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What are Mind Palaces? Half-term activities Brilliant local services 26 YEARS



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Families Top Five activities this month


EDUCATION Learn to use Mind Palaces to remember anything 7 Ways to make homework fun! Five signs your child might need a tutor Education news School Open Days Special Education Needs Feature


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PARENT POWER IN FULL BLOOM Parents at Alderbrook Primary School came together as a dedicated team of green-fingered volunteers, helping to create a hidden oasis in the heart of the urban environment. More than 20 parents took part in a ‘ground-force’-style day that saw Alderbrook’s outside spaces totally transformed. Until very recently the rooftop of Alderbrook Primary School was a completely derelict, underused and uninviting concrete slab but now it is a green haven of plants, flowers and vegetables and pupils will have the opportunity to get their hands dirty as they take part in all stages of the plant growing process. What a great idea! Alderbrook Primary School, Oldridge Road SW12 8QA www.alderbrookprimaryschool.co.uk

WANDSWORTH SCHOOLS TO LOSE ALMOST £16M Schools in Wandsworth are set to lose £15,612,273 by 2020, as a result of the Government’s so-called “Fairer Funding Formula” and other budget pressures, according to figures released by the National Union of Teachers (NUT). The Wandsworth Schools likely to be worst hit include: Belleville School, Hillbrook School, Ashcroft Technical Academy, Chestnut Grove and Graveney School. Labour’s Speaker on Education, Cllr Jeremy Ambache: “The proper funding of schools is a vital issue to get right as it affects the quality of teaching and the long-term future of our children. The government’s planned reductions in funding will mean larger class sizes here in Wandsworth for all schools which will inevitably erode the quality of our children’s education”.

Go veggie for National Vegetarian Week this year, running from 15th to 21st May, and get tasty recipe inspiration from bloggers, chefs and foodies at www.nationalvegetarianweek.org. Sign up to newsletters, discover delicious discounts and find fun fab freebies too. Go on get stuck in! Find out more at www.vegsoc.org. Keith Squires author of the Ayurvedic recipes in the cookery book Cooking with Love says: “The thing to remember, when eating more vegetarian food, is that pulses in themselves are not a complete protein. in fact, some of the amino acids (the component parts of protein) can be in short supply. This is also the case for most proteins found in grains, nuts and seeds. Mother nature has made it easy though; you can simply combine them. When combined, grains, seeds, nuts and pulses form complete proteins, and provide the right balance of amino acids for our needs.“

For more information visit the website: www.schoolscuts.org.uk to find all the projected budget cuts for all local schools.

20 YEARS OF EXPERT HEALTH ADVICE Still mourning Dandelion Health shop in Northcote Road? The Maitri Health Centre in Streatham is totally brilliant. They are super knowledgeable and their qualified health professionals will readily give help and advice. They provide a wide range of natural health products, supplements and vitamins, have fully qualified Herbalists in the shop with an extensive range of herbs, custom blended teas and tinctures, ointments and creams for any condition. They also have a range of holistic therapies and organic health foods. 252 Streatham High Road, SW16 1HS, free parking in nearby streets. maitrihealth.co.uk 020 8769 0065


WALK TO SCHOOL WEEK 15-19 MAY We know that walking to school makes children feel healthier and happier, while reducing congestion and pollution outside the school gates. Yet less than half of primary school children currently walk to school. Living Streets, who organise the annual event want to reverse this decline and see every child that can, walk to school. To order a challenge pack see: www.livingstreets.org.uk/what-wedo/projects/walk-to-school-week

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NEWS CHILDLINE LAUNCHES NEW COUNSELLING APP The NSPCC’s Childline service has just launched a new iPhone app to provide counselling for children directly through their mobile phones. The ‘For Me’ app allows kids to access Childline’s online services, including 1-2-1 live chats with a counsellor, the ‘Ask Sam’ problem pages and entrance to their private ‘lockers’ – areas where they can write down their own personal thoughts and track their moods. It was invented by four teenagers who wanted to use technology to address the urgent need for support among young people. Childline founder Esther Rantzen said: “We know hundreds of thousands of young people use our website for help and support, with more than half those visits coming via mobile devices. Now young people can get immediate access to our counsellors through this brilliant, innovative app.” Southside House during Open Garden Squares

The App is free to download via iTunes and is designed for discreet usage. Read more at www.childline.org.uk

SECRET GARDENS - BOOK NOW! Explore some of the capital’s most exclusive, private and secret gardens during Open Garden Squares Weekend, 17-18 June. There are over 200 gardens confirmed for this year, most of which are rarely open to the public. Children will love the roof gardens, gardens on the water, even gardens in skips! Plus, the garden of Number 10 Downing Street will be available via a public ballot. There are some real gems here – don’t miss out. www.opensquares.org

TLC FOR ANCIENT GRASSLAND A new ecological project breathes new life into Tooting Common’s ancient grassland. Funded by the lottery, the works will help restore the lake as well as the rare and ancient acid grassland, which is an important habitat for many species of wildlife. As well as removing invasive species such as bramble and scrub, some hawthorn trees and overcrowded oaks have been cut back to reduce shading and prevent leaf fall onto the grassland.

UNIQUE BALANCE, AUDITORY, VISION WORKSHOP Further to our article on why Rhythm can help children to learn, please note that from 2 to 4 June 2017 are three days of intensive Bal-A-Vis-X training given by founder Bill Hubert. Bal-A-Vis-X is a series of more than 300 balance, auditory, vision exercises of varied complexity, all deeply rooted in rhythm. The workshop is for parents, SENCOs, OTs, TAs and healthcare professionals. Exercises all start at the point most suited to each individual and as the child progresses the exercises increase with complexity. Bal-A-Vis-X is used for Dyslexia, Dyspraxia, ADHD, ADD, Autism and many other learning difficulties.


To see examples of the exercises and make a booking, visit www.integratedbrain.co.uk 07766 837 616.

It’s back! After a lengthy break for redevelopment, the National Army Museum opens with a bang this spring, with loads of fun and interactive things to do with all the family. As well as new galleries and a full diary of Dingo, Soldier events, they also have a fantastic Playbase for under 8s with an assault course, cookhouse and Quartermaster’s stores, and a packed schedule of holiday workshops. You can even hold your next birthday party here! Royal Hospital Road, Chelsea SW3 4HT, www.nam.ac.uk

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AMAZING VILLAS IN GREECE If you are looking to book a villa this summer, try Myportoheli. Their luxury villas are carefully selected in privileged spots of the Peloponnesian peninsula, in the area of Porto Heli in the Greek Riviera. They offer the perfect setting for indulging holidays—whether you are looking for a small quiet cottage with pool, a vineyard retreat to experience the pleasures of nature, or whether you prefer a beachfront villa with private beach and dock. Myportotheli offers a variety of villas catering to different preferences and exacting tastes, ensuring that your Greek villa getaway becomes unforgettable! info@assetcare.gr www.myportohelivillas.com



FAMILIES TOP FIVE... Not long now until half term, so here is our pick of the best ways to spend it with the kids.

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Adventures in wonderland, Gareth Tempest and Angelina Reilly (Tweedle Dum and Tweedle Dee)

ADVENTURES IN WONDERLAND The Vaults at Waterloo Launcelot Street SE1 7AD www.thevaults.london/alices-adventures-underground From 13 May A magical show, pushing the boundaries of children’s theatre. Following the sell-out run in 2015 at the Vaults deep under Waterloo Station, Les Enfants Terribles bring their Olivier-award nominated Alice’s Adventures Underground back to London, so you get to experience Wonderland up close. Tumble down the rabbit hole in a theatrical adventure like no other, with more to explore than ever before. Meet some of Wonderland’s famous and curious inhabitants, take tea at the biggest unbirthday party with the maddest of Hatters, let the Cheshire Cat take you hither or thither or join the underground movement to rise against the fearsome Queen of Hearts. What a ride! Age 5-10.

Bank of England Museum Threadneedle Street EC2R 8AH www.bankofengland.co.uk 30 May – 2 June The Bank has a large collection of money boxes which come in various shapes and sizes, from wise owls to garden gnomes. Join the Bank of England this half term and follow the trail around the museum to see if you can spot these money boxes. You can then join a fun and creative workshop and decorate your own ceramic piggy bank to take home. Perfect to start saving your pennies. Activity sheet sheets are also available for children of all ages, with a small prize for all those who take part. 10.30am-4.30pm every day, free.

THE EMPEROR’S NEW CLOTHES Lyric Hammersmith One Lyric Square W6 0QL www.lyric.co.uk 30 May – 3 June Don’t miss this brand new romp through a classic, eccentric tale, telling the story of an Emperor who loves clothes more than anything. But despite a wardrobe the size of Paris he hasn’t got a stitch to wear! When two ‘tailors’ promise to create him an outfit that’s never been seen before, the eccentric Emperor doesn’t quite realise the spectacle he is about to make. This inventive production is told in true Stuff and Nonsense style, with unending energy, great storytelling and, as always, a show for all the family. A definite must for the May half term. Age 3-11, £10.


GRAND MEDIEVAL JOUST Leeds Castle Maidstone ME17 1PL www.leeds-castle.com 27-30 May Step back in time to the Middle Ages and see fully armoured jousters battling it out in an authentic jousting competition. Enjoy living history encampments, firepower and trebuchet demonstrations and mounted skill at arms displays. Plus, Leeds Castle has a fantastic adventure playground, and you can even stay overnight in a Knight’s Glamping tent!


Fulham Palace Bishop’s Avenue SW6 6EA www.fulhampalace.org 31 May Travel back in time to the Tudor period with stories of Queen Elizabeth I's eventful feast at Fulham Palace, a photo booth with Tudor garb, objects to handle and fun-filled crafts and games. Free, no booking necessary, 1pm-3pm. Fulham Palace’s workshops are allinclusive and always great fun, so pop it in the diary now.

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Learn to use Mind Palaces to remember anything By Lauren Weatherley, owner and manager Numberworks’n Words Tuition Centre, Wandsworth

Mind Palaces, as seen in the Sherlock series, are a very old (ancient in fact), simple, yet powerful tool that can help you to memorise just about anything. The fact that human beings are extremely good at remembering places they know, means that anyone can memorise important things using Mind Palaces - just like Sherlock! The ability to visualise (a skill that you can develop even if you are not a particularly visual person) and to make your visualisations as ridiculous as possible is the key. Mind Palaces are a fun way to remember things!

ANYONE CAN LEARN! It is a very simple process: you take a known image (a place or route/journey) and commit this to memory – you must know the image really well as you have to be able to commit it 100% to memory. You then take a walk through your known image and make links between what you see and whatever it is you want to memorise. Your house is an obviously good image to use, a good route may be your journey to work. Making your links as ridiculous as possible helps you to remember the links better than something that is unremarkable. I learnt the technique of using Mind Palaces two decades ago; it seems apt to demonstrate the first thing that I learnt as I still remember it, which was to count to 10 in Japanese. Rather cliché now!

