Hello lovely KM readers,


Here’s your weekly newsletter from Kensington mums.



Keeping you in the loop with the local scoop.



It’s hard to believe it but the Olympics have finally arrived. We got to see the Relay torch 2012 as it passed through the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea. The opening night was breathtaking and unarguably the most stunning show ever! Well done for all those who got involved in making it such a memorable day. This week’s newsletter has got all you need to get into the Olympic spirit! Kensington Mums have the pick of all things Olympics. Do not miss our Family Olympic PicNic on Saturday 4th of August.



Last week Kensington Mums went to the Story time and book signing with author Eva Katzler for the new book Florentine and Pig at the Notting Hill Bookshop. It was a great way to meet the author. Children enjoyed the storytelling which was then followed by colouring!









Kensington Mums also attended Plant Magic session at the Ecology Centre in Holland Park. It was an amazing experience, walking through the forest deep into Holland Park identifying all the different flowers, a great way for children to learn and explore. The session ended with planting your own hand painted pot to take home. Picture of the Ecology Centre Summer Activity can be seen here.







Kensington Mums saw the Olympic Torch Relay last Thursday. Pictures can be seen here.














Kensington Mums recommends you to go and visit the Olympic Stadium and the amazing Olympic Rings floating near the Tower of London. The city is buzzing with all things Olympics. Over the next three weeks, the world’s will be tuned out to watch 10,000 athletes run, paddle and jump. Let the Games begin! More pictures here.









Kensington Mums visited the Greenwich Summer Festival. It was a lot of fun for the whole family to enjoy with Big Screen Olympics, music and good food.














The Kensington Mums Olympic Family Picnic will be held from 1pm until 4pm at Little Wormwood Scrubs Park ( Little Wormwood Scrubs Park, London W10 6AD) on Saturday 4 August 2012. The event is a community fun day to celebrate London 2012 for all the family to enjoy.



The theme of the day is the London 2012 Olympic Games. There will be arts and crafts activities for children to make their own flag, as well as fun and games including fun mini-sport sessions and sports equipment for children to play with.

So come along, bring a picnic blanket and a picnic, and celebrate London 2012 in the sun!

To register, email Dina at [email protected]. There will be a £5 charge on the door per walking person. Volunteers would also be very much appreciated to help run the event or to help with cleaning up, please get in touch if you could spare a bit of time to help out.




Mascots of the Olympic Games at the Victoria and Albert Museum of Childhood. Open from 19 May – 28 October 2012. Mascots of the Olympic Games is a small display showcasing 38 mascots from past summer and winter Olympic and Paralympic Games, including this year’s mascots, Wenlock and Mandeville. For more information, please click here.






Going for Gold at the Museum of Childhood. Friday 3 August from 11.00-16.00. On your marks… get set… GO! Run to the Museum to join in a sporty day in celebration of Beautiful Games. Activities includes Silly Sports Star Training, Dr. Bike, Little Kickers Football Skills and Drills, Dance workshops, Yoga for children. Booking required. For more information, please click here.
Designed to win at the Design Museum from 26 July – 18 November.

Coinciding with London’s biggest year of sport, Designed to Win explores the various ways in which design has shaped the sporting world. Analysing key moments where design played a significant role in progressing sport, the exhibition looks at themes of safety, performance, fashion, new materials and technology. For more information, please click here.



The British Museum has loads of activities lined up. Saturday 4th August, Green screen time machine where you use a green screen and Photoshop to create a picture of yourself interacting with Museum objects then print your finished work to take home.Suitable for ages 7+. For more information, please click here. Also why not check out Mega-mummy animation workshop on Sunday 5th August where children can use stop-motion software and digital video cameras to create your own giant and gruesome animation of the mummification process to upload to the web.Suitable for ages 5+. For more information, please click here.

‘Make Do and Mend’ Quilt at the Imperial War Museum, London. From 4 August 2012 – 12 August 2012. FREE. create a ‘Make Do and Mend’ quilt in this communal art activity. Drop-in activity suitable for all ages with parental supervision.
British Design 1948-2012 at V&A until 12 August. Celebrate the best of British post-war art and design from the 1948 ‘austerity’ games to the summer of 2012. The exhibition highlights significant moments in the history of British design and how the country continues to nurture artistic talent and be a world leader in creativity and design. Click here for more information.



Family Drop – In Art Workshop: Summer Bags at the National Portrait Gallery on 3rd August from 13:00-16:00.

