East London activities and days out
Museum of Childhood in Bethnal Green, free
Discover children’s story centre in Stratford, £5 per adult or child, under-2s free.
Bach to Baby (daytime parent and child concerts in various North/East London locations), £10 per adult if paid in advance, £12 on the door.
Cutty Sark tall ship and museum in Greenwich, adults £12.15/11.50, under-5s free
Museum of London Docklands Mudlarks children’s gallery – free but you need to book
Parent and child groups in East London
Tower Hamlets Children’s Centres – this page has links to current activities in all of them, free
The Cookie Jar, Tuesdays 10-11.30am, Bow Baptist Church, term time only, 50p donation.
Lighthouse parent and toddler group, Wednesdays 10am, Lighthouse Baptist Church, term time only
Toddler time at The Cutty Sark, Wednesdays 10-11.30am, £5 for adult & free for child
Museum of London Docklands runs a variety of under-5s activities in term time, free
Activities to do at home
The Artful Parent – big range of arts and crafts activities with clear instructions and thematic/seasonal collections of things to do
The Imagination Tree – creative learning activities for 0-5s.
You’re so Mummy – ‘No tips, no advice, no routines, no philosophies. Just a mirror on what you’ve become – read it and weep.’ That’s what two school friends of mine promise on their alternative to parenting advice blogs.
Lulastic and the Hippyshake – articles about a child-centred/attachment approach to parenting, plus feminist and environmental activism and lifestyle stuff.
Real Nappies for London – information on using ‘real’ or cloth nappies, including how to get the free vouchers offered by many local councils.
Hackney Real Nappy Network – run regular events including ‘Give and Takes’ where you can pick up preloved baby clothes and nappies for free
Recipes for babies and toddlers
My Lovely Little Lunchbox Fantastic range of well-thought through recipes suitable for baby-led weaning and for feeding rest of the family without cooking twice
Homemade Baby Food – I’m currently trying out their sugar-free birthday cake recipes