Newsletter

 

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

 

This week’s newsletter is sponsored by Kids Fun Deals. Kids Fun Deals  is a new and exciting deals website for Children’s Activities and Attractions in and around London. The website is ideal for Mums and Dads who are looking for discounts and inspiration for Fun Family Days Out and Activities. From Childcare, Birthday Parties and Entertainers, Cookery Classes, Skiing Lessons to Days Out in London we have it all covered! We are also holding a Children’s Art Competition with lots of great prizes including Family Tickets to Woburn Safari Park. Please check us out at www.kidsfundeals.co.uk  and follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest.

Our Kensington Mums Night Out is this Thursday if you would like to come along we’ve got a few more places available. Come and meet lovely Mums, have some food with stunning views!

Don’t forget you can still nominate me as ‘The Super Blogger’ for Kensington Mums, part of MumsClub Business Mum award 2012, by clicking here.

 

Kensington Mums had a great time at the Kids’ Zone at the National Army Museum. Kids Zone is great for children aged 0-8 with forest and arctic themed climbing frames for kids to scale, slide and run through. There is also a soft play area for babies, toys, and arts and crafts. It is open daily from 10.10am to 5.15pm. For only £2.50 per child this is a great way for little ones to let off some steam. You can book your tickets online up to three days in advance. You will also be able to log on and see if a session has any spaces remaining before heading there. Saves you the hassle of getting there and being told the session is sold out! Please note morning sessions and 3pm sessions are most popular. If you know you are heading there, its always best to book, adults are FREE. Max 30 kids per session allowed.

 

Kensington Mums enjoyed a lovely picnic in Holland Park. Its always great to be outdoors when the sun in shining…not long now and winter will be here! Sniff.

 

 

 

 

 

Kensington Mums tried out a free trial class at  Little Gym, in Westfield Shopping Centre. The place is spacious and clean and they have classes to cater for every age. The staff are professional and enjoy teaching and playing with the little ones. Located in Westfield shopping centre, makes it an ideal location to finish all your errands and shopping done whilst your little one is napping.

 

KM EVENTS

 

Our Kensington Mums Night out, is this Thursday 20th September 2012.  We’ve got a few more places available, if you would like to come along please could you drop me an email. I look forwards in seeing you all there.

 

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 eveningwith 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 Bootcamp is starting on 29th of September in partnership with Scandinavian Fitness. We need a minimum of 8 people to start the class! Tell your other Mums to come along and lets all get fit together! No pain no gain, right?

Do you want to work out and feel like yo are having fun with other Mums, then 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 29thSeptember. Come along for a great worksout while your other half looks after your little one. Please register your interest by emailing [email protected].

 

Kensington Mums has joined forces with Photography for Parents. These Practical photography workshop for parents gives you everything you need to know on how to use your camera and to take amazing photos of your children. The classes will start on Monday 8th October from 10-11.30am at the Chelsea TheatreBabies and young children are welcome in class. You will be encouraged to  take some amazing shots of them in class under close supervision of a baby and child photographer.  or practice at home if you are coming alone after dropping them at school. Click here for more information and to book online.

 

KEEPIN’ IT LOCAL – WHAT’S ON FOR YOU AND YOUR LITTLE ONE(S).

 

National Gallery Magic Carpet Storytelling Every Sunday there are two storytelling sessions from 10.30 till 11.00 and 11.30 till 12.00 for under 5’s. Meet in the Education Foyer, National Gallery, Trafalgar Square, WC2N 5DN. Places are limited and allocated on a first come basis up to an hour before the start. For more information, please click here.

 

 

Magical Birthday Dust are working in partnership with Ealing Broadway Bid to bring you FREE children’s soft play & activity sessions. Wednesday 19th September, from 12-3pm. At The Green, Ealing Broadway- adjacent to Pitzhanger Manor. Activities include -soft play, face painting, balloon modelling, music, parachute games and lots of bubble catching fun.
For the grown ups, wine tasting at the Institut Français. Starting in October, come and discover the great wines of France, one sip at a time, during 16 sessions taking place in our listed library or elegant lounges. Booking required, click here for more information.

Fruity boxes at the Geffrye Museum FREE on Saturday 22 September from 2.00 – 4.00pm.Decorate a mini box with fun fruity patterns.  Ceramic celebration on Sunday 23 September 2.00 – 4.00pm. Paint a mug to mark an event from 2012. Click here for more information.

