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Our pick of what makes East London a fabulous place for families in September

Hope you’ve had a brilliant summer with plenty of memories made? August is a time when we tend to take a bit more time out with our children and it can make you realise how our busy London lives make us miss out on the little things. Details are important to our kids and making sure they feel like we really know them is key to our relationship with them as they grow. We hope you find some inspiration to take them on more excellent adventures this month.

Great Expectations

When: 31st August 2019 at 7pm and 1st September 2019 2pm and 7pm

Where: The Geffrye Museum of the Home, 136 Kingsland Rd, East London E2 8EA

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Bring your friends and family and enjoy free theatre in the beautiful gardens of the Geffrye Museum – an end of summer treat for all ages.

Great Expectations is a cracking London story which examines class and social mobility, explores love and obsession, and questions how we think about family. Free Theatre UK will be adding a steampunk spin to this Dickens’ classic.

Free to watch, bring something to sit on. Picnics welcome or refreshments available to buy. The front gardens will be open an hour before each performance starts.


Solar Barges

When: Sunday 1st September 2019 11am-1pm and 2pm-4pm

Where: The Royal Observatory Blackheath Ave, Greenwich, London SE10 8XJ

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Journey to the moon and back with crafts and experiments that fire up your imagination and send you rocketing into space. The Ancient Egyptians worshipped Thoth, god of writing, magic and wisdom and the moon. Thoth had a seat of honour in the sky boat so at night he could help defeat a serpent that tried to destroy the sun god. Be inspired by this story and create your own moon-themed boat fit for a god. Free, all ages drop in.

Become the Greatest Explorer on The Great Map

When: Sunday 1st September – Monday 2nd September 2019 11am-4pm

Where: The National Maritime Museum (The Great Map)

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The Great Explorer is an interactive game for families and fun for all ages.

Borrow one of the tablet devices at the National Maritime Museum and set sail across The Great Map to explore distant lands and discover treasures from all around the world.  Where will you visit and what will you find?  Take a photo and share your adventure  @NMMGreenwich #greatmap

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Teddy Bears Picnic

When: Wednesday, 4th September 2019 12-1pm

Where: Victoria Park  , near the bandstand, Grove Rd, East London, E3 5TB

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“Every teddy bear who’s been good is sure of a treat today
There’s lots of marvellous things to eat and wonderful games to play
Beneath the trees where nobody sees they’ll hide and seek as long as they please”

An event especially for all the mini park users! Bring your favourite teddy, picnic and enjoy storytelling, fun and games and interactive music. Suitable for ages 0-3 years and a great place to meet and mingle with other parents who also frequent our much loved Vicky Park.

Fire Pit Activity

When: Saturday, 7th September 2019 choose from 2 sessions: 11am – 12pm and 12 – 1pm

Where: Mile End Play Park Pavilion, Locksley Street, East London E14 7EJ

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Don’t you love the smell of a campfire? Join the Mile End Play Park Pavilion for their fire pit roasting activity and learn how to roast marshmallows, root vegetables and chocolate bananas. Suitable for children ages 5-11 years. All children must be accompanied by an adult. Booking essential as spaces are limited.

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Totally Thames Festival – Cutty Sark Flotilla

When: Saturday, 7th September & Sunday, 8th September 2019 11.30am-1.30pm and then 2pm – 4pm

Where: Cutty Sark, King William Walk, East London SE10 9HT

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Part of the Totally Thames festival which is jam packed with events all along our most famous river all month long. Come and make your very own tall ship to add to a spectacular flotilla of masts and sails underneath the Cutty Sark! Work with a Boat Poet to write your own poem on your ship and listen out for poetry from students who took part in the Rivers of the World project. Free with admission price ticket.

Hackney Carnival

When: Sunday, 8th September 2019 12pm -7pm

Where: Mare Street, click on link for route map and stage locations

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Feathers, glitz and fabulous dance routines are set to return to the borough’s streets!

There will be spectacular costumes and energetic dancing from almost 1,000 performers on the parade, alongside; three kids areas, three live music areas, seven sound system sites, street art, and 30 stalls offering food and fare from around the world.

