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We’ve put together this handy reference guide to local kids classes and activities that take place from January  until the Easter 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 Richmond and surrounding areas (plus a couple others of note!).

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. We have endeavoured to make sure that all the information here is correct and up to date, but please also let us know if you discover any inaccuracies.

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

Twickenham

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  disabilities and additional needs. Classes take place on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays & Thursdays from w/c 8th January. Classes cost £105.00 for the term (£10.50 per class), with the Octagon Club costing £10.00 per week.

Crafty Tales

Ham, Hampton, Hampton Hill, Teddington, Whitton

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 on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays & Fridays, on a drop-in basis from w/c 8th January. Prices vary according to the venue (most are free!) – see their website for details.

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Creation Station

Ham, Twickenham

For babies and children from 15 months to 5 years old.

Creative activities that are great for confidence, hand & eye co-ordination, social skills, wellbeing and much more. Being imaginative and getting involved in creative arts and crafts activities is also great fun! Classes take place on Wednesdays & Sundays from 7th January. Classes from £75.00 for ten, £24.00 for three, or £8.50 on an individual basis (£7.50-£9.00 per class).

Mini Professors

East Sheen, Teddington

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 on Wednesdays & Thursdays from w/c 8th January. Classes cost £90.00 for the term (£9.00 per class).

See Saw, Orleans House Gallery

Twickenham

For children under 5 years old.

Multi-sensory sessions designed to encourage creativity, curiosity and develop skills in communication, co-ordination and social interaction. Sessions include music, play materials, soft play, creative activities, stories and rhyme time in a relaxed informal environment. Classes take place on Fridays throughout the year from w/c 8th January (check website for details). Classes cost £6.00 per session, or £3.00 for siblings.

Wild Education

Barnes, Kew

For pre-school children (after-school clubs also available 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. Classes take place on Thursdays & Fridays from w/c 8th January. Classes cost £120.00-132.00 for the term, depending on the length of the term (£12.00 per class).

 

2) Dance, Drama & Singing

Little Voices

Putney, Richmond, Teddington

For children from 4 to 12 years old.

Performance arts training, teaching singing and drama to the highest standard whilst building confidence and promoting children’s personal and social development. Classes give your child specific individual tuition within a small class size. Classes take place Mondays to Thursdays from w/c 8th January. Classes  cost £148.50-£192.50 for the term, depending on age / length of class (£13.50-£17.50 per class).

Marble Hill Dance Studio

St Margarets, Teddington, Twickenham

For children from 2.5 to 18 years old.

A community dance school with emphasis on the three fundamentals of theatre dance – ballet, tap and modern. Classes improve posture and poise and boost confidence and self esteem, helping to create new friendships and build social skills as well as giving all round training in dance. Classes take place on Mondays to Saturdays from w/c 8th January. Class costs vary; for example Primary Ballet & Tap classes cost £99.00 for the term (£9.00 per class). Some classes are by invitation only.

MV Academy

East Sheen, Mortlake, Richmond

For children from 4 to 18 years old.

The MV Academy aims to provide pupils with a high level of training training in acting, singing and dancing. They pride themselves on being an exciting and inspiring school, with endless opportunities to perform. They also offer examinations for those who wish to take them. Classes take place on Mondays to Saturdays from 4th January. Classes cost £60.00-£253.00 for the term, depending on the type / length of the class (£6.00-£23.00 per class).

Pauline Quirke Academy

Richmond

For children from 4 to 18 years old.

A weekend performing arts academy, where students spend three hours rotating through hour-long sessions in comedy & drama, musical theatre and film & television. Modules are packed full of tips that Pauline has learnt from nearly 50 years in the business. Classes take place on Saturdays from 6th January. Classes cost £88.00 per month payable by direct debit (equates to £24.00 per class).

Stagecoach

Kew, Richmond, Teddington, Twickenham

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 on Fridays & Saturdays from w/c 8th January. 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 Academy

Hampton Hill, Twickenham

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 on Mondays to Saturdays from 6th January. Their classes range from 30 minutes to 3 hours, and they have an award-winning auditioned youth theatre who perform several times a year.

Tessa’s Jazz Hands

East Sheen

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 on Wednesdays from w/c 19th February. Classes cost £25.00-£40.00 for the half-term depending on age / length of class (£5.00-£8.00 per class).

White Rabbit Drama Club

Twickenham

For children from 2 to 11 years old.

A small, independent drama company who believes in offering high quality, affordable access to the arts to all children. They teach children to use their own imaginations and experiences to create fun and exciting drama. Classes take place on Tuesdays & Wednesdays from w/c 8th January. Classes cost £66.00-£88.00 for the term depending on age / length of class (£6.00-£8.00 per class).

 

3) Music & Developmental

Baby Moves

Hampton, Richmond

For babies and children from birth to 3 years old.

