autumn kids classes

We’ve put together this handy reference guide to local kids classes and activities that take place from September until Christmas – baby classes, toddler classes, and classes for older children (please see our Spring or Summer guides if you’re looking for a different term). And when we say local, we mean local, with all the classes featured here available in Twickenham, Teddington, and/or the Hamptons (plus a couple of 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

Orleans House Gallery Art Clubs

Art Clubs, Orleans House Gallery

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 in Twickenham, on Mondays to Thursdays from w/c 12th September. Classes cost £130.00 for the term (£10.00 per class), with the Octagon Club costing £65.00 for the term (£5 per class).

Crafty Tales

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 in Hampton, Hampton Hill, Teddington and Twickenham on Mondays, Wednesdays & Thursdays, on a drop-in basis from w/c 12th September. Prices vary according to the venue (some free!) – see their website for details.

Draw & Explore

For children from 2 to 11 years old.

These family art walks set off from Orleans House Gallery and adventure to a different local area each week. The whole family will create drawings and artworks inspired by nature and local heritage. There are two four-week courses, which take place in Twickenham on Sundays from 18th September. The courses are free but booking is necessary.

The Imagination Densee Twick Mums review

For toddlers and pre-schoolers of all ages.

Fun, messy, imaginative classes that will bring out the creative side in your little ones. Classes take place in Twickenham on Wednesdays from w/c 12th September. Classes operate on a drop-in basis and cost £8.50 per class, with discounts available for booking a number of sessions in advance.

Little Star Writing

After-school classes for children from Year 3 to Year 6 (through certain schools).

Creative writing after-school workshops that nurture aspiring authors and reluctant writers, support individual ideas and expressions, and promote the inspiring and rewarding nature of writing. Classes take place In Twickenham, St Margaret’s, Whitton, Teddington and Hampton after school on a particular day for each school from w/c 19th September. Classes cost £88.00-£96.00 depending on the length of the term (£8.00 per class).

Mini Explorers Club

For children aged 3 to 5 years old.

Children visit Marble Hill Park for adventures in the great outdoors, enhanced by games, stories, crafts, dressing up and other play elements to maximise the fun. Classes take place in Twickenham on Thursdays from w/c 31st October. Classes cost £94.50 for the half-term (£13.50 per class) or £15.00 per class on a drop-in basis.

Nature Links

For children aged 3 to 4 years old.

Forest school sessions, where children will be encouraged to connect with the natural world, encounter risk in a safe environment and develop their self-esteem and independence. There will be seasonally themed activities for the children to enjoy, but they can follow their own interests to make an individual and personalised learning experience. Classes take place in Crane Park on Mondays from w/c 31st October. Classes cost £50.00 for the half-term (£10.00 per class) or £12.00 on a drop-in basis.

See Saw

For children under 5 years old.

Multi-sensory sessions designed to encourage creativity and curiosity, including music, play materials, soft play, creative activities, stories and rhyme time in a relaxed informal environment. Classes take place in Twickenham on Fridays throughout the year (check website for details). Classes cost £6.00 per session, or £3.00 for siblings.

Wild Education – see Twick Mums review

For pre-school children, plus after-school classes for children from Year 1 to Year 6 (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. Pre-school and after-school classes take place in Twickenham Mondays to Wednesdays (and at other locations) from w/c 31st October. Pre-school classes cost £70.00 for the half-term (£10.00 per class); the longer after-school classes cost £105.00 for the half-term (£15.00 per class).

 

2) Dance, Drama & Singing

Boundless Dance

For children from 5 to 12 years old, plus after-school classes for children from Reception to Year 6 (through certain schools).

Exciting and dynamic dance, drama and singing classes taught by professional performers, which offer children the opportunity to explore many genres of performance in a relaxed teaching environment. General classes take place in Hampton Hill and Teddington on Mondays, Tuesdays & Wednesdays, and after-school clubs across the Borough on Mondays to Fridays from September. Classes cost £45.00-£60.00 for the term, depending on the length of the class (£4.50-£6.00 per class).

