Kids Activities

Archway is not particularly well provided with children’s activities.

Below is a list of options in 2010, straying up the hill to Highgate, across to Highgate Newtown, and down to places like Tufnell Park and Whittington Park. 

See also the information provided by the Tufnell Park Parents’ Support Group Membership is just £5 a year and it organises weekly tea mornings in member’s homes, weekly soft play at the Sobell, a fortnightly email update, and a quarterly newsletters which also includes a useful  trades list. 


Archway Early Years Centre

Vorley Road N19 5HE Tel: 020 7272 3350

Free classes for parents and children including baby yoga, baby massage, sing and sign and more. (Some very busy so arrive early.)


Archway Leisure Centre 

Aquaterra Tel: 020 7281 4105      

Swimming lessons, from babies to adults 10 lessons of half an hour Sat or Sun am.      


Archway Library

Various activities including a study support club.


Archway Park         

Kickabout pitch.


Caxton House Tel:020 7263 3151

After Schools Club, Celia Facey, Senior Playworker Tel: 020 7263 3151

Under 5s playgroup 39 weeks and drop in 48 weeks per year

Caxton Timebank Volunteering and skill sharing scheme including seeking help them with a skill needed, including group activities Tel: 020 7263 3151 John Garces


Elthorne Boxing Club/Islington Boxing Club

Hazellville Road Enzo Giordano Tel:07956 293768

Boxing including for under 18s.

Elthorne Park         


7 a side pitch and kick about wall.

Highgate Newtown Community Centre   hnccltd@hotmail.coom

Tel: 020 7272 7201

NOTE Highgate Newtown is due to be redeveloped as housing. The management are seeking to relocate locally as many of the activities as possible in the interim and then move back once work has been completed. However, the new community space will be much smaller than before so not all of the existing activities will be able to move back. Some may continue in different locations. 

Tadpoles playgroup - Story days with songs, drama and puppets - Tel: 020 7281 7031/Tel: 020 7916 9553

Gymbabes, Gymsters, Gymnastics - Dance and Drum, Bouncy castle and soft play

Mabel’s Monster Music - Tel: 020 7692 4255/020 7281 7031

Little Kickers - Tel: 020 7692 4255/020 7281 7031

Art Project table top activities

Holiday playschemes - Tel: 020 7281 7031/020 7916 9553

Teckids computer club - Tel: 07939 856 549.

Kumon Maths & English - Tel: 020 8347 5664.

Trapeze - Tel: 07973 754

Pottery - Tel: 020 7272 7201

Gymnastics Club - Tel: 020 7272 7201

Artbox - Tel: 020 7272 7201.

Guitar Classes – guitars provided and for sale cheaply - Tel: 020 7272 7201

Woodcraft folk - arts & crafts, hikes, camps & co-operative games -Tel: 020 8340 9359.

Football Superskills - Tel: 020 7272 7201

Greek - Tel: 07939 856 549

Dance Aerobics inc street, ballet, contemporary and salsa - Tel: 07935 356 555.

5-A-Side - Tel: 020 7272 2701

Islington Arts and Media School

Turle Road, Tollington Park N4

Tel: 020 7527 5672 

Learning Plus do After school Tel: 020 7527 5756  Tel: 020 7281 5511

Saturday Music @ IAMS music from voice to steel pans and big bands


Jackson’s Lane

Tel: 020 8341 4421

The Art of Breakdance

Tel: 07889 755 864

Crazee Kids Dance, Music and Drama

Tel: 07958 501 919;

Debbie Campbell Musical Theatre Group

Tel: 020 7490 8353

Jacksons Lane Youth Theatre founded by Bob Williams, actor and teacher at St Michael's primary school, now an MBE.

Kaos Youth Music Theatre Company Ali Jackson

Tel: 07950 359 209

Kids Yoga

Tel: 07931 106590

Mabel’s Monster Music Cate Dunne

Tel: 07931 973 650

Openhouse Performing Arts: Discover Your Talent

Tel: 07506 935 422

Street Dance


Lauderdale House

Waterlow Park, Highgate Hill Tel: 020 8348 8716

Suzuki classical music, Sumics Toddlers Music, Mini Mozart  + Rucksack Music

Weekly art classes and workshop, dance and drama workshops


Methodist Hall        

Tel: 020 8444 5004

Boys Brigade, Brownies, Guides, Toddler Dance, Children’s ESOL school , Kung Fu classes  


St Andrews, Whitehall Park        

Tel: 020 7686 2293

Scouts and badminton plus toddler playgroup. Plus Monday am children’s singing sessions with Green Means Go


Sunnyside Gardens  Tel: 020 7272 3522

Throughout the week, horticultural therapy sessions for people who would like to either learn about gardening or to garden for therapeutic reasons.

Whittington Park Community Centre   

Tel: 020 7272 1847

One O'Clock Club, musical activities.
After School Club  

Woodcraft Folk Woodchip, Elfin, Pioneer, Venturer and DF groups.

Holiday play scheme during school holidays for olds,

Spanish class

Drama class with Young Actors’ Theatre

French class

Arts classes

Leaping Lizards private nursery Tel: 020 7619 3624


Whittington Park Playing Fields

 Tel: 020 7700 1370

Ongoing programme of football coaching courses and sessions. 
Just turn up and play. Islington Council would like to promote the casual use of this facility.
11-a-side football, 6/7-a-side football, junior coaching programme.

Black Vinyl Hearts Football Club 18+ Sunday league.


Tufnell Park Playing Fields        

Tel: 020 7700 3252

Grass pitch plus 300m and 100m grass track

There are also nurseries and children’s centres - see Education Centres