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As we say a sad farewell to Summer, we bid a big hello to the start of a new school year and the Autumn term.  We ave a range of wonderful classes in and around Queen’s Park for babies, toddlers and older children.  Most classes start from early to mid September and end mid December  – please check with individual organisations for exact dates and prices.

There are quite a lot of classes here so for ease, we have split them into five sections:

1: Baby Massage, Yoga & Mindfulness
2. Creative Craft
3. Science based
4. Drama, Music, Dance & Singing
5. Sport & Movement

We have endeavoured to ensure all classes are correct (as of September 2018) but please do get in touch if you see any inaccuracies or would like your own class added.

Before booking, it’s always worth checking to see if clubs offer any special offers such as trial classes, early bird, sibling or even a QPMs discount!  Most classes that charge by the term will also allow you to join mid-term if there is space for a reduced rate.

Many of the local sports centres also hold a range of weekday and weekend classes, which we have linked at the end of this page.

*Please note, some of the class descriptions are from the class organisers and are not necessarily the opinion of QPM’s.

1. BABY MASSAGE, YOGA & MINDFULNESS

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Gentle Touch Baby Massage

  • Queen’s Park (Maqam Centre, NW10)
  • Suitable from birth to 9 months

A five week course following the IAIM programme which draws from both the Indian and Swedish massage traditions as well as incorporating principles from yoga and reflexology. Many parents find massage a wonderful addition to the bedtime routine. The IAIM programme also teaches strokes to aid with digestion and colic.

Katherine Clarke Baby Massage

  • Kensal Rise (The Dojo, NW10)
  • Tuesdays
  • Suitable for babies from birth

Baby massage and nurturing touch is a wonderful skill to learn with your baby, and to carry on through childhood.  Baby massage is a longstanding parenting practice used everyday in many cultures, with numerous benefits for both parent and baby, and it is great to learn to incorporate it into our more rushed western life.  Benefits include: a strengthened bond with your baby, increased confidence in handling your newborn and reduced crying and emotional distress.

Milestones Baby Massage and Yoga

  • Kensal Green (Hazel Road, NW10)
  • Tuesdays
  • For babies (birth – crawling)

Baby massage is a way of communicating with your baby through gentle strokes and movements. It teaches you so much about each other just through the amazing power of touch. Yoga is a fun way to play with your baby helping them to stretch,relax and uncurl. 5 week course.

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Mindful Kids

  • Queen’s Park (Yoga in Daily Life, NW6)
  • Mondays & Thursdays
  • For ages 3-7

In these fun and engaging group sessions, your child will enjoy mindful movement, sensory & cooperative games, calming breathing exercises, short meditations, self-empowering Mudras (yoga for the hands), developing compassion, and deep relaxation.  Each class ends with Mindful crafts which the children really look forward to.  

* Receive 10% off Mindful Kids classes when you book for the Term quoting QPM’s & £5 for a taster class

Ninja Kids’ Yoga

  • Queen’s Park (Maqam Centre, NW10)
  • Tuesdays 4.45 – 5.45pm / Wednesdays 5.15 – 6.15pm
  • For ages 4-7 years & 7-11 years

An active and calming kids yoga class nurturing healthy bodies and minds.  Yoga sessions provide kids with space where they can develop their radiant little selves through warm-up sequences, breath work, games and poses.

Teen Yoga

  • Queen’s Park (Maqam Centre, NW10)
  • Mondays 6-7pm
  • For ages 13-16 years

Life today is stressful, especially for teens.  Learn how yoga helps to relieve stress and find balance while providing teens with the gift of mindfulness, health and inner strength.

2. CREATIVE CRAFT

 

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Toddler & Mini Picassos

  • Kensal Rise (Station Terrace, NW10)
  • Monday – Saturday
  • For ages 15 months – 15 years

Creative art classes for toddlers, allowing children to paint with easels, create their own art inspired by the great artists; play with dough and sing some fun songs too

*10% off Toddler Picassos when you book for the Autumn term quoting QPM’s

3. SCIENCE, CODING & ROBOTICS

 

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Blue{shift} Coding

  • Brook Green
  • Wednesdays
  • For children aged 5-14 years

Build robots, 3D print jewellery and learn to create personalised Minecraft mods! Your child will do all this whilst developing computational thinking and important programming skills with blue{shift} education. Whether you are looking for term-time after school club or week long camps in the school holidays, blue{shift} has amazing opportunities for your child to learn vital programming skills in a creative and supportive environment.