Dance Shack

For children from 3 to 14 years old.

Children are taught to perform in the three main areas of dancing, acting, and singing. They are offered enjoyable and friendly classes which help them gain confidence in daily life as well as improving physical stamina, co-ordination, posture and general well-being. Classes take place in Twickenham on Fridays & Sundays (and at other locations) from w/c 5th September. Classes cost £104.00-£117.00 for the term, depending on the length of the class (£8.00-£9.00 per class).

Dance West

For children from 1 to 5 years old.

Creative movement classes to encourage children’s language, colour recognition, number work and social interplay skills as well as physical development and co-ordination. Classes are delivered in a playful environment supported by the parent or carer. Classes take place in Twickenham on Saturdays from 10th September. Classes cost £10.00 per class on a drop-in basis.

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Diddi Dance – see Twick Mums review

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 second half of the autumn term is BALLROOM! Classes take place in Hampton, St Margaret’s, Teddington and Twickenham, on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays & Fridays (and at other locations) from w/c 31st October. Classes cost £56.00 for the half-term (£8.00 per class).

Dragon Drama – see Twick Mums review

For children from 4 to 16 years old.

A unique blend of acting exercises, group theatre games, and improvisational story devising/performance, aiming to encourage creativity and confidence. Classes take place in Teddington on Wednesdays & Thursdays from w/c 12th September. Classes cost £105.00-£135.00 for the term, depending on the length of the class (£10.50-£13.50 per class).

Dramacube – see Twick Mums review

For children from 2 to 16 years old.

See your child grow in confidence and develop their creative skills as they act, sing, and dance, working towards an end-of-term performance. General classes take place in Hampton Hill and Twickenham on Wednesdays, Thursdays & Saturdays from 24th September, and musical theatre classes in Hampton Hill and Twickenham on Wednesdays & Saturdays from 28th September (auditions on 17th September). Classes cost £125.00-£295.00 for the term depending on the length of class and term (£10.50-£29.50 per class).

Little Wrigglers

For children from 2 to 5 years old.

Classes bursting with fun activities to inspire your child’s imagination in a stimulating mix of dance, music and mime. Classes take place in Teddington on Mondays & Thursdays from w/c 12th September. Classes cost £78.00 for the term (£6.50 per class), or £8.00 per class on a drop-in basis.

Marble Hill Dance Studio

For children from 2.5 years to adults.

A community dance school with emphasis on the three fundamentals of theatre dance – ballet, tap and modern. Classes take place in Hampton, St Margaret’s, Teddington and Twickenham, Mondays to Saturdays (and at other locations) from w/c 12th 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.

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Stagecoach see Twick Mums review

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 in Teddington and Twickenham on Fridays & Saturdays from w/c 5th 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 Academysee Twick Mums review

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 in Hampton Hill, St Margaret’s and Twickenham on Mondays to Saturdays from w/c 12th September. Classes range from £65.00 per term for a 30 minute dance class to £275.00 per term for a 3 hour musical theatre class, with lots in between (£5.42-£22.92 per class).

Teddington Dance Studio – see Twick Mums review

For children from 2.5 to 18 years old.

A vibrant dance school that teaches all students to enjoy the art of dance by developing their dance technique in a fun and friendly environment. Classes take place in Teddington and Twickenham on Mondays to Thursdays & Saturdays from w/c 5th September. Classes cost £70.00-£112.00 for the term, depending on the class (£5.00-£8.00 per class). You can also get a free trial and 10% off all classes with Twick Mums.

Tippie Toes & Nursery Ballet

For children from 1.5 to 4 years old.

Fun-packed 30 minute dance classes for girls and boys. Children improve gross motor skills, social skills, coordination and rhythm, using themes and props. Classes for older children give an imaginative introduction to dance and ballet using props and stories. Classes take place in Twickenham on Thursdays from w/c 12th September. Classes cost £88.00 for the term (£8.00 per class).

Twinkle Toes Ballet

For children from 2 to 4 years old.

