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 and little ones. With winter making a re-appearance, how do you keep your little ones entertained indoors? The Easter holidays are only a few weeks away. As usual, Kensington Mums has done all the hard work and gathered up all the latest on what’s on for your and your little ones so all you have to do is choose what to do. We’ve got a few Easter activities covered in this week’s newsletter. Stay tuned for next week’s newsletter, for what’s on for your and your little ones this Easter.
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Kensington Mums was invited to celebrate International Woman’s Day with the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea. It was a great way to meet local Mums and to hear some great inspirational stories on how much the children’s centres have helped Mums flourish their ideas to business.
Kensington Mums attended Harrods for the exclusive Dior exhibition and Dior Cafe only at Harrods. The exhibition is free to attend but for afternoon tea, reservations is necessary. The Dior Cafe offered an afternoon tea complete with pastries and cakes inspired by Christian Dior’s own recipes. Making it a unique experience.
Kensington Mums attended rhyme time at Kensington Central Library which takes place every Wednesday and Friday mornings. Come along for a fun morning -singing with your little ones.
Kensington Mums attended The Ideal Home show in Earls Court. It was a great success this year. Loads of interesting exhibitors with unique child friendly furniture for the savvy London parent. Its all about space saving. The entrance fascinating and the place buzzing with people.
We want you to celebrate Mother’s Day every day! This day should be celebrated because so many Mother’s work super hard all year round and rarely get the merit they deserve. So although I’m a bit biased, I’m down for it one million percent. You are invited to take part in the Kensington Mums Motherhood Exhibition. Come share your stories and voices. The exhibition will showcase and support mums to develop and share their own motherhood stories using their own personal pictures which to them illustrate definition of motherhood. Its free to take part, all you need to do is to contact us.
KEEPIN’ IT LOCAL – WHAT’S ON FOR YOU AND YOUR LITTLE ONE(S).
Hands on Nature – Dinosaurs workshops at the Natural History Museum. 24 March 2013 (various times). Is it a dinosaur? Get up close and personal with real specimens to find out. Click here for more information.
Get Stuffed at Museum of London. Sun 24 Mar (various times) FREE.
Dress up in period costume and turn your picture into an historical doll in this digital workshop. Click here for more information.
New story and craft events at RBKC libraries. Looking for something for the kids to do? Bring them along to the new story and craft sessions! They have some fantastic stories and the children have the opportunity to get creative. Running at different libraries across the borough. At Kensington Central Library it is on the third Saturday of every month. For more information, please click here.
Fortnum’s Easter Egg Hunt. Saturday 23 and Sunday 24 March. Click here for more information.
National Gallery Magic Carpet Storytelling. Every Sunday there are two storytelling sessions from 10.30 till 11.00 and 11.30 till 12.00 for under 5′s. Meet in the Education Foyer, National Gallery, Trafalgar Square, WC2N 5DN. Places are limited and allocated on a first come basis up to an hour before the start. For more information, please click here.
What’s on this Easter for you and your little ones
The UK’s biggest Easter Egg hunt is back, and this time it’s on tour! 101 giant Easter Eggs will be hidden in cities throughout the country as part of The Lindt Big Egg Hunt supporting Action for Children. London, Covent Garden Friday 22nd March – Monday 1st April. Don’t forget to collect your Hunt Book from the many Eggsperts who will be able to help you with any questions you might have and point you in the right direction of those eggs you just can’t find.For more information, please click here.
Easter at Kew Gardens. Chocolate Quest. Fri 29 March – Sun 14 April 2013, Travel through time to discover the past and future of the nation’s favourite treat. For more information, please click here.
Family Activity Days at Chelsea Physic Garden. Wed 3rd April- Thursday 11th April 2013. For a full list, please click here. Pre-booking essential.
Easter Bonnet making competition at Kensington Palace. Fri 29, Sat 30 and Sun 31 March 2013. Come and make your own Easter bonnet/hat (or bring along your own home-made one) inspired by costume at Kensington Palace this Easter weekend. Entries will be judged at 15.00 on each day and prizes awarded. Also don’t miss Spring palace tapestry (Mon 1 – Sun 7 April) for your chance to make a big felt and textile spring tapestry for Kensington Palace inspired by the collection and palace gardens. All ages welcome, for more information please click here.
The BNY Mellon Boat Race. 31st March 2013 at 4.30pm. Enjoy a day out with the family to see the 159th Boat Race between crews from the Universities of Oxford and Cambridge. First raced in 1829 The Boat Race is one of the oldest sporting events in the world. This will be taking place along the banks of The Tideway, between Putney and Mortlake in London. For more information please click here.
Science Museum has loads for the whole family to enjoy. Why not enjoy an IMAX film of your choice, take a ride on Red Arrows 3D and experience the Legend of Apollo in our 4D motion theatre. You could also see the $1 million Bionic Man, the world’s first complete artificial human, and having your face drawn in the sand by a robot in the Web Lab exhibition. You can also drop into the daily Launchpad shows or visit Pattern Pod, a gallery specifically designed to encourage 5-8 year old to learn through play and exploration. Under 5s will enjoy building giant building blocks or playing in an exciting, multi-sensory environment. We love the water play. Little ones will also enjoy learning all about bubbles at the Bubbles Show.
Easter at the London Transport Museum. Monday 1 April – Friday 12 April. Enjoy storytelling (11.00 and 14.00) and find out about London’s Underground stations and meet the imaginary characters who live there. Listen to tales of adventures as they reveal the secrets of what life is like on the Underground. Make and Take (11.30 and 14.30) by adding your contribution to a model tube station, before becoming an architect and inventing your own fantastical station. For more information, please click here.
Duke of York Square Hop & Hunt Easter Challenge. Saturday 30th March.Click here for more information.
Easter at the National Gallery. FREE. Talk and Play on Monday 8 April, 10.30am–12pm and Drawing Stories on Tuesday 9 April, 10.30–11.30am. For more information, please click here. Also, don’t miss out drama box for 5+.
Easter holidays fun for families at Museum of London. FREE. 29 March – 14 April 2013. . Whether made in a factory, at home or in a workhouse, London has been a hub for creativity and industrialisation. Your little ones will learn how Londoners have made things from Roman times to the present. Activities include Pearly King and Queens, Roman weaving, Sculptastic and demonstrations on how it is made. Please note some session tickets will be allocated upon arrival. For more information, please click here.
Casting Shadows at the National Portrait Gallery.FREE. 1-5 April. A week of activities exploring light, sound and photography inspired by Man Ray Portraits and the Collection.No ticket required. Sessions last approximately 45 minutes. For ages 3+ and their carers. Click here for more information.
Holland Park Ecology Centre. Spring Holiday Activity Programme. 2- 12 April. These are great fun and very educational sessions. Suitable for ages 5-10 years old. Booking recommended. Full timetable can be seen here.
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IN THE NEWS
Statement on school meals by the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea can be viewed here.
Teachers talk too much in PE. According to the Telegraph, a third of primary schools are failing to provide effective PE lessons for their pupils, Ofsted has warned, with warm-ups that are too easy, able athletes left ignored and not enough strenuous exercise.
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Wishing you all a mummyliscious week.