Newsletter

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

Hello lovely mamas. I hope you and your little ones have been wrapping up warm in this cold and windy weather. Thanks to the big group of Mums who made it to our culture morning at the Saatchi Gallery (pictures to follow later in another post). I have spend long hours picking up favourite places to do over the festive season, some of which I have already included in previous newsletters. I will be sending out a new post with all things to do this Christmas holiday 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!

 

Kensington Mums attended ‘Learning More than One Language’ workshop at Maxilla Children’s Centre. It was a very informative session given by specialist speech therapist, presenting and discussing the latest research behind talking with your little one with more than one language. Highly recommended to any family household who maybe bi or tri-lingual. This workshop will  be repeated again in 2013, so stay tuned for more information.

Kensington Mums was invited to a special preview night of Winter Wonderland. Running until 6th January, this is not to be missed! Wrap up warm, there is something to enjoy for the whole family with an Ice Ring, plenty of rides, Yuletide Market, for your festive shopping and the opportunity to meet Santa Claus in Santa Land.

 

Kensington Mums went to celebrate the tenth anniversary of PiggyBankKids. The charity was founded by Sarah Brown in 2002 to help inspiring professionals continue their world-changing work in saving and transforming children’s lives. If you would like to donate for this amazing cause, please click their website for more information.

Kensington Mums enjoyed a culture morning at the Saatchi Gallery to visit ‘Gaiety the Most Outstanding Feature of the Soviet Union: Art from Russia’ is the first exhibition of contemporary Russian art’. . This was followed by an arts and crafts session.

 

Magali is a Mum of 2 and a member of Kensington Mum. Here she shares with us her experience of her review of the Bubble Show at the Science Museum. ‘On the 3rd floor of the science museum, the bubble show introduces to children the science behind bubbles, from their liquid recipe, to the fact that they always come out in spheres.This 20-min fun and interactive show ends with volunteers coming on stage to be wrapped in giant bubbles, which makes the kids hysterical’. Sounds like a lot of fun! If you would like to feature on Kensington Mum, with your review on your family outing and experience. We would love to hear from you!

KM EVENTS

Due to your requests, Kensington Mums is having Christmas drinks on Monday 17th December 2012.

If you would like to come along, please get in touch with me!

 

KEEPIN’ IT LOCAL – WHAT’S ON FOR YOU AND YOUR LITTLE ONE(S).
Saturday Drawing Workshops, at Whitechapel Gallery. Saturday 1st December 2012. 10.30am- 12pm.Popular weekend drawing classes led by artists for young people aged 10–15. Booking essential. Please click here for more information.

 

Pop-Up Performances at Victoria and Albert Museum. Every Saturday. Enjoy the V&A collection with fun, interactive gallery performances for all the family. Click here for more information.

Puppet Playtime at Somerset House.Saturday 1 December 13.00-15.00. Free drop-in workshop, limited spaces. Join Tim Walker’s prop builder and set designer Andy Hillman to build a giant animated puppet during this free drop in workshop. Andy and his team of expert propmakers need lots of helping hands to create a giant paper monster from giant balls of scrunched paper. For families and adults alike! Click here for more information.

Storytelling in Waterstones, Kensington on Saturdays at 3pm. FREE

Self-led Museum trails at the Natural History Museum. The Museum offers a range of fun and engaging activities designed to appeal to and include all members of the family. With gallery trails, puppet shows, specimen handling and art activities, there is something for visitors of all ages and interests. Click here for more information.
Icy Cool Adventure Storytelling at the Science Museum, 1-2 December 2012.FREE. Starts at 11am. Explore the  wondrous wintry world of Iceland in this fun, interactive storytelling session with erupting volcanoes, giant glaciers and a little bit of imagination! Suitable for under 5. Click here for more information. Also don’t miss Invent Event on Sunday 2nd December where children (7+) are challenged  to use their problem solving skills and build a mystery object. FREE, drop in. Click here for more information.

Kensington Central Library. Baby rhyme time running on Mondays, 2 to 2.20pm and storytime will on Thursdays, 10 to 10.20am.

Kids’ Zone at the National Army Museum is open daily and great for rainy days. 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.

Mini Mudlarks babies group at Museum of London Docklands.Open until 10th of December.12.45-1.45pm.  This session includes sensory, hands on and play based activities for you and your baby to enjoy together. Suitable for 6 months – walking. Click here for more information.

