Toddler street dance, kids’ ballet, Glee Club and acrobatics. There’s a whole lot of fantastic things going on at stratford-circus.com

Try some ballet and contemporary dance classes with the East London Dance School at the Chisenhale Dance Space in Bow. eastlondondanceschool.co.uk

Get those kids hopping, skipping and jumping at Chisenhale Dance Space’s Creative Movement Classes. chisenhaledancespace.co.uk/creative-movement/

Ballet for children at the Hackney Forge on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. Call Mafalda on 07550 722 693 for details: mafaldaballetblog.blogspot.com

Lots of great things to see at the Museum of Childhood, including a talk by the Gentle Author on 16 March about Spitalfields’ Nippers by Horace Warner.

Become a Geffrye Explorer! Fun family activities at the Geffrye Museum every Saturday and Sunday, 12.30pm to 4.30pm. 

Music and Drama

Piccolo singing, music & dancing for babies and toddlers runs every Wednesday and Friday, V&A building, Victoria Park. Toddler class 10am, baby class 11am.  Drop-in. Stefanie 07708 451314.

Baby Music Class in the Straw Bale building at Hackney City Farm. 10-10.45am and 11-11.45am. babymusicclass.co.uk 

Diddy Bugs. Try Hackney Forge on a Wednesday morning. Cbeebies actress Samantha Seager runs acting classes for little tots. actingbugs.co.uk

Music with Maddy at the Hackney Museum every from 10am-11am. Reading Lane, E8.


Every Sunday there are drop-in children’s pottery sessions at Hackney City Farm. There’s no need to book, just come along ready to get messy.11am-1pm and 2-4pm. £5. Goldsmith’s Row, E2. 

Hand-throwing classes at Wonderland Ceramics every Friday evening. The classes are suitable for ages 12+. 6-9pm, £20 per session. wonderlandceramics.com

Tumbling & Climbing

Tumbling Bay playground, north of the Olympic Park: rock pools, tree houses, wobbly bridges. To the south there’s the gigantic red rocks to climb, oversized swings and giant sandpits. Then walk over to Here East canalside for some light refreshments at The Breakfast Club or any of the other great eateries springing up there.


Storytime for the under 5s at Victoria Park Community Centre every Tuesday from 10am to 11.30am. 5 Gore Road, E9. FREE.  

Yoga for babies…
Baby-focused classes using massage, classical yoga postures, stretches and balances adapted to their stage of growth. Fridays, Royal Inn on the Park, E9.10.45am-11.45am. £6.50. Karen: first-touchmassage@hotmail.co.uk, 07902 227 669.

…and their mums

Yoga for Mums and Babies, every Monday at 10.30am with tea and biscuits afterwards.

Hackney Forge, E9. 07958 645 978 or email clare@clareday-yoga.co.uk


From Lee Valley Riding Centre on Lea Bridge Road leevalleypark.org.uk/go/horseriding/ to  aldersbrookriding.co.uk, where the children can go on a ‘riding picnic’ in Wanstead Flats. The Docklands Equestrian Centre in Beckton is also a great place docklandsequestriancentre.com


London Fields Lido offer swimming lessons and stages 3-8 swimming classes. Go to betterlessons.org.uk for details. Plus Mile End Leisure Centre, York Hall or the gorgeous Aquatics Centre, QE Olympic Park.

Events may change so please do check on times/availability via the websites or phone numbers provided after each entry.