Decorate and create an artist’s bag. No ticket required. For ages 3+ and their carers. Click here for more information.





Exhibition Road Show. 28 July – 5 August 2012.This Summer London’s cultural heartland will host nine days of a one-off celebration of art, music, science, literature and acrobatics on Exhibition Road.  New commissions, live events, scientific experiments and discussions will all converge to populate a ‘landscape of wonder’ commissioned by the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea. For more information, please click here.



The Emirates Airline Cable Car is said to be an amazing experience with stunning views  of the Olympic park, 02, Canary Wharf, the Thames Barrier and beyond. Whats excellent is that you can use your oyster card to cross the Thames to connect Greenwich Peninsula and the Royal Docks.  Emirates believes the more one sees of the world, the richer life becomes.Click here to see the stunning views. A must do!



Perfect for 5+. If your kids are getting into the Olympics spirit then you must visit the British museum to see the 2012 medals up close and personal. For more information, please visit their website.

ZSL London Zoo has a variety of daily events including diving with penguins, marathon running with zebras, swimming with the otters, animal athletes in action and much more. Well worth a trip! Click here for details on daily events, feeds and demonstrations.
Playday is the national day for play, traditionally celebrated on the first Wednesday in August. As well as a celebration of children’s right to play, Playday is a campaign that highlights the importance of play in children’s lives. The Playday 2012 campaign is Get out and play! Playday is taking place in Ealing, Fulham and Kensington and Chelsea on the 17th August 2012.



Greenwich Summer Festival until 12th August 2012. Royal Greenwich invites you to spend your summer at Greenwich Summer Festival set in the enchanting lawns of the Old Royal Naval College. There is Big Screen Olympics, cinema by night and Music, Cabaret & Theatre in the Little Top and special events like the Gala Weekend, Family Weekender & Craft Beer Rising. Family weekender is on the 4th and 5th August 2012. Click here for more information.



Kensington and Chelsea performance workshops: Let the Games Begin – A Play in a Day at the Chelsea Theatre on 2nd August. Tickets cost £40. Chickenshed Kensington and Chelsea’s team of professional practitioners will be leading a series of inclusive workshops for different age groups that explore the Olympics in an original, creative and fun way. Suitable for 8-14 years old. Click here for more information.



Westfield London. Arts and Crafts every Wednesday over the summer from 11am – 4pm to keep the kids entertained.  This is taking place in the Atrium, Ground Floor, near Starbucks.




Duke of York Square. The Games, Live Screening. Until 12th August 2012. The Duke of York Square screen the action live on our big screen, including the opening and closing ceremonies and the 100 metres final. You are also giving away a free blanket for the field. All you need to do is Call the booking line on: 08456 800682. Olympic Screening Schedule can be found here. For more information, please click here.




The Olympic Journey: The Story of the Games at the Royal Opera House. Until 12th August. BP and the Royal Opera House have joined forces with The Olympic Museum in Lausanne to create a free and unique exhibition telling the Olympic story through the endeavours of ancient and modern Olympians. This exhibition, shown in London for two weeks only, will include artefacts from athletes through the ages, audio and film, the summer Olympic Medals since 1896 and the summer Olympic Torches since 1936.

You will also have the opportunity to have your photo taken with the London 2012 Olympic torch – all for free. Click here for more information.



My Flag- Thursdays workshops in Saatchi Gallery.

Invent your flag, choose the colours and the shapes, then paint it and it’s done, then wave your colours in the air. On Thursdays 2nd, 9th, 16th and 30th of August. From 2pm until 4.30 pm. £ 5.00 per flag. Click here for more information.















No tickets for the Olympic Game but you want to feel and experience of London 2012? Then head to Westfield Stratford, for a great family day out. There is everything under one roof, food court, regular kids’ activities and most importantly some retail therapy with the newly opened Victoria Secrets. Not to be missed! Stop by John Lewis where you can see panoramic views of the Olympic Park and lookout for their amazing in-store LEGO Olympic Stadium! See the panoramic view taken by Kensington Mums here.








New plans for the Commonwealth Institute in Kensington. The Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) has awarded the Design Museum a grant of £4.65million towards its plans to create the world’s leading museum of contemporary design and architecture at the former Commonwealth Institute in Kensington. Click here to read the full media announcement.



Enjoy the Summer and the Olympics games.



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