Learning

Families

Baby Mindful

New parents and their babies (pre-walking) and soon to be parents and their bumps can enjoy quiet, quality time to enhance bonding and promote calm. You’ll learn mindfulness techniques to promote relaxation for you and your baby and encourage you to feel calm and grounded. Mindfulness encourages healthy coping and focussing techniques with an emphasis on the here and now. There will also be a chance to engage with the visual and emotional impact of the exhibitions and meet other local new parents with a social lunchtime.

These free sessions are held on Monday mornings from 10am to 12noon. Please arrive in plenty of time to avoid disappointment as places are limited.

Monday 30 July

There will be tea and coffee from 10am, with the session starting at 10.15am. From 11.15am there will be a social lunchtime. Tea and coffee will be provided, please bring a packed lunch if you would like to stay for the social at the end.

The gallery is fully accessible to buggies and there is free parking onsite. There are baby change facilities on site and a calming feeding area will be available for those who would like one.

See Saw

Weekly drop-in sessions for under-fives and their carers. These multi-sensory sessions are designed to encourage creativity and curiosity, and develop skills in communication, co-ordination and social interaction. Sessions include music, play materials, soft play, creative activities, stories and rhyme time in a relaxed environment.

See Saw sessions take place every Friday (term time and school holidays) from 10.30am to 12.30pm in either the Coach House or Stables Gallery.

The sessions cost £6 for the first child and £3 for additional siblings. Children must be accompanied by an adult at all times. No booking is necessary, just drop-in on the day.

Dad Day

Dad Day is a programme of creative activities for Dads or male carers and their children from babies to 10 years. Practical artist-led workshops explore different themes and techniques including animation, print-making, construction and painting.

Workshops are based on the current exhibition at Richmond’s Riverside Gallery. Have fun exploring the gallery, playing with clay, creating collages, and making masks!

Sessions take place every second Saturday of the month from 10am to 12pm at the Whittaker Ellis Suite at Old Town Hall, Whittaker Avenue, Richmond TW9 1TP.

Sessions cost £6 for first child and £3 for additional siblings over 6 months.

Saturday 14 July
Saturday 11 August
Saturday 8 September

Sunday Afternoon Art

Join us for a series of drop-in, relaxed and creative art sessions for all the family on Sunday afternoons.

Sessions take place on the first Sunday of each month from 2 to 3.30pm in the Coach House.

£4 first child, £1.50 additional siblings and children. No booking is necessary.

Request a family pass to gain free entry to family workshops. Family passes are available for those who are:

  • Unemployed
  • Receiving benefits including Income Support, Job Seekers or Disability Allowance
  • Single parents
  • Caring for a child with a disability
  • English as an Additional Language (EAL)
  • Foster families

Passes are only available for Richmond residents.

To request a Family Pass or for more information about any of our family programmes please email artseducation@richmondandwandsworth.gov.uk