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Things to do in East London

Published on: 2015-07-21 15:55:00


East London is a place with a great history and proud people. There is so much to see and do and many activities for children which makes it a great place to start fostering. We are always on the lookout for new carers, so if you’re considering fostering in East London, or perhaps you already are fostering, here are a few ideas for what you can do with your foster child to make the most of your time. 

Parks and green spaces

Sometimes, the most fun you can have with your foster child is free! Most people do not realise how many wonderful parks and green spaces there are in East London available for you to go and play some sports, have a picnic or a bike ride and have some fun! A visit to Springfield Park in Hackney is sure to be popular with your foster child while you play table tennis, cricket, tennis or just enjoy the wildlife and 40 acres of Green Flag Award winning space. You could also visit the woodlands of Tower Hamlets Cemetery Park or enjoy a peaceful walk from Stratford to Limehouse.

And let’s not forget Victoria (Vicky) Park between Hackney and Tower Hamlets. One of London’s biggest and oldest parks with many play areas for children.

For animal lovers

Animals and young people can be a great combination. At Newham City Farm there are farm animals large and small, from pigs, sheep and goats to ‘Blaze’ the shire house and ‘Sarah’ the barn owl. Visitors can book in advance for their children to ‘Be a Farmer for the day’ or just drop in for various fun activities.

The Museum of Childhood

The Museum of Childhood is the Bethnal Green outpost of the Victoria & Albert Museum and is a great place to take your foster child to give them an idea of how children lived and played hundreds of years ago. There is an array of toys, clothes, furniture and games all used by children from the 1600s up until the present day. Your foster child is sure to be fascinated and you may feel a sense of nostalgia as you see some amazing dolls houses, windup toys and more. There are also regular child friendly events for you and your foster child to take part in. You can find out more about the Museum of Childhood here.

Go Ape

If your foster child has lots of energy then they are sure to love Go Ape in Trent Park where you can see the beautiful woodland that East London has to offer from high up in the canopy. Your foster child is sure to enjoy the Tarzan Swings, High Ropes and Zip wires that lead them around the tree tops. The minimum age for this activity is ten years old so it’s perfect for older kids and teenagers! 

Thrilling activities

If your foster child is a bit older and a thrill seeker, there are plenty of thrilling activities to get involved in. The Air Line Cable Car, which runs from North Greenwich to the Royal Docks, crosses the river Thames at heights up to 90 metres. This is a fun and exciting way to show your foster child the sights of London. Alternatively, for a real thrill you and your foster child (if they are aged 10 or over) can climb the O2! Get suited up and take on this challenge as you climb to heights of 52 metres. 

There are also plenty of fun activities at Picketts Lock in Enfield, a large leisure area used in the Olympics. It has a cinema with a number of places to eat on-site. There is the golf course and the Athletics centre which has many activities for children in the holidays and at the weekend. Close by are ‘Quazar Elite’ in Enfield for anyone who likes lazer tag and Kidzbiz Indoor Playcentre for younger children. Plan it properly and make a day of it.

As you can see, there is plenty for you and your foster child to do for an amazing day out in East London. This is why we feel East London is one of the best places to foster children as you have so many opportunities to show your foster child how fun and enjoyable life can be. If you are interested in fostering in East London or you would just like to find out more about it, please get in touch with us today.

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