London is ready for the festive season and so are we at Kensington Mums HQ. Winter Wonderland is now open and a big congratulations to our competition winner Anita who won family tickets to the magical ice kingdom and ice skating rink to enjoy at Winter Wonderland. Don’t forget to enter our last competition for 2013 and stay tuned for more competitions exclusive for Kensington Mums. In this week’s newsletter you will find where to take your little ones to visit Santa and his elves (early booking is advised), indoor play areas to enjoy with little ones when its too cold to play in the park as well as some unique exhibitions in the local Museums around South Kensington.
If you follow Kensington Mum on social media, you would have seen a few sneak peaks of what we have been up to. If you haven’t, what are you waiting for? Please ‘like’ Kensington Mums on Facebook – we post news on ad-hoc events, interesting local knowledge, lots of interesting articles as well as discussions amongst the Kensington Mums community. You can also find us on Twitter @KensingtonMums and now more recently we have joined the world of Instagram for some instafun. You can find us under #kensingtonmums. Our popular motherhood exhibition can be viewed on youtube.
We had a magical experience at the opening of Winter Wonderland in Hyde park. Rides, games and circus fun. There is something to please the whole family. Just make sure you wrap up warm and enjoy the adventure.
Thanks to Fanny a Kensington Mum, she informed us through Facebook that Victoria Beckham and David Beckham were donating their designer clothes and shoes to the British Red Cross in Chelsea to raise money for the Philippines disaster appeal. Great initiative. Kensington Mums couldn’t help and had a peak into their collection.
The official pictures of our Kensington Mums second birthday celebration are out. Click here to view.
The pictures of the November coffee morning are out!
Kensington Mums attended the Christmas Bazaar in aid of the AMAR International Charitable Foundation at the Jumeirah Carlton Hotel. Such a great cause and shopping under one roof. No complains there.
Lovely Mums and lovely stories shared at the last RBKC motherhood session which was held at Clare Garden’s Children Centre. All stories to be showcased in 2014! Stay tuned for more information.
Save our Fire stations. Just in case you have not heard this before in the local news. Ten London fire stations are due to be closed by the Mayor on 9th January 2014. Click here to read more and see how you can make a difference to the local community.
Kensington Mums events and meet ups
The next RBKC Motherhood session will be held this Friday 29 at Violet Melchett Children’s Centre (off Kings Road). There will be a stay and play session for your little ones to enjoy. Click here for more information, and make sure you get in touch to register.
Our coffee mornings are getting more popular, so we have decided to make them monthly giving all Mums the opportunity to meet and mingle with the elite members of Kensington Mums. The next coffee morning is on Wednesday 4th of Dec 2013 (10am-12pm). Mums and Mums to be are all welcome to join. The lovely Ania has kindly volunteered to host the morning in her home. Please email us ([email protected]) with heading ‘Dec coffee morning’ to be sent more information and get in touch if you would like to host our next morning coffee in January. Please note the coffee mornings are limited numbers.
Join us to celebrate Christmas in Style with some delicious Lebanese mezze at Randa restaurant in the heart of Kensington. Thursday 19th of Dec 2013. Price costs £15 pp and includes set menu below. Click here to view the mouth watering Lebanese food on the menu. Don’t forget to book your tickets here. Limited places available.
Kensington Mums competition
Enter our Kensington Mums Christmas Dinner competition to win 2 tickets for a well deserved night out thanks to Randa Restaurant. Click here to enter and win.
What’s on for you and your little ones
Westfield London Ice Rink and Grotto is now open complete with sparkling giant candy canes and a magical roof top village! Booking required. Click here for more information.
As the weather gets chilly, kids will love the Kids’ Zone at the National Army Museum. 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. Tickets for all day sessions tend to sell out before 11.00am during school holidays, so it is always best to book online to avoid disappointment. Adults go FREE.
Cutting Edge workshop for families at the Natural History Museum. Sunday 1st of December 2013. FREE. Handle real specimens, take part in fun group activities, and see how Museum palaeontologists use skulls find out about dinosaur diets. Click here for more information.
Home Truths. Photography, Motherhood and Identity at the Photographer’s Gallery until 5th January 2014. Click here for more information.
Travelling to the Wonderland at the Victoria and Albert Museum until 2 March 2014. The John Madejski Garden is transformed into an ethereal utopia inspired by the classic Chinese fable Tao Hua Yuan. Inspired by the story, Chinese artist Xu Bing has transformed the John Madjeski Garden into an idealised landscape. A must see! Click here for more information.
Christmas at Kew 2013 opens on 28th of November. Plan a family day out and follow an illuminated trail through our enchanting winter landscape. Visit Santa’s grotto and enjoy the rides,The Christmas village, and the Boutique Christmas market. Click here for more information.
This is a great after school activities. The nomad cinema is bringing you the Muppet Christmas Carol at the Look Out in Hyde Park. Monday 9th of December 2013 starting at 4pm. There is also Elf on Tuesday 10th of December 2013.
Shop Local Saturday on 7th of December 2013 in Kensington. Shop Local is a UK wide campaign to encourage people to support their local independent shops on Sat 7th Dec. Traders groups, chambers of commerce and other groups all over the country are getting involved with events and promotions. Shop Local Saturday is part of a year-round campaign and Kensington Mums would like to encourage you, your family and friends to support their communities by buying from local businesses. Spread the love #shoplocalsaturday.
Here is one of our popular post over on our Facebook Page that we want to share with you as we couldn’t agree more.
Wishing you all a great start of the week.