You don’t need to have a garden to get your toddler interested in the great outdoors. There are loads of beautiful parks and green opens spaces in east London – some of them have nature clubs and activities for pre-schoolers.
Here are a few you might like to try:
- Tower Hamlets Cemetery Park
Bow Beasties – free monthly wildlife club for children aged 3-12 (usually the third Saturday of the month).
The next Bow Beasties is Saturday 19th May 2018 and sounds like a cracker. The activities are whittling and worm charming. This is definitely on my to do list
2. Epping Forest Field Centre
Look out for Seedlings – one and a half hour sessions enjoying the forest for toddlers aged 18 months to four years old. Free for adults, £5 for children.
Coming up soon is A Toddle in the Woods (Wednesday 30 May 2018, 10am-11.30am), which sounds lovely. Take a walk in woodland with your little ones.
If you can’t make it, there’s a whole programme of events including a 4-week course taking place on Tuesdays 26 June-17 July 2018, 10am-11.30am with a chance for your little one to get messy and muddy.
And on Thursday 2 August 2018, 10am-11.30am there’s a chance to search for butterflies.
3. Victoria Park
Closer to home, there’s a Junior Wildlife Club in Victoria Park. The next event that I’ve spotted is:
Saturday 2 June 2018, 10.30am–12.30pm Junior Wildlife Club: Make and throw seed bombs.
4. Walthamstow Wetlands
There are regular free events for under 5s and families at Walthamstow Wetlands and some fantastic sessions are coming up soon…
Sunday 29th April, 10am-3pm Wild Weekend: Super Spiders: Spot webs and do some spider-themed art.
Monday 7th May, 10am-3pm Birdsong: storytelling, a walk listening to birds and bird-inspired arts and crafts.
5. East Ham Nature Reserve
Until I started researching this post, I didn’t know there was an East Ham Nature Reserve, but there is. There’s also an Urban Wilds Explorer Club with monthly activities including a bluebell walk coming up soon.
6. Plashet Park
Plashet Park is new to me too, but it’s very close to East Ham tube station. They have a Little Grubs gardening club every Tuesday 25th July-15th August, 10am-12noon.