Christmas Scoop 2015

The Christmas Holidays are coming. If you are staying in the capital this Christmas, you will find loads of things to keep little and older ones entertained and happy this festive season. Just wrap up warm and enjoy the fun! Here is a run down on what’s on. We have picking our favourite places to do and have left no stone unturned that will tick all boxes for the whole family to enjoy. All you need to do is plan.

 

 

Natural History Museum Swarovski Ice Rink. 2016 Festive Season. London’s Most Enchanting Ice Rink set to sparkle more than ever before, courtesy of Swarovsky. Open until 3 January 2016. Tickets on sale now.

 

 

 

 

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“A Simple Approach to Supporting your Developing Child” Are you a new or expecting parent delighted by the arrival of an addition to your family, and not sure how to help him or her get the most out of life? We all want to do the best for our children but sometimes we are not sure what that is. We look for information in books, magazines and on websites, what we find can be conflicting and overwhelming. This may be just what you are looking for: A series of three parent seminars based on the Montessori Aid to Life approach to parenting. They offer simple, practical, straightforward advice that is easy to understand and most importantly, easy to apply.  First session: Movement & Communication . Date: 6th January. Time: 10am – 11:30am Cost: FREE Venue: Maria Montessori School Holland Park, Kenley Walk Hall, 10 Nottingdale Square, W11 4BA To book a place or find out about following sessions email: hollandpark@mariamontessori.org or check their website for more information.
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Chelsea Quavers Christmas Music Workshops. “Music in Film”.   From 14th-18th December. For complete beginners to experienced young musicians.  Children create their own short-films and act as Foley Artists (sound-effect technicians), and compose & perform their own music! Lots of festive singing, instrumental performance, percussion, glockenspiel, musical puzzles and games, reading, writing & transcribing, music. Feating Humperdinck’s delightful opera “Hansel & Gretel”, instruments, sounds & families of the orchestra, and much more! Small Tutor Groups according to age & experience.  Suitable for ages Ages 4-12. Saturday Music Clubs Spring 2016 in Chelsea & Kensington. After School Clubs at Eaton Square & Chepstow House Schools! Check website for more information.

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Dr. Seuss’s The Lorax at The Old Vic. “I am the Lorax. I speak for the trees!”. With songs and puppets and laughs aplenty, bring a friend! Bring ten! Or even twenty! Inspired by Dr. Seuss’s classic tale, THE LORAX tells of a moustachioed and cantankerous critter who’s on a mission to protect the earth from the greedy, tree-chopping, Thneed-knitting businessman known only as The Once-ler. Dr. Seuss’s The Lorax blends theatrical invention, puppetry, songs and zany humour in a timely and vibrant Christmas show with a message that will speak to audiences of all ages. Check The Old Vic’s website for more information.

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Pasta workshop for adults and kids. Here is a chance for your little chefs (up to 6 years old) to learn simple culinary skils with Pastificio Mansi pasta making class. During the workshop your kids will explore how to create different shape of pasta like tagliatelle, farfalle and ravioli. After the fun (and hard work) they will get to dig in to their delicious creations. We will cook for them any of the pasta made at the class. They also organise bespoke party for adult and kids. Check their Facebook Page for more information.

 

 

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Cadogan Hall. Mr Popper’s Penguins. A brand new family musical to tickle your toes and melt your heart! Friday 4 December, 1.30pm & 4.30pm. Saturday 5 December, 10.30am & 1pm. Painter and decorator by day, Mr Popper spends his time dreaming of Antarctic adventures. He is astounded when one day a packing crate arrives on his doorstep, out of which waddles a penguin! With songs, puppets and a family of performing penguins, this delightful musical adaptation of Richard and Florence Atwater’s popular book is brought to you by the producers of The Tiger Who Came to Tea and We’re Going on a Bear Hunt. 55 Minutes of family fun for ages 3 plus. Tickets: £14.50, £12. Cadogan Hall, 5 Sloane Terrace, London SW1X 9DQ. Check website for more information.

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Take the stress away from a Christmas-time birthday and give your little star the red carpet treatment! Studio Film School specialise in creating memorable and unique children’s party experiences for ages 4-16. Our professional party team will deliver 1-3 hours of filmmaking as your party guests explore many aspects of filmmaking. Each film made during a party is completely unique, based around your child’s ideas. After the party, each child receives their own DVD copy of the edited film. Visit their website for more information! Alternatively, why not treat someone special this Christmas with a Studio Film School gift voucher?

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Come and learn with our Elf Scientists about Santa’s flying sleigh, how fast reindeer travel, what it is like to live on North Pole and the science behind Christmas lights. 14 Dec 10-12 at Eddie Catz Putney, cost £46/child
15-16 Dec 10-12 Hollywood Arms, Hollywood Road, London SW10, cost £79/child
17 Dec 10-12 at Swiss Cottage Library, cost £46/child. Check website for more information.
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London’s ultimate luxury shopping destination will be bringing added Christmas sparkle with a Christmas Shopping Weekend on Saturday 5th and Sunday 6th December – taking place across the glamorous streets of Chelsea, including Duke of York Square, Sloane Square and Sloane Street. Shoppers will be able to enjoy a winter wonderland featuring: Gourmet Gift Market, Delightful festivities, Carol singers,  Santa’s Grotto at Duke of York Square, Complimentary luxury gift wrapping, Exclusive offers and events,  Chelsea Christmas Elves. Check website for more information. 

