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 with your family. I would like to thank all the lovely mamas who came to celebrate Kensington Mum’s first birthday dinner. This week we have the Kensington Mums baby outing at the Saatchi Gallery. I had no plans in organising more meet ups and events in December. But I got a lot of you asking me to organise Christmas drinks. If this is something of interest to you, could you please drop me an email and if we are numerous, then will definitely organise it! There are loads of interesting things happening this week, and even more to do during the festive period. There are some free Christmas Bazaar for those looking to buy their Christmas gifts all under one roof. Check out our offers sections for exclusive offers for Kensington Mums. If you enjoy getting these newsletter and want to forward to a friend, they are welcome to subscribe to our mailing list, its free to join. Just click here.
Kensington Mums celebrated its first birthday surrounded by lovely mamas and yummy food at Baity Kitchen. Thank you for coming and thank you to all my readers for being part of it all! Stay tuned for more pics and video of the celebration!
Kensington Mums was invited to the Victoria and Albert Museum for the opening of the Light in the Middle East exhibition. This exhibition entails works by artists across the Middle East (spanning North Africa to Central Asia) who have captured what the social challenges and political upheavals of the Middle East means to them today. Highly recommend a visit. Admission is free and is showing until 7th April 2013.
Kensington Mums was invited to the opening of the Ideal Home Show for Christmas in Earls Court. It was a lovely day, chatted with the lovely Mummy Myleene Klass who is a celebrity ambassador. The exhibition included over 600 exhibitors all getting you ready to shop for the festive season including toys, clothes, furniture, gadgets and gifts and decoration.
Kensington Mums attended a free trial class by Monkey Music. The session was held in Kensington Central library on a Friday morning. It was fun filled and action packed suited to the age group of the class. Loads of props and soft toys were used in an organised manner. Little ones enjoyed dancing and clapping to the songs and loved the bubbles and off course their well deserved sticker at the end of the session.
Kensington Mums escaped the London buzz and enjoyed a lovely walk in Hyde Park surrounded by beautiful autumn colours. Its great for little ones to run around and explore nature.
KM Mother and Baby Outing is on this week, guided tour of 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! Special offer Kensington Mums mini xmas photoshoot by a family photographer. More information here.£5/adult. Child free. Only a couple of places are left.
KEEPIN’ IT LOCAL – WHAT’S ON FOR YOU AND YOUR LITTLE ONE(S)
Animation Station at the Barbican. 17 – 24 November 2012. FREE, drop in and learn how to make characters come alive with animated drawings, stop frame and light box animation. Take inspiration from the films we are screening and have fun with our human time-lapse animation. Suitable for under 12s. Click here for more information.
AMAR Christmas Bazaar on Friday 30th Nov 11-4pm at Jumeirah Carlton Tower Hotel. Come along for some festive fun at AMAR’s Christmas Bazaar, they will have a variety of stalls selling unique and hand-made gifts for all the family. The bazaar is FREE to attend, so bring your friends with you! The AMAR Foundation is a UK based charity which has been providing health, education, training and humanitarian assistance to families and communities affected by conflicts and natural disasters across the Middle East since 1991.10% of all sales will go directly towards supporting the work of the AMAR International Charitable Foundation.
Trafalgar Square Christmas tree lighting up ceremony. Thursday 6th December 2012 from 6pm. FREE followed by carol services.
Dazzling Diwali at Victoria and Albert Museum. Sunday 25 November 2012, 10.00-17.30. FREE. Join in with Rangoli making, see dance inspired by Jina sculpture and take part in a giant musical game of Snakes & Ladders. Click here for full programme.
A Christmas Carol. Saturday 24th November 2012. Family Play Day. Christmas was Charles Dickens’s favourite time of year and he wrote many stories describing the food, mood, music and parties associated with it. Hear readings from some of Dickens’s novels before creating your own Christmas-themed composition. We round things off in festive style with a jolly-good sing-song around a historic piano and maybe even some dancing. This event complements the ‘Dickens and Music’ exhibition at the Academy’s Museum.Free tickets available from the Museum: please contact email@example.com, quoting the number of adults’ and children’s tickets required, children’s ages and a contact number.
Digital photography day at the British Museum. FREE. Sunday 25 November, 11.30–15.30. Choose from a selection of digital photography activities to do in the Centre or in the galleries.Suitable for 5+. Click here for more information.
Give a Child a Toy Christmas Bazaar is being held at Mandarin Oriental on the 26th November, 11-3pm and is FREE to enter. Come and start your Christmas shopping early and help a great charity. Various artisans and designers, selling a wide-range of products from jewels to jugs and bags to biscuits, to name but a few will be taking place in this Chirstmas Bazaar. All items are, competitively priced and purposefully sourced. Any money raised from the bazaar will go towards, Give a Child a Toy charity.
