May 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

25th May to 2nd June, 10.00am-5.00pm: Servants’ Lives at Ham House. Get hands-on this May half term to find out what life was like for those not so highly born in the 17th Century. Learn all about the servants that worked at Ham House and Garden. Have a go at their jobs and see how they lived. Activities are free, but children can learn more with an activity book which is available for £2.00. Normal admission charges apply.

Hampton Court Palace

25th May to 2nd June, 11.00am-4.00pm: Family Activities at Hampton Court Palace in East Molesey. Drop in for interactive family activities during May half term. Step back in time and discover what it would have been like to wear the clothes that Henry VIII and his court would have worn. At 1.00pm each day, you can even come face to face with King Henry VIII and find out what he is really like! The astronomical clock is no ordinary clock! At various times throughout the day, join Henry VIII’s clock maker’s assistant to find out all about it, then design your own clock to take home with you as a memento of your visit. Plus of course you can still enjoy the regular family trails, Maze and Magic Garden. Normal admission charges apply.

London Museum Of Water And Steam

25th May to 2nd June, 10.00am-4.00pm: Trains, Trains, Trains! at the London Museum Of Water & Steam, Green Dragon Lane in Brentford. A whole week of Trains, Trains, Trains! The Association of 16mm Narrow Gauge Modellers will be demonstrating their miniature steam-powered trains, and the Waterworks Railway will be in action every day across half term. Families can enjoy storytelling every weekday at 11.00am, as well as the chance to explore a ‘Trains of the World’ trail and make their own train collage at the crafts table. There will also be a giant wooden train set available to play with. Normal entry fees apply, but don’t forget that kids go free and adults for £10 if you’re a Twick Mums member!

London Wetland Centre

25th May to 2nd June, 10.30am-4.00pm: Family Activities at the London Wetland Centre, Queen Elizabeth’s Walk in Barnes. A variety of activities on offer this half-term… Pond Dipping: use a net to discover the animals that live in the ponds. Wild Play – Magical Wetlands: make potions using the natural ingredients in the wetlands or make your own wand for makng magic. Reptile Walks: join a walk to find out about the reptiles that make their home at London Wetland Centre –  a chance to get off-the-beaten-track in an area usually off-limits to visitors (5+yrs, free but must be pre-booked). Minibeast Safari: go on a mini-safari to find the ‘Big Five’ minibeasts. Normal admission charges apply.

Orleans House Gallery

25th May to 2nd June, 10.00am-5.00pm: Half Term Miniatures at Orleans House Gallery, Riverside in Twickenham. Something small is coming to Orleans House Gallery… a teeny, tiny adventure. They are looking for great story tellers, photographers and directors to don their creative caps and take their miniature people, creatures and objects on a journey through the Gallery and Grounds! Just take your cameras / smartphones / tablets / whatever you use to take pictures, and pop over to the Front Desk to pick up one of their sets of miniatures. Take your gang around the Gallery and Grounds and document what they get up to. Will their travels be funny, silly, exciting or unexpected? Once they are all adventured out, drop them back with our Front Desk. Share your images on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter using #OhGrotto or send them to the Education Team. They’ll be selecting the most creative scenes and stories to win fabulous prizes! Free event.

Osterley Park

25th May to 2nd June, 11.00am-3.00pm: Half-Term Activities at Osterley Park & House, Jersey Road in Isleworth. ‘Designing With Nature’ trail: when Robert Adam re-designed the House in the 18th Century he took a look of inspiration from the natural world. This self-led family trail will help you discover that inspiration as you explore the house. Plus Family Canoeing at the weekends; Craft Cart on Thursday; and Family Gardening Club on Friday. Normal admission charges apply plus £1/trail.

Squires Garden Centre

28th to 31st May, 10.00am-4.00pm: ‘Create & Grow’ half-term event at Squires Garden Centre, Sixth Cross Road in Twickenham. Children can create a tasty edible vegetable box and mark with plant labels to take home and watch the veggies grow (£6.00). They can also take part in a FREE veggie hunt, following a trail of questions around the centre to receive a sticker. Drop-in events, while stocks last.

 

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. Older children can book the whole day, which will include tennis with netball. Player to coach ratios are always kept low.

The camps take place between 28th – 31st May, from 11.00-11.45am for 3-5yrs, 9.00-11.00am for 5-8yrs, or 12.00-3.00pm for 9-14yrs. The camps cost £12.00-£30.00 per day depending on age, 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 Teddington Methodist Church, Stanley Road in Teddington. 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 28th – 30th May, from 10.00am-2.00pm, with the option to extend from 9.00am-4.00pm. The basic daily cost 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 16 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 weekdays between 28th – 31st May, 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, including  assault courses, cooking, computing, bouncy castles, crazy golf, go-karting, dodge ball, swimming, carnival, bumper boats, Wii dance, bingo, plus lots more!

The camps take place between 28th – 31st May, 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.

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 & activities including llama mosaic making on Tuesday; watermelon cereal bowl painting on Wednesday; and unicorn, floral or feather headband making on Thursday.