HERE IS HOW IT’S DONE I walk up to my front door and suddenly I start to hop as I have a terrifically itchy (ichi is number 1) knee (ni is number 2) but my hands are full – in one hand a bag of shopping in the other my front door keys. As I go to unlock my front door a hand pops out of the letterbox and scratches my knee. I walk into my hallway and look to the left at the family

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photos on the wall. The first one is a picture of my mother relaxing outside on a summer’s day, the sun (san is number 3) is shining so brightly and radiating from the picture that I am blinded and need to put my shades on which are kept in the drawer of my hall table. As I open the drawer She Ra (shi is number 4) from the He Man cartoon (you had to be there in the 80’s) springs from the drawer and points her sword at my mother in the picture and so my mother jumps up and starts to go (go is number 5). She back flips her way out of the picture, leaving only the rock (roku is number 6) she had been sitting on which She Rah blows up with the lightning bolt from her sword. The dust particles from the rock make me sneeze twice, making the sound sch-chi (shichi is number 7). I walk towards the utility room, as that is where I keep my pocket tissues. On the way, I pass the picture of my grandfather wearing a bowler hat (hachi is number 8). Taking another step on my route to the utility room, I reach the bottom of the stairs and see a dove cooing (kyu (coo) is number 9) whilst sitting on the banister post. The dove is chewing gum and offers me a piece, saying it will cure my sneezing (ju (chew) is number 10). Well I did say be as ridiculous as possible! You could go on moving through your house counting up to 100 if you wanted to… Try teaching your children how to use Mind Palaces, they could memorise their bedroom or their route to school or anywhere else that they know really well. It could make exam revision easier and most importantly, fun! Numberworks’n Words Tuition Centre is situated opposite the Battersea Arts Centre, Lavender Hill, Wandsworth. 020 7223 1882. batterseanumberworks@gmail.com www.numberworksnwords.com/uk




Find a study buddy

Make it visual

Seven ways to make homework fun! ‘Homework? Boooring!’ Is this a regular moan in your house? We’ve all been there! We want our children to progress and do well at school but after a long day, many youngsters will feel reluctant to sit down to get on with their homework - and no amount of nagging seems to help! We’ve teamed up with the experts at Explore Learning to bring you seven awesome ways to make homework ACTUALLY fun.

1. Set up a fun and creative space Having a special place to do work, decorated in personalised decor, can really help children to focus. Avoid busy areas and make sure there are no other distractions, like technology or televisions. Younger children may appreciate their own artwork hung on the walls, while older children may prefer more desk space and personalised planners, so they can organise their work.

2. Magical motivators Keep homework battles at bay by using incentives to keep your child on track. Younger children may be motivated by sticker charts, where they can pick a reward once it is full, whilst older kids may be persuaded to crack on with their work with the promise of time on the iPad. Make sure your child understands the value of developing good homework habits, rather than just receiving a reward!

3. Find a study buddy Hold a homework playdate where your child and one of their friends do their homework together. Set some rules ahead of time and reward them afterwards with an activity of their choice. Or join your child yourself and accomplish some work of your own – be it catching up on emails, paying bills or planning a holiday. Win-win!

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4. Turn it into a game Turn learning into a fun game. For spellings, you could use flashcards or writing words in foam, or for maths, you could use sweets like Smarties to help visualise numbers. When they get a right answer, they get to eat some!

5. Get outside If the weather is good, why not let your child do their homework outside? The fresh air will help them concentrate after being inside a stuffy classroom all day. Let them have a short break in between exercises, like a game of Frisbee or football.

6. Be positive Always be upbeat about school and homework and give your child bags of encouragement. Reinforce how well they are doing, write them inspiring messages and chat to family members about your child’s achievements.

7. Make it visual If your child feels overwhelmed by everything they have to do, visually being able to see their progress will help. Make a list or chart on a white board or special planner and get them to cross each task off as it is completed. Some new pens and exciting stationery will also keep them happy!



Five signs your child might need a tutor Tutoring can often help a child reach their potential, but there always needs to be a justifiable reason to tutor. Here are five possible signs your child might need a tutor

1. They are facing entrance exams The entrance exams at 7+, 11+ or 13+ are a daunting prospect and targeted, experienced tutoring can help here. Children need to know exactly what to expect on the day if they are to achieve their best possible outcome and beyond this, working with a tutor helps create drive, motivation and confidence.

2. Their achievement at school is below their apparent ability Some individual teaching can help your child to reach their potential in these circumstances, and an academic assessment would establish their true ability. You should also examine any issues at school to identify possible reasons why the child is not doing as well as they could. Rule out possible SEN reasons through an assessment with an educational psychologist.

3. They lack confidence in their ability Tutoring can provide valuable positive and constructive feedback and boost organisational skills. A good tutor will also help a student’s preparation for new topic areas in the school curriculum, including familiarisation with key words, which will boost their confidence.


4. They need help with homework Where necessary, a tutor can help with homework and give the required curriculum support. By making the subjects come alive, a good tutor can develop your child’s love for learning whilst developing their learning independence through improved organisation of both resources and time.

5. They have medical issues or SEN Medical issues can include recovering from an operation or illness, resulting in missed schoolwork or impaired mobility. A new SEN diagnosis might require professional teaching intervention to support and develop new strategies and techniques. Specialist support can transform the work of students with SEN. Working with an expert tutor can provide social skills support, building confidence and motivation. A tutor can also help with study skills and organisation, whilst rehearsing curriculum topics and methods prior to lessons in class. JK Educate offers bespoke support for children’s learning, with academic assessments, specialist tutoring, entrance exam preparation and study skills. Contact one of their experienced consultants on 020 3488 0754 or via jkeducate.co.uk


LEARN TO TOUCH TYPE Being able to touch type is an invaluable skill for anyone. Moreover, recent research into SEN has concluded that touch typing is not only a huge benefit for those with learning difficulties such as dyslexia or dyspraxia, but in some cases is considered to be a necessity. It is a huge relief for children who struggle with handwriting and it also helps with spelling, as word patterns are learnt using muscle memory. Intelligent children, who were once falling behind in class, due to having difficulty translating the thoughts in their head onto paper, feel liberated. Self-confidence is boosted, as is the quality of their work. New Streatham centre for Leaders are Readers

Try Naomi's touch typing courses www.nmtouchtyping.co.uk

NEW LEADERS ARE READERS CENTRE OPENS Does your child need help with reading, maths or English? Good news: Leaders are Readers have just opened a new centre in Streatham. They provide children aged 3- 13yrs award-winning Saturday and summer Schools for 11+ preparation in English, Reading, Maths, Verbal and NonVerbal Reasoning. Be confident in the knowledge they are specialists— having been established since 1990. The lessons are designed to build confident, articulate and creative thinkers. “The Entrance Maths programme has plugged in all gaps in my daughter's knowledge. Joanne is now on track to succeed in all her 11+ exams and take higher level Maths at 16!” Joseph, Winchmore Hill Book for your summer school now! Dunraven School SW16 2QB. Ample free parking. Book your child’s trial class now. 01992 651 300

100 THINGS TO LEARN BEFORE YOU ARE 10 This much-awaited book by Gail Hugman is an exceptional guide for parents, based on over 40 years teaching experience, explaining what children need in their development to stay enthusiastic about learning and keep communication open. Understand the reasons so many children under-perform and get the necessary insights, skills and tools to help them. Download to Kindle now from amazon.co.uk or visit www.lessonsalive.com



Granard Primary School has secured £5,000 to buy two outdoor table tennis tables after winning a national award from OneFamily, through its Foundation Community Awards. The tables will be fitted in the school’s playground, which is used by children in years three to six. The school also hopes to launch a new table tennis club to encourage more children to take up the sport. Granard Primary School, Cortis Road SW15 6XA

Nine year-old Emma Peon has won her school, Hotham Primary, a £25k energy makeover after taking 2nd place in the British Gas Generation Green Smarter Power competition, beating 4,000 other young artists. WOW! Her winning comic strip illustrated the importance of putting a full load in the washing machine, the right amount of water in the kettle, and using a smart meter to monitor energy use. Now Hotham will get £25,000 of energy saving devices, including solar panels, LED lighting and a new energy efficient boiler. ‘Emma’s comic strip was outstanding and we’re proud that she’s won an energy makeover for our school,’ said Sarah Martin, headteacher. ‘The makeover will help us to save energy every day and will inspire our pupils now and in the future to be more energy efficient.’ Hotham Primary School, Charlwood Road SW15 1PN




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SCHOOL OPEN DAYS Call to book your place now Compiled by Joanna Parry






4-13 Co-Ed Tours every weekday morning in term time, 8.30am booking required 020 7584 1331 www.hillhouseschool.co.uk

4-11 Co-Ed Open Mornings Thursdays 9.1510.30am by appointment 020 7924 3472 www.dolphinschool.org.uk

4-11 Co-Ed Open Morning 6/5 10am-12pm 020 8682 5757 www.fintonhouse.org.uk

EATON SQUARE SCHOOL 2.5-13 Co-ed Open morning 11/05 020 7931 9469 www.eatonsquareschool.com

SW2 STREATHAM AND CLAPHAM PREP SCHOOL 3-11 Girls Open Morning 2/5 9-10.45am 020 8674 6912 www.schs.gdst.net

SW6 FULHAM PREP SCHOOL 4-13 Co-Ed Pre-Prep Open Morning 23/3 9.15am, 10.15am and 11.15am call to book a place and time slot 7371 9911, Prep School tours by appointment only 020 7386 2444 www.fulhamprep.co.uk

THE DOMINIE 6-11 Co-Ed Tours by appointment Please contact the school to find out more about their specialist teaching for dyslexic children 020 7720 8783 www.thedominie.co.uk

THAMES CHRISTIAN COLLEGE 11-16 Co-Ed Open Morning 25/4 020 7228 3933 www.thameschristiancollege.org.uk

SW12 WHITE HOUSE PREP SCHOOL 4-11 Co-Ed Open Day 6/5 9.30-11.30am, plus tours on Tuesday mornings at 9.15am book in advance 020 8674 9514 www.whitehouseschool.com



4-11 Co-Ed Midweek tours on Thursdays at 9am by appointment only. They are also already taking bookings for their Open Day on 7/10 at 9.30am 020 7371 9009 www.parsonsgreenprep.co.uk

4-11 Co-Ed Weekly school tours by appointment every Wednesday at 9am 020 8772 3504 www.waldorflondon.co.uk



4-11 Co-Ed 8/6 9am 020 8673 7573 www.hornsbyhouse.co.uk

4-11 Co-Ed Tours every week, book in advance 020 7736 4045 www.langfordprimary.org.uk



16-18 Co-Ed 29/6 2-4pm, for current year 10s and 11s 020 8772 6072 www.sfx.ac.uk

For girls registered for 4+ entry in 2018 Please email registrar@kenprep.gdst.net or telephone 020 7731 9300 to reserve an Open Day place in advance. 4/05, 18/05 and 24/05 1.45-3pm www.kensingtonprep.gdst.net


SW13 THE HARRODIAN SCHOOL 4-18 Co-Ed Regular tours during term time 020 8762 6321 www.harrodian.com


3-13 Co-Ed Tours of main school on Wednesdays at 9am and of Early Years School on Mondays and Thursdays at 1.30pm 020 7352 7077 www.thehampshireschoolchelsea.co.uk

