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

 

Ham House

16th to 24th February, 10.00am-5.00pm: Shaping Nature at Ham House. How does a garden grow? With lots of shapes, patterns and symmetry. Get out in the gardens to find out how Ham House goes from wild and free to fancy and formal. An exciting new project re-imagining the formal gardens is bringing shapes, colours and symmetry to life in the plats and you can be a part! Pick up a trail (£2 with prize) to design your own garden, then enter your design into a competition to win a day as a gardener. You can also get mucky to help the gardeners prepare new flower beds and family tasting garden. Normal admission charges apply.

Hampton Court Palace

16th to 24th February, 10.00am-4.00pm: Baroque Chocolate Making at Hampton Court Palace in East Molesey. Visit the cooks in the historic kitchens to discover the wonders of one of Baroque Britain’s most fashionable ingredients from the New World – chocolate! Two centuries before artisan chocolate became a thing, and when the only way of making chocolate was from ‘bean to bar’, join the Palace’s history cooks to find out the the tips and tricks used during the reign of Queen Anne. Discover how to turn exotic, central American chocolate beans into hot drinks and desserts, and learn why the bar of chocolate wasn’t produced until over one hundred years later. You can even try your hand at making chocolate the Baroque way! Queen Anne’s Favour family event also continues throughout half-term. Included in normal admission.

London Museum Of Water And Steam

16th to 24th February, 10.00am-4.00pm: Fantastic Science at the London Museum Of Water & Steam, Green Dragon Lane in Brentford. There’s a new splash cat trail, hands-on interactives, story time for under 5s at 11.00am every week day, and the Waterworks Railway is back in action to give children a ride around the site. There will also be Fire & Ice educational science shows on the 23rd and 24th at 2.00pm. Normal entry fees apply. Plus KIDS GO FREE and adults only £10.00 with Twick Mums! (See our membership page for details.)

London Wetland Centre

16th to 24th February, 9.30am-4.30pm: Puddle Jumping Championships at the London Wetland Centre, Queen Elizabeth’s Walk in Barnes. See who can make the biggest, craziest splash! Children of all ages are encouraged to grab their wellies and have fun jumping in puddles. Take your wellies and wet weather gear and see if you can complete the Puddle Jumping Obstacle Course! There will be daily winners and other splash-tastic fun activities on offer for a brilliant day out. Normal admission charges apply.

Osterley Park

18th to 21st February, various times: Family Craft Workshops & Fun at Osterley Park & House, Jersey Road in Isleworth. Family craft workshops Monday-Wednesday include decorating a coaster, mug and tealight holder (workshops cost £5.00-£25.00; you can book online). On the Thursday you can enjoy a range of family activities and learn what went into hosting a Georgian dinner party. Plan a menu, create invitations and learn proper Georgian table manners (normal admission charges apply).

Squires Garden Centre

18th to 22nd February, 10.00am-4.00pm: ‘Create & Grow’ Half-Term at Squires Garden Centre, Sixth Cross Road in Twickenham. Paint a terracotta woodland creature money box. Choose from either an owl or fox and get busy painting a money box to look after your pocket money (£4.75). There will also be a free spring garden colour-by-numbers competition and a butterfly trail competition for children to take part in where they will receive a sticker and the chance to win a prize! Drop-in events, while stocks last.

Watermans

19th to 21st February, various times. Family Workshops at Watermans, High Street in Brentford. On Tuesday there are Move, Create & Play Workshops – a creative movement workshop for children and adults. Jump, roll and slide… you will find imaginative ways to explore movement and making through playful tasks. On Wednesday & Thursday there are Make & Play Ukulele Workshops – where you can make, learn, play and perform on your own fully working ukulele made from a spread tub! For more information and for costs, see their website.

 

DROP OFF CAMPS

 

Best Tennis

For children aged 3 to 14 years.

These camps take place at Old Deer Park Tennis Courts, Pools On The Park, Twickenham Road in Richmond. They offer fun packed tennis camps with a combination of technical learning, matchplay and games. Player to coach ratios are always kept low.

The camps take place weekdays between 18th – 22nd February: 11.30am-12.15pm for 3-5yrs; 9.00-11.30am for 6-9yrs; or 12.30–3.00pm for 9-14yrs. The camps cost £12.00 per day for 3-5yrs, or £25.00 per day for 6-14yrs, with a discount available for booking the whole week. You can book via their website.

Boundless Dance

For children aged 5 to 16 years.

