London Mums February 2016 newsletter including Things To Do With Kids During Half-Term

Dear London Mums

Our Spring magazine issue will soon be landing in selected supermarkets across London and other family friendly venues. In this newsletter I include top things to do with kids during Half-Term and useful links to London Mums activity pages filled with School Holidays Activities on a budget as well as ideas for indoor entertainment.

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FAMILY ACTIVITIES IN LONDON IN FEBRUARY / MARCH 2016

27 Fab Things to do with (and without) kids in London

Orchids Lates at Kew Gardens
Thursday 11 / 18 / 25 February & 3 March 2016 – 18:00 – 21:30
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After the sell-out success of our 2015 inaugural Kew Lates, the Princess of Wales Conservatory will once again throw open its doors after dark for a series of intimate evenings amongst the thousands of tropical flowers of our Orchid Festival. Throw yourself into a real celebration of Brazil, its striking plant life and the exotic, colourful and vibrant atmosphere of the annual Carnival of Brazil.
Dive into the spirit of the night with Caipirinhas and other dangerously delicious Brazilian cocktails, while you tease your taste buds even further with an array of Brazilian food.
Enjoy an evening like no other in London, filled with botanical cocktails, inspiring talks, music, food, samba and more, all amongst a riotous display of tropical flowers within a luscious Kew glasshouse after dark. Tickets must be pre-booked.

Kew Gardens & Kew Palace extended booking to 31 Mar 2017 – Adults £15.00 & child tickets £4.50 – Book here http://ht.ly/XeWx7

Discounted London attractions over Half-Term:

Coca-Cola London Eye

Warner Bros. Studio Tour with Golden Tours Coach Travel

Family Cruises on the River Thames

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Spending a day on the River Thames with your children is brilliant fun, a proper day out. You can easily combine a river cruise with a visit to one of thirteen top London attractions, including The London Eye. Just £17.15 will get you a Cutty Sark ticket and a 24 hour pass. These tickets are a great bargain as the cruise part adds only £5 to the attraction price. That £5 gets you 24 hours of hop-on, hop-off travel. You can enjoy your combination day out at any time before 24th March 2016. http://www.citycruises.com/city-cruises-sightseeing-sightseeing-packages.aspx 

 

West End Show Offers: On Sale Now!

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The War of the Worlds – Dominion Theatre
Gala Performance Offer:  Tickets now £42.00, saving 39%. Valid Wednesday 17 February 2016 only from http://londonmumsmagazine.entstix.com/tickets/the-war-of-the-worlds

Mrs Henderson Presents – Noel Coward Theatre
Opening Offer: now £39.50, saving up to 41%. Valid Monday – Friday performance between 9 February and 5 March 2016
No Booking Fee Offer: Includes a free 20cl bottle of Prosecco. Valid Monday – Friday performance between 9 February and 18 March 2016 from http://londonmumsmagazine.entstix.com/tickets/mrs-henderson-presents

Bend It Like Beckham – Phoenix Theatre
Don’t forget our great flash sale: Tickets from £10, save over 50%. Book between 3 – 9 February 2016  – from http://londonmumsmagazine.entstix.com/tickets/bend-it-like-beckham

 

 

FREE Family Events at IWM London February – March 2016

IWM (Imperial War Museums) is one of my favourite museums in London and is free. If you haven’t visited yet with your children, half-term can be a good time. IWM is very educational at many different levels – even toddlers can enjoy the machineries and artifact at the main exhibition. It tells the story of people who have lived, fought and died in conflicts involving Britain and the Commonwealth since the First World War.

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Many activities are free. Over February half term, celebrated political artist Peter Kennard will be in the building giving tips to families on creating the perfect political collage in the Family Art Workshop: Protest and Survive (13 – 21 February, free).