4-13 Boys Open Morning 12/5 9.15am 020 8876 3323 www.thsboys.org.uk



2-10 Co-Ed Open morning 27/4 9.30am, plus Open House every Wednesday and Thursday during term time 9.30-10.30am book in advance 020 7225 1277 www.stnicholasprep.co.uk

3-18 Co-Ed The Prep School 3/5 and 21/6 9.30am, The Senior School 10/5 5-7pm booking required 020 8876 9991 / 020 8392 5803 www.ibstockplaceschool.co.uk

SW8 NEWTON PREP 4-11 Co-Ed Friday tours by appointment 910.30am. They are also taking bookings for their main Open Day 7/10 9.30am-12.30pm 020 7720 4091 www.newtonprepschool.co.uk



FALCONS SCHOOL FOR GIRLS 4-11 Girls contact school directly for future open days 020 8992 5189 www.falconsgirls.co.uk

SW18 THE ROCHE SCHOOL 2.5-11 Co-Ed Open Mornings 12/5 and 21/6 9.30-11am, or at other times by appointment 020 8877 0823 www.therocheschool.co.uk

ST MICHAEL’S CE PRIMARY SCHOOL 4-11 Co-Ed Contact the school to book a place on one of their Open Mornings 020 8874 7786 www.stmichaelswandsworth.sch.uk

SW19 KINGS COLLEGE SCHOOL 7-18 Boys, 16-18 Co-Ed 11+ Open Evening 12/6 6pm, 16+ Open Evening 14/6 6pm, Junior School Open Morning 23/6 9.30am-12pm 020 8255 5437 www.kcs.org.uk

THE STUDY PREP SCHOOL 4-11 Girls Tours on Tuesdays 9.20-10.30am 020 8947 6969 www.thestudyprep.co.uk

WILLINGTON INDEPENDENT PRIMARY SCHOOL 4-13 Boys Tours of the school by appointment 020 8944 7020 www.willingtonschool.co.uk

WIMBLEDON COMMON PREP (also known as Squirrels) 4-7 Boys Open Morning 10/5 9.15am, go to website to make a booking. Plus tours of the school by appointment 020 8946 1001 www.wimbledoncommonprep.co.uk

WIMBLEDON HIGH SCHOOL 1-18 Girls Main Open Morning 7/10 and a further Open Morning 11/10 020 8971 0900 www.wimbledonhigh.gdst.net

SW20 THE NORWEGIAN SCHOOL Co-Ed 3-16 Tours of the school can be booked at any time 020 8947 6617 www.norwegianschool.org.uk

W6 RAVENSCOURT PARK PREP SCHOOL 4-11 Co-Ed Open Mornings 4/5 and 13/6 9.15am 020 8846 9153 www.rpps.co.uk




4-11 Co-Ed Tours on 19/9 and 18/10 at 9.30am 020 8788 3606 www.granardprimary.co.uk

4-11 Co-Ed Contact school for future open days 020 8741 1400 www.parayhouse.com





3-11 Girls 3-8 Boys Tours Tuesdays and Thursdays during term time 9.30am booking required 020 7352 9247 www.redcliffeschool.com


11-18 Girls contact school for future open days 020 8677 8400 www.schs.gdst.net

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There’s plenty to do in London for free! Compiled by Joanna Parry



Morden SM4 5JD www.nationaltrust.org.uk/mordenhall-park 29 May – 2 June Join a nature trail around the park and make some delightful crafts to take home. £4 per child, entry to Morden Hall is free. 11am-4pm

Battersea Arts Centre Lavender Hill SW11 5TN www.bac.org.uk Final Saturday of the month Fun, free activities for ages 0-11, including face painting, music, toy and clothes swaps, plus older children and young people can get involved in their Homegrown programme. Includes The Bee’s Knees, a magical indoor play space for ages 0-5. 10am-1.30pm, free, (The Bee’s Knees is £3 per child).


Geffrye Museum

MAY FETE Brockwell Park Community Greenhouses Brockwell Park SE24 0PA www.brockwellgreenhouses.org.uk 6 May Celebrating all things May with dancing, food, drink and lots of traditional games. £4 per adult, £2.50 per child, includes all activities and refreshments, 1-5pm.

FAMILY GUIDED TOURS Houses of Parliament, Westminster SW1A 0AA www.parliament.uk 20 May Fun and thought-provoking guided tours for children aged 7-12. Discover the Commons Chamber, Lords Chamber, medieval Westminster Hall and the Central Lobby. 10.40-11.40am, children go free with a paying adult.

GOLDERS GREEN PARK ZOO Golders Green NW11 7QP www.cityoflondon.gov.uk/things-todo/green-spaces/hampsteadheath/golders-hill-park Hear the laughing kookaburras, spot a ring-tailed coati in the bushes and watch the ring-tailed lemurs up to their gymnastic tricks in the branches. Especially good with little ones who don’t have the stamina to make a pricey visit to the big zoo worthwhile. All ages.

OASIS PLAY NATURE GARDEN Corner of Larkhall Lane and Studley Road, Stockwell SW4 6SP www.oasisplay.org.uk 13 May

Saturday Community Day. Picnic, pond dip, gardening, bush craft workshops and more. 10.30am4pm, drop in.

SOUTHBANK CENTRE Belvedere Road SE1 8XX www.southbankcentre.co.uk From 8 May Dragon Babies Let your Dragon Babies experience the sounds of Southbank Centre's beautiful Gamelan (Javanese orchestra) through singing, movement and percussion. £5 Throughout May Rug Rhymes Under-fives and their carers are invited to join The Poetry Library puppets, Federico and Firebird, on their poem rug to find out.

HISTORIC SCENIC WALK Ham House www.nationaltrust.org.uk/hamhouse-and-garden Ham Street, Richmond-upon-Thames TW10 7RS 20 May, 4 and 10 June Free guided walk from Richmond Station to Ham House and Garden. Meet inside station entrance, no booking needed.

FAMILY DROP IN WORKSHOP Somerset House Strand WC2R 1LA www.somersethouse.org.uk 6 May Mechanical Mazes Design devious directions and mind blowing mazes with a technological twist. Take your new toys away to test out on all your friends. 12-3pm.

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Army Museum Royal Hospital Road, Chelsea SW3 4HT www.nam.ac.uk 27 May – 4 June Draw one of the Ministry of Women’s graphic novel characters - army code breaker Betty explore the objects used to inspire the novel, and make your own code! Five 45-minute sessions every day during the May halfterm. Book early to guarantee a space, 10.30am, 11.30am, 1.15pm, 2.15pm and 3.15pm. Entry to the museum is free, too.

BRITISH LIBRARY 96 Euston Road NW1 2DB www.bl.uk 21 May Telling Tales Join storyteller Olivia Armstrong for a storytelling adventure, then become a storyteller yourself and discover how to make a word salad for a giant story. 11.30am1pm and 2-3.30pm, drop in, age 5-11. 25 June Travelling Words 11.30am-1pm and 2-3.30pm, free, drop in, age 5-11.

SUMMER SCIENCE EXHIBITION Royal Society 6-9 Carlton House Terrace SW1Y 5 AG www.royalsociety.org/summer-science 4-9 July Hold a beating robotic heart in your hands, get to grips with the engineering behind bicycle chains that helped team GB’s cycling Olympians and Paralympians get their golds, and learn how we can harness digital technologies to make a difference in the mental health of the iGeneration. 6 days of free science fun for all ages.

SATURDAY STORYLAND Brompton Library Brompton Road SW5 0BS First Saturday of every month 10-10.40am, plus story and craft 10.30-11.30am.

ARTS AND CRAFT CLUB The Creativity Room St Barnabus Church, Clapham Common North Side SW4 9SW www.thecreativityroom.co.uk Various dates in May An exciting programme of arts and crafts for all ages up to 12. A small fee applies, but free trial sessions available. Email manager@thecreativityroom.co.uk or call 07852 336405.

GEFFRYE EXPLORERS Geffrye Museum 136 Kingsland Road, Hoxton E2 8EA www.geffrye-museum.org.uk Every Saturday in May Fun children’s activities including Quiz Desk, Feely Box and Backpacks. 12.30-4.30pm. Entry is free

MAGIC CARPET STORYTELLING The National Gallery Trafalgar Square WC2N 5DN www.nationalgallery.org.uk Every Sunday in May Fly away on a magic carpet, which comes to land in front of a different painting each week, and join Paul Rubinstein for a musical magic carpet storytelling. Age 2+, 10.30–11am and 11.30am-12pm.

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Calling all baby Scientists! Help us discover how babies learn! Calling all infants from birth to 18 months to take part in fun studies at the Birkbeck Babylab in central London. We provide a black cab if you live within 5 miles of Birkbeck, or we refund any travel expenses. 020 7631 6258 babylab@bbk.ac.uk www.cbcd.bbk.ac.uk




Club Italiano CLUB ITALIANO PER BAMBINI Would you like your child to learn Italian? Club Italiano’s small Italian class meets weekly on Thursdays in Fulham. Activities are planned to suit the age group and abilities of the children. They concentrate on speaking Italian using different topics each week, including action songs and acting out. At the end of the session they sit down with a simple worksheet to complete and to take home. Basic reading, writing and grammar skills are developed. Cost £373 yearly. If interested call Stefania on 020 8748 6418. Ci sentiamo

THE KENSINGTON BALLET SCHOOL Kensington Ballet School stimulating and fun filled classes provide a wonderful introduction to the world of ballet and dance in a structured, caring environment. Their wonderful ballerinas inspire a lifelong love for dance. Book your FREE trial class ready for the new summer term. Mums and Baby classes through primary school. Ages 15 months - 7 years. 07957 650042 kbsballet@icloud.com www.kensingtonballet.com

ET PATATI PATATA WINS SILVER AWARD Congratulations to Et Patati Patata, which received the Silver Award in the quality framework in supplementary education by The National Resource Centre for Supplementary Education. Check out what they offer: • Intensive Saturday French Classes following the French curriculum led by a certified and native French speaking primary teacher, for 3 to 15 years. • French Day Camp: learn French with the Award winning language classes and set your child on the fast track to becoming bilingual, for 4 to 16 years. • Tutoring: French lessons up to GCSE. Book now for your summer camps. 07966 89 36 74 caroline@etpatatipatata.com www.etpatatipatata.com

IS YOUR CHILD A PETIT CHOUX? Les Petits Choux is a French school based in Southfields. Run by two local mums, the school offers bilingual classes for French-speaking children and works on improving their speaking as well as their reading and writing. It’s also a great way to meet other French families and make friends. The school also has a beginners’ class for any children wishing to learn French, which uses songs, stories and games to really bring the French language to life! All classes held at St Michael’s Church, Southfields, Wednesdays 4pm.

