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Kensington Mums Christmas Fair

Kensington Mums Christmas Fair

Kensington Mums is organising their fourth Christmas Family Fair on Sunday December 1st in the heart of Kensington. 

The Kensington Mums Christmas Family Fair will take place at the Holiday Inn Kensington forum from 9-5 pm. We have 40+ stalls with various exhibitors. The fair will also feature kids’ entertainment, various inspirational speakers, raffle prizes and goody bags supporting a great charity. Plus there will be drinks and canapés on offer as they celebrate Kensington Mums turning 8! 

To find out more and RSVP visit their website: https://www.kensingtonmums.co.uk/kensington-mums-family-christmas-fair-2019/

Win one of FIVE Nailpads!

Win one of FIVE Nailpads!

A new West London Kids prize giveaway – kindly gifted by Tori & Carrie, the twin sister creators of Nailpad.

The idea for Nailpad was hatched after the sisters were chatting about the irritating issues they faced when painting nails. Things like trying to balance a bottle of varnish between your knees, using a slippery magazine to lean on, those inevitable nailpolish spillages…

Carrie & Tori, Founders of Nailpad

It’s a smart little portable table with a nifty holder to keep the nail varnish pot secure. Painting nails is now easier, steadier and far less stressful!

I have a Nailpad and my 10 year-old daughter is always borrowing it. She loves to do manicures for herself – and for me – using it. I love the quality mother and daughter bonding time. Also the fact that with this fab accessory, the nail polish stains on her bedroom carpet have been reduced dramatically.

Nailpad currently comes in pink or black.

For a chance to win, hop over to the West London Kids Facebook Page and follow the instructions on the competition post. Then it’s just a case of keeping your fingers crossed! You can gain an extra entry by retweeting the competition tweets by @westlondonkids or via the post on the West London Kids Instagram
To find out more about Nailpad or to place an order (fab Christmas present idea!) visit their website:

Good luck!
Felicity x

Key benefits of extra-curricular activities

Key benefits of extra-curricular activities

Your child’s life may be busy enough with school, homework and family responsibilities. You might not want to add even more to their plate. However adding in an extracurricular activity or two could actually be the break they need. Here Laura Cross of Inventors & Makers, (one of my children’s favourite holiday workshops), writes a guest blog for West London Kids about the benefits of activities outside of school.

Here’s four benefits of extracurricular activities that you may not have thought about…

Children working on an activity together
Children collaborating together during an extra-curricular activity

They can ignite a new passion

Your child may think they only love football, but what if they can design their own app about football? Perhaps they’ll discover a love for app design. Trying their hand at something brand new, such as robotics or machine building, can kickstart a passion that a young person will carry with them as they grow.

They can offer a variety of experiences

Extracurricular activities help children learn more about what they like and don’t like and what they’re good at, beyond what they may have tried in the past. 

Children who take part in the same types of activities can become disengaged and are less likely to be willing to stray from their comfort zone. By encouraging your child to explore a wider range of activities, you can help them find out what they like and don’t like, but more importantly you can also give them the habit of trying new things. 

While children may not immediately latch onto a new extra-curricular activity, the process of learning and improving can give them a self-belief and confidence that pushes them in later life, too.

Learning new skills not covered by the school curriculum

They can promote collaboration and communication

Most extra-curricular activities will expose your child to a whole new group of adults and children. This can help them learn to communicate and collaborate with all kinds of personalities. These skills contribute towards a better developed social and emotional intelligence, and also improve their ability to learn new skills from others. 

Children talking during an Inventors and Makers activity
Clubs after school can help children make new friends

They can lead to better educational outcomes

Interests outside of schoolwork and sports always look good on a school or university application, or even one day on a CV. These interests and pursuits indicate the people skills, the eagerness to try new things and the dedication that many schools, universities and employers are looking for. 

In addition, some studies, have even shown a direct correlation between participation in extracurricular activities and higher test scores  and overall engagement in education.

Writing during a group activity at Inventors & Makers

The immediate benefits of extracurricular activities – having fun, making friends, and developing a passion – are obvious.

However, the long-term academic benefits, people skills, and confidence that they build shouldn’t be underestimated. 

Inventors & Makers runs a range of educational workshops where children can explore new skills such as app design, movie making, robotics, machine building, video game design and more. Our workshops also specifically focus on problem-solving, creativity and collaboration, all crucial skills for children’s futures in the Information Age.
For more information on holiday workshops and after school clubs run by Inventors & Makers visit their website: inventorsandmakers.com 

You can also follow them on Facebook and Instagram.