Over Easter, IWM will be celebrating marking 100 years since the introduction of the iconic Brodie ‘Tommy’ helmet during the First World War with a drawing workshop – Art Workshop: Make a Moving Animation – to create animated versions using tricks dating from the time (25 – 31 March, free).

Also taking place in March is returning family learning session Introduction to the Holocaust (19-20 March, free) and IWM London will be taking part in Disabled Access Day 2016, taking place on 12 March.

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Visitors to the gallery can discover the personal stories behind each award and examine the concept of bravery, from aggression and endurance through to skill and sacrifice. A free stamper trail is available for families.

Address: IWM London, Lambeth Road, London, SE1 6HZ

 

Shakespeare Lives

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To mark Shakespeare’s 400th anniversary the British Council and GREAT campaign have launched Shakespeare Lives – a year-long global programme celebrating Shakespeare’s influence around the world. The campaign invites the public to join in celebrating the life and legacy of William Shakespeare by sharing favorite moments of Shakespeare on social media, watch never-before-seen performances on stage, film and online, visit exhibitions and take part in workshops and debates. An epic campaign, the international events include: a global touring programme in association with BFI; the Royal Shakespeare Company touring to China and workshops delivered across Sudan, Botswana, Zimbabwe and Ethiopia by Hip-hop Shakespeare Company. This year the world truly is Shakespeare’s stage. I have taken a FREE online course which is amazing. I recommend it. Follow the link to start now.

Shakespeare’s Globe Tour – discounted tickets

 

LONDON CHILDREN’S BOOK SWAP TAKING OVER LONDON!! SATURDAY 13 FEBRUARY 2016

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I personally love this initiative! Over 50 venues across London will be celebrating DISCOVER Children’s Story Centre’s LONDON CHILDREN’S BOOK SWAP’s fifth birthday on SATURDAY 13 FEBRUARY 2016, when all their doors will open to anyone wanting to recycle children’s books – and give children new books to read! A love of reading shared – such a simple idea that was created by DISCOVER in 2012, who continue to encourage and build this exciting free annual event across London. 2016 will see a record breaking number of family friendly venues and libraries signed up for this mega book project. Bring an old book to your closest DISCOVER LONDON CHILDREN’S BOOK SWAP venue and pick up a different book to take home for Free = Result!

For one day only, literally thousands of books will be swapped in an action packed day of free activities at over 50 venues, across 19 London boroughs, working with and using the ideas developed by DISCOVER! Some of the 50+ venues include: ArtHouse Crouch End, Barbican Children’s Library, Dagenham Library, Queen’s Theatre Havering, Institut Francais Kensington, National Maritime Museum Greenwich, Polka Theatre Wimbledon, Soho Theatre, Southbank Centre and The Deptford Lounge.

 

Family Fun at LONDON SUPER COMIC CONVENTION 20-21 FEB AT EXCEL CENTRE

 The Superhero Comic Kit

PERFECT PANCAKES Recipes

Pancake rapids recipe

Pancake recipes for all occasions

German Apple Pancake – Apfelpfannkuchen

Recipe: Crafty Pancake Tower

Pancake Day recipe by TV Chef Marcus Bean – Light and Fluffy Blueberry Pancake

 

Valentine

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Are You in the Mood For Love? Aphrodisiac foods for Valentine

Valentine themed family meals

Sloane Square Parent Pampering!

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This year there are great films at the cinema and on DVD to celebrate Valentine and Mother’s Day.

Here are some of my favourite ones:

Spotlight

The Big Short

The finest hours

Goosebumps

Trumbo with Bryan Cranston

Dad’s Army

Infinitely Polar Bear DVD

Room

The Revenant

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Stick Man DVD

THE MARTIAN DVD

MISS YOU ALREADY DVD

 

 

February Competitions

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This month we have amazing freebies to give away. Take advantage of our generous donations and enter to win here https://londonmumsmagazine.com/category/competitions/

Happy Valentine & try to survive another nerve wrecking half term!

Monica

monica@londonmums.org.uk

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