Summer scoop 2014


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Here’s your summer scoop from Kensington Mums

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The Summer holidays are finally here and Germany won the World Cup 2014. We have rounded up the latest in children’s summer holiday camps, sports activities and family days out for you to explore and enjoy. Whatever you do make sure you spend time with your little ones, as one day you will just be a memory for them. Make sure its a good one. Wishing you all a great summer.

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What’s on this Summer for you and your little ones

If your child loves dancing, singing, acting and is looking for a way to develop skills, make new friends, and have lots of fun then come and join us! Our programme is a magical experience suitable for children aged 4-16 at all levels and abilities. We also offer Saturday classes during term time. Dates 21st – 25th July 2014 10.00am – 3.00pm. Dates 22-24. They also offer Saturday classes in Hip-Hop, Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Singing and more for children from 2 years old during term time. Click here for more information.


Mini-Engineers LEGO summer camps at Imperial College, South Kensington from 11th July to 25th July for 2 to 3 hours each day.  Suitable for ages 5 to 11 years. Recently launched, Mini-Engineers is a children’s Innovation and Inspiration Lab (“iLab”) where kids can design, build and express their creativity through hands on learning in a fun and challenging environment. Summer LEGO activities include: By The Seaside Team Build, Mini Robotics Spinner and Gears, Story Telling and Creative Writing Camp, Aerospace Camp , Transportation Camp. Booking made online, check website for more information.


The Petits Painters will be running an art and French Summer Club for children ages 3+. Run by native French speakers in an immersive environment, children are encouraged to express themselves creatively and in French through stories, art, songs and play. For older children and adults, they organise Fine Art workshops to learn different art techniques, about French art and language. All levels welcome. Click here for more information.



Little Gym Summer Camp at Westfield London. Offering 2 or 3 jam-packed hours of fun and activities. The specially developed themed camp curriculum combines physical fitness and play. During our 3 hour camps the children even have an opportunity to show off their creative side with our themed arts and crafts! It is the perfect break for kids (and parents!) during holiday time. And you can bring your friends along too! Price for 2 hour Camp £30, price for 3 hour Camp £42. Click here for more information.

The fashion world of Jean Paul Gaultier is coming to the Barbican this Summer. The Fashion World of Jean Paul Gaultier From the Sidewalk to the Catwalk, until 25th August 2014. Click here for more information.




The Isis Education Centre, nestled in Hyde Park, has taken inspiration from the Royal Parks to develop a range of activities allowing you and your children to uncover and discover the magic of nature together! Research shows playing outdoors is not only fun but great for your family’s health and well-being. From guided Peter Pan walks to Bushcraft survival or Bat, Fire & Food family evenings there’s something for everyone. Or come to our free Discovery Days, where you can pond dip, beetle hunt or relax on our sun-deck, taking in the natural world that hustles and bustles around you! Please visit their website for more information.

Open air cinema at Kensington Palace.  6, 7 and 8 August 2014. Enjoy a film in the gardens of a royal palace. Click here for more information.



Fun with Fimo Clay. A unique party idea for children aged 6+. Creative, non-messy, & fully supervised sessions in your choice of venue. The children are so proud to take home what they have made, you can even avoid the hassle and expense of party bags! There are 70+ projects on their website to choose from. Jewellery, animals, or cartoon characters.  25th July Snoopy goes camping. 1st Sept. Pretty jars & boxes
2nd Sept. Sylvanian Families 10.15am to 4.15pm. Do check out their regular school holiday workshops in West London.

Little Foxes, Kensington. Their 8 week Summer Holiday Camp starts on the 21st of July, bringing fun, safe and sociable sport to over 3,000 children in the West London area. they have a qualified team of coaches are all CRB checked and First Aid trained, dedicated to deliver fun based learning through Football, Tennis and Rugby. With over 7 years experience in children’s sports activities and events, they are focused on making sports a central part to children’s lives. Why not book your child into 8 weeks of fun, action packed sports this summer? Click here for more information.

