Posted: 03 Nov 2016
#Area Guide From urban nature trails to farmyard fun, early morning raves to perfecting your underwater handstand, Hackney has it all.
If you’re based in East London and are stuck for inspiration on child-friendly activities in the area, then this is the list for you. We’ve compiled a whole host of Hackney-based events and activities, from morning raves to orienteering in local wetlands.
What better way to start your day then with a morning rave? This early bird dance session allows you to relive your glory days with your kids in tow. Top DJs are on hand to produce some invigorating tunes and you certainly won’t have to worry about a hangover.
Address: The Oval Space, 29-32 The Oval, E2 9DT
Prices: Early bird Prices start from £12.50
The Castle Climbing Centre
If your children like staying active, and want to try something new, then The Castle is the place for them. This climbing institution welcomes children over nine-years-old and of all abilities. Kids can try a variety of mountaineering activities from rope climbing to bouldering, abseiling to wall climbing. They also provide a great roster of courses and school holiday events.
Address: Green Lanes, Stoke Newington, N4 2HA
Telephone: 020 8211 7000
Prices: A kid’s taster session starts from £20.
Clissold Park boasts a rich history, with the former country house sat in the heart of the open space. The park is perfect for children as is clean, it hosts a welcoming café, and it hosts a variety of facilities. These range from a large children’s playground, padding pool, table tennis stations (remember to bring your bat and ball), tennis courts, a deer enclosure and more.
Address: Stoke Newington Church Street, N16 9HJ
Prices: Admission free
Let your kids run wild at this fun-filled indoor play experience. Children can enjoy the delights of soft play and dive into ball pits, whilst being situated in a safe environment. Kidzmania also host children’s birthday parties. Perfect for a stress-free solution.
Address: 28 Powell Road, E5 8DJ
Telephone: 020 8533 5556
Prices: From £2-5
Hackney City Farm
There’s no need to leave the city with this urban farm. Take your children to see their wide variety of animals, from cattle to chickens, pigs to guinea pigs. Aim to visit on a Saturday when they host the Mini Farmers’ Club, where children (aged 8-17) help manage the farmyard and animals.
Address: 1a Goldsmiths Row, E2 8QA
Telephone: 020 7729 6381
Prices: Admission free
London Fields Lido
Could there be a better environment to teach your child to swim than this iconic outdoor swimming pool? You can dive right in with your little ones all year round as thankfully, the pool is heated.
Address: London Fields West Side, E8 3EU
Telephone: 020 7254 9038
Prices: Member, £3.45 (adult), £2.85 (child); non-member, £4.80 (adult), £2.85 (child), concessions, £1.25 (adult and child).
Never fear going to the cinema again with these child-friendly events. The Hackney Picturehouse has launched several kids groups, where you and like-minded parents/carers can go to watch the latest release. Big Scream is for babies under one and host adult films, whereas Toddler Time and Kids Club (aged 3-12) show kid-friendly movies.
Address: 270 Mare Street, E8 1HE
Telephone: 0871 902 5734
Prices: Big Scream, adults from £7.50, babies free; Toddler Time, adults free, toddlers £3; Kids Club, adults and children £2 each.
This is the perfect weekend option for nature lovers alike. The wetlands centre sits in Stoke Newington and can be easily accessed via Manor House tube. It’s a great place to stroll around with your young ones. The centre also organises fantastic child-friendly courses and activities on weekends and school holidays, from bushcraft to orienteering.
Address: West Entrance via New River Path, Lordship Road, N16 5HQ
Telephone: 020 8802 4573
Prices: Admission free. Courses and activities vary.
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