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

Welcome to our first newsletter of 2013! Thank you for all those who took their time in completing our super short survey for 2013. Your feedback is much appreciated in helping Kensington Mums cater to the Mummy community and to your needs in 2013. The survey is open for the whole month of January, so please click here if you would like to take part.

Kensington Mums would like to welcome Mummy Victoria Beckham and family have officially moved back to London and renting a pad in Kensington and the Duchess of Cambridge’s on the baby news. 

Here is something I made last week at my local children’s centre. Not bad for a first time sewing attempt! The course runs for 10 weeks so hoping to learn new skills, that’s one of my new year resolutions for 2013.



Rhyme time at Kensington Central Library is always fun. Sessions takes places every Wednesday and Friday from 10-10.20am.




KM Events

You asked for more mummy and baby meet ups, we made it happen!

For those of you who follow me Kensington Mums on Facebook and Twitter would have heard that Kensington Mums is attending a play session at the Kid’s Zone of the National Army Museum at 10.10am. Sadly tickets are now sold out!  Looking forwards for some fun!


Wednesday 6th Feb, exclusive soft play session at Bramley’s Big Adventure for Kensington Mums, starting at 10am. To join us please email [email protected]



Kensington Mums Valentine’s Day Pamper Session. It’s time for Mums, leave your little ones with your other half and come along to an exclusive event at Neal’s Yard Remedies in Kensington on Saturday 9th of Feb from 10am-12pm. Limited places available. Session will include one to one consultation with leading expert from Neal’s Yard Remedies, topics covered will include stress and relaxation, sleep issues, detoxing, child/baby remedies, and skincare. Each Mum will receive a special goody bag, 15% of all products on the day, a choice of mini facial or mini massage.
Food and nibbles will also be available.Take a well deserved time out just for you and meet other local Mums around. Price £12 per person.To book please email [email protected] with subject heading Kensington Mums Valentine’s Day Pamper Session


Icy Cool Adventure Storytelling at the Science Museum every weekend in January. Explore the  wondrous wintry world of Iceland in this fun, interactive storytelling session with erupting volcanoes, giant glaciers and a little bit of imagination! Session starts at 11am and lasts 20min. FREE. Click here for more information.

Pop-Up Performances at V&A. Saturday 19 & 26 January – True ColoursTravel through Hollywood costume history from Charlie Chaplin to Jack Sparrow, and dance in a Hollywood Musical! Click here for more information.

Postcards from Arcadia at the National Gallery. Sunday 20 January, starting at 11am–12.20pm (repeated 2–3.20pm).Create the perfect world inspired by the myths and landscapes of French painterClaude Lorraine and share it with your friends and family on a postcard. Bring an address and we’ll mail it for you! FREE. Click here for more information.

Mum to be, HRH The Duchess of Cambridge at the National Portrait Gallery. On display in Room 36. Plan a visit to much talked about portrait. Click here for more information.

Ramble in the Park – Kings and Queens. Friday 18th January 12:00-13:30pm.

As you walk through London’s Royal Parks, you can feel the benefits of escaping the stress of the city and getting some fresh air. Booking required.


Baby Tales: The Knights of the Round Table with Chrétien de Troyes at the Institut français. Saturday 19 Jan starting at 11.00am. Suitable for ages 0-3. Travel back to the times of this mystical legend with the help of Arthur and his brave knights. Gallop on gallant horses, save the damsels in distress and search for the secret whereabouts of the Holy Grail. Booking required. Please note session is in easy French. Click here for more information.

Rain Room at the Barbican (until 3rd March 2013).FREE. Rain Room is a 100 square metre field of falling water for visitors to walk through and experience how it might feel to control the rain. On entering The Curve the visitor hears the sound of water and feels moisture in the air before discovering the thousands of falling droplets that respond to their presence and movement. Sounds interesting!

Amazing Adornments at the Design Museum. Saturday 20th January 2013. Starting at 2-4.30pm. Using a range of craft and modelling techniques, children are encourage to make unique decorative arm gauntlets, shoulder adornments and collars. Price £5 per child. Suitable for ages 5 – 11. Click here for more information.

