classes for kids

Our roundup of some of the best classes for kids in East London

With something for every child from the creative to the sporty all the way from birth to adulthood. Some say the key to life long happiness is finding your element. We hope you find a class that helps your child find new ways to express themselves, make new friends and discover talents they didn’t know they had.

JUNIOR MUSIC SCHOOL

Junior Music School is a new music school designed to encourage children to reach their musical potential. Guided by the belief that all children are born with the gift of music, they support children’s musical education and exam preparation. Aiming to develop the natural talents and musical skills of their students from as young as 2 years of age. Students can gain tuition in piano, singing, guitar and violin. Children ages 8-12 will have the opportunity to join classes as part of a band and even get to perform in concert. Why not book a free trial?

When: Saturdays, 9am-12:30pm from 18th January 2020

Where: Cyril Jackson School (South Building) Limehouse Causeway, Poplar, London E14 8BN

W: http://www.juniormusicschool.co.uk/contact/4587440232

THE HILARITY ACADEMY 

Ages 7-12 yrs Mondays 3:30pm

Ages 13-18 yrs Mondays 5pm

Give your children the giggles every Monday with free comedy classes for kids at St Margaret’s House in Bethnal Green. Children will learn everything from sketch to stand-up to clowning, and even improvisation. At the end of the course, students will be showing off their skills at the Gallery Café, and in the comedy club The Albany in Camden

When: 13th January -30th March (break for half term)

Where: St Margarets House, 21 Old Ford Road , Bethnal Green ,E2 9PL

W:https://www.stmargaretshouse.org.uk/hilarity-academy

To find out more, or sign up, please call Stuart at St. Margaret’s House on 020 8980 2092 or email him at pm@stmargaretshouse.org.uk

POLLYANNA TRAINING THEATRE 

Drama & Musical Theatre classes for kids ages 2.5-16 years in Wapping. Weekly classes held after school or at weekends, helping children learn to express creativity, communicate emotions, team work skills, confidence and self-esteem and most importantly have fun.

Musical Theatre

Pollyanna Musical Theatre classes for kids are a fun mixture of drama, singing and dance with performances twice a year, aimed at improving self-esteem, focus, creativity and co-ordination.

Mini Musical Theatre

Ages 2.5-4yrs Thursday 16.15-17.30 or Saturday 10.00am-11.15am

Musical Theatre

Ages 4-11yrs Monday & Wednesday 5-7pm, Friday 5:30-7pm and Saturday 10:30am -1:30pm

Musical Theatre for Teens

Ages 11-16 yrs Saturday 10.30am-1.30pm

LAMDA (London Academy of Music & Drama Art)

These Lamda (London Academy of Music & Dramatic Art) accredited sessions work towards entry for examinations from the Lamda syllabus in acting, poetry or Shakespeare.

Ages 5-11 yrs Wednesday 4-5pm

Ages 11+ Saturday 1-2pm

Idance

Ages 7-11 yrs Thursday 4.45-5.30pm

Children will learn a variety of dance styles with a focus on picking choreography and building a repertoire of dance routines.

When: Term starts week of 9/9/19 with a break for Half term 21st – 26th October

Where: The Children’s Centre, 15 Chandler St E1W 2QL.

W: http://www.pollyannatheatre.org

STRATFORD CIRCUS

Children can explore their dramatic repertoire and learn dance from as young as 3 months with Stratford Circus Arts Centre’s classes for kids. Never too young to start working on your moves!

Baby Dance

Ages 3-12 mths Mondays 6th Jan -16th March (halfterm break)

10- 10.45am

This popular class, led by Lisa Robbins, provides babies with a movement, sensory, rhythmical experience in a playful environment supported by their parent or carer who are also active participants in the class.