MAKE MUSIC ON YOUR DOORSTEP A new Learn Music London website puts SW London parents in touch with a wealth of music-making opportunities in their neighbourhood. Music organisations ABRSM and Music Mark have launched a first of its kind website to enable parents to find local opportunities for their children to get involved, develop and make music. ‘Many children across London are already learning instruments,’ said Jem Shuttleworth from ABRSM, ‘and now, through their local music service, children and young people can get involved in orchestras, bands and choirs and have opportunities to tour their music or play in some of the capital's high profile music venues.’ www.learnmusic.london

TUMBLE TOTS Tumble Tots is the country’s leading physical play programme for 6 months to 5 years. It is designed to develop children's physical skills of agility, balance, co-ordination and climbing along with songs and rhymes through the use of brightly coloured Tumble Tots equipment. The programme is structured to develop children's positive personality traits including confidence and self-esteem. Each 45-minute weekly session combines fun, excitement and challenge in a safe and caring environment. They would love to hear from you so please contact Julia and join in the fun! Contact julia.forrest@tumbletots.com or visit www.tumbletots.com

07980 266817 www.lespetitschoux.org.uk

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Jennifer Siegeris Principal of the Siegeris School of Dance


Taming fussy eaters Families speaks to local mum Abigail Jones on how she helped her son William overcome food anxiety.

SO HOW BAD WAS IT? At seven months, William absolutely refused to eat anything. In fact, he would start screaming as soon as he got a hint that mealtime was coming. He wasn’t buying into purees and wouldn’t let me feed him with a spoon. I was so anxious. At this rate, I thought, I would be sending him off to university with a term’s supply of Aptamil follow on milk. The health visitor was really helpful and reassuring. She told me there is a technical term for this, ‘spoon aversion,’ and it’s actually quite common. Who knew?

WHAT TACTICS WORKED BEST? I had to give up the battle with the purees and switch to baby-led weaning. I can’t say he took to it straight away. It was a long journey and required zen-like patience but we’re getting there. The key was staying visibly relaxed around whether he ate or not, putting out a mixture of familiar and strange new foods and just not giving up.

DID YOU GET OUTSIDE HELP TOO? I couldn’t have done it all by myself. There is a pre-school cooking class called Cookease on Bolingbroke Grove that was a lifesaver. Yes, we could bake and cook together at home but going to the class with other children made all the difference. The children are encouraged to touch, smell and taste the ingredients and sing songs about cooking. They grow some of the ingredients on site, which the children find fascinating. Being with his more confident peers, the pressure dropped for William and most weeks he tried something new – or at least he didn’t cry about it! I can’t tell you how helpful that was.

IS YOUR DAUGHTER A FUSSY EATER TOO? Funnily enough William’s younger sister, Charlotte, was quite the opposite when it came to weaning. She couldn’t get enough of purees. I still take her to Cookease classes though. She loves the social side and, of course, eating her creations! www.cookease.org.uk

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PLEASE TELL US ABOUT YOUR BACKGROUND I began dancing at the Irish Ballet School in Dublin, Ireland. I began my professional training with the Royal Academy of Dance focusing on ballet, jazz, contemporary, modern, tap, history of dance, music theory, child development, anatomy and teaching thus gaining a Royal Academy of Dance Teaching Diploma. On completion of this course I continued training for another three years at the prestigious Laine Theatre Arts where I studied professional dance and musical theatre and ISTD teaching qualifications. During my professional training I continued my love of teaching on top of my professional activities. I began teaching at the well established Laird Academy of Dance, Surrey, Arts Educational Schools, London and Chelsea Ballet Schools before travelling and dancing professionally on board world cruise liners. On my return I regained all my previous teaching posts as well as teaching ballet classes to professional students aged 16 + years at Performance Preparation Academy (PPA) and Guildford School of Acting (GSA) alongside running The Siegeris School of Dance. I am an approved mentor with Royal Academy of Dance and mentors student teachers on the RAD CBTS teaching course.

WHAT QUALITIES DOES DANCING DEVELOP? There are so many benefits of dance. Children learn patience, listening and discipline in class; it improves co-ordination, posture, self-esteem and confidence; helps children with self-motivation, teamwork and expressing emotion; and then, of course, there are the group performances. Children love being part of a big show that we start from scratch and seeing how it all comes together at the end. It really is the stuff of magical memories.

TELL US ABOUT YOUR BALLET SCHOOL The dance school has such a happy environment; we have a very professional and enthusiastic approach with a high standard of teaching. We offer a variation of ballet classes. The dance school runs ballet classes in the Royal Academy of Dance Graded and Vocational classes and modern and tap classes with the Imperial Society of Teachers of Dance encouraging the joy of movement in children from 3 years of age to adults. The dance classes take place weekly in Wimbledon, Wimbledon Park, Raynes Park, Tooting and Mitcham. Jennifer Siegeris, RAD Teaching Diploma, RAD RTS, AISTD DDE, Enchanced DBS Check, also has a very successful ballet boutique in Wimbledon and online, offering dance shoes and dancewear www.balletboutique.co.uk Email to register for your FREE trial on info@siegerisdance.com 0773 0536 499 www.siegerisdance.com


CLUBS AND CLASSES WHY TEACH THEM MINDFULNESS? Lack of concentration, distraction, self-judgement, low mood: these can come with leading a busy life, whether you are an adult or a child. Mindfulness helps pay attention, be present and be self-compassionate, so we can experience pleasure, joy, happiness and peace. On her children and adult courses, Anna Wille teaches participants to recognise where their thoughts are and bring their attention back, through a variety of guided breathing practices, from 60 seconds to 40 minutes.

Mini Bulls Rugby had the privilege of meeting the England Rugby League team recently. The players were happy to chat to the mini bulls, pass on some tips, and hopefully inspire them in the future.

MINI BULLS RUGBY TO RE-START TRAINING IN THE SUMMER Unlike many rugby clubs, Mini Bulls Rugby re-started training after Easter, and will continue sessions through the summer term. Sessions are on Saturday mornings, 10.30-11.30 in Streatham, though will also include regular participation in festivals with other clubs across London. Mini Bulls Rugby is the junior section of Brixton Bulls Rugby League Club and is for Boys and Girls in Years 1-6. All welcome for a free trial. Woodmansterne Playing Fields, Stockport Road, Streatham, SW16 5XE. For more information email info@minibullsrugby.co.uk or visit www.minibullsrugby.co.uk


Having trained with the MiSP and Dr. Patrizia Collard, on over 60 courses Anna has helped those experiencing difficulty, stress or anxiety, to accept and allow things to be, or let go and become less attached. By learning that thoughts are not facts, participants use their newly learnt “pause button” to respond skilfully, rather than react fearfully. Doing a sitting meditation at Wimbledon High Participant reviews: “I learnt to calm myself down when I am angry or hyper” - year 3 “I loved the course. It was super fun. I like learning about the brain in particular – flee, freeze, fight” - year 6 Call Anne on 07771 543 623 willeanna@hotmail.com


Baby Play is not just for fun! By Lynne Murray

Whilst playing with your baby can be fun, it is not at all trivial. It is one of the main ways in which babies engage with other people, and a fundamental means of developing their social understanding.



How babies play, and the way in which parents can support their play, changes dramatically during their first two years of life. Babies generally become playful from around six weeks, when they start to smile, vocalise and show deliberate facial movements and expressions.

Although babies and parents enjoy these body games and toy play, they can also feel something of a ‘one-way-street’ for parents, since the baby typically doesn’t show great interest in the parent themselves. This situation changes from around nine months, as relationships shift from being ‘topic-based’ to being more genuinely two-way and connected. Now, babies notice more of what their parents are doing, and will typically want to join in and even, in their own way, ‘help.’ They start to follow simple suggestions, and swap roles with their parent in games like ‘peek-a-boo.’ With this change, parents sometimes feel as if their baby has now become a ‘real’ person, and play can become easier and more satisfying.

Parents typically find themselves imitating these baby signals, or reacting to them with stereotyped, exaggerated expressions called ‘marking’. These responses are largely automatic, and they help the baby maintain his positive mood and stay engaged. These early exchanges are like ‘conversations,’ and they are a very basic way for babies to sense the connection between their experience and that of someone else - one of the basic building blocks of social understanding.

TEACHING YOUR BABY TO BECOME A SOCIAL BEING By around four or five months, a baby’s vision has improved and he or she can focus on things at a distance, and also start to reach out and grab things. These developments mean that a baby’s interests expand, and the previous, purely social, face-to-face play loses its attraction. This can be disconcerting for parents, as they search for new strategies with which to engage their baby. This is a stage when body games, like ‘pat-a-cake,’ or ‘round and round the garden’ come into their own. Babies quickly become familiar with the different steps of such games, and most of their pleasure comes from the sense of anticipation and climax. These games, and supporting babies play with toys, represent a new form of social relating for the baby - one where play is about a ‘topic’ that baby and parent share together.

Don’t feel that when you are playing with your baby that you are somehow wasting time. You are teaching your baby to become a sociable being! This more connected phase culminates in the development of genuinely co-operative behaviour and more mature social understanding from around eighteen months, when babies can appreciate that other people have different experiences from their own, as well as different likes and dislikes. These developments are assisted when parents engage in pretend play, which can support the baby in thinking about the experience of, say, doll characters. Talking about people’s experiences and their feelings, and the reasons for them, either during play or during activities such as sharing picture books, are also important ways for parents to support the growing social understanding of their baby.

Lynne Murray is Professor of Developmental Psychology at the University of Reading, and author of The Psychology of Babies: How Relationships Support Development from Birth to Two (Constable & Robinson).

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THE LITTLE GYM It’s never too early for your little one to start learning and have some Serious Fun. From infant to toddler, the Little Gym classes promote early development and provide a strong foundation for your child’s critical first three years. And since you’re along for the ride, you’ll be right there to celebrate every discovery with smiles, hugs and giggles. For every stage of your child’s development – from 4 months to 12 years – the Little Gym offers a diverse line up of classes, filled with movement. Your little ones will make friends, reach developmental milestones and build self-confidence (not fogetting the Fun). The Little Gym use movement, music, learning and laughter to nurture ongoing skill development and boost self-esteem. Your child progresses at their own pace, having fun and building confidence as they develop new skills. 10% OFF REFLEXOLOGY FOR FAMILIES READERS

Also great for parties and summer camps. 020 8874 6567 www.wandsworthfulham.thelittlegym.eu

PHYSIOTHERAPY AT RECENTRE BALHAM A specialist physiotherapist can provide you with the right exercises, treatment and advice to help you through your pregnancy and promote recovery after childbirth, encouraging abdominal muscles to come back together and reducing your risk of future back pain and pelvic floor problems. Madia Rashid Madia is a women’s health physiotherapist who teaches pregnancy and postnatal Pilates at reCentre Health in Balham. She explains: “Modified Pilates is great for reducing all those uncomfortable pregnancy aches and pains and has been shown to speed up labour duration and postnatal recovery time.” This is great news for those of us who want to be physically and mentally fit for motherhood and get back to the activities we loved pre-pregnancy. Maria Wrenn Maria, another reCentre physiotherapist and women’s health specialist says: “90% of women experience some level of rectus diastasis (separation of the six pack muscles) during their third trimester. Many of them will also have pelvic floor dysfunction and urinary symptoms. These muscles usually knit back together after giving birth (your GP will check at your 6 week check up). If they don’t, it is extremely important to avoid certain exercises such as sit ups, planks and running, as they put pressure on your pelvic floor muscles and prevent the abdominal muscles from coming together.”

