February Half Term

Almost half-term already… how did that happen?! If you’re looking for ways to entertain the kids, we’ve pulled together a listing of holiday camps and activities that are going on in the area. The listing is divided into half-term activities that you generally do together as a family, and drop-off camps and workshops which range from a couple of hours to a full day. We’re still in the process of adding things as and when we hear about them, so if you know of any more please do get in touch and let us know. You can also find the family activities in our Event Calendar, as well as links to cinema and theatre listings.

 

FAMILY ACTIVITIES

 

Battersea Park Children’s Zoo

10th to 18th February, 10.00am-4.30pm: ‘Who’s Fast Asleep?’ Quiz Trail at Battersea Park Children’s Zoo (Chelsea Bridge Gate). Can you work out which animals are sleeping to avoid the cold? Purchase a quiz sheet and use the clues to find hibernating animals, both real and represented, located around the zoo! After your clever detective work collect your prize from the shop. Usual entrance fees apply plus £1.00 per quiz sheet (includes prize).

Fulham Palace

14th February, 11.00am-3.00pm: Family Activity Day: Building The Palace at Fulham Palace. Get hands-on over half-term with a day of construction and creativity. To celebrate the start of the next phase of Fulham Palace’s restoration project, they’re opening the doors to experts and entertainers who’ll bring the patchwork palace to life with scissors and glue, stories and trails. £2.00 per child; suitable for 3+yrs.

Ham House

10th to 18th February, 10.00am-5.00pm: Ham Un-Locked at Ham House. Unlock the secrets of the seventeenth century residents at Ham House with fun for families and grown-ups alike. Children can take part in our ‘Ham unlocked’ children’s trail and grown-ups can visit our mini exhibition in the house. Normal admission charges apply.

Hampton Court Palace

10th to 18th February, 11.00am-4.00pm: The Great Palace Quest at Hampton Court Palace in East Molesey. A fun activity trail map that takes families on a time-travelling voyage of discovery searching for the Palace Quest code letters. Your mission is find out about the court of Queen Katherine Parr and Henry VIII’s children, Prince Edward and Lady Elizabeth. The palace will be filled with beautiful singing, music, dancing and much more. Work out what the code word is to win your prize! Included in normal admission.

Hounslow Urban Farm

10th to 18th February, 10.00am-5.00pm: Half term fun at the The Hounslow Urban Farm, Faggs Road in Feltham. There’s always lots going on at the farm throughout the year, and half term is a great chance to visit! Children can enjoy animal encounters, feeding the animals, owl display, pig meet & greets, and indoor  bouncy castle and outdoor play area. Normal entry fees apply.

Kew Gardens

10th to 18th February, 10.30am-3.30pm: February Half-Term at Kew Gardens. Enjoy hands-on activities for all the family as part of Kew’s Orchids Festival. Roll up your sleeves and enjoy producing plant dyes and testing them on silk. Perfect for all dressing-up fans, the chance to try on some new clothes, whilst learning about Thai traditional dress. Discover more about the plants behind the exotic tastes of Thai cuisine, and find out where you can see rice, bananas and members of the ginger family growing at Kew. Normal admission charges apply.

London Museum Of Water And Steam

10th to 18th February, 10.00am-4.00pm: Spectacular Science Week at the London Museum Of Water & Steam, Green Dragon Lane in Brentford. All week, there will be a brand new electricity-themed children’s trail and plenty of science-based crafts to get involved in. The Waterworks Railway will be running from the 11th, and from the 12th-16th will also be running ‘Coal, Steam & Speed’ sessions at 12.30pm & 2.00pm, where children will learn all about how coal makes steam and a very clever man called George Stephenson, who understood that using steam to power railway engines would change the way we lived forever. Over both weekends (10th/11th & 17th/18th), the Museum is also welcoming back Mad Science, who this time will be exploring electricity, in anticipation of the opening of the Museum’s new Electric House Gallery at Easter. Mad Science shows will run at 2.00pm on these dates, with electricity-based experiments that will make your hair stand on end! Normal entry fees apply. Plus KIDS GO FREE and adults only £10.00 with Barnes Mums! (See our membership page for details.)

