Easter Holidays 2019 – what’s on for East London families?
The East End is quite clearly the best place to live in London – that’s why I live and work here! For families who live in East London already, or for those visiting from Hertfordshire, Essex and beyond, there’s lots to do during the Easter Holidays.
Here are my top picks – click on the headings to go the venue websites:
Family-friendly museums in East London
Museum of London Docklands, West India Quay, E14
This free, informative, family-friendly museum has superbly interactive exhibits and Easter holiday craft activities, as well as dedicated under-8’s gallery and soft play, this is a great trip for a rainy day.
Bethnal Green Museum of Childhood
For this Easter, the Museum of Childhood has created an exhibition all about pirates! There are a number of activities alongside the exhibition, from craft activities to theatre and storytelling, some bookable, some free. There are also half-day pirate camps – lots of dressing up and sea shanties!
The Cutty Sark, the Queens House, the National Maritime Museum and the Royal Observatory make up the Royal Museums at Greenwich. The NMM has its outstanding children’s galleries, AHOY! and All Aboard, while the Cutty Sark is always fun to explore whether you join in with the Easter craft activities or not. You can also nurture your budding astronomers and take in a planetarium show at the Royal Observatory.
Family sports and activities in East London
MTB and BMX riding at Lee Valley Velopark
The Velopark is part of the legacy of the 2012 Olympics, still benefiting East Londoners now and for the future. The Velopark is offering mountain biking and BMX sessions – your kids can let off a bit of steam and learn some new skills into the bargain!
Water Wipeout at the Lee Valley White Water Centre
Another London 2012 venue, the White Water Centre has its own inflatable obstacle course on its purpose-built lake. The Water Wipeout is loads more fun than ordinary swimming, with slides and floats to test your nerve and balance.
Bunker 51 – junior paintballing at North Greenwich
The most fun you can have underground! Dash around and shoot people (safely!) in a decommissioned WWII bunker in North Greenwich. The paintballing equipment is specially designed for children and features smaller paintballs and lower impact splatmaster guns.
These are just a few things that this fantastic corner of London has to offer for families over the Easter holidays. Discover new facts, learn new skills and have loads of fun at the same time – make your holiday one to remember.