Little Scientists Club

  • Queen’s Park (Salusbury Rd, NW6)
  • Saturdays
  • For children aged 3-6 years

Little Scientists Club courses help establish and strengthen the foundation for your child’s academic progress in the three branches of science – physics, chemistry and biology. In addition to learning about science, the courses teach children that every experiment is composed of steps they need to follow in order to achieve the intended result.Your child will have the opportunity to carry out a range of exciting activities and fun experiments including making a hovercraft, dissecting flowers, separating and mixing colours, making chemical reactions, the human body and more!

4. DRAMA, MUSIC, DANCE & SINGING

Diddi Dance

  • Kensal Rise (The Church of Transfiguration, NW10)
  • Mondays & Wednesdays
  • For ages 18months – 4 years

Funky pre-school dance classes for boys and girls.  Diddi Dance realises and encourages endless enthusiasm and energy in an action packed, full of fun 45-minute dance class.

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Drama Queens 

  • Queen’s Park (Malorees School, NW6)
  • Weekdays & Saturdays
  • For ages 3-11 (taught in age groups)

Drama classes taught by professional actors using drama games, music and movement to teach voice, posture, movement, confidence, creativity, communication and social skills.

Fireflies Dance (Ballet, Hip Hop & Musical Theatre )

  • Kensal Rise (Moberley Sports Centre NW10), Queen’s Park (New York Pilates & Salusbury Rooms NW6)
  • Classes on Mon /Tues / Wed / Thurs / Sat
  • Ages: Ballet – 2.5 – 9+; Hip Hop – 2.5 – 7y+; Musical Theatre – 4-7+
Fireflies Dance offers ballet, hip pop and musical theatre led by Natalie Hall; Registered Teacher of the Royal Academy of Dance. They have a wonderful and popular team of teachers and are a much-loved part of the Queen’s Park community. This September they are starting new weekday classes in the lovely dance studio at the Moberly Sports Centre.

Hartbeeps (See our QPM’s Hartbeeps feature for more info)

  • Kensal Rise (NW10), Kensal Green (NW10), West Hampstead (NW6) & Willesden (NW2)
  • Classes on Tues / Wed / Thurs / Fri
  • For Newborns – toddlers
Hartbeeps multi sensory sound journeys for newborns to age 5.
Hartbeeps take you and your little one on a different sound journey every week… exploring real life from the safety of our beautiful sets… Hartbeeps set the scene, tell the story and make magic happen!

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Huzzah (see our QPM’s Huzzah feature for more info)

  • Classes in Queen’s Park (Maqam Centre NW6) & West Hampstead (The Kingsgate Centre NW6) 
  • For ages 4-8

Huzzah Performing Arts and Mindfulness Classes are the perfect antidote to modern stress for children. The brand new weekend venues begin this term. Huzzah wake up imaginations, enliven a sense of self esteem, encourage socialisation and pack in bucket loads of fun! Calm, creative, confident kids are what they’re all about. Hop over to the website to book your free trial.

*QPM’s save £10 on weekly classes with the code QPM10

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Little Bilinguals (see our QPM’s Little Bilinguals feature for more info)

  • Kensal Rise (Gracelands Yard, NW10) & West Hampstead (Sheriff Centre, NW6)
  • Mondays & Wednesdays
  • For babies – 4y+

Run by experienced modern languages teacher Caroline Nelson, the Little Bilinguals classes engage children through original songs in Spanish and French which are thoughtfully combined with Makaton signs.  Caroline is constantly adding to the song base, which means she can ensure that the children progress with real meaning and can eventually contextualise what they have learnt. 

Includes an end of term show where the children can show off their accents and sing their beautifully learnt songs.

Receive your first lesson FREE and then 15% off when you buy a Flexi pass, quoting QPM’s. 

Mini Mozart 

  • Queen’s Park (Inter Faith Centre, NW6)
  • Thursdays
  • For babies & toddlers

Mini Mozart classes use live music with at least 2 musicians performing and interacting with the children at every class. Interacting with live musicians makes children begin to process what they’re hearing so that they are actively listening, which aids their cognitive development.

*Mini Mozart is offering 33% off to new members from the Summer term (e mail hello@minimozart.com to get the code).

Monkey Music

  • Queen’s Park (St. Anne’s & St Andrews, NW6), Willesden Green (The Queensbury) & West Hampstead (Emmanuel Church, NW6)
  • Mondays (QP), Tuesdays (WG), Wednesdays (WH)
  • For ages 3months – 3 years

Interactive music classes for babies and toddlers, led by professional musicians and teachers who love music because of the joy it brings to the children that they teach.

