Back to school scoop 2015

Welcome to our Back to School scoop. It comes early as we wanted to give you as much time as possible to get organised with back to school activities and to keep you in the loop with whats on for you and your little ones. We hope you all had a fantastic Summer holiday with family and loved ones. Being disconnected with no routine and early wake up school runs was great for the whole family.

A few changes in Kensington Mums HQ, (after listing to you our readers – thank you!) starting in September, we are changing our weekly scoop updates and instead will be sending out half term, birthday and holiday scoops gathering all the essential information in one place.  We will keep posting what’s on activities via our social media channels. Don’t forget to check out our KM directory as well which is a great useful resource for London life with kids. Something new also worth sharing with you and in case you didn’t see this posted on our social media accounts, due to popular demand Kensington Mums are organising our first Family Christmas Fair in Kensington on 29th of November 2015. There will be everything under one roof from kids clothing, toys, and gifts to a pamper corner just for Mums and kids entertainment for little ones. Food and drinks, and lots of festive fun. Something for everyone to enjoy. Save the date. FREE to attend. 

 

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In our back to school scoop you will find lots of activities and classes to keep your little ones busy while learning something new.  We have drama, music classes, sports and swimming all covered. And for Mums, make sure you book your places for our back to school pamper event with Rubby App and first aid course as well. We have limited places available.

Kensington Mums were delighted to be invited to enjoy the breathtaking view from London’s highest garden space 800ft above the city at The View from The Shard. The open-air skydeck has been transformed with over 2,000 plants and flowers. Being up there is so pretty and the view tops it all up with over 200 landmarks to see. Highly recommend going there with the kids before 15th September 2015.

Kensington Mums got treated for a family feast at the famous Bubba Gump Shrimp restaurant this summer located in the Trocadero building in the heart of bustling Piccadilly Circus. As soon as you walk in, you get the feeling of being part of the 1994 film “Forrest Gump”. Set over 2 floors, with lift access if you have a buggy, the music, service and atmosphere was just great.  They have a great selection for the kids menu and the quality of seafood that fans of “Bubbas” was better than expected. Our waiter quizzed us on the movie and kids loved taking their ‘boat’ home with flashing glass part of their kids menu. It is seriously all about the shrimps, so don’t forget to order the Shrimper’s net catcher and for main Shrimper’s heaven. Make sure you leave space for the dessert!

 

Kensington Mums enjoyed a family day out at the Natural History Museum in the hear of South Kensington to visit Sensational Butterflies exhibition. It was indeed a sensational experience. Little ones and older ones will enjoy wandering through this tropical atmosphere while having beautifully coloured butterflies fluttering freely above in the outdoor space. If you are lucky enough you would find one sitting on your shoulders, a perfect camera moment to capture. It is suitable for all ages and open until 13th September 2015.

 

Kensington Mums experienced Shrek’s Adventure! this Summer. As featured in our summer scoop, this brand new immersive storytelling attraction was a great family day out. Kids enjoyed the captivating storytelling by Princess Fiona, an amazing 4D ride, jaw-dropping special effects and lots of fun and imagination along the way. The whole experience lasts around 90minutes. Please note that the ride have a height restriction of 0.9m if accompanied and 1.3m if unaccompanied. There is a place for buggy park. Also the whole adventure is an indoor attraction in the dark. At the end of the experience, kids get to take a picture with Shrek himself, but instead Shrek wanted to give me a big hug. 

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Kensington Mums team were delighted to celebrate Afternoon Tea Week at the Ampersand Hotel in the heart of South Kensington. Thank You for having us!

 

KM reviews 

 

Have you read our review as Kensington Mum, Maya explored London with her new Stokke Xplory Limited edition. You can read the full review here.

Kensington Mums had the pleasure to review Return to Glory, London’s leading mobile massage and mobile beauty service, in preparation for a photo shoot with the talented Naomi Gabrielle Photography. You can read our full review here.

 

 Kensington Mums Motherhood Exhibition.

After the success of our Kensington Mums Motherhood Exhibition back in the Summer 2013, which was used in the touring Story of Mum: Mums making an exhibition of themselves’ culminating in an exhibition at the Museum of Motherhood in New York. We are now taking our exhibition online and inviting all Mums to take part sharing what Motherhood means to them. All you need to do is tell us using one word ‘ I am a Mum and…’ . We were thrilled to have Liz Earle take part, you can read the full interview here.

 

Kensington Mums Events 

Kensington Mums is proud to invite you a special pamper evening with Salon Valentino in the heart of Kensington for a back to school pamper party.App. Join us on Wednesday 23rd September to celebrate back to school over a blow-dry and express manicure. Each mum will receive two treatments and these must be booked in advance with assigned time slots. Kids are also allowed to join you. There will also be an option to have a quick make-up look (eyes/lips) great for school run mums and working mums . Drinks and nibbles will also be available for all to enjoy. All mums attending will also receive ‘Love Ruuby’ vouchers, which will offer you £10 off any treatment booked over £30. Book your places today!

