Easter holiday activities in East London

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With our term-time toddler favourites closed for the Easter break, I’m looking forward to trying some of the many holiday activities that are on in the area.

Here’s half a dozen things I’d like to try. Any others you know about? Please comment and add to the list!

The Ragged School Museum, on the canal in Mile End park, is a hidden gem that is mainly aimed at school groups during term time, but puts on free family activities during the holidays. I came across their holiday session by chance last Summer and we spent ages playing in their big toddler room downstairs – lots of toys, homemade playdough and craft activities put on by lovely volunteers.

The Museum and Victorian classroom upstairs had more history-based creative fun for older children and families, including dressing-up and face painting which was accessible for younger ones too.

I’ll update when I’ve tried it, but it looks like the offer will be similar this time. Details: 10-5pm, on both Wednesdays and Thursdays in the holiday – 30th/31st March and 5th/6th April. Free entry. There’s a small cafe and the loo has a baby changer.

The Victorian Classroom

Tower Hamlets Cemetery Park is particularly beautiful at this time of year for a walk or a picnic… I think it’s the best place in London to see spring flowers.

If you have older children than me, you could also try an egg-themed foraging event on Wednesday 30th March, or pond-dipping and amphibian crafts on Wednesday 6th April, both for children 5+, £3 per child (younger siblings welcome, free), see here for booking details…  Shame I don’t have an older child!

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The Museum in Docklands has lots of free family events on over the holidays, including sessions for 1-5 year olds on Mondays 28th March (‘Musical Machines’) and 4th April (‘Ingenious Inventors’).

Their super-interactive under-5s gallery Mudlarks (soft play, water play, dressing up, working model docks etc) is open all day during the school holidays – it’s free, but you need to book here.

Epping Ongar railway (see details in Aline’s recent post, here) re-opens at Easter and I’m super excited to take my boys for the first time (well, my older boy, who is currently a train fanatic. At 4 weeks old, I think Little B can only focus on black-and-white images and objects 30 cm away from his face … but he might enjoy the sounds of a steam train at least).


The museums in Greenwich (Cutty Sark, National Maritime Museum and Royal Observatory) have lots of family events on over the holidays. My toddler Finn and I love the Cutty Sark so I’d like to try this musical statues dressed as figureheads activity on 2nd / 3rd April.

Cutty Sark figureheads

It’s the final weeks of the Bear Hunt exhibition/experience at the Discover Centre in Stratford. See Aline’s review of Bear Hunt here. The closing weekend of the exhibition 9th/10th April has special activities including a Bear Hunt Disco (!) at 12.30, 2.30 and 3.30. I imagine booking will be essential. I’d book just to see what a Bear Hunt Disco is…

More suggestions would be great – please share if you’ve something fun planned!



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