London Wetland Centre

10th to 18th February, 9.30am-4.30pm: Puddle Jumping Championships at the London Wetland Centre, Queen Elizabeth’s Walk in Barnes. Children of all ages can grab their wellies and have fun jumping in puddles in the fresh air. Take your wellies and wet weather gear and have a splashing time! Use your imagination to create the biggest, most exciting splash. Throw some shapes in the air for extra style! Normal admission charges apply.

Museum Of Richmond

13th to 16th February, 10.00am-12.00pm: Victorian Decoupage Workshops at the Museum Of Richmond, Whittaker Avenue in Richmond. Discover more about the delightful craft of decoupage and create your own example to take home. For ages 5-11yrs. £5.50 per child (adults free). Booking essential and can be done online.

Osterley Park

10th to 18th February, 10.00am-4.00pm: 50 Things To Do Before You’re 11¾ at Osterley Park & House, Jersey Road in Isleworth. There’s always something exciting to do in nature whatever the weather’s doing, so Osterley is launching its re-designed ’50 things to do before you’re 11¾’ trail. Build a den, hunt for bugs or go on a long bike ride, it’s up to you what adventure you choose. Time to get those wellies and waterproofs on… Normal admission charges apply.

Watermans

12th to 17th February, various times. Half term entertainment at Watermans, High Street in Brentford. As well as their children’s theatre show ‘Bear & Butterfly’ and family cinema shows ‘Paddington 2’ and ‘Ferdinand’, there will be family workshops including making a Giant Butterfly, screen printing on t-shirts and a Woodland Discovery musical adventure. For more information and for costs, see their website.

 

DROP OFF CAMPS

 

Annabel Croft Tennis Academy

For children aged 4 to 14 years.

These camps take place at the National Tennis Centre, Priory Lane in Roehampton. Children will enjoy a fantastic mix of technical learning, footwork drills and match play exercises, as well as lots of opportunities to play some of ACTA’s favourite tennis games.

The camps take place weekdays between 12th – 16th February, from 10.00am-1.00pm. The cost is £40.00-£50.00 per day depending on age, with a discount available for booking the whole week. For more information or to book, please call 020 3170 8393 or fill in their online form.

Excel Sports

For children aged 4 to 12 years.

These camps take place at Kings House Sports Ground, Riverside Drive in Chiswick (just the other side of Chiswick Bridge). They offer wonderful, safe, action-packed multi-sports camps, with superb tuition delivered by professional sports coaches who are also great fun! Sports include tennis, football, rugby, cricket, rounders, athletics and more. New for 2018, children can opt for netball-only or football-only camps if they prefer.

The camps take place between 12th – 16th February, from 9.00am-3.00pm with half day options available from 9.00-11.30am or 12.30-3.00pm. The daily cost is £35.00 with a discount available for booking the whole week; half-days cost £18.00. You can book online or download a booking form, and they are happy for people to show up on the day as long as there is space.

Fit For Sport

For children aged 4 to 12 years.

These camps takes place at Orleans Primary School, Hartington Road in Twickenham, Barnes Primary School, Cross Street in Barnes, Sheen Mount Primary School in West Temple Sheen, and Meadlands Primary School, Broughton Avenue in Ham. They are a great way for children to keep active, have fun, make new friends, try something new and take part in a whole range of activities and sports.

The camps take place between 12th – 16th February, from 9.30am-4.30pm with the option to extend from 8.30am-5.30pm (Twickenham / East Sheen / Ham) or 8.00am-6.00pm (Barnes), and with a half day option for younger children from 9.30am-1.00pm. The basic daily cost is £22.00-£32.00 (£16.50-£24.00 for a half-day), depending on location. You can book via their website.