These ‘Musical Madness’ workshops take place at the Hampton Hill Theatre, High Street in Hampton Hill. The workshops are fun-filled and cater for all abilities. They focus on developing your child’s aptitude in the three main genres of performance – acting, dancing and singing – and are run by professional west-end practitioners.

The workshops take place between 18th – 20th February, from 10.00am-2.00pm. The cost for one day is £20.00, or  it costs £37.50 for two days or £50.00 for all three days. There is a registration form online, or please call 07951 305935 or email info@boundlessdance.co.uk.

Camp England

For children from 5 to 15 years old.

These camps are held at NPL Tennis Club, Queens Road in Teddington and at Hampton School, Hanworth Road in Hampton. At Teddington, children can choose from tennis or multi-sports camps with lots of activities to choose from. At Hampton, there are tennis camps to give children the opportunity to make lots of friends and make rapid progress with their game.

The camps take place between 18th – 22nd February, from 10.00am-4.00pm (tennis) or 8.30am-4.30pm (multi-sports). The daily cost is £32.95, with a discount available for booking a week. You can book via their website.

Collis Activity Camp

For children in Reception up to Year 8.

These camps are held at Collis School, Fairfax Road in Teddington. Children can participate in a wide range of fun activities such as bouncy castles, go-karts, art, computing, crazy golf, dodge ball, swimming, carnival day, bumper boats, circus skills, Wii Dance, bingo, plus lots, lots more!

The camps take place between 18th – 22nd February, from 9.00am-5.00pm with the option to extend from 8.30am-6.00pm. The basic daily cost is £38.00, with a discount available for booking a week. You can book via their website.

Elizabeth Samuels Drama

For children aged 4 to 14 years.

This five-day ‘show in a week’ takes place at St Stephens Primary School, Winchester Road in St Margarets. Children will take part in an exciting and fun week of rehearsals, ending with an enchanting performance of the timeless classic: Peter Pan.

The ‘show in a week’ takes place between 18th – 22nd February, from 9.00am-3.30pm Monday to Thursday and from 4.30pm for the performance on Friday. The cost for the week is £165.00. You can book online.

Excel Sports

For children aged 4 to 12 years.

These camps take place at Kings House Sports Ground, Riverside Drive in Dukes Meadows (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. Alternatively, children can opt for football-only camps if they prefer.

The camps take place between 18th – 22nd 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 a whole week; half-days cost £18.00. You can book via their website, or 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 Barnes Primary School, Cross Street in Barnes, and Sheen Mount Primary School in West Temple Sheen. 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 18th – 22nd February from 9.30am-4.30pm with the option to extend from 8.30am-5.30pm (East Sheen) 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 £27.81-£32.96 (£20.86-£24.72 for a half-day), depending on location. You can book via their website.

Friends Of Barnes Common 

For children aged 7+ years.

These camps takes place at Vine Road Recreation Ground in Barnes. Children will be exploring, growing, making, & juggling in art, nature, crafty science and circus workshops.

The camps takes place on the 18th & 20th February, from 10.15am-1.15pm. The camps cost £10.00 per session – please email Sharon at education@barnescommon.org.uk to book.

Happy Potter

For children aged 6+ years

These workshops take place at Happy Potter, Broad Street in Teddington. Children will enjoy lots of crafty fun, with different creative activities taking place on different days. Tuesday: try out animal themed clay pot making from scratch; Wednesday: make your own unicorn dream catcher; Thursday: create a felt wall hanging for your bedroom wall; and Friday: create a button masterpiece on a canvas!

The workshops take place between 19th – 22nd February, from 10.30am-12.00pm. The cost is £20.00 per child including lunch (£25.00 for clay pot making). You can book online.

KidsCoach

For children in Reception up to Year 8.

These camps take place at Marble Hill Park in Twickenham. They are the perfect way for children to get out into the fresh air for some football fun, and will take place whatever the weather (dress the kids accordingly!). The sessions are split according to age, with lots of match time and skill-based games and drills.

The camps take place between 18th – 22nd February, from 10.00am-1.00pm. The daily cost is £15.00, with a discount available for booking the whole week. You can book by emailing sports@kidscoach.uk.net or by calling 07503 034720.

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. Children will enjoy five days with a World Explorers theme, with their days packed full of fun, craft and sporting activities.

The camps take place between 18th – 22nd February, from 10.00am-4.00pm, with the option to extend from 8.15am-6.00pm. The basic daily cost is £21.00, 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.

Landmark Arts Centre

For children aged 8 to 14 years.