Local children and families can enjoy three free all-day play areas, with Disco Loco playing kid friendly tunes in St John’s kids playground, the Hackney Playbus pulling up in Hackney Town Hall Square and a pop-up cycle playroad in Hilman street. Children of all ages will be stimulated and entertained by this vibrant display of sound and colourful costumes.


George Irvin’s Fun Fair

When: Friday 13th – Sunday 15th and Thursday 19th- Sunday 22nd weekdays from 3:30 weekends from 1pm

Where: Mile End Park, Junction of Roman Road & Grove Road, East London, E5 5SN

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All the fun of the fair returns to Mile End this September. Families can expect a classic fleecing, best to go weekdays when rides are 1 token. If your child is keen to try all the rides head there, if you can, on Thursday 26th for wristband day.  They’ll love the dodgems, teacups, roller coasters and carousels and more. There are rides for children of all ages.

Roman London Family Walk   

When: Sunday 15th September 2019 & Saturday 21st September 2019

Where: Museum of London, 150 London Wall, Barbican, London EC2Y 5HN

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Discover the life of Roman Londoners

Go back 2,000 years and walk the streets of Roman Londinium! Visit the remains of the Roman city wall, the location of a long lost fort and Londinium’s hidden amphitheatre, where brave gladiators and nimble acrobats entertained the raucous crowds, on this interactive tour for all ages.

Image by Zoe Manders

Image by Zoe Manders


When: Friday 20th September 2019 10.30am & 1.30pm 25mins

Where: The Half Moon Theatre

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Blink. Blink again. What do you see? Day by day your world is filling up with colour. Reds and blues, yellows and greens. Twinkling lights that glisten and gleam.

Your reflection is staring back at you. Wide eyed and full of hope. Mirrors, lights, col-ours and sounds. The world is your kaleidoscope.

Inspired by research into how a baby’s sense of sight develops and how they instinctively begin to categorise colour, watch as a multi-coloured kaleidoscope is brought to life for you and your baby. Best suited for babies ages 6-18 mths. You and your baby can enjoy a post-performance play session.

Open House London

When: Saturday 21st -Sunday 22nd September 2019

Where: Various

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Open House London is a London wide festival of architecture giving free access to the public of some of our greatest buildings. Tower Hamlets has quite a few interesting landmarks to visit including Denis Severs House, The Crossrail Place Roof Gardens, Tower Hamlets Cemetery Park, Toynbee Hall and Wilton’s Music Hall to name a few.  Visit St Margarets, Halfmoon Theatre, Museum of London Docklands, St Dunstans and All Saints Church for some engaging architectural activities especially for families.


Baby Loves Disco Mini Roadshow

When: Saturday 28th September, 10am

Where: Shoreditch Town Hall, 380 Old St, East London EC1V 9LT

More info: For more info and to book, click here

The original family dance party returns to Shoreditch Town Hall!

Baby Loves Disco’s resident club DJs mix feelgood chart floorfillers with nostalgic pop classics from the years before parenthood struck – for parents and babies, toddlers and young children to enjoy together. There are play tents and inflatables, balloons, bubbles, dressing up, arts and crafts, healthy snacks and dancefloor fun with games and giveaways. Tickets are £4 (free for non-walking babies).

FunDMC House Specials

When: Saturday 28th September 2019 12.30pm-3pm

Where: Pitch, 2 Bridge Rd, Stratford, East London E15 3FF

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Taking you back to your first trips to Ibiza and Ministry as FUN DMC welcomes one of the very first super star DJs for this House Special. Brandon Block has torn the roof off clubs around the world and today will be giving your kids a taste of what mum and dad were up to back in the day.

Expect the usual dance competitions, give aways, colouring in and more at this incredible covered outdoor venue for what will be our last FUN DMC at this home for the summer. Great fun for all ages.


Peace at Last

When: Saturday, 28th September  2019 11am and then at 2pm

Where: Stratford Circus, Theatre Square, East London E15 1BX

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Mr Bear can’t sleep. Mrs Bear is snoring. So he goes to sleep in Baby Bear’s room. But Baby Bear is pretending to be an aeroplane. So he goes to sleep in the living room…Performed in a new composition for three singers, accompanied by harp and woodwind, Olivier award-winning OperaUpClose presents a new show for children, based on Jill Murphy’s much-loved picture book which has been delighting families for generations. Great for ages 3-5 years.


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