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


I hope you are all doing well and enjoyed the weekend with your family. It might feel like the kids have only just gone back to school, but Half Term is just around the corner! This half term there are exciting activities for the whole family, perfect for parents and carers who are looking to keep the little ones amused and entertained. Early booking is essential for some of the activities. See listing below. Stay tuned for more half term events next week!

Our Kensington Mums Survey is still open. Your feedback would be very 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 hereif you would like to take part. The survey is completely voluntary and anonymous.


Week 3 in sewing class, load of new sewing styles and fun with fabrics!




Kensington Mums attended a seminar with author Steve Biddulph on Raising girls. For 25 years Steve Biddulph was a psychologist specializing in the raising of boys. His friendly and down to earth books on the subject are in 3 million homes around the world. But now – it’s GIRLS who are in trouble.  The world is poisoning their confidence, and they are losing their childhoods.  We need to know how to raise them to be wise, warm and strong. Stay tuned for Kensington Mums review of the day.


A big thank you to our friends at Families West for featuring our Valentine’s pamper event (Jan/Feb 2013 issue). Families West is a FREE magazine and has comprehensive coverage on all sorts of different topics and their articles are always interesting to read.


KM events

Wednesday 6th Feb, exclusive soft play session at Bramley’s Big Adventure for Kensington Mums, starting at 10-11am. To join us please email [email protected] Price is £2 per child. Adult is FREE.


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.


Busy Bees  at the Horniman Museum this Friday 1st of February (various times). Activities change every week, with creative play, enchanting stories from around the world, simple art and craft, songs and a whole lot of Horniman fun, created with very young children and their carers in mind. Please click here for more information. Suitable for under 5s.


Wondertots: Animal Safari, Museum of Childhood. Friday 1st, and 8th February 2013 at 10.30-12.00 and 13.00-14.30.Come along to this 90 minute session of art, storytelling, movement, and drama. Learn about a different animal each week and make something great to take home. FREE. Bookings taken on Fridays 2 weeks prior to the session date from 10.00 am. Please email [email protected] Suitable for ages 5 and under. Click here for more information.

London Philharmonic Orchestra Funharmonics at Southbank Centre. Sunday 10 February 2013. You might risk having your socks blown off by ranks of the massed brass players as part of the Roaring Twenties. You can try your hand at playing an orchestral instrument in one of our Have-a-Go sessions or join our Human Orchestra workshops from 10.30am to 2.30pm in Royal Festival Hall foyers. Booking essential. Click here for more information.
Baby rhyme time at Kensington Central Library every Wednesday and Friday morning 10-10.20am. Get there early, as these sessions are very popular. Spaces are limited and you may be refused entry when session becomes full.

The View from The Shard. London’s newest and most eagerly awaited attraction opens to the public on 1st February 2013. The Shard is an iconic, landmark building on the London skyline, designed by Master Architect Renzo Piano. At a height of 1,016ft (310m), the tallest building in Western Europe, the Shard redefines London’s skyline and will be a dynamic symbol of London, recognisable throughout the world. Sounds like the perfect date night. Click here for more information, booking required.


Imaginary View at Somerset House. An Exhibition by Dan Tobin Smith and Rachel Thomas. Showing until the 9th of February. Photographer Dan Tobin Smith and designer Rachel Thomas present an exhibition of photographs showcasing their extraordinary landscapes crafted from polystyrene. Alongside the photographs, a number of the sculptures are on display, adding to the sense of intrigue, illusion and scale evident in the photographs. FREE. Please click here for more information.


Half term events (early booking essential)

Ladybird Storytelling at Southbank Centre. Friday 22 February 2013 at 2pm. Enjoy the excitement of a much-loved, interactive, classic story, which parents will love as much as their children! The performance lasts 30 minutes. Suitable for ages 3 – 7. Click here for more information.


La Boutique des Pandas at the Institut  français. Saturday 16 February at 2pm Sunday 17 February 2013 at 11am. Discover some of the best Chinese animated films with this selection of three elegant and tastful shorts. From the squirrel who likes unusual hairstyles to a shop owned by pandas, these original stories will enchant children of all ages. Suitable for ages 3+. Please note movie lasts 30min and is showing in French. Please click here for more information.


3D Printing Workshop at the Design MuseumSunday 17 February.
11am – 12.15pm and 2pm – 3.15pm. £5 per child. Suitable for ages 5 – 11.
Discover innovative 3D printing techniques with in this workshop led by Black Country Atelier. Participants will be able to design and print their own badge or brooch to wear home. Click here for more information.

Plan a culture day out this Half term break. Manet Family Workshop at the Royal Academy of Arts. Tuesday 19 February 2013. Starting at 10.15am–1pm. Explore the art of portraiture, as seen in the Manet: Portraying Life exhibition, in a workshop comprising an interactive slide talk, a visit to the exhibition and a practical hands-on session. Suitable for ages 6+. Pre-booking essential. Price £3 per person plus exhibition entry. Click here for more information.

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. Check their website for more information.

Family events at the Royal Albert Hall this Half term. Family Ignite: Albert’s Band– The Animal Kingdom. Tuesday 19th February. Starting at  12noon and 2.30pm. The Hall’s resident band Albert’s Band, will be doing a special show this half-term, The Animal Kingdom. The 15-piece orchestra will take children on a musical safari concentrating on the theme of the animal kingdom, producing music that is both exhilarating and exciting, as well as answering questions and revealing interesting facts to stimulate interest for the whole family. For more family events at the Royal Albert Hall, please click here.

February Half Term Holiday Activity Programme 2013 at Holland Park Ecology Centre. Monday 18 to Friday 22 February 2013. Sessions for 5 to 10 year olds. Time: 10am to 12 noon and 2 to 4pm. £4 per session for RBKC residents; £5 non-residents. These are great for little and big ones. Click here for more information.

Wordburst: The Paper Bag Princess. Monday 18 – Friday 22 February. Starting at 11.00-15.00.Step inside the world of the Paper Bag Princess by Robert Munsch – she’s no ordinary damsel in distress! Create costumes and a set for a fiery performance at the end of the day. This four hour family drama, art and literacy workshop is led by Artburst. At 14.30, family and friends are invited to watch the group performance. Dress for mess! Bring a packed lunch. Free/ Age 5-11 (with a parent/carer) / Bookings taken from Monday 4 February. Please call 020 8983 5205. For more information, please click here.


Here is a wise definition of a Mother to start your week with,

Wishing you all a mummyliscious week.

Until next week.