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Issue 93: May/June 2014

FREE North West London Including North Middlesex and South Hertfordshire (Queens Park, Wembley, Edgware, Stanmore, Harrow, Northolt, Northwood, Watford and all the areas in between)


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Competitions, What’s On and much more inside!

In this issue:

Welcome to the May/June issue!

CONTACT US: Families North West London Magazine Editors: Heather Waddington and Janine Mergler P.O. Box 2378, Watford WD18 1RF T: 01923 237 004 E:

7 Learning Out-of-Doors

8 Homework – Why? FamiliesNWLondon

14 Feature: Summer Camps!

20 Children’s Theatre 22 Regular Events

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27 Mummy on the Edge

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News & Views from around North West London Parents Paradise at Bushey re-opens after flooding A family run indoor play centre in Bushey that was overcome by flood waters on Friday 7th February has finally been able to reopen its doors following eight weeks of clearing out, drying and refurbishment. The estimated cost of not only the refurbishment but also their loss of business could reach nearly £500,000. The owners have been overwhelmed by support from the local community. In the first few days after the flood, as well as staff arriving to help, they had customers turn up wearing their wellies, after dropping their children at school, asking what they could do. Parents Paradise re-opened on Tuesday 8 April at 9:30am – exactly 2 months since after they closed.

Knowledge Above Standard has launched their new website Knowledge Above Standard has helped over two hundred students achieve higher grades in school. They understand that each individual requires a different approach to learning, therefore, they provide work and assistance to strengthen the weaknesses of each student. They teach maths, English, verbal reasoning, non-verbal reasoning as well as past practise paper for 7+, 11+ and 13+ Entrance Exams for Independent Schools. You can learn more about them and their philosophy on their new website.

Daffodils for Mothers’ Day The children in the Foundation Stage at Aldenham Prep School entertained their mums with a performance of water themed songs and poems as part of their Mothers’ Day celebrations. Following the show all the mums were given tea, with some beautifully decorated cakes, in their child’s classroom before being presented with daffodils planted by the children in aid of Marie Curie Cancer Care as their Mothers’ Day gift. All the mums thoroughly enjoyed the very special afternoon and were delighted with their gifts and handmade cards. If you would like to visit Aldenham Prep School there is an Open Morning on Saturday 14th June 10.00am to 12.30pm or call to arrange a visit on 01923 851664. All the information you require can be found on the website www.



News & Views from around North West London It’s new and it’s here! Laser Tag 2U A brand new way to play tag has come to London…. Mobile Laser Tag! Lasertag 2U is a professional mobile entertainment company based in North West London, providing Lasertag gaming for a wide range of events from birthday parties to festivals. Lasertag events consist of a 23 piece indoor/outdoor inflatable obstacle course with up to 48 laser phasers. The mobile course can set up anywhere from your back garden to your local woods or your school hall. They provide hours of different team building activities and competitive games, based on the well-established game of 'tag'. Laser tag is a team or individual sport suitable for all ages from 5+. You can design your own package with Lasertag2U just send an email to:

Save Our Scout Group Formed in 1964, the 79th Bushey & Oxhey Scout Group, based in Bushey Hertfordshire, are this year celebrating their 50th anniversary. The Group are urgently in need of adult volunteers to take over as leaders running the Beaver and Cub sections. If no new leaders are found, the Beavers and Cubs will close indefinitely in the summer. Volunteers will only be required to dedicate a couple of hours each week to scouting activities. Anyone interested in volunteering to join the Group as a leader can contact Brian Fox on 0771 869 8091 for further information.

Harrow Open Studios are here again 7th, 8th, 9th and 14th, 15th June 2014 The artists of Harrow Open Studios are inviting the public to visit their studios throughout the Harrow Borough over two weekends in June. There are 34 artists, eight of them new this year. This will be the seventh year of Harrow Open Studios, which goes from strength to strength in showcasing local talent, and it’s free. More than 2,000 visitors attended at least one open studio last year. The work of painters, printmakers, sculptors, ceramicists, woodturners, jewellers, and glass artists can all be perused at leisure. Visitors are welcome to ask questions on techniques and processes, make a purchase or arrange a commission. A taster exhibition will be held at the Harrow Arts Centre during the whole of May and another at West House, overlooking Pinner Memorial Park, on 17/18 May. Information is available on the website and in the 2014 brochure, available from May. If you are proficient with social media, you can follow Harrow Open Studios on Facebook and Twitter. Particular thanks go to all the businesses and private individuals who have sponsored this year’s programme, and note that new sponsors are always welcome!

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Pinner Pledge Visit Pinner and you will find its historic High Street still looks remarkably like it did 50 years ago, even 100 years ago, albeit with a new and unique selection of boutiques and restaurants. The newly formed Pinner Independent Traders Association (PITA) are harnessing Pinner's strong community spirit with a Pinner Pledge campaign, highlighting the small ways residents and visitors can support the community, from reading a magazine such as this one, to attending a local event. Pinner has a fantastic community spirit as seen through the many community celebrations

St Helen’s launch Vision Dr Mary Short, Headmistress of St Helen’s School, recently launched her Vision for the School. Over the next five years St Helen’s will improve and enhance its academic and pastoral offering beyond its already excellent provision, to become a truly exceptional school. The Vision is supported by an exciting 15 year Masterplan for the Estate, which includes upgrading existing buildings and, in particular, plans to build a new building for the existing Junior Section of the School. Due to open in 2016, this state-of-the-art building will provide and age appropriate environment and improve opportunities for learning, although it will not be accompanied by any expansion in pupil numbers.

throughout the year: St George's Day, the Pinner Fair and Pinner Pantomime Evening on the last Thursday in November where Pinner's High Street is closed for the evening to play host to outdoor trading, performances, fairground rides and a huge firework display to finish. PITA have also persuaded the council to install flower baskets in Pinner High Street, an Information board to let customers know what's going on and highlight all the great businesses that Pinner has to offer and will also see the launch of the Duck Pond Market in Pinner along with events at weekends.

Come and visit Pinner, support the Pinner Pledge and see all that they have to offer!

Monkey Music Turns 21 Monkey Music, the UK’s favourite music classes for babies and young children, is 21 years old this year! To mark this special occasion, Monkey Music classes in Uxbridge, Harrow, and Eastcote will be hosting a week of fun filled birthday party classes and competitions, sharing the magical fun and learning of Monkey Music with hundreds of local families. There’ll be a chance for Monkey Music families to enter a free prize draw to win a free term of Monkey Music classes and one of 21 amazing prizes which have been donated by 21 of Monkey Music’s national partners - including a short family break from Smith and Family, a MicroScooter from Microscooters and lots more! If you’d like to know more about your local Monkey Music classes and their 21st Birthday party classes in June 2014, or would like to book a FREE class, please call 01895 674587, email uxbridge.harrow@ or visit Monkey Music

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News and Views Little Stars Pre-School Open Morning for Parents Friday 23rd May 2014 10am to 1pm Registrations for the September 2014 intake are underway and the school invites parents to come along to their open morning in North Harrow at the Headstone Lawn Tennis Club (HA2) to find out more about what they have to offer. If your child is three years old and born before 31st August 2011, they may be able to offer your child a FREE placement in our afternoon groups based on eligibility on schemes.

Local Students Work Showcased at Harrow Arts Centre Local students will have their work hung in the hallways of the Harrow Arts Centre from the 6th of May to the 2nd of June, 2014. Approximately 43 students between the ages of 5 and 14 years old will submit up to 70 works on canvas and paper. The exhibition called ‘Observed and Imagined’ will have subject matter including landscapes, animals, portraits, still life and scenes from the children's' creative imagination. The Harrow Arts Centre is open every day 9am - 5pm and then most evenings, giving visitors access to the exhibition.

Those parents interested to attend are advised to call 020 8933 7422 between 10am to 3pm Mondays to Friday or confirm by email in advance with their name and contact details to:

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Dogs Trust would like to say a big thank you to its Freedom foster carers in the Greater London area for all of their hard work last year. Dogs Trust Freedom Project is a pet fostering scheme providing vital help for families escaping domestic violence. Many refuges are not able to accept pets, so pet owners often remain in a violent situation for fear of what might happen to their pet if they leave it behind. Over 50 victims of domestic violence were helped in 2013 in Greater London, with 77 pets fostered, something which simply couldn’t have been achieved if it wasn’t for our amazing foster carers who look after the pets in their own home until they can be safely reunited with their owners. If you would like to help us make a difference by becoming a foster carer please visit or call 0800 298 9199.


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Why is important to Children’s Learning fascinating for the soul than any console, private tutor, or television programme.


here is a real danger that modern, urban, technological life is desensitising children to the extent that their wellbeing is threatened. With mental health issues fast becoming one of the three most significant threats to global health, the benefits of time and green space (two rare commodities for the lives of modern children) should be significant and immediate considerations for parents on behalf of their children. If you ask children to sit still and quiet in a rural setting … a woodland or open field without too much urban noise pollution … it is amazing how swiftly their sense are re-awakened. They will quickly notice movement and sound to a far greater extent – a bumble bee fifty yards away, a deer half a mile distant. That is generations of awareness being rekindled – in the same way that looking into a camp fire, or the sea, proves far more

Original thought, that key necessary skill for the future entrepreneur, is brought to mind by exercise and outdoors living. A simple economic fact, for those who rate such things preeminent, is that our children today will be better advised in all ways to chase their passion rather than their pension. At York House School, our broad curriculum is matched by our commitment to provide an exciting and diverse environment for learning. We empower our teachers to provide stimulating and memorable lessons where pupils are challenged to discover, to collaborate or to create as part of their learning experience.

one, outside and it needs to rethink itself. The ‘timid’ personality can grow stronger in the outdoors, the senses becoming more engaged in the independence of the situation, and the confidence builds. The normally ‘confident’ child can be unused to a night of camping and playing team games under a night sky. Each has learnt something major about a minor change to where their learning has taken place. We encourage our pupils to develop a self-disciplined and hard-working approach. This will help them achieve good academic results whilst, just as importantly, encouraging three character traits which we believe to be vital characteristics of future success and happiness: 1. A positive outlook.

Learning is not confined to sitting behind a desk either, and often extends beyond the classroom walls altogether, making the most of our wonderful setting and exciting new Outdoor Learning facilities.

2. Self-reliance - for only when we are truly self-reliant are we in a position to help others. 3. The ability to leave people and places better than we find them.

One maxim that always seems to ring true is: ‘It’s not what you do in life, but how you do it, that matters’. Classroom learning will always benefit keen and eager minds of course. But take that same mind, or an easily distracted

Everything we do aims to give the child the best possible preparation for his or her future studies and adult life. Mr Jon Gray | York House Headmaster




Why do I have to do


Next time your child asks why he has to do homework, you’ll have the answer ready. We also have tips on how you can help. by Robina Cowan, Editor Families South East. when the school day ends and that responsibility for working continues beyond the classroom • To develop a strong work ethic.

■ Should parents get involved?

■ Homework is set:

The answer from experienced teachers is a resounding “yes!” One told us that “the improvement in a young child whose parent is hearing them read for 15-20 minutes a night is fairly astronomical compared to those who don’t, and the improvement carries right up to ages 7 or 8, by which time children are usually reading fluently.”

• For children to practise, reinforce and extend work that is taught in class

■ Homework diaries

■ What is homework for? Tempting though it might be - in order to hurry up the process, it is not the chance for you to show off how much you remember from your schooldays and do it for them!

• To enable teachers to find out whether or not pupils have understood the lesson • To help children develop skills of independent time management • To show what children are able to produce under unaided conditions • To encourage pupils to understand that school work does not finish

Most schools give out homework diaries, making it easier for parents to see what has been set, when it should be handed in, and providing a way for teachers and parents to communicate. If your child is taking longer than the expected time to do their homework, or if you had to explain how to work out the set maths, make a note in the homework diary so the teacher knows about it.

■ How to help Show an interest in your child’s work; point them in the right direction rather than telling them the answer; offer a snack and a drink while they work. Here are more tips from experts - the teachers. • Be aware of where and how your child works best. Some children need quiet, others prefer people around them. Some want to start their homework as soon as they are home to get it out of the way; others are better after a snack and a half hour ‘chill’ • Show a positive interest and monitor what is being done. Is it too much? Too little or rushed? Communicate with the school if you have concerns • Extend schoolwork with visits to museums and exhibitions - London offers so much that can bring subjects to life in a way no amount of books or websites can do • Ask your child if she is pleased with her homework (before leaping in to point out all the mistakes!), and offer praise where it is due - for example continued on page 11

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Independent School Open Days Please check school websites to confirm in advance of visiting advertised open days. Listings are subject to change.


ACS Hillingdon International School Middlesex, UB10 Boys and Girls 4-18

Open Day: By appointment 01895 259771

Aldenham School Elstree WD6 Boys and Girls 3-18 yrs (Boarding/Day)

Open Day: Sat 14 Jun - Prep School 01923 851664. Senior School By Appointment - 01923 858122,

Avanti House School Stanmore HA7. Boys and Girls 11-18 yrs.

Open Day: By appointment 020 8249 6830

Buckingham College Preparatory School Pinner HA5 Boys School 4-11 years

Open Day: By appointment 020 8866 2737

Charlotte House Preparatory School for Girls Rickmansworth WD3. Girls 3+-11yrs.

Open Day: Thu 8th May, Sat 10th May, 9.30-11.30am. 01923 772101

Edge Grove School Aldenham WD25 Boys and Girls 3-13yrs (Boarding/Day)

Open Day: Fri 2nd May, 10am-12pm. 01923 855 724 ( x254)

Haberdashers’ Aske’s Boys’ School Elstree WD6 Boys 5-18 yrs.

Open Day: By appointment 020 8266 1700.

Haberdashers’ Aske’s Girls’ School Elstree WD6 Girls 4-18 yrs.