260 Balham High Rd, SW17 7AW 020 8672 4455 www.recentre-health.co.uk


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OSTEOPATHIC CENTRE FOR CHILDREN If you’re considering osteopathy for your baby, or your own body after giving birth, the Osteopathic Centre for Children should be top of your list: a specialist teaching clinic, with 25 years’ experience, skills and knowledge in treating babies and children. The highly-trained consulting team uses gentle yet effective physical techniques to promote, maintain and restore wellbeing. In the last year the charity provided more than 16,000 treatment sessions for children from birth to 18, and women in the perinatal period regardless of their ability to pay. Georgia, an OCC parent, said: “What I like about the consultants at the OCC is that they don’t give me a hard time if we do decide to go down that [NHS drug-treatment] route but support my family in what to do next. We think it is absolutely brilliant.” Book an appointment today: 020 8875 5290 www.occ.uk.com

R.E.D.I Training is a London-based teaching company run by nurses providing emergency training to the community. They teach the essentials of Basic Life Support and First Aid through demonstration and instruction, bringing the trainer and training to you at a time that is convenient, or at one of their London training locations. REDI offer a paediatric first aid training course for parents and nannies. The course is 3 hours long and will cover all aspects of child first aid that you need to know for babies and children. They train in small groups and trainers are paediatric A&E nurses, who work in leading London hospitals. They will bring manikins for you to practise resuscitation during the course. The course costs £480 (£80 per person) for up to 6 participants. All their teachings are based on Resuscitation Council (UK) guidelines. Certificates and handouts are provided for all attendees. 020 7348 7117 www.redi-training.co.uk

MONTESSORI NURSERY IN STREATHAM Anchored by the belief that our world’s future depends very much on our young children, Modern Montessori International nurseries are committed to the care and growth of each child as a whole. They implement the Early Years Foundation Stage, following the Montessori philosophy. Sally Kershaw of MMI Streatham says: “We believe in providing your child with a more rounded learning environment to help them develop holistically. We provide a programme that caters to the individual needs of each child. The child centred Montessori programme fosters and encourages self –help skills and independence. We provide a warm, caring environment in which children can develop their skills, making learning a joyful and exciting experience.” MMI Pre-school Streatham welcomes children from 3 months to 5 years. ‘The education of even a very small child does not aim at preparing him for school, but for life.’ Dr Montessori Government funded places are available. 142 Mitcham Lane, London SW16 6NS. Please contact the nursery to arrange a visit. 020 8686 2727 mmipreschools@modernmontessori-intl.com www.modernmontessori-intl.com

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Waterbabies offer baby swimming classes throughout South West London

FUN INNOVATIVE BABY SWIMMING CLASSES With a multi-award winning programme teaching vital water confidence and safety skills from birth, Water Babies’ overall aim is to teach you to teach your baby to swim. They will explain what they are doing and carefully demonstrate exactly what to do. Through carefully structured training, babies can be taught life saving skills such as turning onto their backs or, following a sudden submersion, swimming to the nearest solid object. They grow familiar with what it feels like to fall into water, so that should they ever accidentally fall in they are far less likely to panic and drown. Lo Winchurch told Families: “We are very proud of the high calibre of our teachers and their training is very important. We take our teacher training so seriously and insist that all of our teachers are not just fully qualified swimming teachers, but the best trained baby-swimming teachers in the world.” 020 7585 1510 www.waterbabies.co.uk





We took every care in preparing these entries but sometimes events are cancelled or times changed. Please double check event with the organiser to avoid disappointment. Compiled by Joanna Parry

ARTS AND CRAFTS THE CRAFTHOUSE 329 Upper Richmond Road West, East Sheen SW14 8QR 020 8487 2863 www.thecrafthouseuk.com 30 May – 2 June Half Term Sewing Workshops Exciting sewing workshops based on seasonal art. 10am-3pm daily, age 7-14, see website for details and to book.

Join free and fabulous Horniman craft activities inspired by their temporary exhibitions and Gardens. 11am -2.45pm, sessions run every 45 minutes.

NATIONAL ARMY MUSEUM Royal Hospital Road, Chelsea SW3 4HT www.nam.ac.uk 27 May – 4 June Half Term Workshops: Make Your Own Comic Discover their Ministry of Women graphic novel and have a go at making your own comic. Join hands-on workshops where you can learn how to draw one of the graphic novel's characters - army code breaker Betty - explore the objects used to inspire the novel, and make your own code. Sessions 10.30am, 11.30am, 1.15pm, 2.15pm and 3.15pm, free, book early to guarantee a space.

EDDIE CATZ Putney, Wimbledon and Earlsfield First Floor, 68-70 Putney High Street SW15 1SF 42 Station Road SW19 2LP 279 Magdalen Road SW18 3NZ 0203 4755268 eddiecatz.com 29 May – 2 June. May Half Term Holiday Activities There will be plenty of Holiday Camps to choose from including In-Digestion with Mad Science, Dance Grooves Workshop, SEN Evening, Arty Family Fun and Creation Station. Prices usually include lunch and a free play at the venue, plus Eddie Catz appears in all venues twice a day to meet and greet the children.




136 Kingsland Road E2 8EA www.geffrye-museum.org.uk 30 May – 2 June May Half Term Holiday: Patterns, Patterns, Patterns! Use your favourite patterns from the museum and gardens to create stunning stained glass, wacky wallpaper and patterned prints. 10.30am-12.30pm and 2-4pm, free.

HORNIMAN MUSEUM AND GARDENS 100 London Road, Forest Hill SE23 3PQ www.horniman.ac.uk 29 May – 2 June (except 31 May) May Half Term Family Art Fun

Wimbledon Park Road SW19 6PE 07714 252660 me@sewpretty.me.uk www.sewpretty.me.uk 30 May – 2 June. Kids’ Half Term Sewing Workshop Feeling creative? Want to become a fashion designer? Or maybe just wanting to try something different and be proud to say to your friends ‘I made it myself’.10am-1pm or 1.45-4.45pm, £28 including materials. Full day sessions 10am4.45pm, £56, age 7-12. 1-2 June. Young Designer's Holiday Club For ages 13-18, 5.15-7.15pm.



020 7731 0695 / 07790 912318, hello@yellowbirdeducation.com www.yellowbirdeducation.com 30 May – 2 June Half Term Creative Writing Workshop Exciting, creative workshop for Years 2-6. 10am-2pm, £349 for the week. See websites for other workshops during May half term.

ET PATATI PATATA Thomas’ Academy, Parsons Green SW7 07966 893674, caroline@etpatatipatata.com www.etpatatipatata.com 29 May – 2 June May Half Term Fun French Day Camp Learn French without leaving London! 30 hours per week of French immersion led by an experienced native French teacher, 9am-3pm, ages 4-6, 7-10 and 1216. A wide range of fun activities including Pop French Music, French cooking, French Art, Capoeira, Science Day, French Coding and more.

MUSIC AND DRAMA AMANDA’S ACTION CLUB Skylark Café, Wandsworth Common SW18 3RT 01895 623999, info@amandasactionclub.co.uk www.amandasactionclub.co.uk 30 May and 1 June Active Baby and Toddler Classes Fun and energetic, for little ones and older children too. £10 pay as you go, 10am.

Amanda’s Action Club

FUNKY MONKEY KEYBOARD CLASSES Streatham, Balham, Herne Hill, Beckenham 01732 457100, mail@funkymonkey.info www.funkymonkey.info 29 May – 2 June Funky ‘One Hit Wonder’ Taster Days A brilliant all-round introduction to the electronic keyboard for 4-8 year old beginners. Learn how to read, play and write notes C-A alongside basic keyboard technique, plus composition, artwork, singing and performance skills. All equipment and mid morning snack provided, please bring packed lunch. Maximum 10 children per class, 10am-2pm

FUNKY MOVES DANCE Wimbledon - Eddie Catz, SW19 2LP Balham - The Bedford, SW12 9HD 07810 431101, info@funkymoves.com www.funkymoves.com 30 May – 2 June Half Term Dance and Art Holiday Course Amazing Street Dance workshops, break dance

NAOMI MARTIN TOUCH TYPING Sinclair House School, 59 Fulham High Street SW6 3JJ 07949 204553, www.nmtouchtyping.co.uk 29 May – 2 June May Half Term Touch Typing Courses Touch typing courses for children aged 7+, classes are 90 minutes long, £250 for the week. Classes are mixed age and ability. Sibling discounts available.

YELLOWBIRD EDUCATION Parsons Green Prep School, 1 Fulham Park Road, Fulham SW6 4LJ

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Dance and art Holiday course with Funky Moves



skills class, funky arts & crafts activities, fancy dress games and spectacular performances. 9.30am–12.30pm daily, age 4-12, £105 + VAT



SPORT CENTRAL LONDON GOLF CENTRE Burntwood Lane SW17 0AT 020 8871 2468 www.clgc.co.uk 30 May – 2 June Junior Golf Holiday Camps These fun-based camps for 7 -14 year olds are tailored to children of all levels, whether they want to try golf or have been playing for some time. Morning only camp 9am12pm, £30, whole day camp 9am3pm, £45

Young movie makers will premiere their own film at Curzon cinema with Sparks

LITTLE GYM Smugglers Way SW18 1DB 020 8874 6567, wandsworth_fulham@thelittlegym.eu www.wandsworthfulham.thelittlegym.eu Throughout May Half Term Half Term Fun Don’t miss out on these ever popular camps at their Wandsworth gym. These 3-hour camps (OFSTED approved) for over 3s build new skills and develop confidence while the kids have loads of FUN. Call the team for specific timings.

Funky Monkey Keyboard

POLKA THEATRE 240 The Broadway, Wimbledon SW19 1SB 020 8543 4888 www.polkatheatre.com 29 May – 2 June May Half Term Holiday Workshops A range of exciting holiday workshops, including Spring in your Step, Goldilocks, Glad Rags Costume Making Day and Acting Lab. Ages, times, dates and prices vary, see website for details.

SPARKS (formerly Studio Film School) Broomwood Hall School, Nightingale Lane SW12 8NR 020 7101 9329, hello@sparksignite.com www.sparks-ignite.com Fall in love with film this Summer! Over 5 days in July or August, young movie makers aged 7 – 18 can join to shoot, crew, direct, act in and edit their own summer blockbuster. You’ll celebrate in style with friends and family as you tread the Red Carpet at our VIP Film Premiere at Soho’s Curzon Cinema. BOOK NOW!

YOUNGSTARS MULTISPORTS AND ACTIVITY CAMP Balham, Clapham, Parsons Green, Putney and Wimbledon 07749 343116, info@youngstars.co.uk www.young-stars.co.uk 30 May – 2 June May Half Term Holiday Camps Plenty of fun, games and excitement whilst kids are introduced to all aspects of sports in an all inclusive and noncompetitive environment. 3-10 years, times and prices vary.


Junior Golf Holiday camps at CLG

CHELSEA FC SOCCER SCHOOL Venues across SW London 020 7957 8220 londondevelopment@chelseafc.com / soccerschools@chelseafc.com www.chelseafc.com/foundation / www.chelseasoccerschools.co.uk Throughout May Half Term London Soccer School For boys and girls aged 4-13. Times vary according to course, from £30

FULHAM FC FOUNDATION Venues in Fulham 0870 442 5432, holidaycourses@fulhamfc.com www.fulhamfc.com Throughout May Half Term Holiday Courses Holiday courses for all abilities in a fun and challenging environment. 3-5yrs, 9-11am, 6-14 yrs, 9am3pm, from £15 per day.

