Kids & Families in East London
|| When the kids start
to get bored with the Playstation and videos, why not
take them out and about to sample the delights of east
City farms are great places to take younger children
because it allows them to see pigs, sheep, cows and other
farmyard favourites close up. And east London is home
to the biggest city farm in the country - Mudchute
Farm [map] located on the Isle of Dogs. As well as the usual farm
animals, Mudchute also has llamas roaming the extensive
As well as the farm and a park, Mudchute also has an equestrian
centre, which offers lessons for children of all ages
with little or no horse riding skills. Kids can also take
courses in show jumping and cross-country riding.
East London also has Hackney City Farm [map],
which has been entertaining and educating young people
since 1984. Here you’ll find chickens, pigs, geese
and sheep, as well as a programme of classes to occupy
their young minds.
If you think the wonders of a museum might be more appropriate
for your children, then there are one or two in the area
you could try. The Bethnal Green Museum of Childhood [map] is often a good choice as it can be interesting for both
children and parents. The museum holds memories of more
than four centuries of childhood, including a wide variety
of toys that will take you back to the days when your
toys were the most important thing you possessed.
There’s also the Thames Barrier Museum [map] with plenty of exhibits to show visitors how and why the
barrier was built, as well as information on waves and
other water phenomena. You’ll also find the Thames
Barrier Park [map] here with its sunken garden and views across the river.
From tales of Peter Pan’s battles with Captain Hook
to the 2003 hit film Pirates of the Caribbean, kids have
always been interested in the antics of the villains of
the sea. In east London, there are plenty of real life
pirate tales that revolve around Execution Dock [map] near Wapping and could make for an interesting day out.
For something a little more energy sapping, you can take
your young ones to the water. There are many leisure
centres with swimming pools in the area but East London
is also home to the Royal Victoria Dock Watersports
Centre [map] where kids can learn to canoe, kayak and much more.
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