Open Day: Junior Sch – Sat 5 Jul, 10.30am-1pm; Sat 11 Oct, 10am-12.30pm. Senior Sch – Tue 7 Oct, 6-8pm; Sat 11 Oct, 2-5pm. 020 8266 2302 email

Harrow School Harrow HA1 Boys 12-18yrs (Boarding)

Open Day: Sat 10th May, Sat 17th May, Sat 14th Jun, Sat 13th Sep, Sat 20 Sep, Sat 4 Oct, Sat 15 Nov, Sat 29 Nov. 0208 872 8003

Heathfield School (GDST) Pinner HA5. Girls 3-18 yrs.

Open Day: By appointment 020 8307 5503

High Elms Manor School Watford WD25, Boys and Girls 6 months – 11 years.

Open Day: By appointment 01923 681103

Krishna Avanti Primary School Edgware HA8. Boys and Girls 3-11 yrs.

Open Day: By appointment 020 8381 3344

Maple Walk School (New Model School) NW10 Boys and Girls 4-11 yrs.

Open Day: Tue 20th May, Tue 10th Jun, Wed 2nd Jul, all at 9.30am. 020 8965 7374

Merchant Taylor’s School Northwood HA6. Boys 11-18yrs

Open Day: Sat 10 May 10am-12.30pm. To make an appointment for a school tour at an alternative time call 01923 845514

North London Collegiate School Edgeware HA8 Girls 4-18yrs.

Open Day: Sat 20 Sep, Jun Sch 10am-12.30pm 020 8952 1276, Sen Sch 1.30-4.30pm 020 8951 6481/6468.

Northwood College Northwood HA6. Girls 3-18 yrs.

Open Day: Wed 7th May, Mon 23rd Jun, both 9.30am. Bluebelle House (Nursery & Reception) Fri 16th May, Tue 10th Jun. 01923 825446.

Northwood Preparatory School Rickmansworth WD3 Boys 4-13.

Open Morning: Fri 10th Oct, 9.45am-12pm. 01923 825648.

Orley Farm Harrow-on-the-Hill HA1 Boys and Girls 4-13yr

Open Day: Sat 10 May 10am-12pm or by appointment 020 8869 7634/7600

Purcell School of Music Bushey WD23 Boys and Girls 9-18yrs.

Open Day: By appointment 01923 331107

Quainton Hall School Harrow HA1. Boys and Girls nursery 2-4yrs. Boys 4-13yr; Girls 4-11yr.

Open Day: Sat 20th Sep 10am-12.30pm 020 8427 1304

Reddiford School Pinner HA5 Boys and Girls 2yrs 9months – 11 yrs.

Open Day: By appointment 020 8866 0660

Regent College Harrow HA Boys & Girls 11-18yrs

Open Day: By appointment 020 8966 9900

Regent Nursery Pinner HA Boys & Girls 2-5yrs

Open Day: By appointment 020 8933 5410

Roxeth Mead School HA2 Boys & Girls 3-7yrs.

Open Day: By appointment 020 8422 2092

Rudolf Steiner School Kings Langley WD4. Boys and Girls 0-18. www.

Open Day: By appointment 01923 262 505

The Royal Masonic School for Girls Rickmansworth WD3 – Ruspini House Pre School (boys and girls aged 2-4) Cadogan House Pre-Prep and Prep Department (girls aged 4-11), Senior School (girls aged 11-18)

Open Day: Sun 12th Oct, 2-5pm. 01923 725354

Stanborough School Watford WD25 Boys and Girls 4-18yrs. Boarding/ Day.

Open Day: By appointment 01923 673268

St Helen’s School Northwood HA6. Girls, 3-18 yrs.

Open Day: Wed 18th Jun, 9.30-12pm; Sat 20th Sep, 9.30am-1pm; Wed 12th Nov, 9.30am-1pm. 01923 843230

St Hilda’s Preparatory School for Girls Bushey WD23 3-11yrs.

Open Day: By appointment 0208 950 1751

St John’s School Northwood HA6 Boys aged 3-13.

Open Day: Wed 21st May, 9.30am 020 8866 0067

St. Margaret’s School Bushey WD23 Girls 4-18 yrs (boarding/day)

Open Day: Thu 8th May, 9.30am-12pm. 020 8901 0872

St. Martin’s School Northwood HA6. Boys 3-13 yrs

Open Day: Fri 9th May, Sat 10th May. 01923 825 740

York House Rickmansworth WD3. Boys and Girls 3-13 yrs

Open Day: Thu 8th May, Sat 10th May, 9.30am-12pm; Thu 2nd Oct, Sat 4th Oct, 9.30am-12pm. 01923 772 395


Education continued from page 8

homework children complete has little correlation with their level of academic success; in fact many believe homework can have a negative impact - particularly in relationships between children and their parents who are trying to get them to concentrate.

the work is neat, or well written, or answers the question really well • Time management is one of the hardest aspects for a child to get to grips with - but they’ll need to when it comes to siiting exams. Give your child a timer set for the duration of the homework and see how much they finish. Initially it can help if you remind your child when they are halfway through the time, and again when there are ten minutes left. This is good training and before long they will have adjusted to how much work they can produce in the allotted time

Homework may be more appropriate in secondary school where it is an invaluable tool in teaching hard work and self-discipline. Experts agree that homework should be varied and motivational - technology is proving useful, with an increasing number of tasks being completed online. Children may also be given activities to complete in their local community, for example at the library - while this is learning outside school, it is not homework in its more traditional sense. Homework clubs at school have also proved successful.

• Children who have been sitting at desks for most of the day often need to let of steam after school. A run around the park on the way home can dispel restlessness before settling down to homework • Set a positive example. Other members of the family can use homework time by taking up their own studies or settling down to a focused activity (such as sorting bills/ reading the paper/ ironing) at the same time.

■ All work and no play? Last September, a school in Guildford

abolished all homework apart from reading and occasional projects, for children aged seven to eleven. The school was graded 'outstanding' by Ofsted and the head teacher has seen no difference in achievement. In an article published by the TES, it is suggested that the amount of

As the debate continues, many schools are moving away from 'timed' homework slots and, only where appropriate, are concentrating on simple repetition and re-enforcement of skills being learnt during the day. The full article ‘All Work and No Play’ can be found at




Prep schools: What are they and how to choose the right one? By Ellen Arnison

Traditionally a preparatory school was where children went to ‘prepare’ to go to one of the major British public schools, such as Eton and Harrow, working up to them sitting the Common Entrance exam at 13. However, while that picture still exists in some cases, the situation now varies widely. Broadly, there are two kinds of prep school – one where the children leave at 11, perhaps after an 11 + exam, and one where the children sit the Common Entrance exam then leave at 13.

In some cases youngsters attend a prep school until they reach their 11 + exam and then transfer to a local (state) grammar school. The smaller classes and more focussed attention in a prep school can improve their chances. This is particularly appealing to parents who think their child won’t get what they require from the nearby state primaries. Traditionally boys attended prep schools up to age 13, either to sit the Common Entrance exam (part of the admissions process for academically selective secondary schools) and then

to move on elsewhere or to graduate to the attached senior school almost automatically. However, girls as well as boys now attend prep school on this basis as across the board the trend is to move from single-sex education to co-ed. But it isn’t just about the exams, in both cases the prep schools can provide far more, including a wide range of sports and more specialised

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d Does the school fit the basic requirements of you and your child in terms of gender, day and/or boarding, religious denomination, curriculum and location? d Does it meet your educational objectives in terms of offering the exams your child will need to sit?

d Will your child be happy there? Do you get good feedback from other parents and children?

d Does the school get a good report? How are the exam results, the general atmosphere and the teaching quality?

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subjects, such as Latin, the pupils will need as they move through their education. Julie Robinson, a former prep school head and Education and Training Director at the Independent Association of Prep Schools said: “They say the independent sector seems to bring a set of high expectations: a huge amount of time invested in pastoral support and personal development for the children, excellent facilities and a focus on learning. “Parents believe their investment in fees is an investment in their children’s future.” However, the range of places to invest and ways to ensure the best for your children is enormous. At first glance the decision about whether or not to

d Do you like the ethos of school? It’s usually very clear and follows strong leadership from the Head. d What is the teaching/staff turnover like? use a prep school and, indeed, which one is best can seem bewildering. There are more than 1,000 prep schools in the UK taking children to 11 and 13, traditionally they are boarding schools but nowadays many parents chose to send their children daily. Equally some prep schools will be part of ‘all-through’ schools catering for from the age of three up to 18 and some will be attached to a senior school. Some prep schools adhere to the National Curriculum but they are not bound to, which can give them freedom to offer a broader and more varied curriculum that isn’t burdened by tests. There isn’t always an entrance exam for preps schools, in many cases the

d What is the curriculum?

d How big are the classes?

d What is the school’s approach to discipline and rules? d What did the most recent inspection report say?

d What are the pastoral care facilities like?

d Does the school offer the facilities you would like to see, such as for sport, music or drama? d Is there a wide-enough range of extra curricular activities?

d Does the school give value for money for what you want? Be careful to take extras into account. school will just want to interview you and your child, perhaps inviting him or her to spend a ‘taster’ session in class. This also allows teaching staff to observe how your child fits in. The decision is easier when you look to the end destination – the senior school –work backwards. Your decision will be narrowed by considering if there is a school attached to your preferred secondary and what kinds of criteria they use to select pupils. Living where we do, the range of independent schools we have to choose from is not only vast, but varied. With a bit of time spent researching and visiting prospective schools (see our OPEN DAYS table, pg 10), you will find the school(s) that best fit your family and your budget.

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Summer Camps

SUMMER CAMPS Believe it or not the summer holidays are on their way! And what better way to keep the kids entertained than with a great summer camp. Whether it’s residential, further afield, or a day camp right on your door step, we’ve hunted high and low to find out what’s going on to keep the kids busy these summer holidays. And remember to tell them Families North West London Magazine sent you!

RESIDENTIAL CAMPS AIGAS various dates Wildlife Holidays & Courses in the Highlands. Offering fully inclusive, small-group learning holidays and study courses exploring the stunning wildlife, habitats and landscapes of the Scottish Highlands and Islands..01463 782 443 www. ATE- Superweeks are 7 day residential holidays running 28th July-4th August, 5th-12th, 13th20th, and 21st-28th August. The Council makes sure that keeping children safe, both physically and emotionally, is ATE’s top priority. Ages 8-16 yrs. 0845 456 1205


Camp Wild 23/7-17/8 In glorious East Devon. They will be running residential camps for 8-12 yr olds 28th July – 15th August and day camps for 6-12 yr olds during the first three weeks of the summer holidays (recommended day camp length of 1-3 days, either M-W or W-F). 6-12yrs 01404 822 188 KG Adventure –Rebranded as Xplore– Summer Activity Residential and day Camps! Offers the choice of going to camp for a day, week or even for your whole summer holiday! There is always a mix of activities so whether you are super outdoorsy or prefer to be more creative there will be something for you. Xplore is Ofsted registered, accepts childcare vouchers and have centres all over the UK 01449 742700


Marlborough College 13th July-2nd August Wiltshire SN8 1PA Marlborough College Summer School continues to welcome young people (3-16yrs) to their action-packed week of activities and entertainment either as residents with their families, or as day students on their own or in a group. 01672 892388 www. Mill on the Brue Outdoor Activity Centre – Somerset 13 July – 23 August. A family run, not for profit, educational and environmental organisation which has been inspiring, exhilarating and educating children and adults since 1982. Summer holidays a maximum of 60 kids per week which create the ideal home from home environment. The centre is in 25 acres of beautiful fields, woods and river with

Summer Camps holiday company for children 6-13yrs, runs small residential summer camps. Children spend the week (in tents!) having oodles of fun; they sail, horse ride, kayak, enjoy games on the beach, roast marshmallows around the beach campfire, swim, surf, play golf, go crabbing and ride bikes. They make new friends, enjoy the great outdoors and learn lots of new activities. It's a completely unforgettable holiday experience! 0794 123 1168

YHA Summer Camps

over 40 exciting and challenging activities. At least 6 activities per day – from high ropes, tunnelling, overnight camping expedition, 300m zip wire, archery, games, to raft building, canoeing, climbing and crafts. Residential and day camps available. Ages 8–15. Rail escort from Paddington available. 01749 812307 www. PGL Adventure Holidays May, October half terms and summer holidays With more than 50 years-experience pioneering children’s adventure and activity holidays, PGL Travel is the UK’s leading operator in adventure holidays for unaccompanied 7 to 17 year olds.. 0844 371 0101 Wickedly Wonderful 30th June – 29th August Monday to Friday. Wickedly Wonderful, the

XUK Activity Summer Camp – 13th July – 23rd August XUK is a multi-activity summer camp based in the beautiful location of the Norfolk countryside, just 1½ miles hours north of London. Activities include adventure (rock climbing/rifle shooting/quad bikes/high rope courses/water zorbing) sports, water sports, drama, dance, arts and crafts, cookery and much more! Children join them for anywhere between 1 and 6 weeks. They welcome 6-17 year olds. 020 8371 9686 YHA Summer Camps, formerly known as Do it 4 Real, YHA’s residential summer camps for 10 – 17 year olds now include horse riding, eco and watersports experiences. There is also a monthly payment option, 20% discount for friends and siblings and bursary funding for low income families. The four-day, five-night camps are being run throughout August. www. or call 01629 592 530.