What The Ladybird Heard - Julia Donaldson and Lydia Monks - Arts Depot, Finchley - 10 October 2013 Producers - Kenny Wax and Matthew Gregory Director - Graham Hubbard Designer - Bek Palmer actors include - David HeywoodJulia Donaldson’s (the best-selling author of The Gruffalo) and award-winning illustrator Lydia Monks’ summery tale ‘What the Ladybird Heard’, comes to life at Cadogan Hall from Thursday 24 July – Sunday 10 August. A glittering new stage show which includes live music, sing-a-long songs, puppetry and plenty of audience participation! SPECIAL OFFER: Save £6 per ticket – quote ‘Mums’ when booking online or by calling the box office on 020 7730 4500.


The West End is coming to Chelsea this summer! A series of weeklong workshops for children aged 7 to 16 exploring a different hit show each day and culminating in an all-singing, all-dancing performance! Their teachers are the top West End performers from The Lion King, Matilda, Charlie and The Chocolate Factory and Wicked, who will share stories and insights about each of these shows. The workshops present a fantastic opportunity for kids who love musicals and for parents who want to instil confidence, develop budding theatrical talent or just give their kids lots of fun during the holidays, the workshops promise high-octane fun! Click here for more information.

Little Lumis: A Summer Holiday Yoga Camp For Kids. Monday 28 July – Friday 1 August, 9:15 – 11:15am. This yoga camp is for children who love to be physically challenged, mentally stimulated but also want to have fun and make new friends along the way! It is a playful, exploratory approach to yoga that centres around children’s own creativity. Yoga is a wonderful way to increase children’s co-ordination, self- awareness, confidence and self-esteem while they stretch and strengthen their bodies. Using yoga, children can learn to relax, concentrate and be gentle in a fun and creative environment full of games, meditation, music, creative writing and journaling. Suitable for 7-11 year olds, all levels. Click here for more information.

Brand new to Notting Hill this summer is Theatrebugs’ bugtastic 5-day holiday workshop: “Somebody to Hug!” 5 fun filled days of acting, singing, dancing, dressing up and arts and crafts. On day five we hit the stage! Suitable for 3.5 year olds to 6 year olds. At St Peter’s Hall, 59A Portobello Road, Notting Hill, W11 3DB on August 4th – 8th from 9.00am – 12.00pm. 10% sibling discount. Check website for more information, 


There won’t be a dull moment for your child this summer at Westway Sports & Fitness!  Juniors from 4-17 years old are welcome to join us for a sporting summer with a difference.  Our unique holiday offering includes the ever-popular climbing, football and tennis camps plus a basketball and street games programme with activities ranging from skateboarding to graffiti art!  All courses are run by fully qualified coaches and are organised for all levels of ability with fun and learning at the heart of everything.  Please click here for more information.


Visit Chelsea Physic Garden this summer. Not only is the Garden looking stunning but there is also a variety of Family Activity Days to keep your little ones occupied during the long summer holidays. Discover the diverse world of animals in ‘Mandrakes, minibeasts, medicines & microscopes’, capture the Garden in unusual and striking ways in ‘Garden Photography’ and take inspiration from the Garden to create your own animated character in ‘Animation Station’.  Full details of these events and many more please click here.

Chelsea Quavers Music Workshops (Ages 5-10) is running from Monday 14th – Friday 18th July (1-5 days). Jam packed full of fun, stimulating & educational activities! Imaginatively & creatively designed to enable children to explore the multi-faceted world of music. This summer’s projects include Holst’s “The Planets”, Britten’s “Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra” and making instruments.  Singing rock, pop, classical, gospel and traditional songs! There will be lots of reading & writing music (using the much acclaimed Chelsea Quavers Music Puzzles), percussion, glockenspiel, recorder lessons, aural training, musical maths & games, composers, orchestral families, instrumental demonstrations. For more information, please click here

  Stagecoach Kensington Summer Workshops from Monday 28th July to Friday 1st August at Addison Primary School, W14 0DT. ‘Discover Disney’ – suitable for 4 to 6 years. Disney characters will be the inspiration for singing, acting and dance pieces, including ‘Frozen’, ‘Oliver!’ and much more.  From 9.30am to 12.30pm each day with a presentation for family and friends on the last day. ‘Bugsy Malone’ – suitable 6 to 18 years. A slapstick musical comedy, Bugsy Malone has all the ingredients for a fun-filled show, from comedy cartoon characters to custard pies.  From 10am to 4pm each day with a presentation for family and friends on the last day.  Click here for more information.

