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 have enjoyed the Jubilee celebrations and festivities. Thank you to all Kensington Mums and babies who came along to the Mummy and Baby Cinema at Beaufort House, Chelsea. My thanks also goes to the lovely international group of KMs who came to our first KM Night out, it was great to meet you all.
What did you do to keep your little ones entertained over the half term break? I have certainly been busy with mine. We went to the Jubilee Family Festival in Hyde Park which was pure chaos. Long queues for absolutely everything and the weather also didn’t really help. It was nice to cozy up at home in front of the TV and watch The Thames Diamond Jubilee Pageant and BBC Concert at Buckingham Palace. The artists and the singers were great and the light show and fire works were spectacular. One can certainly appreciate all the work and organising that was put to make it all so magical. We attended free art workshops at Cass Art in Kensington which I would highly recommend. The staff were so friendly and helpful. We also took part in the Kensington High Street Diamond Jubilee Treasure Hunt. It was fun trying to spot the Diamond in each participating shop. We visited Whole Foods Market in Kensington and celebrated with them their 5th Birthday. There were loads of activities from face painting to balloon modelling and off course cake tasting. The cake was made in house and was delicious and oh sooo pretty! Picture of the cake is posted on our Facebook Page. Happy Birthday to Whole Foods! I had some much needed me-time and was invited to a pamper treatment at Cupcake Mum in Parsons Green. It was pure bliss. Cupcake Mum is a family club and offers classes and seminars and also caters for birthday parties. They have a spa for Mums to enjoy while little ones are looked after in the crêche by caregivers. Thank you to Cupcake Mum for the pamper session!
Father’s Day is on 17th of June, please see below for our Father’s Day special photography photo shoot offer exclusive for Kensington Mums.
What have you got planned for the Kensington Dad?
You are invited to another KM Meet up on Monday 18th June at 12.30pm at Maggie and Rose in Kensington. We will have a guest speaker Dr Anne McMunn, Senior Lecturer & Graduate Tutor at the Department of Epidemiology & Public Health, UCL who will share with us her research on Having it all – dispelling the myths about work and motherhood.
We hear a lot about the stresses of juggling motherhood with paid work, and the subsequent harm this might cause children. However, this talk discusses evidence from UK cohort studies following generations of men and women which suggests that working mothers not only end up healthier in mid-life, but that their daughters may also end up happier too. If you would like to attend, please email me at [email protected] with heading KM UCL Talk. Please note there will be a KM joining fee to attend this talk.
Lush Spa Kings Road is offering Kensington Mums a pamper session on Friday 29th June at 1pm where you can have the choice of a hand or foot pamper ready for the summer. Spaces are limited; if you would like to attend please email me at [email protected]. Please note babies are welcome too. This is a FREE event but there will be a KM joining fee to attend.
KEEPIN’ IT LOCAL – WHAT’S ON FOR YOU AND YOUR LITTLE ONE(S).
Fighting Fit Father’s Day Event at the National Army Museum. On from 16-17 June 2012. Are you fighting fit? Explore the ways in which the Army has kept itself in trim historically, as well as the contribution the British Army has made to sports, including its Olympic achievements. For more information, please click here.
Drop in Design at the V&A. Sunday 17 June – Archiventures (Father’s Day)
Transport yourself to a magical world where you have special powers to create buildings made of any material, shape and size. Search the museum for interesting objects to design a model of the funniest building in the universe.
Meet gladiators and experience the thrill of gladiatorial combat, explore the ancient games at Olympia, marvel at statues of victorious athletes, listen to tales of heroic feats and find out about the Olympic dark ointment. Suitable for all ages. 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.
Story Times at the Central Children’s library are great fun. They run on Tuesdays 2pm-2.30pm for 2-4 year olds and Saturdays 10am- 10.20am. All welcome. Baby rhyme times: Wednesdays 10am-10.20am, Fridays 10am-10.20am.
