London Mums recommended fun family activities for the festive season
- London Mums News
- Published on Thursday, 30 November 2017 19:16
- Last Updated on 06 December 2017
- Monica Costa
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Dear London Mums,
As the excitement for Christmas builds, December is bringing a whole host of fun family activities in London to enchant and amaze children this festive season. From deliciously decadent hot chocolates and glittering Christmas trees to creative workshops, treasure hunts and ice-skating there are no shortage of ways to entertain the family. Here is a list of London Mums’ recommended family activities for this festive season.
Sailing with Santa along the Thames
Families can meet Santa Claus whilst gliding along the River Thames this Christmas with City Cruises’ Sail with Santa experience. Each child will have a soft drink and cookie as well as a special present from Santa, whilst parents can enjoy mulled wine and a delicious mince pie.
Skylight, London’s most imaginative rooftop destination is offering up the perfect festive family day out. For just £10 for 45 minutes guests can glide across the ice rink, taking in the spectacular surrounding views of London’s skyline.
Open for children 12pm – 6pm on weekends, it is the ideal family day out. With ice-skating and ice-hockey to snuggling up under cosy blankets, whilst parents warm up with a Christmassy mulled wine and children devour a delicious cheese or chocolate fondue – it is the perfect place to indulge all your festive fantasies.
London Bridge City’s Christmas by the River Thursday 30th November 2017 – Wednesday 3rd January 2018
London’s most picturesque Christmas market returns to the banks of the River Thames for its fourth year. Set against the backdrop of some of London’s most loved landmarks, London Bridge City’s Christmas by the River will run from Thursday 30th November to Wednesday 3rd of January.
With stunning views of Tower Bridge, The Tower of London and the iconic City skyline, Christmas by the River is the perfect setting for the market which boasts 68 stalls selling gifts, food and drink.
Treasure Hunt innovator, THATMuse has launched a brand-new hunt just in time for Christmas. The Festive Feasting themed treasure hunt will offer an outing of yuletide merriment and a gluttonous gallivant around the V&A to search for foodie treasures from throughout history – all in the spirit of seasonal good cheer.
The challenge is simple: scavengers must compete to find and photograph themselves with as many of the bacchanalian delights on their clue list as possible. With light-hearted bonus questions often requesting frivolous bursts of song, wild poses or embarrassing performances the hunts are a great active alternative to Christmas TV.
The Savoy, one of Britain’s most iconic hotels has transformed into a festive wonderland this December. Begin your visit by catching a glimpse of their extravagantly luxurious Christmas tree decorated by Penhaligon’s, a luxury perfume brand.
Then take a trip to their in-house patisserie and stare in wonder at the gingerbread huntcreated by executive Pastry Chef Ludwig Hely. Finish your exploration at Melba, where for £3.50 parents and children alike can indulge in a selection of devilishly decadent hot chocolates choosing between traditional, Brazilian or festive before adding any combination of sumptuous toppings including the likes of crushed macaroon, cookie dough and crunchy chocolate pearls. Drinks can be finished off with a drizzle of chocolate or salted caramel sauce for an additional luxurious touch or customers can really indulge with a mouth-watering éclair, in one of their new festive flavours sherry trifle and dark chocolate or mulled wine priced at £3.50 for a single or £18.90 for a box of six.
The Imaginarium is a pop up arts space in an Olde Victorian warehouse on Southwark Street. It is set in a parallel world where Christmas has been cancelled and St Nicky is leading the revolution.
In the lead up to Christmas, families are invited to embrace the anarchy of The Imaginarium and create messy collage masterpieces at St Nicky’s Drawing Centre (Saturday 9th December,
The Imaginarium will also be hosting a beeswax Candle Making workshop (Saturday 2nd December & Sunday 10th December, from 12-1pm) from bee-keeper Justin Cleveland Peck. He will be teaching guests how to make their own candles as Christmas gifts.