Toddler Ballet

Ages 2-4yrs with parents/carers Mondays 10- 10.45am, 11am – 12pm & 12pm – 1pm 6th Jan -16th March (halfterm break)

Explore ballet with imaginative exercises that will develop coordination, musicality, grace, posture and poise, enabling children to enjoy the social and physical benefits of ballet in a safe and positive environment. We welcome all boys and girls to come and join these fun and interactive creative ballet classes.

Theatre Skills

Ages 2-4 yrs Saturdays 9.30am – 10.30am 13th Jan -23rd March (halfterm break)

Ages 5-8 yrs Saturdays 10.30am – 11.30am 13th Jan -23rd March (halfterm break)

An energetic class exploring theatre skills with fun exercises and games that will develop communication skills, imagination and confidence and allow the children to enjoy the social and fun elements of theatre.

Youth Theatre

Ages 9-13 yrs Saturdays 1pm – 3pm 13th Jan -23rd March (halfterm break)

Working with local theatre-makers, Youth Theatre participants will expand their drama skills by taking part in theatre exercises, drama games and a performance in a professional studio theatre. Have fun, gain new skills, build confidence and devise an ensemble play to perform to an audience of friends and family.

Where: Stratford Circus Arts Centre, Theatre Square, London, E15 1BX

W: https://stratford-circus.com/classes/

KIDDIKICKS

Kiddikicks offer lively and fun football classes in Victoria Park for children from as young as 18mths! Their classes run all year round going from outdoor park sessions in the summer to indoors when the weather gets colder. Indoor season runs November to March and outdoor season runs April to October.

Spring Term January 11th 2020 – April 4th 2020

Nippers

Ages 18mths- 2.5 yrs Saturday 9-9:30am and 9:30-10am and Sunday 9:30am -10am

Runners

Ages 2.6-3.5 yrs Saturday 10am -10:45am and Sunday 10am -10:45am

Racers

Ages 3.6 yrs – 5yrs Saturday 10:45-11:30am and 11:30am -12:15pm, Sunday 10:45am-11:30am

Racers 6 week term

Mondays February 24th – March 30th 2020

Ages 3.6 yrs – 5yrs 3:45 pm – 4pm

Where: Royal Gate East and West Entrance, West Park, Grove Rd, Victoria Park, London, E3 5TB

All classes will break for half term

W: http://www.kiddikicks.co.uk/

KIDSLINGO FUN FRENCH CLASSES FOR KIDS

Kidslingo is about inspiring young children to learn languages in a fun and interactive way, with an exciting mix of songs, games, actions, role-play and storytelling.  Classes introduce the language in a natural and intuitive manner, allowing your little one to learn through play – and to have a whole heap of fun in the process!

Learning a foreign language at a young age not only gives children a greater linguistic ability later in life, it can also increase their critical thinking skills, creativity and flexibility of mind.

Baby Class

Ages 0-18 mths Thursdays 9:15-10am

Preschool Class

Ages 18 mths – 4 years Thursdays 10:15-10:45am

When: 9th January 2020 – 2nd April 2020, excluding Thursday 20th February (half term)

Infants Class

Ages 4 – 7 yrs Saturdays 9:30-10am

When: 11th January 2020 – 4th April 2020, excluding Saturday 22nd February (half term)

Where: St Paul’s, Old Ford, St Stephen’s Rd, Bow, London E3 5JL

W: https://www.kidslingo.co.uk/area/french-classes-bow-hackney-central/

CHISENHALE DANCE SPACE

Chisenhale Dance Space offers fantastic movement classes for kids. Children start dance tuition from as young as 2 years at Chisenhale Dance Space in fun and bonding sessions with their grownups. A great way to keep children active in a non-competitive space as they develop their confidence and a love for movement.

Mini Movers

Mini Movers classes start at 2yrs, with adults and children discovering the joy of movement together through play and creativity.

Ages 2-3 yrs Saturdays 9:45am -10:25am and 10-10:40am

Leaps & Strides

Leaps and Strides Creative Movement classes develop technique and alignment, while emphasising self-expression.