BP Saturdays: LOUD TATES. Saturday, 22 September 2012 from 12:00-17:00. In collaboration with PunchDrunk Enrichment, Tate Collective presents their latest event, inspired by the BP Art Display at Tate Britain. Tate Collective is a digital and online space run in conjunction with Tate gallery programme for young creatives. This event is aimed for 15-25 year olds. Click here for more information.
Playing with Puppets at the Museum of Childhood on Friday 21st September from 10.30-12.00, 13.00-14.30. FREE. Happy Birthday Mr Punch! A series of arty workshops for under 5s, based on puppet-making. Booking required by calling  020 8983 5205. This is suitable for 2-5 with a safe corner available for babies and toddlers. Click here for more information.
London Design Festival until 23 September. FREE. The London Design Festival will feature hundreds of events that take place across London (including V&A museum to Trafalgar Square), showcasing the city’s pivotal role in global design. Click here for more information.
Family activity, Passport to the afterlife at the British Museum. Free. On Saturday 22 September, from 11.30–15.30Use smartphones to follow an augmented reality trail around the Egyptian galleries and solve clues about the Book of the Dead. Suitable for 7+. Click here for more information.
Digital Design Weekend at Victoria and Albert Museum on 22-23 September 2012. Take part in a weekend of events celebrating contemporary digital art and design, including demonstrations of robotics, hacking and tinkering projects, interactive sound installations, family activities and more. This event is suitable for all ages. Click here for more information.

BedBUGS sleepover at the London Zoo. Running until 10th of November 2012. The sleepover with a difference… Stay overnight in the BUG house at ZSL London Zoo. Bug-tastic fun for 8-11 years old. Sleepovers are held in BUGS! so your neighbours could include spiders, beetles or tamarins. The lions sleep nearby too…Explore the zoo by torchlight and wake up to the sounds of the animals. Plus games, story-telling, talks – all animal themed of course! Breakfast is included. BedBUGS sleepovers are run on selected Saturdays between March – November 2012. Click here for more information.

FREE. Open House for Kids (5-11 years) on Saturday 22nd & Sunday 23rd Sept. 

Tours for kids: Time travelling with Institut Français, An invitation to try ballroom dancing will be in the listed library. -Finally, a handshake with General Charles De Gaulle in the secret resistance hideout. Also not to be missed Children’s storyteller, theatre workshop which is sure to be a treat with surprises galore on Sunday 23rd September from 11 am – 12 pm. First come, first served basis on the day. Click here for more information.

 

Chinese Memories Family Trail at the London Transport Museum. There are lots of objects and exhibits in London Transport Museum that relate to Chinese people. Download this trail to discover mystery objects and to find out the stories and traditions of Chinese people from around the world. Click here for more information.

 

 


Perfect Pattern on Sunday 23rd September at the Museum of London. Using digital technology in our eLearning Studio, design a pattern for a cushion or t-shirt based on some of the colourful clothes on display in our Galleries of Modern London. Suitable for ages 5+. Click here for more information.

 

 

Bath and Moth walk in Holland Park on Friday 21 September. Join the London Bat Group team and a moth expert to delve into the nocturnal world of moths and bats. They will search the park for bats and finish by examining a moth trap.Click here for more information.

 

 

RECOMMENDATIONS

 

If you feel you’ve got what it takes to be a Mumpreneur and have an innovative product to put to market, then I suggest you follow the ABC’s of starting your own business, written by Deepali Nangia who runs a consultancy firm in London, Empower.

 

If you are like me and hate to sew and don’t like to iron then this will come handy for labelling school clothes. A while ago, the lovely Francesca from stamptastic sent me stamptastic set which I have happily used. They are time saving and so easy to use, you just stamp and go! What’s even better, little ones can also help in labelling their own clothes, while Mum supervises their hard work. It is the fastest way to name all your belongings! A personalised stamp handmade in the UK, usable on fabric, metal, wood & plastic.Check their website for more information.

 

OFFERS

 

Kensington Mums get £5 credit towards any deal used purchasing the coupon code KMMUMS on Mums and me website – this is valid till 30 Sept 2012.

 

La Sylvaine and Wendy Bells Schools is offering 10% first term fees to all new students registering on any of the classes they offer. Just quote ‘Kensington Mums’. The school was founded in 1979 and offers classes in ballet, modern and tap as well as hip hop and street dance. For more information, please visit their website.

 

 

 

Here is a nice quote to start your week with.

 

A mother’s heart is a patchwork of love.  ~Author Unknown

 

Don’t forget to keep in the loop through our Facebook Page and follow us onTwitter and Pinterest. If you have any recommendations, questions or other events that I can include in the newsletter to share with other parents, please email me at [email protected] I would love to hear from you!

 

Wishing you a lovely week.

 

Dina