Autumn term kids classes

We’ve put together this handy reference guide to local kids classes and activities that take place from September until the Christmas holidays – baby classes, toddler classes, and classes for older children. And when we say local, we mean local, with all the classes featured here available in Barnes, Mortlake and East Sheen (plus a couple others of note!).

There’s a lot here, so the listings are split into four sections to help you find what you’re looking for: 1) Creative Craft & Forest School; 2) Drama, Dance & Singing; 3) Music & Developmental; and 4) Sport & Movement. 

As always, if there’s anything you’d like to see added, just let us know. NB We have included pricing information here, but please check direct with the classes as most offer a free trial and lots offer sibling discounts, but some also charge a membership fee. Most classes that charge by the term will also allow you to join mid-term – if there is space – for a reduced rate.

 

1) Creative, Craft & Forest School

 

Orleans House Gallery Art Clubs

Art Clubs, Orleans House Gallery

  • Twickenham
  • For children from 5 to 17 years old.
  • Exciting weekly workshops offer budding young artists the opportunity to explore a broad range of artistic media and practice with experienced gallery artists; also includes the Octagon Club for children with additional needs. Classes take place on Mondays, Wednesdays & Thursdays from w/c 18th September. Classes cost £126.00 for the term (£10.50 per class), with the Octagon Club costing £5.00 per week.

Crafty Tales

  • Ham, Hampton, Hampton Hill, Teddington, Whitton
  • For babies and children from birth to 4 years old.
  • Story telling, craft, music and drama, helping to develop the imagination and creativity of young children by ‘bringing stories to life’. Classes take place on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays & Fridays, on a drop-in basis from w/c 11th September. Prices vary according to the venue (most are free!) – see their website for details.

Friends Of Barnes Common

  • Barnes
  • For children from 3 to 13 years old.
  • Art & science after-school club for children aged 7-13yrs, FoBC aims to fire passion, inspire questions and raise awareness of our local spaces – and have great fun along the way. Plus Yaffles nature activities for family groups (children 3-8yrs), which involves an exploratory nature walk with plenty of hands-on fun activities along the way, returning for tea, biscuits and chat. After-school club takes place on Wednesdays from w/c 18th September; Yaffles takes place on the first Sunday of every month from October. All activities are free but must be booked.

Mini Professors – see Twick Mums review

  • Barnes, Teddington
  • For children from 2 to 4 years old.
  • An exciting programme which opens up a whole new world of scientific adventure to pre-school children. Sessions are packed full of experiments, singing, and stories, making science fun and enjoyable. Classes take place on Wednesdays & Thursdays from w/c 4th September. Classes cost £63.00 for the half-term (£9.00 per class).

See Saw, Orleans House Gallery

  • Twickenham
  • For children under 5 years old.
  • Multi-sensory sessions designed to encourage creativity, curiosity and develop skills in communication, co-ordination and social interaction. Sessions include music, play materials, soft play, creative activities, stories and rhyme time in a relaxed informal environment. Classes take place on Fridays throughout the year (check website for details). Classes cost £6.00 per session, or £3.00 for siblings.

Wild Education – see Barnes Mums review

  • Barnes, Kew, Twickenham
  • For pre-school children (after-school clubs also available through certain schools).
  • Forest school activities encouraging child-led learning and allowing children time to play, reconnect with their environment, learn to take risks and have their own adventures. Classes take place on Tuesdays, Thursdays & Fridays from w/c 11th September. Classes cost £156.00 for the term (£12.00 per class).

 

2) Dance, Drama & Singing

 

Butterfly Ballet

  • Barnes
  • For children from 20 months upwards.
  • Children are introduced to ballet training in an imaginative and creative way. Classes develop the key ballet skills and also include the opportunity to dance ‘The Butterfly Adventures’ – a series of magical rhyming picture books. For children over the age of 5, the Royal Academy of Dance syllabus is taught and children can prepare for and enter examinations from Pre-Primary level up to Advanced. There are performance opportunities at Barnes Fair and a bi-annual show. Classes take place in Barnes on Tuesdays to Saturdays from w/c 11th September.

Clifford Studios

  • Barnes
  • For children from 2.5 to 15+ years old.
  • Developing strength and flexibility, and making dance captivating and interesting through shows, exams and the unique approach and attitude of their teachers. Pupils learn not only pirouettes and high kicks but also the value of commitment, hard work and discipline. Classes take place Mondays to Saturdays from 9th September. Classes cost £96.00-£180.00 for the term (£8.00-£15.00 per class) depending on the type / length of the class.