For a list of story times and baby rhyme ties at other local libraries please Click here.
Summer Tunnel Boat Trips 2012.
Sunday Canal Trips Through Underground London. Travel by boat through Islington tunnel on the Regent’s Canal, opened in 1820, and around three quarters of a mile in length. When it first opened boats had to be pushed through by a process of “legging” where men lay on the boat and pushed against the walls with their legs. The trips are more easily achieved on board one of London’s community narrowboats. For the boat trips, the historic converted working narrowboat Tarporley, will be used. Dates for 2012 are the second and fourth Sundays of May to September. For more information and for ticket prices, please click here.
Free Family Art Workshop at the London Transport Museum.On 15-16th June from 11.30-3pm.Using art and drama in this multi-sensory and imaginative role-play adventure, our storytellers will take you on a journey through the streets and rivers of London by bus, taxi, boat, tube and on foot! This session is followed by a second session at the October Gallery, Holborn, on 16 June, 10.00 –11.30 where Octoby can be joined on another adventure! To book:[email protected] or telephone 020 75657421. For more information, please click here.
Making SENse 2012 at the Museum of Childhood on Saturday 16 June from 10.30-13.00 and 14.00-16.30.
Working with Access consultant Liz Porter and artist Lynn Cox, the Museum will be running free sessions for families with visually impaired children or adults in April, May and June to help us design workshops and resources. As part of the morning sessions, families will help to create a self-guided trail or backpack, whilst in the afternoon, families will take part in a messy arts and crafts session. For bookings please email [email protected] or click here for more information.
Also at the Museum of Childhood, FREE weekend activities 16-17 June 2012. Click here for full description of events.
Baby Massage suitable for babies at least 6 weeks and up to 6 months old. This 3 week course is held at St Mary’s Hospital at the Parent Education Centre from 12.30-1.30pm on a Monday. To book a place on the next course please call 0207 886 1402. I have taken the course and highly recommend it! Katherine is so helpful and the atmosphere is welcoming.
Holland Park, Task Force 4 Nature Volunteer Day Saturday 16th June FROM 10.30-3.30pm. FREE
Join us for a practical conservation volunteer workday in Holland Park. A great
opportunity to get out and about, meet new people, get active, help local wildlife
and have fun! Tea, gloves, tools and instructions provided. Please meet outside Holland Park Cafe, Holland Park (W8 6LU). Contact 020 8743 3040 or email [email protected] for more information. This event is organised by Groundwork London.
Living with autism art project exhibition at Putney Library. This exhibition boasts vibrant and intimate art pieces by each of the workshop participants and includes the work of nine mothers and seven autistic children between the ages of 11-15. The exhibition is running until 19th June 2012. Address 5-7 Disraeli Rd, London SW15 2DR. For more information, please click here.
The Big Rooftop Tea & Golf Party at Selfridges, London.
Selfridges roof top is transformed into a tea and golf party for the whole summer as part of the Big British Bang. Tickets can be booked in advance (Tickets for July will be released on Friday 15 June), but walk up sessions will be allocated on a first come, first served basis. For more information, please click here.
Introduction to Jubilee – A view from the crowd at Kensington Palace. A temporary exhibition exploring Queen Victoria’s Diamond Jubilee from the perspective of those who celebrated it. For more information, please click here.
London Bliss Buggy Push. Join the London Bliss Buggy Push at Brockwell Park on 16 June 2012 at 10am – a fun way to raise money for special care babies. Take part in a fun warm up led by Fitness for Mummies at 9.45 am then push your buggies around our 5k route. Registration is only £10 per adult and buggy and includes a free T-Shirt and fantastic goody bag.
Run a Sports Day Musical at the Polka Theatre. This funny, heart-warming musical follows four students and their teacher, Mr Budge, in a story of falling over, getting up and carrying on. With original music and dance, Polka’s feel-good musical brings an extra-special sports day to life this summer. Suitable for 7-11 years old. For information on bookings please click here.