 

We are proud to share with you an upcoming First Aid course provided by First Aid for Life who is the leading independent supplier of Award Winning First Aid training in Greater London. As parents first aid skills are life saving in case of emergency. The sessions are relaxed, with plenty of opportunity to ask questions throughout. We have limited places available and suggest early booking to avoid disappointment. Course is taking place on 25th September at My Kid Atelier. Click here to book your place, couples welcome.

 

 

Back to School – Keeping you in the loop!

 

Little House of Science are very excited to welcoming back all ‘Little and Big Scientists’ to our Autumn Term Science Classes, starting Monday, 14 September 2015, offering even more classes, also in many schools and nurseries in London. Over the coming weeks we will cover an amazing array of project based & hand-on topics, such as the Bing Bang, Flying Machines, the Pumping Machine –Your Heart, Skeletons to name just a few…Little House of Science is a place for children to learn, experiment, explore and play! For our full timetable and to enrol online, please visit their website for more information.

Chickenshed  Kensington & Chelsea have spaces to join their four inclusive theatre workshops groups held at The Wharf Rooms, Imperial Road, SW6 2GA. Sessions are for  5-7 year olds, 7-11 year olds, 11-17 year olds, and 17+. All workshops are taught by our highly skilled practitioners who will invent and explore drama, dance and music with members. Participants get the chance to improve and develop their skills and creative abilities during these fun and creative sessions. During the year there will be opportunities for friends and family to see workshops, presentations and performances created by the group.

 

Monkey Music offer award winning music classes for children from 3 months to 4 years. Our progressive curricula – honed over twenty years – is designed to nurture a lifetime of music. At Monkey Music, we know that music is fundamental to a pre-school aged child’s development. By the time our little monkeys ‘graduate’, they have a sound base from which to build a musical future. We have four distinct age groups for each of the first four year’s of a child’s life. Each class is packed full of songs, seasonal themed activities, colourful props, real percussion instruments, bubbles & lots of fun. Check their website for more information. 

 

The Chelsea Swim Spa offers luxury private hydropool swim spa for you and your little ones. The swimming pool is heated to 33ºC (91ºF) with a built-in ozone system. It’s available for swimming lessons for babies, children and adults. All of their swimming teachers are very professional, energetic and great at connecting with the children they teach. They love kids and kids love them. All teachers are fully ASA qualified and DBS checked. Chelsea Swim Spa is also available for private hire, just for you with your family or friends. The pool has a Sonos Audio System. Listen to your favourite music on Spotify and more. Please quote Kensington Mums when making your booking to get 10% off for your booking.

Come along to Kiddi Caru Day Nursery & Pre-School’s Experience Day on Saturday 5th September from 10.30am – 1.00pm! Meet our childcare professionals, explore our fantastic facilities and sample a dish from our menu prepared by the nursery’s onsite chef. PLUS to celebrate our 10th Anniversary you could save up to £18,500 on your childcare fees! RSVP today!

Tatty Bumpkin offers award winning Music, YOGA and Storytelling sessions for babies and children.  Their baby yoga sessions – are suitable from 6 weeks and is a great opportunity to bond with your baby through sensory play, movement and rhymes.  Active and fun sessions for older children – from 2 – 6 years – build physical skills such as Strength, Balance and Coordination. Designed by yoga teachers, physiotherapists and educationalists – sessions have been running across the UK for more than 10 years. Their stories are designed to encourage creativity and critical thinking. Classes include breathing exercises and mindfulness for little ones. Check their website for more information and to enquire for birthday parties and ever popular Holiday Clubs! 
Crafternoon delight. Not only are charismatic Notting Hill sisters Lulu and mummy-blogger Laura experienced nannies, they’re artists, too. As well as privately delighting children with their enthusiastic approach, they’ve now launched the ‘Crafternoon’ – weekday creative childcare sessions for 2-4 and 4-6 year olds at the iconic Tabernacle, W11. Children can get stuck into crafts and games with themes like Alice in Wonderland and Beatrix Potter – or suggest their own! Meet Lulu and Laura at the launch party on 12 September. Sessions start September 15. Book in advance or just ‘pop ‘in’! Find out more at portobellopopins.com or call 07789556406. (Pop in price £15 or £165 for full 12-week term.)

Join Studio Film School this September and make your own movies! Young filmmakers aged 7+ are invited to join us each Saturday at our Chelsea centre, based at the Chelsea Academy. Whilst working with our team of encouraging workshop leaders, children will develop new creative skills, gain confidence, unleash their imaginations and make friends in a fun and friendly environment. Children will gain experience in all aspects of filmmaking including camera, editing, crewing, acting and editing. Visit their website for more information.

Ratatouille Live in Concert at the Royal Albert Hall. Wednesday 28 October, 2pm and 6pm. Introduce children to the power of a live orchestra at the Royal Albert Hall screening of Pixar hit Ratatouille, where the soundtrack is performed by the Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra alongside the film. The story of Remy, the food loving rat who risks his life in pursuit of fine Parisian food, received widespread acclaim upon its release. See it brought to life in the spectacular surroundings of London’s most iconic venue this half term. Click here for more information.

