Hello lovely KM readers,
Here’s your weekly newsletter from Kensington mums.
Keeping you in the loop with the local scoop
Another school holiday over. I hope you all had a wonderful half term holiday and Halloween with the whole family. Its back to routine now. I would love to know what was your favourite family outing or activity. Please leave a comment here and share it with other Mums. Did you enjoy the fireworks over the weekend? Get yourselves and your little ones all wrapped up warm in these cold days. In this week’s newsletter you will find all about our upcoming KM events, early bookings for London’s best ice skating rings and visits to see Santa’s Grotto (yes! December is only a few weeks away) and the latest activities for you and your little ones to enjoy. Ice skating is of course perfect for the whole family to do but do consider going with your other half for a date night for a romantic experience. Everything will be beautifully illuminated after dark.
Here is what Kensington Mums got up to this half term:
Our baby and toddler yoga class was a great turnout. Thank you all for coming. Alice taught a wonderful class, with great breathing and relaxing techniques. It was a great exercise for both Mummy and baby. She explained each movement along the way, enhancing baby’s mental and physical development, while getting back into shape yourself! If you are interested to sign up and try out her classes, please get in touch with Kensington Mums to register your interest. Classes will run on a weekday morning.
Family Ignite. Albert’s Band – Showtime! at the Royal Albert Hall. Kensington Mums joined Albert’s Band for some razzle-dazzle of the glamorous world of West End musicals. If you enjoy music, age doesn’t matter to attend this show because it really captivates the attention of both the old and the young.The orchestra was really good and the members were both fun, interactive and entertaining. It was one hour of great classical music and delightful entertainment. 🙂 The Royal Albert Hall offers regular events and activities from Family ignite concerts in the Café Consort to Victorian Tours, there is plenty on offer for all the family to get involved. Their next event is Junior Ignite This free ignite series takes place in the relaxed atmosphere of the Royal Albert Hall’s Café Consort and features talented young ensembles in performances from gypsy jazz to Parisian folk. Just turn up and enjoy fantastic music for free while enjoying great food and drink.
Rumplestiltskin at the Lyric Hammersmith. This play was great for children (aimed for 3-8 years old). There was a lot of magic and mayhem, which kids always love, dust fairies and live music.The theme of the show fitted well with Halloween and the characters interacted with the children before the show started. I think 55 minutes was a bit too long for little ones. The venue is very baby friendly and they have a lovely outdoor roof garden and a great cafe. Overall, great day out.
Our Kensington Mums, baby and toddler meet up at the Saatchi Gallery was lots of fun. We all got messy, painting and colouring! Our mini picasso’s got creative and took home their work of art. Thanks to everyone who came along. Hope to see you again at our guided tour on the 23rd Nov (booking is essential) more information below.
The Christmas lights are up in Kensington Arcade. The rest of London will all be beautifully switched on for the Christmas Season (more details below).
Kensington Mums visited Hamleys and watched the Puppet Show in Regent Street. These take place daily and are great entertainment for the whole family. The rest of the day was all about toys, toys and more toys.
Kensington Mums visited the Kensington Central Library. The children’s library is currently undergoing renovations. It was great to see the lovely work which was done to our local library. The entrance has been completely refurbished with a new self service system to take out and return books and DVDs. They have a small temporary children’s corner where little ones can enjoy their selection of books.Their half term activities were also a lot of fun, we made cat masks!
Kensington Mums decorated Halloween cookies. Great way to keep the little ones entertained at home.
Halloween Family Extravaganza was only yesterday. It was all about dancing, dancing and more dancing! Thank you all for coming and hope you had as much fun as we did. A big thank you to Amanda and her team who made the event spook-tacular, for Annabel Karmel’s new food range which we all tasted and the amazing Claire from Fandabidozi facepainting for her incredible skills in making little ones happy.
Kensington Mums celebrates its one year birthday! You are invited to come and celebrate Kensington Mums first year birthday on Thursday 15th November. Location, surprise. £30pp including dinner, bubbly and a vibrant atmosphere. There will be a surprise give away for everyone, its a great way to meet other Mums and the Mum behind Kensington Mums (moi!). To attend, please email me at email@example.com. Limited places available. Pls RSVP by 9th November 2012.