Magic ballet classes that provide a great introduction into the dance world. Classes incorporate the use of props and fairy tale story lines, and are suitable for both boys and girls. Classes take place in Teddington and Hampton Hill on Thursdays & Fridays from w/c 31st October. Classes cost £42.00 for the half-term (£6.00 per class).

Watermans Young Performers

For children from 8 to 18 years old.

A brand new youth theatre company, which aims to build theatre skills such as devising, script work, voice work, ensemble, physicality and new writing – an inclusive, stretching and fun approach to theatre. Classes take place in Brentford on Wednesdays from w/c 12th September. Classes cost £100.00 for the term (£9.09 per class).

 

3) Music & Developmental

Baby Sensory Isleworth

Baby Sensorysee Twick Mums review

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 Teddington and Isleworth on Mondays and Tuesdays (and in other locations), starting w/c 5th September or w/c 4th October. Classes cost £80.00-£93.50 for the term, depending on the length of the term (£8.00-£8.50 per class).

Caterpillar Music

For babies and children from birth to 3 years old.

A creative, fun learning experience for babies and young children using music, action songs, puppets, instruments and exciting activities. Classes take place in Hampton, Hampton Hill, Teddington and Twickenham on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays & Fridays (and at other locations) from w/c 5th September, and there is a drop-in on Saturdays in Hampton Hill. Classes are bought in blocks of ten and cost £70.00 for 10 consecutive weeks or £85.00 for 10 flexible weeks (£7.00-£8.50 per class). The Saturday drop-in costs £6.00-£8.00.

Crazy Hazy Song Time

For babies and children from 4 months to 4 years old.

A pay-as-you-go song group with lots of singing, dancing, musical instruments, bubbles and fun! Classes take place in Whitton on Tuesdays from w/c 19th September. Classes cost £2.50 for babies 4-9 months old, and £4.50 for babies and children 9 months – 4 years old, on a drop-in basis.

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Hartbeepssee Twick Mums review

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 in Hampton, St Margaret’s and Teddington on Mondays, Tuesdays & Fridays from w/c 31st October. Classes cost £56.00 for a half-term (£8.00 per class), or £11.00 per class on a drop-in basis. You can also get a free trial (usually £5.00) with Twick Mums!

Jo Jingles

For babies and children from 3 months to 5 years old.

Popular music, singing and movement classes, providing a fun and educational experience in weekly themed sessions. Classes take place in Teddington and Twickenham on Mondays & Thursdays (and in Kingston) from w/c 7th November. Classes cost £36.00 for the half-term.

London Yu Hua Chinese School

For babies and children from 6 months to 7 years old.

Fun classes that teach babies and children Mandarin through music, movement and storytelling. Older children learn Mandarin nursery rhymes and start to develop their vocabulary and basic order strokes for Chinese characters. Classes take place in Twickenham on Saturdays from 10th September (and in other locations). Classes cost £130.00-£286.00 for the term, depending on the age of the child and length of the class (£10.00-£22.00 per class).

Merry Go Roundsee Twick Mums review

For toddlers and pre-school children.

A high energy music, dance and drama class for dynamic little people. Classes take place in Hampton on Wednesdays from w/c 12th September. Classes cost £7.00/child or £3.50/sibling on a drop-in basis. You can also get a FREE trial class if you mention Twick Mums.

Mozo Island Music Club

For babies and children from 3 months to 11 years old.

Journey to a tropical island with Jim, meeting tuneful animals and creatures along the way, singing your favourite songs and learning some great new music with a range of musical instruments. Pre-school classes take place in Teddington on Wednesdays, and after-school classes take place in Hampton on Tuesdays from w/c 12th September. Pre-school classes cost £6.00 per session on a drop-in basis; after-school classes cost £66.00-£78.00 for the term, depending on type of class (£5.50-£6.50 per class).

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Monkey Music

For babies and children from 3 months to 4 years old.

