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Here is your Halloween & Half term newsletter filled with different ways to keep your little ones entertained. I have spend long hours picking up favourite places to do over half term and have left no stone unturned that will tick all boxes for the whole family to enjoy, from babies, toddlers and pre-schoolers. If you think other Mums and parents might benefit from receiving the newsletter, please feel free to pass this onto them and they can simply subscribe by clicking here. Its Free to join! Please note there is no newsletter next week, weekly newsletter is back 5th Nov!
Come rain or shine, Kensington Mums has everything you need to make this Halloween and Half term a family fun fest. So scoop your little bundle and explore London! Enjoy the trick or treats, spooky costumes, yummy chocolates and don’t forget its Bonfire Night on 5th November!
Thanks for all those who got in touch and registered for the Baby and Toddler yoga class and to the first aid course which are both taking place this week (more information below). Hope to see some of you at the Baby/toddler meet up which will be taking place at the Saatchi gallery over half term. Come if you dare to the SPOOKTACULAR Halloween Extravaganza Party on Sunday 4th of November in association with Amanda Action Club.
Kensington Mums Give Away. We are giving away 2 free tickets to the Baby Show in Earls Court (26-28 October 2012) once we reach 200 likes on Facebook. We are nearly there. Sharing is care, so please spread the news if you know anyone expecting or a Mummy who might benefit from great bargains at the Baby Show. Get liking. Deadline midnight, 24th October. Winner will be selected at random.
Kensington Mums is proud to be a Mums Club Ambassador.
Kensington Mums enjoyed the stay and play session at Masbro’s Children’s Centre. They have got some great fun activities every day of the week that you could enjoy with your little one. Have a look at their Autumn programme for more information.
Kensington Mums attended the Science Live Show at the Science Museum. It’s a great show with daring experiments including a lot of popping, freezing, explosion, fire and dizzying demonstrations.The show has been developed for 7-11 year olds but aspects of the show are suitable for older or younger children (and adults). Thinking of taking your little explorer, then quote ‘blog1’ when booking to get 25% off full price adult and full price kids tickets. This is only valid Monday-Sunday next week (i.e. Monday 22 to Sunday 28 October). What a great start to the half term holidays! The show runs until the 4th of November.
Kensington Mums attended the Royal Opera House, to watch the mesmerising Swan Lake. WOW!
Superhuman exhibition at the Wellcome Collection. Made it on time for its last day! This exhibition was all about exploring human enhancement from 600 BCE to 2050. In a society that constantly strives for better, faster and smarter, should there be a limit to how far one can take advantage of ways to improve oneself? Truly inspiring!
Kensington Mums celebrates its one year birthday! You are invited to come and celebrate Kensington Mums first year birthday on Thursday 15th November. Location, surprise. £30pp including dinner, bubbly and a vibrant atmosphere. There will be a surprise give away for everyone, its a great way to meet other Mums and the Mum behind Kensington Mums (moi!). To attend, please email me at [email protected]. Limited places available. Pls RSVP by 9th November 2012.
First Aid for babies and toddlers. Wednesday 24th October at Whole Foods Market, Kensington at 63-97 Kensington High Street, London W8 5SE. Kensington Mums has teamed up First Aid for Life. The course will be thought by the Geraldine will be teaching First Aid for babies and toddlers exclusively to Kensington Mums. 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. Time: 7-10pm. To book please email me at [email protected]
Kensington Mums introduces Baby and Toddler yoga class. FREE. Friday October 26 at 11-11.45 am. Chelsea Theatre. Parent and baby/toddler yoga is the way for new
beings.This revolutionary method lays deep foundations for physical self-confidence. It also produces emotional and mental wellbeing. The result? A secure, happy and fulfilled baby, off to the best possible start in life. Alice Morgan, anthropologist and mother of three teaches parents and their babies in a series of specially adapted yoga classes inspired by cultures from around the world. Suitable for 0-18 months and 18 months – 3 years old. Please RSVP to book your spot, limited places available.
This half term join Kensington Mums for a Mummy and Baby/toddler meet up. FREE. Come with your little one for a morning play time session at the Saatchi Gallery, Education Room (just off the Kings Road) on Friday 2nd November at 11am-12pm. Arts and crafts will be provided for little ones. Its a great way to meet local Mums, share tips and best of all word of mouth recommendations on the ups and downs of motherhood. Please get in touch and register your interest. Limited places available.