Back by popular demand KM Mother and Baby Outing to visit the Saatchi Gallery on Friday 23rd November 2012. Meeting outside the Saatchi Gallery at 10.30, tour starts at 11am.‘Gaiety is the Most Outstanding Feature of the Soviet Union: Art from Russia’ is the first exhibition of contemporary Russian art at the Saatchi Gallery. This large survey show features 18 artists working in diverse ways across the mediums of painting, photography, sculpture and installation. Once tour is over you are welcome to stay and play and mingle with the group in the Education Room of the Saatchi Gallery. Toddlers will be provided with materials to get creative! Special offer Kensington Mums mini xmas photoshoot by a family photographer. More information here.£5/adult. Child free.
KEEPIN’ IT LOCAL – WHAT’S ON FOR YOU AND YOUR LITTLE ONE(S)
Shop for a good cause this season at the Junior League of London’s annual charity fundraiser, Boutique de Noel, which takes place at the Kensington Town Hall on 14 and 15 November 2012. Exclusive offer for Kensington Mums 2 tickets for £10 (regular ticket price is £7) . The offer would only be available in person with a print-out from the Kensington Mums e-newsletter, or by calling our office to purchase tickets over the phone, and quoting ’KensingtonMuMs’ to get the special offer. Happy shopping!
The Way Back Home at the Chelsea Theatre.A Christmas show based on the best-selling book by Oliver Jeffers, specially made for children 7 and under. Performances are from 4 December – 23 December 2012, 10.30am and 13.00. Tickets cost £8. Click here for more information.
LomoWall at the Museum of London (until 6th Jan 2013). This seems like a great idea to go on with your other half. The Museum of London has collaborated with Lomography – the vibrant community dedicated to analogue photography – to create an eye-catching LomoWall display.Almost 30,000 photographs make up this 65 metre Olympic themed LomoWall, which spans the Museum’s entrance hall and rotunda, making it the longest running LomoWall in the UK to date. More than 15,000 people from 32 countries submitted analogue pictures responding to the brief “inspiring and achieving in London’s Olympic year”. The photographs include images of Paralympic athletes in training for the London 2012 Games. If you are interested, they have a Lomography workshop on 24th of November (booking essential), click here for more information.
The Cartoon museum hold family events every second Saturday of every month 12-
4pm. For more Information please visit their website.
Jazz for toddlers at RichMix. Thursday 15 November at 2pm. To prove you are never too young to get into the swing of things, join award winning vibraphonist Orphy Robinson and early years specialist Hopal Romans for London Jazz Festival’s popular Jazz for Toddlers tour! Specifically geared for 2- 5 year olds plus parents/ carers, you can expect lots of fun, music and movement, plus an idea or two to take away with you. Approx. 50 mins. £5 Adults / £3 Toddlers. Click here for more information.
Kids’ Zone at the National Army Museum. Kids Zone is great for children aged 0-8 with forest and arctic themed climbing frames for kids to scale, slide and run through. There is also a soft play area for babies, toys, and arts and crafts. It is open daily from 10.10am to 5.15pm. For only £2.50 per child this is a great way for little ones to let off some steam. You can book your tickets online up to three days in advance. You will also be able to log on and see if a session has any spaces remaining before heading there. Saves you the hassle of getting there and being told the session is sold out! Please note morning sessions and 3pm sessions are most popular. If you know you are heading there, its always best to book, adults are FREE. Max 30 kids per session allowed.
Ideal Home Show at Christmas from 14th – 18th November, Earls Court London.
this annual shopping event will bring you ideas on Decking the Halls, Filling your Stockings, Trimming the Turkey, and so much more.With over 600 exhibitors across 6 sections including; Interiors & Furnishings, Food & Drink, Home Improvements & Outdoor Living, Fashion & Beauty, Technology & Gadgets and Gifts & Decorations, this is the biggest home show at Christmas! Click here for more information.
Family events at Tate Modern. Under 5s Zone. FREE. Available whenever you visit the gallery. A new play space for under 5s and their families. The Under 5s Zone invites children on a creative, physical and sensory exploration of themes inspired by Cubist artworks. For more information, please click here.
True Colours at Victoria and Albert Museum. Saturday 10 November 2012 at 11.00, 13.00 & 15.00.Travel through Hollywood costume history from Charlie Chaplin to Jack Sparrow, and dance in a Hollywood Musical! Limited spaces available daily, on a first come first served basis.
Robbie Williams To Switch On Marmite Oxford Street Christmas Lights – today 5 November. Please note tickets for the event are no longer available! Pop royalty Robbie Williams, will switch on this year’s Marmite Oxford Street Christmas Lights at House of Fraser with a host of guests, kick-starting the festive season in London’s West End!
