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New Term, New Classes - some ideas for children's classes in North London this summer term

The new term is upon us and we know that people are always on the look out for new things to take their children too so here are some ideas of things that you can try that you might not have heard of before. We've got ideas for everyone from babies to older children and for adults, and we've tried to cover as much of North London as we can too - but do let us know if you've heard of anything else that sounds good as we always like to try new things.

Arts and Crafts 

The Creation Station run by the lovely Alexia offers classes in Finchley, Muswell Hill and Hampstead for 1-5 year olds. This term the theme is Scrunchy, Bubbly Texture. North London Mums can confirm that the classes are really well structured, good fun and excellent if you have more than one child as they really are suitable for a diverse range of ages. Details of classes here.

Green Peas - We reviewed Green Peas here a few weeks ago as we had a really fantastic time at this environmentally friendly art class for children that runs in Muswell Hill, Highgate and Crouch End. Read all about it here. 

Baby Massage and Baby Yoga

North London Baby Massage and Baby Yoga runs classes in Finchley and Edgware These classes are lovely for bonding with young babies. Full details here. Gift vouchers are also available and make a lovely gift for a new mum.

Eat Play Grow - Inspire your child’s development from birth to five years with eat play grow's range of classes and workshops that involve both you and your child. From starting solids and healthy eating to mum and baby yoga, baby massage and special daddy play classes – we will inspire you in a supportive, nurturing environment where you can relax and your child can explore! Classes are in Angel Islington.
For more information contact alissa@eatplaygrow.co.uk or visit www.eatplaygrow.co.uk.

Baby Massage Muswell Hill is run by Christine. Over a period of 4 weeks and alongside other mums and babies, you will be taught a lovely baby massage routine. Baby massage has been known to help: Soothe wind, improve blood circulation, colic, regulate sleep pattern, promote relaxation and develop coordination and learning skills.Muswell Hill Friends Meeting House, Church Crescent, N10 3NE.
Mondays 10am-11.15am from July 2012. To book call Christine on 07852323447 or email info@babymassagemuswellhill.co.uk

Baby & U has a baby massage class starting on 26th April. This is a friendly class that meets in the teacher (Ruth's) lovely house between East Finchley and Muswell Hill.

This is a fun & friendly bonding activity to do with your baby that can really help with sleep, colic, trapped wind, teething and as a bonus you get to meet others at the same stage as you! There is an opportunity each week for a chat and snack and by the end of the 5 weeks you will be familiar with an easy to follow baby massage routine.

To book contact Ruth on 07951 741 736 or email babymassagewithruth@gmail.com

Drama and Dance

Debutots classes are a blend of storytelling and drama in a relaxed and fun atmosphere. Children are really engaged and grow in confidence as a result of taking part in these classes. Currently classes are held in Crouch End, Muswell Hill, Hampstead, Highgate, Finchley, Islington, Camden and St Johns Wood.

Mondays in Hampstead – 2-4 year olds, 10.00-10.50
Mondays in Muswell Hill – 2-4 year olds, 15.15-15.55
Tuesdays in Crouch End – 1.5-3 year olds, 09.35-10.25
Tuesdays in Finchley – 2-4 year olds, 10.00-10.50
Fridays in Muswell Hill – 2-4 year olds, 11.30-12.25

Latino Bambino is a favourite of both North London Mums and North London toddlers. It is thanks to Latino Bambino and the fabulous Urska, that this mum ever got back into her skinny jeans again after pregnancy (now at the back of the wardrobe again, but that's another story....). There are two types of class - a toddler class and a baby wearing class, where you learn simple salsa dances whilst wearing your baby in a sling. We highly recommend this fun and exhausting class! Classes are held in Angel and Swiss Cottage (at Huggle). Full details here

Showstoppers - For classes in Performing Arts look no further than SHOWSTOPPERS!  Regular performances at local theatres, classes in Street Dance, Tap, Musical Theatre, Singing & Acting plus LAMDA exams and much more!  We believe Performing Arts is about building confidence and communication skills such as public speaking - all while having FUN!!  Established ten years ago we have built a strong reputation - visit our website www.showstoppersonline.co.uk or find us on Facebook for more info!


Mini Mozart is an unusual and engaging music class where the idea is to get children actually listening, not just hearing. Each class is a mini musical featuring a piano accompanist, violin, clarinet, percussion, bubbles, a parachute and is based around a different fairy tale. Classes are organised into Babies, Toddlers, Siblings and Pre-school (a drop-in class). There are daily classes in different venues in North London (including a new Wednesday class at the Arts Depot in Finchley) and we recommend checking the site for the class nearest you!

