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 long weekend. I am so glad the sun is finally out. I hope it lasts. Last weekend, we attended the One Bigg Magical Party at Roof Gardens in Kensington and it was a great event packed with children, parents and filled with activities, dance and music. We also celebrated the first anniversary of Shrek the Musical in Covent Garden. It was a great family outing!
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Thank you all for all those who got in touch regarding our events and meets up. This week we have two events taking place.
Join other KMs on Tuesday 15th May to get your mojo back for the summer with a Belly Dance with Baby Class at 11.30am. The original post natal toning program. Taster Class £5 only.
Get back into shape, boost your confidence and have fun with your little one. Babies and toddlers are welcome, there will be soft play mat with toys for little ones to enjoy while you work out in the same room. Or if you prefer, they can dance with you in a sling (some will be provided if you do not have one). To book for your taster class, please click here.
On Thursday 17th May 2012, will be our KM Mother and Baby Outing to visit the Saatchi Gallery. KM will have guided tour around the exhibition called OUT OF FOCUS. Also included will be the finalists from the international student photography competition in conjunction with Google. If you would like to attend, please email me at [email protected].
SAVE THE DATE
Lush Spa Kings Road is offering Kensington Mums a FREE pamper session on May 21st at 1pm where you can have the choice of a hand or foot pamper ready for sandal weather. . If you would like to attend please email me at [email protected]. Please note babies and toddlers are welcome too! Only 2 more places is available. So please email me by Tuesday 15th 2012 to book a place Thank you.
Kensington Mums would like to invite you to join us for Baby Cinema at Beaufort House, Chelsea. At 10am on Tuesday 29th May join Kensington Mums for coffee/tea, a film and lunch at Beaufort House Chelsea all for only £9.90. Please note this is an exclusive event just for Kensington Mums. The morning will start with a welcome tea or coffee where you will get the chance to chat with the other mums. The film will be screened at 10.30am in the Club Room at Beaufort House on their 65-inch plasma with surround sound. Your little ones can either sit on your lap or kick around on the soft matting that will be provided while you sit back and relax. The movie showing will be One Day. Spaces are limited. To book please email [email protected].
KEEPIN’ IT LOCAL – WHAT’S ON FOR YOU AND YOUR LITTLE ONE(S).
Something New at London’s Oldest Botanic Garden…at the Chelsea Physic Garden is creating an inspiring new half-acre garden opening to the public on 23 May 2012. The Garden of Edible and Useful Plants will display an extraordinary range of plant species on which humanity depends; from forest fruits and land restoration plants to superfoods and plants used for hygiene, science and the arts. For more information, please click here.
Introduction to Victoria Revealed at the Kensington Palace. Explore Queen Victoria’s long and fascinating life in her childhood home, Kensington Palace. May 24th. On that day in 1819 Queen Victoria was born at Kensington Palace. Follow Victoria’s story from the room in which she spent her first moments as queen. Trace her journey from young girl to queen enthralled with a new husband, to grieving matriarch and ruler of a vast empire.
Montessori for Families on Saturday 19th May from 11-4pm at the Museum of Childhood. A practical workshop led by educators from Montessori. Join in a day packed with hints and tips and useful techniques to aid your child’s learning. This is a free drop in event and suitable for all ages. For more information, please visit their website.
Jump for Victory at the National Gallery on Sunday 20th May 2012 at 11am – 1pm (Repeated 2–4pm). Discover mythological characters, creatures and competitions and make a trophy to present at your very own games. Suitable for children 5-11. For more information, please click here.
Titanic Remembered at National Maritime Museum (ongoing until 30th Septemeber 2012). To mark the centenary of the sinking of the passenger liner Titanic in 1912, a small exhibition will take place at the Museum. FREE.
Words in the Park. A literature festival in the heart of Holland Park.Starts 18-20 May 2012. For booking and full programme please click here.
Free BP Summer Big Screens in Trafalgar Square on Thursday 19th May.
Join the Royal Opera House in celebrating 25 years of live, free outdoor relays with the BP Summer Big Screens in 2012. Screening will be La bohème at 7.30pm. For more information, please click here.
Storytelling for Families at the National Portrait Gallery. Saturday 19th: A Very Royal Event from 10:30-11:15 and again at 13:30-14:15. This is followed by Family Art Workshops: Royal Portraits at 11:30-13:00 and again at 14:30-16:00. What would you do if you met a King and Queen? Find out what happens when someone does just that! Then get the chance to make a crown after the story. With BSL interpretation. Storytelling sessions are suitable for children 3+. The workshops are suitable for children aged 5+. FREE event and no ticket is required for the storytelling. For more information, please click here. Family art workshops require a FREE tickets which is available on the day one hour before the event starts from the Welcome Desk. Places are limited to 20 per session, maximum 4 tickets per adult. For more information, please click here.
Children’s Events Shows at the Watermans (in Brentford). Pandemonium (0-24mths) Summer 2012. On every Wednesday at 10.30am from 18 April to 4 July except 6 June. Sing songs and play simple percussion instruments with your children in this very fun and lively workshop. This is a brilliant way introduce music to your children teaching the very basics including rhythm and rhyme and simple games. It is an opportunity for big and small people alike to make new friends.
10.30am – 11.15am 0-24 months (if your children are still under 12 months, you can catch our film screening for carers and their young children immediately afterwards). Tickets are £5. For more information, please click here.