Little Voices

  • Putney, Richmond
  • For children from 4 to 12 years old.
  • Performance arts training, teaching singing and drama to the highest standard whilst building confidence and promoting children’s personal and social development. Classes give your child specific individual tuition within a small class size. Classes take place Mondays to Wednesdays from w/c 4th September. Classes  cost £189.00-£245.00 for the term, depending on age / length of class (£13.50-£17.50 per class). You can also get up to £60.00 off with Barnes Mums! (Mention Barnes Mums for £40.00 off; Barnes Mums members get £60.00 off.)

Lizzie’s Hip Hop

  • Barnes
  • For children from 6 to 18 years old.
  • Hip Hop & Street dance designed for kids & taught by the UK’s top pro TV dancers. Build confidence, work hard and have fun! Your child will learn authentic hip hop moves and foundations, which are incorporated into cool dance routines, all to kid-friendly pop and hip hop songs. Classes take place on Wednesdays from w/c 4th September. Classes cost £112.00 for the term (£8.00 per class).

Marble Hill Dance Studio

  • St Margarets, Teddington, Twickenham
  • For children from 2.5 to 18 years old.
  • A community dance school with emphasis on the three fundamentals of theatre dance – ballet, tap and modern. Classes improve posture and poise and boost confidence and self esteem, helping to create new friendships and build social skills as well as giving all round training in dance. Classes take place on Mondays to Saturdays from w/c 11th September. Class costs vary; for example Primary Ballet & Tap classes cost £117.00 for the term (£9.00 per class). Some classes are by invitation only.

Perform

  • Barnes, East Sheen, Kew, Mortlake, Richmond, Teddington, Twickenham
  • For children from 4 to 12 years old.
  • A unique mix of drama, dance and singing specially formulated to guide, inspire and encourage every child’s true potential… focusing on individual development rather than the ability to learn words and moves. Classes take place on Tuesdays to Saturdays from 2nd September. Classes are bought in blocks of ten, with weekday classes costing £171.10 (£17.11 per class), and the slightly longer weekend classes costing £241.80 (£24.18 per class).

Stagecoach

  • Kew, Richmond, Teddington, Twickenham
  • For children from 4 to 18 years old.
  • Teaching children and teenagers creative courage… how to sing, dance and act, not only to perform on stage and beyond, but more importantly to perform better in life. Classes take place on Fridays & Saturdays from w/c 4th September. Classes cost £165.00-£330.00 for the term, depending on the length of the class (£13.75-£27.50 per class).

Step On Stage Academy

  • Hampton Hill, Richmond, St Margarets, Twickenham
  • For children from 3 to 21 years old.
  • An independent, award-winning, performing arts school and youth theatre, who offers a huge range of acting, music, dance and musical theatre classes, as well as performance opportunities. Classes take place on Mondays to Saturdays from w/c 17th April. Their classes range from 30 minutes to 3 hours, and they have an award-winning auditioned youth theatre who perform several times a year.

Tessa’s Jazz Hands

  • East Sheen
  • For children from 4 to 11 years old.
  • Competition-winning musical theatre after-school club – perfect if your child loves to sing, dance and act. Classes take place on Wednesdays from w/c 11th September. Classes cost £30.00-£48.00 for the half-term depending on age / length of class (£5.00-£8.00 per class).

 

3) Music & Developmental

 

Baby Sensory Isleworth

Baby Sensorysee Twick Mums review

  • Barnes, Isleworth, Richmond, Teddington, Whitton
  • For babies from birth to 13 months old.
  • Baby development activities to develop early communication skills, using a combination of original and traditional songs and rhymes to stimulate the senses and delight your baby. Classes take place on Tuesdays  & Wednesdays (Isleworth/Whitton) from w/c 11th September, and on Mondays, Tuesdays & Thursdays (Barnes/Richmond/Teddington) from w/c 4th September. Classes cost £59.50-£80.00 for the term, depending on the length of the term (£8.00-£8.50 per class).

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Diddi Dance

  • Hampton, Isleworth, St Margarets, Teddington, Twickenham
  • For toddlers and children from 18 months to 4.5 years old.
  • Little ones can get down and boogie at these classes that are packed with fun, energy and enthusiasm, and with a different theme each half-term – the first half of the autumn term is bollywood! Classes take place on Mondays to Fridays from w/c 11th September. Classes cost £48.00 for the half-term (£8.00 per class).

Gymboree

  • Putney, St Margarets
  • For babies and children from birth to 5 years old.
  • A fantastic range of fun classes that encourage development and learning through play, art and music. Classes take place on Mondays to Saturdays throughout the year. Classes cost £58.50-£68.00 per month depending on the class (£14.50-£17.00 per class), and this also gives you access to open gym sessions.

