Summer Term Classes

We’ve put together this handy reference guide to local kids classes and activities that take place from April until the summer 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!). Having said that, some are also available in the surrounding areas, so it’s worth checking their websites if you’re interested in other venues.

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

Friends Of Barnes Common

For children from 3 to13 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 in Barnes on Wednesdays from w/c 24th April; Yaffles takes place in Barnes on the first Sunday of every month (except August). All activities are free but must be booked.

Mini Professors – see Barnes Mums review

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 in Barnes on Wednesdays (and in Teddington) from w/c 1st May. Classes cost £99.00 for the term (£9.00 per class).

Wild Education – see Barnes Mums review

For pre-school children.

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 in Barnes and East Sheen on Wednesdays and Thursdays (and in other locations) from w/c 24th April. Classes cost £132.00 for the term (£12.00 per class). After school clubs also available through certain schools – see website for details.

 

2) Dance, Drama & Singing

Clifford Studios

For children from 2 to 18 years old.

Dance classes that are captivating and interesting; through shows, exams and the unique approach and attitude of the teachers. Pupils learn not only pirouettes and high kicks but also the value of commitment, hard work and discipline. Classes take place in Barnes on Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays & Saturdays from w/c 17th April. Classes cost £72.00-£138.00 for the term (£6.00-£11.50 per class) depending on the type / length of the class.

Lizzie’s Hip Hop

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 in Barnes on Wednesdays from w/c 24th April. Classes cost £80.00 for the term (£8.00 per class).

Mampara Dance

For children from 6 to 16 years old.

Dance and cheerleading classes with a fantastic team of fun and funky teachers. Everything children could ask for, for a fun, fit dance-filled future of jazz, funk, hip-hop, cheerleading, rock ’n’ roll, Latin, ballroom, choreography and more. Classes take place in Barnes on Tuesdays & Thursdays from w/c 17th April. Classes cost £78.00-£135.00 for the term, depending on age / length of class (£7.80-£12.27 per class).

Perform

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 in Barnes, Mortlake and East Sheen on Thursdays, Fridays & Saturdays (and in other locations) from w/c 17th April. 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).

Society Dance

For children from 6 to 12 years old.

Society Dance is a collection of enthusiastic individuals who are passionate about all forms of Street & Hip Hop. Each class focuses on developing technique, musicality, and co-ordination by helping build young people’s creativity and confidence but most importantly making sure they have fun. All levels are welcome. Classes take place in Mortlake on Saturdays from 29th April. Classes cost £6.00 per session on a drop-in basis.

Tessa’s Jazz Hands

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 in East Sheen on Wednesdays from w/c 24th April. Classes cost £35.00-£56.00 for the secomd half of term, depending on age / length of class (£5.00-£8.00 per class).

 

3) Music & Developmental

Baby Sensory

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 in Barnes on Tuesdays (and in other locations) from w/c 1st May. Classes cost £93.50 for the term (£8.50 per class).

Gymboree

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 in St Margarets and Putney on Mondays to Saturdays throughout the year. Classes cost £52.00-£68.00 per month depending on the class (£13.00-£17.00 per class), and this also gives you access to open gym sessions.

Monkey Music

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 in Barnes on Mondays to Thursdays (and in other locations) from w/c 24th April. Classes cost £132.00 for the term (£11.00 per class).

Pandemonium

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 in Brentford on Wednesdays from w/c 24th April. Classes cost £5.00 per session on a drop-in basis.

Rhyme Time

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 in Barnes and East Sheen on Mondays & Fridays (and in other locations) from w/c 24th April. Classes cost £7.00 per class on a drop-in basis.

Sing & Sign

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 in Barnes on Fridays (and in other locations) from w/c 17th April. Classes cost £90.00 for the term (£9.00 per class).

 

4) Sport & Movement

All Star Cricket

For boys and girls from 5 to 8 years old.

An activity and game-based programme which is suitable for all skill levels, providing your child with the foundations to begin a lifelong love of physical activity and cricket, whilst making friends in a safe and enjoyable environment. Classes take place in Barnes on Tuesdays from w/c 22nd May. Classes cost £40.00 for the term (£5.00 for the term).

Best Tennis

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 in Barnes every day of the week from w/c 5th June. Classes cost £66.00 for the half-term (£11.00 per class).

Kiddikicks

For toddlers and children from 18 months to 5 years old.

Unique, fun learning techniques to develop real football and other sports skills in a safe and creative environment. Classes take place in East Sheen on Thursdays (and in other locations) from w/c 17th April. Classes cost £105.60 for the term (£9.60 per class).

The Little Gym – see Barnes Mums review

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. The Little Gym of Chiswick has also recently undergone expansion, with lots of new classes available – tumbling, karate and dance. Classes take place every day of the week in Chiswick, with two semesters per year starting in September and February. Classes cost £483.00 for the second semester (£23.00 per class), with discounts and instalment plans also available.

Little Kickers

For toddlers and children from 2 to 5 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 in Mortlake on Saturdays from 22nd April. Classes cost £96.00 for the term (£8.00 per class).

Playball

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 in Barnes on Mondays, Tuesdays & Fridays (and at other locations) from w/c 24th April. Classes cost £115.50-£126.00 for the term, depending on the number of classes in the term (£10.50 per class).

Richmond Gymnastics Association

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 in Kew on Mondays to Fridays from w/c 17th April. Classes cost £25.00-£120.00 for the term, depending on age (£2.50-£10.00 per class). NB Classes for school-aged children are also available but a waiting list exists for these.

Rugby Tots

For children from 2 to 5 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 in Barnes on Sundays from 23rd April. Classes cost £123.50 for the term (£9.50 per class).

Swimway

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 in East Sheen on Mondays to Fridays (and in other locations) from w/c 17th April. Classes cost £249.60-£585.00 for the term, depending on the number of pupils in the class / number of classes in the term (£19.20-£45.00 per class).

Tots In Action (Mini Rugby)

For children from 20 months to 5 years old.

Fun programmes of rugby and tennis, teaching children important core skills such as balance, agility, co-ordination and social skills in a stimulating environment. Classes take place in Barnes on Mondays (rugby) and Thursdays (tennis) from w/c 24th April (classes also available in Putney). Classes cost £180.00 (tennis)  or £132.00 (rugby) for the term (£15.00 (tennis) or £12.00 (rugby) per class).

 

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