Science Museum Live presents The Energy Show this summer – win tickets!

Please note: The competition is now closed! Many thanks to all those that entered. The lucky winner has been contacted – if you weren’t chosen, you can still buy tickets to the show which runs from 22nd July until 31st August! Details below.

We’re sure all the parents amongst you have been very busy trying to think up suitable things to keep the youngsters occupied this half term week…and perhaps already wondering what to do during the long summer holiday! Here’s something that will surely fit the bill for summer, that’s both highly entertaining and educational – a live science show at the Science Museum!

The Energy Show, a new show for summer 2013 presented by Science Museum Live, will be hosted at the IMAX Theatre at the Science Museum from 22nd July to 31st August 2013. Suitable for both adults and children aged 7+, this is a fast and furious live show that follows on the back of a critically acclaimed, nationwide tour of Science Museum Live.

Science Museum Live Presents - The Energy Show
Credit: Science Museum London

In the show, two scientists do unpredictable experiments against the clock to prove their knowledge of energy. Find out whether they have the time to complete their challenge – assisted by their digital assistant ‘Einstein’ and equipped with a workshop full of volatile chemicals – and whether they will still be in one piece at the end?

Critics have said about Science Museum Live 2012:

A show that lights up the world…Go and see it.’ ★★★★★ – whatsonstage.com

Superb’ – Mail on Sunday

A great way to encourage a love of science’ – Western Mail

Performances of The Energy Show last 75 minutes and take place Tuesdays to Sundays at 11.30 and 13.30.

Early bird tickets are currently on sale (available until 30th June) and cost £13.50 for adults (normal price £14.50) and £8.50 for concessions (normal price £9.50).

Various family tickets are also available, priced at £26 for 1 Adult, 2 Children; £38 for 2 Adults, 2 Children; £34 for 1 adult, 3 children; and £31 for 2 adults, 1 child.

For more details about The Energy Show and to book tickets, please go to www.sciencemuseum.org.uk/SMLive.

Win tickets for The Energy Show at The Science Museum!

Please note: The competition is now closed, and many thanks to all those that entered.

We’re also very pleased to announce that we have a family ticket to give away! (A family ticket comprises four tickets, which must be made up by at least one adult and one child.) To enter, all you have to do is email your name and address to webmaster@kensington-chelsea.com, and you’ll automatically be entered into the draw.

The winner will win a family ticket for one of the following performances only: 11.30am on Wednesday, 24th July; 11.30am on Thursday 25th July; 11.30am on Friday, 26th July.

The competition will close on Sunday, 30th June 2013 and the winner will be notified by email soon after this date. They will then be able to pick which one of the performances listed above they would like to attend.

Good luck!

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It’s All About Piano! at the Institut français, 22nd to 24th March

From 22 to 24 March, the Institut français in London will celebrate the king of all musical instruments with its very first piano festival, It’s All About Piano! Come and discover the infinite possibilities offered by the black and white keys, from recitals to jazz, film screenings, kids activities, workshops, a ciné-concert and much more.

Whether you delight in Schubert or only sway to the jazz greats, whether you want to listen to the masters or watch fascinating films unveiling what goes on behind the scenes in the music world, It’s All About Piano! is sure to enchant and amaze you.

Full details on It’s All About Piano!, including the artists taking part, and all the concerts and other events that will make up this fine Festival, can be found online at www.itsallaboutpiano.co.uk.

Its All About Piano

A service sure to interest parents in the area – Babysitters of Kensington & Chelsea!

With the number of families living in the Kensington & Chelsea area and nearby, here’s news of a service that will be very useful to them!

The Babysitters of Kensington and Chelsea (BOKAC) was set up in 2010 by West London resident Anna Cameron. Unlike many traditional babysitting or childminding services, this is the first (that we’re aware of!) that gives parents the opportunity to find, book and pay for a babysitter online – it couldn’t be simpler and quicker! The ease of this service will no doubt come as a welcome relief to all busy parents who will relish the chance to take some of the hassle out of finding a suitable babysitter.

Babysitters of Kensington & Chelsea

BOKAC currently lists over 15 babysitters on their site, with a full profile for each that shows their childcare experiences, interests and testimonials from previous clients. It’s a great way of easily finding a babysitter – from a selection – that you think would be suitable for looking after your kids. Each babysitter has also been interviewed by BOKAC’s founder, Ms Cameron, before joining.

A simple timezone and pricing structure is also in place for those looking to book one of the babysitters. There are three timezones for which you can hire a babysitter – morning (7am to 12pm), afternoon (12pm to 7pm) and evening (7pm to 2am the next morning). It costs £10 per hour to hire one of the babysitters, and there are no membership charges, booking fees or even transport costs as all sitters live in the local area! There’s also a calendar displayed against each babysitter’s profile so you can see when they’re available or if they’ve already been booked up.

