Christmas Scoop 2016

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. Make sure you are following us on Instagram as we showcase what’s family life in London like.

 

 

christmas-scoopGive the AMAZING gift of unlimited play all year! A Gambado Annual Pass is the Christmas gift that keeps on giving – all year round! An Annual Pass to Gambado means you will always have somewhere to take your family whether it’s sunny, cloudy or even raining cats and tigers. You can enjoy unlimited play every month for less than the cost of one play session – it comes with a host of VIP benefits including FREE admission for 2 adults and early access to our best events and offers! Who wouldn’t love one of those in their Christmas gift stocking! Buy yours here

 

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Happy family. Mother and daughter together paint. Adult woman helps the child girl.Like Minders is London’s favourite babysitting and flexible childcare agency providing direct access to safe, DBS checked professional child carers throughout London and Surrey. With over 15 years’ experience they offer a wide range of trustworthy, flexible and affordable childcare services, so you can rest assured that your children are in safe hands. They recently launched the UK’s first babysitting app, enabling parents to book childcare on the move, 24/7, in a matter of seconds. As well as offering its members access to childcare whenever they want it, they are happy to accommodate non-member bookings for one off evening babysitting in your home or your hotel, and work with many of London’s top hotels, including the Dorchester and the Four Seasons. Other services include temporary nannies, ad hoc daytime care, emergency childcare and holiday nannies, enabling you to take advantage of the service anywhere in the world.

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Santa Claus is in the laboratory with flasks

Christmas 2h Interactive & Fun Science Workshops – For 4-9 years, £45/child
Time. Help Santa to Navigate! (How Santa and his little helps find everyone to deliver in time)
Coopers Arms, Flood Street, London SW3 5TB 10.00-12.00 Tue, 13 Dec. Imperial College, Sherfield Building, Room H000B, London SW7 2AZ 13.00-15.00 Wed, 14 Dec. Hollywood Arms, Hollywood Road, London SW10 9HX 10.00-12.00 Thur, 15 Dec

 

 

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Caper’s selection of luxury gourmet hampers are sure to delight even the most discerning friend or relative! We source and curate our Hampers from some of London’s most renowned artisanal retailers, in order to ensure exceptional quality. From exquisite hand made chocolate and luxurious smoked salmon to fine wine & champagne, every Hamper contains an array of unique gourmet products, many of which cannot be purchased in ‘regular’ shops. Hampers are available to order through our handy app (to download search ‘Caper’ on the app store or google play) as well as on our designated website , with delivery available across the UK & same-day delivery in London.

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earlyStagecoach Performing Arts Kensington and Hammersmith provides fun and engaging classes in dance, drama and singing in a safe and happy environment where children are encouraged to express themselves and make the most of their talents. Our aim is to nurture and develop young potential, stretch children’s imaginations, and build on their self-esteem and confidence. The skills learnt by our students don’t disappear and are skills for life. Our weekly term time classes for 4 to 18 year olds are held Friday’s after school in Hammersmith W14, and Saturdays in Kensington W8 throughout the day. To enrol your child please go to https://www.stagecoach.co.uk/kensington or call 020 8398 8106/email kensington@stagecoach.co.uk’.

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London’s spectacular Christmas destination Hyde Park Winter Wonderland will celebrate its 10th anniversary this year, open until 2nd of Jan 2016 With FREE admission there will be even more entertainment than before. A huge hit with the royals and the celebrity crow.d: Cara Delevingne, Kate Moss, Simon Cowell, Little Mix and Penelope Cruz have all been spotted enjoying the festive atmosphere. Don’t forget to enter our exclusive competition to win family tickets to the ice rink.

 

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xmas-workshop-imageMini Christmas workshops for 3-6 yrs in Knightsbridge, Chelsea and Victoria! Join your favourite Frozen characters, The Grinch, Father Christmas and Rudolf on our brand new Xmas adventure! We’ll be putting together a magical show as we learn the songs and dances of some of our best-loved characters and the children will explore music and dance from the perspective of a performer. A great way for the kids to get into the spirit (and a perfect opportunity for adults to sneak off to do some last minute Christmas shopping!). Don’t miss this fantastic performing arts workshop split across two mornings or afternoons on Weds 21st and Thurs 22nd December. Full details here.

