Half term scoop, October 2014

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Half term is nearly upon us. In this week’s special half term scoop we have picked up the latest and craziest things to see and do for you and your little ones. We have also been working super hard in bringing you new and fun mumthly events and meet ups including a Pamper evening (because we all deserve some well deserved me-time) as well as coffee mornings just to name a few. Stay tuned for date of our mumthly coffee morning in December to be revealed later on this week. Check our KM events calendar for more details and our Facebook Page as we update it on a regular basis.

Enjoy Half term and let us know what you have been up to. Share it with us on our Instagram account or Tweet us @KensingtonMums using #kensingtonmums for a chance to get featured. Bring on the community spirit!

Wishing you a Spooktacular Halloween.



Check our pictures of our Trick or Treat around Kensington last year, make sure you pass by Holland Park to check our some amazing home decorations.

Kensington Mums Mumthly Events



Our pamper evening with the Cadogan Clinic is taking place this Thursday. Due to popular demand, we have added a few more places. Hurry and book your space today! You have until 5pm to do so. All mums who have registered will then be emailed with their time slots for the VISIA skin analysis and mini facial and hand massage. Make sure you are registered with us for more pamper events exclusively for Kensington Mums. Because we are worth it! Click here to learn more.

 Kensington Mums and Bumps coffee morning is taking place at Patisserie des Reves. Thursday 6th November 2014, 10-12pm £5. Click here to book your place. Limited places available.




 For all eco-conscious Mums. Keeping a Green Home with Ecover. November 10th at Whole Foods Kensington.Ecover and Method will be visiting the Wholefoods High Street Kensington store on the 10th November to share some hints and tips on green living around the home exclusively with Kensington Mums. £5. Registration necessary. Click here for booking.


Children Safety with the Kensington and Chelsea Metropolitan Police. Keeping our Kensington Community Safe. Nov 20th from 7-8pm at Whole Foods Kensington. This  talk will cover school safety as well as playground safety in parks. Please click here to RSVP. FREE event.



We are delighted to have you join us to celebrate Kensington Mum’s 3rd blog-anniversary on Monday 1st of December 2014 at the Kensington Hotel. The evening will include a 2 course meal and wine and a chance for you to glam up, make friends and meet like minded parents. Kesnington Dads are also welcome. Please clickhere to book. Limited places available.



Kensington Mums competition


Today is the last day to enter and win tickets to the Baby Show at Kensington Olympia. Click here to enter. Good luck!




***New competition***. Win Tickets for Frozen Sing Along at the Royal Albert Hall. Click here to enter.



What’s on this Half term for you and your little ones.


Little House of Science – Classes and Workshops around South West London. At Little House of Science we believe science is everywhere and science is for everyone.  We offer weekly after school science workshops in South West London for children from 4 to 8 years of age. Our classes are designed to fulfil children’s natural curiosity & enthusiasm about the world through “hands-on” & “brains-on” science projects. Our diverse curriculum includes topics from Earth, Life and Physical science. Children are encouraged to ask questions, perform experiments, get familiar with scientific vocabulary, take home projects as well as parental notes.  www.littlehouseofscience.com|[email protected]| 0800 092 1062


Bt9-i_rCUAAUzdqThere won’t be a dull moment for your child this October half-term (27th Oct – 2nd Nov) at Westway Sports & Fitness!  Juniors aged 4-17 years are welcome to join us for a sporting half-term with a difference.  Our unique holiday offering includes the ever-popular climbing, football and tennis camps plus a basketball and street games programme with activities ranging from skateboarding to graffiti art!  All courses are run by fully qualified coaches and organised for all levels of ability with fun and learning at the heart of everything.  For more information please check their website.


Fun French October Half Term Day camps in London.  20th-31 st Oct 2014. Learn french without leaving London ! Suitable for 3-9 year old. Number 1 London’s French Day camps. New this autumn after the success of the fun French summer Day Camp! Learn French without leaving London! Fun French Autumn camps in October. Receive 30 hours per week of French immersion led by an experienced, native French speaking primary teacher (école française). Monday–Friday 9:00am-3:00pm. From 4-10 year olds.French classes, workshops, fun activities in the morning and football academy or multi-sport activities in the afternoon. Fulham Start Centre and St Andrew’s Church Fulham. Theme of the week: Les petits génies et Halloween!  For more information please email [email protected]


DISNEY MANIA. Let’s board Aladdin’s magic carpet and let our imaginations take us to the land where anything can happen. Learn the routine, sing the song, act your heart out, play games, create a costume, lots of artwork, then put on a show for the grown ups! Professional teachers will be on hand so you can be confident your child will have a fabulous time whatever ability. Ages 3 – 8.  20th, 21st & 22nd October 2014 Etheline Holder Hall, Notting Hill, W11 2JS 9.30am – 12.30pm £70 per child OR £25 for 1 day (sibling discount available) Early booking required. Check their website for more information.