*Monkey Music is offering a £1 membership fee (discount of £16) when quoting QPM’s

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Petite Performers (Ballet, Tap, Hip Hop, Drama, Modern)

  • Queen’s Park (Maqam Centre, NW10 / Yoga in Daily Life, NW6 / Movers & Shapers, NW6, Rainbow Nursery, NW6)  & West Hampstead (Emmanuel Church, NW6)
  • Mondays / Wednesdays / Fridays / Saturdays
  • Ages: Ballet – 2.5y – 6; Hip Hop – 2.5y – 4y; Tap – 2.5y – 6; Modern – 5y – 6y; Drama – 2.5y – 4y

The Petite Performers’ unique curriculum in Ballet, Tap, Hip-Hop & Drama are designed for children from as young as 6 months up to 6 years! At Petite Performers, they don’t believe that age should be a barrier to your child’s education, which is why they designed their unique curriculums with even the littlest performers in mind. Imagine your child’s smile & excitement as they go on a magical journey of joy & wonder in every class. Watch as your Petite Performer beams with happiness & blossoms in confidence week after week!

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Razzamataz (theatre school)

  • Queen’s Park (Queen’s Park Community School, NW6)
  • Saturdays
  • For ages 4y – 18y

Razzamataz Theatre Schools Queen’s Park provides affordable training in Dance, Drama and Singing for children aged 4-18yrs in both Musical Theatre and Commercial genres including Pop Singing and Street Dance all in a safe environment.

*To book your FREE Taster Session please contact Victoria Cooper-Jones via email at:
queenspark@razzamataz.co.uk or call on:  020 3843 1727 / 07425 918328

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Sing & Sign

  • Queen’s Park / Kensal Rise / West Hampstead (NW6 & NW10)
  • Mondays / Tuesdays/Wednesdays
  • For ages 2-36months

Learn baby & toddler signing the fun way. Baby signing with Sing and Sign is easy because they make it fun to learn. Your baby will recognise important words sooner and can use the signs to “talk” to you before speech.

*10% off Sing and Sign classes in Queens Park, Kensal Rise & West Hampstead quoting Queen’s Park Mums when booking (contact – Harriet).

Stage Coach Queen’s Park

  • Kensal Rise (Princess Frederica School, NW10)
  • Fridays (pm) & Saturdays
  • For ages 4-6 (90min) / 6-16 (3 hours) / 14-18 (3 hours)

Classes  in drama, singing and dance for 4 – 18 year olds, students work in age accordance groups. No experience necessary – just enthusiasm!  Join for a two week trial. Call on 020 8533 100 / 0777 245 9312

Musical theatre workshops run at half term (Oct ’18).

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The Dance Theatre School (Ballet, Tap, Modern)

  • Queen’s Park (Maqam Centre, NW10)
  • Wednesdays & Saturdays
  • Ages: 6-11

The Dance Theatre School is a fun, friendly and professional school with branches in Queens Park, Kensal Rise, Parsons Green & Fulham. The school is run by Emily Cardno, a highly qualified and experienced dance teacher within the ISTD organisation. Classes start from as young as 6 months with the Petite Performers syllabus, going all the way through to ISTD Examination classes in Ballet, Tap & Modern for children aged 6 years and above.

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The Little Dance Company 

  • Queen’s Park (Maqam Centre, NW10)
  • Tuesdays & Thursdays
  • For ages 18months – 6 years (split into appropriate age groups)
The Little Dance Academy provides a range of classes at The Maqam Centre including Parent & Me, Ballet, Tap, Hip Hop and Drama. The Little Dance Company aims to inspire their dancers in a nurturing environment, creating a warm community where children can grow and learn through the art of dance.
Imaginative classes are provided with an emphasis on fun and aims to foster a love of dance in all their students.

*QPM’s receive £5 off the introductory class pass with code BQJ887 when booking via their website

5. SPORT & MOVEMENT

Flip Out Brent Cross (trampolining)

  • Staples Corner Retail Park (NW2)
  • Monday – Friday
  • For ages 6 months+

September Survival Pass. Fun isn’t meant to end, EVER! Get 30 jumps for only £29.99 this September! 30 jumps need to be redeemed between 01/09/18 to 30/09/18. Keep the kids moving for less once school starts!

