Hello lovely KM readers,
Here’s your weekly newsletter from Kensington mums.
Keeping you in the loop with the local scoop.
Welcome to the first August newsletter. London is buzzing with the Olympics fever! I hope you are all enjoying the Summer and keeping the little ones entertained during the holidays! Before I give you details on the local scoop on what’s on in our vibrant city, I would like to thank all the lovely families and children who came along to our Kensington Mums Olympic picnic part of London 2012. A big thanks to Vanessa from Olé Kids for providing the surprise goody bags, Gina from diddi dance for getting us all up to dance and for Priyam from Amanda’s Action Club in training us in his gymnastic sessions, and Julia from Julia Boggio Studios for capturing the special event. You all made it extra special!
Kensington Mums attended Cass Art Summer Festival Activities and enjoyed making our own superhero. Cass Art in Kensington has a schedule of art workshops part of Kids August Summer Festival, which are great and the staff are sooo lovely. For more details on their program, please click here.
Kensington Mums visited the Kensington Central Children’s Library for their Story and craft sessions for the summer holiday. We enjoyed colouring in the elephant and listening to the story. The library is currently undergoing renovation, there is a temporary main access will be located outside the Children’s Library. The Adult Lending Library and the first floor (via lift) can be accessed from this entrance. The Story and craft sessions at Kensington Central Children’s Library run every Thursday from 2pm to 3.30pm as part of this year’s Summer Reading Challenge! Any age welcome. The next session is on Thursday 9th August at 2pm: Come along to hear Owl Babies & make your own owl mask!
Kensington Mums visits Sacrilege 2012. Sacrilege is a life-sized inflatable replica of Stonehenge created by Turner Prize-winning artist Jeremy Deller for people to bounce on. They came to Ravenscourt Park, and adults and children enjoyed bouncing on this mega sized bouncing castle. Even an orchestra was there playing their music while bouncing! Kensington Mums captured it all, pictures can be seen on our Facebook Page by clicking here.
Kensington Mums experienced the Olympic fever and attended the finals for fencing. It was truly an amazing atmosphere. Well done for the winners, Korea which won Gold, followed by Italy and Romania!
On our way to Excel we went on the Emirates Airline Cable Car, the views were breathtaking! This is a must do with children as long as they are not afraid of heights. What was great, was that you can use your Oyster card to get on board.
Please note next week we will have a surprise guest post and I will be back with the another newsletter on 20 August.
KEEPIN’ IT LOCAL – WHAT’S ON FOR YOU AND YOUR LITTLE ONE(S).
Family Art Fun: summer holidays at The Horniman Museum, every Mon/Wed/Fri from 23 July 2012 to 31 August 2012. Time: 11.00am – 3.30pm. FREE. This summer our amazing activities celebrate: the Olympics, beautiful new display gardens and major temporary exhibition The Body Adorned. Activities include making your own Olympic torch, paper bag mouse puppets, bug masks, headdresses from Papua New Guinea and crazy carnival spectacles. For more information, please click here.
Summer Reading Challenge at all K&C libraries this Summer!
Story Lab. The Summer Reading Challenge will take place in all K&C libraries over the school summer holidays in August. It is the biggest national reading initiative and is run by nearly every public library in the UK.
The challenge is for the children, aged four to 11, and it is simple: to read six or more library books over the summer. The theme for the Summer Reading Challenge in 2012 is Story Lab. Ask a member of your local library for more information.
Yoko Ono – To The Light exhibition at the Serpentine Gallery. FREE. The Serpentine Gallery will present a major exhibition of Yoko Ono’s work, her first show in a London public institution for more than a decade. Consisting of new and existing works, including some that have rarely been shown in the UK, Ono will present a selection of installations and films. This exhibition is a large-scale participatory project that records people’s smiles to create a global anthology of portraits. This event is part of London 2012 Festival. Click here for more information.
Royal Mugs to Princely Jugs at the Victoria and Albert Museum 11, 18 & 25 August. Join Little Lights Theatre for an interactive show that explores our fascination with collecting all things Royal. Suitable for ages 7+.
The Masbro Centre is having a Family Summer Party on the 10th August 2012 from 1.30-4.30pm. There will be children’s entertainer, party food, music, face painting and best of all a bouncy castle. For full details, please click here.
Super Speedy Sprint at the Science Museum from 14-17 August 2012. Elite athletes are lucky enough to have their running shoes made especially for them. Will this technology take the leap to the high street?Take part in real experiments with scientists from Loughborough University to see what difference shoes can make in your performance. Click here for more information.
