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I hope you are all doing well and are enjoying the Summer in London. The countdown to the Olympics has started and London will soon be buzzing with athletes from all around the world. How will you be celebrating the Opening Night on 27th of July 2012? In this newsletter, you will find different activities to entertain your little ones this Summer. If you find this newsletter useful to you please keep sharing it with other Mummies.



I am excited to share with you the video clip of our  last Kensington Mums Night Out. Lorena, a lovely Kensington Mum has kindly put together it all together. A big thank you to Lorena. You can click here to watch it and hope you will be able to join us for our next Kensington Mums Night Out. You can also see the pictures here.







We are taking a break for the Summer. All events will resume in September. Stay tuned for some fun events.




Come along to the Pippa’s Poppets Summer Party on Saturday 1st September from 3-6pm at Beaufort House, 354 Kings Road, Chelsea. Whether you already attend our music classes or you are completely new to Pippa’s Poppets, please join us for this action-packed, fun-filled family event. Free entry includes complimentary prosecco & canapés, taster music classes, story time, hand & foot massage for mum and…a special show and Meet & Greet with CBeebies presenter Katy Ashworth! Suitable for children aged 0-5 years. FREE admission for the whole family but spaces are limited so book now at Pippa Panda will see you there!




Drop in Design at the V&A. Walking the Line on Sunday 29 July from 10.30 to 17.00.

Families go on a hunt to discover different kinds of lines. They could be squiggly lines, fat lines, dotted lines or wobbly lines. They use their discoveries to create an imaginary door to a fantasy world made entirely of lines. Click here for more information.




Family Art Workshops on Korean Eye exhibition at the Saatchi Gallery starting 26th July 2012 until the 23rd of September at 11am, 1pm and 3pm. Explore exhibition highlights through family-oriented tours that incorporate interactive conversations and creative hands-on gallery activities. This is suitable for families with children ages 4-12
Duration: 45 minutes approx.

 Fee: £5.00 per child. 

To book online, please click here.








Florentine and Pig Story Time at The Notting Hill Bookshop on Thursday 26th July starting at 4pm. Local author Eva Katzler will be reading ‘Florentine and Pig Have a Very Lovely Picnic’ and will also sign your very own book for you! Perfect for kiddiewinkies aged 3 – 7. There’ll be goodies for the children to take away too! All welcome, the more the merrier! For more information, please click here.

Notting Hill Carnival Childrens Day. Sunday 26th August 2012 from 9am – 7pm. Notting Hill Carnival Childrens Day takes place on the first day of the carnival, kicking off London’s biggest street party on Sunday 26th August 2012. Children and families will take to the streets for a day of fun and festivities in West London in true carnival spirit. Please click here for more information.


LolliBop, The Big Bash for Little People. 17th, 18th & 19th August 2012, Regent’s park.  LolliBop is the biggest UK festival for kids. Now going into its 3rd year, this 3 day event is the UK’s only festival where all the entertainment is for children. It’s a magical land of endless fun for the under 10s and the best summer day out for families. LolliBop will  have an abundance of shows and activities. Click here for full details and how you can purchase your tickets.



JukeBox Theatre – A Show in a Shop Window from 23-25 July 2012 at 225 Kensington Church Street, London W8. Come inside. Choose what you would like to see, hear and feel. Stay outside. Watch a play without words.Following the acclaimed production of La Peau de Chagrin in and around the Holland Park’s Orangery for InTRANSIT 2011, Marianne Badrichani and her company transform a shop window into a stage with the street as a backdrop, passers-by as extras and the audience selecting the scenes.  £5 at the door; no booking – first come, first served basis. Click here for more information.



Notting Hill Carnival Childrens Day. Sunday 26th August 2012 from 9am – 7pm. Notting Hill Carnival Childrens Day takes place on the first day of the carnival, kicking off London’s biggest street party on Sunday 26th August 2012. Children and families will take to the streets for a day of fun and festivities in West London in true carnival spirit. Please click here for more information.



BT London Live at Hyde Park. 27 July 2012 – 12 August 2012. The Olympic festival at Hyde Park is your chance to take part in the once in a generation celebrations and sporting atmosphere associated with the London 2012 Olympic Games. With giant outdoor screens showing action from inside the Olympic stadium and other sites, you can join the crowds in cheering on all the athletes competing for glory, even if you haven’t got tickets to attend the games live. Click here for more information.