This workshop take place at the Landmark Arts Centre, Ferry Road in Teddington. Children will create a multimedia heart canvas inspired by the work of the artist Jim Dine. They will develop painting, surface texturing and collage skills to create an original canvas, led by the fantastic Ace Art.

The workshop takes place on the 22nd October, from 10.30am-12.30pm. The cost is £13.50 per child (materials included). You can book by calling 020 8977 7558 or by smiling education@landmarkartscentre.org.

Lions Sports Academy

For boys and girls aged 6 to 12 years.

These camps take place at Teddington Rugby Club in Bushy Park. Children will enjoy specially tailored and professionally implemented sessions, helping them achieve their rugby goals through coaching strategies, goal-setting and help from professional and ex-professional players, all the while being helped and encouraged by Lions’ coaching staff..

The camps take place between 18th – 20th February, from 9.00am-4.00pm. The camps cost £42.00 per day or £114.00 for all three days. You can book online.

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 (3-8yrs) and karate camps (4-8yrs).

The camps take place between 18th – 22nd 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. For more information or to book, call 020 8994 3729.

The Little Gym Hampton & Teddington

For children aged 3 to 12 years.

These camps take place at The Little Gym, High Street in Hampton Hill. They include super quest camps for 3-8yrs, full of exciting creative missions that will exercise muscle, imaginations and cooperation skills; and fun skill thrill camps for 5-12yrs that will take your child’s gymnastic skills to the next level.

The camps take place between 18th – 22nd February, from 9.30am-12.30pm (3-8yrs) and from 1.30-4.30pm (5-12yrs), with the option to extend to include lunch, or to stay for the whole day. For more information or to book, call 020 8977 0099.

Orleans House Gallery

For children aged 4 to 12 years.

These workshops take place at Orleans House Gallery, Riverside in Twickenham. They offer a number of full and half day workshops, so children can be inspired by the Gallery and its surroundings and experiment with print, collage, plaster and more while working with our experienced artists.

The workshops take place between 18th – 21st February, with full day workshops from 10.00am-3.00pm and a short workshop from 10.00am-12.00pm. The cost for a full day workshop is £32.00 and a short workshop is £14.00. You can book online.

Playball

For children aged 3 to 9 years.

These camps take place at Olympus Gym & Squash Club, Kew Foot Road in Richmond, and at Hampton Methodist Church, Percy Road in Hampton. 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 on the 18th, 19th & 21st February from 10.00am-1.00pm. The daily cost is £25.00, with siblings discounts available. You can book via their website.

Scamps Holiday Club

For children aged 3 to 12 years.

These camps take place at Scamps, Strathmore Road in Teddington. They offer a fun filled experience, with activities changed daily with over 200 different ideas, games and experiences which are guaranteed to keep your children amused, stimulated and happy all day long.

The camps take place between 18th – 22nd February, with four differently timed sessions available between the hours of 8.00am-6.00pm. The basic cost ranges from £25.00 to £40.00, depending on the length of the session. You can download a booking form from their website.

Sheen Parks Tennis

For children aged 2 to 12 years.

These camps take place at Palewell Common and Sheen Common in East Sheen; and at 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 18th – 22nd February, with half hour sessions for tots (3/4yrs), and 3hr sessions for minis/juniors (5-12yrs). Tots camps cost £9.25 per day, and minis/juniors camps cost £33.00 per day, with a discount available for booking the whole week. You can book online.

Springboard Swimmers

For children aged 3 to 7 years.

These intensive courses take place at Stanley School, Strathmore Road in Teddington; and at St Richard’s School, Woodville Road in Richmond. They are aimed at non-swimmers and beginners; children needing stroke improvement. If you haven’t done a holiday intensive course before, you will be amazed at how much progress is made in one week!

The intensive courses take place between 18th – 22nd February with a half-hour slot at the same time each day, with the same tutor and the same group of three children. The cost is £60.00 per child for the week. To book, download an application form and email it to admin@springboardswimmers.com to arrange the most appropriate time and group.

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 camps for 8-13yrs, with activities such as archery, climbing, team tasks and woodland skills.

The camps take place between 18th – 22nd February, from 9.30am-4.30pm. The camps cost £45.00 per day. You can book online.

Wild Education

For children aged 5 to 11 years.

This two-day camp takes place in the woods by Orleans House Gallery (meet at the car park). Children will have a ‘wild’ time having fun, making new friends, learning life skills and being out in the fresh air getting muddy!

The two-day camp takes place on the 18th & 19th February, from 10.00am-2.00pm. The cost is £60.00 for both days. You can book online.

 

 

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