Wimbledon Park Watersports Centre, Home Park Road SW19 7HX www.merton.gov.uk/activekids 29 May – 2 June May Half Term Holiday Activities A huge range of fun holiday activities including sailing, multi-water sports, horse riding, football, tennis, badminton, squash, multi-sport, song writing workshops, golf, Dramabuds workshops and much, much more. Week long, all day or half day camps available. Ages 4-16, see website for details, times and dates.

SWIMWAY East Sheen, Putney, Kensington and Wimbledon 020 8871 3972, info@swimway.co.uk www.swimway.co.uk Throughout May Half Term Swimming Courses Intensive courses to improve your child’s swimming technique, on a private or semi-private basis. Courses run for half an hour each day, book early to avoid disappointment. Age 3-9, dates and times dependent on venue.

DAY CAMPS SUPERCAMP Venues across SW London 01235 467300, SAVE 15% www.supercamps.co.uk WHEN 29 May – 2 June QUOTING Holiday Activity Camps FAMILIES17 The ultimate in fun and games with a wide range of non-stop activities. Choose from trampolining, swimming, archery, gymnastic, athletics, team games, arts and crafts and much, much more. From £40 for the whole day. Activities vary depending on venue.

WILD LEARNING Sheen Common, Wimbledon Common, Putney Lower Common and further afield 01483 424400 www.wild-learning.net 29 May – 2 June Holiday Clubs Play, learn, get muddy and just be kids in a safe, nurturing but wild environment. Practice woodland parkour, make and float rafts on the water, build dens, make assault courses and play stealth games. 10am-4pm, age 5-11, £45

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FUN, FRESH AIR AND SKILLS Are you looking for an activity for your children where they can learn new skills, make friends and have fun in the fresh air?

MAY AND JUNE IS THE PERFECT TIME TO ENJOY RHS GARDEN WISLEY Only about half an hour from south west London, off the main London to Portsmouth road (A3) south of Junction 10 of the M25. www.rhs.org.uk/wisley Buy garden tickets online and save 10% In the Night Garden Trail May –June Join Iggle Piggle on a magical adventure around the garden. An imaginative play trail for children aged 1 to 4 years. You can take part at any of the four RHS Gardens. A free trail to pick up at the entrance or download the app before arrival. Half Term Holiday Fun: Bugs and Slugs 27 May – 4 June All sorts of activities around the garden. Learn all about the different insect garden helpers and some misunderstood villains! Create crafts and plant seeds to welcome wildlife to your garden. Birds of Prey 27 – 28 May Bring the whole family to discover all about birds of prey. See the magnificent birds up close, with agility displays at 11am and 2pm. Family Gardening Show 1 – 4 June Enjoy a fantastic family day out at the first ever family gardening show. Listen to fascinating talks, have-a-go workshops and take part in the special In the Night Garden themed zone. Including Upsy Daisy Yoga, flower-pot decorating, planting night scented stocks, music and story-telling. Plus download the free augmented reality trail and follow Iggle Piggle on a magical journey around the garden. Budding gardeners 27 May – 4 June As part of the RHS Campaign for School Gardening, local schools will build their own mini show garden, to be judged by the garden’s Garden Manager. The theme is the Famous Five Go on a Garden Adventure. The gardens will be on show until 4th June and there will also be the chance for the public to vote for their favourite.

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This summer, get your youngsters active by introducing them to sailing and windsurfing through RYA OnBoard. They’ll learn an exciting new sport in a safe environment, get out on the water and gain valuable life skills from problem solving to taking responsibility. Once they get started in sailing the opportunities are endless. Everything you need is provided by the instructor. It’s affordable, fun and you don’t need to have done it before. Anyone aged 8-18 can take part in OnBoard sessions and with over 245 RYA approved venues across the country there’s bound to be one near you. You might even find you want to join in too! To find your nearest Royal Yachting Association OnBoard activity visit rya.org.uk/onboard #GetOnBoard


Wed 5 July – Sun 10 Sept Lyric Theatre, Shaftesbury Avenue Book Now 0330 333 4812 www.whattheladybirdheardlive.co.uk Based on the best-selling picture book by Julia Donaldson and Lydia Monks

WIN! To celebrate the premiere of WHAT THE LADYBIRD HEARD in the West End, Families South West has *one family ticket (admits 4) to give away. Enter here to win! LADYBIRD, LADYBIRD WHERE ARE YOU? There are a number of LADYBIRDS hidden throughout this magazine, find them all and email your answer together with your name and the subject heading LADYBIRD FAMILIES SOUTH WEST FUN competition to info@kennywax.com before 31 May 2017. T&C’s – Prize is for one family ticket (admits 4, min 1 adult) to see the West End production of What the Ladybird Heard at the Lyric Theatre, Shaftesbury Avenue from 5 July – 10 September 2017. The winner will be selected by random prize draw from all entries with the correct answer. Tickets are subject to availability, non-transferable and hold no cash value. Answers will not be accepted after the closing date of 31 May 2017. The draw will take place on 1 June 2017. The promotor’s decisions will be final. © Julia Donaldson & Lydia Monks 2009. Macmillan's Children's Book





We take much care in preparing these What’s On pages, but please do double check with organiser before setting out as things change.

DIARY DATES WANDSWORTH ARTS FRINGE www.wandsworthfringe.com 5-21 May The two week festival brings together more than 140 events, performances and productions throughout Wandsworth, some indoors, some outdoors. From street performances, comedy, storytelling, music and dance. 5-7 May Learn how to read and interpret images with French Artist Eleonore Pironneau. A la carte talks and collage workshops. Half days or whole days, in the new Furzedown venue The Living Room. 19 Thrale Road. Booking essential. www.eleonorepironneau.com

THE ART OF THE BRICK Southbank SE1 9PX www.southbankcentre.co.uk Throughout May Is it a bird? Is it a plane? No, it's a truckload of Lego making its way to the South Bank. A purpose-built tent will pop-up by the London Eye this month for 'The Art of the Brick: DC Super Heroes', a collection of larger-than-life sculptures of iconic comic book characters constructed entirely in Lego.

STAR WARS IDENTITIES EXHIBITION The 02 Arena, Peninsula Square SE10 0DX www.list.co.uk/event/654902-starwars-identities-exhibition Throughout May An exhibition exploring the concept of identity through characters from the Star Wars universe. Visitors are taken on an interactive quest and leave with a personalised Star Wars character of their very own. From £10

ADVENTURES IN MOOMINLAND Southbank centre Belvedere Road SE1 8XX www.southbankcentre.co.uk Throughout May The first major exhibition devoted to The Moomins: Adventures in Moominland. This brand new immersive experience explores the

IF YOU ONLY DO ONE THING THIS MONTH… GO AND SEE THE ARMOURY IN ACTION AT THE TOWER OF LONDON St Katharine's & Wapping, London EC3N 4AB www.hrp.org.uk/tower-of-london Throughout May This new family friendly exhibition reveals the fascinating story of arms and the armoury at the Tower. From shooting arrows and assembling firearms to brandishing swords, a thousand years of history at the Tower is brought to life in this exciting, hands-on experience. Explore the weapons, skills and people from the Norman to Victorian period through a mix of historic objects and hands-on interactive stations, and then have a go at drawing back a bow to feel the strength and training required to shoot this powerful weapon. Friendly mouse Go Medieval at the Tower characters guide younger children through the centuries from Norman to Victorian - it’s a truly fantastic exhibition, worth a day out and my kids loved it. Admission is included in the Tower of London prices, and don’t forget a picnic and a long walk all around the battlements of the tower before you leave! internationally-recognised stories of the Moomins through the life of its author Tove Jansson. Visitors to the exhibition will travel through seven different interactive worlds that explore the inspirations behind her much-loved stories. From £12

NATIONAL WALKING MONTH Throughout SW London www.livingstreets.org.uk/nationalwalking-month Throughout May Have a go at #Try20 – walk for 20 minutes every day throughout the month, explore your local streets and then go to the website to rate your local walks.

PELVIC FLOOR AND PROSECCO EVENING 07779 271655 www.elizadoalot.com 10 May Meet the experts in an evening of knowledge and celebration of women, wisdom and Prosecco! Includes how osteopathy could help your baby. Enjoy a warm, supportive environment. Space is limited at this sociable and informative event. Sounds great fun! 8-9.30pm £20

24 May The Essential Toolkit for Raising Confident and Cooperative Children, 10-12.30 per pers £60 per person.

HAM HOUSE www.nationaltrust.org.uk/hamhouse-and-garden Ham Street, Richmond-upon-Thames TW10 7RS Wednesdays in May Join one of their garden guides for a free tour of the kitchen garden. Discover more about the history of the 17th century kitchen garden and the herbs and vegetables grown by their gardeners. 2pm 29 May – 4 June May half term A variety of outdoor activities and trail as part of the 50 things to do before you’re 11 ¾. 10am-5pm 18 June Father’s Day Come along and take part in their Father’s Day challenge! 10am-5pm

THE GLOBE FAMILY OFFER 21 New Globe Walk, SE1 9DT Visit the exhibition desk to buy tickets every day or call 020 7902 1599 for more information. Families can visit the Globe Exhibition and learn about Shakespeare’s world and his plays through interactive activities and demonstrations. £10 Family tickets for a limited period. Ages 4+

EMILY’S FAMILY WORKSHOPS www.dancegrooves.dance 07956 235 248 10 May Internet Safety for Children aged 12 years and under, 10-12 £40 per pers Puppet Theatre barge Aesop


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Mini Moles Babies Group Fun, hands-on, creative sessions for toddlers, parents and carers. 3.304.30pm, book in advance. Plus sensory, hands-on, play-based activities for you and your baby to enjoy together, 11am-12pm

DO-RE-MI BABIES CONCERTS HORNIMAN MUSEUM AND GARDENS 100 London Road SE23 3PQ www.horniman.ac.uk Every Tuesday and Wednesday in May Busy Bees Lively sessions for under-5s and their parents/carers during term-time. Activities include storytelling, art and craft and outdoor play. Free, 10.30am, 11.15am, 12pm

NATIONAL MARITIME MUSEUM Park Row, Greenwich SE10 9NF www.rmg.co.uk Saturdays in May Character Encounters Join an exciting performance and journey bringing maritime history to life. 12pm, 1pm, 2pm and 3pm Tuesdays in May Play Tuesdays Embark on a museum adventure that includes trails, arty workshops, songs and stories. 10.30am, 11.30am, 1pm and 2pm

MUSEUM OF LONDON EC2Y 5HN www.museumoflondon.org.uk Wednesdays in May Little Moles Toddlers Group and

FIRST AID FOR LIFE Balham and Westminster www.firstaidforlife.org.uk 12 and 24 May The Emergency Course A 3-hour course covering care of the unconscious baby and child as well as most commonly occurring injuries and illnesses such as choking, bleeding, breaks, bleeds, burns, head injury and febrile convulsions. 9.30am-12.30pm, £60/£65.