Play Tuesdays every Tuesday in January at the National Maritime Museum. Young children can have fun with their families as they explore the Museum through making, music, dance and drama. Suitable for family under-5s. Click here for more information.

Digital workshop Olympic champions! at the British Museum. Saturday 19 January, at 11.30–15.30. FREE. Become an ancient Greek Olympian using a green screen and edit your portrait in Photoshop to print and take home. Suitable for 7+. Click here for more information.

Cutting Edge workshop for families at the Natural History Museum. Saturday 19th January (various times).Handle real specimens, take part in fun group activities, and see how Museum palaeontologists use skulls find out about dinosaur diets. Suitable for primary school children. Booking required, please book at the information desks on the day of the event. Click here for more information.

Family Art Workshop: Clay Creations (Suitable for ages 5 – 11 and their carers) and Storytelling for Families: A Sketchbook of Ideas (Suitable for ages 3+ and their carers) at National Portrait Gallery. Saturday 19th January at various times. FREE. Click here for more information.

Raising Girls with Steve Biddulph. One day seminar run by Mumsnet Academy. Saturday, January 26, 2013 from 10-5pm. This one day seminar is both moving, powerful, funny, and uplifting.  Steve has presented to parents in almost every corner of the world, and brings that experience to helping you find your own way to understand how to bring your daughter through to be a fine woman, strong and free. £75. Click here for more information.

In case you have missed the last sleepover. Dino Snores is back on Saturday 9th February 2013 at the Natural History Museum.Join our monthly sleepovers and discover what really happens at the Museum when the staff and visitors have gone home. Dino Snores is for children aged 8-11 years old, but adults will enjoy it too. Booking essential. Click here for more information.

Various family events at the Museum of London. Saturday 16 and Sunday 17th January 2013. A park of heroes, Grimaldi’s Park, Characters from History- Cecilia Young. FREE. Click here for more information.

Open Studio at Tate Modern. FREE. Open every weekend. Visit Open Studio to experiment, play and create with ideas and materials before or after visiting the related artworks in the free collection displays. Click here for more information.


Optical illusions at the Museum of London Docklands. Saturday 19 Jan, starting at 12.30-1.30pm & 2.30-3.30pm. FREE. Come and see some spectacular illusions from the ancient past to the present day and learn some magic tricks of your own. Suitable for 5 years+. Click here for more information.


Child minders and nurseries will be able to double the number of children they look after under new plans.

Did you opt out of the child benefit? Nearly half of Britons do not understand opt-out rule. Read the full article in the Mail Online.
From spring 2013, Huggies® nappies will no longer be available to buy in the UK and Ireland. 



Top Tips For Learning More Than One Language. If you are interested in learning more about bilingual language development, the research in this area and sharing any questions or tips with other parents then come along to these workshops across the borough.  Collect your free book on the day! Friday 8th February 1.00-3.00 at Holmfield House, 4-6 Golborne Rd, London, W10 5PE (call Chloe on 0207 792 7733 to book). Friday 8th March 9.30-11.30 at Chelsea Open Air,51 Glebe Place,London,SW3 5JE (Faye on 0207 349 3245 to book).

Stuck with tons of Christmas Cards. Drop them in the recycle box at Marks and Spencer in Kensington (top floor).




TV Pilot for Channel 4. Are you & your family currently house hunting?
A new TV show wants you! Are you finding it difficult to decide on what you want from your new home? The makers of The Great British Bake Off are looking for families to take part in an exciting new TV pilot. If this applies to you or a family you know we’d love to hear from you. Please contact [email protected] or call Charlotte on 0207 067 4873/4820 to find out more. Thanks!

ITN Productions and The Department of Health for are looking for families with children aged 9 months – 2 1/2 years who would like to share their experiences on a range of parenting topics within the Greater London area. If you are available on the during January and February 2013, please do get in touch.

Bikeminded want to ask residents of the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea what they feel about cycling in the area. They would like you to invite you to take part in a focus group on the evening of Wednesday 23 January. You will receive a cash for your time. Please click here for more information.

Here is something funny to start your week with, in case your kids asks why Mum, you can answer by saying…

Wishing you all a mummyliscious week.

Keep warm!

Until next week.