What to do in Newham this half term

Enjoy the great outdoors this half term

Enjoy the great outdoors this half term - Credit: Archant

There’s plenty to do to beat the boredom this half term. Whatever your little (or not so little) ones are into, there will be something on your doorstep to keep them occupied. All activities are free unless specified.

Rush hockey is a faster version of the sport

Rush hockey is a faster version of the sport - Credit: Archant

Whatever your little (or not so little) ones are into, there will be something on your doorstep to keep them occupied. All activities are free unless specified.

Saturday

Enjoy all the fun of the fair with rollercoasters, dodgems and a carousel.

Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, noon-9pm, ride prices vary


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Stratford Shopping Centre, 10am-4pm

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Sunday

Get green-fingered and join in with planting seeds and making bird feeders.

Newham City Farm, 1.30pm

Take a trip up the ArcelorMittal Orbit and see how many London landmarks you can spot.

Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, free child entry with £10 adult ticket

Monday

Footballers of the future can learn through fun and interactive games.

Timber Lodge Cafe, Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, 10am, ages 2-3

Discover the thrills and skills of BMX riding.

Lee Valley VeloPark, 10am, ages 7-16, £27

Tuesday

Help design new signs for the park and take part in a photography walk on family stories day.

Plashet Park, 11am

Learn how to care for a pony with hands-on horsey activities.

Newham City Farm, 12.30pm, ages 8-12, £50. Book by calling 0300 124 0123.

Wednesday

Make your own mask with artist and illustrator Jane Foster.

Discover Children’s Story Centre, 2.30pm, ages 5+

Meet creepy crawlies at the minibeast hotel.

Plashet Park, noon

Pull on your wellies and learn what it’s like to be a farmer for the day.

Newham City Farm, 11am, £40. Book by calling 0300 124 0123.

Follow in the footsteps of Andy Murray at a tennis camp.

East Ham Leisure Centre, 10am, ages 5-12, £10.

Thursday

Improve your football skills with drills, matches and penalty shoot-outs.

East Ham Leisure Centre, 10am, ages 5-12, £10.

Blink and you’ll miss rush hockey, a fast-paced version of the game comparable to five-a-side football.

Lee Valley Hockey and Tennis Centre, 7pm, from £4.

Friday

Learn how to create art using huge sheets of foil.

Discover Children’s Story Centre, 2.30pm, ages 8+

Be cool in the pool and have fun on giant inflatables.

London Aquatics Centre, 9.30am, 11.30am or 1.30pm, ages 8+, from £5.

Saturday

Grab a pen and kick off your shoes for the Doodle Dance show.

Discover Children’s Story Centre, 12.30pm and 3.30pm, ages 4+

Go wild making dens and hunting for bugs.

East Ham Nature Reserve visitor centre, noon

Join author David Barrow for a game of hide and seek with an elephant.

Foyles, Westfield Stratford City, 11am, ages 5-7. Free but ticketed from foyles.co.uk

Sunday

Get up close to birds of prey and learn more about them.

Newham City Farm, 1pm

Have fun and get fit at the same time with a family jog.

Central Park cafe, 9.30am

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