The workshops take place on 28th – 31st May, from 10.30am-12.00pm. The cost is £20.00 per child including lunch. 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 28th – 31st May, from 10.00am-1.00pm. The daily cost is £15.00. 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; St Mary’s Primary School, Oldfield Road in Hampton; and Shene Sports Centre, Park Avenue in East Sheen. This half-term the children will be going Crazy for Cricket and enjoying activities based on the fun of the Cricket World Cup 2019, which takes place at the same time.

The camps take place between 28th – 31st May, from 10.00am-4.00pm, with the option to extend from 8.15am-6.00pm. The basic daily cost is £21.50, 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 5 to 14 years.

These workshops take place at the Landmark Arts Centre, Ferry Road in Teddington. In the art workshop, children (6-14yrs) will be creating a beautiful patterned Ming inspired vase using the art skills of drawing, painting, etching and collage, led by the fantastic Ace Art. In the clowning workshop, children (5-10yrs) will take part in a fun theatre workshop based around a superhero theme, using games, role play and improvisation.

The art workshop takes place on the 28th May, from 10.30am-12.30pm and costs £13.50 per child. The clowning workshop takes place on the 30th May, from 11.00am-12.00pm and costs £6.00 per child. You can book by calling 020 8977 7558 or by smiling education@landmarkartscentre.org.

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. The camps combine fun, sport, creative activities and learning to keep your kids active, entertained and laughing. Themed sessions change every week and stimulate physical and motor-skill development with games and gymnastics.

The camps take place between 28th – 31st May, 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.

Playball

For children aged 3 to 9 years.

These camps take place at Pools On The Park, Twickenham 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 28th – 30th May, 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 28th – 31st May, with six 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, with various discounts available. 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; 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 28th – 31st May, with half hour sessions for tots (3/4yrs) and 3-5hr sessions for minis/juniors/teens (5-16yrs). Tots camps cost £9.25 per day, 3hr camps cost £33.00 per day, and 5hr camps cost £55.00 per day. There is a discount available for booking the whole week. You can book online.

SIMMSport Multi-Sport Camps

For children aged 5 to 12 years.

These camps take place at St Mary’s University, Waldegrave Road in Strawberry Hill. They provide an enriching, inclusive and welcoming environment where children of all abilities can try a range of sports and activities. Up to 15 different sports are delivered every week to ensure there is a great variety in activities and everyone has the chance to try something new and fun!

The camps take place between 28th – 31st May, from 9.00am-3.00pm with the option to extend from 8.00am-3.00pm. The basic daily cost is £35.00 with a discount available for booking all four days. You can book by calling 020 8240 4334 or for more information please email simmsport@stmarys.ac.uk.

Springboard Swimmers

For children aged 3 to 7 years.

These intensive courses take place at Stanley School, Strathmore Road in Teddington; and 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 27th – 31st May, 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.

SuperCamps

For children aged 4 to 12 years.

These camps take place at The Green School, London Road in Isleworth. There are an abundance of fun activities available inside and out, including sports and arts & crafts, and split by age group.

These camps take place between 28th – 31st May, from 9.00am-5.00pm with the option to extend from 8.00am-6.00pm. The basic daily cost is £45.00, with a discount available for booking the whole week. You can book online.

Teddington Hockey Club

For children aged 7 to 18 years.

These camps take place at Teddington Hockey Club at Teddington School, Broom Road in Teddington. Improve your skills in a fun environment. All abilities welcome.

The camps take place between 28th – 30th May, from 9.30am-12.30pm or 12.30-3.30pm. The cost is £25.00 per half-day or £40.00 per day, with a discount available for booking all three days. You can book online.

Thames Young Mariners Adventure Zone

For children from 6 to 16 years.

These camps take place at Thames Young Mariners, Riverside Drive in Ham. There are Young Explorers camps for children aged 6-7yrs focussing on different team challenges through the week, and Multi-Activity camps for children aged 8-16yrs (split into juniors and seniors), with activities such as archery, climbing, team tasks and woodland skills. There is also a Little Foxes forest school camp for children 6-7yrs.

The camps take place between 28th – 31st May, from 9.30am-4.30pm. The Young Explorers and Little Foxes camps are £47.00 per day; the Multi-Activity camps are £94.00 for two days. You can book online.

We Make Footballers 

For children aged 4 to 12 years.

These camps take place at St Mary’s University, Teddington Lock Campus. The camps are tailored according to the varying children’s ages and abilities who attend, whether they want to have fun and learn some basics or seriously develop their skills.

The camps take place between 28th – 31st May, from 10.00am-3.00pm. The camps cost £25.00 per day with a discount available for booking the whole week. You can book online.

YMCA Hawker Wild Play Days

 For children aged 4 to 11 years.

These wild play days takes place at YMCA Hawker, Lower Ham Road (junction with Richmond Road) in Kingston. Children will enjoy exploring woods, building shelters, discovering nature, creating woodland art and breathing Mother Nature’s good stuff. On Wednesday they will enjoy a trip to Box Hill.

The play days take place between 28th – 30th May, from 8.30am-4.30pm with the option to extend to 6.00pm. The basic daily cost is £30.00, with Wednesday (trip day) costing £40.00. You can book by calling 020 8296 9747. 

 

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