THE Tween Tribe. THE best alternative holiday club in Surrey for your tweens and teens with adventures departing from Kingston upon Thames, Twickenham, Strawberry Hill.
Hi – this is Kate. I am the owner of The Tween Tribe – a boutique holiday club for 10-13 year olds.
I came up with the idea when my daughter was 11 and it was becoming increasingly difficult to find childcare during the school holidays. We were enduring the long holidays instead of enjoying them. We have an amazing choice of kids clubs in Kingston, Twickenham, Wimbledon, Richmond and the surrounding area. But what happens when your child is getting too old for these holiday clubs but are still too young to be left alone doing their own thing? What if they’re not into football camp or sports or drama? This is exactly what happened to us when my daughter was making the transition into secondary school and childcare had become a nightmare!
The much loved holiday and kids club she had been at since she was young were now not enough. She was desperate for bigger adventures. Her friends were away, I was at work and a holiday club which provided the chance for this age group to be safely independent and autonomous did not exist.
Talking to other harassed parents on the train to work I discovered not only that we were all having the same problem, but also that the school holidays were a time of loneliness, boredom, isolation and way too much screen time for a lot of tweens and teens. Children felt they didn’t have any friends, they found the holidays boring and dull and there were little opportunities for them to grow and develop.
I resolved to start this new category of childcare myself. That was 4 years ago! In lockdown I finally had the time to create The Tween Tribe, aimed exclusively at this tricky inbetween age where friendship and socializing is key, where they need to be kept safe and supervised but also need to feel free, autonomous and independent.
I wanted to give our tweens the chance to be free and independent AND be kept safe and supervised. An opportunity to escape the suburbs and experience real life with real friends.
A huge amount of planning has gone into the tween tribe activities. There had to be something for everyone! The arty, the sporty, the fun loving, the shy, those who enjoy chill time, those who love adventure, those who love pampering, cooking, shopping, games, swimming etc. Every interest is catered for. This is multi-activity indoor and outdoor non stop fun! Instead of the usual fixed format, we host a variety of fun, unusual, memorable days out in London.
We go trampolining, ride cable cars, make bathbombs at Lush, do graffiti painting workshops, ride the world’s longest tunnel slide, swim in Olympic pools, picnic in London’s secret gardens, make chocolate, cool off in amazing splash fountains, and much more.
What’s important to me is that everyone feels included. We have a zero tolerance policy for bullying or any unkind behavior! Everyone on one of our trips will feel included and part of our tribe! No more FOMO, no more loneliness, no more holiday boredom. They will have the chance to have fun, enjoy some amazing high quality experiences, make friends, and create some great memories.
The Tween Tribe is not just another kid’s holiday club, or like summer camps that run for a dull week – we are daring to be different with the following awesome indoor and outdoor activities on offer:
We will be Living the High Life on 3 August departing from Kingston Upon Thames and 1 September departing from Twickenham. A day of thrill and chill. Jump at London’s ultimate trampoline park, sail down the river Thames and fly over the skyline.
Join us on 28 July leaving from Strawberry Hill for Let Them Eat Chocolate, a delicious day of creative chocolate making at the famous Hotel Chocolat! Followed by a picnic in a secret garden and explore Leicester Square with a fun selfie treasure hunt!
Fall in Style on the 16 August from Kingston Upon Thames – a day for daredevils! Ride the exhilarating ArcelorMittal Orbit, swim in the Olympic Pool and play in wonderful water fountains!
I LOVE LONDON from Strawberry Hill. Jump, sail and splash around the city on 31 August. High flying trampolines, chill uber boats and super fun splash fountains! This is a day for everyone!
On 20 July from Twickenham and 10 August from Kingston , come along and Feel the Fizz at a sensational pamper day! Games, party and bathbomb making at the MOST FUN beauty store on the planet! Plus a picnic in the West End and explore the world’s biggest toy store.
Does your tween fancy themselves as the next Banksy? Let them make a splash on our street art tour and graffiti spray painting workshop, Drawing Outside the Lines, followed by chilling out in the fountains on 9 August – departing from Twickenham
I would also like to thank all those wonderful strangers who have got in touch with me to offer support and encouragement for this new venture. I can’t wait to see your cool tween on one of the trips! They say it takes a village to raise a child and I am really happy that the Tween Tribe can be part of that village.