Ages 3-5 yrs Saturdays 10:30am -11:10 am and 11:15am – 11:55am

Dash

Children work on longer sequences to develop rolls, turns, jumps, timing, and technique with the emphasis always on fun and discovery. Children will begin solo and group work developing improvisation along with performance skills.

Ages 5-7yrs Saturdays 12-12:50pm

Contemporary and Street Dance

Choose between Contemporary and Street Dance classes teaching flexibility, and strength while developing their preferred style and physical confidence.

Ages 8-12 yrs Saturdays 11am -12pm

Classes run every Saturday during term time. Tasters are £5 on your first visit, course bookings start at £36 (concessions available).

When: Saturday, 11th January – 4th April (no class 22 February)

Where: Chisenhale Dance Space, 64-84 Chisenhale Road, London, E3 5QZ

W: https://www.chisenhaledancespace.co.uk/all-classes/?type=children

TRY TIME

Try Time Vicky Park uses highly creative games to ensure that every child is entertained and engaged the entire class. Their coaches love to entertain the kids while they teach them sports skills. Not only will children learn great sportsmanship skills like teamwork, respect and discipline, they’ll also learn how to handle a little healthy competition.

Rascals

Ages 2-3.5 yrs Saturdays 10am to 11am

Scoundrels

Ages 3.5- 5 yrs Saturdays 10am – 11am

Scrummers

Ages 5-7 yrs Saturdays 11.15 – 12.15pm

Where: Victoria Park Road Bow East London E9 7BQ Opposite the Victoria Band Stand, near the Crown East Gate entrance to the park. FREE parking on Gore Road

When: 11th January to 4th April, with half term break on 22nd February

W: https://www.trytimekidsrugby.com/victoria-park/

POPLAR UNION

This varied selection of children’s classes and events illustrates why Poplar Union is such an indispensable part of our community.

Art Explorers Family Workshops 

For the whole family Monthly sessions

When: Saturday 1 February & Sunday 1 March

Explore drawing, painting and sculpture in a series of fun and playful family workshops. Engage with art ideas, explore materials and styles to create fun projects for the whole family.

https://poplarunion.com/event/art-explorers-family-workshops-with-kulwinder-bajar/

Sensory Exploration Sessions with FEEL Theatre

Ages 0-Crawling Tuesdays 10am-10:40am

When: 7 January – 31 March 2020

W: https://poplarunion.com/event/sensory-exploration-sessions-with-feel-theatre/

Join FEEL Theatre for weekly Sensory Exploration Sessions for babies. Babies love to explore with their senses (especially their mouths!) and at FEEL Theatre they believe that sensory play is amazing for brain development, as well as stimulating, and a lot of fun! Each week your baby will explore different textures, smells, tastes, and learn about cause and effect.

Drama Club with MOTH Physical Theatre

Ages 4-8 yrs Tuesdays 4pm -5pm

When: 7 January – 31 March 2020

Would your children like to try drama but fear stepping up on the stage? Fear no more! Join Charlie Irwin, actor, teacher and co-founder of Moth Physical Theatre, in these fun-filled, pressure free, drama classes for kids which seek to develop skills and build confidence.

East London Children’s Choir

Ages 7-11 yrs Tuesdays 4:15-5:30pm

When: 7 January – 31 March 2020

Join musical director, Jonathan Pease, and sing your heart out every week in this new children’s choir!

Through games, harmony singing and warm-ups, Jonathan will lead this new children’s choir for all those budding young singers out there. Focusing on different genres of music including pop, classical and musical theatre, it’s the perfect after school activity. It doesn’t matter if you haven’t sung in a choir before, as long as you love singing and are up for having some fun! Everyone is welcome.

Street Dance

Ages 6-12 Mondays 4pm-5pm

When: 6 January – 30 March

Do you know a child obsessed with street dance? Send them to Jana Karaikoza’s weekly after school classes for kids looking to discover hip hop foundations and grooves, as well as developing rhythm and improving coordination.

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