As an Italian and art lover, I could not be more proud and joyful at the opening of new Tate Modern’s major autumn exhibition about Modigliani. I had a sneak peak before official public opening today. Here are my highlights.
Exposing children to art early on in life is crucial to develop a sensibility to beauty and the latest Tate Britain exhibition Impressionists in London, French Artists in Exile (1870-1904) opening on 2nd November 2017 is the perfect introduction. Tate Britain brings together over 100 beautiful works by Monet, Tissot, Pissarro and others in the first large-scale exhibition to chart the stories of French artists who sought refuge in Britain during the Franco-Prussian War. This exhibition maps the artistic networks they built in Britain, considers the aesthetic impact London had on the artists’ work, and presents instantly recognisable views of the city as seen through French eyes.
It’s supposed to be the most wonderful time of year. But what with all the presents to buy, turkeys to cook, and in-laws to get along with, Christmas can quickly turn into one of the most stressful times of the year. As a mindfulness coach, I’ve found many techniques to help people deal with stressful situations, and Christmas is no exception. Here are seven effective stress-busting tips to help you get through the festive period – these relaxing techniques will help you & your little ones make it to 25thDecember tension-free.
Between June 2016 – June 2017 there were 27,130 people killed or seriously injured as the result of road accidents. In most EU countries, people learn first aid as a mandatory element of their driving tests. However, in the UK first aid training is not an integral part of the test, meaning most drivers involved in accidents are likely to be completely powerless to help in any road traffic accidents they may be involved in.
Christmas Gifts shopping ideas
There’s something about spacecrafts and trains that fascinates children and parents alike. There’s a new beautiful book series called Legendary Journeys dedicated to those engineering wonders that we will never stop admiring.
The Statue of Liberty is the star of a new children’s picture book called Her Right Foot written by Dave Eggers and illustrated by Shawn Harris.Undoubtedly The Statue of Liberty is the most famous statue of all time. In fact if you ask anybody to name any statue, the odds are good they’d mention the Statue of Liberty. I have seen her (yes, for me it is a she, a real lady) already a couple of times when visiting New York. She is stunning and majestic, standing there holding a torch and a book while taking one step forward. But why (I have always wondered)?
London Mums’ picture book of the week is Boogie Bear by David Walliams and funnily illustrated by Tony Ross. We enjoyed it because it has a lot more words than ordinary picture books and is hilarious. What increases the fun factor is the use of invented words and expressions by Walliams in the same style of Roald Dahl. Walliams is in fact considered Dahl’s successor.
Great family films for the festive season
If there’s a film released in 2017 that everyone (I mean literally everybody!) should see that is Wonder. This is not just a feel-good family story, but it’s an inspiring, heart-warming tale of a 10 year old boy with a disfigured face (like many in real life) who copes in his own special way with the lack of compassion of our society especially for less-than-perfect human beings. I mean who is perfect anyway?! The movie is based on RJ Palacio’s novel which I read this year and loved. The educational factor of this film is clear because ultimately the disfigurement is a metaphor for difference, inner diversity. We all need to learn that everyone is unique and has to be accepted for what he/she is. Parents in particular have the responsibility to bring up children who are mindful, sensitive and tolerant. It is not an easy task, but on-screen parents Julia Roberts and Owen Wilson are doing a great job showcasing what accepting gentle mums and dads can do in similar situations.
Watch my interview with Julia Roberts!
If you prefer staying cosy and warm indoor, Disney’s Cars 3 has just been released on DVD and Blu-Ray and we are having a house party to celebrate. Cars 3 DVD will be watched over and over in my household and … not just by kids. My 11 year old son Diego has seen Cars and Cars 2 at least 1000 times.
Travel ideas for the festive season
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Monica Costa founded London Mums in September 2006 after her son Diego’s birth together with a group of mothers who felt the need of meeting up regularly to share the challenges and joys of motherhood in metropolitan and multicultural London. London Mums is the FREE and independent peer support group for mums and mumpreneurs based in London https://londonmumsmagazine.com and you can connect on Twitter @londonmums