Hartbeeps offers unique baby and toddler class, offering a multi-sensory musical experience for children. Using clever music production, original music composition, sound effects, songs and sound plays, lighting effects, innovative props and puppetry together with a vast array of multi-sensory techniques, Hartbeeps creates original and highly specialised mini productions for young children. The classes are organised into age groups from Baby Bells (babies) to Baby Beeps- 6 months to walking- to Happy House- toddlers.  There are classes in Finchley and North Finchley, Barnet  and also Crouch End and Muswell Hill. Check the website for details and times.

Al's Little Singers is a lovely music group for little ones that meets at the Clissold Arms on Fortis Green (105 Fortis Green, London N2 9HR). There are classes at 10 and 11 on Monday, Wednesday and Friday.

The fantastic Eddy plays his eeny meeny music at 9.15, 10.15 and 11.15 in Muswell Hill on Mondays and Hampstead Garden Suburb on Fridays. Full details here.

La La Land is a really great and different music group that runs at the Arts Depot on Friday mornings. All of the (creative and non-annoying) songs are written by Heidi herself and children absolutely love her and the class. We're hooked. 

The very lovely Classical Babies run classical music concerts for parents and small children in Belsize Park.There are lots of different performances from string quartets to opera performers. Call Antonia on 07966446152 for more details or email classicalbabies@yahoo.com.

N16 Musical Mornings run classes at The Tea Room, Stoke Newington, Clissold Park and That Place On The Corner, Newington Green. Classes are themed with unusual themes like Queen or The Monkees and really good fun

Nature and Outdoors

Nature Play North London, Highgate Wood

This lovely sounding group meets every Thursday 2.30pm at the drinking fountain in Highgate Wood. The group is free and for all ages. It meets every week and in all weathers. They set up blankets in a cosy nook in the wood. When they are settled, snacks and drinks can be shared, and then it's about freedom for the children to explore and discover their surroundings and abilities!
You can find out more by visiting the site or joining their Facebook page.  

Babies In the Park, Avenue House Park

This is described as a conscious walk in the park connecting to nature and meets at the Avenue House Kiosk. For more details check out the Facebook page

Sport and Yoga

Enjoyaball runs classes for children aged 18 months to school year 3. Classes run in Golders Green and are a really fun way to introduce children to ball skills.

London Capoiera Centre runs classes for children aged 5-15 in Hendon, Golders Green and Mill Hill. Full details here.

Yogabugs uses dynamic storytelling acted out through safe Hatha postures, YogaBugs classes will take children on imaginary adventures- sailing the ocean waves, heading to space, exploring the jungle. The classes are a complete form of physical exercise in a safe and non competitive environment. Read more about it here. Classes are in Stoke Newington.

Something for you - classes and activities for parents 

Culture Baby run cultural activities that you can take your baby along to. They do art gallery viewings and run cutural salons, which are excellent. Find out more details here.

Mums and The City do gallery visits and walking tours of London for mums and young children.  They have a really great range of events which you can see here.

Writing Parents run creative writing groups for parents in which you can explore the experience of becoming a parent through creative writing. This is a small and friendly writing group for writers of all levels and experience (or none) so come along and rediscover your creativity! The next group is on 1 May in Muswell Hill.

Toddler Classes 

Toddler Sense introduces a whole new world of adventure for toddlers and children up to the age of three years.  Great music, great equipment and great new ideas! Imagine climbing a snow mountain, going on safari, digging for fossils, swimming with dolphins and hunting for dinosaurs?
Every week introduces a whole new adventure.
The main emphasis is on mobility, excitement and adventure. It is a fast-moving, action-packed programme.
Mondays - Hampstead Garden Suburb
Wednesdays- Whetstone
Fridays - Muswell Hill
For more information email finchley@toddlersense.co.uk or call 07545 371740

Other Ideas

Busy Rascals run classes for children in NW2 and NW10 including belly dancing, Diddi Dance, talks for parents and much more. See their website here.

Huggle in Swiss Cottage has a full timetable of classes for children.

That Place On The Corner, Newington Green has loads going on all week for children and families and is a nice place to drop into anyway. 

West London Tots run a really great range of classes for children all week in venues across North West and West London including The Alice House, Queens Park.

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