DAY CAMPS Aqua Style Swimming Fast Track Half Term and Holiday courses in Bushey for children and adults. Phone 07925 95414

Aqua Vie – Swim Intensive 5 consecutive days in August. Dates to be confirmed for Bushey & Kingsbury 07525 657 987 Art and Craft Summer Camp with My Sisters and Me. Do you have children with an arty streak? Are you looking for something to keep them entertained in the long summer holidays? Then book them into the Summer Camp at Harrow Arts Centre from Mon 28th July – Fri 1st August. A different theme will be introduced every day. The classes are from 9.30am-3pm, for ages 5-11 years. 07946 055 422 Aspire Offer Ofsted-registered activity camps during the school breaks. Camps are great for 5 - 14 year olds and are run by experienced staff. 020 8420 6725, Barracudas multi-activity day camps provide action packed programmes for children aged 4.5 - 16 years. Activities on offer include motor sports, swimming, tennis, fencing, dance, archery, aqua slide and arts & crafts, to name just a few. You can book either individual days or full weeks at the camps, which are open Monday to Friday from 8am to 6pm. They are Ofsted registered. BrightStars Learning Summer School is a twoweek English and arithmetic programme aimed at 4 -11 year olds. We house a designated pre-reception and 11+ class. Our enthusiastic and friendly team of teachers look forward to making this an enjoyable and beneficial experience for your child. Based in Edgware, Middlesex. Contact Reena Damani on 07538 656810 continued on page 16



Summer Camps continued from page 15 Cooking Camp Creativz. Cooking Camp Creativz is back for the summer - bigger and better than ever with loads of new recipes! The camp is running for 3 weeks this year with early bird discounts. So, if your child wants to be the next Jamie Oliver or Nigella, call 02089586628 or email or facebook Cooking Camp Creativz Danny Grant Soccer School Danny Grant Soccer School’s holiday camps are a perfect place for children to discover the enjoyment of playing sport and to develop their football skills at their own pace. Sessions are held for 3 & 4 year olds and for 5 to 12 year olds Mon - Fri. 020 8446 0891

Blag Youth Theatre 28th July- 9th August Performing Arts Summer School in Chorleywood. "Lard is the word…it’s absurd" open to all kids from 8 - 16yrs. Rehearsals from 10am-6pm daily, performance at The Elgiva Theatre, Chesham. 01923 772 320 www.

Explore Learning – Offer Maths and English tuition sessions for 5-14 year olds throughout the school holidays. 01895 636378 www.

Camp Beaumont multi-activity day camps offering over 40 different activities at Mill Hill School, NW7 4ED, Monday 7th July – Friday 29th August for ages 3 – 16 from 8.30am – 5.30pm and St Helen’s School, HA6 3AS, Monday 7th July – Friday 22nd August for ages 3 – 16 from 8.30am – 5.30pm. For more information tel : 01263 823000, email : info@ or visit our website at

Fit For Sport delivering OFSTED registered Activity Camps for children aged between 3 – 12 years old, for over 20 years. Camps are a great way for your child to keep active, have fun, make new friends and take part in a wide range of sports and activities. Activity camps are delivered every school holiday by Fit for Sport, the UK’s Leading Healthy Lifestyle Activities Provider! 0845 456 3233 or www.

Cross Keys Day Camps 21st July- 15th August Mon-Fri is day camp based at Christ College School in East Finchley. OFSTED registered, it runs three academies: sport, art and drama for ages 6 to 13 and also runs a multi-activity group for 4 and 5 year olds, who get to try a bit of everything. Activities include sports, arts and crafts, dance, drama, circus skills and much more! 020 8371 9686

Fleet Tutors – Run 5-day or 3-day small group preparation courses for 11+ or 13+ entrance exams. These are run by highly successful school entrance exam tutors and focus on Maths, English, Verbal Reasoning and NonVerbal Reasoning during the week, with students sitting mock exam papers. 0845 644 5452

Cookcamp is for kids aged 5-14yrs; work at your own workstation in the teaching kitchen and prepare, cook and enjoy meals, cakes, biscuits and more! Based at St.Margaret’s School, Bushey, during May, July and August school holidays. £50 p/day (earlybird £45) 07989 743 357 Compass Theatre, The Stage Is Yours 2014 25 – 29 August, 10am - 4pm Ages 7-14 learn, rehearse and perform routines from musicals, led by skilled tutors. £95 + £1.25 per booking online / £1.75 over phone or counter, unless paid by cash or Compass Club Member. www. / 01895 673200


Dramarama Stage School offers Performing Arts summer courses in Hampstead NW3 for 3 – 11 year olds.020 8446-0891 www.dramarama.

Funtech Summer Camps. This summer there are 14 camps to choose from including Robot Programming with LEGO NXT, Java Coder, 3D Game Design, Minecraft Redstone and FunTyper®. children will be inspired by energetic, tech-savvy instructors who help them build critical 21st century skills, whilst preparing for what our industries and businesses will demand of them. Locations include Elstree, Hampstead & Northwood. To find out more about FunTech’s summer camps, visit their website at Activate your Kids & Teens this Summer, with Harrow Woodcraft Folk. Fun & freedom in the countryside, at their weekend camps all summer, for all the family. Camp craft such as putting up tents & fire lighting; group games in


the fields and woods; exploring nature; arts and crafts and campfire songs & stories. Call 0208 428 2409 Hertsmere's Summer Fun Play Schemes. Kiddie Camps: 5 to 7’s (4 to 7’s at Furzefield Centre) Day Camps: 8 to 14’s. Including face painting, games, arts, sports and swimming for the 8+. Bushey Grove Leisure Centre, Bushey 01923 470140, The Venue, Borehamwood, 0208 386 9886, Furzefield Centre, Potters Bar, 01707 850500 Hillingdon Outdoor Activities Centre (HOAC) Sailing, Windsurfing, Kayaking and Land activities for 8-18 yr olds.01895 824 171 www. Jigsaw Summer Schools – designed to provide enjoyable and stimulating performing arts activities for students during the school holidays. The sessions are split into age groups of 3 to 5 years and 6 to 16 years and run in Enfield, Crouch End, Finchley and Hendon. 020 8447 4530 Kiddikicks Daily Summer Sessions for children aged from 18 months up to age 7 years. Class duration from 45 minutes up to 2 hours. Football fun, skills and sports day games for your sport billy. Hyde Park and St John's Wood. 0207 937 7965, King's Camps the UK's leading provider of sport and activity camps for 4-17 year olds during the holidays. Offering week long packages and FlexiCare; there’s something available for everyone.0114 263 2160

Summer Camps Lotworld Tutors – Run workshops through the school holidays including Summer School, developing life skills, public speaking, creative skills exploration and personal skills development. 07415 629199 Magikats – Their Summer Holiday Programme is for students not able to attend workshops during term time, and gives a six week boost at a time when most children’s brains switch off. Fun learning material helps the student to progress, giving them a great boost for the start of the new academic year. 0208

Leaders are Readers is for the 7th year, running Summer Schools at Edgware and Enfield centres from 28th July to 15th August and at Northwood centre from 11th August to 29th August. They proudly cover a year’s essential work in 3 weeks to fill in learning gaps and summer learning loss; offering also their awardwinning reading programme; entrance exam preparation for 11+, 7+ and 5+ in small classes with targeted tutor support, so the children are confident to zoom ahead when returning to school in September. Call 01992 651300, www. Little Kickers Courses running throughout the summer. Football training for kids from 18 months to under 7 years. Ruislip, Northwood/ Oxhey, Pinner, South Harrow & Watford 0208 123 9346. Mill Hill, Swiss Cottage, Hampstead, Golders Green, Muswell Hill, Friern Barnet Harrow on the Hill 0208 201 1084. Bushey North Wembley & Harrow HA3 0208 422 0676 www.

Makes ’n’ Bakes. Summer holiday baking classes with arts & crafts for children aged 2.5 – 5 years (until their 6th birthday). Based in Stanmore. We begin with a story, the children weigh out their ingredients and bake something yummy and then (whilst it is in the oven) we make a quality craft to take home. Sessions are at 10.30 and 2.30 on various days over the holiday period and last for 1 hour. Maximum of 6 children per class. Please call Karen on 07887-984401 or email Mini Minors Holiday Camp & Play Scheme. Multi-activity holiday day camps for children aged 3-6 in Summer holidays. Based at Brookland School in Hampstead Garden Suburb. Activities include sports, arts and crafts, dance, drama, bouncy castle, yoga and much more! Ofsted registered and inspected as ‘Outstanding’! 020 8371 9686 day-camps/mini-minors-xuk-day/ Mini Picassos – Fab, fun and creative! Holiday workshops from 12-3pm weekdays for children aged from 4-13 years. Clay modelling, painting, plaster, charcoal and graffiti spray plus cartoon Manga/Moshi style drawing sessions. 07903 638817

Monkey Music – Monkey Music holiday workshops are a popular way to keep children entertained during the holidays. Unlike the regular classes where children are strictly grouped according to age, the holiday workshops cater for a mixed age group of children (6 months to 6 years) Older siblings love joining in the fun and they also welcome friends and visitors. Book early to avoid disappointment. 01895 674587,

Mother Nature Science Holiday Camps reinforce the National Curriculum with fun and exciting themed, hands-on science sessions. Our camps boost your child’s self esteem with problem solving and teamwork. We improve their fine motor, auditory and kinaesthetic skills and develop scientific ideas through inquiry based discussion and free play. All our instructors are highly trained and DBS checked Booking: currently open with ‘Early Bird Price’ (Expires 30 Jun 14). 0208 863 8832.

Northwood Arts Centre Summer Circus Skills Week long course with Albert and Friends Instant Circus - Monday 4th to Friday 8th August from 10.30 – 3.30 daily at St Johns Church, Hallowell Road, Northwood: £90 per participant aged 6 – 12 for the full week: Participants will have the opportunity to try out activities during the week including stilt walking, rolla-bolla, juggling, diablo, giant ball trotting, unicycle and tightwire walking (a real wire but only a small height above the floor!) Family members are invited on the last day to watch participants perform the new skills learnt during the week! Book on 01628 6758000 NumberWorks’nWords Maths and English tuition classes. Catering for all levels from 4 to 16 years old. Prep for 7+, 11+ and SATs. Each student’s program is individualised. Sessions will run every Monday - Thursday, Time: 9am-2pm, Dates: 21st July 2014- 28th August 2014. Sessions are 2 hours (plus 10mins refreshments). Most students choose to attend twice a week but you may enroll on one, two or three times a week. Places are limited and will be filled on a first come, first serve basis. www. 0208 868 7672 eastcote@ Perform – Fly away to Neverland with Peter Pan, Wendy, the Lost Boys, Tinkerbell…and local 4 – 8 year olds. Your child will work alongside an energetic team of theatre professionals combining live music, dance and improvisation into a magical mini-performance with colourful costumes and props on the last day. There are experiences every school holiday and they range from three hours to five days. 0845 400 1275 continued on page 18



Summer Camps continued from page 17 Raviv Practice London - Prevent regression in the school holidays- Keep your child’s brain stimulated and improve academic performance during the holidays. Raviv Practice London offers three evidence-based computer programs that present the perfect compromise between play and work. One-to-one intervention scientifically proven to improve your child’s grades. FREE consultations, before 31st May, contact Usha Patel - Raviv Practice London - on 07766 837 616 Regent Learning – Run a Holiday School from Monday-Friday, 8.45am-3.30pm for 3-16 year olds. A large percentage of the time is spent in academic endeavour, both consolidating and developing work that is done in school, as well as introducing new skills and concepts to the children which include arts and crafts, team games and drama activities. 020 8966 9900 Rise Studios will be holding a Musical Theatre Summer School from Monday 25th August to Friday 29th August for all ages from 4- 18 years old. They will be staging a Mini Version of the Hit West-End Musical Matilda and need students to play all parts including Miss Honey, Trunchball and of course Matilda! 10-1pm for 4-6 years and 10-4pm for 7-18 yrs (Age groups will be separated) Show takes place at 3pm on Friday 29th August., call 01923 218626 or email claire@rise-studios. com for a booking form. ONLY £150 for the full day and £75 for the half day week. Save 25% if booking by 1st May 2014. Rose Hall Farm – Offer a range of courses for junior riders, including Pony Day’s which are for one day and look at riding and stable management. They also offer 2, 3 or 4 day courses which cover show jumping or flatwork/


dressage, with riding in the morning and afternoon. They also include lectures on various aspects of show jumping or dressage and stable management. 01442 833269 www. ROS Stageworks – An opportunity for young performers to take part in a specially adapted (junior) version of a well known musical, after a week of rehearsals and workshops.. This year’s theme is “Beauty and the Beast” and the school will run from 26th July – 2nd August. 0208 868 5338 Sharpe Academy of Theatre Arts Musical Theatre Summer Schools Rickmansworth From 25-29 Aug Sharpe Academy are running a Musical Theatre Summer School at Watersmeet in Rickmansworth. There is a session for 3-5 year olds daily at 10.30am-12.30pm, and for 6-18 year olds at 10am-4pm each day. Ruislip From 18-22 Aug Sharpe Academy are running a Musical Theatre Summer School at Bishop Ramsey in Ruislip. There is a session for 3-5 year olds daily at 10.30am-12.30pm, and for 6-18 year olds at 10am-4pm each day. Booking - Steps - 5 Day Summer Film School Belsize Park NW3/Paddington Academy Maida Vale W9. Make your own film in just 5 days. Ages 6 to 16 years. 0844 324 5414 Summer Shed – Chickenshed will be running week long events through the summer holidays which will explore and develop a wide range of performance skills through workshops that involve drama, dance, singing and storymaking. Parents and friends will be invited in on the final afternoon to see a performance. For ages 5-12 years. 020 8292 9222 www.


Stagecoach Summer Workshops performing arts holiday workshops for 4-7 year olds (half day) and 6-18 years (full day). Learn a show in a week, make friends, learn new skills working with industry professionals – with a costumed performance on the Friday to family and friends! Stagecoach Harrow 28th July-1st August 0203 5040100 harrow Stagecoach Stanmore and Harrow Weald 28th July-1st August 0203 5032154 Stagecoach Sudbury Hill & Wembley North 11th-15th August 01923 248294 sudburyhill Stanmore Riding School – Pony Days from 9.30am-4.30pm, includes 2 hours of riding, stable management, learning about the horse tack and looking after a horse. 0208 420 6562/ 07817 922172

Stitch–London – Spend up to 3 days in the Stitch Studio in Cuckoo Hill, Pinner, making! Boys and girls aged 8+. 0750 300 1024 www. Super Camps Multi-Activity Camps are ideal for children aged 4-14yrs who want to try a wide variety of activities. Camps run over the May half term and summer holidays at Heathfield School, Pinner and Royal Masonic School, Rickmansworth. Also running in the summer at Francis Combe Academy, North Watford. ‘A Passion For…’ workshops will also run for 6-16yrs at Royal Masonic School (Arts & Crafts and Invention). 9am-5pm with extended hours 8-9am and 5-6pm available. 01235 467300 or book online

The Dan Tien Watford’s Friendliest Performing Arts School. Their popular performing arts workshops will run over 2 weeks during the Summer Holidays. Over 5 days of fun-filled activity they sing, dance and act their way to a special performance at the end of the week. There’s plenty of time for arts and crafts and silly games too. Great value at only £99 for the week and siblings get 50% off! Ages 4 - 11 running from 28 July – 1 August and/or 4 - 8 August at Harebreaks Community Hub in North Watford. 10am - 3:30pm daily. Early drop-off/late pick-up can be arranged.

