Hello lovely KM readers,
Here’s your weekly newsletter from Kensington mums.
Keeping you in the loop with the local scoop.
I hope you are enjoying the lovely sunshine we’ve had the past few days and had a lovely weekend. A big thank you to Maria who wrote last’s week’s guest post on Elimination Communication. Check our offers sections, for our latest KM events and an exclusive photo shoot deal for Kensington Mums!
The holidays are always great with the not-so-timetabled routine. Before you know it school is back with our usual school runs and after school activities. What an amazing Closing Ceremony for the Olympics 2012 it was. Now just a few days to go until the London 2012 Paralympic Games, which runs from 29 August until 9 September. There will be around 4,200 athletes from 160 countries competing in 20 sports. We wish them all the best!
Please note there will be no KM newsletter next week, I will be back on the 3rd of September. Do no forget that Monday 27th is the Summer bank holiday weekend.
In this week’s KM newsletter, you will find new family outings to enjoy in this beautiful weather.
Meanwhile, you can be kept in the loop with the local scoop by ‘Liking’ our Facebook Page, or following us on Twitter. Both will be kept updated with the latest in activities and outings that you can enjoy this Summer with your little ones.
The pictures from our Kensington Mums Olympic picnic are up. Thanks again to the lovely Julia from Julia Boggio Studios for being there and capturing these amazing memories. Thanks to our enternainers Olé Kids for goody bag, diddi dance for getting us all up to dance and for Priyam from Amanda’s Action Club in training us in his gymnastic sessions. Click here to see all the fun we had!
Kensington Mums visited the Serpentine Gallery to see the Yoko Ono- TO THE LIGHT Exhibition. Upon entering the exhibition you will find 4 wish trees with people’s wishes on them. The weather was lovely and people were generally happy with the Olympics happening and all. To see Kensington Mum’s wish, you can click here. The exhibition itself is very well presented. Ono also presents #smilesfilm, a worldwide participatory project that encourages participation online. Conceived as a way of connecting people across the world, the project invites people to upload and send images of their smiles by hash-tagging #smilesfilm, creating a global string of smiles covering the planet. In the exhibition itself, there is a flat screen TV with a kind like photo booth that the public can take part in, and you will be officially part of the smilesfilm exhibition. Yoko Ono’s goal in film making is to make a film which includes a smiling face snap of every single human being in the world’. So far 11877 smiles have been uploaded. You can view them here and be part of this amazing project. Click here to see all the smiles that took part 🙂
Kensington Mums was lucky enough to see the Men’s Swimming Marathon part of London 2012 Olympics which happen to take place in the Serpentine, two weeks ago.
Just a few steps away, is Diana Memorial Fountain, where families can enjoy having a picnic and splash to refresh their feet in the Fountain.
The London Transport Museum is always great for a family day out. To enter the Museum, you need to purchase a ticket which gives you unlimited admission for 12 months from the date of purchase. Children under 16 are admitted free. Don’t forget to get the map at the door which the kids use to stamp as they go around and tour the Museum learning the different stages of transport in London. The museum also offers family activities, please check their website for dates on when they are running. Their hands on gallery is great fun for little ones where they can climb aboard our fun versions of a bus, train, Tube and taxi. In August, the London transport museum has storytelling as well as arts and crafts workshops. Worth paying them a visit. Click here for their events timetable.
Kensington Mums visited The Olympic Journey, the Story of the Games which was held at the Royal Opera House. This unique exhibition, explored the incredible sporting and cultural history of the Olympic movement with a once-in-a-lifetime multi media event. On display where Olympic medals, and all of the Olympic Torches. Adults and children enjoyed learning about all the great spectacle of the Olympic Games. The highlight was a picture with the real London 2012 Olympic Torch!
Kensington Mums has lots for you in store, coming in September. Please register your interest as places are limited. As busy Mums its so easy to switch back into ‘auto-pilot’ once school starts again! Kensington Mums would like to invite you to mingle, de-stress and have fun with these tailor made events just for you!
Save the date for another Kensington Mums Night out, on Thursday 20th September 2012. Location: Surprise! If you would like to join me and meet other Mums, please email me to book a place at [email protected] Just in case you have missed here, here is a video of our last KM night out.
Kensington Mums has teamed up First Aid for Life. The lovely Emma and her team will be teaching First Aid for babies and toddlers exclusively to Kensington Mums starting in September. You will each receive a comprehensive First Aid manual and certificates can be provided if required. There will ample baby and child mannequins for you to get your hands on to practice on. The course lasts for 3 hours and covers most common childhood injuries and major illnesses. Topics includes choking and drowning as well as what to do if your child is unconscious and how to deal with burns, head injuries, fitting and bleeding. The classes cost £70 per person and partners and Daddies are welcome to attend. The courses will run on a monthly basis from 7-10pm on Thursday 27 September, Wednesday 24th October and Tuesday 20th November 2012.
