Two things you can do tomorrow…

(That’s Sunday 3 September)

Mudchute Annual Fun Dog Show 1-4pm

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Last year’s best in show Thistle from mudchute.org

There is a prize for the dog with the wiggliest tail – this alone makes me want to go Mudchute Farm tomorrow afternoon. Toddlers? Dogs? What could possibly go wrong?

In between admiring the pooches (prize-winning or otherwise) you can enjoy games, facepainting and cake. Anything else?

Why would you need anything else?

Find out more here.

Story Spectacular at Victory Park, Stratford 12noon-4pm

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Alternatively if dogs aren’t your thing, make your way to Victory Park, where storytellers from Discover will be performing, ‘Aliens love underpants’. There’s also face-painting, plus the chance to climb aboard a real life fire engine.

Find out more here.

You can also pick up a Tail Trail from Signorelli’s – the brightly coloured map will take you around the area, sparking your imagination as you go.

(Here’s a previous post about Victory Park here).

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Free family friendly festival

It’s been raining all day today, but it’s got to stop soon – hasn’t it? If it doesn’t, this weekend may be best spent crafting an ark, but if by any chance the sun is shining, perhaps you’ll want to head to Springfield Park E5 for Disco Loco’s free festival for families.

It’s all happening between the toddler-friendly hours of 11am and 7pm – you can expect live music, theatre, comedy, food and a bar. Or alternatively, the chance to dance, laugh, eat, drink and have fun.

You’ll find more information here.

 

More things to do this week…

If you’re looking for some free, fun things to do locally this week, here are a few options:

Wednesday 2 August, 12-3pm – Water Festival

There’s a Water Festival at Mile End Play Park Pavilion, so pack suitable clothing, towels, water pistols and anything else you might like to play with.

Mile End Park Play Pavilion, Locksley Street, E14 7EJ

 

Saturday 5th August, 11am-4pm – A Great Day Out

There’s a whole day of activities and events at Victoria Park this Saturday. Turn up with your toddler and there will be loads to do.

Abbey Lane Park

This is the third post in an occasional series featuring smaller local parks and playgrounds which you may have passed by, but never visited. So far, we’ve covered Rounton Park, Bow and Victory Park, Stratford.

If you live nearby, these are the places you go to once, twice, three times a day sometimes when you need to get your toddler out into the fresh air – to use up some energy or get a change in mood. You really depend on them.

This time, we’re obeying the urge we’ve had for some time to investigate the rather fantastic slide that can be glimpsed to the right, near the Greenway, from the upper deck of the bus on the way to Stratford shortly after Bow Flyover.

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Another free thing to do this Thursday

Just a quick one to make sure you know that the Unity Festival is being held at Bob’s Park, by the Bromley by Bow centre this Thursday 27th July, 2pm-8pm.

There’ll be food, music, a bouncy castle, games from around the world, face painting and much more.

Everyone is encouraged to dress colourfully and, if possible, in the traditional clothing of a country of their heritage.

Details here.

Free fun – Thursday and Saturday

Parents starting out on six weeks or so without nursery or school have no doubt spent months poring over a calendar, making and re-making arrangements to ensure their little ones are entertained and cared for. For anyone who still has room for a little spontaneity, you may be interested in the Open Days at Poplar Baths Leisure Centre this Thursday 27th and Saturday 29th July 2017, which are to celebrate 1 year since the reopening of this historic building.

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Blackberry marshes

Blackberry picking is no fun for kids, is it?

This was the comment from another mum, after her family stopped cycling to watch us getting covered in scratches and pink juice. I’d offered her a spare container for her kids to join in and she was rather taken aback. 

I suppose she’s right that it’s not the MOST kid friendly activity, what with the thorns, and the best berries inevitably out of reach. Though at least adults and children are on a fair footing as those grape-sized, glossy ones are often just beyond everyone‘s grasp…

But, I’ve been conditioned to blackberry picking as a late summer habit since before I could walk, and can’t imagine walking past a patch of brambles at this time of year without at least *trying* to stuff my face.

So last weekend we cycled up to Hackney Marshes and picked blackberries.

Here are the ways it WAS fun:

It makes a lovely purpose for a cycle ride, and Finn the 3-year-old loved being blackberry patch lookout as we ride along.

We rode through the Olympic Park and along the River Lea, all the way up Hackney Marshes and on to Walthamstow Marshes. 

The further you go up the Lea, the urban-wilder it gets, with a profusion of giant marsh plants along the riverbanks, shady woodland and a huge wide sky out over the Marsh football pitches. 

We passed the enormous, still-being-made Walthamstow Wetlands centre, which I hadn’t heard about until we cycled past signs to it – it’s opening in September and I can’t wait to visit.

The blackberry picking was fun for a bit too. It was! Really blackberry eating for the kids, and a parent doing a bit of quick surreptitious picking into a box while their mouths are full.

The toddler-on-shoulders trick to reach high up berries is good entertainment (obvs the berries never make it into the pot in this scenario) (we stopped and headed for Tumbling Bay playground when tipping the blackberries out of the pot onto the ground became the fun thing).

If you’re cycling back via the Olympic Park then the Timber Lodge cafe is a family-friendly stop for a snack, next to the fantastic Tumbling Bay playground.

And then of course there’s the reward: blackberry and apple crumble!See here for a sugar-free crumble recipe if that takes your fancy.