A unique, award winning, early years physical development, sound and sensory programme based on the latest neurological research into how babies and toddlers grow and develop. Classes take place on Mondays & Tuesdays from w/c 8th January. Classes cost £54.00 for a block of six (£9.00 per class), and you can join at any time.

Baby Sensory

Barnes, Isleworth, Richmond, Teddington, Whitton

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 on Tuesdays  & Wednesdays (Isleworth/Whitton) from w/c 19th February, and on Mondays, Tuesdays & Thursdays (Barnes/Richmond/Teddington) from w/c 8th January. Classes cost £48.00/£93.50 for the half-term / term, depending on location (£8.00-£8.50 per class).

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Richmond, St Margarets, Twickenham

For babies from 3 weeks old to walking

A range of baby classes suitable for all stages of development. Baby Boogie brings out your baby’s rhythm, co-ordination and self-confidence; Baby Karma helps develop your baby’s senses and introduce play elements into their routine; Baby Music is an interactive, baby music class with lots of stimulating melodies and jangly percussion to sing and play along to; and Baby Signing covers a different theme which incorporates puppetry, songs and gestures all wrapped up in a supportive environment. Classes take place on Tuesdays, Thursdays & Fridays from w/c 8th January. Membership to Busylizzy costs £45.00 per month (4 classes) to £108.00 per month (unlimited classes), plus a joining fee. Membership packages include baby classes and fitness classes for mums. You can get 50% off the joining fee with Richmond Mums!

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Diddi Dance

Hampton, Isleworth, St Margarets, Teddington, Twickenham

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 spring term is Irish dancing! Classes take place on Mondays to Fridays from w/c 19th February. Classes cost £40.00-£48.00 for the half-term (£8.00 per class).

Gymboree

Putney, St Margarets

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 on Mondays to Saturdays throughout the year. Classes cost £48.00-£68.00 per month depending on the class / location (£12.00-£17.00 per class), and this also gives you access to open gym sessions.

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Hartbeeps

Hampton, St Margarets, Richmond, Teddington, Twickenham

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 on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays & Fridays from w/c 19th February. Classes cost £48.00 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 Richmond Mums!

Humming Bee Music

St Margarets

For babies and children from birth to 4 years old.

A weekly music and movement class for pre-school children, based on the Kodály principles of teaching musicianship. With an emphasis on live music making, participants sing, play, listen, and move to music. Classes take place on Sundays from 7th January. Classes cost £70.00 for the term (£7.00 per class) or £8.00 per class on a drop-in basis.

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Barnes, East Sheen, Kew, Mortlake, St Margarets, Teddington, Twickenham

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 on Mondays to Fridays from 5th January. Classes cost £85.00-£132.00 for the term, depending on location / length of term (£8.50-£11.00 per class).

Pandemonium

Brentford

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 on Wednesdays from w/c 10th January. Classes cost £5.00 per session on a drop-in basis.

Rhyme Time

Barnes, East Sheen

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 on Mondays & Fridays from 5th January. Classes cost £7.00 per class on a drop-in basis.

Singing Hands

St Margarets, Teddington, Twickenham

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 on Mondays, Tuesdays & Thursdays from w/c 8th January. Classes cost £85.00 per family for the term (£8.50 per class).

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Tempo Tots

Twickenham

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 on Mondays & Fridays from w/c 8th January. Classes cost £45.00 for a block of five or £90.00 for a block of ten (£9.00 per class), which can be used over a six-month period. Mention Richmond Mums on the door and you can pay £9.00 on a drop-in basis.

Tiny Talk

Hampton, Twickenham, Whitton

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 on Tuesdays, Wednesdays & Fridays from w/c 8th January. Classes cost £40.00/£80.00 for the half-term/term per family, depending on location (£8.00 per class).

Tiny Tunes

Richmond, St Margarets, Teddington, Twickenham, Whitton

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 on Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays & Fridays from 3rd January, with some running throughout the holidays. Classes cost £6.00 per class on a drop-in basis.

 

4) Sport & Movement

Best Tennis

Barnes, Richmond

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 on Mondays to Sundays from 18th February. Classes cost £72.00-£84.00 for the half-term (£12.00-£14.00 per class).

Halfbacks

Teddington, Twickenham

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 from 7th January. Classes cost £120.00 for a 15-session pass (£8.00/class), £90.00 for a 10-session pass (£9.00/class), £50.00 for a 5-session pass (£10.00/class) or you can pay-as-you-go for £10.00/class.

KidsCoach

Richmond, Teddington, Twickenham

For children from 3 to 11 years old.

Fun sports coaching sessions to develop your child’s sporting skills in a safe, fun environment. Classes take place on Mondays to Fridays from w/c 8th January. Classes cost £80.00-£99.00 depending on age and location (£8.00-£9.90 per class).

