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.

Museum Of Richmond

28th to 31st May, 10.00am-12.00pm: Printing In Richmond Workshops at the Museum Of Richmond, Whittaker Avenue in Richmond. Printing In Richmond: Dimbleby & Sons: explore the history of printing in Richmond and then have a go at making your own printing ‘stamps’ to use. For ages 5-11yrs. £5.50 per child (adults free). Booking essential and can be done online.

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.

 

DROP OFF CAMPS

 

Activ Camps

For children aged 4 to 14 years.

These camps take place at Barnes Sports Club, Lonsdale Road in Barnes. Children will enjoy fun-packed multi-activity camps run by fully trained, enthusiastic staff who create a happy and safe environment. Sessions include adapted versions of the more traditional sports (rugby, football, cricket, netball and rounders) as well as outright madness in the Body Zorbs or on giant inflatables. And with rock climbing, archery and Archery Tag also on offer, they’ve got it all.

The camps take place between 28th May – 31st May, from 8.30am-4.30pm (9.00am-1.00pm for 4 year olds), with a free extension until 5.30pm available on request. The cost is £41.00 per day (£27.50 for 4 year olds), with various discounts available. You can book via their website.

Annabel Croft Tennis Academy

For children aged 4 to 14 years.

These camps take place at the National Tennis Centre, Priory Lane in Roehampton. Children will enjoy a fantastic mix of technical learning, footwork drills and match play exercises, as well as lots of opportunities to play some of ACTA’s favourite tennis games.

The camps take place between 28th – 31st May, from 10.00am-1.00pm. The cost is £40.00-£50.00 per day depending on age. For more information or to book, please call 020 3170 8393 or fill in their online form.

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.

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.

The camps take place weekdays between 28th – 31st May. The daily cost is £48.00, with a discount available for booking three days or more. You can book via their website.

Excel Sports

For children aged 4 to 12 years.

These camps take place at Kings House Sports Ground, Riverside Drive in Chiswick (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. New for 2018, children can opt for netball-only or football-only camps if they prefer.

The camps take place between 28th – 31st May, 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 the whole week; half-days cost £18.00. You can book via their website.

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 28th – 31st May, 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 £30.55-£36.25 (£22.90-£27.15 for a half-day), depending on location. You can book via their website.

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.

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.

Mother Nature Science

For children aged 5 to 12 years old.

These camps take place at The Queens School, Cumberland Road in Kew; and Kings House School, King’s Road in Richmond. Every day is a science expedition into the unknown and over the week your child will do 40+ science activities, exciting demonstrations, hands-on experiments, team games and fun quizzes.

The camps take place between 28th – 31st May, from 9.00am-3.30pm, with the option to extend from 8.30am-4.00pm. The basic daily cost is £70.00, or £225.00 for all four days (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 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 28th – 31st May, 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.

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.

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 28th – 31st May, at various times ranging from 2-5 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. Alternatively, the camps cost £20.00-£35.00 per day. For more information see their website, or to book call 020 8876 8330.

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.

Sheen Tennis Academy

For children aged 6 to 18 years.

These camps take place at Sheen Lawn Tennis & Squash Club, Parkside Close (off Fife Road) in East Sheen. The camps provide an opportunity for players of all abilities to work on all aspect of tennis from serve to forehands and backhands. The camps will be split up each day to focus on one aspect of tennis, to ensure that players are learning a wide variety of skills and are doing something new every day.

The camps take place between 28th – 31st May, from 9.00am-2.00pm with the option of doing a half day from 9.00am-12.00pm. The cost is £50.00 per day or £30.00 for a half-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 Chiswick (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 27th – 31st May, from 9.00am-12.00pm or from 9.00am-2.00pm. The daily cost for non-members 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 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.

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.

Top Tennis Coaching

For children aged 3 to 14 years.

These camps take place at Barnes Tennis Club, Lonsdale Road in Barnes. are a great way to introduce children to sport in a fun environment. Each session includes coaching, team games and play.

The camps take place between 27th – 31st May, with different time slots for different age groups: 3-7yrs 9.00-11.00am; 8-10yrs 11.00am-1.00pm; 10-14yrs 1.00-3.00pm. The cost is £20.00 per day with a discount available for booking the whole week. You can book via their website. 

Tree House Learning

For children aged 3 to 7+ years.

These camps take place at Ham Common Woods. Children will enjoy forest school fun, including activities such as building forts, dens, scavenger hunts, stories, woodland craft, bug hunting, rope swings, tools and group games.

The camps take place between 28th – 31st May, from 10.00am-3.00pm. The daily cost is £35.00. 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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