Before setting up BOKAC, Ms Cameron used to regularly babysit for local families as a means for earning some extra money to alongside her recruitment job, helping her manage London’s high living costs. Little by little, Ms Cameron found herself with more families to babysit than time and started recommending friends to clients as well. After attending a one-day “How to set up your own business course”, she realised that an online babysitting service could well prove to be a successful idea.

Anna CameronAnna Cameron

After investing her savings and launching BOKAC, Ms Cameron ran the business remotely from LA (where she had relocated to in September 2011), interviewing sitters on return trips to London. This set up had no adverse effect on the business – not only did the number of babysitters registered to BOKAC double, but so did the numbers of families using the service. Relocating back to London in December 2012, Ms Cameron is now concentrating on growing the company, and has found that working for herself is something that she’s incredibly passionate about and motivated by.

More information on the Babysitters of Kensington & Chelsea can be found on their website. If you have any questions, please contact Ms Cameron via email or on 020 7193 2925.

Kensington Mums present a Valentine’s Day Pamper Session!

We’re pleased to bring you news that Kensington Mums already have another great event lined up for early 2013! Their Valentine’s Day Pamper Session will take place at Neal’s Yard in Kensington on Saturday 9th February 2013, and will provide a great opportunity for all local mums to take part in a couple of hours of relaxation and “me time”.

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Kensington Mums Valentine's Day Pamper Session

The session costs £12, with limited spaces available. Please email info@kensingtonmums.co.uk for more info and to book a space.

 

Kensington Mums’ round up of events in the capital this Christmas

If you’re wondering what child-friendly events you can take the kids to in London this Christmas, fabulous local website Kensington Mums have provided a superb round-up. Titled “What’s on for you and your little ones this Christmas”, it really is an extensive listing of events both in Kensington and the nearby area, and across the capital – with something for all, be it film, ice skating, storytelling, museum events and more…including plenty of opportunities to meet Santa! See here to get the full listing of events.

Additionally, check out www.kensingtonmums.co.uk to subscribe to the free newsletter to be kept up to date with all the local Kensington Mums news and events.

Kensington Mums are also hosting their Christmas Drinks on 17th December – see www.kensingtonmums.co.uk/kmblog/event/kensington-mums-christmas-drinks/ for more details!

 

Kensington Mums events in November!

If you’re a local resident and a local mum (and especially if you’re very active on the web!) I’m sure you must have come across the excellent local blog Kensington Mums! The voluntary online support network provides invaluable advice on being a mum, parent or carer in the area, as well as providing plenty of news on events and other items of interest, and a great platform for discussion via their Twitter and Facebook pages. Best of all, Kensington Mums’ incredibly detailed weekly newsletter provides a great round-up of much of this information, so make sure you subscribe!

Kensington Mums

The site has also recently been nominated as “The Super Blogger” for the MumsClub Award 2012, placing in the top 100 winners, and is also a MumsClub London Ambassador.

Kensington Mums are hosting a couple of great events this month, that will certainly be of interest to mums and parents out there.

Kensington Mums 1st BirthdayFirst up,  Kensington Mums are celebrating their first birthday on Thursday 15th November! At a surprise location, the evening will include dinner, bubbly and a fun atmosphere – plus a great way of meeting local, like-minded mums. Tickets cost £30 – see www.kensingtonmums.co.uk/kmblog/event/kensington-mums-1st-birthday/ for more details.

On Friday 23rd November, the Kensington Mums Baby/Toddler Outing to the Saatchi Gallery returns by popular demand! The visit will include a tour of ‘Gaiety is the Most Outstanding Feature of the Soviet Union: Art from Russia’, the first exhibition of contemporary Russian art at the Saatchi Gallery. More details at www.kensingtonmums.co.uk/kmblog/event/km-mother-and-baby-outing-to-the-saatchi-gallery/.

Kensington Mums would love to see at the above events!

KCWC Annual Nearly New Sale, Saturday 10th November

The annual Kensington & Chelsea Women’s Club Nearly New Sale returns to the area on 10th November this year, offering up a superb chance to snap up some great value items for babies and children aged up to 12 years old. Books, toys, games, puzzles, DVDs and baby equipment will be on sale, as will maternity wear – so this event will also definitely be of interest for any expectant mums out there! Designer and high street items will be on sale for a fraction of their original prices, which means the sale is also the perfect place to buy Christmas gifts for family and friends as well. All profits of the sale will be donated to the designated charities Independent Age and The Haven.