The Radlett Centre Five Day Musical Theatre Workshop. 8-16 years. 28th July – 1st August and 18th-22nd August. Sing, dance and act at this very popular event! They do not ask for any previous experience, but as this is a performance of a very high standard, you must be prepared to work hard and take direction. 01923 857546

The Windmill Studio Centre hosts holiday fun workshops for 4 - 8 year olds during the summer holidays which include motivational role play, creative activities and lots of party fun plus a special visit from Jimmy the JAMtots Bear! 01895 624755

Watford FC Football Holiday Courses at Cedars Youth & Community Centre, Chicheley Road, Harrow Weald, HA3 Tuesday 27 to Friday 30 May 10am-3pm. Summer Football Course Dates: Week 1 Monday 28 July – Friday 1 August Week 2 Monday 4 August – Friday 8 August Week 3 Monday 18 August – Friday 22 August Week 4 Tuesday 26 August – Friday 29 AugustBook online or 020 8421 4676 Wildchild Holiday activities give those who love sport and those who don’t the chance to enjoy new challenges. Activities include Skateboarding, Archery, Fencing, Animation, Fashion and our fantastic Outdoor Adventure Days, which include Den building, Bushcraft, Abseiling, Orienteering, Zip-wire and more! www.wildchildactivities 0845 3717099 Willows Farm Village – Activity Day Camps Weekdays from 24th July – 29th August except bank holidays. This Summer (and every school holiday), leave the kids at Willows Farm Village for great holiday adventures! As well as all the fun of Willows Farm Village, the children enjoy indoor play with fun activities in their exclusive playrooms. Lunch and a two course hot meal plus all drinks and snacks are included in the daily rate. Willows Activity Day Camps are OFSTED registered. Call 01727 829535 or visit

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What’s On

listings for all the family Compiled by Anna Blackshaw

To promote your local event, coffee morning, nearly new sale, parenting courses or community group in the next What’s On listing (July/August 2013) send your entry by 5pm Monday 27th May 2013 Email Listings in this section are FREE for most non-commercial ventures. Please check details of the events before setting off in case anything has changed since going to print. for all our local weekly regular events. It’s updated every Monday!

Regular Local Events l HA Harrow NCT Breastfeeding Support Drop-in Groups (Various)

Wednesday’s 10-11.15am. Drop in for free refreshments and an opportunity to chat in a friendly informal setting. All ages welcome. Belmont Hall, 37-39, Pinner Road HA1 1ES

Harrow Sling Meet and Library (HA1)

At least 1 drop-in group each week day in Harrow. The groups are drop-in, just drop in for support or to meet other breastfeeding mothers. Groups are run by peer supporters mothers who have breastfed/are still breastfeeding. (0844 243 6155

A group of local mum volunteers providing peer support to parents and/or carers who wish to use slings and carriers. Meeting most Mondays at The Nest, 132 Pinner Road 10:30am12:00 (Sam - 07855 327350

NCT Antenatal & Early Days (Postnatal) Courses (Various)

(Korinna Vosper 07811320214

The NCT has been providing information and support that focus on the needs of parents for over 50 years. You will find a warm welcome, emotional and practical help and meet some new friends along the way. (0844 243 6900

Café Plus (HA1) Anyone aged 60 and over who is interested in socialising and/ or making new friends is invited to join us at our café with a difference. We are a friendly group who meet on alternate Friday’s between 2.30pm and 4.00pm at David’s House in Harrow. Volunteer helpers are also required. (Gordon 020 8864 2238 or 07905 362885.

Friday Fun Time (HA1) St Peters Church Friday 9.30 - 11.30am Babies to Pre-schoolers, Coffee. Tea, Toast & Biscuits. With use of a great outside space. £3.00 per Family (consisting of 1 carer & 2 Children) (Kelly 07932 010724

Sunday School (HA1) Weekly on Sunday’s 3-4pm for ages 3-16.Treasure Hunters on Thursday’s (term time) 6.30-7.30pm. (John/Suzanne 020 8863 7792

Over 50 Women’s Group (HA1) Every Friday 10am-12noon at the Harrow Women’s Centre Friendly group, for talks, discussions, the odd outing or whatever? Chance to make use of the Centre facilities. Just turn up to see what it’s all about! (020 8422 1100 8

Cancer support group (HA1) Are You a Female Survivor of Cancer? Help is at hand in the form of a support group!! every last Saturday in the month at The Harrow Women’s Centre 10 am -12 noon (Claire 07954 403 718 or Sharon 07956 961 460


Open Door (HA1)

Under 1s Club Trinity Church (HA1) Hindes Road, Tuesdays in term time: 10.30am-12.30pm

H.O.P.E (Harrow) Super Nanny (HA1) Trained Parent Mentors can visit you confidentially in your home, listening to your concerns about your child(ren) aged 5-16 and help you to find strategies for coping with common issues. Free (Harrow residents only) can be delivered in 15 languages.(020 8863 7319

ACTIVATE Kids & Teens! (HA1) A weekly programme of lively games, creativity, and socialising. With an emphasis on making friends, and getting out into the fresh air as much as possible. Tues 6.30 – 8pm (6-9yrs : 9-13yrs : 13-16yrs) (John 020 8428 2409

Sing And Sign (HA1) Classes run on a Friday and Saturday, HA3 Classes on Wednesday. Learn baby signing the fun way! Full of music, singing, puppets, shakers, bells and laughter, it will help you to communicate with your baby and avoid unnecessary frustration.(Angelina Melwani 020 8950 0888 or 0795 6948 776

MHA Stroke Club (HA2) A new club run for the benefit of those who have suffered a stroke and would like to rebuild their confidence through a varied programme offering games, quizzes, exercises, speakers, outings, etc. There is also a light lunch and afternoon tea when there is plenty of time to interact with other stroke sufferers and a lively team of helpers. Meeting in North Harrow from 12.30pm until 3.30pm on the first and third Wednesdays of each month, we are affiliated to the Stroke Association and work closely with the Harrow Stroke Club. (Gordon 07905 362885 home.

ACTIVATE Kids & Parents (HA2) Weekly group - Baptist Hall on South Harrow high street. Sat 10-12am Lively games, creativity, & socialising for children (2-6yrs) & parents. (07886 854 925 or Text “activate” to 07886 854 925.


6th Roxeth Scout Group Scout (HA2) Beavers: 6-8yrs Thurs 5.30-6.45pm; Cubs: 8-10 1/2 yrs, Thurs 7-8.30pm; Scouts: 10 1/2-14 yrs, Mon 7-9pm. ( Frank 020 8248 5314

Spanish Mother & Toddler Group (HA2)

We are a friendly group of Spanish speaking mums, dads and carers with pre-school children who meet up two Mondays per month during term time from 10:00 to 12:00. We encourage the use of Spanish by means of games, crafts, songs, dance, stories, etc. Come and join us for fun and games. (Mara 07775 679319 or Soraya 07814 903678

Parent & Toddler Group, HarrowWeald (HA3) Tuesdays and Wednesdays during school term from 10-11.30 am at Blackwell Hall, All Saints Church. Friendly Group with big variety of toys (lego, trains, great collection of trikes etc) (Gillian 07957 310 849 (Tues), Catalina 07738 388 413 (Weds)

The Ruislip Lido Railway (HA4)

Open daily. A 12-inch narrow gauge railway operated entirely by volunteers. All their trains are wheelchair, pushchair and buggy friendly with a railway shop and a cafe. ( 01895 622595

KC TOTS (HA5) A parent and toddler group open Friday mornings 9.30-11.30 each week.  Plenty of toys in a big bright airy room as well as free parking.  A different structured activity each week as well as singing and story time.  The morning is ended with Chollah and snacks.  Very warmly welcome any new families at 434 Uxbridge Road, Hatch End, Pinner Middx. 8KCTots@ 

Babble & Chat Children’s Group (HA5) Babies from 4 weeks to children of 4 years. Every Tues incl school hols (when children up to 12 yrs old are included). Very friendly welcoming group. Refreshments, Crafts, Music and movement. Clubhouse, in Saddlers Mead Park. 1pm - 2.30pm. £3 for 1 child and 50p extra for additional children and adults (Tracey 0208 866 3970

1st Kingsbury Scout Group (HA5)

Are recruiting adult leaders and young people for various groups in the Kingsbury, Kenton, Edgware and Stanmore areas of London. (07590 558 999

Holy Trinity Toddler Club (HA6) Holy Trinity Church Hall, Gateway Close (Off Rickmansworth Road), Northwood. Friendly, busy toddler groups. Coffee, biscuits, great toys, craft activities, baby area etc. £1 per week. Tues 9.45 -11.30am, Thurs 9.45 -11.30am (Term time only) (01923 822990

NCT, Relax, Stretch and Breathe sessions (UB8) Gentle yoga-based exercise for pregnancy & birth. Birthrelated discussion each week. Mondays 7.30 - 9.15pm - drop-in group. Salvation Army Hall, Uxbridge. Mats supplied + refreshments. (Sarah 01895 238231 8

Little Treasures Saturday Club (UB8)

Parent & Toddler Group (HA8) Open every Mon & Thurs morning 9.30 - 11.30 except Bank Holidays. Friendly group with lots of new toys. North Road Community Centre, Burnt Oak/Edgware. (Linda Kirby 0208 200 4375

l NW Tops Turvy World (NW4) Open Daily Opening times may vary. A huge multi-level play structure for under 12s with a maze of slides; tunnels; climbs; vertical drops and ball cannons. (020 8359 9920

Parliament Hill Lido (NW5)

Open 7 days a week, Opening times may vary. Parliament Hill Lido is a 200 X 90 feet outdoor pool, 2ft 6ins to 9ft 6ins deep and set within a 2.5 acre site on the edge of Hampstead Heath. (0207 4853873

Art 4 Fun (NW6) Open daily 10am – 6pm. Each week is packed with creative fun, activities will include Clay Sculpting, T-shirt painting, Collage, Ceramic painting and Paper Mache. (020 7794 0800

Tours of Lord’s Cricket Ground (NW8) Tours of Lord’s give visitors the opportunity to go behind the scenes at MCC’s historic ground, where they can see many of the most famous sights in world cricket. (020 7616 8595

Royal Air Force Museum (NW9) Open Daily 10 - 6pm. Over a hundred aircraft, artefacts, aviation memorabilia, fine art and photographs covering the history of aviation from early balloon flights to the latest jet fighters. Ideal for the wet/cold. Interactive area for kids.

l UB NCT Antenatal & Early Days (Postnatal) Courses (Various)

The NCT has been providing information and support that focus on the needs of parents for over 50 years. A warm welcome, emotional and practical help and meet new friends. (0844 243 6900

Bumps & Babes – Hillingdon NCT (UB8) Meet with pregnant and new mums for support and company. Lovely soft play area for babies up to 1 year. 1 – 3 pm Upper Room St Margaret’s Church, Uxbridge (0870 421 4730 or just drop in.

10.00am to 12.00 each Saturday This is a very relaxed group with lots of working Mums and Dads attending who don’t normally get the chance to attend a group like this as they are working during the week. They welcome all ages of parents/ carers and nationalities. For children aged from 0-5yrs. (Angie 07770 785512

Smartie Tots Mother and Toddler Group (UB8) Uxbridge Community Centre Every Thursday at 1.00 pm to 2.30 pm. (term time only) £2 per child and £1 per sibling. Sessions are open to all and it’s first come, first served basis. (O7914786244

Harefield Children’s Centre Toy Lending Library (UB9)

or party with your friends and sing your favourite songs just like your pop idols. Sing, Dance, Record and make a full- colour personalised CD and DVD of your performance! Sessions are suitable for 7 years +. (01923 222654 NEW Stay & Play Group (WD17) The Barn, 1, Watford House Lane, Watford, WD17 1BJ. Wednesday’s, from 1.30pm—2.30pm. Cost: £1.00 per family. (Term time only)

Stay & Play Family Session (WD18) 1.00pm – 2.30pm at Beechen Grove Baptist Church, Watford. £1.00 Per Family. (01923 243564

Sing and Sign (WD23) Please refer to HA Listings for details (Angelina Melwani 020 8950 0888 0795 6948 776

Bushey Heath Children’s Centre Baby Cafe Local (WD23)

Reddings Children Centre, Harcourt Rd, Bushey, Thurs 1–2.30pm (Elaine 01923 470 143

St Mary’s Church Hall, Wednesday Mornings 9:30-11:15am Hundreds of toys for 0-5 year olds including Baby toys and equipment; imaginative and role play toys; musical toys; games and puzzles; educational toys. (01895 671982 harefieldinfant

Babycafe (WD23)

Ickenham Miniature Railway (UB10)

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For parents/carers of disabled/SEN children to share experiences and receive support. At Bournehall Primary School, Bourehall Ave, Bushey. Children do not have to attend Bournehall School. Thursday 18th April, Thursday 16th May, Thursday 20th June, Thurdsay 18th July, 9.30 - 11.30am. ( For details contact Angela Blessington 07901 006 225

Rickmansworth Children’s Centre (WD3)

Drop-in Breastfeeding Support (WD24/25)

Come along for support with breastfeeding,weaning, bra measuring... and to meet other mums and babes. Reddings Children Centre. Thursdays 1pm-2.30pm (01923 470143

Rainbow Parent Support Group (WD23)

Open 12.00 - 5.30pm on the First Saturday of the month. Entrance behind the Pump (Coach & Horses Pub)