Places are limited, so if you would like to attend, please email me ([email protected]) as soon as possible to secure a spot with advance payment. Once payment is made, you will be emailed the location of where the class will be held.
Kensington Mums invites you for an evening of pamper time with Coconail Bar where will you have a pamper evening with a choice of classic manicure or classic pedicure along with some sushi nibbles and a complimentary soft drink. This event will be taking place on Monday 1st October from 7-9pm. Prices for the Manicure Deal is £30 (includes classic manicure + sushi + complimentary soft drink) and Pedicure Deal is £40. Places are limited so if you would like join us on this pamper evening meet other Mums, then please email me ([email protected]) as soon as possible to secure a spot with advance payment.
KEEPIN’ IT LOCAL – WHAT’S ON FOR YOU AND YOUR LITTLE ONE(S).
Notting Hill Carnival is on 26-27 August (Children’s Day). Come and enjoy Europe’s biggest street festival with 20 miles of vibrant, colourful costumes, astonishing floats, traditional steel bands, huge sound systems and hundreds of Caribbean food stalls. For more information, please click here.
Watch This Space London. FREE. Until 09 September 2012. With free outdoor theatre, circus, music and dance over the summer, the Watch This Space London festival is certainly one way to soak up some culture with your sun in 2012. Organised by the National Theatre, the series of events includes everything from pyrotechnics and ballroom dancing to hula hoopers and aerial displays above the Astroturf on Theatre Square. Click here for more information.
Pippa Poppets Summer Party not to be missed! Come along to the Pippa’s Poppets Baby and Toddler Summer Party on Saturday 1st September from 3-6pm at Beaufort House, 354 Kings Road, Chelsea. Whether you already attend Pippa’s Poppets music classes or you are completely new to Pippa’s Poppets, please join us for this action-packed, fun-filled family event. Free entry includes complimentary prosecco & canapés, taster music classes, story time, hand & foot massage for mum and…a special show and Meet & Greet with CBeebies presenter Katy Ashworth! Suitable for children aged 0-5 years. FREE admission for the whole family but spaces are limited so book now at www.pippaspoppets.co.uk.
Family activity at the British Museum. Passport to the afterlife. Saturday 25 August, 11.30–15.30. Use smartphones to follow an augmented reality trail around the Egyptian galleries and solve clues about the Book of the Dead.Activity takes about 45 minutes.Suitable for ages 7+. Free, just drop in. Click herefor more information. Also at the British Museum, visit Shakespeare in the summer on Friday 24th August 2012.
Children’s Activities at the Geffrye, Museum of the Home.
Three weeks of exciting summer activities for children exploring home and garden spaces from across the globe. Become a plant hunter and learn about the international origins of different herbs, spices, flowers and plants, bake tasty treats, create your own soaps and take a closer look at mini beasts in the gardens.Tuesday 21 – Friday 24 August, 10.30am – 12.30pm and 2.00 – 4.00pm. Places are allocated on a first-come, first-served basis 30 minutes in advance of the workshop, which lasts about two hours.Tuesday 28 – Friday 31 August, 10.30am – 12.30pm and 2.00 – 4.00pm. Click here for more information.
Amanda Action Club are starting in September at Chelsea Theatre, World’s end. Classes run on a Thursday from 2.45pm-3.30pm and from 3.45pm-4.30pm. Classes are suitable from 4m-4years. For prices and more information, please click here.
Florentine and Pig will be in Notting Hill Waterstones on the 13th Sept at 4pm. Story time and crafts with author Eva Katzler Time: 4pm 39-41 Notting Hill Gate, London W11 3JQ Tel: 0843 290 8523 Time: 4pm – 5pm FREE.
Free events at Hamleys Regent Street. FREE Face Painting at Hamleys, Regent Street on 21st, 22nd, 27th, 28th and 29th August! From a Beautiful Butterfly to a Scary Snake you can choose your favourite design on the Lower Ground Floor from 11am-5pm. Then you can head up to the first floor to watch a super FUN Puppet Show at 11am, 1, 3 & 5pm.
Mother and baby yoga at St Cuthbert with St Matthias Children’s Centre every Tuesday from 12-2pm. FREE Address: Warwick ROAD SW5 9UE. Great way to keep in shape!
The Animal Story puppet show at the Natural History Museum on 22, 23 and 24 August 2012. Showing at 11:30 – 12:00, 13:30 – 14:00, 15:15 – 15:45.Click here for more information. Also dont miss out Nature Games Weekend on 25 and 26 August 2012 from 12.00 – 16.00. Come out to play at our nature-inspired games. Click here for full activities included.