Halloween Family Extravaganza! Sunday, 4th November 2012 at the Chelsea Theatre (SW10 0DR) from 2-5pm. Amanda’s Action Club and Kensington Mums have combined forces to bring you a Halloween Party like no other! Come and celebrate with your whole family at our fun-filled, dance spook-tacular at the Chelsea Theatre (just off the King’s Road). A packed line-up of entertainment guarantees there’ll be something for everyone from tiny tots to teenagers and mums and dads too! Tickets cost just £10 per head (children under 1 go free!). For more information or to book email [email protected] Click here for more information.
Back back popular demand KM Mother and Baby Outing to visit the Saatchi Gallery on Friday 23rd November 2012. Meeting outside the Saatchi Gallery at 10.30, tour starts at 11am.‘Gaiety is the Most Outstanding Feature of the Soviet Union: Art from Russia’ is the first exhibition of contemporary Russian art at the Saatchi Gallery. This large survey show features 18 artists working in diverse ways across the mediums of painting, photography, sculpture and installation. Once tour is over you are welcome to stay and play and mingle with the group in the Education Room of the Saatchi Gallery. Toddlers will be provided with materials to get creative! Extra: there will also be a mini photoshoot session by a family photographer.£5/adult. Child free.
Lets all get fit in time for Christmas! Kensington Mums Bootcamp will be on Saturday mornings 10-11am in Holland Park. Meeting at 9.45am at the main entrance of Holland Park (High Street Kensington entrance, facing Odeon Cinema). Classes will commence once we have enough Mums registered. In collaboration with Scandinavian Fitness, Kensington Mums will be with you so we can all get fit together! If you are like me and you want to work out and feel like you 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 10-11am. Drop your kids to their activity and come and to yours or just let your other half look after your little one so you can come and work out. Please register your interest by emailing [email protected]. £8/session and if you like it there are option to buy a 5 week course.
KEEPIN’ IT LOCAL – WHAT’S ON FOR YOU AND YOUR LITTLE ONE(S)
No added sugar Spooky Halloween Party. Saturday 27th and Wednesday 31st October (midday-6pm). No added Sugar have recently opened a new store on Ledbury Road, off Westbourne Grove (W11 2AA). Bring your little ones to creep throughout the day and indulge for some scary face painting, while munching on cookies and playing Lucky Dip- with a free classic t-shirt of your choice for the first 10 luckiest dippers. There will also be an exclusive 10% discount on boths day. Happy shopping!
Family art workshops at the National Portrait Gallery. Monday 29th Oct – Friday 2nd November 2012. This half term come and enjoy free family workshops and family drop in sessions. Workshops includes Making a family tree, construct a pop-up book, explore family portraits in the Gallery. Click here for extensive calendar for specific dates and times. FREE, drop-in.
Lyric Hammersmith. Cabbage heart. On 27 October – 28 October 2012. When Jelly wanders into a secret, overgrown garden she finds something that changes her life forever. A magical tale with drawing and painting live on stage. Suitable for 5 – 10. Ruppelstilsk 30 October – 03 November 2012. Magic and mayhem are in the air as this classic fairy tale is brought to life with puppetry, live music and plenty of mischief. Find out if the miller’s daughter will manage to save the day by solving rotten Rumpel’s tricky riddles once and for all. Suitable for 3-8 years old.
Chelsea Physic Garden Family workshops (early booking essential). Tuesday 30-1st November. Workshops includes art of the gardening (suitable for 4 years +), creepy crawling and beginners gardening gardening. (suitable for 7+). Click here for more information.
Family Ignite at the Royal Albert Hall (early booking essential) Tuesday 30th October 12:30 and 2:30pm. Join the Royal Albert Hall’s resident ensemble for some razzle-dazzle as they explore the glamorous world of West End musicals. Click here for more information.
Polka Theatre. Too many penguins (toddler version, suitable for 1-2 years old) and 3-4 years old. Squeeze into this fun theatrical experience and find out just how many penguins we can get into one space. It might get crowded! Red riding hood, showing from 30 Oct- 10 November. Join the intrepid twosome on a night to remember in Olivier award-winning writer Mike Kenny’s brand new adaptation of the classic children’s tale.Suitable for 4-7 years old.