‘West End in’ is an exclusive performing arts tutoring service and educational programmes provider. They provide bespoke one to one and group tuition programmes in singing, dancing and acting. They cater for all ages and specialise in bringing top industry professionals to teach their programmes. Whether you’re looking for a workshop of your favourite musical with some friends, a series of 5 one to one singing lessons or coaching to help with presentation or interview skills, we can help. If you would like a bespoke programme created for you this half-term or regular lessons then please contact Michael with your requirements: [email protected].


Wallace Chess has been teaching chess to adults and children in London for 8 years. They pride themselves in teaching more than the game – they aim to instil in young students self-confidence and respect, all in a fun environment. They teach advanced players that represent the UK internationally, as well as complete beginners starting as young as 4 years old. They offer private lessons, half term and holiday camps and weekly drop-in clubs for kids. The Kensington club meets Mondays 5.30-7pm at St Philips Church, and from January we will be opening a weekly club in Belgravia. Check their website for more information.

My Tutor Club’s 8+ / 10+ / 11+ Revision courses: 23-24 / 25-26 / 27-28 / 30-31 October. 
Revise core Maths and English content, practice exam technique, build confidence. Tutor: excellent track record. Tutoring experience, 4,500+ hours. 

My Tutor Club’s Group lessons at British Museum: 24 / 29 / 30 October. Learn outside the classroom, broaden your horizons, and visit exhibitions to boost your child’s knowledge and confidence in history, science, geography and R.E.Learn about WW1, history of Germany, Ancient Greece & Rome and to coincide with Halloween, the portrayal of witchcraft in European art. Contact [email protected] for details

Half term activities at the Ecology Centre in Holland Park. Monday 27-31 October 2014. Activities range from morning and afternoon sessions. Prices start from £4.20 per child. Click here to see full timetable of activities.



Warp & Weft at the Tate Modern. FREE. Suitable for 7-12 years olds and adults. Every weekend. Additionally, Thursdays and Fridays during school holidays, 11.00–16.00. Click here for more information.



Lots of special events and activities happening this half term at your local Children’s Library.  Activities include theatre workshops, Creepy Crawlies, Elmer Party Click here for more information.



Mexico’s Day of the Dead Festival. FREE from 30 October – 2 November 2014. 11.00am – 6.00pm at Bargehouse, Oxo Tower Wharf, South Bank, London. A variety of children’s workshops are taking place where children can decorate sugar skulls (traditional gifts taken to deceased loved ones graves), make a skeleton, paint masks, create flowers and papel picado (Mexican folk art). The workshops are free of charge, all you need to do is register your attendance. This is a great family day out.


Pumpkin Trail at Battersea Park Zoo. 25th October 2014 at 10am.  Join the Annual Pumpkin TrailPurchase a quiz sheet upon entry and use the clues to find which animals have put out pumpkins! Click here to read more and other activities taking place during this Half term.



Go Batty for Bats at the Isis Education Centre at The LookOut in Hyde Park. FREE. 29th October 11-5pm. FREE.  Go Batty for Bats will focus on the lifestyles of some mysterious creatures and explore the real truth about bats; where they live, how they hunt and what they like to eat. Visitors will get the chance to follow the bat trail in the garden and learn all about these important nocturnal creatures, as well as taking part in some bat themed crafts. You can also get into the Halloween spirit and take part in a host of spectacularly spooky activities from ‘Pin the wart on the witch’ to potion making from herbs, sticks and mud. Click here to book your place.

Room with the Broom. Saturday 25 October 2014. Cine Kids at  Institut français. In English. Click here to book.




To view all play centres available during October’s half term  in the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea, please click here for more information.



Boo at London Zoo. 25 Oct – 2 Nov 2014. ZSL London Zoo will be hosting a fun week of spooky goings on this Halloween half term with a little help from some of its furry, feathery and scaly friends. Check out the activities they have for you and your little ones. Booking required. Click here to read more.