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Hartbeeps

  • Hampton, St Margarets, Richmond, Teddington, Twickenham
  • For children from 6 weeks to 4 years old.
  • Educational, interactive and fun classes that grown-ups can enjoy together with their little ones. Classes have been designed by child development experts and combine music, dramatic play, story telling, creative movement and baby signing. Classes take place on Mondays to Fridays from w/c 11th September. Classes cost £48.00 for a half-term (£8.00 per class), or £11.00 per class on a drop-in basis.

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Monkey Music

  • Barnes, Kew, Teddington, Twickenham
  • For babies and children from 3 months to 4 years old.
  • A fun, stimulating and inspirational way to enjoy the wonders of music with your child – classes designed to nurture a lifetime of music. Using a unique blend of songs, little ones use actions, explore musical sound play and engage with colourful props and percussion instruments. Classes take place on Mondays to Fridays from w/c 11th September. Classes cost £110.50-£143.00 for the term, depending on location (£8.50-£11.00 per class).

Pandemonium

  • Brentford
  • For children from 0 to 4 years old.
  • Sing songs and play simple percussion instruments with your children in a fun and lively workshop, which is a brilliant way to introduce music to your children, teaching the basics including rhythm, rhyme and simple games. Classes take place on Wednesdays from w/c 11th September. Classes cost £5.00 per session on a drop-in basis.

Penny Poppins

  • Barnes, Mortlake
  • For babies and children from newborn to 3 years old.
  • Musical playtime classes that encourage children to have lots of fun whilst learning through music and singing. Classes take place on Tuesdays & Wednesdays from w/c 11th September. Classes cost £5.00 per session on a drop-in basis.

Rhyme Time

  • Barnes, East Sheen
  • For all pre-school children.
  • Lively pre-school music and movement classes that help children develop their abilities, skills and confidence by unlocking their natural love of music. Sessions are interactive and fun for you and your child.  Classes take place on Mondays & Fridays from w/c 4th September. Classes cost £7.00 per class on a drop-in basis.

Sing & Sign

  • Barnes
  • For babies and toddlers from 6 months to 2 years.
  • Developed with the help of speech and language professionals, these classes teach parents how to sign with their babies and encourage amazing early communication. They combine the benefits of both music and baby signing, creating a relaxing, enjoyable and un-pressured way for you and your baby to learn. Classes take place on Fridays from w/c 4th September. Classes cost £132.00 for the term (£12.00 per class).

Singing Hands

  • St Margarets, Teddington, Twickenham
  • For babies and children from 6 months to 4 years old.
  • The amazing world of signs through songs, rhymes, stories and games. Classes take place on Mondays, Tuesdays & Thursdays from w/c 18th September. Classes cost £85.00 per family for the term (£8.50 per class).

Tiny Tunes

  • Richmond, St Margarets, Teddington, Twickenham, Whitton
  • For children from 3 months to 5 years old.
  • Pay-as-you-go music and dance classes, promoting critical listening skills, language and literacy, creativity and coordination in the future. Classes take place on Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays & Fridays from w/c 4th September, with some running throughout the holidays. Classes cost £5.00 per class on a drop-in basis.

 

4) Sport & Movement

 

Best Tennis

  • Barnes, Hampton, Teddington
  • For children aged 3 to 16 years old.
  • Best Tennis makes tennis accessible for all the family, which is an excellent way to get fit, make new friends and this fantastic sport inside or out. Classes take place on Mondays to Sundays from w/c 4th September. Classes cost £66.00-£91.00 for the half-term/term, depending on location (£6.00-£11.00 per class). Some locations cost less with a Richmond Leisure Card.

Kiddikicks – see Barnes Mums review

  • East Sheen, Twickenham
  • For toddlers and children from 18 months to 7 years old.
  • Unique, fun learning techniques to develop real football and other sports skills in a safe and creative environment. Classes take place on Thursdays & Sundays from w/c 11th September. Classes cost £124.80 for the term (£9.60 per class).

KidsCoach

  • Richmond, Teddington, Twickenham
  • For children from 3 to 11 years old.
  • Fun sports coaching sessions to develop your child’s sporting skills in a safe, fun environment. Classes take place on Mondays to Fridays from w/c 4th September. Classes cost £108.00-£117.00 depending on age and length of the term (£8.30-£9.00 per class).

The Little Gym – see Barnes Mums review

  • Chiswick, Hampton Hill
  • For babies and children from 4 months to 12 years old.
  • Seriously fun gymnastics classes for little ones, in a safe, nurturing and non-competitive environment. These exceptional classes take place every day of the week in Chiswick (which has recently undergone expansion, and has lots of new classes available) and Hampton Hill, with two semesters per year starting in September and February. Classes cost £483.00 for the first semester in Chiswick (c£24.00 per class) or TBC in Hampton Hill, with discounts and instalment plans also available.