Kiddikicks (football)

  • Kensal Rise (Moberley Sports Centre, NW10) & Queen’s Park (Park, NW6)
  • Fridays (Moberley) & Tuesdays (Queen’s Park)
  • For ages 18months – 11 years

Energy burning, age appropriate, football fun, games, skills and drills.  Providing the very best kids’ football coaching for toddlers and children in London.

Little Foxes 

  • Queen’s Park (NW6)
  • Mondays & Tuesdays
  • For ages 3-4 & 5-7

Beginners are taught how to kick the ball and score goals, move with the ball, stop the ball, and change direction.

Advanced players are taught her to pass, defend, dribble, shoot, master the ball and goalkeep.

Little Kickers

  • Kensal Rise (St. Marks Church, NW10) & Queen’s Park (St. Lukes Church, W9)
  • Weekdays & Weekends
  • For ages 18months – 7 years (different age groups)

Football classes that give children a positive introduction to sport by teaching high quality football skills in a friendly, pressure-free environment.  It’s the perfect way to ignite an enthusiasm for sport that will stay with them for life.

My Little Boarders 

  • Royal Oak & Westway Sports Centre
  • Weekdays & weekends
  • For ages 4-15

With highly trained instructors in a funky, cultural venue MLB aim to teach kids the basics of skateboarding, whilst allowing them to make new friends, learn skilful tricks, and maintain an interest in a type of exercise that is fun to do.

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Rugby Tots (see our QPM’s Rugbytots feature for more info)

  • Maida Vale (Paddington Academy, W9)
  • Saturdays
  • For ages 2-7

Fun, structured 30-45 minute play sessions take children on a journey of sporting imagination with engaging and energetic coaches supporting them every step of the way whilst teaching how to catch, pass, kick, run with the ball and play as part of a team.

*Email or Call for a FREE TASTER Class, subject to availability

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Baby Nature

  • Queen’s Park (Maqam Centre, NW10)
  • Mon – Sat
  • 3 months – 3 years

Parent and Baby Swimming lessons with experienced Swimming Nature teachers.  Thirty minute classes held each week.  Join any week of the term.

*QPM’s receive a Free Trial Lesson plus 10% off their first terms booking. Offer applies to classes for children aged 3 years and over. Enter “QPM01” to get 10% discount online

Swimming Nature

  • Queen’s Park (Maqam Centre, NW10)
  • Mon – Sun
  • 3 – 16 years

Children’s swimming lessons where children move through 7 different water animal levels until they are swimming all four strokes and able to swim Medley.  30 minute weekly classes with a maximum of 2 children per teacher.

*QPM’s receive a Free Trial Lesson plus 10% off their first terms booking. Offer applies to classes for children aged 3 years and over. Enter “QPM01” to get 10% discount online

Other options nearby:

Gymboree: Hampstead O2 Centre
Gracelands Yard, Kensal Rise
Jubilee Leisure Centre, Queens Park

Oxygen Freejumping, Acton
Paddington Recreation Ground, Maida Vale
Sheriff Centre, West Hampstead

Willesden Sports Centre                         

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  • Have reflected a little bit on my previous post and although my particular experience and comments still stand, I must admit that I didn’t actually flag my concerns to the head Fireflies teacher at any point.

    So I didn’t actually give them the chance to rectify or address my concerns. Maybe if I had, we would have had a very different term as I could see that the other classes were very well run with engaged kids participating fully.

  • Hi Seema,
    Thank you for your feedback, it is always appreciated and invaluable in helping us improve our provision. I am really sorry to hear of your experience. Had you made it known to me at the time please be assured I would have investigated and made the necessary improvements. Better late than never, you have now made me realise I need to be observing my teachers more regularly.
    I taught all of the hip pop classes except this one pre-school class which was led by our 24 year old experienced dance teacher.
    This is a fun class with dance routines and games set to pop music. It is not intended to be technically challenging at this stage. Our aim is that you get to see the content of the class and how it is led in the free trial class you receive before signing up for the course.
    This term we are delighted to be having our ex-hip pop teacher Rob Thomas returning to take over all of the hip pop classes. He is fantastic and if you would like to try his class it would be my pleasure to arrange something that will help convert you into one of our many happy customers! Just email or call me anytime.

  • Great list thank you!

    Although a note of caution re the Fireflies dance lessons, the ballet lessons may well be led by an experienced teacher but the Hip Pop one’s are not. We stopped after a term as these classes were consistently led by a pair of teenage girls who although enthusiastic were certainly not experienced children’s teachers and were not equipped to be able to properly engage children within the class. Really not worth it… you’d be better off at home with your own iPhone loaded with music which is what this class amounted to.

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