KOOSA Kids

For children aged 4 to 13 years.

These camps take place at Orleans Park School, Richmond Road in Twickenham; Teddington Sports Centre, Broom Road in Teddington; Whitton Sports Centre, Percy Road in Whitton; and Shene Sports Centre, Park Avenue in East Sheen. This half-term the children will be off on an adventure into outer space… get ready for aliens, space ships, planets, asteroids and all your other space favourites!

The camps take place between 12th – 16th February, from 10.00am-4.00pm, with the option to extend from 8.15am-6.00pm. The basic daily cost is £20.00, with a discount available for booking the whole week. If you have three children, the 3rd child goes absolutely free! You can book via their website or by calling 0845 094 2322.

The Little Gym Chiswick

For children aged 3 to 12 years.

These camps take place at The Little Gym, Hartington Road in Chiswick (just off the A316). They include super quest camps for 3-8yrs, full of exciting creative missions that will exercise muscle, imaginations and cooperation skills; fun skill thrill camps for 5-12yrs that will take your child’s gymnastic skills to the next level; as well as dance camps (3-12yrs) and karate camps (4-12yrs).

The camps take place between 12th – 15th February, from 9.30am-12.30pm or 1.30-4.30pm, with the option to extend to include lunch, or to stay for the whole day. The basic 3hr cost is £48.00 for non-members, or £42.00 for members. To book, call 020 8994 3729.

Mad Science

For children aged 4 to 11 years.

These camps take place at Chiswick Community School, Burlington Lane in Chiswick (just off the A316). Children will explore a different topic each day, with unique hands-on activities and amazing demos by skilled trained instructors – the perfect way to awaken children’s interest in the wonder and magic of science, sparking their imaginations and having fun at the same time.

The camps take place between 12th – 16th February, from 10.00am-3.00pm. The cost is £36.00 per day, with discounts available for groups or for booking the whole week. You can book online or by calling 020 3031 6900.

Mampara Dance

For children aged 5 to 15 years.

These camps take place at St Osmond’s Hall, 79 Castelnau in Barnes. Camps combine dance and cheerleading with roles and activities to suit every level of fitness and physique, from stunts to tumbling to dance. They’re a fantastic way to develop self confidence, discipline, creative thinking, team work, positivity, musicality, coordination, strength and so much more.

The camps take place on the 13th & 14th February, from 9.30am-3.30pm. The cost is £42.00 per day or £76.00 for both days. You can book online, or by emailing natalie@mamparadance.com or calling 07866 833040.

Mother Nature Science

For children aged 5 to 12 years old.

These camps take place at Kings House School, King’s Road in Richmond. Children will enjoy a science activity camp with a great mix of exciting demonstrations, hands-on experiments, team games and fun quizzes. Over the week there will be 30+ science activities and demonstrations.

The camps take place between 12th – 16th February, from 9.00am-3.30pm, with the option to extend from 8.30am-4.00pm. The basic daily cost is £60.00, or £245.00 for all five days (limited availability for daily places). You can book online or by calling 020 8863 8832.

MV Academy

For children aged 5 to 16 years.

These workshops take place at Christ Church Hall, Christchurch Road in East Sheen. Older children (11-16yrs) will learn a dance routine, scene and song based on the musical ‘Dreamgirls’ – an upbeat jazzy style of dance. Younger children (5-8yrs) will learn fun dance routines, exercises and theatre games based on the movie ‘Trolls’.

The workshops take place on the 15th February, from 9.00am-12.00pm for younger children and from 12.00-4.00pm for older children. The workshops cost £25.00-£30.00 depending on age / length of workshop. You can book online.

NS Sports

For children aged 4 to 11 years.

These camps take place at East Sheen Primary School, Upper Richmond Road West in East Sheen. Children can choose form a multi-activity camp including two sports sessions, an outdoor events session, arts and crafts, indoor and a free choice play session; or a football-only camp.

