With Christmas approaching fast, these fun activities in Chelsea, Kensington and Notting Hill will keep the kids entertained, whether it’s a visit to Father Christmas, entering creative competitions to checking out the area’s coolest new shops
1 Designers of the future
Luxury children’s cashmere brand Cashmirino is asking all budding fashion designers to enter a competition to design their ‘Ultimate Christmas Jumper’, which will feature in Cashmirino’s A/W 2015 collection. The winning design will be selected by Maria Busquets, the company’s founder and will be made from the world’s finest cashmere. Children can pick up their ‘Ultimate Christmas Jumper’ template at the store’s UK head office in Burlington Arcade, and final designs can either be posted into the store’s post box or emailed to Cashmirino. See website for full details.
Competition runs 1 December-1 January 2015; cashmirino.com
2 Santa’s little helpers
Father Christmas will be spreading some festive cheer at the Duke of York Square’s cosy Grotto this month by telling seasonal stories and listening to wish-list requests, while his little helpers will be on hand to take photos as keepsakes. Donations to the Prince’s Foundation for Children and the Arts are welcome. The Grotto runs until 23 December, opening from Tuesdays-Sundays. Tickets are limited, visit website for bookings.
3 It’s playtime!
Indoor play centre Gambado have got the festive month covered with extra events including a Christmas Gingerbread House Class on 6 Dec, 12pm-1.30pm, and a Christmas Pudding Gift Class on 20 December, 12pm-1.30pm. Classes are £25 each and the cost includes all materials.
7 Station Court, Townmead Road, Chelsea SW6 2PY; 020 7384 1635; gambado.com
4 Spellbinding music
Tim Burton films are renowned for their mesmerising soundtracks. Now, you and your family can immerse yourselves in the a live concert at the Royal Albert Hall dedicated to Danny Elfman’s music from classic films including Edward Scissorhands, The Nightmare Before Christmas, Alice in Wonderland and Frankenweenie. Brought to life by the London Concert Orchestra and the Maida Vale Singers, a selection of Burton’s original sketches, drawings and storyboards will feature on a big screen, and Danny Elfman will make a guest appearance as well.
Suitable for ages 5+. 12 December, 5pm and 9.30pm; royalalberthall.com
5 Tis the season to party!
Elfie London, the charming childrenswear brand that entwines fashion with fairytales, has opened a new store in a Grade II listed building in Bayswater. Featuring an array of gorgeous coats, frocks, shirts and accessories in rich colours, tweeds, and floral prints for newborns up to eight years, they’re perfect for adventure seekers. This season the collection has been inspired by two of the founders’ favourite childhood films, The Addams Family and Lemony Snicket. We love this pretty Ottolie Dress in coral with its accentuated smocking, ruffles and soft cotton, £50.
The Elfie Shop, 27, Chilworth Street W2 3HA, 020 7706 3495; elfielondon.com
6 Growing up fast
Little Dish, the Notting Hill business behind healthy, natural toddler meals, has launched a new range of tasty dinners for children aged three to six years old: Little Dish for Bigger Kids. Developed in partnership with consultant dietician Lucy Jones, each meal consists of 100% natural ingredients, plus new flavours and textures for growing tots. With Chunky Chicken Pot Roast, Mild Beef Chilli and Rice, Mediterranean Cod & Tomato Casserole and Seven Veg Lasagne on the menu, dinner time just got a lot more exciting. Little Dish meals are available from Waitrose, Asda, Tesco and online at Ocado, £3.25 per meal (300g).
7 Art on a big scale
Bringing books to life, The Enchanted Page is a free interactive exhibition of children’s illustrations at the London Print Studio. An art trail composed of cut-outs from the latest children’s books features illustrators such as Benji Davies and the award-winning Frann Preston-Gannon. Suitable for kids aged up to 11 years during December, the focus changes to 11-18 year olds in January, and artist’s talks, guided tours and workshops are available throughout for children and young people. Runs until 31 January 2015, but closes from 22nd December-5 January for the Christmas period.