCE Acton & Chiswick | 4yrs+ Half-term classes. www.balletclasseslondon.co.uk

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

CHISWICK THEATRE ARTS

Chiswick | 4-14yrs Week long and half-day courses. www.chiswicktheatrearts.com

ARTS ED

Chiswick | 4-16yrs Drama, musical performances, improv & imaginative play. www.artsed.co.uk

ART & DESIGN FUN WITH FIMO CLAY

Acton | 6yrs+ www.funwithfimoclay.co.uk

KITE STUDIOS

Shepherd’s Bush | Various ages Half-term arts and crafts. www.kitestudios.org

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

EXCEL SPORTS CAMPS

Chiswick | 4-12yrs www.excelsports.org.uk

FIT FOR SPORT

Chiswick, Acton, Barnes | 3-12yrs www.fitforsport.co.uk

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

HEATHROW GYMNASTICS

Hammersmith | 11-19yrs Free activities including dance, drama, sport, cookery, art, fashion and music. www.letmeplaysports2.moonfruit.com

ROYAL INSTITUTION

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

MAD SCIENCE

Various locations | 4-11yrs www.madscience.org.uk

TREEHOUSE LEARNING

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

Hounslow | 4-12yrs Half-term camps. All abilities. www.heathrowgymnastics.org.uk

BEAR GRYLLS SURVIVAL ACADEMY

RICHMOND GYMNASTICS

Chiswick | 4-11yrs Half-term activities including art, sports, games and day trips. www.piccoloplaycentre.co.uk

Kew | 5-16yrs www.richmondgymnastics.co.uk

THE LITTLE GYM CHISWICK

Chiswick | 3-12yrs 3 hour themed camps. www.thelittlegym.co.uk/chiswick

Ealing & Barnes| 8-12yrs www.beargryllssurvivalacademy.com

PICCOLO PLAYCENTRE

HIGH FLIERS

Ealing | 4-11yrs Half-term themed fun weeks which include creative writing, ICT, scientific enquiry and sports team-building. www.high-fliers.org.uk CITY KIDS 37


RECIPE BY JO PRATT This is a good standby meal in our house, as I always have peas and broad beans in the freezer, risotto rice in the cupboard and a few additional bits in the fridge. If you want to be a bit more fancy, you can also use fresh peas, broad beans and other veggies, such as green beans or asparagus. They’ll just need cooking for a few minutes in boiling water before you add to the risotto. And if you’ve ever wondered what to do with leftover risotto, here’s your answer. It’s worth making this recipe just to try out my Mozzarella and Primavera Arancini Cakes.

BAKED RISOTTO PRIMAVERA MAKES 2 adult and 4 kid-sized portions PREPARATION TIME 10 minutes COOKING TIME 25 minutes 2 tbsp olive oil 1 tbsp butter 1 large onion chopped 3 garlic cloves crushed 2 courgettes diced 275g/9¾oz/1¼ cups carnaroli or arborio risotto rice 1l/35fl oz/4 cups hot chicken or vegetable stock grated zest of 1 small lemon 125g/4½oz/scant 1 cup frozen peas defrosted 125g/4½oz/scant 1 cup frozen broad beans or soya beans defrosted 3 tbsp chopped chives mint basil or parsley leaves (or a mixture) 50g/1¾oz/2∕3 cup cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese 3 tbsp mascarpone or cream cheese sea salt and freshly ground black pepper LEFTOVERS ITALIAN STYLE

1.

Preheat the oven to 200°C/400°F/gas 6.

MOZZARELLA AND PRIMAVERA ARANCINI CAKES

2.

Heat the oil and butter in a small flameproof casserole dish over a low heat, add the onion and garlic and fry for 5 minutes until softened. Add the courgettes and rice and stir around

For every 200g/7oz/1¼ cups leftover risotto, mix in 25g/1oz

until coated in the oil.

diced mozzarella and 3 finely chopped sun-dried tomatoes. Firmly shape into 2 cakes. Dip into some beaten egg and then

3.

Stir in the stock and bring just to the boil, then cover with

into 3–4 tbsp fresh or dried breadcrumbs. Heat enough

a lid and bake for 15 minutes. If you are around, give it a stir

olive oil in a frying pan to cover the base of the pan, add the

halfway, but it’s not essential. By now the rice will be just

arancini and fry over a medium heat for 3–4 minutes on each

tender and most of the liquid absorbed. Stir in the peas and

side until golden and heated through. Drain on kitchen paper

broad beans and return to the oven for 5 minutes.

and serve. Taken from Madhouse Cookbook by Jo Pratt © 2013, Duncan Baird Publishers

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4. Finally, when the risotto is ready, stir in the chopped herbs, lemon zest, Parmesan and mascarpone. Season lightly with salt and pepper and serve hot.


COMPETITION TIME! CBeebies star Justin Fletcher knows a thing or two about entertaining children, especially when it comes to compiling the perfect party playlist. Just Party is Justin’s brand new album and it’s jam-packed with toe-tapping tunes that are guaranteed to keep your party swinging from start to finish!

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Sing along with Justin on chart toppers including ‘Happy’ or get your feet moving on the dance floor with ‘Macarena’. It’s the only party album you’ll need all year! Available to buy and download from 2nd March 2015. We have two copies to give away.

Simply email ‘Mr Tumble’ to editor@citykidsuk.co.uk to take part in the draw.

We’re lucky enough to collaborate with Jo Pratt in each issue of City Kids Magazine. Featuring chapters such as ‘Monday to Friday Survival,’ ‘The Busy Weekend’ and ‘Cling On To Your Social Life,’ her Madhouse Cookbook contains all the ideas you need to keep the whole family happy. If you love her recipes you’re in for a treat as we have five copies of her Madhouse Cookbook to give away.

Email ‘Madhouse’ to editor@citykidsuk.co.uk in order to be included in the draw.

WIN Email ‘Mouse’ or Dinosaur’ to editor@citykidsuk.co.uk to take part in the draw.

City Kids Magazine has teamed up with Milo et Mimi to give away the items we showcased in ‘We Love’. On offer, we have one of the Maileg mice from her collection, as well as a dinosaur. There will be two separate draws for these prizes, so you must enter both if you would like a chance to win both toys.

London mum of two, Laure Lebrun runs Petiotes, creators of a wide range of handcrafted children’s accessories such as personalised cushions, picnic blankets and stroller bags. One lucky City Kids reader could have their very own personalised London bus cushion by entering our draw.

WIN Email ‘Bus’ to editor@citykidsuk.co.uk to be in with a chance of winning such a lovely piece.

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* Open to all UK residents aged 18 or over, excluding employees or agents of the associated companies & their families. * One entry per person (duplicates will be void). * No cash alternatives. * Automated entries will be disqualified. * No responsibility is held for entries lost, delayed or damaged in the post, proof of posting is not proof of delivery. * All entries become the property of City Kids Ltd. The decision of the judge is final and no correspondence will be entered into. * Winners will be notified by email. * All entries must be received by midnight on Tuesday, 31st March 2015. * Illegible entries and those that do not abide by these terms and conditions will be disqualified.

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