 

 

 

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Meet Santa and the animals at Battersea Park Children’s Zoo. Create Christmas magic with a trip to see Santa at Battersea Park Children’s Zoo. For a small additional cost, little ones can tell Santa what they want for Christmas and receive a gift, sticker, drink and treat, plus the chance to win a Family Day Trip through the Christmas Stocking Search.  Children will adore meeting Shetland pony Feather and Kune Kune pigs Wiggle and Piggle, as well as meerkats, otters, monkeys, snakes, wallabies, rabbits, donkeys, emu, Scottish wildcats and more. There’s adventure playground fun on the diggers, rides, life-sized tractor and fire engine. Check website for times and booking details.

 

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SwimFin: Learning to swim has never been so fun! SwimFin is unique in every way. Getting the children down to the pool or into the water suddenly becomes a pleasure and not a chore. Kids want to strap on their fin and jump in with their friends. SwimFin’s non-restrictive nature means your child learns to swim in a natural position without restriction around the arms or legs. We aim to make swimming a pleasurable experience for all family members. We guarantee you’ll notice the different in confidence immediately! SwimFin is designed for ages 2 and up. Useful for all four swimming strokes, SwimFin is the only swimming aid to be endorsed by the Amateur Swimming Association (ASA). SwimFin is used by swimming instructors and swim schools all over the UK and in 80 countries around the world. Check website for more information.

 

 

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Preparing for Christmas starts now! And it won’t be as stressful as usual if you come to us for help, we have everything! We can provide you with Santa Claus costumes, gift wrap, tableware, rental furniture, Christmas accessories,crackers, tree decorations, fairy lights, themed Christmas balloons and much more. Our products will bring the Christmas spirit to life in your celebrations. We’re more than happy to help you find what you’re looking for. Check their website for more information.

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It’s the season to get Schlossed! Bodo’s Cracker Christmas Lunches are about to commence, every day from 12-5pm here in their hidden Alpine Lodge in the heart of Kensington. With birds carved at your table, mistletoe, mulled wine and all the tasty trimmings, there is nothing quite like a Bodos Christmas! In addition to the launch of their Christmas lunches, they have just launched their new Kids Menu and Kids party pack! Whisk your little one away and let them transport you to a chalet in the mountains whether it be for early evening dinner with your family or for an entire day of birthday fun filled entertainment personalized just for the children. Check their website for more information.

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The highly imaginative Bristol-based Theatre Damfino present The Table of Delights; an interactive theatrical tasting in five acts. It is an enthralling journey of food tales from field to plate. There will be pirouetting beetroots, singing honey bees and a dairy circus. The young audience sits around a giant table while the chefs prepare delicious bite-sized tasting morsels in the spotlight. Bring the whole family to their daytime shows and share the joy of this deliciously entertaining show. Check website for more information.

 

 

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Kids Christmas Party with Gambado Chelsea & Dance Grooves. Tuesday 22 December 2015 2.00 – 5.00 pm DROP OFF! Come and join Gambado and Dance Grooves for a festive filled afternoon with Christmas themed games, cool & funky festive disco  where we can teach you some amazing moves and a party tea.  We shall keep your children entertained from start to finish! Gambado Chelsea, 7 Station Court, Townmead Road, SW6 2PY £16 per child for Gambado Annual Pass Holders £20 per child for Non Annual Pass Holders Party tea, refreshments and all entertainment included! Suitable for children aged 4 – 12 years Please book in advance to avoid disappointment, as places are limited For more information and to book please contact emily@dancegrooves.dance

 

 

 

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Christmas at the London Transport Museum. Every school holiday parents, carers and children can make-and-take in our craft workshops, and join in with our latest storytime tales. Everything is connected to our incredible collection and the wonderful stories it can tell. All workshop and storytime activities are led by skilled educators supported by volunteers. Check website for more information.

 

 

 

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Hyde Park Winter Wonderland. Whatever the weather, there are plenty of places to celebrate the season from inside. See a sensational circus show in the heated Megadome, or walk through a breathtaking world in the Magical Ice Kingdom. Make this the best family day out. Check website for more information.

 

 

 

 

 

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Family events at the Victoria and Albert Museum. 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.

 

 

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A French Christmas with Bach to Baby. Wednesday 16th Dec 2015 in Kensington. A concert for you and your little ones. Celebrate a cross-channel Christmas as we serve up delicious French favourites including Debussy’s Clair de Lune and Fauré’s sublime Berceuse, all topped off with your favourite Christmas carols. Check website for more information.

 

 

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Visit Santa at Westfield London. Your family are invited to be whisked away on a fun, interactive adventure to visit Santa with help from our friends Shrek and Donkey. Enjoy a magical, personalised journey complete with a 4D cinematic sleigh ride which will transport you through the skies to Santa’s workshop in the North Pole. Each child will have the chance to speak with Santa and receive a gift! Check website for more information.