Arts ‘n Crafts
Little Artists London offers an array of child-friendly workshops at CreatePlace, St Margarets House, 21 Old Ford Road, Bethnal Green, E2 9PL. Days, times & booking info: littleartistslondon.com/workshops
The Makers Guild at The Yard – play, discover and make; Fridays during term time. the-yard.co.uk
Free drop-in activities at the Museum of Childhood during term time, including arts and crafts, tours, trails and storytelling. Also check the V&A Website for holiday activities.
Music & Dance
Tots Gigs monthly morning series of acoustic gigs for parents who want to see a great gig in the daytime and bring their babies in tow. Check website for dates & times: soundscreativeprojects.co.uk/whatson/
Children’s Creative Movement & Dance classes Saturdays at Chisenhale Dance Space. Times and ages: chisenhaledancespace.co.uk
Reading & Writing
A fun storytelling and toys session for under 5s, Tuesdays, 11am – noon in the children’s library at Homerton Library. Come and listen to stories, music, play, participate in simple activities and meet other parents and children. Just turn up. Contact: Homerton Library on 020 8356 3000.
Chatterbooks reading group for 8-12 year olds with quizzes, competitions and prizes. fourth Tuesday of the month, 4.30 – 5.30pm at Dalston CLR James Library.
Creative writing for 7-14 yr olds, first Wednesday of the month, 4.30 – 5.30pm at Dalston CLR James Library.
East of Eden in Walthamstow offers Parent & toddler yogac lasses on Mondays, 11 – 11.45am and Yoga for Kids aged 5 – 9 (term-time) Wednesdays 4:15 – 5:00pm. Info: edeneast.co.uk/what-we-do/yoga/kids/
Use this handy site to find an indoor pool near you: swimming.org/poolfinder/ Just put in your post code and voilà.
Parks & Recreation
Check out Living with Warmth, a children’s what’s on guide for Hackney & Islington with a playground and child-friendly cafe and attractions map: livingwithwarmth
Bow Creek Ecology Park in Docklands wildlife haven in the urban environment with a variety of wildlife from newts and water scorpions to flocks of wading birds.
Clissold Park has a paddling pool, fountains, tennis court and skate-park plus an aviary and animal enclosures, multi-use games area and dog-free play area.
Homerton Grove Adventure Playground is a free, open access playground and youth service for children 6+ providing space to run, jump, make noise and have fun. Once registered and settled, they can be left to play. Under 6’s welcome but must be supervised by an accompanying adult at all times.
Shakespeare Walk Adventure Playground in Stoke Newington is a free, open access playground offering a wide range of indoor and outdoor activities including cooking, jumping, swinging, climbing, den building etc. Once registered and settled, they can be left to play. Under 6’s welcome but must be supervised by an accompanying adult at all times.
Tower Hamlets Cemetery Park runs a variety of clubs and events including the Bow Beasties Wildlife Club and the Forest School.
The Tumbling Bay Playground in the north of the Olympic Park has rock pools, tree houses, wobbly bridge etc.
Victoria Park has two Adventure Playgrounds, and loads of space to run and play. Check the link for upcoming events.
Wild Kingdom at Three Mills Green encourages natural play where children can climb over (purposely placed) fallen trees and build their own dens. Also has a traditional maypole swing and trampolines
Inclusive Adventure Playgrounds
Designed for young people with disabilities/additional needs and supervised by trained, CRB checked staff, these playgrounds offer a variety of activities that provide stimulating and inclusive play in a setting that supports the child’s requirements and also gives support to their families.
Hackney Adventure Playground, Clapton
Terence Brown Ark, Canning Town
Be sure to check times/availability via the websites or contact details provided