Half term is nearly upon us. In this week’s special half term scoop we have picked up the latest 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, our next one and last one before the summer holidays will be taking place at Holland Park Cafe on 15th of June, we have limited places available so don’t forget to book your places.

In our half term scoop there is something for everyone to enjoy. Have a happy and fun 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. Enjoy planning your family days out and activities with your little ones.

Wishing you a lovely half term break.

Great night last week at the House of Ronald special preview night of Autumn/Winter 2015 collection exclusively for Kensington Mums. Stay tuned for pictures under KM gallery.

Kensington Mums events

 

Join us for our Kensington Mums and Bumps coffee morning at Holland Park Cafe on 15th June 2015. Click here to book your places, limited places available.

Kensington Mums competitions

Win a lunch for 2 at the New Angel Restaurant, click here to enter.

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

Paid activities 

Come and join us for some exciting May Half-term Science Fun! Two hour workshops are taking place:  Swiss Cottage on Tuesday, 26 May from 14.00-16.00, Hollywood Arm Chelsea on Wednesday, 27 May from 10.00-12.00 and in Putney at Eddie Catz on Thursday, 28 May 2015 form 11.00-13.00. You can register on-line via www.littlehouseofscience.com or call them on 0800 092 1062!

 

Animal Encounters at WWT London Wetland Centre. Come and see parrots, pond creatures, birds of prey and ducklings up-closeDuring the Animal Encounters week, Saturday 23 May to Sunday 31 May, there will be lots to see at WWT with different animals every day. Each day they will have a Star Animal, including birds of prey, ducklings and parrots so you can see them up close and discover more about them.  There will also be ‘safari’ sessions as well as nature crafts sessions each day. Birds of prey days, Sunday 24 May & Monday 25 May. Duckling days 10.30-12.30 and 2.00-4.00, Tuesday 26 May to Saturday 30 May. Parrot DaySunday 31 May. Entry fees applicable. Click here for more information.

 

Chelsea Quavers Saturday Music Clubs. Summer Music Workshops in Kensington and Chelsea. Suitable for ages 4-12. BOOK your today at one of their inspirational Saturday Music Clubs! For complete beginners to experienced young musicians. Children learn to read, write, perform, compose music using the fun, colourful Chelsea Quavers Music Puzzles©, develop aural skills and play glockenspiel, hand bells, percussion & recorder. Every child learns at their own pace. Small Tutor Groups, 1:1 tuition, group activities & games! Inspire and develop your child’s musical potential! Different venues: Allen Street W8 , Caversham Street SW3 , Alpha Place SW3. Check their website for more information.

Allsorts drama for children are coming to Notting Hill this summer with two fantastic fun filled weeks of drama for your children to take part in. The weeks will be magical experiences for your children putting together a show for family and friends.
Book now. The workshops are suitable for ages 4 – 6 and 7 – 11. No experience is necessary.  The courses run from the 20th – 24th July and the 27th – 31st July from 9.30am – 3.30pm each day at Notting Hill Prep School, 95 Lancaster Road W11
1QQ. The full week costs £180 and there is a 20% sibling discount.  Click here for more info.

Discover the Lost Art of Nature Printing on 26th May 2015 at the Chelsea Physic Garden, where you will make your own prints using plants and oil-based inks on paper. Explore your senses with a series of games, activities and challenges in Making Sense of the Garden on 27 May, or create a table-top puppet with artist Hyunjung Choi in Puppetry in Motion on 28 May. Activity cost (including Garden entry) child – £8.60, adults – £11.90. Children must be accompanied by a ticket holding adult. Click here for more information.

Holiday activities at the Holland Park Ecology Centre. Click here for full timetable. Suitable for ages 5-10 years.

 

Teethtasking workshop at the Centre of the Cell.  Wednesday 27th May & Thursday 28th May from 2 – 4pm. Get your teeth stuck into this tantalising show all about teeth. Whether you’re a dentist’s dream, or you don’t know your incisors from your canines, in this show you’ll discover how to get terrific teeth and gorgeous gums, take part in our chomping challenge and find out how to make elephant toothpaste. Don’t forget your toothbrush! This event is recommended for children and families aged 7 and up. Please note that children under the age of 14 must be accompanied by a responsible adult (aged 16+) at all times. Click here for more information.

Notting Hill May Fest 2015 Bach to Baby  in Notting HillTuesday 19th May, 10.30am—11.30am .Tickets: £10 per adult, free for children – available at the door. Click here for more information. 

Admire the beautiful flowers at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show.

Special Children’s Day at London Zoo, Sat-Sun 16-17 May, 2015. Click here for more information.

Imagine your library at the Institut Francais. Wed 22 Apr – Wed 27 May 2015. Click here for more information.

London Museums

On the last Sunday of every month, the Design Museum holds a drop-in workshop for families inspired by the museum’s temporary exhibitions. Free with museum entry, these informal sessions focus on design and making activities for children aged 5–11. Come along and become a designer! Click here for more information.

Museum of Childhood. May half term activities. Monday 25 – Friday 29 May. Join in the adventure and celebrate the 150th anniversary of the publication of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. Click here for more information.

Toddler Time Travel at Battersea Arts Centre this May. The workshops, designed for children 6 months to 4 years, explore Wandsworth’s unique history from the time of hunter gathers to the present day through songs, stories, making, object handling and creative play. Click here for more information.

Big Nature day at the Natural History Museum. 23rd May 2015. Click here for more information. Don’t forget to visit Sensational Butterflies while you are there.

All aboard for the new family galleries at the London Transport Museum and don’t miss the Family Station with ctivities to do as you explore the Museum.  Whether you fold your own bus and drive it between the vehicles, spot shapes around the Museum through our shape spotters or dream up your own transport story, there is something here for families with children of all ages. Click here for more information.

The Animal Story puppet show at the Natural History Museum. The Animal Story puppet show is a fun and exciting way to learn about our native wildlife. What do you call a baby squirrel? What is a badger’s favourite food? And, what exactly is the difference between a stoat and a weasel? May 26-28th 2015, various times. Click here for more information.

Art Base: Summer Season at Tate Modern. May half term 23-30 May 2015.Free for aged 18 and under, adults pay standard admission. No booking required but places may be limited during busy periods. Click here for more information.

Free activities

London Symphony Orchestra Sunday, 17 May 2015 – 6:30pm to 8:30pm. Enjoy a free open-air concert by the London Symphony Orchestra with Principal Conductor Valery Gergiev.

Drop in to the Isis Education Centre in the heart of Hyde Park for a day of hedgehog themed activities on 27th May 2015. The gates will be open from 11am so visitors can simply walk-in and enjoy the gardens and activities until they close at 3pm. Activities includes craft a hedgehog from a paper plate, paint or colour your own hedgehog picture and much more. Click here for more information.

London Tree Week, 23 – 31 May 201523rd May 2015 to 31 May 2015. Come and celebrate London’s trees and woodlands with a week of special events.

Lots of Free events at your local library from flamingo storytelling to arts and crafts sessions for children aged 4-10. Click here for more information.

Mini Music at the Royal College of Museum of Music. 28th May 2015.  Come and explore the exciting world of musical instruments in the RCM Museum of Music! You will be able see instruments of all shapes and sizes, hear some being played and make your own music! Children must be accompanied by an adult. Free but tickets required. Suitable for children under 5. Click here for more information.

For indoor play areas, head to the Science Museum, Pattern Pod or the Garden on the lower ground floor. Its a gem of a place (suitable for aged 3-6) in the heart of Kensington.