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.

Museum Of Richmond

19th to 22nd February, 10.00am-12.00pm: Victorian Toys & Games Workshops at the Museum Of Richmond, Whittaker Avenue in Richmond. Children will be looking at how life was different in Victorian times using household objects and toys from the Museum’s handling collection. They will then make their own replica Victorian toys to take home! For ages 5-11yrs. £5.50 per child (adults free). Booking essential and can be done online.

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).

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.

Camp Beaumont

For children from 3 to 16 years old.

These camps take place at Christ’s School, Queen’s Road in Richmond. They offer the highest standards of care and peace of mind that children will have the time of their life, trying new activities and making new friends. Activities are grouped into themed sessions which are Active, Adventure, Create and Play. They include bouncy castles, basketball, face painting, mask masking, rounders, nature trails and much, much more. 

The camps take place between 18th – 22nd February, from 9.00am-4.30pm with the option to extend from 8.00am-6.00pm. The basic daily cost is £45.00, with a discount available for booking three days or more. You can book via their website.

Compass Technology Club

For children from 6 years upwards.

These 3-day camps take place at the Boat House, White Hart Lane in Barnes. Children will learn coding, robotics and 3D design in these interactive and challenging tech sessions with Compass.

The 3-day camps take place between 19th – 21st February, with your choice of morning or afternoon sessions from 10.00am-12.00pm or 1.00-3.00pm. The cost is £180.00 for all three days. You can book by emailing info@compasslearningclub.co.uk. 

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.

Funsport

For children aged 4 to 12 years.

These camps take place at The Queens School, Cumberland Road in Kew. Their innovative programme of games, activities and sport practices focuses on enhancing a child’s ABCs – Agility, Balance, and Co-ordination – the fundamentals of sporting performance.

The camps tale place between 18th – 22nd February, from 9.00am-4.00pm, with the option to extend from 8.00am-5.00pm, and half day options for younger children from 9.00am-12.00pm or 1.00-4.00pm. The basic daily cost is £25.00 (£15.00 for a half day). 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.

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.

Mother Nature Science

For children aged 5 to 12 years old.

These camps take place at Kings House School, Kings Road in East Sheen and at The Queens School, Cumberland Road in Kew. Children will enjoy a great mix of exciting demonstrations, hands-on experiments, team games and fun quizzes. Over the week your child can take part in 30+ science activities and demonstrations.

The camps take place between 18th – 22nd February, from 9.00am-3.30pm, with the option to extend from 8.30am-4.00pm. The basic daily cost is £60.00, or £270.00 for the week (limited availability for daily places). You can book online or by calling 020 8863 8832.

NS Sports

For children aged 4 to 11 years.

These camps take place at East Sheen Primary School, Upper Richmond Road West in East Sheen, and at Meadlands Primary School, Broughton Avenue in Ham. Children can choose form a multi-activity camp including two sports sessions, an outdoor events session, arts and crafts, indoor and a free choice play session; or a football-only camp.

The camps take place between 18th – 22nd February, from 9.45am-4.15pm, with the option to extend from 8.00am-6.00pm. The basic daily cost is £24.00, with a discount available for booking the whole week. You can book online.

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.

Rocks Lane Barnes

For children aged 3 to 16 years.

These camps take place at Rocks Lane Multi-Sport Centre in Barnes. Rocks Lane prides itself on its excellent coaching, all weather facilities, and a diverse range of sporting opportunities; and there are a range of tennis, football, netball and multi-sports camps on offer for all ages and abilities.

The camps take place between 18th – 22nd February at various times ranging from 2 to 5 hours long. Rocks Lane operates a ‘holiday credits’ scheme whereby you purchase credits up front then call to book onto a specific course. Credits range from £7.00 each (when buying 40) to £11.50 each (when buying 1), and camps range from 2 to 4 credits. For more information see their website, or to book call 020 8876 8330.

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.

Sheen Tennis Academy

These camps take place at Sheen Lawn Tennis & Squash Club, Parklands Close (off Fife Road) in East Sheen. Whether you are a beginner or an advanced player, these camps provide an opportunity to work on all aspects of tennis. The camps will focus on one aspect of tennis each day, e.g. how to finish off a point, to ensure that players are learning a wide variety of skills and are doing something new every day. There’s a nice warm clubhouse there too!

The camps take place between 18th – 22nd February, with half-day sessions from 10.00am-12.00pm and 12.00-2.00pm, or your can book a while day from 10.00am-2.00pm. The camps cost £20.00 for a half-day for non-members or £40.00 for a full day. You can book online.

Spin Into Tennis

For children from 3 to 18 years.

These camps take place at Kings House Sports Ground, Riverside Drive in Dukes Meadows (just the other side of Chiswick Bridge). Children will be able to develop their tennis skills, whether they play for fun, fitness or want to compete at a higher level.

The camps take place between 18th – 22nd February, from 9.00am-12.00pm or from 9.00am-2.00pm. The daily cost is £30.00 per half-day or £45.00 per day, with a discount available for booking a 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.

Wild Learning

For children aged 5 to 11 years.

These camps takes place on Sheen Common in East Sheen. Find your way through the woods to the base camp, maybe stopping on the way to play hide and seek in the oak clearing, or Ninja Frisbee on the meadow before den building, rope swinging or crafts at main camp.

The camps take place on the 19th & 20th February, from 10.00am-4.00pm. The daily cost is £46.00. You can book online. 

 

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