The Gate Cinema are showing Jeff, Who Lives at Home on Tuesday15th May at 10.30am. For more information on the Big Scream please click here.
Box at the arts depot. Sunday 20th May at 12pm and 3pm. BOX is crammed to the top with fun and intrigue, allowing the imagination to take flight. See boxes doing amazing things and immerse yourself in a world of cardboard and paper.Suitable for ages 1-5.
Mind the Map is a new exhibition at the London Transport Museum which opens on Friday 18th May. For more information, please visit their website.
Notting Hill Mayfest will start from the 14-27 May 2012. It is Mayfest’s 10th birthday. Come and join the celebration with a fine selection of emerging British talent. Notting Hill Mayfest is based in St John’s Church. Please note that some concerts take place in nearby St Peter’s Church. For more information on the events and full programme please click here.
Serpentine Gallery hosts talks and seminars for the public on Saturdays. FREE. This spring prominent artists, writers, curators and academics discuss themes connected to the Hans-Peter Feldmann exhibition. For more information, please click here.
Ballgowns Exhibition at the V&A. This spring the V&A celebrates the opening of the newly renovated Fashion galleries with an exhibition of beautiful ballgowns, red carpet evening dresses and catwalk showstoppers. The exhibition will feature a selection of royal ballgowns, including Princess Diana’s ‘Elvis Dress’ designed by Catherine Walker, dresses as worn by actresses and celebrities including Beyoncé, Sandra Bullock and Elizabeth Hurley, and a stunning metallic leather dress created especially by innovative designer Gareth Pugh.
Somerset House Family Workshops, every Saturday from 14:00-15:30.Holiday Drop-in Workshop: River Poems on Saturday 19th May 2012. Come and create haiku (very short three line poems originally from Japan) about the river to complete a giant Thames made of poems. For more information, please click here.
Museum of London for Under 5s. Learn, play and explore together every Wednesday during term-time. Mini Moles babies group (6 months – walking) 11am – 12pm, Little Moles toddlers group (walking – 5 years) 3.30-4.30pm. Please call the Box Office on 020 7001 9844 to book your place on one of our sessions in advance, on the Monday before the Wednesday you would like to visit. Booking opens at 10am for the Little Moles toddlers group and from 11am for the Mini Moles babies group.
The museum also has Messy Moles for mini moles babies group on the third Wednesday of the month and the toddlers group on the last Wednesday of the month. Details of how to book and for more information about the groups, please click here.
Drop in Design at the V&A. Sunday 20 May: Fancy Fashion
Families are invited to Camilla Prue Tinklebottom’s fancy dress party. They must choose their favourite outfit in the V&A collection to wear and design a fancy accessory to complete the outfit. For more information, please click here.
If you would like to treat your other half to a movie, head to the Lounge at ODEON Whiteleys. This is not your normal cinema outing.This luxury cinema experience gives you access to a bar, dinner served by your personal waiter with luxurious reclining seats. The prices are more expensive than normal tickets, but might be worth it for that special occassion? For more information, please click here.
The University of Exeter is running an online survey study at the moment and is looking for mothers with infants aged 10 to 14 months to take part. Please click link here to read more and take part. This survey is about your mood, thinking styles and your infant’s development and if you take part you could win 1 of 10 £25 spa gift vouchers. We are very grateful for any help Kensington Mums can give in this study, thank you for your time. Click here to access the survey.
Free activity booklet for families. This downloadable “I spy a picture book!” booklet is packed full of useful ideas that you can use at home every day. It contains fun, simple activities to help your child develop speaking, listening, reading and writing skills ready for school. Click here to download your free copy.
Are you mom enough? This weeks Time Magazine (May 21) front cover is causing a lot of attention. It shows a mother breastfeeding her son… her 3-year old son. The cover is for their feature piece that looks at attachment parenting. The accompanying cover story, “The Man Who Remade Motherhood”. Click here to read the mother’s views about attachment parenting.
This information might be interesting for those with twins.Twin Talk: For parents and carers of twins and other multiples. Please click here to read full report.
Get ahead of the games. If you are concerned about the impact of the Olympics and Paralympic Games, this website will help you understand where the travel hotspots will be and enable you to plan in advance to make your journeys easier.
Moments to shine. The Olympic Torch Relay Route coming to Kensington and Chelsea on 26th July 2012. Lit in Greece, the Olympic Flame arrives in the UK on 18 May 2012 before setting out the next day on a 70-day Olympic Torch Relay, bringing the excitement of the Games to everyone. For full route details please click here.
Kensington Mums would like to invite you to join us for Baby Cinema at Beaufort House Chelsea. At 10am on Tuesday 29th May join Kensington Mums for coffee/tea, a film and lunch at Beaufort House Chelsea all for only £9.90. We will start the morning with a welcome tea or coffee where you will get the chance to chat with the other mums. The film will be screened at 10.30am in the Club Room at Beaufort House on their 65-inch plasma with surround sound. Your little ones can either sit on your lap or kick around on the soft matting that will be provided while you sit back and relax. The movie showing will be One Day.
With plenty of space to leave your buggy, and with baby changing facilities, Beaufort House has everything you need to have a comfortable visit with your mini movie buff. It’s a great chance to get out of the house, catch up on a film you may have missed and meet other Kensington mums.
Price – £9.90 per person. Includes one tea or coffee, entry to the movie and either a set course set lunch or a Chicken Caesar salad as a main course for lunch (please note the price does not include drinks with lunch). To book please email [email protected]
Wishing you all a happy week!