The Little Gym

Chiswick, Hampton Hill

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 also offer dance and karate) and Hampton Hill, with two semesters per year starting in September and February. Classes cost £483.00 for a semester in Chiswick (c£24.00 per class) or £440.00 in Hampton Hill (c£22.00 per class), with discounts and instalment plans also available.

Little Kickers

Ham, Hampton, Kew, Mortlake, Petersham, Richmond, Teddington, Twickenham

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 every day of the week except Fridays from 6th January. Classes are bought in blocks of six for £54.00 (£9.00 per class) or 12 for £100.00 (£8.33 per class).

Playball

Barnes, Hampton, Richmond, St Margarets, Teddington

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 on Mondays to Fridays from 4th January. Classes cost £93.50-£118.25 for the term, depending on location and length of the term (£8.50-10.75 per class).

Puddle Ducks

Ham, Hounslow

For babies and children from birth to 4 years old.

Puddle Ducks’ baby-led approach ensures your child’s needs are expertly fulfilled – never forcing development, but nurturing confidence and unlocking their potential to swim. Classes take place on Mondays, Thursdays, Saturdays & Sundays from w/c 8th January. Classes cost £144.00 for a block of eight classes, depending on location (£18.00 per class) and you can join at any point.

Richmond Gymnastics Association

Kew

For babies and children from 8 weeks to 5 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 on Mondays to Fridays from 5th January. Classes cost £25.00-£125.00 for the term (£2.27-£11.36 per class). NB Classes for school-aged children are also available but a waiting list exists for these.

Sheen Parks Tennis

East Sheen, Richmond, Roehampton, Twickenham

For children from 3 to 16 years old.

An award-winning specialised tennis coaching programme for children of all ages – starting with pre-school tots classes which concentrate on developing essential skills whilst having lots of fun, then moving on through mini-red, mini-orange and mini-green tennis which use a gradually bigger court and faster balls as children progress, ending with the usual yellow ball for ages 11 and upwards. Classes take place on Wednesdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from w/c 19th February. Classes cost £60.00-£306.00, depending on  age, length of class and length of term (£6.00-£18.00 per class depending on age).

Spin Into Tennis

East Sheen

For children from 3 to 10 years old.

A professional, community based coaching service, whose aim is to teach and support children whilst they develop their tennis skills, whether they play for fun, fitness or want to compete at a higher level. Classes take place on every day of the week from w/c 8th January. Classes cost £130.00-£185.00 for the term, depending on age (£11.81-£16.82 per class).

Sport4Kids Football

Twickenham

For children from 18 months to 7 years old.

Children are grouped into three age categories – Tots, Kickers and Strikers – and Sport4Kids’ dynamic pathway not only progresses children’s ball skills but also their communication and social skills. They focus on fun and encourage teamwork as children increase in confidence. Classes take place on Sundays throughout the year. Classes cost £33.75 per month (£7.80 per class), with no minimum term.

Sport4Kids Rugby

Twickenham

For children from 18 months to 7 years old.

Children are grouped into three age categories – Tots, Cubs and Lions – and Sports4Kids delivers exciting play-based activities for the youngest children, safely introducing the fundamentals of rugby movement and motor skills which are ingrained as they progress into competition. Classes take place on Sundays throughout the year. Classes cost £33.75 per month (£7.80 per class), with no minimum term.

Sports Academy UK

Richmond

For children from 4 to 16 years old.

An exciting and action-packed multi-sports program of 18 different sports a year, comprising three hours per week for 6 to 16 year olds and 90 minutes for 4 & 5 year olds. Every weekend your child will participate in a team sport, an individual sport and a team building challenge. Classes take place on Sundays from 7th January. Classes cost £172.50 or £345.00 for the term (£14.38 or £28.75 per class).

Swimway

East Sheen, Kew

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 on Mondays to Fridays from 2nd January. Classes cost £230.40-£540.00 for the term, depending on the length of term and number of pupils in the class (£19.20-£45.00 per class).

Tumble Tots

East Sheen, Kew, Richmond, Teddington

For babies and children from 6 months to 5 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 on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays & Saturdays from 12th January. Classes cost £110.00 for the term (£12.22 per class).

Waterlife

Ham, Richmond

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

Enthusiastic and experienced ‘in-water’ swimming instructors ensure each child reaches their full potential, expands their natural swimming ability, and gains water confidence and life-saving skills in a fun and relaxed environment. Classes take place on Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays & Saturdays from 3rd January. Classes cost £147.00-£160.00 for the term (c£13.35 per class).

We Make Footballers

Richmond, Teddington, Twickenham

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 on Mondays, Wednesdays & Saturdays from January. Classes cost £70.00-£87.50 for a block of 10, depending on venue (£7.00-£8.75 per class).

 

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