Family friendly activities in Bow and East London this Summer

Family friendly activities in Bow and East London this Summer

The very best in family friendly days out in East London


This Summer there are a plethora of engaging activities in East London to entertain both adults and children, come rain or shine.


Beach East


Beach East at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park is an ideal family-friend spot to perfect your sandcastle skills. The theme this Summer is ‘Rio’, and big screens will be erected to watch the Olympics from 6th to 21st August. There is also a funfair and an enormous paddling pool to help you cool off. 


Address: Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, Stratford, E20 2ST

Telephone: 0800 0722 110

Tickets: Adults £2; under 12s £1; under 4s free



The slide at the ArcelorMittal Orbit


This Summer why not ride the world’s longest and tallest slide? Designed by Belgian artist Carsten Höller, The Slide is an exhilarating new addition to the ArcelorMittal Orbit in The Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. To ride The Slide your child must be at least eight years old and over 1.3 metres tall.


Address: ArcelorMittal Orbit, Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, Stratford, London, E20 2ST

Telephone: 0333 8008 099

Tickets: £5 for slide, in addition to general admission (£10 adults, £5 children)



Hackney City Farm


Get stuck into some immersive farm life this summer. The best bit? You don’t even need to leave the big smoke. The Hackney City Farm is bursting with farmyard animals for children to get acquainted with. Keep an eye out for the twice-weekly pottery classes and vegetable box schemes.


Address: 1 Goldsmiths Row, London, E2 8QA

Telephone: 020 7729 6381

Tickets: FREE



Cycling at Lee Valley VeloPark 


Ride on down to the Lee Valley VeloPark this Summer to tackle mountain bike trails, road circuits and BMX jumps. There are also bike skill sessions supervised by expert coaches. You can even ride the Olympic velodrome track. A must for any bike-mad child.


Address: Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, Abercrombie Rd, London, E20 3AB

Telephone: 0300 003 0613

Tickets: Classes from £5



Discover children’s stories


The Discover Children’s Story Centre is a hands-on creative literary centre for children, dedicated to lighting your little one’s imagination and building their curiosity.  This Summer, the Discovery Story Centre will be putting on an exhibition inspired by the illustrations from American writer and illustrator, Dr Seuss, who is most famous for The Cat in the Hat children’s book.


Address: Discover Children's Story Centre, 383-387 High Street, Stratford, London, E15 4QZ

Telephone: 020 8536 5555

Tickets: adults and children £6.50; under 2s free; family ticket £22



V&A Museum of Childhood


Not many people know that the South Kensington art powerhouse, the V&A, has a younger sister in Bethnal Green. The V&A Museum of Childhood is dedicated to children, so what better place to entertain your little ones? Keep an eye out for exhibitions, fun-filled festivals and hands-on workshops to keep your children entertained throughout the holidays.


Address: V&A Museum of Childhood, Cambridge Heath Road, London, E2 9PA

Telephone: 020 8983 5200

Tickets: FREE (some events may carry a separate charge)



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