Family Art Fun at Victoria and Albert Museum. There are some free drop in sessions and some booking is essential. Click here to access the full calendar.
Make-it: Costume Design at V&A Museum. Monday 29 October- 2 Nov ( early booking essential).
Explore a sci-fi film costume with V&A resident costume designer Hayley Nebauer. Participants will learn about random design, research ideas for costume design from unusual objects around the museum and create an annotated and collaged illustration of their costume and share their ideas with the rest of the group. Children must be accompanied by an adult, advance booking essential, maximum 1 adult per child. Click here for more information
This half term: Journey through the Victorian Era with the Royal Albert Hall. The Victorian Experience, to offer children a hands-on journey through the Royal Albert Hall, as it was in the 19thcentury.The experience will consist of a tour of the iconic, grade I listed building, with live actors in costume taking families on a fascinating journey through the building, using the Hall’s rich history to explore the Victorian age. The tour will be open to the public, providing families with educational entertainment from the October half-term. Parents will get to see behind the scenes of the world famous venue, whilst children can get involved within the building and learn first-hand life in the 19th century. Click here for more information.
Half-Term Family Day at Wigmore Hall. Friday 2 November 2012 at 10:30am. Spend the day making homemade instruments from junk and household items! Join musician Rus Pearson for this rhythmic day of family fun. Suitable for 5+. Click here for more information.
BP Saturdays: TINY TATE on Saturday 3 November 2012 10.00-15.00. Free family festival for families with children under 5 (older brothers and sisters welcome). Come along toTate Britain to explore light, sound and space all around the BP British Art Displays. Have fun by using your body to make soundscapes, play with light and become part of live installations as you swing, twist and bounce to the rhythm.Tiny Tate is designed for all family members, including parents and grandparents, to take part in together. So drop in, take part and enjoy Tate Britain! Click here for more information.
Family Day: Draw, Make, Do Art at Whitechapel Gallery (FREE, booking essential). Sat 27 October, 12–4pm. amily Day is a chance for you to draw, paint or make sculptures inspired by the work of Mel Bochner playing with language, scale and colour. Add to an abstract sculpture that builds throughout the day or make your mark on a geometric wall drawing. Click here for more information.
Halloween Story & Craft Sessions in Kensington & Chelsea libraries. Brompton Library, Tuesday 30 October, 2 to 3pm. Chelsea Library, Tuesday 30 October, 3 to 4pm. Kensington Central Library, 1 November, 2 to 3pm. Autumn Story & Craft Session:Chelsea Library, Friday 2 November, 3 to 4pm
Big Draw event 2012 at Kensington Palace on Saturday 27 October 2012. Drawing on the ceiling! Come, explore and draw inspiration from all the wonderful ceilings at Kensington Palace in this interactive drop in workshop. We’ll be looking up to the ceilings painted by William Kent using cushions, mirrors, a piece of paper and pencil and drawing what we see. We’ll then take these ceiling designs and sketches and project them onto a blank ceiling in the palace. Maybe not quite drawing on the ceiling but almost! Included in your admission to the palace. Kids Go Free.
Whole Food Kensington invites you to a Halloween Costume Party on 25th Oct from 4.30-5.30pm. Calling all goblins and ghouls! Come to the Halloween party in your favourite costume do your trick or treating right here in our shop. Make a special Halloween cupcake and take it home with you. too! First floor near glass lifts. £10 Per child Book here.
Half-term holiday workshop at National Gallery. Sunday 28 October-Tuesday 30 October. FREE, drop in. Come along to learn how to transform your pencil drawings of favourite National Gallery paintings into collaborative performances of glowing light. Suitable for 5-11 years old. Click here for more information.
Hamleys puppet show on Regent Street daily at 1 pm, 3pm, and 5pm.
Holland Park ecology Centre, Monday 29 October- 2 Nov. Click here for more information.These are great for little and big ones.
Halloween Decorating + Monster Blast at Lomax Chelsea this Half term.
