Santa’s Victorian Grotto at the Museum of London, 150 London Wall, EC2Y 5HN
Santa at Sutton House, 2-4 Homerton High St., E9 6JQ
Santa’s Snowflake Grotto at Westfield Stratford
Family-friendly Pottery Workshops at Wonderland Ceramics, 237 Victoria Park Rd, E9 7HD, Weekdays 11-1pm, 1-3pm, 3-5pm, £30 pp. £30 adults / £20
The Makers Guild at The Yard has loads of play, discover and make activities; Check the website for what’s on during term time.
Free drop-in activities at the Museum of Childhood during term time, including arts and crafts, tours, trails and storytelling. Also check them out for holiday activities.
The Geffrye Museum always has something fun for kids of all ages so always worth checking out.
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.
Children’s Creative Movement & Dance classes at Chisenhale Dance Space. Check website for dates & times.
ShowKids performing arts training aged 5 – 16 in Clapton, Forest Gate & Stoke Newington.
Soft and Indoor Play
Kidsmania indoor playground, Hackney Downs
Hackney Playbus is a double-decker bus that has been fully converted into an early years play facility. Check website for sessions in your area.
FlipOut in East Ham and ZapSpace in Stratford both offer loads of activities including soft play and SEN sessions.
East of Eden in Walthamstow offers Parent & toddler yoga classes and Yoga for Kids aged 5 – 9 (term-time). Check website for days and times.
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
Find an indoor pool near you – just put in your post code and voilà.
Fresh Air and Outdoors
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.
Brampton Park in East Ham has a paddling pool and play area with a zip wire plus a MUGA pitch, table tennis, trim trail and wheelchair access, including some play equipment.
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.
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
Schedules vary, especially during the holidays, so be sure to check times & availability. You can also visit our new What’s On calendar at myeastlondon.online for more up-to-date listings and to list your events for free.