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10 New Activities for Children in East London this month

We’ve picked out 10 of the most exciting and new events for children in East London this July. Let us know if you plan to go in the comments below.

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1 The Rig – A Musical Family Playground

Have you ever used a suitcase bass drum, a cutlery wind chime or magic oven tray headphones? No? Then come and have a go at the Southbank Centre this Summer. The Rig is an installation of musical curiosities built from upcycled and recycled objects turned into instruments and sound experiments. Get crafty in the eco-friendly art zone, where you can make a tin can drum or a plastic bottle shaker and play along to your favourite music. If the weather is fine, have a splash in the Joseph Heinnes Disappearing Rooms

Saturday 6th July 10.30 am

Queen Elizabeth Hall Foyer


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2 Screen on the Canal

Enjoy a family film on the canalside steps of Granary Square – a great combo with the fountains. With more than 150 films to choose from including blockbuster bangers, family favourites and cult classics there will be something for everyone. A lovely way to relax into a summer’s evening. No need to book. I recommend getting one of those sofas that you fill with wind that looks like squishy lips. So comfy! Don’t forget the popcorn and bottle of rose!

1st July- 18th August 2024

Granary Square


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3 Toddler Festival at Lee Valley Animal Adventure Park

Your tiny tots can enjoy all inclusive festival fun, from fantastic children’s entertainment and bubble shows, to arts and craft activities. Little ones will love to meet the animals with everything from creepy crawlies to rabbits and wallabies to acquaint themselves with. There are also a few fairground rides, minigolf and an adventure playground. Promising a brilliant day out for the whole family.

6th and 7th of July

Lee Valley Animal Adventure Park, Stubbins Hall Ln, Waltham Abbey, EN9 2EF

Tickets £4-9.99

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4 Bon Point High Tea and Swimming in Luxury

Bonpoint are taking over the 5* Pan Pacific Hotel with a swimming session and high tea designed expressly for 6-16 year olds. They even have spa treatments for little faces! Children will get a creatively designed colouring postcard and word search to enjoy with their indulgent Bonpoint Children’s Afternoon Tea (£29 per child). Yes, it’s extortionate but also quite tempting, especially with the hotel’s infinity pool which will be opened up for a playful paradise and much cheaper than getting on a flight!

From July

Hotel Pan Pacific London, 80 Houndsditch, London, EC3A 7AB


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5 Kaleidoscope Festival

Headlining the Hilltop Stage are Ministry of Sound Classical with the London Concert Orchestra, joined by Soul II Soul and more. The Cloud 10 Stage features DJs like Mr. Scruff and Artful Dodger. On the Fringe Stage, enjoy actor Brian Blessed, comedians, and Hip-Hop Karaoke.

Family-friendly activities take center stage with Tootles & Nibs, Silly Science Workshops, Chickenshed Theatre, African Acrobatics Circus, Gareth P. Jones, and School of Beatbox. Don’t miss The Wave, a clowning show from Calf2Cow, ensuring fun for all ages.

Saturday 13th July 2024

Alexandra Palace

Adults £70, Children £37.30, Under 5s £13

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6 Whitecross Street Party

A unique outdoor event with a creative mix of street arts, performances and community interaction. This celebrated family-friendly street party provides a platform for over 40 artists painting live for THE RISE OF THE NONCONFORMISTS outdoor exhibition. Alongside the art, the day is packed with live music, dance, family activities and a good dash of the unexpected.

Saturday 13th & Sunday 14th July 2024

Whitecross Street


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7 Alfresco Arts: Family series

Offering a variety of activities, theatre, and workshops to entertain children this summer. Enjoy an interactive rocket-making workshop or a ballet performance of Goldilocks—there’s something for everyone. Most events are free, but some require tickets; check individual listings for details. Part of Canary Wharf’s broader Alfresco Arts summer series, which includes classical music and diverse theatre performances. The first event actually kicks off the 22nd of June with a Mini Pride event in the Crossrail Roof Gardens. Check out the Craig and Karl minigolf in Montgomery Square while you are there.

20th and 28th of July various times

Jubilee Park


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8 Monster Funfair

Discover’s new immersive family adventure will take visitors through a fantastical circus tent and into the woods. In amongst the trees, you’ll find an amazing, marvellous, EXTRAORDINARY… Monster Funfair!Created with the award-winning Nadia Shireen, this magical world also has a fairground mystery to solve – just who has stolen ALL the candyfloss?

From the 20th July 2024

Discover Children’s Story Centre, 383-387 High Street, Stratford, London E15 4QZ

Tickets £5 and up

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9 Britten Sinfonia Family Concert: The Robot and the Bluebird

This uplifting story follows a robot with a broken heart who uses his remaining strength to save a little bird, rediscovering his purpose in life. Presenter Sheena Masson joins Britten Sinfonia’s musicians to perform a new musical adaptation of David Lucas’s children’s book, featuring animations by Victor Craven and a jazz-influenced score by composer Raphael Clarkson.

Sunday 21st July 2024

Big Penny Social, London, E17 6AL


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10 Greenwich Peninsula Jazz & Food Festival

Where irresistible beats meet mouth-watering eats. This is one of those events that you will probably enjoy more than they will but is still child friendly with relaxed vibes. Raise a glass, indulge in a delectable spread of New Orleans-inspired culinary delights, and groove to cool jazz in the sunshine. Immerse yourself in a celebration of music, food, and art just a hop, skip and a whizz over the Thames on that cable car that I can never remember the new name of since it’s no longer supported by Emirates.

20th July 2024

Greenwich Peninsula


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Looking for things to do in June? Check out our monthly round up

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