Rich, nourishing and great fun classes which are designed to nurture a lifetime of music. Classes take place in Teddington and Twickenham on Mondays to Thursdays (and in Kew) from w/c 12th September. Classes cost £110.50 for the term (£8.50 per class). When you sign up after your free trial class, you can also get half price membership (£8.50 instead of the usual £17.00) with Twick Mums!

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 12th September. Classes cost £5.00 per session on a drop-in basis.

Rainbow Music

For babies and children from 9 months to 4 years old.

Fun and colourful music sessions for pre-schoolers. Classes take place in Teddington on Mondays from w/c 12th September. Classes cost £6.00 per class on a drop-in basis.

Singing Hands

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 in Teddington and Twickenham, Mondays, Tuesdays & Thursdays from w/c 19th September. Classes cost £85.00 per family for the term (£8.50 per class).

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Tempo Tots

For babies and children from 3 months to 4 years old.

A truly unique series of interactive classes and concerts for little ones. Each 40 minute class is jam packed with live music, singing, dancing, stories, bubbles, puppets and playing musical instruments all aimed to help your little ones develop their social skills, communication, and movement whilst having fun! Classes take place in Twickenham on Mondays & Fridays from w/c 5th September. Classes cost £40.00 for a block of five or £80.00 for a block of ten (£8.00 per class), which can be used at any time. Mention Twick Mums and you can pay £8.00 on a drop-in basis.

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Tiny Talk

For babies and children from birth to 3 years old.

Fun, interactive baby signing classes. Develop your child’s early communication skills and enhance their motor skills through the use of songs, sign and music, and then enjoy some toy time and the chance for a cup of tea and a chat! Classes take place in Hampton on Tuesdays & Wednesdays (and in Walton On Thames), and in Twickenham and Whitton on Wednesdays & Fridays from w/c 31st October. Classes cost £49.00 (baby class) or £56.00 (toddler class) for the half-term per family (£7.00-£8.00 per class).

Tiny Tunes

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 in St Margaret’s, Teddington, Twickenham, and Whitton on Wednesdays to Fridays from w/c 5th September, with some running throughout the holidays (check their website for details). Classes cost £5.00 per class on a drop-in basis (siblings £2.50).

 

4) Sport & Movement

Best Tennis

For children aged 3 to 9 years old.

Best Tennis makes tennis accessible for all the family, which is an excellent way to get fit, make new friends and enjoy the outdoors. Classes take place in Hampton and Teddington on Mondays, Thursdays & Saturdays from w/c 5th September. Classes cost £105.00 (or less with a Leisure Card) for the term (£7.00 per class).

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Catch-a-balls – see Twick Mums review

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

Fun classes with lots of variety, teaching ball, racquet and movement skills to pre-school children. Classes take place in Hampton, Teddington and Twickenham on Mondays, Thursdays & Fridays (and in other locations) from w/c 5th September. Classes cost £91.00-£117.00 for the term, depending on the class (£7.00-£9.00 per class).

Footie Tots & Wizards

For children from 2.5 to 12 years old.

Teaching basic ball skills, scoring lots of goals and having fun on the way. Classes take place in Hampton, Teddington and Twickenham on Mondays to Fridays from w/c 31st October. Classes cost £42.00 for the half-term (£6.00 per class).

 

Gymboree – see Twick Mums review

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 Mondays to Saturdays in St Margaret’s throughout the year. Classes cost £40.00-£55.00 per month depending on the class (£10.00-£13.75 per class), and this also gives you access to daily open gym sessions.

Halfbacks – see Twick Mums review

For children from 2 to 6 years old.

An early years sport company providing effective, fun and educational classes. The sessions are designed to teach children the values of rugby union, enabling them to develop their confidence, physical and social skills. Classes take place on Saturdays & Sundays in Twickenham from 10th September. Classes cost £120.00 for the term (£8.00 per class), or you can buy 10-session passes (£9.00 per class), 5-session passes (£10.00 per class) or pay-as-you-go for £10.00 per class.

Kickin’ Kidz

For children from 3 to 8 years old.