Build the Truce – Family Activity at Imperial War Museum. 25 August 2012 – 31 August 2012. FREE. 11am-11.45am, Noon-12.45pm, 2pm-2.45pm and 3pm-3.45pm. Call a truce, whatever your differences, and hear a slimy story of slugs, snails and truce time tales. Find out what united the slugs and snails in this funny and inspiring tale of truce and make your own unique artwork inspired by the story. suitable for all ages. Click here for more information.
Fun Fridays – crafts at Kensington Palace. Secret garden design workshop on Friday 24 August 2012 from 11.00 – 16.00. Friday 31 August 2012 Cabinets of curiosities workshop from11.00 – 16.00. Drop in sessions. These activities are included in your admission to the palace. Kids Go Free. Click here for more information.
Discover Hidden London. Walk 8 – Fun for all the family. An ideal walk for children 6 years and upwards. All children must be accompanied by a responsible adult. On this walk you’ll see a life sized statue of a Roman Emperor in military uniform. You’ll experience what it was like to live in a walled city, and find out why so many people died in the Great Plague. You’ll also visit Pudding Lane and see the spot where the Great Fire started. Together we’ll be able to do the quiz along the way. Click here for more information.
QR Code Treasure Hunt at the Wallace Collection. FREE drop in. Thursday 30 and Friday 31 August, 11am – 4pm. Use your smartphone to hunt down QR codes hidden throughout the museum. Scan them and answer their questions to win a prize! We can show you how to download a QR code scanner to your phone if you don’t already have one, and a paper trail will be available for those without smartphones. Click here for more information.
Family Drop-in Art Workshops at the National Portrait Gallery from 20-24 August 2012. From 1-4pm. Click here for more information. Also don’t miss out on FREE PLAY on Monday 27 August, 11.30am–1pm. These play sessions offer independent exploration of paintings designed for you and your little ones. Drop in and out. Click here for more information.
Casa Brasil at Somerset House. FREE. Until 8 September 2012. Where Brazil embraces the world at Somerset House. Brazil has arrived in the heart of London. Come and experience the best of Brazilian culture and hear the latest news on the preparations for the Rio 2016™ Games. The famous Brazilian hospitality is spread all over. They will be hosting three free exhibitions and a shop with exclusive Rio 2016™ products located in our Embankment Galleries. Somerset house will also be hosting a number of free events, including film screenings and music performances. For more information, please click here.
Drawing Stories at the National Gallery. FREE. On 21 August 2012 from 11.30am-12.30pm. Tell a story through art and play. For families with children aged 5 and under. Sessions are suitable for children aged 2 to 5. Click here for more information.
The Secret World of Teeth at the Centre of the Cell. 24th and 31st August. This is a workshop all about the mysterious world of milk teeth. It will run alongside the Palaces exhibition showing at Centre of the Cell over the Summer of 2012. If you have ever wondered why you have so many different teeth, why they sometimes fall out or why scientists are so interested in milk teeth then this is the workshop for you. Click here for more information.
Children’s Bat Walk at Holland Park on Friday 31st August at 7.30 to 9pm – All children must be accompanied by an adult. Click here to see the full timetable of the Summer holiday activities.
Become a museum reporter for the day at the British Museum. FREE. BOOKING ADVISED. 26 August 2012 at 11am and 2pm. Become a journalist for the day and follow clues around the galleries using mobile phones.Create your own video news report to upload to the web at the end of the session. Sessions last 120 mins.Suitable for ages 7+. Click here for more information.
Make it in Great Britain at the Science Museum until 9th September. FREE. In summer 2012 the Science Museum will host an exhibition featuring some of the most exciting British manufacturing developments and exploring the positive impact they have on our lives. Click here for more information.
Young Sculptors at the royal british society of sculptors. From 22 – 24 August 2012
This is a unique opportunity for talented and gifted 14 – 16 year olds to explore the rich diversity of sculptural practice, learn new techniques and create their own ambitious works under the guidance of a professional sculptor. They also have workshops for 4-11 year olds. For more information, please click here.
Kensington Mums recommends: Healthy eating for one.
Fiery Chilli Pesto with feta cheese and fresh tomatoes.
Stuck for what to cook tonight? Here is an easy recipe by Kensington Mums.
Fresh tomatoes and your choice of pasta, I choose penne.
For other tasty recipes, do check out Dania’s Delicacies for other inspiring and mouthwatering recipes!
As always, here is a quote I would like to share with you all…’Heaven is at the feet of mothers’ – Arabic proverb.
Wishing you a lovely week ahead and a fabulous long bank holiday weekend. Enjoy the sun!