I can hardly believe that half-term is already upon us, we often get people asking what to do with the children during this sometimes two week period, especially for families staying in London. There are always great things going on and although I’m going to the States, I asked the best in the business when it comes to after-school and holiday clubs Yasmine, founder of My Kidsy, which is in essence a ticket master for busy parents. They’ve also got some great party venue ideas, which is an added bonus.
Half term is looming and we are brimful of ideas to eek the most fun out of the holiday and have some spooky suggestions for Halloween enthusiasts.
- If you have a budding film director on your hands, they could produce a spine tingling horror classic this half term at Studio Film School’s Aliens v Zombies three day workshop. Held in Balham and Highgate, mini Hitchcocks will be the directors, designers, production crew, actors and editors in their own blockbuster which will be released to you on DVD once it’s in the can.
- Through our successful partnership with Lovetheatre, we are able to offer the best deals and discounts to popular performances. It isn’t too early to book now for that timeless Dickens classic A Christmas Carol starring Jim Broadbent, and now there are special preview discounts available with tickets starting at less than £30!
- The Rhythm Studio in west London will be running their popular Rock & Roll Boot Camp. Children get to form bands, perform the classics, record a CD and can learn about production methods, remixing and DJ techniques. If you need a break from X Factor, this might just be for you.
- If music’s your thing The Studio Kensington offers many options but we are particularly impressed with Kindermusik which draws on years of research to aid all round development: social, emotional and intellectual. In case that sound a bit highfalutin, they also have fun.
- For your talented artists, their skills can be honed at Chelsea Fine Arts Holiday Classes which are aimed at 8 to 18 year olds. Working with a variety of mediums and with the emphasis on individual attention, your child can develop their own creative confidence. Lavender Leonardos in their Battersea studio, move on from paper art to 3D options including clay, textiles or sculpture.
- We have art classes aplenty but it is worth flagging up the Art Barn in Kensington. Their approach is to nurture the messy free spirit in our toddlers and allow them the freedom of expression to become creative in their own space as they develop.
- There’s plenty for budding science buffs this half term and The Little House of Science will be exploring a creepy crawly theme in their Chelsea workshops. Mini Engineers are back with their unique take on illustrating the underlying science through play.
- With the curriculum shift in computer science from consumer to developer, it is becoming more important than ever that children get to grips with coding. Miniversity are running a Chelsea Computer Club with a comprehensive programme and Blueshift coding offer a range of age appropriate courses at their Ladbroke Grove venue from keyboard to coding.
- Here at myKidsy, we are forever innovating and we now run our own popular coding classes, at a rock bottom price, as our classes are driven by passion not profit. We believe every child should have the chance to thrive in a digital age. Soon we will be starting our own mindfulness and entrepreneurship classes so watch this space.
- For the active and practical brood, head to Swimming Rocks for bespoke swimming tuition. They have a cherry picked team of proven coaches who will work with babies and beyond from a number of prestigious London locations.
- If you want to be pampered this holiday, send your teens to Leiths Cookery School where the half term workshop options include baking, Italian cuisine or curries from around the World.
- For mini adventurers, the Exploration Society enjoys an unrivalled reputation for delivering expeditions that develop team building skills and creative thinking. They are hosting a mystery quest as a residential thrilling treasure hunt where your intrepid investigators will unlock the Mystery of the Witches Curse.
- We can recommend a few Halloween haunts for the half term. The Ragged School which gives an eye opening insight into education in the East End in the Victorian era will have some ghoulish goings on at their Ragged Ghoul. Valentines Mansions and Gardens in Ilford offers spooky stories, lantern crafting or make your own ghoul, ghost or pumpkin. Or head to Eltham Palace for pumpkin carving.
- Cutty Sark has a Halloween sleepover with fun games, scary stories and some nautical skills training. You really can combine great educational and inspirational venues with fun.
- Finally, Storytelling Adventures are running the Halloween School of Witchcraft and Wizardry with stories, singing, dancing and crafts, and introducing some creepy characters.
We hope we’ve convinced you to come and join us and we will hopefully be able to lighten your load as you navigate the challenges of parenthood.
By Yasmine Mahmoudieh, My Kidsy.
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