The camps take place between 12th – 16th February, from 9.45am-4.15pm, with the option to extend from 8.00am-6.00pm. The basic daily cost is £23.00, with a discount available for booking the whole week. You can book online.

Playball

For children aged 3 to 9 years.

These camps take place at the Olympus Gym & Squash Club, Kew Foot Road in Richmond, and at Stanley Primary School, Strathmore Road in Teddington. They are filled with fantastic age-specific sports games, skills and drills, including wildly creative warm ups, sport skill sessions, team building activities and games.

The camps take place between 12th – 14th February, from 10.00am-1.00pm. The daily cost is £25.00, with siblings discounts available. You can book via their website.

Rocks Lane Barnes

For children aged 3 to 16 years.

These camps take place at Rocks Lane Multi-Sport Centre in Barnes. Rocks Lane prides itself on its excellent coaching, all weather facilities, and a diverse range of sporting opportunities; and there are a range of tennis, football and multi-sports camps on offer for all ages and abilities.

The camps take place between 12th – 16th February, at various times ranging from 2-5 hours long. Rocks Lane operates a ‘holiday credits’ scheme whereby you purchase credits up front then call to book onto a specific course. Credits range from £7.00 each (when buying 40) to £11.50 each (when buying 1), and camps range from 2 to 4 credits. For more information see their website, or to book call 020 8876 8330.

Rosslyn Park Rugby Club

For children aged 7 to 16 years.

These camps take place at Rosslyn Park Rugby Club, Priory lane in Roehampton. are aimed at players of all abilities, with sessions tailored to age groups. Sessions cover both technical skills, team work and fitness. There is also an elite camp for players currently playing in their school or club A team.

The camps take place between 12th – 16th February, from 9.30am-4.00pm. The daily cost is £35.00 per day, with a discount available for booking the whole week. The elite camp costs £200.00 for all five days. You can download a booking form from their website.

Sheen Parks Tennis

For children aged 3 to 14 years.

These camps take place at Palewell Common and Sheen Common in East Sheen; Westerly Ware by Kew Green; and Cambridge Gardens, Clevedon Road in East Twickenham. These fun packed holiday camps are for children of all abilities to help develop essential tennis skills.

The camps take place between 12th – 16th February, from 9.00-9.30am for tots (3/4yrs) and from 9.30am-12.30pm for juniors (5-14yrs). Tots camps cost £8.25 per day, and junior camps cost £27.00 per day, with a discount available for booking the whole week. You can book online.

Spin Into Tennis

For children from 4 to 18 years.

These camps take place at Sheen Tennis Club, Fife Road in East Sheen. Children will be able to develop their tennis skills, whether they play for fun, fitness or want to compete at a higher level.

The camps take place between 12th – 16th February, from 9.00am-12.00pm or from 9.00am-2.00pm. The daily cost for non-members is £30.00 per half-day or £45.00 per day, with a discount available for booking a whole week. You can book online.

Thames Young Mariners Adventure Zone

For children from 6 to 13 years.

These camps take place at Thames Young Mariners, Riverside Drive in Ham. There are Young Explorers camps for 6/7yrs focussing on different team challenges through the week, and Multi-Activity Adventures for 8-13yrs, with activities such as archery, climbing, team tasks and woodland skills.

The camps take place between 12th – 16th February, from 9.30am-4.30pm. The daily cost is £42.50. You can book online.

Wild Learning

For children aged 5 to 11 years.

These camps takes place on Sheen Common in East Sheen. Find your way through the woods to the base camp, maybe stopping on the way to play hide and seek in the oak clearing, or Ninja Frisbee on the meadow before den building, rope swinging or crafts at main camp.

The camps take place between 15th & 16th February, from 10.00am-4.00pm. The daily cost is £45.00. You can book online.

 

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