Don’t miss out on your favourite morning Blast Class during half term! Join us for a morning of exercise for you and fun for the kids.While you take your regular 9:30am Blast, we’ll have fully supervised Halloween treat decorating in our cafe from 9:30–10:30am. Then while you shower and relax over your post-train smoothie, we’ll treat the kids to their very own Monster Blast (costumes optional) – 30 minutes of fitness and fun in our pods followed by a chance to enjoy their treats! Click here for more information.
Ahead of the Games at the London Transport Museum. Throughout October half term week children can join in on our make-and-take arts and crafts workshops and storytelling sessions inspired by our new temporary exhibition Ahead of the Games. Families will meet Bellboy Bob and his friends in the storytelling and spot the character activity, and can leave behind memories of travelling during the Olympic and Paralympic Games for future generations to find out what it was like during 2012. Click here for more information.
Celebrate Good Times! at the Geffrye Museum. Tuesday 30 October – Friday 2 November 2012.Make celebratory crowns, firework decorations and clocks; decorate umbrellas, napkins and spooky cats. Suitable for 5-16 years old.All workshops are allocated on a first-come, first-served basis 30 minutes before the workshop begins. All children under 11 must be accompanied by an adult. Click here for more information.
Halloween October Fun at Battersea Zoo. Saturday 27- Wednesday 31 October 2012. Including pumpkin trail, spooky story time and make a trick or treat bag and much more. 27-31 October 2012. Click here for more details.
Drop-In Art Workshop: Animal Mask Magic at the Wallace Collection. Wednesday 31st October, 2012. Transform yourself into your favourite animal this Halloween! Explore the wondeful animals in our paintings, on our clocks and even hiding in fireplaces! Make animal masks inspired by the dogs, cats, lions and other animals at the Wallace Collection with artist Miranda Lopatkin. Free, drop-in.
Start planning for half term with plenty of ways to save at Vue. Kids AM every day during the school holidays for just £1.75 and see nutty new 3D adventure Madagascar 3 and our film of the week: Frankenweenie with a family ticket and everyone pays the child price.
Gate cinema. The Goblin Ball- Kids’ Club Halloween Extravaganza! Saturday, 27 October 2012. Goulish games and spook-tacular prizes to be won at our party.Come in fancy dress! Goblins, princesses, monsters…Followed by a screening of LABYRINTH, starring David Bowie as the Goblin King. Note: the party will start at 10.00am, and the film at 11.00am.
Spooky shadows at Cutty Sark. Monday 29 and Wednesday 31 October 2012. Create your own spooky shadow puppet inspired by the poem that gave the Cutty Sark her name. Cutty Sark half-term family fun: rhymes, rhythms and riddles. Free with Cutty Sark entry. Click here for more information.
Boo at London Zoo. Get set for a host of spooky goings on at ZSL London Zoo this Halloween half term. From Saturday 27 to Sunday 4 November, the Zoo will come creeping to life with Halloween-themed special events, animal demonstrations and hands-on activities led by our grim-keepers! With a spooky schedule of activities including chilling storytelling, owl encounters and creepy crafts there’s enough to make everyone scream with delight. Children who arrive at the Zoo in Halloween fancy dress during October half term will receive a 10% discount on child entrance tickets. This includes children in costume, wearing mask, hats or with their face painted – the spookier the better! Book tickets in advance with promotional code BOO900 or receive the discount at the gate.There will also be a prize for the best costume awarded at the end of the daily Animals in Action live demonstration throughout October half term.
Superheroes at Discover Children’s Centre (Stratford). Until Sunday 4th November. Click here for more information.
Animal Vision for families at the Natural History Museum. Wednesday 31 October 2012. Showing at 10:30 – 11:00, 11:30 – 12:00, 12:30 – 13:00, 13:30 – 14:00. Join in our free Animal Vision half-hour shows for families (various times).Each seated show is presenter-led and features live creatures, multi-screen imagery and film, and invites audience participation.
Festival of Brass & Voices 2012, Saturday 3rd November 2012 at the Royal Albert Hall. Come for a great cause!If you enjoy choirs and brass bands, together with a ‘Last Night of the Proms’ atmosphere, this is for you!The last event, in November 2009, raised £150,000 for Cancer Research UK. Over 60 choirs will be taking part and are from all parts of the United Kingdom together with special guests Ulfts Mannenkoor from Holland. The Festival is a wonderful way of raising vital funds to finance research. Click here for more information.
