Poplar again?

I’m like someone with a new crush. I can’t stop talking about the relatively recently re-opened Poplar Baths. Here’s ANOTHER post about the excellent activities on offer there. Eventually, you’re going to succumb and actually give them a try. I know it.

So when we went to the Free Open Day (Have I mentioned that already? Oops, yes), the nice people there gave me a flyer for two weekly toddler-friendly sessions.

Here they are:

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Toddlers visiting Mudchute farm this week can look forward to a strange and wondrous sight. As we walk towards the sheep enclosure, it looks like someone has placed some miniature clouds on the grass. Or balls of cottonwool. Or candyfloss in unusual shades. And then they spring up onto too-long legs that are just beyond their control.

Lambs! LAMBS! Adorable, cute, new lambs.

A single brown one. Some white ones. And…

“Those ones are dalmatians”

Yes, I think I’d like to sneak these into my bag – white ones with black spots.

 

It’s definitely worth a trip to Mudchute to see them, as well as other Spring arrivals – loads fluffy of yellow ducklings, basking under warm lights. There are black pigs – a huge mummy pig and two smaller ones next door – that are new to us (my toddler LOVES pigs).

 

As always there’s the chance to buy appropriate food for the residents – the goats are happy to also eat the paper bag it’s served in, if offered. And, this week in the run-up to Easter, there are other activities to enjoy (some for a small fee).

  • Two courageous donkeys are offering rides to children aged 3+
  • A chance to hold some animals
  • Easter bonnet crafting £3
  • Easter bonnet parade
  • Easter egg hunt (Sunday) £1
  • A toddler-friendly merry-go-round. (I know for a fact this costs £1.50)

All the details, including the dates and times for activities are here.

Here are a few other things to consider:

  • The lower paddock (where there’s a duck/goose enclosure) has been developed. It now has a nature trail, some swing-type things and some great places for a picnic.
  • The cafe at Mudchute is always good value and does genuinely toddler-friendly food. Plus there’s loads of toys to play with.
  • You can combine a trip to the farm with a visit to neighbouring Millwall park and attempt to fulfill a toddler’s wish to go on the zipwire ‘a hundred times because I love it’.

My fellow blogger, Rachel, has already written up everything you need to know about Mudchute farm to plan a visit here.

Tomorrow!

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This is going to be the shortest post ever, because I’m hungry, my dinner is very nearly ready and it would be rude to keep it waiting. And all I need to say is this…

… Looking for something to do with your toddler(s) in east London tomorrow, Monday 10th April – with a preference for indoors because the glorious sunshine is being taken away from us?

If the answer to this overly-long question is yes, click here. You’ll find all the details of an open day at Poplar Baths Leisure Centre. A whole range of activities to get kids running about is promised from 10am on wards, including Toddlers’ World (bouncy castles etc), penalty shootouts and trampolining (from 12 noon).

And did I say that activities are free?

Sounds brilliant. I won’t bother with the usual What? Where? etc. as the details are on this previous post about the lovely swimming pool there (currently my favourite, oh-so-stress-free choice for taking toddler and baby for a swim). And my dinner’s ready. Phew

Cock-a-doodle-do!

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Photo from the Museum of Childhood

I’m going to have to keep this one quick, because my evening has been taken away from me by a baby who won’t stop feeding.

If the cold weather keeps up, a good place to head tomorrow is the Museum of Childhood, Bethnal Green, where they’re celebrating Chinese New Year.

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Meanwhile indoors…

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The Canary Wharf Winter Lights Festival runs for only two more nights (Thursday 26 and Friday 27 January 2017). If, like me, coughs, runny noses and disturbed nights’ sleep have so far prevented you from braving the fantastically atmospheric (but blummin’ cold) freezing fog, you might be interested in a toddler-friendly event that takes place indoors this weekend.

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Let there be light!

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Photo from last year’s festival

My toddler and I have loved looking at the twinkling Christmas lights in the local area and there was something a little sad when they all come down during the first week of January (“Why do the lights have to go, mum? I want it to be Christmas for nine years”). We miss them, so thank goodness for the Canary Wharf Winter Lights festival, which starts on Monday (16 January).

We went last year and it made for a nice evening adventure (although as it’s dark by 4pm you can visit late afternoon instead). This year, there are 30 art installations around Canary Wharf and, judging by the photos on the website and the leaflet, they look great!

I have a feeling that Angels of Freedom (which involves hunting for the five angels and becoming an angel yourself) is going to appeal to my little one. The Cathedral of Mirrors, which responds to people’s movements, also sounds like a crowd-pleaser.

The great thing about this event is that it appeals to people of all ages. We’ll be putting the baby in the sling so she can enjoy it too. And if we don’t manage all 30 exhibits on our first visit we’ll be back.

The festival runs from Monday 16-Friday 27 January 4-9pm. You can download a map here and plan your route. Oh and, best of all – after Christmas – it’s free.

A place to take crazed toddlers

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Photo: the Guardian

Suddenly it’s changed. It’s Autumn, going on Winter out there. That means crispy colourful leaves to kick in the air, big puddles to jump up and down in and – yippee – tons of conkers to collect…

…when it’s not too cold or rainy to be outdoors.

If your toddler is like mine and has seemingly limitless energy to burn, it’s still impossible to spend the whole day indoors. When the weather’s bad, we have a choice if we’re going to avoid increasingly frantic behaviour and lots of bouncing up and down perilously on the sofa and beds. We can make multiple short trips outdoors using any possible premise, like going to buy a magazine, feeding a friend’s cat, or posting a letter. Or we can make a morning trip to the soft play and burn up enough energy to make the rest of the day peaceful(ish).

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