Dakoda’s Dance Academy is a well established performing arts academy running classes on Saturday’s in Pont street, Knightsbridge. They offer fun and exciting classes for students from 2-16 year old. Classes are taught by experienced teachers who are extremely committed and passionate about what they teach. They offer boys and girls RAD Ballet examinations, Street Dance/Hip hop, Tap, Jazz, Gymnastics/Acro as well as singing and theatre performances. Do check out their website for full timetable and more information.

Club Petit Pierrot. Fun French Lessons For Children: London’s premier French club, highly recommended by BBC, Daily Telegraph, Daily Express and Time Out, has achieved excellent results over the years with their innovative immersion programme. They offer wonderful muti-sensory parent and toddler groups from 8 months old, and for older children up to 8 years old a carefully planned syllabus with fun worksheets, language games & creative activities such as theatre, art and singing… The children, taught in small groups, flourish and learn French effortlessly while having great fun with a wide range of activities, also using the contemporary songs from their educational CD. The classes are led by a fantastic team of passionate, qualified native French teachers. Classes across London including Notting Hill and a lovely new venue in Chelsea.

 

Allsorts drama for children’s popular drama classes will be starting again on 18th & 19th September. Younger children develop important communication and performance skills through acting out magical adventures and ages 7 and above explore all aspects of drama in a fun and creative way. The classes are held on Friday’s after school at More House School, Pont Street SW1 and on Saturday morning’s at Notting Hill Prep, Lancaster Road W11 and South Hampstead Girls School, Maresfield Gardens NW3. To sign up for a FREE TRIAL. Check their website for more information.

 

A big hit with Chelsea and Kensington mummies since 2003, Monkey Music’s Award winning, pre-school music classes offer innovative curriculums for each stage of your little one’s development, with specialist baby classes from 3 months up to 4 years old. Classes are structured, action packed and beautifully presented with gorgeous puppets, hand crafted props, specialist percussion, dance, movement, magical bubbles and lots more.  The perfect environment for your child to flourish under the direction of talented, vivacious and comprehensively trained teachers. It’s great for making grown up friends too! Classes in Chelsea, Gloucester Rd South Kensington, Belgravia &Pimlico. Check their website for full weekly timetable and venue details.



MAT, BAR, BEAM. Each one is a springboard. The Little Gym Westfield offers you an annual programme where learning and fun lead to a natural progression of emotional, intellectual and social skills. Children aged 10 months to 12 years progress on a continuous basis thanks to our themed learning units. That’s what we call SERIOUS FUN! Do check out their website to see which class will best suit your child. The new term will run from the 31st August until the 14th February.

First licensed location of Music Together™ in London! My Kid Atelier is very proud to offer NEW Music Classes for babies and toddlers to SW Families. Music Together is an internationally recognised early childhood music program, which has over 2500 locations in the USA, Australia, Japan and all over the world.  Music Together’s nine song collection includes a mix of original songs and well known traditional tunes from a variety of genres and styles, including; folk, blues, rock, jazz, classical, and world music. It’s absolutely unique and has won over 30 awards since 1987! Check their website to learn more and sign-up for your Free Trial in September.

Funky Moves  launching in Notting Hill this autumn. With a big emphasis on fun and fitness, kids will learn up to date and age appropriate street dance routines from their Funky Movers, who are all professional dancers still working in the industry on hit TV shows, music videos and tours. Be amazed as your little ones grow in confidence, technique, co-ordination and fitness! With a great location, opposite Notting Hill station, and in the luxury Butterfly Bar above Itsu, parents can enjoy a sushi snack or early lunch with the kids post-class … It really is the perfect Saturday morning activity for all the family! Any child who hasn’t taken part in a Funky Moves class before is  eligible for a FREE TRIAL. Classes are on Saturdays, click website for more information and booking.


Philosophy Squared is a school of thought run by Kesi Charles and Alice Pickard; qualified and experienced philosophy teachers. This September they are offering 6 week thematic courses on Saturdays and Sundays which will allow students to delve into epistemology, moral philosophy and philosophy of mind in fun and creative ways! These courses are centred around our four core values; analytic (problem solving, decision making and assessing information), reflective (assisting young people in reflecting on their thoughts, actions and achievements), compassionate (encouraging young people to pay attention to how they affect and interact with the world and others). And finally fun! (All our classes their creative, engaging and fun!  Suitable for ages 8-15. Check their website for more information.
 This summer The LEGO® Imagination Factory lands in the UK, inviting families along to help free the power of the brick with their imagination! The fun-filled factory is a magical place where awesome ideas are built, and is packed with LEGO play areas for visitors to help fuel the factory with their creative building skills. The free family event is open to all with no pre-booking required, and will be visiting Westfield London for four days from August 28th.
 

A bat walk in Holland Park. FREE. 16th September 2015. Click here to register.

Victoria and Albert Museum. FREE. Pick up a free family trail from the Learning Centre and set off to explore the museum through puzzles, drawing and observation games. Trails are suitable for children aged 7–12. Check website for more information.

 

What drives your desires for the foods you love? Is it the colour of your spoon, the food your mum ate while pregnant, the trillions of bacteria that dine with you, or the little known ‘second brain’ in your gut? Great exhibition at the Natural History Museum. Check their website for more information.