Little Kickers

  • Ham, Hampton, Kew, Mortlake, Petersham, Richmond, Teddington, Twickenham
  • For toddlers and children from 18 months to 7 years old.
  • Football classes which act as a fun forum to instil children with a little extra confidence, co-ordination, control and sense of camaraderie. Classes take place every day of the week from w/c 4th September. Classes are bought in blocks of six for £52.00 (£8.67 per class) or 12 for £98.00 (£8.17 per class).

Playball

  • Barnes, Hampton, Richmond, St Margarets, Teddington
  • For children from 2 to 4 years old.
  • Action-packed classes that immerse kids in fun, age-appropriate, high quality games and activities, such as ball skills, running, jumping, dodging, balancing and lots more. Classes take place on Mondays to Fridays from w/c 4th September. Classes cost £123.50-£126.00 for the term depending on location and length of the term (£9.50-10.50 per class).

Puddle Ducks

  • Ham, Hounslow
  • For babies and children from birth to 4 years old.
  • Puddle Ducks’ baby-led approach ensures your child’s needs are expertly fulfilled – never forcing development, but nurturing confidence and unlocking their potential to swim. Classes take place on Mondays, Thursdays, Saturdays & Sundays from 23rd April. Classes cost £128.00-£148.00 for a block of eight classes, depending on location (£16.00-£18.50 per class) and you can join at any point.

Richmond Gymnastics Association

  • Kew
  • For babies and children from 8 weeks to 4 years old.
  • Popular classes where pre-school gymnasts learn early balance, co-ordination and gymnastics skills through a variety of fun activities each week. Classes take place on Mondays to Fridays from w/c 11th September. Classes cost £25.00-£125.00 for the term (£1.92-£9.61 per class). NB Classes for school-aged children are also available but a waiting list exists for these.

Rugby Tots

  • Barnes, Hampton, Twickenham
  • For children from 2 to 7 years old.
  • A specifically-designed play programme using the multiple skills of rugby to create a fun and enjoyable environment whilst developing basic core motor skills. Classes take place on Saturdays & Sundays from 2nd September. Classes cost £76.00/£123.00 for the half-term/term, depending on venue (£9.50 per class).

Spin Into Tennis

  • East Sheen
  • For children from 3 to 10 years old.
  • A professional, community based coaching service, whose aim is to teach and support children whilst they develop their tennis skills, whether they play for fun, fitness or want to compete at a higher level. Classes take place on every day of the week from w/c 11th September. Classes cost £150.00-£170.00 for the term, depending on age (£7.39-£11.54 per class).

Swimway

  • East Sheen, Kew
  • For children from 6 months to 9 years old.
  • Parent & baby and children’s swimming lessons, which combine the best aspects of various different approaches to swimming instruction. Swimway specialises in private or semi-private lessons, which allows the instructor to create a specific lesson plan for each student. Classes take place on Mondays to Fridays from w/c 4th September. Classes cost £268.80-£630.00 for the term, depending on the number of pupils in the class (£19.20-£45.00 per class).

Tots In Action (Rugby)

  • Putney
  • For children from 2 to 7 years old.
  • A fun programme helping children leap ahead in life by teaching them important skills at an early age, such as motor coordination, social skills and physical literacy. Classes take place in Putney on Saturdays from 9th September. Classes cost £182.00 for the term (£13.00 per class).

Tumble Tots

  • East Sheen, Kew, Richmond, Teddington
  • For babies and children from crawling to 5 years old.
  • Designed to develop children’s physical skills of agility, balance, co-ordination and climbing, as well as positive personality traits including confidence and self-esteem. Classes take place on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays & Saturdays from w/c 11th September. Classes cost £130.00 for the term (£10.00 per class).

Waterlife

  • Petersham, Richmond
  • For babies and children from 3 months to 4 years old.
  • Enthusiastic and experienced ‘in-water’ swimming instructors ensure each child reaches their full potential, expands their natural swimming ability, and gains water confidence and life-saving skills in a fun and relaxed environment. Classes take place on Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays & Saturdays from w/c 4th September. Classes cost £160.00 for the term (£13.33 per class).

We Make Footballers

  • Richmond, Twickenham
  • For children from 4 to 12 years old.
  • Accessible and affordable football training through programmes expertly designed by a network of FA qualified coaches. We Make Footballers focuses on individual skill and technique, teamwork, and most importantly fun! Classes take place on Mondays, Wednesdays & Saturdays from September. Classes cost £70.00-£87.50 for a block of 10, depending on venue (£7.00-£8.75 per class).

 

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