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In Cafes & bakeries, Cinemas, Indoor fun, Outdoor fun, Parent & baby, Parks, Pubs, Restaurants, Shopping, Transport on August 5, 2010 at 9:37 pm

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One O’clock Centres

In Indoor fun, Outdoor fun, Parent & baby, Parks on July 17, 2010 at 9:12 am

There are 11 One O’clock Centres in Wandsworth council with locations in popular areas such as Battersea Park, King George’s Park and The Windmill.  One O’clock clubs are open Monday to Friday from 1:00 – 3:30 p.m. and entry to the centre is completely free.  Each club has their own schedule of activities so best to check with them directly for a timetable.  There are both indoor and outdoor play areas which include a soft play section for babies and crawlers and toddlers can fully utilize the playground’s swings, slides, ride-on vehicles, sandpits, fancy dress costumes for role play, building blocks, finger painting and more.  This is a drop in centre ideal for children under 5 years old with an accompanying adult so anyone can walk in.  Programs are also available for children 3 – 16 years old during term time and school holidays; again best to check each centre for details.   

“In Play Services we have two main objectives – 1. to improve the quality of play provision and 2. to promote public interest in the importance of play. We believe that in pursuing these aims we can bring benefits to children and adults alike.”  – Paul Robinson, Director Children’s Services

Please take a look at the FLICKR link on the right where I’ve scanned a map and listing of One O’clock Centres, Adventure Playgrounds, Activity Centres and After School Care locations.

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Battersea Park Children’s Zoo

In Outdoor fun on July 3, 2010 at 10:28 am

The Battersea Park Children’s Zoo is open from 10:00 a.m. everyday with closing times varying between winter and summer seasons.  It’s a terrific place for kids of all ages to play, run around, explore and get a hands on experience on animal life.  There are feeding times during which the children can help feed and/or pet some of the smaller animals which is great fun.  The large sandpit is a hit and so are the many playgrounds which include wall climbing, swings, slides and a huge firetruck to climb in.  The cafe serves sandwiches, ice-cream, a variety of drinks and snacks with seating available inside or outside on the lawn.  There are baby changing rooms within the toilet area which is great when you need some privacy.   It’s a superb place if you’re looking for an afternoon or all day family trip.  Bring a blanket and have a picnic there,  there are plenty of open spaces and tables (with umbrellas).  Or maybe you’ll want to plan your child’s next birthday party there too?!

Coram’s Fields

In Outdoor fun on June 25, 2010 at 10:22 pm

Just a 10 minute walk from Russell Square tube station, Coram’s Fields is ideal for families wanting to go on a picnic or just have some fun under the sun.  It’s an open, green space with a play area suitable for toddlers and younger children.  There are sand pits, paddling pools, swings, slides and even a small pet’s corner.  The pet’s corner doesn’t seem to be the main attraction in comparison to the playground, where kids run around in their swimsuit or nappy, from one play area to the next.  Bring a big towel and a change of clothing because I bet you’ll need it!  If you’d like to make a day out of it why not visit the British Museum too.  And, if  you’re feeling really adventurous, take the 168 bus to Camden High Street – about a 15 – 20 minute journey.

Bishop’s Park and Fulham Palace

In Cafes & bakeries, Outdoor fun, Parks on June 18, 2010 at 10:04 am

Take a stroll through Bishop’s Park and enter the beautiful gardens of Fulham Palace.  There you’ll find a cafe and huge lawn area where you can have a picnic and safely let your kids run around.  One of the greenest, hidden places in Fulham and a must see if you haven’t already.  The Drawing Room Cafe offers table service and/or take away if needed.  We thoroughly enjoyed our afternoon here.  So peaceful and quiet!

Common Ground Cafe Bar

In Cafes & bakeries, Indoor fun, Outdoor fun, Parks, Pubs on April 24, 2010 at 10:17 pm

This is a perfect spot for both parents and children.  The Common Ground is nestled in Wandsworth Common just off Dorlcote Road.  It’s a cafe/bar which means they serve anything from a cup of tea to bottled beer or a glass of wine.  I have yet to try any of their menu items but by the way it looks everyone is sure to find something to cut their appetite.  Inside there are tables in the front of house and in the back as well as outside.  What’s really cool is that they also supply kids with toys such as activity cubes and building blocks.  Clever if you ask me.  They also have a class schedule offering Action Amanda activities throughout the week for babies and toddlers on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday (best suitable from 6 months to 4 years old).   On Wednesday they have a Blueberry Playsong session for babies over 12 months old, ideal for those babies who love music!  And after a session of play take your little one to the playground just a few feet away!