Spring Term Kids Classes

We’ve put together this handy reference guide to local kids classes and activities that take place from January until the Easter 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 and surrounding areas (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. We have endeavoured to make sure that all the information here is correct and up to date, but please also let us know if you discover any inaccuracies.

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

Friends Of Barnes Common

Barnes

For children from 3 to 8 years old.

Nature activities for children and their grown-ups, which involve an exploratory nature walk with plenty of hands-on fun activities along the way, returning for tea, biscuits and chat. Sessions take place on the first Sunday of every month from February. Activities are free but must be booked.

Mini Professors – see Barnes Mums review

East Sheen, 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 8th January. Classes cost £90.00 for the term (£9.00 per class).

Wild Educationsee Barnes Mums review

Barnes, Kew

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 Thursdays & Fridays from w/c 8th January. Classes cost £120.00-132.00 for the term, depending on the length of the term (£12.00 per class).

 

2) Dance, Drama & Singing

Butterfly Ballet

Barnes

For children from 2.5 years 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 on Tuesdays to Saturdays from 5th January.

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 (excluding Tuesdays) from 6th January. Classes cost £88.00-£165.00 for the term, depending on the type / length of the class (£8.00-£15.00 per class).

Little Voicessee Barnes Mums review

Putney, Richmond, Teddington

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 Thursdays from w/c 8th January. Classes  cost £148.50-£192.50 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 8th January. Classes cost £88.00 for the term (£8.00 per class).

MV Academy

East Sheen, Mortlake, Richmond

For children from 4 to 18 years old.

The MV Academy aims to provide pupils with a high level of training training in acting, singing and dancing. They pride themselves on being an exciting and inspiring school, with endless opportunities to perform. They also offer examinations for those who wish to take them. Classes take place on Mondays to Saturdays from 4th January. Classes cost £60.00-£253.00 for the term, depending on the type / length of the class (£6.00-£23.00 per class).

Pauline Quirke Academy

Richmond

For children from 4 to 18 years old.

A weekend performing arts academy, where students spend three hours rotating through hour-long sessions in comedy & drama, musical theatre and film & television. Modules are packed full of tips that Pauline has learnt from nearly 50 years in the business. Classes take place on Saturdays from 6th January. Classes cost £88.00 per month payable by direct debit (equates to £24.00 per class).

Southwest School Of Ballet

Barnes/East Sheen, Putney

For children from 2.5 to 18 years old.

Unique and inspiring ballet and tap classes designed to promote the joy that dance can bring. For little ones, classes that gently stimulate and encourage each child to explore and use their imagination, improve physical skills and develop musicality. For older ones, RAD exams are offered from Grades 1 to 8, as well as Advanced 1. Classes take place on Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays & Saturdays from 5th January. Classes cost from £110.00 for the term (from £10.00 per week).

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 8th January. Classes cost £165.00-£330.00 for the term, depending on the length of the class (£13.75-£27.50 per class).

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 8th January. Classes cost £25.00-£40.00 for the half-term depending on age / length of class (£5.00-£8.00 per class).

Theatre Kids

Barnes

For children from 4 to 7+ years old.

Fantastically fun weekly classes in drama, singing and dance. Classes encourage creativity, develop confidence and teach children wonderful performing arts skills whilst building friendships too. Classes take place on Wednesdays from w/c 8th January. Classes cost £96.00-£222.00 for the term depending on age / length of class (£9.60-£22.20 per class).

 

3) Music & Developmental

Baby Sensorysee Barnes 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) and they are currently mid way through a term, and on Mondays, Tuesdays & Thursdays (Barnes/Richmond/Teddington) from w/c 8th January. Classes cost £40.00/£93.50 for the half-term / term, depending on location (£8.00-£8.50 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 £48.00-£68.00 per month depending on the class / location (£12.00-£17.00 per class), and this also gives you access to open gym sessions.

Monkey Music – see Barnes Mums review

Barnes, East Sheen, Kew, Mortlake, St Margarets, 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 5th January. Classes cost £85.00-£132.00 for the term, depending on location / length of term (£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 10th January. 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 5th January. 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 8th January. Classes cost £120.00 for the term (£12.00 per class).

 

4) Sport & Movement

Best Tennis

Barnes

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 6th January. Classes cost £60.00-£70.00 for the half-term, depending on length of term (£12.00-£14.00 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 also offer dance and karate) 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 £440.00 in Hampton Hill (c£22.00 per class), 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 except Fridays from 6th January. Classes are bought in blocks of six for £54.00 (£9.00 per class) or 12 for £100.00 (£8.33 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 4th January. Classes cost £93.50-£118.25 for the term, depending on location and length of the term (£8.50-10.75 per class).

Richmond Gymnastics Association

Kew

For babies and children from 8 weeks to 5 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 5th January. Classes cost £25.00-£125.00 for the term (£2.27-£11.36 per class). NB Classes for school-aged children are also available but a waiting list exists for these.

Rugby Tots

Barnes, 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 6th January. Classes cost £57.00/£104.50 for the half-term/term, depending on venue (£9.50 per class).

Sheen Parks Tennis

East Sheen, Richmond, Roehampton, Twickenham

For children from 3 to 16 years old.

A specialised tennis coaching programme for children of all ages – starting with pre-school tots classes which concentrate on developing essential skills whilst having lots of fun, then moving on through mini-red, mini-orange and mini-green tennis which use a gradually bigger court and faster balls as children progress, ending with the usual yellow ball for ages 11 and upwards. Classes take place on Wednesdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. They’re mid-way through a term but start back from 3rd January (£6.00-£11.00 per class depending on age).

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 8th January. Classes cost £130.00-£185.00 for the term, depending on age (£11.81-£16.82 per class).

Sports Academy UK

Richmond

For children from 4 to 16 years old.

An exciting and action-packed multi-sports program of 18 different sports a year, comprising three hours per week for 6 to 16 year olds and 90 minutes for 4 & 5 year olds. Every weekend your child will participate in a team sport, an individual sport and a team building challenge. Classes take place on Sundays from 7th January. Classes cost £172.50 or £345.00 for the term (£14.38 or £28.75 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 2nd January. Classes cost £230.40-£540.00 for the term, depending on the length of term and 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 13th January. Classes cost £143.00 for the term (£13.00 per class).

Tumble Tots

East Sheen, Kew, Richmond, Teddington

For babies and children from 6 months 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 12th January. Classes cost £110.00 for the term (£12.22 per class).

 

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