I hope you are all doing well. This is the time of the year, where children catch cold and flu germs from what I call ‘germ factory’ also known as schools! Ive had my share of sniffs, running nose and coughs this past week.
On a different note, the run up to Christmas is always exciting and packed with fun things to do! Stay tuned for next week’s newsletter which will capture what’s on this Christmas. Also, expect some special postings, articles and much more from now till the New Year and don’t forget to take part in our Kensington Mums Christmas Competition for your chance to win a family ticket to watch Scooty in Space this festive season.
To stay in the loop, don’t forget to check our Facebook page and Twitter account as it will always be kept updated with the latest news on family outings that I come across. If you would like become one of our contributors and let us know of a great family day out that you would recommend to others, please get in touch I would love to hear from you.
This week’s newsletter is sponsored by Stamptastic.
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Kensington Mums was invited to the opening of the Canary Wharf Santa’s Grotto. On weekends in December and on Christmas Eve, families will enjoy a programme of free activities throughout Canary Wharf shopping malls. Only a train ride a away on the Jubillee line, little ones will enjoy the festive face painting, magical treasure trails as well as arts and crafts workshops. Don’t miss your chance to pay a visit to Santa’s Grotto and for the adventurous ones you can even skate beneath the twinkling, festive lights of Canada Square Park at Ice Rink Canary Wharf.
It was also great to meet some of my readers this week. It always bring me joy to meet new faces and get feedback that you enjoy reading the weekly newsletters.
Due to your requests, Kensington Mums is having Christmas drinks on Monday 17th December 2012.
If you would like to come along, please get in touch with me!
KEEPIN’ IT LOCAL – WHAT’S ON FOR YOU AND YOUR LITTLE ONE(S).
Let the music begin! Artpeggios’s open days on Saturday 8 December and Sunday 9 December from 10am to 6pm. Visit the DJing and computer music room, the recording studio, the band rooms and the art room. Meet our teachers. Watch them play music, paint and draw. Try it all for yourself! Suitable for 8 years +. Click here for more information.
Valentino Exhibition Pop Up Shop at Somerset House. This is for the Mums and ladies out there who absolutely love fashion, new trends and most of all Valentino. Somerset House in conjunction with the Valentino company have created a pop up exhibition shop featuring designer accessories and vintage books. Click here for more information.
Family activities at the London Transport Museum. Saturday 8 and Sunday 9 December 2012. Families are encouraged to bring recyclable household junk to participate in the big build being run by creative play sensation Makedo. As well as contributing to a giant cardboard creation, children can enjoy junk-modelling workshops. Click here for more information.
National Gallery Magic Carpet Storytelling. Every Sunday there are two storytelling sessions from 10.30 till 11.00 and 11.30 till 12.00 for under 5′s. Meet in the Education Foyer, National Gallery, Trafalgar Square, WC2N 5DN. Places are limited and allocated on a first come basis up to an hour before the start. For more information, please click here.
Doctors, Dissection and Resurrection Men at the Museum of London. Until 14 April 2013. This is for the daring and definitely wont recommend this for little ones. Click here for more information.
Theatre & Performance Galleries Tour at the Victoria and Albert Museum. Take a guided tour of the V&A’s exciting theatre and performance collections, including rock & pop posters, theatre and ballet costumes, puppets, stage sets and more! See new costumes from the Lion King now on display. Until 31st December. Click here for more information.
Family activity: Make your own secret code at the British Museum.Running on 22–23, 27–31 December. FREE. Visit the Samsung Digital Discovery Centre and explore seal stones from China. Then use the latest digital technology to create your own secret cryptogram incorporating beautiful calligraphic designs – brilliant to make and hard to crack. Suitable for ages 7+. Click here for more information.
Launchpad Science Shows at the Science Museum. FREE. Find out more about the exciting principles of science in these interactive, Explainer-led Science Shows. Be a volunteer on stage, answer questions and find out more about the world of Explosions, Rockets, Bubbles or Forces. A selection of these exciting science filled shows are performed every day in Launchpad. Click here for more information.
StoryCraft at RichMix. Monday 10 December. StoryCraft is led by a different storyteller or poet every month. The sessions are aimed at mums, dads and carers with children aged 2 to 5, and encourage families to enjoy stories together in an active and fun way. Using puppets and percussion instruments, stories are animated and involve actions, singing and discussion. All sessions feature a hands-on craft activity. Click here for more information.
Christmas events (early booking essential)
Christmas Storytelling at Fortnum and Mason (every weekend, until Christmas)This year’s story is the exciting tale of Dick Whittington, the poor boy who comes to London, to make his fortune from streets reputedly paved with gold. His initial disappointments climax in his leaving the city with his cat, but his journey northwards is halted by the Bow Bells calling to him, “Turn again, Dick Whittington”. His adventures are many, and his success is crowned by his being Lord Mayor of London not once – not twice – but THREE times. Please click here for more information.
Designers Christmas Market 14 – 16 December 2012.This fantastic market showcases 50 UK design and craft practitioners. Enjoy browsing and shopping for great original gifts, including ceramics, jewellery, textiles, homewares and print. Click here for more information.
Family Event: Horrible Histories Christmas Special at the National Portrait Gallery. Come and celebrate the festive season in Tudor style… Pop into the theatre to meet cast members from Horrible Histories – Barmy Britain and find out all about Tudor life. Take your pick from a range of free activities including making royal crowns, designing a festive wreath and making a pomander to ward off bad smells! Some activities require a ticket available on the day, please click here for more information.
Christmas workshops at Lauderdale House. Saturdays 15, 18 20 and 21. Booking essential. Click here for more information.
Winter Wonderland workshops at the National Gallery. Friday 14 December. Various times. FREE. Click here for more information.
Mirror Mirror’s Christmas Magic Lantern Show at the Museum of Childhood. Saturday 29 and Sunday 30 December 2012. Join Victorian sisters Anna and Bea for their annual family magic lantern show – an atmospheric tale of mystery and adventure! Suitable for ages 3+. Click here for more information.
Jigsaw Japes at Bank of England Museum. During the Christmas and New Year break (17 – 21, 24*, 27, 28 and 31* December and 2 – 4 January), the Museum presents Jigsaw Japes, a special event to entertain the whole family. Children of all ages can draw their favourite Museum object on a pre-cut jigsaw to take home. Click here for more information.
Kensington Mums Christmas Competition.
Click here for a chance to WIN family ticket to watch Scooty in Space at the Duchess Theatre London.
Wishing you all a lovely week. Here is a great quote to start your week with.
A mother’s love is instinctual, unconditional, and forever.