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20 Fun Kid Friendly Things to do in East London this July

The monthly round up is in! 20 fun kid friendly things to do in East London this July. Are you ready for the Summer? These events will get you in the swing of things!

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1 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

FREE

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2 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

FREE

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3 Outdoor Family Rave with Big Fish Little Fish

Big Fish Little Fish will be bringing House Music to the Museum of the Home’s beautiful walled gardens in Hoxton this Summer. A brilliant day out for all ages with resident DJs Baker & Beale’s banging elective club classics, plenty of bubbles, foam and balloons for a party atmosphere. Kids can enjoy crafting and there’s normally a soft play area for quieter moments.

Sunday 7th July 2024 2-4 pm

Museum of the Home

£10-12

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4 Launching a Landmark

Tower Bridge is celebrating 130 years with a free, open air exhibition featuring never-before-seen photographs from its 1894 public opening. Experience the bridge through the eyes of the workers who built it and the first Londoners to cross it. The exhibition includes an augmented reality adventure that brings Victorian London to life, along with exclusive online content exploring the bridge’s history.

All summer long

Tower Bridge

Exhibition is FREE. Entry to the attraction is £1 for Tower Hamlets residents with a library card or Adult £13.40, Child £6.70

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5 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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6 Monster Jam

Monster Jam® returns to London Stadium on Saturday, 13 July. Experience an adrenaline-charged day as world champion athletes and their 12,000-pound monster trucks compete in speed and skill. Watch in awe as drivers perform massive stunts, big air, backflips, donuts, and fierce head-to-head battles for the Event Championship. Enjoy fan-favorite trucks like Grave Digger®, Max-D®, and Megalodon®, along with Marvel trucks like Thor, Iron Man, and Black Panther. Monster Jam drivers, trained world-class athletes, push the limits with backflips, two-wheel skills, and races up to 70 mph, delivering jaw-dropping action.

Saturday 13th July 2024

London Stadium, E20 2ST

Tickets £15-25

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7 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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8 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

FREE

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9 Young V & A Anniversary Party

Enjoy performances from local creatives and join in with a range of hands-on activities across the galleries and creative studios of the Young V & A. Children will love participating in workshops with Fashion Accessory Designer Clara Chu and Political Cartoonist and Puppet Animator Zoom Rockman.

Saturday 13th July 2024 11 am – 15:30 pm

Young V&A, Cambridge Heath Road, Bethnal Green, London, E2 9PA

FREE

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10 We Can Be Heroes Disco Party

Promising hot fun in the summer time. This time the musical heroes of Walthamstow have 2 live bands Funk in the Forest and Dom Green’s Funk Machine for a disco funk inspired event. Great tunes, fun crowd, a brewery, amazing burgers, face painting, free comics and free groovy glasses for every child! This is a fun day out that normally sells out! Get your tickets today!

Sunday 14th July 2024 1- 5 pm

Signature Brewery, Unit 15 Uplands Business Park Blackhorse Lane London E17 5QJ

Adults £12 Kids £6

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11 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

FREE

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12 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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13 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

£10

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14 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

FREE

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15 Walthamstow-On-Sea

Feel the sand between your toes and enjoy a classic beach holiday day without leaving East London. Who wants to swim in the English Channel these days anyways! Walthamstow-on-Sea brings seaside fun to Blackhorse Road for the summer. Enjoy a classic British beach vibe with beach huts, deckchairs, and vintage styles. The Big Penny Social beach bar offers draft beer, frozen cocktails, soft serve ice cream, pizza, fish and chips, penny sweets, and postcards to send home. For added luxury, rent a beach hut for four for just £5 extra at checkout.

Friday – Sunday all summer long

Big Penny Social, 1 Priestley Way, London, E17 6AL

£4 per person

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16 Summer by the River

London Bridge City annual Summer event returns with a lineup of major sports screenings, Live Music and family-friendly films. It’s free to attend and there’s cocktails and street food so you can relax and be entertained in a stunning setting by the Thames. June highlights include a sing-along screening of Encanto, a Little Mermaid and Trolls double bill, a live circus with Life’s a Beach and a live performance of The Wind in the Willows. Sports fans will love the Wimbledon and Olympics screenings and every drink you buy at the popup bars includes a donation to Bankside Open Spaces Trust.

All summer 2024 various times and dates

The Scoop at More, London SE1 2AA

FREE

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17 The Paddington Bear™ Experience

Join Paddington and the Brown Family in preparing for the Marmalade Day Festival. Start your adventure at Paddington Station, hop aboard a full-sized train carriage, and explore London’s sights and sounds. Venture to No. 32 Windsor Gardens to explore multiple rooms and journey to Peru’s magical jungle. Celebrate at the Marmalade Day Festival with vibrant music, fairground games, and delicious treats, including Paddington’s favorite Marmalade sandwich! Capture memories with photos alongside Paddington. The Paddington Bear™ Experience and Marmalade Day Festival promise family fun for all ages.

Opened 31st May 2024

Riverside Building, County Hall, Westminster Bridge Road, London, SE1 7PB

Farm visits are FREE, meet the animals sessions £2

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18 Ricochets

Ricochets, a new immersive exhibition, celebrates the universality and creativity of play. For two decades, artist Alÿs has travelled the world filming the series Children’s Games, capturing scenes from ‘musical chairs’ in Mexico to ‘leapfrog’ in Iraq, ‘jump rope’ in Hong Kong, and ‘wolf and lamb’ in Afghanistan. Ricochets transforms the Barbican gallery into a cinematic playground with multi-screen film installations. Visitors will experience children’s games globally and view new animated films showcasing traditional and lesser-known hand games played by both children and adults.

Thursday 27th June to Sunday 1st September 2024 various times

Barbican Centre, Silk Street, London, EC2Y 8DS

Over 14s £13 – Under 14s FREE

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19 The Lion Inside

A brand new live adaptation of this bestselling story by Rachel Bright & Jim Field is coming to the Unicorn Theatre. This will be a great show to teach children 3 + about confidence and self-esteem, as the story follows a shy little mouse who sets out on a journey to find his roar. Fed up of being ignored and forgotten by the other animals, Mouse wishes he could roar like Lion. But, as he discovers, even the biggest, bossiest people are scared sometimes … and even the smallest creatures can have the heart of a lion! Directed by Sarah Punshon (The Jungle Book), with music and lyrics by Eamonn O’Dwyer (Brief Encounter).

Tuesday 23rd July – Sunday 4th August various times

Unicorn Theatre, 147 Tooley Street, London, SE1 2HZ

Tickets from £12-18

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20 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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