Newsletter 17 June 2013

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

 

I hope you all had a lovely weekend and a fabulous Father’s Day. London has lots to offer in terms of family days out and activities for littles ones. If there is a family outing you have enjoyed and would recommend to others in the community, please get in touch to get your story featured on Kensington Mums.

Kensington Mums attended the charity event hosted by Diddi dance in aid of The Winnicott Foundation, which raises funds to improve care for premature and sick babies through supporting the neonatal units at St Mary’s Hospital, Paddington, and Queen Charlotte’s and Chelsea Hospital, Hammersmith. Little ones enjoyed face painting, arts and crafts and lots of dancing, while parents enjoyed tea, cakes and a little bit of retail therapy with the beautiful stalls around.

Kensington Mums enjoyed a day out to visit Sensational Butterflies exhibition at the Natural History Museum in the heart of South Kensington. It was indeed a sensational experience. Little ones and older ones will enjoy wandering through this tropical atmosphere while having beautifully coloured butterflies fluttering freely above in the outdoor space. If you are lucky enough you would find one sitting on your shoulders, a perfect camera moment to capture. Click here to read full review and to browse more pictures.

Kensington Mums attended the Motorexpo at Canary Wharf. Father’s day wouldn’t be the same without looking at the latest vehicles from the world’s leading automotive manufacturers. The Kensington Dad certainly enjoyed the day browsing through vehicles from leading motor manufacturers as they were positioned throughout the indoor and outdoor public spaces of the world class Canary Wharf estate.

 

KM events

Save Lives with Race for Life. Join Kensington Mums in Race for Life at Hyde Park on 14th of July 2013 at 11:00 AM for the 5k by using the Group ID: DM51861 when signing up. Visit www.raceforlife.org to find the team and  don’t forget to enter to your local Race for Life event.  Let’s all beat Cancer together! Click here for more information. To sponsor the Kensington Mums team please give generously and you can do so online by clicking here. Our target is £1,000.

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

Kids Week 2013. During Kids Week, a child aged 16 or under can see a fantastic selection of shows for FREE when accompanied by a full paying adult. Two additional children can go at half price (per transaction). Tickets for Kids Week will go on sale on at 10am on Tuesday 18 June. Plus, children can also take part in a fantastic range of free activities, organised by the shows! Click here for more information.

 

Girl Rising, This is a ground breaking film, directed by Academy Award nominee Richard Robbins, which tells the stories of 9 extraordinary girls from 9 countries, written by 9 celebrated writers and narrated by 9 renowned actresses. It is being screened  internationally on Saturday 22nd June on CNN Films (Europe, Middle East and Africa Saturday June 22nd London: 2000 / 8pm) .  You can host a House Party at your home to watch this unforgettable film together and share the experience across continents. These parties are celebratory occasions to create visibility for girls – and ideal opportunities to raise funds to support them. Girl Rising viewing parties are not just “a good time” – but a time to do some good. Click here to watch the trailer.

 

Lebanese Festival Day, UK 30th June 2013 – Paddington Green Gardens, W2 1NB from 11am onwards. Try a taste of Lebanese cuisine, stalls and more…

 

 

 

Little Moles toddlers group. Museum of London. From 3.30-4.30pm. Learn, play and explore together every Wednesday during term-time in this fun, hands-on and creative session for toddlers (walkers – 5 years) and carers. This is suitable for walking – 5 years. Please call the Box Office on 020 7001 9844 to book your place on one of our sessions in advance, on the Monday before the Wednesday you would like to visit. Booking opens at 10am for the Little Moles toddlers group and from 11am for the Mini Moles babies group. Click here for more information.

Tube Map Made Of Lego. Transport for London have unveiled what the Underground network will look like in 2020 – made entirely out of Lego. The Crossrail line has been included on the map, unveiled as part of London Underground’s 150th anniversary celebrations. Five such maps are going on display at different tube stations over the summer. They will then head to London Transport Museum. Click here for more information.

 

Canary Wharf Summer Screens. As of June 24 you can head to Canary Wharf to enjoy a packed programme of sports, entertainment and news highlights in Canada Square Park on their Summer Screens. Click here for full programme of events.

Eco-Fair. Wednesday 19th of June 2013 at Debut Contemporary. The second in a collaborative series of one night only sales event to bring emerging creatives to London Fashion and art scene.

 

 

Come shop at Walkabout’s DESIGNER CLOSET SALE at Bumpkin Restaurant on 102 Old Brompton Road this Monday and Tuesday, June 17&18 between 10am-9pm for AMAZING almost new designer clothes, shoes and bags from Alaia, Chloe, Chanel, Valentino, Prada, Givenchy, Peter Pilotto, Theory, Proenza, Oscar de la Renta, Louboutin, Balenciaga, DVF (and Maje, Sandro, Zadig & Voltaire) and many more at very very cheap prices with proceeds going to the Walkabout Foundation! Not to mention, Bumpkin Restaurant is giving our shoppers a 25% discount on food so why not make a girls lunch or dinner out of it?! Come shop and eat for a good cause with your girlfriends!

Kew Midsummer Fete is taking place on June 22 2013. There will be many different stalls to browse through, dog show, charity raffle and much more. Please click here for more information.

princess-diana-memorial-playground Weather permitting. The Diana Memorial Playground is a gem for children in the heart of Kensington garden. This commemorative play area has a huge pirate ship on its own beach takes centre stage. Make sure you take your buckets and spades and let your little one explore and follow their imaginations and learning whilst they play.

 

Greenwich and Docklands International Festival. 21-29 June 2013. Opening on midsummer’s day, GDIF returns with a thrilling line-up of inspiring UK and international outdoor arts. With a mission to recapture the spirit of Olympic London, prepare for a packed programme of eye popping spectaculars, innovative outdoor theatre, the country’s biggest programme of outdoor dance as well as ingenious and surprising art installations. Click here for more information.

Taste of London, Regent’s Park.  From 20th, 21st, 22nd and 23rd Jun 2013. Direct your rumbling stomach to Regent’s Park for four days of al fresco gluttony as over forty of London’s best  restaurants, including a flurry of Michelin stars, show off their culinary handiwork.

 

Shubbak Festival. A window of contemporary Arab culture. Cromwell Road. From 22 June- 6 July. Enjoy a celebration of Arab culture with 9 exhibitions and over 50 events including theatre, dance, music architect fashion film literature talks an guides tours. Presenting new talent and new works from some of the most exciting young artists originating from the Arab world – wherever they may be residing – in your neighbourhood in London, in Brussels, or in cities like Beirut, Jerusalem, Cairo, Dubai or Marrakech.

 

IN THE NEWS

Who remembers receiving their bounty pack? Mumsnet call for Bounty Pack ban. Share your views on our Facebook Page. Click here to read the full story.

 

 

Why Finnish babies sleep in cardboard boxes. Finland’s expectant mothers have been given a box by the state. It’s like a starter kit of clothes, sheets and toys that can even be used as a bed. And some say it helped Finland achieve one of the world’s lowest infant mortality rates. Read full article here.