Football classes that provide girls and boys of all abilities the chance to learn skills such as dribbling, passing, shooting and teamwork. The sessions are fun-packed to allow children to learn in a pressure-free environment. Classes take place on Sundays in Twickenham from 18th September. Classes cost £5.00 per session but need to be pre-booked online.

Kiddikicks – see Twick Mums review

For toddlers and children from 18 months to 11 years old.

Unique, fun learning techniques to develop real football and other sports skills in a safe and creative environment. Classes take place in Twickenham on Sundays (and in other locations) from 11th September. Classes cost £134.40 for the term (£9.60 per class).

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Lion Cubs

For children from 2 to 5 years old.

Lion Cubs is a specifically designed rugby-related activity comprising fun exercises and structured play, which help children develop coordination, communication, and social interaction skills, plus make new friends. Classes take place at Teddington Rugby Club on Sundays from 30th October. Classes cost £64.00 for the half-term (£8.00 per class).

The Little Gym – see Twick 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. These exceptional classes take place every day of the week in Chiswick (which has recently undergone expansion, with 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 (£23.00 per class) or TBC in Hampton Hill, with discounts and instalment plans also available.

Little Kickers

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 in Hampton, St Margaret’s, Teddington and Twickenham every day except Wednesdays from w/c 5th September. Classes are bought in blocks of six (£52.00 / £8.67 per class) or 12 (£98.00 / £8.17 per class).

Playball

For children from 2 to 5 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 Hampton and St Margaret’s every week day (and at other locations) from w/c 5th September. Classes cost £114.00-£126.00 for the term depending on location (£9.50-£10.50 per class).

Puddle Ducks

For babies and children from birth to 4 years old.

Classes are full of songs, rhymes, games and activities working towards your little one swimming independently, safely and happily, both above and under the water. Classes take place in Ham on Mondays & Sundays (and at other locations) from w/c 31st October. Classes cost £112.00 for the half-term (£16.00 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 12th September. Classes cost £25.00-£120.00 for the term (£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 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 in Twickenham on Saturdays & Sundays from 5th November. Classes cost £114.00 for the term, which runs until February (£9.50 per class).

SIMMSAthletics – see Twick Mums review

For children from 5 to 12 years old.

A unique experience for young people to train and compete on the same track as Mo Farah and other stars. In the winter children will use the indoor tennis centre to develop their fundamental movement skills with specialist equipment. Classes take place in Twickenham on Mondays to Wednesdays, Fridays & Saturdays. Waiting list now open – for more information call 020 8240 4334 or email simmsport@stmarys.ac.uk.

SIMMSQuins Rugbysee Twick Mums review

For children from 5 to 16 years old.

A mini and youth Rugby Union Club for boys and girls delivered in collaboration with Harlequin Amateurs, providing high quality coaching and a friendly, welcoming club environment. Classes take place in Teddington or Twickenham on Sundays. For more information call 020 8240 4334 or email simmsport@stmarys.ac.uk.

Springboard Swimmers

For babies and children up to adults.

A huge variety of classes from Mother & Baby right up to Advanced (for children who can swim 100m plus). Very small groups are taught by professional and caring staff. Classes take place in Twickenham, Teddington and Hampton on Mondays to Saturdays from w/c 5th September. Classes cost £138.00 for the term (£11.50 per class).

Super Soccer Stars

For children from 1 to 3 years old.

Soccer skills in a fun, non-competitive, educational environment – using soccer to nurture, build self-confidence, and develop teamwork. Each child improves at his or her own rate while having endless fun! Classes take place in Teddington on Wednesdays (and in other locations) from w/c 31st October. Classes cost £60.00 for the half-term (£8.57 per class).

Tumble Tots

For babies and children from 6 months to 3 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 in Teddington on Thursdays (and in other locations) from w/c 31st October. Classes cost £66.50 for a six-week block (£9.50 per class).

We Make Footballers

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 at two venues in Twickenham on Mondays & Saturdays (and at other locations) from w/c 5th September. Classes cost £75.00-£87.50 for a block of 10, depending on venue (£7.50-£8.75 per class).

 

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