Come by The Hampshire Hog on July 4th (from 8.30am-2.30pm) for a mum and tot lollapalooza hosted by West London Tots and WestLondonMum.co.uk and sponsored by Maggie and Rose, Gymboree and Activa! The fair runs from 8:30-2:30pm and features a taster class from Diddi Dance, story time fromStorytelling Adventures, a performance from Classical Babies as well as a special talk by ‘Sleep Fairy’ Alison Scott-Wright (who appeared on Chanel 4) and a cupcake decorating class from Flutterby Bakehouse, face painting and more!!! This is a great chance to see over 30 businesses and support our local industries. There will also be a raffle with all proceeds going to Great Ormond Street Hospital. Address The Hampshire Hog, 227 King St. W6. Entrance fee £2.
National Portrait Gallery. Storytelling for Families: The Two Pirate Queens! Saturday 16 June 20120 from 1.30-2.15pm. Suitable for children 3+. FREE
Hear the tale of Elizabeth I, Queen of England, who meets the Pirate Queen of Ireland and through that meeting dreams of another life- the freedom of the open sea, the call of faraway lands. After the story, come and make a pirate hat. For more information, please click here.
Sorted Saturdays at the Chelsea Theatre. On every Saturday from 3-5pm, adults free. Suitable for children under 11’s. Come and learn the art to performance, play and imagination theatre fun. There will be theatre games and workshops for wanna be writers, actors, presenters, as well as stand-up comics.( for children 12-16). £5 per child. The Chelsea Theatre is located at 7 World’s End Place SW10 0DR.
Museum of Motherhood London – Launch Night on Thursday 21st June. This is something amazing! The Museum of Motherhood (MoM) is a brand new pop-up museum. The first of its kind in Europe, MoM showcases 20 unique stories of motherhood. Visitors will get an insight into the reality of motherhood, from the perspectives of both mother and child; the struggles, the rewards; the sad times, the comical moments; MoM highlights the significance of motherhood across communities diverse in faith, culture and sexuality.
You are invited to our launch at the V&A Museum of Childhood, Bethnal Green, on Thursday 21st June. Doors open at 6:00pm, with speeches at 7:00pm.
Refreshments will be served, and we’ll hear from guest speakers Rushanara Ali MP (Shadow Development Minister), Ruth Turner (Chief Executive of the Tony Blair Faith Foundation) and Pinky Lilani OBE (Founder of the Asian Women of Achievement Awards.)
Also launching on the 21st June will an accompanying book, available to purchase online and at the launch. All revenue from ticket and book sales will go to fund Proshanti’s* maternal healthcare work in Bangladesh. For more information, please click here.
- After the Time magazine’s ‘Are you mom enough?’ article with a picture of a Mum breasfteeding her 3 year-old son, who is standing on a small chair, there has been a lot of responses made on attachment parenting. Here we get to read about the view from father’s perserpective on the effect of longer- term breastfeeding. Click here to read the full article in the Guardian.
- Are you a Facebook addict? A new research has shown that 44 per cent of mothers said they used Facebook more after giving birth than before. This is really not surprising to me. After all Mums are really on call 24/7 after the birth of their little one and they need to their time to ‘escape’ from Mummy duties or just to catch up with other friends online. Worth checking this Mum’s view on her blog More than a Mum.
- Not long ago, a Mum breastfeeding her baby in a pub was asked to leave after being told that “people were eating”. Does this actually happen in London? Read the full article here.
Father’s Day Photoshoot, Exclusive offer for Kensington Mums.
A £60 photography session including 5 high resolution photographs to be printed by you the way you like. These 5 images are digital files to be chosen and downloaded from a private online gallery. The first 5 KMs to email [email protected] with subject heading ‘Captured by Juliana’ will receive this special offer. Closing date is 12th of June 2012. Please see poster for more details. Good luck!
Wishing you all a happy week and Happy Father’s Day to all Kensington Dads!