A friendly and welcoming environment offering a wide variety of activities and groups for parents and/or children aged 0-5. Including Breastfeeding Support, Pregnancy Club, Positive Play, Baby Massage, Baby Clinic, Story & Rhyme Time, Dinky Dancers, Talks on Weaning/Behaviour/Routine/Sleep. (01923 772094 8support.rickmansworth@ uk/rickmansworth

Craft Tub Pottery Workshop (WD5) Join Craft Tub in their workshop with a twist. Children and Adults can paint pottery on their super large crafting tables, while enjoying Messy Time parties with their friends and families or simply breeze through a large shop area full of modern retail crafting equipment which offers the latest in trendy crafting kits and pick and mix crafting never seen before. Offering retail, drop in parties and group bookings of 4, 6, 10 and 16. (019223 270546

Littlebury Children’s Centre (WD17)

A variety of activities including Stay and Play, Health Clinics, Rhyme and Story Times, Nutrition, massage courses and much more. (01923 243564

The Sound Cube (WD17)

Grab a microphone and unleash your inner popstar! Go solo,

1.30 - 3.30pm every Wednesday at Berrygrove Children’s Centre. Come along to meet other mums and share experiences. Midwife and peer support available for information and advice. ( 01923 484312

Drop-in Breastfeeding Cafe (WD25)

2-3pm every Thursday, no booking required. A supportive environment for Breastfeeding, this weekly group will help mums get advice from those who have been there, done it or who are still doing it! Groups are led by the Centre’s Healthy Lifestyle Worker and a qualified Health Visitor. For mothers who are breastfeeding, or expectant ladies who wish to breastfeed. Leavesden Children’s Centre (Family Room) ( 01923 484360

Gambado (WD25)

One of the largest play frames in North London along with our very special dodgems, climbing wall and carousel. ( 01923 892140 8

Koala Toddler Stay & Play Group (WD25)

Thursday 9.30am - 11.00am. Fun and friendly new stay & play group for toddlers & parent/carers. Leavesden Children’s Centre. 8

Paediatric First Aid Courses Yoga for Children promotes • Flexibility • Focus • Confidence • Strength • Well being

Termly Yoga Sessions offered at nurseries & schools.

Register now for a Parent and Child fun session in May and Summer holiday workshops For dates, venues and prices, contact Priya on 07961 593621 or

Sat June 7th Pinner/Harrow Area Accepted for Voluntary OFSTED Registration. Training can be extended for Full Registration at no further charge.

Certificate valid for 3 years Cost = £85

Contact Margaret at or on 07814 191 395 for bookings Other dates available



What’s On

listings for all the family Compiled by Anna Blackshaw

To promote your local event, coffee morning, nearly new sale, parenting courses or community group in the next What’s On listing (July/August 2013) send your entry by 5pm Monday 27th May 2013 Email Listings in this section are FREE for most non-commercial ventures. Please check details of the events before setting off in case anything has changed since going to print. for all our local weekly regular events. It’s updated every Monday!

May Tue 22 Apr – Sun 20 Jul – Perform Workshops (Various) This April/May/ June & July, they’ll be diving down to a magical world full of watery adventures Under the Sea. The children will meet a host of colourful characters on their journey to rescue the Lost Pearl from the scary Deep Sea Creature. Your child will learn the Tea Under The Sea, Deep Sea Creature and Dolly Dolphin songs, dance the Fishy Funk and rap about Septimus The Octopus and the Smellyfish Jellyfish, all part of the imaginative and fun-packed weekly workshops. What's more, they'll enjoy themselves so much that they won't notice how much their skills are developing, but you certainly will! Venues in Queens Park, West Hampstead, Harrow, Edgware, and many others. Thu 1 – Sun 4 May – St Albans Film Festival (Various) The St Albans Film Festival is an annual event for both locals and visitors to enjoy and take part in. Filmmakers both local and from across the globe will showcase their talent and receive recognition in the form of festival selection and the opportunity to win awards and cash prizes. Film-lovers will have a chance to see some unique and fantastic films and to celebrate the superb filmmaking history of St Albans. What to expect: Film Premieres - Workshops - Talks from respected

names in film - Networking Events - Entertainment – Family Screenings – Over 18 screenings …and lots more. Thu 1 – Sat 24 May - Art Postcard Competition (WD17) Watford Live! in partnership with Watford Museum are holding an art postcard competition for anyone of any age to enter! Create a picturesque, interesting or inspiring image of your favourite place in Watford using any media or art techniques. The picture will have to be postcard size (no bigger than 150mmx105mm). All entries will be shown on the Watford Live! website, with the winning postcards displayed at the museum during the festival. Entries to be submitted to Watford Museum by Sat 24th May at 4pm. Please note the museum is only open Thurs-Sat 10am-5pm to submit entries. Fri 2 - Mon 5 May - Roe Green May Day Fair (NW9) Spring fair in the lovely Roe Green Park, where you can visit the wall garden, play in the playground and visit the travelling fair. Sat 3 May - Northwood Craft Market (HA6) For children there are hands-on crafts at their monthly market and Mums & Dads can browse and buy from the many stalls of beautiful handmade crafts. Crafts vary at each market and include jewellery, greetings cards, decoupage,

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knitted items, fabric purses & bags, crocheted toys, household accessories, artwork, embroidery and much more. Teas, coffees and delicious homemade cakes are available at the Northwood Methodist church coffee shop. From 10.00am - 2.00pm 01923 840633 Sun 4 May - Meditation Taster Class (UB10) A light-hearted spiritual talk with guided meditation, open to everyone wanting to deepen their meditation experiences. Free monthly classes, booking required. 5.30 - 7.00pm at Ickenham Village Hall. 07557 270567 Mon 5 May - Family Fun Day (AL2) Join in a fun packed day at Butterfly World with activities for all the family including a butterfly treasure hunt, storytelling, butterfly talks, insect handling, environmental workshops and children's entertainment. Suitable for all ages. 10.00am 5.00pm 01727 869 203 Mon 5 May - Watford Celebration 2014 (WD18) A colourful multi cultural free festival with performances of music, dance and drama, as well as demonstrations of martial and other arts, international lunch time food, stalls for local charities and community interest groups, activities for children, and a quiet area for the sharing of beliefs and faiths. Free refreshments all day. 10.30am - 5.00pm at The Multi Cultural Community Centre. 01923 220136 Mon 5 May - Watford Mencap 10k Charity Run (WD18) The race, organised by Watford Round Table and Watford Mencap will, once again, be looking to attract runners of all abilities, from experienced athletes to those new to running. There will also be a 3k race for younger athletes as well as a 1k children’s run. Every child that raises over £25 will be eligible to enter a draw to win a family ticket for the Harry Potter Tour. Begins at Cassiobury Park at 9.15am. 01923 713 620 www.



Tue 6 May – Mon 2 Jun - Observed and Imagined Art Exhibition (HA5) Art1Stanmore, run by local artist and teacher Lisa Marsh, offers art instruction to children and adults in small group sessions. This exhibition will display works on paper and canvas of approximately 45 Art1 students. The artwork has been produced by the students during the past year, and encompasses portraiture, landscapes, still life, wildlife, action heroes and the creatively imagined. See the exhibition at the Harrow Arts Centre. 020 8416 8989 Fri 9 – Sat 10 May - Heritage Horse and Carriage Rides @ Cassiobury Park (WD18) Learn about the history of Cassiobury Park, variety of wildlife, and its historic background on this amazing Horse and Carriage Ride. Meet at the Cha Cha Cha Cafe in Cassiobury Park. Rides start at 9.00am, 11.00am, 1.00pm & 3.00pm. £10 per person, £6 under 16s, under 5s free. 01923 278972 , www. Sat 10 May - Kidzstuf Nearly New Sale (WD3) Kidzstuf is a nearly new sale selling excellent quality toys, clothes and equipment for 0-12 years. 10.00 - 11.30am at Our Lady Help of Christians Church, Rickmansworth. 07733 264 967, Sat 10 May - Northwood World Arts Event (HA6) Singing workshop plus a performance by London based a cappella group Voice. Booking is essential 2.00-5.15pm at St John's The United Reformed Church. 01923 829166 Sat 10 May - Watford Model Railway Exhibition (WD23) Model Railway Exhibition with more than 20 layouts in a variety of scales and gauges. Trade support attending. Free parking, full disabled access, refreshments. 10.00am - 4.00pm Queen's School, Bushey. 01923 224465

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Northwood Craft Market

Sat 10 May – St Albans & District Family Fair (AL1) A packed day of family friendly events at Alban Arena, including a community choir, theatre workshops, zumba and party games and prizes. From 11am to 4pm, free entry. Sun 11 May and Sun 13 July Baby and Children's Market (NW6) De-clutter your nearly new high quality baby and children's items, sell it in their markets and get 100% profit on market day. Lots of stalls selling excellent quality kid's items from birth to 6 years. Plus a small selection of unique businesses in the baby & children's industry showcasing and selling their products and services all under one roof! Held Salusbury Primary School. Pushchairs welcome. 10.30am-1.30pm. 07905 658065, Sun 11 May - Model Futures (NW9) In a special one-day event at the Royal Airforce Museum, 'Model Futures' celebrates the art of science fiction model making in film and television with talks and presentations by industry insiders.These include a presentation on the making of Thunderbirds and a talk about the BBC Visual Effects Department. During the day there will also be a Lancaster flypast. 020 8205 2266 Sun 11 May – Hayes Canal & Craft Fair (UB3) Explore the Canal Floating Market and discover the delights of the Craft Fair in Hayes for this extra special day. Enjoy live music, food from around the world and activities for children. The West London Floating Classroom will be open to the public along with other boats for all to enjoy. 07545924793 Sat 17 May - Nearly New Toy and Baby Equipment Sale (HA6) In aid of Emmanuel Toy Library funds. Admission is free but donations appreciated. Refreshments available including home made cakes. At Emmanuel Church Hall in Northwood from 2-4pm. Whatwedo/During the Week/Toy Library Sat 17 May - Watford Dragon Boat Regatta (WD18) Teams of 11 will be paddling a 12 meter long Dragon Boat decorated with a traditional dragons head, tail and drum. Each boat will have 10 people providing the power with one drummer to beat a steady rhythm, and a helm to steer. Each team will compete in a minimum of 3 races over a 200m course on the Grand Union Canal at Cassiobury Park. The fastest teams will then go through to the Grand Final with one eventually being crowned the first ever Watford Dragon Boat Champion! All funds raised go to Peace Hospice Care. www.peacehospice. Fri 23 – Sat 24 May – Futunity Anniversary Showcase (UB3) 2014 is Futunity UK’s 10th birthday. Don’t miss this spectacular show featuring British Street Dance Championships at the Beck Theatre. This extravaganza includes break dancing and hip hop alongside traditional dance genres ballet, tap and contemporary. The cast, list from ages two through to adults, includes some of the most talented dancers in Hillingdon.

Sat 24 May - Community Market Garden Open Day (WD18) Watford New Hope Trust will open its Community Market Garden on Rickmansworth Road to the public. There will be a timetable of activities throughout the day, including: poetry reading; percussion 'jamming'; children's activities and storytelling. Plants, herbs and vegetable seedlings will be available in exchange for a donation, as will hot drinks and other refreshments. There will also be an opportunity to speak to staff about the work of Watford New Hope Trust, which supports those who are homeless or vulnerablyhoused. 10.00am - 3.00pm. 01923 210 680 Sat 24 – Sun 25 May – Hertfordshire County Show (AL3) The annual Hertfordshire County Show traditionally takes place over the late May Bank Holiday weekend, attracting up to 38,000 visitors & displaying the best of Hertfordshire. Go and see animals ranging from huge bulls to tiny ducks, spectacular displays and educational demonstrations. Join in for a fantastic family day out, combining entertainment, fun, food and shopping. At The Showground in Redbourn. Mon 26 May - Denham Village Fayre (UB9) Denham Village Fair is held annually in Village Road, Denham Village South Bucks. A Charter Fair with its origins in the 15th century when a market was held in Cheapside Lane. 10.00am-4.00pm Wed 28 May – Get Set...Sail (WD3) Go along and try a sailing session with Colne Valley Special Sailors who are based at the Bury Young Mariners sailing club in Rickmansworth Aquadrome. Each boat and katakanu are designed to help support those with a disability. You will be given a sailing buddy and briefing before taking to the water. A hoist is available on request. Booking required. 2.303.30pm & 3.30-4.30pm Wed 28 – Thu 29 May – The Great Strawberry Share (UB4) Go along to Minet Country Park Visitor Centre for this free event. Collect strawberry seedlings, learn how to grow them and the art of making Jam. Meet new people in your area and have fun. Suitable for both adults & childrenchildren should be accompanied by an adult. 0208 5745935 Sat 31 May – Sun 1 Jun – St Albans Steam and Country Show (AL4) A full day’s entertainment will be available for everyone. In addition to the old engines and farm equipment, there will be stalls, a fairground, and refreshments including a licensed bar. Demonstartions will be set up to show how the old equipment was used in days gone by. It will be held at Oaklands College.