Amazing adornments at the Design Museum. Sunday 16 December, 2 – 4.30pm. £4.50 per child (ages 5 – 11). Booking essential. Inspired by the contemporary jewellery in Unexpected Pleasures, let your imagination run wild to create a piece of wearable design. Using a range of craft and modelling techniques, children are encourage to make unique decorative arm gauntlets, shoulder adornments and collars. Click here for more information.
Bird and Nature Walk in Holland Park. Saturday 1 December 2012 at 9am.A guided nature walk around Holland Park, looking for fauna and flora of seasonal interest with local expert Ian Thomson (The Friends of Holland Park). Open to the general public who have interest in birds and nature. Click here for more information.

Healthy Child Info Session at St. Cuthbert with St. Matthias CE Primary School and Earl’s Court Children’s Centre (Warwick Road, SW5 9UE). Every Friday 2-3.30pm. 7th December topic is weaning, please call before attending to make sure the session is taking place.
Two-day Christmas Fair at the Chelsea Physic Garden. Saturday 1st December and Sunday 2nd December 2012, 10am-4pm. This year’s Christmas Fair at Chelsea Physic Garden is set to be bigger than ever before, with the opportunity to visit London’s oldest Botanic Garden in winter and to taste and buy exclusively selected products and gifts, Chelsea style! Stallholders will provide an extensive range of delectable, unusual and innovative gifts. Click here for more information.

The first day of Christmas Fair in Parson’s Green. Saturday December 1st 2012. From 2pm – 8pm. Inspired by the traditional Christmas fairs of Europe, we will bring together families and friends to sip mulled wine and hot chocolate to the tunes of a brass band; give you the chance to buy beautiful, uniquely crafted Christmas decorations and gifts; and sample gourmet seasonal treats in our food hall. Then as night falls we will gather together to see the switching on of the Christmas tree lights and join in some carol singing. Enjoy your shopping minus baby, Cupcake Mum offering 1 hours free crèche. Click here for more information.

Family Victorian Experience Tours at the Royal Albert Hall. 1-2 December 2012. Go back in time with a unique look at the Royal Albert Hall through the eyes of the Victorians! Join two Victorian characters for a fascinating journey through this impressive building, using its rich history to explore the Victorian age, and discover what it would have been like to see a show here or work in the Hall when it first opened over 140 years ago. These family sessions last around 70 minutes and are aimed at children aged 5 to 11. Click here for more information.

Christmas events (early booking essential)

Santa vs. the Snowman 3D (U) at the IMAX, Science Museum. Showing every weekend in December. For only £5 your little one will enjoy watching duck snowballs, elves and jet-propelled reindeers as Santa takes on a lonely snowman who wants nothing more than to take over Christmas and become the world’s most beloved festive character. This hilarious 3D family movie is back by popular demand to fill this winter with bags of festive cheer! Click here for more information.

Arthur Christmas (U) at the Barbican for only £2. Saturday 8 December 2012  at 11:00. Booking essential. Click here for more information.


 

NEWS

Interactive school desk ‘boosts maths’ claims research. Click here to read full article from BBC News.

Earls Court Exhibition Centre in west London is to be demolished to make way for thousands of new homes. Read more here.
RECOMMENDATIONS

Beauty Salon with free crèche opens this Friday in Kensington and Chelsea. This is great for a busy Mum who doesnt have childcare! Destiny’s is a newly established salon located in the heart of West London’s Notting Hill, created by local mothers who trained as beauty therapists through their local Children’s Centre. The women at Destiny’s Salon are volunteering their time. The money raised will be use to replenish resources.Destiny’s Salon  offers “time for yourself”. The salon offers Peace,  Pampering & Crèche service with qualified and committed crèche workers. The salon also has access to a private room for women ONLY giving you the privacy to relax and unwind. Destiny’s is the only salon in London to offer this facility. Please call Holmfield House on 0207 938 8400, 4-6 Golborne Road, W10 5PE. Opening hours: 10am – 3pm. Please book early to avoid disappointment.

 

Blooming Bump t-shirts make a great Christmas gift for any Mum or  Mum to be. Made out of 100% organic cotton, these slogan tshirts will hug your bump. Designed by a Mum herself, with glamour and beauty in mind. Our favourite slogan is  ‘it started with a kiss’. Choose the slogan that says it ALL about You and Your Bump this Christmas!

 

Here is a great quote by Mother Teresa

Wishing you all a mummyliscious week.

Until next week.

Dina