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Rainy Day Pursuits for South West London Children


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As this summer’s weather rolls through Wandsworth and Lambeth with the standard unpredictability, local families are faced with the usual dilemma: where in South West London can kids be entertained and educated come rain or shine?

Children are full of energy at the best of times and being holed up at home on a rainy day can be frustrating for both parent and child.  A list of last minute weatherproof South West London activities is a must for busy parents and we have scoured the area for some of the best examples of part-time pastimes for children of all ages and temperaments.


  • Amanda’s Action Club welcomes children aged four months to five years and their parents to join her regular Action Clubs in Clapham, Wandsworth and Battersea for fun and varied exercise designed to help children develop both physically and creatively.  Children with special needs are always welcome and catered for.
  • Battersea Park’s Millennium Arena provides a range of children’s activities from athletics to tennis, perfect for aspiring Olympians!
  • For Olympic emulation with a twist, take your kids to Back Flip Performers in Fulham or Streatham.  Children aged two to 12 are coached to improve agility, strength and social skills.


  • Local libraries are a treasure trove of free local activity for children.  What’s more, the emphasis is on making education fun!  Libraries across the UK are challenging children to get to grips with reading through story lab, an interactive website offering interviews with authors, reading challenges and online games.  Closer to home, Potter fans can invent magical stories of their own on JK Rowling’s Pottermore website and both Wandsworth and Lambeth Libraries provide reading, craft and other activities for children of all ages.
  • With centres in Clapham, Brixton and Battersea, Kids Language Club uses fun and varied teaching methods to help children aged three to 11 progress with languages including French, German and Mandarin.  The club also provides activity days, parent-toddler classes, one to one tuition and trips abroad.


  • The fantastically named Artful Toddler encourages children aged 12 months and over to get creative (and messy) with craft materials.  Classes run weekly at Clapham Junction and don’t worry: overalls are provided!
  • Perform  runs both regular and holiday classes in Clapham, Battersea, Streatham and Fulham.  Babies and toddlers learn catchy tunes and gentle activities at ‘Mini P’ workshops, while older children train in acting, dance and singing with the end of term show in mind!
  • Tin Pan Annie is an innovative troupe of musicians, performers, music therapists and teachers providing classes and parties for children aged four months to six years across Lambeth and Wandsworth.  The group’s focus is on building confidence and breaking down social and language barriers whilst introducing kids to music in all its forms.
  • Studio Film School provides coaching in directing, shooting and editing movies and animations as well as acting for camera.  Children aged four to 16 can hone their media skills and awareness at regular workshops in Balham and the team are also available for children’s parties.

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