Your go-to place for East London Kids’ activities
Parks and Outdoors
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 in addition to their two Adventure Playgrounds, Vicky Park is running a ton of events this summer including a Teddy Bears’ Picnic, Bard Barmy Army, Summer Tree & Memoryscape Walks, Pet First Aid Training and The Great Potato Pulling Competition. Check out their jam-packed list of summer events for details, dates, times etc.
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
Arts ‘n Crafts
Play, Performance & Pastimes at the Geffrye, Creative workshops & hands-on activities for families with children aged 2 – 16; sessions include Nursery Rhyme Time for 2 – 5 year olds, digital workshops for children aged 8+, digital workshops for children aged 11+, drop-in craft workshops, Geffrye Explorers and family-friendly tours of the restored Almshouse. Check their what’s on section for dates & times.
Nordic Summer Family Days at the Museum of Childhood, Thursdays thru 30 August, 11.00-16.00, storytelling and craft activities; free, drop-in, All ages.
Drama & Live Performance
Yardlings Big offers free theatre making for 4-6 yr olds and Yardlings Bigger for 7-11 yr olds at The Yard. Also, check out their Yard Card for discounts and offers.
Disney themed drama, dance and games as well as storytelling, also art & drawing workshops with Kids Party Acadamy.Various dates in August – check website for deets.
Teletubbies Live at Hackney Empire, 18 & 19 August, tickets range from £11 – £17 + booking fee. Info, times & booking on the website.
Tennis lessons for children aged 4+ with Ross Askell (and a tenner off your first session if you mention LoveEast!) Ring Ross on 07974 801 439 or email him for info.
Laburnum Boat Club offers kayaking and canoe lessons for all abilities plus narrow boat trips along the Regent’s Canal.
Vicky Park Boating Lake has regattas and sailing with model boats on Sundays and you can also hire a little dinghy to row around the lake from Regal Boat Hire.
City Farms in East London
Fun filled animal activities to keep the kids busy. Many have arts n’ crafts activities and clubs as well.
Hackney City Farm
Mudchute City Farm
Newham City Farm
Spitafields City Farm
Stepney City Farm
In case it rains…
From storytelling to writing to checking out a book, our libraries offer a load of rainy day options and you can find your local library using these links:
Barking & Dagenham
Further Afield – Great Days Out
Epping Forest also encompasses Wanstead Flats and Wanstead Park and has lots to see and do, from walking in the woodlands to visiting the Queen’s Hunting Lodge. A great day out for all the family: Google ‘Epping Forest’ for a myriad of choices and information.
Epping Onger Railway is perfect for young train enthusiasts who can ride on full size steam and diesel trains. They also have an interconnecting heritage bus service and a miniature railway.
Moby Crazy Golf in Chadwell Heath is the largest adventure golf course in the UK, is reasonably priced and a great day out for families with kids aged 5+.