June Sun 1 June - Stanmore Village Fete (HA7) Village Fete held in Bernays Gardens. Bouncy Castles, side shows, crafts stalls and much more. Family fun for all age groups. Food available. 12.00-4.00pm. Sun 1 – Mon 30 Jun – Watford Live! (Various) Watford Live! is a community arts festival, designed to provide an entertaining showcase for all aspects of the arts as represented by groups and individuals who live, work or perform within Watford Borough. We aim to get anyone and everyone in the Watford art world to put on or participate in an art-based event. Performances and events take place around Watford daily – see website for the full programme. Tue 3 June - Pinner Music Festival 2014 (HA5) Members of the choir of Pinner Parish Church present an evening of choral and instrumental music at Pinner Parish Church, including vocal and organ solos and a performance of Mozart's Missa Brevis KV 275. Pinner Music Festival 2014 is supporting St Mark's Hospital Foundation for research into colorectal and intestinal disorders. 7.45pm. 020 8866 2676 continued on page 26 v NORTHWEST (LONDON) MAY/JUNE 2014


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Fri 6 Jun - Ladies in the Night Walk (HA6) Join the annual sponsored stroll through the night this summer in aid of Michael Sobell Hospice. This is a fun event open to ladies, gents and pooches where hundreds of supporters walk their choice of 5 or 9 mile routes dressed in pink fancy dress and wearing flashing accessories. The event begins at Michale Sobell House with a fun warm up session, takes walkers through the local area and ends up with a well-deserved breakfast at the hospice. Entry is £20 and includes a t-shirt, fundraising pack and breakfast. 10.00pm start. 01923 844531 Fri 6 - Sun 8 Jun - D-Day Weekend (NW9) To commemorate the 70th Anniversary of D-Day, the Royal Air Force Museum will host an open weekend for the whole family. Whether it's storytelling, a guided tour or a ride in a tank - join in for a fun day out! 020 8205 2266 whats-going-on/events/d-day-weekend/ Sat 7 Jun - Northwood Craft Market (HA6) See May listing for details. 01923 840633 Sat 7 Jun – Colham Manor Primary School Summer Fayre (UB8) Colham Manor’s Annual Summer Fayre will include games, prizes, BBQ, fairground rides, inflatables, entertainment shows and much more. 01895 442379 Thu 12 Jun - Celebrate 2014 (WD3) Presented by West Herts College, Celebrate 2014 is a showcase of student's work from Performance, Music and Media at Watersmeet Theatre. Tickets £5. 01923 711063 Sat 14 June - Lots for Tots Table Top Sale (WD23) A Table Top Sale with a difference: over 40 tables selling good quality second-hand baby & toddler equipment, clothes, toys and more, all at reasonable prices. At Queen’s School in Bushey. Sat 14 Jun – The Fair in the Square (N6) On 14 June The Fair in the Square sets alive Highgate with a fun day of community entertainment. There will be live performances in Pond Square, and 100 plus stalls that line the streets selling crafts, plants, clothes, books and international food. The Country Fair, complete with real sheep, returns to the forecourt of St Michael’s Church and children can enjoy Punch and Judy shows, board The Train and various fair rides, learn circus skills and have their faces painted. Sun 15 Jun - Cancer Research UK's Race for Life (WD18) A 5k or 10k womenonly fundraising event, which raises money for research to help beat all 200 types of cancer sooner. Starts at 11am at Cassiobury Park. 07825 852824 www. Mon 16 – Mon 23 Jun – 2014 Barnet Schools Music Festival (N12) A musical extravaganza at the ArtsDepot, performed by young musicians from schools in Barnet, presented by Barnet Education Arts Trust.

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Fri 20 – Sun 22 Jun – Showcase 4 Hillingdon (UB3) United Live returns bigger and better for 2014. Showcasing over 600 local performers in five spectacular shows. The Beck Theatre will vibrate with live music, singers, unique acts and dancers plus special guest performers from TV and London's West End. Sat 21 June - Watford Rural Parish Council Summer Fun Day (WD19) Head along to St Andrew’s Parade for fairground rides for the toddlers, bouncy castle, candy floss, ball pool, face painting, bungee fly, balloonist and much more! Prize raffle, entrance is free! All rides no more than £1.00. From 11.00am-3.00pm. Sat 28 Jun – Meadow BioBlitz (HP23) As part of National Insect Week, The Natural History Museum at Tring are holding a Meadow BioBlitz. Help Museum scientists and local naturalists discover the diversity on our doorstep in this six-hour species-recording scramble. Suitable for ages 14 and over, booking required. For more information on Insect Week go to

London Transport Museum

Mon 26 – Sat 31 May - WW1 Make and Take Activities (NW9) Over May Half Term the Royal Airforce Museum will be giving visitors the opportunity to make their very own WW1 Airfix model or to get creative with colourful pencils and paper. 11.00am-1.00pm & 2.00-4.00pm. 020 8205 2266

Willows Farm Village

May Half-Term Fri 23 May – Sun 1 Jun - Barham Park Fair (HA0) Barham Park fair returns for another fun filled, thrill seeking week. Go and enjoy the sunshine over the Half Term break! Sun 25 May – Mon 2 Jun - Spring Special (AL4) Enjoy the Spring Half Term at Willows Farm Village with Sheep Shearing by Farmer Andrew, a full day's programme of farmyard fun plus Horse & Pony Displays including the Miniature Shetland Toupe. 0870 129 9718 Mon 26 – Fri 30 May London Transport Museum (WC2E) There’s more Family fun at the London Transport Museum, join them for storytelling and make-and-take sessions that all the family can enjoy. At 11:00 and 14:00 You can meet Ole’ Bill, the bus that helped Britain in the First World War. Learn about his adventures with his best friend Driver Bob. Suitable for 3-7 years. At 11:30 and 14:30 Design a bus badge with your own cartoon driver. Suitable for 5-12 years. Children and young people aged 17 and under go free at London Transport Museum. Adult admission is £15.00 (£11.50 concessions) and tickets allow unlimited entry for a whole year. Mon 26 – Fri 30 May – Half Term Activities at The National Portrait Gallery (WC2H) Join the team of artists for a week exploring film, photography, animation and sound, inspired by the forthcoming Creative Connections display. 020 7306 0055



Mon 26 May - Sun 1 June - Half Term Holiday Activities at Butterfly World (AL2) Butterfly World have a whole host of activities planned for the Half Term week. Face painting daily from 12-3pm; Create seed bombs on Mon 26 May from 10.30-12 & 1.30-3; Make a felt butterfly on Tue 27 May from 11-3; Bug hunts on Tue 27 & Thu 29 May at 11.30 & 2.30; Make edible hanging baskets on Wed 28 May from 10.30-12 & 1.30-3; Bug hotels on Fri 30 May from 10.30-12 & 1.30-3; Bug bonanza on Sat 31 May from 10-4 and Butterfly feeder on Sun 1 Jun from 11-12.30 & 1.30-3. 01727 869 203 Tue 27th – Fri 30th May Come and join Fit For Sport this May Half Term (Various) This week your children could become Kings and Queens of rock, enjoying a range of new sports, games and activities with an extra special Rock Star twist! Children will enjoy Rock Relays, Drummer Dodgeball, Crowd Surfing Sprints, make your own guitar, air guitar talent shows and much more – a week that will go down in Rock ‘n Roll history! Children will leave camp with new friends, new skills and lasting memories! Let's Rock and Roll together! 0845 456 3233* *Reduced Rate Number Tue 27 – Wed 28 May - Chinese Inspired Programme (HA6) Chinese inspired mask and lantern making workshops and an unusual Chinese instrumental concert with storytelling will take place over two days this May half term. The workshops will run from 10.30am-12.30pm and 1.30–3.30pm each day. The programme will be lantern making followed by mask making on day 1 and in the reverse order on day 2. The concert will follow the workshops on the second day from 4.00 to 5.30pm commencing with an opportunity to try out Chinese dragon dancing! Suitable for ages 6 years to adults, booking is essential as places on the workshops are limited. At St John's The United Reformed Church. 01628 675800 www. Tue 27 – Fri 30 May - Half Term Fun: Carnival Creations (HA5) This half term

get ready for summer festivals! In four days build your own colourful carnival headdress inspired by tropical animals. You can achieve an Arts Award Discover qualification too! 1.00 - 4.00pm at Harrow Arts Centre. 020 8416 8989 Wed 28 May - Half Term Fun: Make a Magic Lamp! (HA5) Inspired by Aladdin, you'll learn how to make your own magic lamp, with a pop up genie inside! At Harrow Arts Centre from 10.00am - 10.45am. £5 or £3 with a film ticket. 020 8416 8989 Wed 28 May - Half Term Fun: Aladdin (HA5) Head along to Harrow Arts Centre for a showing of the Disney film Aladdin. The showing follows a Aladdin themed craft workshop. 11.00am - 12.30pm, £3. 020 8416 8989 Thu 29 May - Half Term Fun: Enchanted Animals (HA5) Isn't it funny how Disney characters can always speak to animals? In this family-friendly workshop at Harrow Arts Centre, you'll create your own animal sidekick that you can take with you to the film. 10.00 - 10.45am 020 8416 8989 Thu 29 May - Half Term Fun: Enchanted (HA5) Follow the beautiful Giselle in this showing of Enchanted at Harrow Arts Centre. The showing follows an 'Enchanted' themed workshop. 11.00am - 12.47pm, £3. 020 8416 8989 Thu 29 May - Royal Frogs: Craft Workshop (UB10) Explore the characters and tales of the Brothers Grimm whilst making something crafty and fun in this holiday workshop for children aged 5 to 11 at the Compass Theatre. These workshops last 2 hours and run at both 10am and 1pm, so take a packed lunch and go to both! £5 per workshop 01895 673200 Thu 29 May - Royal Frogs: Song and Dance Workshop (UB10) Explore the characters and tales of the Brothers Grimm whilst learning some song and dance routines in this holiday workshop for children aged 5 to 11 at the Compass Theatre. There'll even be a chance to show off what you've learnt at the end of the workshop. These workshops last 2 hours and run at both 10am and 1pm, so take a packed lunch and go to both! £5 per workshop 01895 673200

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Mummy on the Edge Angelina and Mini-Me go boho in ShoHo (- and Brick Lane... but that don't rhyme, innit.)


t's not unusual to find me hopping up and down while teaching my Sing and Sign baby signing classes (in Harrow, Bushey, Ricky and Stanmore) pretending to be a rabbit or pretending to need the loo. But it is rare for me to do so AFTER I have actually finished teaching for the morning and while everyone is leaving the hall; and especially while grinning like an idiot, punching the air, shedding a tear and making whooping noises. Well. That would just seem rude.

holiday activity for 11 – 16 year olds which was to start at 2.30 and go on for 2 hours (IF we turned up and queued from 1.30.) And no, in case you are wondering, we had no intention of using those two hours to wander the streets of ShoHo (Shoreditch/ Hoxton) and locate a hip hang-out where we could consume a daytime cocktail and honour our inner lush. We would of course have come back after an hour and a half to cheer as our high-achievers finished their pieces of art.

On the one occasion when this did happen however, there was a HUGH (sic – you'll get it soon) reason for my vocal and physical display of joy. Prima Donna of Positivity, one of my best mates in the whole world, had just informed me via gadgetphone that her 11 year old son (I will call him Futurestar) had won a part in the upcoming Peter Pan movie with Hugh Jackman! It all started at school in the lunch queue for chicken pasta, a non-vegetarian dish that Futurestar would not normally eat but just fancied on the particular day when people casting for the film happened to be walking around the school. There followed auditions and screen tests. Prima Donna of Positivity and I had both decided that the best thing to do was to put it to the back of our minds and not obsess about red carpets and going on a date with Hugh Jackman, when out of the blue she received the call. It was Just Meant To Be.

“Would” being the operative word. Unfortunately, after half an hour of VERY fruity language that Mini-Me had previously never heard exit these angelic lips (-because she has never before seen me try to park someone else's big black tank in a tight spot between two vehicles on a side street near Canon's Park tube station-) it became apparent that the children were not going to do any Ceramic Painting. Because it was Not Meant To Be.

Prima Donna of Positivity and I decided to take Futurestar and Mini-Me for a day out since we are both are the type to feel stifled if left to stew too long in the suburbs. Our destination was the Geffrye Museum and we hoped to catch Ceramic Painting, the free

By the time we arrived at the Geffrye Museum, all the places had been filled so we ate lunch together and walked around looking at roomsets from various points of time, Futurestar making very loud and repetitive electronic noises with his mouth (a role in Star Trek surely beckons) and I gaining understanding of the true nature of the difference between having a son and a daughter. I spotted Edwardian chairs that I swear I've seen starting at 15 quid recently on Ebay and items I remembered from my childhood living room. Although perplexingly, the 70s roomset did not contain a feature-lamp depicting a seminaked statue having a shower in a gazebo.

After all that we were not feeling enthusiastic about going home and fixing dinner so we hopped on a bus to Brick Lane where we mooched around kooky shops, looking at up-and-comingdesigner dresses and vintage clothing. Feeling the hipster-happeningness of Prima Donna of Positivity permeating my pores by osmosis, I invested in two vintage Italian handbags that will one day be bequeathed to Mini-Me. Unable to avoid the subject of dinner, and consulting Tastecard we found Loco Mojito where we stuffed Futurestar and Mini-Me's faces with burrito and nachos at 50% off. What's more, Prima Donna of Positivity and I got our cocktail after all. We took pictures of the kids which were photobombed by a well-meaning guy having dinner with his misses behind us. Poorly planned but perfectly executed; it was a wonderfully chilled day that was surely Meant To Be.