 

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Serge Betsen Rugby, a coaching programme for all! Serge Betsen Rugby is a rugby coaching programme dedicated to children and teenagers aged 2 to 22, provided by the France national rugby union player and his team of qualified coaches.They offer in-school activities in partnership with Greater London schools, but also after-school activities open to all, tournaments, holiday camps and birthday parties. Drawing on Serge Betsen’s own experience and passion, every child benefits from a cutting edge sports education with a holistic perspective aiming to engage all members in the learning process and help them reach their full potential through successful teamwork. Book before 16 Decemberto benefit from 10% discount on their after-schools in Hyde Park and their birthday parties. Please visit their website for more information.

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A violin and sheet music sits on a piano that has been decorated for the Christmas holiday.
A violin and sheet music sits on a piano that has been decorated for the Christmas holiday.

Interactive Family Christmas Carols! Celebrate the festive season with your little ones this December at The Little London Music School‘s annual Family Christmas Carols. This popular event features an interactive program of traditional and modern Christmas favourites, lead by professional singers and a live string trio and is the perfect opportunity to introduce your children to the age old tradition of carol singing. Suitable for everyone from babies right up to grandparents, come jingle some christmas bells, drum along and join in the festive spirit. Knightsbridge, Notting Hill, Parsons Green. Children £18, adults attend free.

 

 

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santa-beardsKaleidoscope Clubs and Courses for Kids. At Kaleidoscope we offer holidays camps, after-school clubs and weekend workshops for kids aged 4-11 with a focus on art, music, dance, and drama. We also head outdoors when we can, visiting parks, farms, gardens, galleries and more. Venues are located in Kensington and Chelsea, Wandsworth and Bath. Our upcoming Christmas workshops run from December 12th-23rd (excluding weekends). The program of activities is different each day so children can do half-days, full days, or a whole week. The hours are 8:45am to 4pm and there is an ‘extended hours’ service also available. Check their website for more information.

 

 

 

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small-ccfoldCofi Coo Quillows  Multi-Purpose Blankets That Fold Away Into A Cushion! What is 4in1 and can be used to play with, nap with, travel with and when done simply folds away for that extra space? A Quillow!! This Christmas, gift your loved one a Cofi Coo Quillow. A multi-purpose Blanket that simply folds away as a Cushion, its magic! Available in 3 designs; Cofi Coo, Space Bots and Candy Rain. It’s a stunning yet versatile accessory for all year around and a must have! What mums say “These are absolutely lovely! Such a fun, practical idea and great quality too”. It’s only £34.99 Order yours today!

 

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image013KidZania Kids Have it wrapped this Christmas.KidZania London, the child-sized City in Shepherd’s Bush is hosting the UK’s first Christmas market run by kids for kids! In addition to more than 60 role play adventures, children can visit the pop up Christmas market and create gifts which they can wrap up and take home to loved ones. The best thing is children are encouraged to work to earn KidZos (KidZania currency) to buy presents. No more need for the bank of mum and dad this Christmas! If your child is over 8 then they are able to explore and shop by themselves, therefore children are empowered to make their own decisions while parents can shop till they drop in Westfield London for 4 hours using the VIP Westfield discount (eligible with every KidZania ticket purchase). Running from 1st December – 6th January . For more information or to purchase tickets, please visit their website.

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image1-2LET YOUR IMAGINATION GO MAD! If you are looking for the very best in fancy dress and costume then look no further. The Carnival Store in London provide a service that is second to none if you need that outfit which will make you the topic of conversation at any fancy dress party. With over 10,000 products available online you are sure to find just what you desire. Opening hours: Monday to Saturday 10am-7pm.

 

 

 

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greatactionshotolderCoordination does not come naturally to some children and in these cases, children need support to develop these skills. At Kiddikicks we develop the whole body improving fine motor skills, invaluable for tying laces and handwriting as well as gross motor skills for optimum physical coordination and great sportsmanship. All sessions have a football focus and end with goal scoring or match play to allow the children to use the skills they have been practicing throughout the session. Kiddikicks have sessions in South Kensington / Hyde Park, Queen’s Park, Chiswick and St John’s Wood from 18 months to 11 years. Book online at contact us at info@kiddikicks.co.uk; 020 7937 7965

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Until 8 January, visitors to the Natural History Museum Ice Rink can enjoy a truly memorable ice skating experience at the most magical time of year.  The Natural History Museum Ice Rink welcomes over 130,000 visitors each year and boasts a glistening centrepiece – the 9 metre Swarovski Christmas tree, with 6,000 fairy lights and over 1,000 crystal ornaments.  There’s the Swarovski Skate Cam, which allows guests to take a festive photo memory home with them. Overlooking the ice rink, the first-floor Café Bar and open-air balcony will provide an opportunity for guests can relax, enjoy seasonal treats and watch the skating away from the winter chill.