Open Studio at the Tate Modern. FREE. Every Saturday and Sunday 11.00–16.00, and Thursdays and Fridays during the school holidays 26 July – 31 August 2012. 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.




Olympic champions! at the British Museum. Saturday 28 July, from 11.30–15.30
Use a green screen and Photoshop to create your own ancient Greek Olympic champion’s portrait to print and take home. Activity takes about 45 minutes. Suitable for ages 7+. For more information, please click here.









Star Struck! at the Science Museum from 24-27 July 2012. Science and art come together in this spectacular workshop. Find out about fantastic Solar System facts and help us draw a super-sized star map! The event is suitable for children up to the age of 8. No need to book, just drop in to one of our sessions at the times below. Click herefor more information.





Labyrinth, a free outdoor arts festival for young people and their families in Victoria Park, Finchley on Saturday 28th July 2012 12.00PM- 6.00PM. The line up includes: Osadia Hairdressing combining street theatre, art and hairdressing to create astonishing hair sculptures on audience members.  Have your locks transformed into a dreamlike creation! Comedy and street theatre, magician, steel Orchestra and much more. Showtime is a free outdoor arts festival giving all Londoners the chance to enjoy world class entertainment and culture on their doorstep. Click herefor more information.




A Golden Opportunity at the Bank of England Museum. From 23 July – 31 August. 

The Museum presents A Golden Opportunity, a family event to complement the special exhibition Gold and the Bank of England. This exhibition offers some glimpses into the role that gold has played during the Bank’s long history and the Bank’s role in relation to gold today. Children of all ages can enter our gold quiz competition with prizes to be won, and then make a gold-bar-shaped money box to take home. There will also be special lunchtime presentations about gold in the Museum cinema at 1:15pm. Admission and all activities are free. Click here for more information.



Yoruba Arts Festival London on 28th July 2012.  Festival of Yoruba Arts celebrates the rich, vibrant and colorful Arts and Cultures of the Yoruba’s through a variety music dance and creative art mediums. The festival offers heart-pounding entertainment, action packed presentations, performances and delicious african food. The event features cultural perfomances, arts and crafts exhibitions, workshops, presentations, cuisine and live performances from artists from around the world, whose music and performance art is influenced by Yoruba art and culture and embodies the spirit of Yoruba. Colour! Sounds! Movement! Click here for more information.
Family Drop – In Art Workshop: Brilliant Books at the National Portrait Gallery. Saturday 30 July 2012 from 13:00-16:00. Smile, frown, laugh your way around the portraits in the Gallery on this picture hunt inspired by expressions. Free ticket required, available one hour before the event starts on a first come, first served basis. Sessions last approximately 90 minutes. For ages 5+ and their carers. For more information, please click here.





Summer Festival at the Museum of Childhood on Sunday 29 July from 11.30am-4.30pm. The Museum grounds will be buzzing with live music, dance, walkabout acts, art and crafts activities, designer stalls, food, face painting, rickshaw rides and games. Drop-in all ages. Click here for more information.





The Owl and the Pussycat – Little Venice on Wednesday 25th June 2012.

Performances at 2.30pm and 6.30pm. Free entry, no tickets required but come early to get a good spot! Audience numbers are limited. Entry will be on a first-come, first-served basis. Click here for more information.





NICKELODEON’s Dora the Explorer LIVE! Search for the City of Lost Toys. Tuesday, 28 August thru Sunday, 16 September 2012. Limited 3 week London run at the Apollo Theatre, 31 Shaftesbury Avenue, London, W1D 7ES. Don’t miss Nickelodeon’s Dora the Explorer and her friends light up London in a two act musical song and dance spectacular. Tickets: or





NICKELODEON’s Dora the Explorer LIVE! Showing from 28 August thru Sunday, 16 September 2012. For groups of 8+, tickets will be reduced to £10.50 each (normal price from £13 per person). Group bookings: 0844 412 4650 or email






The torchbearers in the Borough of Kensington and Chelsea will be holding the famous torch on the 26 July 2012. Click here for more information.


Kensington and Chelsea, top 1 borough for raising pre- schoolers. Click here for full article.


A great website to get updates on transport news during the Games.


Here is a nice quote to start your week with.


We should never permit ourselves to do anything that we are not willing to see our children do – Brigham Young.


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Wishing you a lovely sunny week.