Tuesday 30 June 2009 9.33am
My kids now tend to sign up for sports stuff. Not much is local. We are near Vauxhall so the kids can get themselves to Earlsfield and the wonderful Spencer Club which offers cricket, tennis and hockey courses. There will be other sports clubs further East. The athletics stadium in Battersea Park also does week long courses (indeed Wandsworth is pretty good on activites for teenagers and their website would be worth a look.) Fulham FC, and possibly Charlton, run girls football courses but again not local. Daughter would have done a weeks swimming camp in Hammersmith, but the pool is closed for maintenance. Also worth seeing what is on at the private schools in Dulwich. They rent out their facilities to a range of operators offering different activities.
These all involve journeys, but we have taken the view that if kids are to learn to find their own way around London they might as well start during the daytime in summer.
The freebie magazine Families South West had a long list of different activites within their catchment and also Dulwich. There is apparently a sister magazine Families South East, may have put together a similar list, but I have never come across it. (These magazines have a website which would be worth a look.) Libraries also sometimes have lists of local activities.
might be worth a shot.
If your daughter is not so keen on sport (mine appears to be powered by Durocell and the challenge is to wear her out) the Unicorn may offer courses, as might other local institutions. Or why not see if Surrey Quays farm is interested in a volunteer?
I agree with you though. Kids of this age can't simply be left at home, they need something to do.