KIDS FILM CLUB Clapham Picturehouse, 76 Venn Street SW4 0AT www.picturehouses.com 13 May Robinson Crusoe On a tiny exotic island, Tuesday, an

Barnes, Chelsea, Fulham, Wandsworth www.doremibabies.co.uk Dates throughout May Inspirational and fun classical concerts Babies and toddlers are welcome to crawl, dance, sing, cry, nappy change and more, so you can relax and enjoy some wonderful music. £10 per adult, children free, tickets online or on the door. Dates vary depending on venue.

MORDEN HALL PARK Morden Hall Road, Morden SM4 5JD www.nationaltrust.org.uk Every Monday in May Little Explorers Bring your little ones to enjoy crafts, outdoor activities, songs and stories. Little Explorers is a fun activity session for children aged 25, 10am, £2 per child, £1 siblings.

THE ROYAL ALBERT HALL Kensington Gore SW7 2AP www.royalalberthall.com Tuesdays and Wednesdays in May Storytelling and Music Sessions A series of sessions for babies and toddlers aged 0-4, to encourage interaction between parents/carers outgoing parrot, lives with his quirky animal friends. 11.45am, exclusively for children and their parents or carers.

FINE FOOD MARKET Wandsworth Town Station, Old York Road SW18 1SU www.finefoodmarkets.co.uk 13 May Street food market with an international flavour. 10am-3pm.

STREATHAM COMMON KITE DAY Streatham Common SW16 www.streathamkiteday.org.uk 14 May The 19th Streatham Common Kite Day will take place 11am to 5pm,

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Fun Days at Fulham Palace and their little ones using musical instruments, singing, movement and stories. 10am and 11.30am, £5

FULHAM PALACE Bishop’s Avenue SW6 6EA www.fulhampalace.org Mondays and Tuesdays in May The Palace Explorers Join the Palace Explorers, weekly parent/carer and toddler sessions for children aged 2-4. £4 per child, which includes a drink and healthy snack, booking essential. 9.30am10.30am

HAMPTON COURT PALACE East Molesey, Surrey KT8 9AU www.hrp.org.uk/HamptonCourtPalace Every Thursday and Saturday 11 May – 24 June excluding half term Tiny Explorers Explore and play in the Palace together. Discover the stories of

Hampton Court Palace through music, movement, messy play and more. £6 per child, price includes up to two adults £5 per child for members. 10.30am – babies, 1pm – walkers, 2.30pm – walkers. Throughout May The Magic Garden Experience the legendary world of the Tudor tournament in this imaginative play garden setting. Included in palace admission.

KENSINGTON PALACE W8 4PX hrp.org.uk/kensingtonpalace Selected Wednesdays and Saturdays in May Tiny Explorers Explore and play in the Palace together. Discover the stories of Kensington Palace through music, movement, messy play and more. £6 per child, price includes up to two adults £5 per child for members. 10.30am – babies, 1pm – walkers, 2.30pm – walkers.

with pairs kite flying, Hanuman kites and human lift powerkites!

POP UP SUMMER FAIR OSO Arts Centre, Barnes, 49 Station Road SW13 0LF www.placeoflittledreams.com 15-16 May A great pop up fair with loads of stalls and goodies to discover. Monday 15 May 5–9pm, and Tuesday 16 May 9am–2pm

HAZELFEST Wandsworth Work and Play Scrapstore, Hazelhurst Estate, 13 Blackshaw Road SW17 0DA www.workandplayscrapstore.org.uk The scrapstore is a re-use charity. All donated materials they





collect from green-minded companies are re-purposed for their members so they can re-use, upcycle, re-cyle etc etc. This waste would otherwise go to landfill/incinerators. Members are home educators, schools, art students and families. 20 May A fun afternoon of arts and crafts, entertainment, story-telling and performances between 12 noon and 4pm. All activities are free and suitable for all ages.

LONDON FIRST AID TRAINING Venues in Battersea SW11 www.firstaidtraininglondon.co.uk 20 May Paediatric First Aid course, includes resuscitation procedures, drowning, choking, shock, spinal injury, burns and scalds.

DIDDY RASCALS FAMILY RAVE Half Moon Pub, 93 Lower Richmond Road, Putney SW15 1EU www.diddy-rascals.com 20 May A party for the under 8s – the friendliest, funkiest and most fabulous day out for all the family. 100% of the proceeds go to support the work of Humanitas Charity.

MUM2MUM MARKET Ricards Lodge High School, Lake Road, Wimbledon SW19 7HB www.mum2mummarket.co.uk 20 May Market Baby and Kids Nearly New Sales With a huge number of stalls for everything you could possibly need. 2-4pm

CHELSEA PHYSIC GARDEN 66 Royal Hospital Road, SW3 4HS www.chelseaphysicgarden.co.uk 30 May Chocolate Tuesday Delve into

the world of chocolate, create your own unique blend and taste some unusual flavours. During the day you’ll have the chance to look into the rich history, geography and science of chocolate. 10.30am-3pm 1 June Lotions and Potions Can a food be a medicine? Can a medicine be a poison? Make some of your own natural and low-cost remedies as well as a mini medicinal garden to take home. Age 7+, £13

HF ARTSFEST Across Hammersmith and Fulham www.hf-artsfest.com 3-11 June This year’s theme is ‘Taking Arts to the People’. Enjoy pop-up performances alongside a packed programme of music, drama, exhibitions, tours and more. Plus a community arts fair with local artists on 3 June.

CLAPHAM NCT NEARLY NEW SALE Broomwood Methodist Church SW11 8BD www.nct.org.uk 10 June Lots of fun family friendly activities as well as an opportunity to pick up some nearly new bargains, meet other parents and grab a slice of cake from the pop-up cafe. 9.3011.30am, £1.50 entry for adults.

Colour House Theatre Sleeeping Beauty includes posters, invites and activity sheets.


Tickets and full programme at www.barneskidslitfest.org With over sixty events for families to enjoy, it's London’s largest dedicated children’s book festival, including author talks, workshops, story time and craft sessions, music, film and much, much more.

THE BIG LUNCH www.edenprojectcommunities.com/t hebiglunch 18 June Join streets, communities and friends across the UK to have lunch with your neighbours. Go to the website to find out how to get started to host your own Big Lunch, whether it is sharing sandwiches in your front garden, a traditional street party or a big community bash. Your starter pack

This year’s star-studded line-up includes Michael Rosen, Nick Sharratt, Francesca Simon, Steve Cole, Lauren St John, Guy ParkerRees and Sarah McIntyre, plus TV and radio stars.

DRAMA THE CAMBRDIGE THEATRE Seven Dials, 32-34 Earlham Street WC2H 9HU uk.matildathemusical.com Throughout May Matilda The Musical Inspired by the twisted genius of Roald Dahl, Matilda revels in the anarchy of childhood, the power of imagination and the inspiring story of a girl who dares to change her destiny.

COLOUR HOUSE THEATRE In the Night Garden Trail at RHS Wisley


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Throughout May Sleeping Beauty As the King and Queen celebrate the birth of their beautiful baby Princess Aurora, an evil Green Fairy casts a spell on the newborn, stating that when she reaches 16 years of age she will prick her finger on a spindle and die. 2pm and 4pm, £12/£10

LYRIC HAMMERSMITH One Lyric Square W6 0QL www.lyric.co.uk 30-31 May The Secret Garden Performed by a stunningly talented all-child cast, London Children’s Ballet productions are the best way to introduce young audiences to ballet. The Secret Garden will be LCB’s first ever one-act ballet, and is beautifully narrated to help younger audience members. Age 3-12, £10-£35

NEW WIMBLEDON THEATRE The Broadway, SW19 1QG atgtickets.com/venues/newwimbledon-theatre 13-14 May My First Ballet: Cinderella Cinderella is tormented by her stepsisters and she can only dream of attending the Prince’s glamourous ball. Abandoned to an evening of drudgery, she is visited by her Fairy Godmother who transforms her into a glittering Princess who shall go to the ball. From £11.50

THE PEACOCK THEATRE WC2A 2HT sadlerswells.com/peacock-theatre 6-20 May SOHO: Circus, Street Dance, Theatre Crazy, voyeuristic, unexpected and fast paced, SOHO is a thrill ride of circus, street and

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theatre in this anything goes trip around the streets where glamour and sleaze rub shoulders.

ANNIE THE MUSICAL Piccadilly Theatre, 16 Denman Street W1D 7DY www.anniewestend.com Throughout May The world’s favourite family musical makes its long-awaited return to London this May, starring comedy superstar Miranda Hart.

THE POLKA THEATRE 240 The Broadway, Wimbledon SW19 1SB www.polkatheatre.com To 14 May Sarah and Duck’s Big Top Birthday The enchanting world of Sarah & Duck is brought to life in a brand new stage production, featuring the wonderful characters from the BAFTA award winning CBeebies show. Age 3-6, £15/£10. Don’t miss out! 4-28 May Under The Rainbow With evocative music, puppetry and a beautiful transformative set we gently tell the story of one woman’s courageous journey. As she crosses land and sea, she befriends a turtle and a colourful bird of paradise, discovering a plentiful island that gives her hope for the future. Age 3-6, from £9

PUPPET THEATRE BARGE Little Venice, Blomfield Road W9 2PF www.puppetbarge.com Throughout May The Flight of Babuscha Baboon The story of a baboon who wants to fly to the moon in a hot air balloon. Age 3+, £8.50/£12

SADLER’S WELLS Rosebery Avenue EC1R www.sadlerswells.com 12 May Northern Ballet – Goldilocks and the Three Bears Goldilocks is looking for an adventure and she soon finds her way to a hidden house in the forest. With a family of friendly bears and bowls of delicious porridge, this charming ballet is just right!

UNICORN THEATRE Unicorn Theatre 147 Tooley Street, Southwark SE1 2HZ www.unicorntheatre.com



31 May – 5 June The Man Who Knows It All Is it possible to know everything? The man who knows it all seems to think it is. Two performers and a musician go on a quest in search of everything it is possible to know. Age 4-10, from £8

MUSEUMS, GALLERIES AND DAYS OUT BANK OF ENGLAND MUSEUM Threadneedle Street EC2R 8AH www.bankofengland.co.uk 19 May Museums at Night A rare opportunity to visit the museum after dark.

CHARLES DICKENS MUSEUM 48 Doughty Street WC1N 2LX www.dickensmuseum.com 21 May The Housemaid’s Tour Step back in time to 1839… Dickens and his young family are preparing to leave for a journey to their ‘home from home’ – a relaxing holiday in Broadstairs is just the ticket. But during their absence, the housemaid is up to no good. Discover the secrets of the esteemed young writer and his growing family. 10.15am, 11am and 11.45am, £15/£8 Last Sunday of every month Highlighting the Collection Drop-in object handling sessions throughout the historic interior of 48 Doughty Street. Discover a unique set of Dickensian curiosities from a cheque signed by Dickens, to a beautiful dolls house, an engraved snuff box and even a collection of original props from The Invisible Woman.

DESIGN MUSEUM 224-238 Kensington High Street W8 6AG www.designmuseum.org To 4 June Imagine Moscow Marking the centenary of the Russian Revolution, this exhibition explores Moscow as it was imagined by a bold new generation of architects and designers in the 1920s and early 1930s.