Maserati Pop Up Cinema at the Duke of York Square. Don’t miss the Maserati cars and fast paced, stylish movie entertainment at Duke of York Square on Wednesday 23rd and Thursday 24th July. Whether it’s a cult film with a group of friends, a family favourite, or a date-friendly night out, grab a blanket and pick up some popcorn. Click here for more information.




Et Patati et Patata. 100% French club. 100% French fun ! Fun French Summer Day Camps in July and August in London. Set your kid on the fast track to becoming bilingual! 30 hours per week of French immersion led by an experienced, native French speaking primary teacher (école française). A french immersion programme based on a wide range of fun and creative activities in French blended with outdoor sport activities.Children will explore the sounds, flavours, customs, and cultures!9am-3pm. St Andrew’s Church and Star Centre, Greyhound Road, Fulham W14 9SA. For full programme and prices please click here.   

Summer holiday activities at the Ecology Centre in Holland Park. Running from 28 July- 29 August 2014 and including morning and afternoon sessions. Booking essential. Click here for more information.




Finding and choosing a Babysitter can be a challenging and time consuming endeavor; where to look, who to call and how to check their qualifications? At Day&Night Sitters, they personally screen all of their Babysitters by checking their experiences, references and through personal interviews. For your child’s safety they are all DBS checked and have completed a paediatric First Aid course. Babysitting is from £8 per hour, booking and payment is done securely online – there is NO extra Booking Fee. Whether you need regular Emergency Childcare or planning a night out this Summer, they are your most Flexible and Affordable choice! Check their website for more information.


Create and Make Family Workshops at John Lewis every Tuesdays throught August,  from 10am -1pm. Every Tuesday in August the Design Museum’s amazing Learning team will be on site at the iconic John Lewis flagship Store on Oxford Street. With three fantastic workshops on offer you can pop along and try your design skills in a range of disciplines. Sign up in store from 9.30am.


Dwelling in Unity. Sat 19th July 2014. Various times, Times: 11.30am, 12.15pm and 1.15pm. Chickenshed Kensington and Chelsea will be taking over Exhibition Road, the cultural heartland of London, outside the Science and Natural History Museum with an explosive physical theatre promenade performance, created and performed by adult theatre members, students from the Brit School and accompanied by live percussionists from the Royal College of Music. This event will be part of the InTRANSIT Festival – a cultural event now in its sixth year that programmes exciting cultural events that take place on the streets and in parks and public places around this exceptional borough.

Music Summer Workshops at Stringnote for children 1 to 6 years old. Can a baby learn music and a three year old learn to play the piano? With Stringnote’s exclusive method…ALL CHILDREN CAN.  Stringnote has created an exclusive Music Talent Development Programme that will change forever the way your child learns music. You’ll be amazed at just how little effort will be required to develop your child’s natural musical abilities. To join one of their Summer Workshops check their website for more information. At Stringnote, learning music is much more than just singing nursery songs.

Festival of Love at SouthBank. 28-31 August 2014.




HG2_2982 With Puppeteers with logo (square) 150x150The Elephantom has charged into the New London Theatre for a strictly limited summer season. 30 June – 6 September 2014. Magical entertainment for young and old, The Elephantom is a wonderfully inventive mix of puppetry, movement, dance, music – and theatrical ingenuity. At first, the little girl is thrilled to have a ghost-elephant living in her house. He makes life so much more fun! But Elephantoms are a bit too big for houses and before long, he’s causing a lot of trouble. Come and join the fun with this intriguing story that fuels the imagination and touches the heart. The story of one little girl and her larger-than-life friend is set to get very messy indeed! Tickets from £13. Check their website for more information