Family Concert at Cadogan Hall. Crash, Bang, Wallop! Under the Sea. Saturday 3 November 2012. City of London Sinfonia is exploring the deep blue sea and all its magical myths and creatures! This concert features some of classical music’s most famous pieces including The Swan from Carnival of the Animals by Saint-Saëns and Handel’s Water Music, as well as popular favourites Row Row Row your Boat and the Hornpipe. As always there will be plenty of opportunity for singing and audience participation throughout the concert.Pre-concert creative activities from 11am include:Meet the instruments. Musical CraftsPercussion Zoo. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Concert is most suitable for children 3-8 years. Book online.
Enjoy London Canal Museum on Saturday 27th and Sunday 28th October.The Halloween trip is a unique trip through Islington Tunnel at halloween on board one of London’s community narrowboats specially decorated for the occasion with a friendly witch amongst the crew. Be prepared for some surprise sights in the darkness of the 192 year old tunnel! You may also meet a witch on your journey or before or after it! Kids receive sweets on board and a free glowstick. Click here for more information.
Museum of London. Half term activities 27 October – 4 November 2012. Spend the day together as a family! If you’re looking for something fun and free for all the family then come along to the Museum of London for a great day out that everyone can enjoy, from under 5s to over 60s! Free, dop- in spooky stories, a book that touches, shaping a poem and much more.Click here for a list of their program, so you can plan your week ahead.
Cowboy Baby at the Chelsea Theatre on Sunday 28 October at 11.30 and 3pm. A gold award winner of the Smarties Children’s Book Prize,Cowboy Baby is not only a terrific western yarn for children, but also a beautiful story about love and friendship. So expect twirlin’ lassos, rattlin’ rattlesnakes, howlin’ coyotes and prickly cacti, with plenty of fun, adventure, songs and even puppetry around the old campfire. Click here for more information.
Free Family Workshop: Spooky Cut and Paste with Yasmeen Ismail at Somerset House . Saturday 27 October 14.00-16.00.With scissors ready and gloopy glue on standby get ready to cut and paste with Yasmeen Ismail. Make the scariest masks; wands, wizard hats, or whatever else you can conjure up! Witches, werewolves and zombies are welcome too.
Whole Baby Club will be on October 29th 10 to 11am and will feature two of our favourite suppliers Born Free and Plum Baby. There will be a get together/play area for all the little guests. To attend please RSVP to [email protected]
Miss Ophelia at the Barbican. 31 October 2012 – 7 November 2012. Two talented and nimble performers use lively storytelling, imaginative puppetry and a beautiful score in this charming and award-winning stage adaptation of the book Ophelia’s Shadow Theatre by Michael Ende. Click here fore more information.
Plan a day to visit Kensington Palace. Kids go FREE. The theme for our half-term activities will be the 18th century court of George II. Visiting Kensington Palace in the reign of George II was a bit like playing a game. To meet the king and get his approval you had to wear the right things, say the right things and do the right things. We have created a snakes and ladders court boardgame which children can decorate and then play. There will also be 18th century costume and wigs to try on. Click here for more information.
Save the date for the Harrods Christmas Parade, Basil Street, Knightsbridge. SATURDAY 3rd November 8am (store opens at 9am).
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IN THE NEWS
Good parenting ‘matters more than a good school’. Read the Telegraph full article here.
New Internet Radio station, Radio4baby got in contact with Kensington Mums. Radio4Baby is for pregnant women and babies aged 0-3. Composed for infants and pregnant women, good music is not only a source of joy, but also develops the baby’s sensitivity and intelligence. Its divided into 3 categories, 4Mum2b, playtime and sleeptime. The music played contains no audio ads and is available 24/7 for free! The music has been very carefully selected and is solely intended to exert positive influence upon listener. Ive certainly enjoyed listening to the music and I am not pregnant!
Here is a great quote to start your week with:
All parents should know that: “He who knows patience knows peace.” – Chinese proverb.
Wishing you all a lovely Half term and a spooky Halloween. Enjoy trick or treat with your little ones.
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