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FULHAM PALACE Bishop’s Avenue SW6 6EA www.fulhampalace.org 21 May Hands-on Archaeology Come along to this drop-in session for a rare opportunity to get up close and personal with some of their archaeological finds and learn more about the rich and varied history of this ancient site. Free, no booking necessary, 1pm-3pm

HAMPTON COURT PALACE East Molesey, Surrey KT8 9AU www.hrp.org.uk/HamptonCourtPalace 27 May – 3 June Horrible Histories – The Best of Barmy Britain at Hampton Court Palace From battling Boudicca to horrible Henry and the putrid plague, plunge into the history of Britain… with the nasty bits left in. £12/£7, under 5s free but require ticket. Throughout May Encounters with the Tudors You are invited to join members of the court to explore the perils and intrigues of life as a Tudor. The cooks in Hampton Court’s historic kitchens will also be roasting meat for the king’s table.

HORNIMAN MUSEUM AND GARDENS 100 London Road SE23 3PQ www.horniman.ac.uk Throughout May The Robot Zoo How do chameleons change colour? What makes grasshoppers leap so high? Is a giant squid jetpropelled? At the Robot Zoo amazing animals are recreated in robot form to reveal their inner workings. From £4.40 29 May – 2 June

Horniman Explorers May Half Term Discover the collections that make the Horniman special, and touch real things from a West African thumb piano to sharks’ jaws in the Hands on Base gallery. Plus workshops and activities including Pond Dipping, Big Wednesday: As Dead as a Dodo and Minibeast Safari. Times and dates vary.

KENSINGTON PALACE W8 4PX hrp.org.uk/kensingtonpalace 27 May and 24 June Make History Get hands on with the palace’s creative workshops for families. Be inspired by a new palace story each month, and make a piece of the past by taking part in a range of exciting activities, from gardening and painting to chocolate making. 11.30am, 12.45pm and 2.30pm 27 May and 24 June Time Explorers Station Explore the palace and discover its stories using the palace’s themed activity bags, games, trails and ‘make and take’ activities aimed at babies to children aged 13, 11am4pm

LEEDS CASTLE Maidstone ME17 1PL www.leeds-castle.com 20 May – 4 June Chelsea Fringe See the Leeds Castle Gardens in miniature with an alternative twist during the Chelsea Fringe, running alongside the RHS Chelsea Flower Show. This year, the gardeners of Leeds Castle are turning their world ‘inside out’ and reinventing the garden shed with a miniature recreation of the Leeds Castle Gardens on the inside, and the tools of their trade on the outside.





MUSEUM OF LONDON EC2Y 5HN www.museumoflondon.org.uk Sundays in May Museum Explored Explore the galleries through fun, hands-on activities. 11am and 2pm. Plus, join a fun and engaging tour of the museum’s galleries, especially for families. Age 5+, 2-2.30pm Saturdays in May Hands-on history Hear incredible London stories as you touch and hold real museum objects. Age 5+, 2-4pm

NATURAL HISTORY MUSEUM Cromwell Road SW7 5BD www.nhm.ac.uk Throughout May Wildlife Photographer of the Year Enjoy the world's best nature photography revealing the astonishing diversity of life on our planet, from urban foxes to mountain hares. Throughout May Sensational Butterflies Escape into the tropical butterfly house in the Museum grounds and get up close to these incredible creatures, usually found in the tropical forests of Central and South America, Africa and Asia. From £5.85

Wonderlab: The Statoil Gallery Don’t miss out on this fantastic new interactive gallery with live demonstrations and an Explainerled experience revealing the beauty and wonder in the science and mathematics that shape our lives. Truly fascinating! £8/£6

V&A MUSEUM OF CHILDHOOD Cambridge Heath Road E2 9PA www.museumofchildhood.org.uk 29 May – 2 June Place, House and Building Keep those hands and minds occupied this May Half Term with artist-led workshops on printmaking and constructing houses.

2 June Creative art workshop with ACE ART: Pop Art Ice-Cream Canvases Create funky pop art style canvases using collage skills. Limited places, early booking essential. Age 8-14, 10.30am12.30pm, £13

TATE BRITAIN Millbank SW1P 4RG www.tate.org.uk Throughout May David Hockney This big Tate retrospective goes back to the artist's student work in the '60s, exploring his incredible, innovative journey that took in glossy LA pool scenes, experimental fax works and much more. A big-hitter of a show.

PAINSHILL PARK Portsmouth Road, Cobham, Surrey KT11 1JE www.painshill.co.uk 30 May Jack and the Beanstalk Join the Garlic Puppet Theatre in the picturesque setting of the large Walled Garden at Painshill for a charming rendition of our favourite fairy tale classic, Jack and the Beanstalk. Age 3-7, 11.30am and 2.30pm, from £10 Fulham Palace tremendous tudors

NATIONAL MARTIME MUSEUM Park Row, Greenwich SE10 9NF www.rmg.co.uk Saturdays in May Character Encounters Join an exciting performance and journey bringing maritime history to life. 12pm, 1pm, 2pm and 3pm





Exhibition Road, South Kensington SW7 2DD Sciencemuseum.org.uk Throughout May Robots: The 500 year quest to make machine human Discover how the history of robots has been shaped by religious belief, the industrial revolution and 20th century popular culture. Throughout May

224-238 Kensington High Street W8 6AG www.designmuseum.org 28 May Creative Diagrams: Drawing about Thinking You know more than you think you do... Learn how to use systems diagrams to communicate complicated ideas to a broad audience, 1-4pm, age 1216, £15 25 June Get into Design Family Workshop. Join design studio OKIDO for an afternoon of learning-through-play by designing and making your own magazine. Age 7-11

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LUCY in the Robots exhibition at the Science Museum


Ferry Road, Teddington TW11 9NN www.landmarkartscentre.org 13 May Kids’ Art Club Fun workshops with a different project for each session including drawing, painting, relief making, printing and collage. Limited places, early booking essential. 10am-12pm, 5-11 years, £13

100 London Road SE23 3PQ www.horniman.ac.uk Every Saturday in May Art Makers Have fun with different art techniques to create something fabulous to take home inspired by the Horniman’s collections or seasonal celebrations. Different themes each week. 1.30pm & 2.45pm, £3, age 3+ 29 May – 2 June Family Art Fun Join free and fabulous Horniman craft activities inspired by our temporary exhibitions and Gardens. Sessions run every 45 minutes.

V&A MUSEUM Cromwell Road SW7 2RL www.vam.ac.uk/families Throughout May Family Activities Pick up a family trail from the Information Desk and explore the museum through puzzles, drawing and observation. There are also hundreds of exciting hands-on exhibits containing plenty to touch and try out, plus regular activities and workshops for ages 7-12 FREE

NATIONAL PORTRAIT GALLERY St Martin's Place WC2H 0HE www.npg.org.uk Every third Sunday Drop In Family Sundays Drop-in with children aged 3+ to take part in portrait-related events. FREE

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Hertford House, Manchester Square W1U 3BN www.wallacecollection.org Throughout May Take a family multi-media tour and bring the exhibits to life. FREE

Trafalgar Square WC2N 5DN www.nationalgallery.org.uk Every Sunday in May Family Sundays Art activities designed for families to enjoy and learn together, 11am and 2pm, age 5-11 FREE


Bankside, SE1 9TG www.tate.org.uk Throughout May Family Friendly Art Activities A range of free arty and crafty workshops, see website for details. FREE


specifically dedicated to children ages 3-14yrs with special needs and their families. 6-7.30pm, includes full access to the soft play areas including the toddler area, the disco room will have music turned down and soft lights, wheelchair users will have access to area with soft mats, balls and toys, plus quiet and chill out area. Book on http://shop.eddiecatz.com/ category/128/SEN_Eve_Play_Sessi on_Wimbledon


PUPPET THEATRE BARGE Little Venice, Blomfield Road W9 2PF www.puppetbarge.com 27 May Relaxed performance of The Hare and the Tortoise and other Tales from Aesop, 11am. 18 June Captioned performance of The Hare and the Tortoise and other Tales from Aesop, 3pm.

EDDIE CATZ WIMBLEDON First Floor, 68-70 Putney High Street SW15 1SF 0203 4755268 eddiecatz.com 31 May and 28 June SEN Soft Play Evening Sessions Eddie Catz runs regular SEN indoor soft play sessions



13 Lincoln's Inn Fields WC2A 3PB www.soane.org Third Saturday of every month Enjoy free drop-in activities for all ages. 1.30-4.40pm FREE

7 World's End Place SW10 0DR www.chelseatheatre.org.uk 15 May The Teddy Bear’s Picnic Let’s All Dance is back with this delightful treat for very young audiences. Combining classical ballet, physical theatre, gorgeous visuals and story telling, this fresh, innovative dance company pitches another production perfectly to engage and enthral all children, including those with special needs. 11am and 1pm, age 0-5


V&A MUSEUM OF CHILDHOOD Cambridge Heath Road E2 9PA www.museumofchildhood.org.uk Family Art Fun: Trails Explore the V&A with the new Undiscovered Museum Family Trail. Follow the images and discover the museum. Journey across the V&A with fantastic stories, games and multi-sensory materials. Plus Curious Ceramics Sensory back-pack for children with visual impairments. 28 May – 5 June Pop-up Performance. Experience a playful and interactive performance by Chickenshed, as two best friends come together to create their own music festival. On Thursday 1 June, performances includes British Sign Language Interpretation by Deaf Umbrella. 11am, 1pm and 3pm

PAINSHILL PARK Portsmouth Road, Cobham, Surrey KT11 1JE

Telling tales at The British Library

www.painshill.co.uk 30 May Jack and the Beans Talk Join the Garlic Puppet Theatre in the picturesque setting of the large Walled Garden at Painshill, for a charming rendition of a favourite fairy tale classic, Jack and the Beanstalk. Perfect for families with children aged 3-7 years, from £10, 11.30am and 2.30pm

MUSEUM OF LONDON EC2Y 5HN www.museumoflondon.org.uk Dates in May TBC Morning explorers (ASC friendly) Morning Explorers offers families with children who have an Autistic Spectrum Condition the opportunity to explore the museum while it is quiet. Discover fascinating objects and take part in relaxed family activities such as sensory rooms, self-directed trails and an arts and crafts session. Age under 13, 8.3010am, advanced booking required. FREE

IMPERIAL WAR MUSEUM Lambeth Road SE1 6HZ www.iwm.org.uk First Sunday of every month Audio-described Tours Experience the First World War Galleries through one of these live audiodescription tours for blind and partially sighted visitors, ages 14+. 9.30am, booking essential on 020 7091 3157 or visitorenquiries@iwm.org.uk FREE

GAMBADO CHELSEA 7 Station Court SW6 2PY www.gambado.com/centres/chelsea Dates in May TBC Chelsea Autism Session Come and join these fantastic Chelsea Autism friendly indoor soft play sessions at Gambado! Children £5, includes 1 adult, extra adults £2.50, see website for details.

DISNEY’S ALADDIN Prince Edward Theatre, 28 Old Compton Street W1D 4HS www.aladdinthemusical.co.uk/autism friendly 29 August Autism-Friendly Performance This performance is specially designed to make the West End production more accessible to autistic people. Disney Theatrical Productions will work closely with The National Autistic Society, the UK’s leading charity for autistic people and their families, to deliver the performance. Book your tickets now as they sell out fast.

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