New Year, New Classes (Part 1)

After-school and weekend kids' indoor activity classes for the Spring term 2018

Channel your kids' renewed energy into an inspiring after-school and/or weekend activity or class this Spring term. It's a short term so an ideal opportunity to try something new. Remember, too, though that, at this time of year, it will be dark after school certainly for the first half of the term – and cold, we've seen the longterm weather forecast – so it's probably not the term to start a new outdoor activity.

Still not on the coding bandwagon? Maybe now is the term to start? It's recommended for ages as young as 6+ at BlueShift Coding. Two of the a&u kids did a Creative Writing holiday course with Yellowbird Education in the Christmas holidays (4 long mornings) and 'actually really enjoyed it' so we highly recommend them. We are focusing this week on indoor activities with our Tried & Tested favourites and a link to all the rest that London has to offer. Inspire the next generation ... catch up next week on Sports classes (indoors and outdoors).

Indoor after-school and weekend activities

Engineering, Coding and Science after-school clubs and workshops

coding Cypher Coding classes

This is the future so why not get a head start!

Blue Shift in West London (Notting Hill, Kensington and Shepherd's Bush) has coding and robotics classes after school and Saturdays for kids as young as 6.

The Fire Tech Crew Saturday courses are awesome for ages 9–12 years. Mainly held at Chelsea Academy SW10. Term starts 13 January. Lots more courses on the website to book for February half term and beyond.

Mini Engineers hold Lego weekday (for ages 5–8) and Saturday (all ages) workshops in South Kensington, Notting Hill or Wimbledon to build confidence and working towards the Connect, Construct, Contemplate and Continue principles. Nursery class in South Ken on Wednesdays too. 

Little House of Science hold the most brilliant classes for all ages. Totally inspiring with sessions on, for instance, 'how the stars got into the sky', 'why is the sun so bright' and 'ow do cars drive and aeroplanes fly'. And how do our magnificent brains work? Classes in Notting Hill, Chelsea, St John's Wood and South Ken. 

Richer Education engages kids in real-life challenges in all the STEM (Science, Tech, Engineering and Maths) subjects on Saturday and Sundays in South Ken. Book now for the popular half-term and Easter holiday courses. 

Cypher Coders is running a Monday after-school club in Notting Hill, taking computing education beyond gaming and engaging in t hemes including Fashion, Architecture, Minecraft, Music, Digital Art, Robotics and Lego.

See all Engineer, Coding and Science club listings.

Drama and music after-school and weekend classes and workshop


Oh my goodness, it's no surprise that the UK is riding high with acting talent in films, TV and stage. If your child has a urge to go on the stage or if they are shy and they want to build more confidence joining one of the many drama classes might be a brilliant first step. Here are our top recommendations – please let us know of any new good group you'd like us to recommend. 

Allsorts Drama in Notting Hill and Knightsbridge is running by the lovely Melissa. We have lovely memories of coming to see many a kids' production. They really encourage friendships among the group as well as getting the best acting experience. Like many drama clubs, you might get the chance to audition for a West End production or even a film (like ours did for Nanny McPhee). They hold after-school and Saturday classes

Dramarama Stage School has classes in Hampstead: drama, street dance and musical theatre for ages 5–11. Dramatots for ages 3–4.

Upbeat classes are a whole lot of fun. Sing, dance and record a CD – you can even perform at an Upbeat gig. Saturdays and holidays in Chelsea, Parson's Green, Clapham and Wandsworth.

Stagecoach has had a superb reputation for many years as a brilliant drama school. They put on the best performances and many a star has been born ... Venues all across London with lots of after-school, weekend and holiday courses.

See all Drama and music club listings.


Ballet after-school and weekend classes and workshops

michael flatley kids dance classes

There are so many good ballet schools in London. Theses are our favourite. It is worth taking up the offer of trial lessons as schools differ as to what exams they put kids up for and what level of strictness and smartness they insist on ...

The Angela Grant School of Dance has RAD classes in West London from age 2.5. Many talented aspiring ballerinas are born here ...

Primrose Hill Ballet Schools has ballet, modern and tap classes for ages 3+ in Belsize Park, Hampstead and Swiss Cottage. 

The Ballet School has Saturday and holiday classes in Bayswater, Notting Hill, Brook Green, Wandsworth, Barnes and Fulham. 

West London School of Dance has venues in Central London, South Ken and West London: ballet, tap, singing and jazz.

Michael Flatley Dance Academy has the most brilliant fun Irish dance classes for ages 4–8 and 8+ in Chelsea, Fulham, Kew, Hammersmith, Islington, Wandsworth and Wimbledon. 'Training the stars of the future.'


Off the beaten track - something a bit different

albert and friends circus skills classes for kids

Circus Skills

Editors Annie and Emily tried Circus Skills for one of our Mumszone activities – it really is a fabulous activity to try, engaging both brain (as it requires lots of concentration) and also core strength. In a group it is also a great way to make out-of-school friends. Albert & Friends Instant Circus in Hammersmith runs after-school and Saturday classes featuring aerial trapeze, juggling and balancing on the tightrope. On Saturdays parents can join in too!


Everyone is talking about healthy eating. Gill's Cookery workshops in North London are legendary. There is still space for tomorrow's course and she will be running more in the months ahead.

Learn a language or improve English

Lingo Bros with classes and holiday workshops in Bayswater offers structured, playful lessons in French using the Disney characters to ignite interest. Genius!

Yellowbird Education makes consolidating English (as well as mock exams) a joy. 

For more ideas go to and type in an activity like Sewing, Music, Languages.

Next week's newsletter we'll be reviewing Sports after-school and weekend classes and workshops. In the meantime log onto and select the sport you are interested in for all up-to-date listings.

Also, in next week's Pregnancy & Baby (Early Years) monthly newsletter, we'll be recommending the best baby and pre-school classes for the new year. To get your P&B newsletter, sign up here. Sign up P&B (Early Years) newsletter.