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Local Clubs and Classes Directory ADULT CLASSES 1st Steps Linedance (Various) Linedancing classes in Pinner, Eastcote and Ruislip. Have fun while you keep fit! Beginner classes every weekday and regular improver/intermediate classes. (07958 643307 8 Bokwa Classes (HA7) Join in the fun with the new dance revolution sweeping the nation! Easy to follow steps, great music, all fitness levels and ages. Bernays Hall in Stanmore Tue and Thur at 11.45am. (07779 593253 8 Cooking Goddess (HA) Provide cooking lessons in their fully equipped kitchen in Stanmore, or in the convenience of your own home. Lessons can be step by step 1:1 or in small groups. Available for all ages any time of the day. (07932 775336 8 Focused Mind Meditation (WD24) A weekly, hour long class which guides you through a visualization to help you relax your mind and body. A different meditation each week, learn how to switch off the constant stream of thought and focus your mind in a way which will enable you to feel more relaxed in every area of your life. (07944 744493 8 Fused Glass Workshops (HA8) Design and create your glass piece in their Studio in Edgware (platter, wall clock, coasters, mirror, picture frame...). Open to adults and teenagers. For dates and availability, (0773 3321094 8 Lemy School Language Classes (HA1) Languages classes for adults, including Spanish and French. 8 My Unique Home (HA5) Do you collect Interior Design Magazines and wonder how you can make your home that beautiful? Are you passionate about colours, but lack the knowledge or confidence to use it? Do you wish you could be clever about how you use the space you live in? ( www.myuniquehome. 8 NCT – Yoga for Pregnancy (Various) Classes focus on gentle postures, breathing techniques, positions for labour and relaxations. Designed so you can attend throughout your pregnancy and can be adapted to individual needs. 8 Watford School of Drawing and Painting (WD25/ HA5) A school for adults who wish to learn how to draw or want to improve their existing level of drawing skills. They are open 2 days a week all year round, with classes at Meriden Community Centre in Watford and Harrow Arts Centre. No previous experience necessary, classes are pay as you go. 8 Zumba Fitness® (Various) An exhilarating, effective, easy-to-follow, Latin-inspired, calorie-burning dance fitness-party™ that’s moving millions of people toward joy & health. 8 zumbawithsj-zumba@ sylvia-johnstone

LANGUAGE AND BABY DEVELOPMENT Baby Lab (WC1E) Have fun for free with your baby making discoveries about brain development at the Centre for Brain & Cognitive Development. Birkbeck College, Malet St, London. Travel expenses refunded. (020 7631 6258 8 Baby Sensory (Harrow, Watford & Hemel Hempstead) The sessions are specifically aimed at babies from birth to 13 months and each week is different. All activities are accompanied by developmental information so you understand the value to your baby’s learning experience. It also helps you develop fun ideas for home use and much more. Classes held weekly in North-West London areas. (Lina (Harrow): 07809549103 northharrow@babysensory. (Clare (Watford, HH): 07779 234228 8 Greek Language School in Kingsbury (NW9) For ages 4 to adult. Friendly and fun with traditional dancing lessons. Every Saturday 10am-1pm. (07956 493155 8 Gujarati Masti Maja classes by Sansaar (HA5) Fun and interactive Gujarati music, song and dance classes for 3 to 6 year olds in North London, to help your child speak Gujarati confidently. Run on a Saturday morning at 9am and 10am at Nower Hill School, Pinner. 8 28

La Jolie Ronde (HA5) Fun Spanish classes at Cannon Lane Methodist Church. Tues 4:15pm 8 (07949894212.

Baby Massage & Yoga Baby Massage (HA) Learn to massage your baby. Baby Massage has huge benefits for both mum and baby including development of the brain and immune system and help with colic, sleep, bonding and attachment. This is a wonderful 5 week course accredited by the Royal College of Midwives. (Niki 07956 388 748 8 Positiv-Life Fitness (various) Specialise in Small group Personal training Pregnancy Pilates, Mum & Baby Yoga & Postnatal Pilates & Baby Massage, for those in & near Eastcote Ruislip, Pinner, Northwood & Uxbridge. (07974 062 973 8 > Follow us on Twitter @PositivLifeFit

Sign Language Sing and Sign (Various) Fun classes combining the benefits of baby signing with music to develop language, memory and attention skills. Babies 6-30 months. Bushey, Rickmansworth, Stanmore and Harrow: ( Angelina Melwani 07956 948776, 020 8950 0888. 8 TinyTalk (Ruislip, Ickenham and Rickmansworth) Baby Signing Classes up to 20 mths. Toddler Talking Classes 20 mths to 4 yrs. Thurs: St Giles Hall, Ickenham: 10am Toddlers, 11.30am Babies. Fri: Methodist church, Ruislip: 10am Babies, 11.15am Toddlers, 1pm Babies. £5.50 per hour (Louisa Felton 07879 604 967 8 www.

First Aid MCS Training (HA1, HA5) Paediatric First Aid Course. Accepted for full and voluntary Ofsted Registration. Certificate valid for 3 yrs. ( Margaret 07814 191 395 8

ACTIVITY CENTRES Aspire National Training Centre, Kidz Zone activities (HA7) Wide range of activities available from 6mths to 12yrs. ( 020 8954 5759 8 customerservices@ Wood Lane, Stanmore, HA7 4AP Gambado Watford (WD25) Giant play-frame, dodgems, climbing wall, and parties. ( 01923 892140 8 Parents Paradise (WD23) Soft play centre for all ages up to 11 with a large play frame, separate baby and toddler area, go-kart track, shooting gallery, party rooms and café. Offers different party themes; Paradise Play, Go Kart King, Forever My Bear Party and Arty Pottery Party. Parents Paradise aims to take away all the stress from a kid’s party. ( 01923 248 747 8 Partyman World of Play - Wembley (HA0) A magical place of multi-level play structures, air cannons, comfy seating for mums and dads to relax. Indoor playcentre and fabadousa party venue. ( 0208 904 9044 8 The Windmill Studio (HA4) The Windmill Studio Centre (HA4) An exciting venue which hosts many activities for ALL ages from babies to adults. ( 01895 624755 8

MUSIC & MOVEMENT Active in Music (HA5) Music school for children aged 5+, combining individual and group learning to give a fully rounded approach to learning an instrument. Piano, violin and guitar are available to learn. Please see website for further details and call to arrange a time to see the classes and the school. ( 020 3504 1000 8 Jiggle Gym (various) Physical soft-play classes for under 3s in Borehamwood, Edgware/Mill Hill and Finchley/Hendon. Children are challenged by a different set of obstacle courses to climb, crawl, walk, and jump through. Classes also combine music and movement activities, sensory developmental activities, and parachute play! Jiggle Gym also specialises in parties and hire. ( 07817323010 8


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Jo Jingles (Various) Interactive music and movement classes for children from 3 months to 5 years. Watford, Croxley Green, Abbots Langley, Bushey, Bricket Wood and Radlett. jojingleswatford@gmail. com ( 01923 445221 8 watfordarea Little Notes (HA1) Multi-award winning pre-school music classes run exclusively by professional musicians. Real music, real instruments, really fun! Classes for children from 0 to 5 years. Free Taster Session. Thursdays at St. Peter’s Church, West Harrow. Additional venues planned for September. ( 020 8426 4114 8 Mini Maniacs (Various) Exciting and explorative classes, using mesmerising props, games, and music all linked by drama, comedy, suspense and mystery! focusing on a huge range of engaging fun-filled activities. Taking the tempo up then down throughout, leaving all feeling like they're on a tummy tickling roller coaster! Come stomp with us! ( 01923 840 690 8 Monkey Music (Various) Founded in 1993, Monkey Music is widely recognised as the UK’s premium provider of music classes for babies and children aged 3 months – rising 5 years. Their unique fourstage teaching curriculum was written by classically trained musicians, and introduces music to very young children in a way they easily understand and enjoy. Parents across the UK have voted Monkey Music as “Best National Toddler Development Activity” and “Best National Pre-school Development Activity.” (01895 674587 (Uxbridge, Harrow, Eastcote) Music Gym (WD25) Fun, friendly music lessons in guitar, singing and keyboard. Making music fun, cool and exciting, teaching rock and pop with accredited grades. Adult lessons too! Free taster lessons for 5-12yr olds. (01923 523027 8 The Sound Cube (WD17) Grab a mic and unleash your inner popstar! Go solo, or party with your friends, and sing your favourite songs just like your pop idols. Sing, Dance, Record and receive a FREE full-colour personalised *DVD of your performance! (*Party sessions only) Suitable for 7 years +. (01923 222654 8 The West London School of Tabla (HA2) Learn rhythm and improvisation with classical Indian Percussion. Syllabus aimed at 4-11 years with assessments and examinations. (020 8864 6364 8

SPORTS AND EXERCISE Amanda’s Action Club (NW3) Dynamic fun, fitness and music classes for pre-schoolers in Huggle Swiss Cottage. Wed 9.20-10.05, 10.15-11.00 and 11.10-11.55am. Pay as you go 4m– 4yrs. Parties for ages 1-12. (01895 623999 8 Enjoy-a-Ball classes (Various) Sports coaching for 3-9 year olds in a fun, positive and non-competitive environment. Ten ball sports for the perfect introduction to sport. Physi-ball classes - Ball skills and core skills for toddlers aged 18months to 3 years. Perfect for active little ones who love playing with balls and more! Classes run in Mill HIll, Finchley, Golders Green and Muswell Hill. Call 08452 26 26 94 to book a trial session. Enjoy-a-Ball parties are for super-active 3 - 9 year olds. They are full of high energy games loved by boys and girls alike! (08452 26 26 94 8 Fit For Sport (Various) ‘The UK’s leading healthy lifestyle activities provider’ 3-12 yrs. (0845 456 3233 8 Kiddikicks (NW6) the Early Years Sports Specialists. Classes cater for 18 months up to age 7 years for full timetable and to book see 8 (020 7937 7965 Little Kickers (Various) Enabling children aged 18mths up to their 7th birthday to develop their coordination, balance and agility through football activity classes Mill Hill, Swiss Cottage, Hampstead, Golders Green, Muswell Hill, Friern Barnet  020 8201 1084 8 Ruislip, Northwood/ Oxhey, Pinner, Harrow (HA2), Harrow on the Hill and Watford (0208 123 9346 8 jodiesloan@ or Harrow (HA3) Bushey and North Wembley (0208 422 0676 8 niro@littlekickers.

Sportscoach (WD3 & HA3) Multi-sport sessions, team games, individual sports and team building activities for 4-6 years (Early Sporties) for an hour and a half and 6-16 years (3 hours sessions) Both at JFS The Mall Kenton and Rickmansworth Masonic school. (01923 255099 8 and White Crane Karate School (HA8) For children aged 4-11. Classes introduce children to the discipline of karate in a fun and friendly way. Karate teaches children self-discipline and develops confidence. Classes currently held in Edgware Friday evenings, East Finchley Saturday morning and in Stanmore from September. (Sheena 0787 550 1674 8 www. See Facebook: Children’s Karate Classes–Edgware & Finchley. Yoga Paradise classes for kids, teens and adults. Yoga is an ancient form of exercise that focuses on breathing, flexibility and strength to promote physical and mental well being. Yoga workshops from age 3 onwards. For further information on Parent and Child Yoga workshop, Stress Management programmes and Summer holiday workshops 8 contact Priya www. or (07961 593621

Swimmimg Aqua Style (WD23/HA6) teachers Children, babies and Adults to swim without aids in small groups, or One to One.(Why pay for a teacher, when you can to take your child swimming with arm bands?) They run Intensive ‘Fast Track’ Courses during School Holidays and weekly ‘Term Time’ courses. 8 (07925954144. Aqua Vie (WD23, WD5) Small classes based on the Alexander Technique. Babies from 6 weeks. (07525 657 9878 8 Aweswim (various) Aweswim offers courses for people of all ages and abilities, ranging from parent and baby groups through to adults. 8 (01923 537070 Little Fishes ((WD23) Swimming lessons in Bushey from 4 months-9yrs. Using a hydrotherapy pool – perfect for babies and young children learning to swim. Family orientated swim school teaching through play and having fun. We are a very successful school running classes all over North London & Hertfordshire.” (Debbie 01707 276734 8 Splashtime Swim School (various) Swimming lessons, Holiday clubs and After school club held at Quainton Hall School. Swimming lessons also held at Merchant Taylors School and Uxendon Manor Primary School. (Splashtime Swim School 07903126486 Childrens Activities 07794078452 Swimming Nature (various) For babies (3months3yrs), Swimming Nature for Children (3-15years) Weekly lessons in wonderful family orientated clubs. Classes are tailored to the child's ability and they follow the Swimming Nature progressive scheme that builds strong and competent swimmers. They don't use floats or swimming aids and they only teach the correct strokes. (08445 040506 8 Swimkidz Watford Ltd (WD4, HA1, HA9) Structured, progressive and fun swimming lessons for babies, toddlers and children.(07545523196 8

THEATRE AND PERFORMING ARTS Beverley School of Performing Arts (HA8) After school & Saturday classes in Ballet, Tap, Modern, Jazz, Street, Singing & Drama for boys and girls aged 3-18years. ISTD and LAMDA examinations to advanced level. (07974 750 224 8 JAM2000 Performing Arts & Agency (HA4) Classes available for everyone from 2.5 years – adults, male and female that include a creative explosion of styles in dance, drama and singing. (01895 624755 8 Jigsaw Performing Arts Schools (Various) Drama, Dance and Singing for students aged 3 to 18 years. Various locations in London, Herts and the South East. Two week trial available. (020 8447 4530. 8

Local Clubs and Classes Directory Make Believe Group (Various) a performing arts school with classes in Harrow and Edgware. Their classes include Street Jazz, Hip Hop, Musical Theatre, Acting, Singing and Audition Technique. Suitable for ages 3-18 years. (020 8500 8107 8 www. Perform Drama (Various) Together with a team of experienced theatre professionals, the children will combine live original music, inspirational dance and quick witted improvisation and colourful costumes into a performance at the end of the term. Perform sessions are specially designed to encourage creativity, confidence and communication skills as well as being a kaleidoscope of fun! (0845 400 1275 8 Perform PLUS (NW11) is a new type of children’s drama school. They use a unique mix of drama, dance and singing specially formulated to bring out every child’s true potential. In Hampstead Garden Suburb will be on Saturdays Hampstead GS Free Church on Northway at 9.30 am and 11.15 am. All children are invited to a Free Trial Session. (0845 400 1275 8 Harrow Perform PLUS (HA1) are delighted to announce that they have a new venue opening in Jan 2014 for 7-12 year olds. Fridays 4.15pm - 5..45pm at St Peter's hall, Sumner Road, HA14BX. They would love to give every Reader at £30 discount off a block of 10 sessions in January 2014. Please quote Families offer. (07984808622 Sharpe Academy of Theatre Arts (HA1, HA7, WD3) Sharpe Academy is a performance based theatre school with venues in Harrow, Rickmansworth and Stanmore where children aged 3-21 attend weekly classes in preparation for full scale Musical Theatre productions. (07500 569024 8 Stagecoach (Various) Training in three disciplines or drama, dance and singing. Great for building confidence, making new friends and beginning to hone talent and enthusiasm for performing, or being coaxed out of their shell by having fun! (Harrow 020 3504 0100 Harrow on the Hill & Sudbury Hill 01923 248 294 Stanmore & Harrow Weald 020 3504 2154 Watford 01727 768 738 Queen's Park 020 7723 5861 Northwood 01442 263 599 8 The Dan Tien (WD24) Dance, music, drama & fitness classes for children & adults at Watford’s friendliest performing arts school. Children learn to sing, dance and act in the most welcoming and supportive environment. With small class sizes, and friendly inspirational teachers your child couldn’t be in a better place whether they’re dancing for fun, fitness or for aspirations of a career on the stage. 8 (01923 441043 Wordworks Studio (HA5) Individual and group classes in Speech, Drama and Communication Skills for children aged 3-18yrs. 8