Bubbles, bubbles, bubbles! at the Science Museum. 22 November 2012 FREE. This interactive show features bubbles of all sizes going up, down, this way, that way, and all over the place… with a little help from the audience! Find out the secret Science Museum bubble recipe and you might even get the chance to step inside our famous human bubble. Click herefor more information.
Under 5s storytime at the Museum of London. 27 November 2012. FREE. Suitable for 6months+. Click here for more information.
The Child’s Voice in the World. Young People’s Participation in Research at the Museum of Childhood.Tuesday 20 November, 17.30-19.00. FREE. A seminar for people working in different contexts – education, youth and community work, social care, museums and galleries, academia. Click here for more information.
Christmas events (early booking essential)
Meet Santa and London’s reindeer herd at London Zoo. 17 Nov – 24 Dec 2012 – All Day. Come and visit Santa at his winter lodge, a custom-designed grotto built in the fairytale setting of ZSL London Zoo’s memorial gardens –and also visit London’s very own reindeer herd! Suitable for children 10 years and under. Click here for more information.
Santa’s Grotto is coming to Kew Gardens. Kew Gardens has loads of festive family events this Christmas. From 08 December 2012 – Sun 06 January 2013, excluding 24 and 25 December. Enjoy a magical visit to Santa’s Grotto in the Princess of Wales Conservatory and then continue the fun with a ride on our enchanting carousel. There will also be face paintingduring the whole of December. Parents and carers can enjoy this hands on session and discover and learn about Christmas plants.
Christmas Party at Bramley’s Big Adventure. Thursday 20th December 2012. There will be disco, fancy dress, Santa and goody bag. £10 per child. Click here for more information.
Hampton Court Palace ice rink opens Saturday 1 December 2012 – until Sunday 13 January 2013. Great for a festive family gathering. Click here for more information.
The CLIC Sargent Christmas Celebration at the Royal Albert Hall. Wednesday 12 December 2012. his hugely successful annual show features a 1,500 strong choir of schoolchildren performing alongside a host of professional singers and variety performances, including Special Guest Matt Cardle, the African Children’s Choir, Urban Strides, Randolph Matthews, and a charity pledge appeal from Patsy Palmer. Click here for more information.
Christmas at Kensington Palace. 1 – 23 December 2012. Prepare to be spellbound as Kensington Palace is transformed into a unique palace-sized Advent Calendar this December. Click here for more information.
Christmas Crafts and Seasonal Stories at Museum of Childhood. FREE, drop in. Saturdays 1, 8, 15, 22 December Sundays 2, 9, 16, 23 December. Thursday 27 December – Sunday 6 January Excluding New Years Day 10.30-16.00. Find out how families celebrated Christmas 100 years ago! Enjoy a creative re-telling of The Nutcracker and create seasonal crackers, baubles, retro decorations and cards with help from the Retired and Senior Service Volunteers. Click here for more information.
Meet Santa at Whole Foods Kensington! Grotto is open Saturdays 11am-7pm and Sundays 10am-6pm. There are only six family slots per hour so book early to avoid disappointment. The Room with a View. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Christmas Grotto at Whiteleys. Click here for more information.
Oumnia pashminas by famous Lebanese designer will be in London for a limited time only. 25 November 2012- 2 December 2012. These make great Christmas gift ideas for your friends and family. Made from the soft cashmere wool: using the finest and warmest natural wool from the neck and underbelly of the Capra Hircus, a goat that thrives only in the Himalyan Plateaus at 14000 feet. Owing to the gentle softness and texture, delicate pashmina shawls have adorned royalty and the wealthy for centuries. Now its your turn to own a fine shawl with delicate, fun and trendy designs, some hand painted, some embroidered and some printed …all unique just like you. So pick YOUR colour and wrap it YOUR way. For more information, please visit Oumnia website and like them on Facebook to get their latest information. Check out our offer section for exclusive offer for Kensington Mums!
Mirna cakes caters for the festive season and any other occasion from birthdays, to baby showers, hen nights and can create the perfect atmosphere for the theme of your choice. Check out their cakes and cupcakes they are truly amazing and taste yummy too! Quote ‘Kensington Mums’ and get 10% of your order.
Lebanese designer, Oumnia Pashminas will be in London for a limited time only 25- 2 Dec 2012. Wrap up warm this Christmas! They make great Christmas gift ideas for your loved ones. View their collection of stunning pashminas here and like them Oumnia on Facebook to get their latest trends. Quote Kensington Mums and get 10% off your purchase.
Wishing you all a mummyliscious week and don’t forget
Until next week.