Entry to the sale costs £2 (free for KCWC members and children!). If you would like to volunteer to help at the sale, or would like to donate items to be sold, please email nearlynew@kcwc.org.uk. You can also register as a seller for the sale; please see www.kcwc.org.uk/CalendarEvent58365 for the registration form.

More on the Kensington & Chelsea Women’s Club can be found at www.kcwc.org.uk.

KCWC Annual Nearly New Sale
9.30am – 1pm, Saturday 10th November 2012
Notting Hill Community Church
Kensington Park Road
W11 2ES

Aquatics Live returns to London Olympia this November

Aquatics Live, the UK’s largest show for fish and reptile keepers, will be making a return to Olympia Exhibition Centre this November. Now in its second year, the show will be even bigger and better than last year’s event, with more stunning varieties of aquarium and reptile displays, interactive features, leading manufacturers and retailers as well as seminars from world-renowned experts.

Welcome to Aquatics Live

Some of the interactive features that will be on show at Aquatics Live include the Family Activity Zone which will have fishy face-painting and arts and crafts modelling. The Marine Wildlife Show, meanwhile, will illustrate talks on conservation, responsibility and sustainability using life-sized models of dolphins, sharks and whales. There will also be Reef Building workshops and the Crocodiles of the World display, which proved to be extremely popular last year.

Aquatics Live

Aquatics Live

The two seminar theatres will feature some of the world’s most celebrated aquatic experts, giving talks and participating in daily Q&A sessions. Speakers include world-renowned writer and explorer Heiko Bleher; shrimp and crustacean expert Chris Lukhaup; inspirational aquascaping and authentic habitats creator James Starr-Marshall; and curator of the Long Island Aquarium in New York, Joe Yaiullo, who is one of the world’s leading experts in captive coral care. More names are also be to announced soon!

There will also be plenty of exhibitors, clubs and associations displaying assorted varieties of tropical, marine and cold water fish, plants and corals, plus snakes and other reptiles. Manufacturers and UK retailers will also be showcasing their latest products, and also providing some exceptional offers that are exclusive to Aquatics Live. (Note: fish and reptiles will not be on sale at the show.)

Aquatics Live is a great day out for the whole family, offering a great mix of fun, entertainment and education for both adults and children.

Tickets cost £10 for adults in advance (via the website) or £12.50 on the door; £6.25 for children (5 – 15 years), OAPs and Blue Badge holders. Free entry for under 5s and Blue Badge carers.

For more information on the show and to purchase tickets, please see www.aquatics-live.com. Do also check out their Facebook and Twitter pages for all the latest updates, and for some photos of last year’s event!

Aquatics Live
9am – 6pm, Saturday 10th & 10am – 4.30pm, Sunday 11th November 2012
Olympia West Hall
Olympia Exhibition Centre
Blythe Road
London W14 0HA

New playgroup opens in South Kensington

Here’s something that will definitely be of interest to all parents out there! The new South Kensington Children Working Playgroup is an inclusive one that allows children to discover, create and work with everyday and natural materials – as based on the observations of Maria Montessori.

The playgroup is run by Wen Yong, a trained Montessori Directress and SEN teacher with seven years of experience. Wen started the Children Working Playgroup in the hope of encouraging family members to become more familiar and confident in working with their children, as well as giving them the opportunity to understand and appreciate the experiences of the classroom.

Childrenworking Playgroup

The parent-child playgroup takes part in Montessorian activities with Wen showing children how to use them, as she would in a Montessori Children’s House. In addition, there’s also plenty of stories, songs and book corners.

The playgroup  is run every Monday between 10am and 11am, and is suitable for children aged between 2 and a half and 5 years with free trial sessions for all new parents. A new parent-toddler group is also expected to start soon.

More details about the playgroup – as well as some very interesting Montessorian advice and information – can be found at www.childrenworking.com.

Alzheimer’s Society Memory Walk, Sunday 23rd September

The Alzheimer’s Society will be holding their annual Memory Walk in Battersea Park (and nearby areas) on Sunday 23rd September, inviting all locals to sign up, help raise some money and join in with the fun and entertainment taking place on the day!

Memory Walk Alzheimers Society

Participants can sign up for walks of 2, 5 or 10 miles in length that will take place in the Park itself, and through different parts of London as well – including along Chelsea Embankment and across the Albert Bridge. It is free to sign up to these walks, and there is no minimum fundraising limit; whole families are also encouraged to take part, and pets are also more than welcome!

There will also be food stalls, music and entertainment in Battersea Park that day. The event starts at 10am with registration at the bandstand, and will continue on throughout the day.

For more details about the event and to sign up, please see www.memorywalk.org.uk/london.

Alzheimer’s Society Memory Walk
Sunday, 23rd September (starts 10am)
Battersea Park