It is nearly the holidays and nearly 2 weeks of finding ways to entertain your little ones. London has been transformed into twinkling ice rinks and a host of festive events which means there is no excuse to hibernate at home (even though we sometimes enjoy to do). London is such a vibrant and cool city to live in bursting with creativity, art and glamour, sparkling and ready for Christmas. In this week’s newsletter you will find all the local scoop including great and affordable ideas for family days out this Christmas. Ice skating is a must and so is eating lots of chocolates snuggled up under a quilt watching family movies! Stay tuned for our new 2014 events and meet ups, you wouldn’t want to miss out!
If you follow Kensington Mum on social media, you would have seen a few sneak peaks of what we have been up to. If you haven’t, what are you waiting for? Please ‘like’ Kensington Mums on Facebook – we post news on ad-hoc events, interesting local knowledge, lots of interesting articles as well as discussions amongst the Kensington Mums community. You can also find us on Twitter @KensingtonMums and now more recently we have joined the world of Instagram for some instafun. You can find us under #kensingtonmums. Our popular motherhood exhibition can be viewed on youtube.
The secret of living is giving. We hope that you are able to donate your cared for and loved items, including children’s and adult’s clothes, shoes, toys, books. We are putting together hampers of donations for several charities in the local area- especially for children and families in need. Click here to see how you can help.
We are proud to share with you that the pictures from our Kensington Mums Motherhood Exhibition were featured along with the travelling exhibition of Story of Mum, Mums making an exhibition of ourselves at the Museum of Motherhood in New York City. Now that is definitely a great way to end 2013. Thanks to all the Mums who took part and for the lovely Juliana from Captured by Juliana for the photography. Don’t forget you can still take part in the motherhood session. See below for more details. Picture source: Story of Mum.
Kensington Mums was invited for a Mums night out to the Natural History Museum. Needless to say even though kids were not there, the Mums still managed to have lots of fun and falls.
So proud of Kensington Mum Itsuki who ran the London Santa Run to raise funds for Disability Snowsport UK, a national charity helping people with disabilities to access the thrill of snowsports.
It is not just a coffee morning. It’s a Kensington Mums coffee morning. Thank you all for coming along. Stay tuned for the next one in 2014 and get in touch if you would like to volunteer to host one, its a great way to make and meet new Mums in the local area.
Kensington Mums Events
The next RBKC Motherhood session will be held on Friday 13th December at Holmfiled House Children’s Centre (with crèche). Click here for more information, and make sure you get in touch to register and share your motherhood journey with us.
Join us to celebrate Christmas in Style with some delicious Lebanese mezze at Randa restaurant in the heart of Kensington. Thursday 19th of Dec 2013. Price costs £15 pp and includes set menu below. Click here to view the mouth watering Lebanese food on the menu. Don’t forget to book your tickets here. Limited places available.
Kensington Mums in the news
Our great initiative of giving at Christmas has been featured in the Guide Kensington and Chelsea. Click here to read the full article.
Thanks to the parenting magazine, Angels and Urchins for including us in their weekly newsletter. Kensington Mums are certainly busy Mums.
Kensington Mums competition
Make this your perfect Christmas Gift for you and your loved one. Enter our Kensington Mums Christmas Dinner competition to win 2 tickets for a well deserved night out thanks to Randa Restaurant. Click here to enter and win.
What’s on this Christmas for you and your little ones
Christmas at Kew 2013. Plan a family day out and follow an illuminated trail through our enchanting winter landscape. Visit Santa’s grotto and enjoy the rides,The Christmas village, and the Boutique Christmas market. Click here for more information.
Christmas at Kensington Palace. Until 6th of January. Game of Crowns. Celebrate Christmas in royal style this December with a season of fun and games at Kensington Palace and experience the palace dressed for Christmas. Click here for more information.
Ho Ho Ho! Santa’s back at Whole Foods Kensington store waiting to take a photo with your family. Grotto is located on the first floor in the Room With a View. Dates 14, 15, 21, 22 December. Booking essential.
Westfield London Ice Rink and Grotto is now open complete with sparkling giant candy canes and a magical roof top village! Booking required. Click here for more information.
Digital Kids – Christmas and New Year at Victoria and Albert Museum. Saturday 28 December 2013 – Sunday 5 January 2014. South Kensington. Family event, take part in a treasure hunt, discover the story of pearls and design your own jewellery. Click here for more information.
As the weather gets chilly, kids will love the Kids’ Zone at the National Army Museum. Kids Zone is great for children aged 0-8 with forest and arctic themed climbing frames for kids to scale, slide and run through. There is also a soft play area for babies, toys, and arts and crafts. It is open daily from 10.10am to 5.15pm. For only £2.50 per child this is a great way for little ones to let off some steam. Tickets for all day sessions tend to sell out before 11.00am during school holidays, so it is always best to book online to avoid disappointment. Adults go FREE.
Meet Santa at London Zoo. Until 24th of December. Visit ZSL London Zoo this Christmas and take part ina magical Meet Santa experience, where children have the opportunity to meet the man-in-red himself to make sure he knows what’s on their wish lists this year and join in with a whole host of festive activities. Click here for more information.
Skate at the Tower of London. Make this another family day out this festive season. Bookings are now open. Click here for more information.
Wallace and Gromit’s Musical Marvels at the Barbican on 22-23 December 2013.
Children festive activities at Canary Wharf. FREE. Don’t forget to visit Santa, enjoy all of the festive fun including face painting, cookie and cupcake decoration, Christmas Bauble Decorating and much more. Click here for more information.
The London Transport Museum is always great for a family day out. To enter the Museum, you need to purchase a ticket which gives you unlimited admission for 12 months from the date of purchase. Children under 16 are admitted free. Don’t forget to get the map at the door which the kids use to stamp as they go around and tour the Museum learning the different stages of transport in London. Their hands on gallery is great fun for little ones where they can climb aboard our fun versions of a bus, train, Tube and taxi. Worth paying them a visit during rainy days. The museum is very baby friendly and accessible with a buggy, changing facilities available on site.
Lots of workshop are going on at the National Portrait Gallery to explore with your little ones, from storytelling to art workshops and make your own lanterns. Click here for more information.
The South Bank German Christmas Market is now open until 24th Dec. Definitely worth a visit as it really gets you in the holiday spirit with those authentically decorated wooden chalets along the riverside selling a wide range of unique hand-crafted gifts and unusual Christmas presents.
Hyde Park’s annual festive spectacular Winter Wonderland is a must visit for the whole family to enjoy. Just make sure you wrap up warm.
Free Christmas holidays events for families at the Museum of London. Click here for more information.
Visit Santa at the Duke of York Square in Chelsea. FREE. Click here for more information.
A visit to Covent Garden is a must this festive season. You will find real reindeers every Saturday until Christmas as well as the world’s first ever super-sized LEGO Snow Globe!
Hands on Nature – Dinosaurs at the Natural History Museum. Click here for more information.
Wishing you and your little ones Happy Holidays and a Wonderful New Year!!
Here is a bit of Christmas Inspiration from our Pinterest Board.