Hello lovely KM readers,
Here’s your weekly newsletter from Kensington mums.
Keeping you in the loop with the local scoop






Its the last few days of the holidays, for some – sadness, for many – relief but yes the kids are going back to school! After an action packed summer with the Olympic Games  London is buzzing again  with  the Paralympics!


This week’s newsletter is sponsored by Monkey Music pre-school music classes in Chelsea, Gloucester Rd & Belgravia. Come along and join in the fun for your first FREE class!



Monkey Music won their own GOLD medal this summer at the Netmums’ Awards for Best Music Class in Kensington and Chelsea.Over the last 11 years Jayne Harris and her Monkey Music classes have established an enviable reputation, providing an original, innovative curriculum for each stage of your little one’s development, from babies (from 3 months) to 4 years old. Our high quality classes guarantee lots of fun and giggles as the children (and adults!) are mesmerized by original ‘Monkey Music’ songs, specialist percussion instruments, dance, movement and of course bubbles!  Each class is supported by a truly wonderful selection of beautiful puppets and props that draw gasps of delight from everyone! For more information and to book your complimentary class (including classes in Kensington & Notting Hill) please click here.


In this week’s newsletter Kensington Mums has lots of useful information on the Paralympics, where to watch them and activities to try out. Read our KM events as we’ve got some interesting back to school events for Mums!


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Kensington Mums attended the Puppet making workshop at V&A Museum of Childhood. This was a 2 hour and half workshop where the team from the Little Angel Theatre had all the props we needed to make our special hand puppet. They even explained the different kinds of puppets available and we got going making our hand puppet from scratch. To view the pictures, please click here.








Kensington Mums attended The Big Rooftop Tea and Golf Party at Selfridges, London. The pictures speak for themselves! The Big Rooftop Tea & Golf Party transforms the roof into a destination for a round of a crazy golf like no other and a 100% organic tea-shop for the highest afternoon tea on Oxford Street. The crazy golf runs until Sunday 2 September and the Daylesford cafe has now been extended, meaning you can enjoy rooftop dining until the end of September.





Kensington Mums visited Festival of the World, at Southbank Centre. This is running until 9th of September. We saw the aMazeme exhibition and the Museum of the world, where little ones are given a World pretend passport to explore Antarctica. A photobooth helps them to take a picture in the  to stick into their passport which then gets a stamp! Overall a great experience and lovely day out! Check out our pictures for more!








Its back to school events with a twist for Kensington Mums. 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 outon Thursday 20th September 2012. This is an ideal night out for Mums with Bumps and Mums who want to have a fun and meet like minded Mummies. There will be a set menu for £30 including 2 course meal and 2 soft drinks. Restaurant: Surprise! If you would like attend, please email me to book a place at [email protected] as spaces are limited.Thanks for those who got in touch! Just in case you have missed here, here is a video teaser of our last KM night out. Fun is guaranteed! I look forwards in seeing you all there.






We are delighted to share with you that the First Aid Classes for babies and toddlers with First Aid For Life will be held and Whole Foods Market in Kensingon, in their Room with a View overlooking Kensington High Street! So you can enjoy their coffee, muffins and amazing selection of food. Please register your interest as places are limited. Just in case you have missed it, here is a video teaser 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  at Whole Foods Market, Kensington at 63-97 Kensington High Street, London W8 5SE and Tuesday 20th November 2012 (location TBC). To avoid dissapointment, book early as places are limited. Please email me at [email protected] to secure a spot with advance payment.







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.



Kensington Mums is proud to introduce Kensington Mums Bootcamp in partnership with Scandinavian Fitness. I invite you to come and join in the most social form of training. Get in the best shape of your life all in the company of other Kensington Mums! Former Olympic Athlete Linda Hedenstrom will be training you in Holland Park  on a Saturday starting in September. Come along for a great worksout while your other half looks after your little onePlease register your interest by emailing [email protected]






The Mayor’s Thames Festival. London’s free end of Summer Festival. 8-9 September. From Westminster Bridge to Tower Bridge and beyond. A vibrant mixture of live music, dance, art installations, carnival, river races and street arts, the festival transforms the Thames and its banks and brings Londoners together at the heart of their city. Events take place on the river itself, the riverside walkways, roads, bridges and public open spaces from the London Eye to St Katharine Docks. Come down to the river in September and celebrate the cultural diversity and creativity of London in grand style! Click here for more information.


Family Films at RichMix on Saturday 8-9 September at 12pm. Happy Feet Two (U). £1.50. Click here for more information. Also don’t miss their PARENTS AND BABIES SCREENINGS on every Monday, 12pm.










Unlimited at Southbank Centre presents 29 major commissions celebrating arts and culture by Deaf and disabled artists on an unprecedented scale; spanning dance, art, music, theatre and international collaborations. Until 9 September. Click here for more information.

Portobello Film Festival. FREE. 30 August – 16 September.  It will be 17th Portobello Film Festival This year is non-stop new London and UK films at the Pop Up and a feast of international movies at Westbourne Studios.It’s all very well watching films on the internet but nothing beats the live independent frontline film experience. We look forward to welcoming film makers and general public alike to enjoy the best film festival in the world. For full programme please click here.
Make & Do: Bruce Lacey at Camden Art Centre, until 16th of September 2012. FREE. On Sundays from 2.00 – 4.30pm. Families with children can drop into the galleries for practical and performative activities based around the exhibition.  Led by artist Polly Brannan, activities are fun and suitable for all ages. For more information, please click here.





Busy Bees at the Horniman Museum. FREE. Every Wednesday from 5 September 2012 to 26 September 2012. Various times. Join lively sessions for Under 5s and their carers. Activities change every week, with creative play, enchanting stories from around the world, simple art and craft, songs and a whole lot of Horniman fun, created with very young children and their carers in mind. Click here for more information.