Christmas in Covent Garden starts on 7th November. Covent Garden’s Christmas lights are set to rival the displays on nearby Regent Street and Oxford Street, so come on down to the Piazza on Wednesday at 6.30 pm for the big switch-on. Click here for more information.
Regent Street Christmas Lights are due to light up on Tuesday 13 November. What’s more, Team GB heroes will be pushing the ‘on’ switch. Think celebrity guests, Christmas carols and live music performances. The evening’s events and entertainment will begin at 5:30pm, providing ample time to get started on that ever-expanding Christmas shopping list. Click here for more information.
Christmas comes to Chelsea. Saturday 10th November. The magic of Christmas is set to sparkle in Chelsea, with a festive celebration like no other. The free event begins from 3pm with an exciting range of activities for both children and families to enjoy. Head to the arts & crafts marquee for free family-friendly activities, or pop down to Santa’s Christmas Grotto from 5.30pm to meet the season’s most popular individual in the flesh. Enjoy hot popcorn, mince pies or mulled wine whilst listening to Christmas carols led by the singer Natalie Coyle accompanied by the choir of Holy Trinity Church. Click here for more information.
Christmas events (early booking essential)
Natural History Museum Ice Rink is now open. Embrace winter in their 950-square-metre ice rink, London’s most spectacular winter attraction. Plan your visit and book your tickets online.
Santa’s Grotto at the Duke of York Square 10 November -23 December 2012. FREE
Children and adults alike will be able to meet the man himself in his magical Lapland grotto,opening on Saturday 10th November. If you’re really, really lucky you might even meet Rudolf the red nosed reindeer. Every visitor will have the opportunity to have their photograph taken with Santa Claus and receive a picture to keep forever and ever as well a receiving a special gift with every visit. Booking is now open and can be made online. Click here for more information.
Westfield London Ice Rink and Santa’s Grotto. This Christmas, Westfield London will be cooler than ever as an indoor Ice Rink takes over the Atrium. Made with real ice and situated indoors, it’s the perfect place to go ice skating in London. To guarantee your Santa’s Grotto and Ice Rink tickets we highly recommend you pre-book online to avoid disappointment and queues in peak times. Book by 11 November to save 20% on all off-peak tickets! Click here for more information.
The Tower of London Ice Rink will open on Saturday 17th November. Tickets on sale now! London’s most dramatic open-air ice rink returns to the spectacular setting of the Tower of London. Located in the moat, the ice rink is set against the magnificent fortress battlements, providing a stunning setting for winter skating in the City. Book now for the perfect winter treat for the whole family. Click here for more information.
Meet Father Christmas at Hamleys this Christmas! Meet Father Christmas at Hamleys this December to add that extra special magic to your little ones Christmas. Join Father Christmas and his elves for a yummy meal, heaps of fun and if you’ve been good all year a small gift to take home. Bookings now open! Click here for more information.
Winter Wonderland in Hyde Park. 23 Nov- 6 Jan 2013. This is probably one of my favourite winter events. It is absolutely wonderful, its got everything from roller coaster rides, circus, Santa’s land, Magical Ice Kingdom to name just a few and one of the best Christmas markets I have been to. This year’s ice ring is Ice Age 4. Just make sure you wrap up warm! Winter Wonderland is free to enter. However you will need to buy tickets for the attractions & rides. Tickets for Ice Skating, The Magical Ice Kingdom, the Giant Observation Wheel and Zippos Circus are available to buy in advance. BOOK NOW to avoid disappointment!
Learning More than One Language. Wednesday 21st November 2012, 9.30-11.30 am. A FREE 2 hour workshop for parents/carers of children under 5 years. Book early to secure spot, limited crèche places available. Come and learn why the first 3 years of life are vital for communication skill development. Learn how children learn more than one language. Learn about the advantages of speaking your home language. This workshop will be taking place at Maxilla Children’s Centre 4 Maxilla Walk, London, W10 6NQ. To book your place or gain further information call 020 8962 3073. Run by your local Speech and Language Therapists.
Ready, Steady, Talk! Tuesday 13th November 2012, 1.30 –2.30pm. A free 1 hour parent workshop. Book early to secure spot, limited crèche places available. Learn what communication skills to expect at your child’s different ages and stages. Learn why early communication skill development is vital to your child’s happy and healthy upbringing. Learn practical strategies to support your child’s early language development.This workshop will be taking place at Maxilla Children’s Centre 4 Maxilla Walk, London, W10 6NQ. To book your place or gain further information call 020 8962 3073. Run by your local Speech and Language Therapists.
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Wishing you all a mummyliscious week.
Until next week.