Climbers and Creepers at Kew, Royal Botanical Garden. Climbers and Creepers is Britain’s first interactive botanical play zone. In the summer of 2004, Kew’s determination to make serious botany great fun for children was demonstrated with the opening of ‘Climbers and Creepers’. Bringing a new use to an old cycad house by White Peaks, Climbers and Creepers engages children from around 3-9 years in theAs part of the exhibition, visitors young and old can get their own blood pumping with a white knuckle ride in a virtual skeleton bobsleigh, measure their reaction time with a ‘beat the clock’ test, and throw some moves on an electronic dance floor. pleasures of learning more about plants and their relationships with animals and people. Climbers and Creepers is open all year round for families to drop in casually. This sounds like a great family day out! For more information, please click here.
Canary Wharf Jazz Festival from 17-19 August 2012. FREE. Canary Wharf Jazz Festival presents a stunning line up delving into every corner of the jazz genre. Don’t miss this free music celebration featuring top jazz musicians in the beautiful outdoor setting of Canada Square Park.
Medieval animation workshop at the British Museum on Sunday 12 August 2012. FREE. Booking advised. Use stop-motion software and video cameras to create your own animation based on mythical medieval creatures.Your finished film will be uploaded to the web to share with friends and family. This is suitable for ages 7+. For more information, please click here.
Beautiful Games at the Museum of Childhood. As this year’s Olympic and Paralympic Games approach, Beautiful Games answers all of these questions and many more. As part of the exhibition, visitors young and old can get their own blood pumping with a white knuckle ride in a virtual skeleton bobsleigh, measure their reaction time with a ‘beat the clock’ test, and throw some moves on an electronic dance floor. For more information, please click here.
Also showing at the Museum of Childhood is Summer Games. This is running every day, 1 – 31 August from11.00-16.00. These are free drop in activities where you can test your endurance, try for a personal best, or have a go at traditional outdoor games.The team of Games Helpers will put you through your paces with these fun, simple outdoor family activities. For more information, please click here. There is also puppet making fun on Fridays 10, 17, 24, 31 August from 10.00-12.30, 14.00-16.30. Don’t miss this opportunity to work with specialist puppet makers from the Little Angel Theatre. Create your own puppet to take home and practice simple manipulation techniques to help bring your character to life. £5 (per child). Suitable for ages 5-11. Booking required. Click here for more information.
Open air cinema in Queen’s Park. The Goonies (PG) Saturday 18 August 2012 at 8.45pm. Booking required. This very special open-air screening of The Goonies will be enhanced by suitably playful musical and theatrical surprises. And the Salt Yard Group will be on site selling tapas treats, delicious Mediterranean wines, and exotic popcorn and ice cream.
Fancy time at the beach, then head to Camden Beach. FREE entry, open every day (check website as some days are closed for private function).This family friendly haven is
a great day out to the seaside without having to leave the city. Camden Beach has child-friendly food options and a play area. Feel free to bring your buckets & spades! Camden Beach is located on Roundhouse (outside terrace), Chalk Farm Road, London, NW1 8EH. For more information, please click here.
Liminal at the Tate modern until 31 August 2012. Liminal invites families into a physical, material and social experience of sculpture through touch, interaction and collaboration. Supported by a changing artist devised programme. Click here for more information.
Drop-In Art Workshop: Drop-in Summer Fun! at the Wallace Collection.Tuesday 14th August, 2012. FREE. Summer fun for all the family. Follow a trail around the galleries before engaging in some making activities back in the Education Studio. Suitable for ages 7+. For more information click here.
Film4 Summer Screen at Somerset House. London’s most beautiful open air cinema is back with an exciting and eclectic line-up of films. Featuring a mix of UK premieres, cinematic classics, cult favourites and recent releases – all shown under the stars on a giant screen with full surround sound.
Summer Holiday Family Days at Camden Art Centre from 4 August 2012 – 25 August 2012. FREE. Every Saturday in August artists Serena Korda and Jonathan Baldock lead free activities in the galleries, for families with children. Click here for more information.
Bread Rolls Demonstration at Fortnum and Mason on Friday 10 August at 2pm. Fred & Andrew will be showing customers how to make tasty bread rolls from scratch to wow your guests at summer picnics, BBQs and al fresco dinner parties. FREE. Demonstration Kitchen, First Floor.
Sessions for under-5s in the holidays at the National Gallery in August. FREE. There will be a variety of activities for your little one to enjoy and explore including stories, art, play and song.
An interesting article. London 2012 Olympics: What’s it like to bring the kids? Read the full article by BBC News here.
Here are the 39 Olympic Logos From 1924 to 2012!
Kids Week, you might be lucky and still be able to find tickets. During Kids Week, a child aged 16 or under can experience the magic of London theatre and see a fantastic selection of shows for free, plus two additional children can go at half price (per transaction), as long as they are accompanied by a full paying adult.
Wishing you all happy holidays and enjoy the Olympics and Paralympic games!