Weekend fun for families at the Museum of London on 9 September 2012 from 12-2pm. Finds from the river. Join us for a walk along the foreshore of the River Thames and see what exciting archaeological finds you might discover. Suitable for over 7+. Tickets required. Click here for more information.





Cartoon Museum Family Fun days at Cartoon Museum,  on 2nd Saturday of every month, 12pm-4pm. Drop-in cartooning activities for families. Children must be accompanied by an adult. FREE with admission. Click here for more information.



Monkey Music. STOP PRESS! FREE Specialist Baby Workshops available week beginning 10 September call on 0208 767 9827 or business mobile 07415 101514 for details. To view the full timetable online and book your complimentary class (including classes in Kensington & Notting Hill) please click here.









Made in Britain Market at Central St Giles, 1 St Giles High Street, London WC2H 8AG, Every Friday (12pm – 8pm), Saturday (10am – 5pm) and Sunday (10am – 4pm).  Brief description: London’s first and only market dedicated to showcase, support and sell food that is grown, made or produced in Great Britain.  Visit to browse and buy a variety of products such as: bread, cheese, charcuterie, butter, yoghurts, salads and olives, smoked salmon, cider, chutneys, curd, organic and bio-dynamic wines, sparkling wines and spirits.  Satisfy your sweet tooth with ice cream, chocolates, macaroons, cheesecakes, brownies, desserts, whoopee pies, cookies and lots more!




Keeping you in the loop with the Paralympics 2012.

Trafalgar Square is home to the BT Live Site for the Paralympics showing on a 60m² giant screen action on daily between 11am to 10pm showing every game and medal, with live music and opportunities to try Paralympic sports . FREE




Live Sites – Olympic Park. The London 2012 Organising Committee has teamed up with its official airline partner to create a dedicated area featuring giant screens and picnic lawns for up to 10,000 fans at a time. At the heart of Park Live is a platform raised on columns above the river, with a giant double-sided screen broadcasting live coverage from BBC and Channel 4. The platform also includes the ‘British Airways Stage’, where athletes can be interviewed after competing, allowing fans to get up close to the real winners and other stars. It will also feature entertainment and short films on the creation of the parklands. Click here for more information.






2012 Summer Paralympic Games – LIVE at The Royal Institute of British Architects. Until 9 September the exhibition will feature live screenings of the games between 10pm and 5pm (excluding Sundays). Click here for more information.





Last chance to see the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games medals at the British Museum. Until 9 September 2012. FREE This display tells the story of the production of the medals for the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games, from the mining of the metal by Rio Tinto to the creation of the designs by David Watkins and Lin Cheung and production by the Royal Mint. Examples of both the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic victory medals. Click here for more information.

Closing Ceremony at the Geffrye Museum. Saturday 8th September. There will be performances, stories, craft workshops and games for families and young people. Events will take places from 10.00am – 5.00pm. For more information, please click here.






LIBERTY from 1-3 September. Come and join thousands of Londoners to watch the world’s top deaf and disabled performers and artists at this vibrant and exciting event which features live performances from homegrown and international talent. Click here for the Liberty guide.

Summer’s Looking good event guide. Get your FREE Download here.



Family Fun. Explore Culture Trails. NORTH LONDON TRAIL on 9 September 2012. Start off discovering the super humans, both ancient and modern. Then head to beautiful Hampstead Heath for an electrifying day of free Showtime performances. Later enjoy gravity-defying outdoor theatre on the Southbank, before watching live coverage of the Paralympics in Trafalgar Square. Finally, end the day with a big bang at the finale of the Mayor’s Thames Festival. Click here to download the trail.







Just in time for the Paralympics. Kensington Mums loves these funky maternity slogan t-shirt by Blooming Bump. Visit their website to browse through their collection of tees.












Work or Stay at Home? Channel 4 documentary
‘Channel 4’ are looking for mothers to take part in a new series. We’d love to hear from women who are close to finishing their maternity leave and who haven’t yet decided whether to return to work or stay at home. AND from mothers who have already decided to SATH with their children. We’d love to hear what factors are affecting this decision and whether it is in fact a choice. If you are interested in finding out more, please email: [email protected]









I am no expert, but as a Mother I truly believe that reading leads to the imagination. Books have the power to benefit children in a many different ways. As a parent, reading to your child is one of the most important things you can do to prepare him with a foundation for academic excellence. It is a wonderful bonding experience after a long day and gives your child basic speech skills and better communication skills as well as good listening skills.











A well known beauty brand Heather March Casting is currently casting for a beauty commercial featuring Mothers & Daughters (aged 7 to 16). It is a really lovely print campaign and will be very well paid. The material maybe used in stores or schools to help promote self esteem amongst young girls. They are looking for lovely mums and daughters … anyone who is interested should please email photos, including good headshots to [email protected]




Five Days of Kid-Friendly Lunches. This is a great blog by WholeFoods, where you can share your ideas and recommendations on midday-meal tips and tricks for your little one.













New research says: Mums with full time jobs are healthier than stay-at-home mums. This comes to no surprise. We heard the research back in May when we had our Kensington Mums talk with Dr Anne McMunn back on Having it all – dispelling the myths about work and motherhood. Photos of our Kensington Mums talk can be viewed here.





Are you part of the statistics?

74% of parents admit they are ready for their children to return to school after spending all of their summer budget on keeping them entertained. Read the full article here.







I hope you have enjoyed reading through this week’s newsletter. Thanks for our sponsor Monkey Music.


Enjoy the Paralympics and good luck to all those starting school or going back to school this week. Yay for the Mums!! Looking forwards in meeting some of you at our upcoming events!