Dance Chantraine Dance of Expression (NW6) Classes for all ages covering all aspects of dance - rhythm, technique, creativity, choreography - for the development of the whole person. Friendly, noncompetitive environment. All abilities welcomed. ( 020 7435 4247 8 Dinky Dancers classes are a fantastic & original mixture of dance, creative movement, P.E. skills & musical activities. Their classes include warm-up, character dances (such as Peppa Pig & Bob the Builder!), action songs, percussion instruments, P.E. equipment (hoops, ribbons, balls, bean bags, feathers & parachutes) & creative movement activities based on half-termly themes. Written by experts & based on the Early years’ Foundation Stage, go and find out why OFSTED rate them as ‘OUTSTANDING’! Their classes are not only designed to to help improve physical skills such as hand-eye co-ordination & balance BUT help develop skills vital for education such as listening, following instructions, turn taking & concentration. ( 01923 239424 / 0208 207 2109 Futunity UK Academy of Sport and Dance (UB8) Purpose built facility in Uxbridge. Offer classes for ages 2 through to adults. Ballet (RAD), Tap (ISTD), Contemporary, Hip Hop, Street Dance, Break Dancing, Street Cheer, Pole Fitness, Gymnastics, Free Running and Children’s Parties. Classes range from beginners

to advanced/competitive levels. ( 01895 251224 8 Karan's Bollywood Masterclass (Various) Energetic, challenging and popular dance classes for Toddlers, Children and Adults. Learn a fusion on Bollywood, Kathak, Bhangra, Hip-Hop and take part in fabulous performance opportunities. All dance levels welcome. Come and try a class. (020 8423 9543/07944 457 984 8 Lorna Clark School of Dance (Various) Established for over 40 years, training students from 3-18 yrs to acquire Poise, Confidence and a love of Dance in Ballet, Tap, Modern, Classical Greek and National. All classes taught by fully qualified teachers. Royal Academy of Dance Examinations are taken in Ballet from Primary to Advanced Level and ISTD exams in all other Genre to the same standard. Many pupils have gone on to perform and to train as teachers. Weekly Jazz and Drama classes are held and the school participates in Festivals and produces a Bi Annual show. All classes held in South Harrow/Eastcote. Book a free No Obligation Lesson with this advert, by phoning 0208 8662105 or 01923 285380.8

The Van Niekerk Academy of Dance (HA7) Ballet classes to develop poise, technique and expression through dance, for boys and girls aged 3-16 years with Royal Academy of Dance examinations (020 8950 2457 8 www

ARTS AND CRAFTS After-School Art Classes For Kids in Stanmore (HA7) Drawing, painting and mixed-media. Mon–Thurs and Sat for Reception through GCSE. One-to-one tuition for all ages, including portfolio-building for University applicants. (Lisa 020 8954 2897 8 Craft Club (HA5) Term-time, every Monday 4:305:30pm at Harrow Arts Centre. New craft activities each term: hand and machine sewing; knitting; fabric printing. For 5-11 yr-olds. All materials provided. Qualified teachers. (07946 055 422 8 JAMtots (HA4) Creative arts session Includes homemade cooking, sticking, making, colouring, model making, painting and more. (01895 624755 8 Mini Picassos (NW10) Offer exciting after school art courses for children aged 4-13 years. Toddler Picassos - weekdays at 10am & Tues 2.45-3.45pm: Painting, water play, collage, play dough and songs. Ages 15 mnths–3 years. Adults evening Life drawing classes. Get creative with a Mini Picassos Arty Birthday Party for children aged 2-10 years and Summer Holiday workshops too! (07903 638 817 8 Stitch Club (HA5) Sewing club and workshops from 8yrs, teens and adults. After school, weekend and home-educated groups, holiday and adult workshops. 8

AFTER SCHOOL CLUB BrightStars Learning (HA8) An enterprise aimed at providing high quality education to aid children’s learning and development. Their mission is to motivate children to achieve their goals with support of the highest quality teaching available. Pupils are taught in groups based on their academic ability and reading age. 8 Camelot Progressive Education focus on the core fundamental educational skills that all pupils need to achieve their full academic potential. They provided gimmick free, traditional classroom based teaching and learning. They focus on Maths and English in line with the National Curriculum, and for those heading for the 11+ Verbal and Non Verbal Reasoning. 8 ( 020 8869 9395 Click IT! Computer lessons for Children (HA2) Fun, exciting and educational weekly computer lessons for children aged 2-5. Classes held at nursery schools all over North West London. Have fun learning with technology: mouse and keyboard skills and devices including graphic tablets, trackpads and digital

microscopes. Every lesson is designed to complement the EYFS curriculum. Free trials available. ( 020 8864 0325. 8 Elisa’s Tutorial School (HA8) Experienced private tutor in Edgware. Programmes for children from 2.516 yrs. If your child needs a little extra help, in English maths verbal and non-verbal 4+ 7+ and 11+ preparing for entrance exams or you just want to give them every advantage, Elisa can help. 99% success rate. ( 020 8958 1192 07956868119 8 Explore Learning centres provide maths and English tuition to 5-14 year olds of all abilities. Visit their website to find your nearest centre or call to find out about their free workshops on the 15th April and to book a free trial session! 8 First Class Learning (Various) Structured yet flexible programme, designed for children studying the UK National Curriculum. Tailored to a child’s learning needs & style. Find out more about this structured approach to learning, by contacting one of your local Centre managers. 8 Fleet Tutors (Various) Private home tutoring for Maths and English; 33 years’ experience. ( 020 8580 3911 8 Hatch End 11+ (various) Provide courses to fully prepare children for the 11+ and Independent School Examinations for Year 4, and Year 5 students. The lessons are carefully constructed to fully meet the requirements for the exams. Verbal and Non-Verbal Reasoning, Maths, Mental Arithmetic, Creative Writing, Grammar and Comprehension. The small class sizes mean the students’ progress is closely monitored and an open dialogue between teacher, parent and pupil gives each student the best chance for achieving their potential. 8 www. Help4Learning (various) A fun movement based programme to help with focus/attention, hyperactivity, verbal instruction, reading & writing. 8 Holidaytime After school club is part of Activetime Children’s Activities limited (HA1) Pick’s up from four local school’s at the end of the school day, then take the children back to the club for a snack and the daily activity. We are open Monday- Friday 3pm-6pm ( Nicole 07794078452 8 holidays@activetime. Integratedbrain - Improve Co-ordination for learning! (UB5) Activities to help those with poor co-ordination, dyspraxia, dyslexia or fine motor difficulties. Small groups of 4/5 children working to develop better all-round motor integration. ( Usha Patel 07766 837 616 8 ushapatel.raviv@ Kip McGrath Education Centre (Various) After school and Sat tuition for 6-16 years in Pinner, Hendon, Northwood, Uxbridge & Watford. Tuition in Maths, Reading, Spelling, Writing, SATS, 11+ and GCSE 8 Knowledge Above Standard (HA7) Provides tuition and education support to children aged 4 – 16. Specialise in Learning Difficulties. Maintains close collaboration and guidance with parents on how to assist intellectual effort at home. Professionally prepares children for school entry exams and assessments. Proven results for 11+ Exams and SAT Exams including Verbal and Non-verbal reasoning. Quality Management encouraging Enthusiasm, Self-confidence, Motivation and Fun! Fully DBS checked. Free consultation on request. 8 www. Kumon (Various) Every child can achieve. Every child can succeed. No matter what their age or ability, Kumon will help your child to improve their concentration and study skills, unlock their true potential and become an independent learner. ( 0800 854 714 8 Leaders are Readers (HA8) Award winning reading programme helping children from as young as 3 years to read fluently, often to a standard three to four years above their peers reading age. ( 01992 651 300 8 Math’scool Award-winning Maths Tuition plus out-oflesson homework support. ( 0844 840 8400 8

Maths Doctor (various) is an award winning company, run by qualified teachers. They have over 500 tutors providing one-to-one maths and physics tuition across the whole of the UK. They always start with a free online assessment of your child’s level and learning style, which enables them to hand pick the best tutor for them. To request a tutor please register your details on 8 ( 020 7193 1871 The Northwood Practice Speech and Language Therapist (HA6) An independent service covering a range of children’s communication difficulties. ( 01923 824 074 8 Number Works ‘n’ Words (Various) After school Maths and English tuition classes which target identified needs to improve achievement levels. They set goals for your child, monitor progress and provide regular progress reports. Cater for all levels from Reception to Year 11. 8 Play and Learn (WD23) Play and Learn offer classes for children aged 3-16 years. They provide a formula that works to inspire and encourage learning with the added benefit of play, whilst reinforcing and supporting their school education. Each session will include a snack and drink, a 50-minute lesson and an hour’s play to encourage your child’s efforts. ( 01923 248747 8 The Play Shelter After School Club at Malorees Infant & Junior Schools (NW6) - 3.30pm to 6pm term time. Play Schemes available February 2014, Easter 2014, Summer 2014 and October 2014. ( 0207 407 6744 for more information. 8 admin@theplayshelter. Raviv Practice London (UB5) Catch up reading course for children on the SEN register. Reading courses are flexible with home based learning (via computer) monitored daily. ( Usha Patel on 07766 837 616 8 (registered therapist) Regent Learning (HA2) Harrow based learning club for 5-16 years enhancing their understanding of English, Maths, Science and ICT. ( 020 8966 9900 8 Stanmore Tutor CRB checked. Preparation for 7+ and 11+ Grammar/Independent entrance exams. ( 020 3538 2437 Susan Daughtrey Education (SDE) SW Herts courses are based on more than 25 years experience preparing students for 11+ tests. All courses have been personally written by Susan Daughtrey M.Ed, author of the market leading verbal reasoning Technique and Practice series. Every year since 1987, over 90 per cent. of the students on the courses have achieved success. ( 020 7683 0734 8 Type IT! - Touch Typing Lessons for Children (HA5) Learn to touch type! Specifically designed courses for children from age 8-18. The Type IT! course follows the National Literacy Strategy and so also helps with literacy skills including spelling and word patterns. Highly recommended for children with dyslexia. Classes are held at Heathfield School in Pinner, HA5 1NB. Free trials available. Adult classes also available. ( 020 8864 0325. 8 U C MAS (HA2, HA3, WD18, UB4) A successful Abacus Mental Arithmetic training programme have been teaching hundreds of children in the UK since 2005, giving them a solid arithmetic foundation by applying the multiple intelligence of the human brain in learning mental arithmetic from the age of 4 with the help of the wonder tool Abacus which not only inculcates a love towards maths for children but also enhances the child’s ability to listen, focus and think in pictures in a play way method without any stress or repetition. Enrol now to give your child a lifetime skill and discover the genius within them. ( 0208 907 8009 8 www.ucmas. To promote your local club or class in the next issue of Families North West London Magazine email your details to:



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Upcoming Issue: July/August 2014

Summer Days Out Deadline: 27 May 2014


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SPEECH & LANGUAGE THERAPIST An independent service covering a range of Children’s communication difficulties. Contact THE NORTHWOOD PRACTICE MRCSLT, HPC

Where is Families North West?

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CALLING ALL SCHOOL MUMS Looking for paid work that fits in with the school day?

We need professional and reliable Cleaning technicians to carry out Domestic Cleaning tasks in and around the Watford area... ✓ Flexible hours ✓ Starting rate of £6.31-£7 per hour ✓ Petrol allowance ✓ Paid holiday ✓ Flexibility during school holidays

Contact Domestic Devils on 07983782654

COMPETITION TERMS AND CONDITIONS 1. Only one entrant from same e-mail address or household will be accepted. 2. Under 16s must obtain parental consent before entering. 3. Entries must be received by the closing date and proof of sending cannot be taken as proof of receipt. 4. Winning entries will be randomly drawn from all correct entries. 5. All decisions of Families Magazine are final and no correspondence will be entered into. 6. No prize is exchangeable for cash or any other prize. 7. Winners’ details will be supplied to the Promoter of the competition. 8. Families Magazine is not liable for any delay or failure by the Promoter to deliver any prize or for the quality of the prize or for any loss or damage arising in connection with the competition. 9. By entering the competition, entrants will be deemed to have accepted and agreed to these terms

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Families North West London Magazine is distributed bi-monthly throughout north west London. An area bordered by the A40 to the south, by the A5/M1 to the east and out towards the M25 in the north and west. You can collect a copy FREE from scores of outlets: schools, nurseries, play groups, clubs and classes, sports centres, children’s libraries, family doctors and baby clinics, theatres, your local council offices and children’s shops. If you would like to stock copies to give to parents, please let us know.

Distributed to over 29,000 families! CONTACT US AT: Families North West, Box 2378, Watford, WD18 1RF Tel: 01923 237 004 Email:

Families North West London Upcoming Issues July/August 2014

September 2014

Summer Days Out

Clubs and Classes

Families North West is designed by Lisa Bibby and printed by Warners. Copyright Families North West Magazine 2014. Colour transparencies and any other original materials submitted for publication are sent at owner’s risk and while every care is taken, neither Families nor its agents accept liability for loss or damage. Families North West is part of the Families group, established in 1990 and headed by Families South West. All franchised magazines in the group are independently owned and operated under license. We take every care preparing this magazine but the publishers and distributors cannot be held responsible for the claims of the advertisers nor the accuracy of the contents nor for any consequence.

Issue 93 may june 2014  

Summer Camps and Activites Feature plus Local Clubs and Classes; News; Education; Independent school open days; What's On/Diary dates in NW...