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Keep busy in Redbridge this Easter: Top 10 activities

Feel like the New Year only just begun? Have the Easter holidays crept up on you?
If you find yourself with no plans for the kids this Easter, don’t worry we’ve got you covered! We’ve compiled a list of fantastic events and activities taking place across Redbridge. So there is nothing left to do except start booking!

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1) Easter Trails at Hainault Forest & Valentines Park

It wouldn’t be Easter without a few fun trails to follow! This year you can choose from two Easter trails. The first is at Hainault Forest where you will follow the clues to defeat the wicked Winter Pixie who has hidden the signs of Spring in the Forest because he wants it to stay winter forever. At Valentines Mansion children can look for hidden eggs and bunnies in the house and gardens and pick up special treats when all the eggs are found!

2) Find that Easter Bunny!

Want to help our rangers search for signs of the Easter Bunny? At South park there are wonderful plants to have a look at, from the tallest trees to the littlest flower… and if you’re lucky you might find places where the Easter Bunny has been exploring!

Only £3 per child (payable on the day)
Book your place by emailing nature.conservation@visionrcl.org.uk or call 020 8559 2316

3) Multi Sports Camps

If your children are full of energy or you’re looking to keep them active this holiday, then the multi-sports camps at Wanstead Leisure Centre are the perfect place for them. With activities including football, basketball and short tennis, they won’t ever want to leave!

£10 per day. To book or find out more contact Wanstead Leisure Centre on 020 8989 1172

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4) Easter at Redbridge Libraries

Looking for free activities? Come down to Redbridge libraries where we offer a range of exciting events, many of which are free or only have a small charge. A great place for parents and children to spend time together, so come along and enjoy our holiday drop in sessions, film club, face painting and more.

Find out about the activities in Redbridge Libraries

5) Swimming courses at Loxford Leisure Centre

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Give your child the opportunity to learn a skill that not only has health and safety benefits, but is one of the most fun things to learn! We are offering swimming courses at Loxford Leisure Centre throughout the holidays including ducklings courses and stage one.

Find out more by contacting Loxford Leisure Centre on 020 8478 5634

 

6) Family Film club at Redbridge Drama Centre

Want to sit back and enjoy a fun family movie? No need to spend loads of cash at the cinema, we’ve got a family film night right here in Redbridge! Head over to Redbridge Drama Centre on Friday 6 April for everyone’s favourite Roald Dahl classic Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory. On Friday 13 April the Trolls are in town!

Book your tickets via the box office

7) Watersports camps at Fairlop

Think your child would love activities that take place on water? Sign them up for our sports camps at Fairlop Waters Outdoor Activity Centre! From sailing to kayaking, the kids can explore the lake and learn skills from our highly experienced instructors!

£120 for the week
To find out more or to book call 020 8500 1468

8) Cycling courses

Whether your child is a beginner or pro, there are sessions available for all cycling levels at Redbridge Cycling Centre this holiday.

Visit the website to find out dates and for booking information

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9) Mad Hatter’s Tea Party at Valentines Mansion

End the holidays with the biggest party this spring! Join the Mad Hatter and friends for exciting activities including crafts, rides, theatre and lots more. Don’t forget to dress up and enter our costume parade, with prizes for children dressed in Alice in Wonderland costume!

Book your tickets now

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We couldn’t do a top ten list without mentioning our fantastic Do More advertisers who all run great activities for children!

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Fabulous February: Top 5 General events for you and the family this half term

It’s time to make the most of your holidays, February is the perfect time to get active and prepare yourself for the summer. We’ve got a wide range of activities available to help you to get out and get active, or sit back and enjoy one of our shows, the choice is yours!

This is just a small selection of our February events, if you would like to see more please visit our website.

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Water Sports Camp: Monday 12 February to Friday 16 February at Fairlop Outdoor Activity Centre

Ever thought about becoming a sea adventurer? Well, first you’ll need to learn the basics and that involves all the skills you’ll need on the water.  At our Watersports camp held at Fairlop Outdoor Activity centre, now is your chance to have fun while you learn how to sail, canoe, kayak and much more!

This camp will give those with some water sport experience the chance to complete their proficiency awards. Wetsuits and waterproofs are provided to help keep the cold at bay. All coaching is delivered by RYA and BC qualified instructors. All you need to bring is a packed lunch, plenty of fluids and a change of clothes.

£150 for the week.
Perfect for ages 8-16.
Drop off at 8.45am and collect by 5pm.
Bookings now being taken! Grab your place by calling: 020 8500 1468 or visit the website

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Storytelling with John Kirk: Monday 12 February at Valentines Mansion

Chinese New Year is round the corner, and with it there are plenty of stories revolving around this celebration! Storyteller John Kirk is coming to Valentines Mansion to present a series of stories inspired by the Chinese Zodiac, from classics to tales from all around the world. This zodiac storytelling session is bound to have something for everybody, so put on your best costumes and head down for an exciting afternoon.

Join us on this adventurous journey. Ideal for ages 5 yrs+
Choose from two sessions (see website)
£5 per child, pre-booking essential.
For more information visit the box office.

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Multi-Sports: Monday 12 to Friday 16 February at Wanstead Leisure Centre

Keeping in shape is important, and the holidays are no time to become lazy! So get up and get ready for some multi-sports.  This fun, engaging club offers a wide range of activities including basketball, football and hockey, as well as fun games like Dodgeball. You will learn skills such as versatility, agility and much more to help you be the best you can be. If that wasn’t enough, to get your competitive spirit going we also run small tournaments where the winner will get the glory!

Don’t miss out on a fun day at Wanstead Leisure Centre.

9am-3pm
£10 per day
For more information or to book contact us on 020 8989 1172 or visit the website

Mrs Back to FrontMarvellous Magic: Wednesday 14 February at Valentines Mansion

Magic has been around for centuries, perplexing people for years in the form of different tricks that have changed throughout time. Now it is your turn to be utterly astounded.

Prepare to be mystified by some marvellous magic tricks as Mrs Back to Front arrives at Valentines Mansion. But that isn’t all! This is also your chance to learn magical fun and secrets that will amaze your friends too as she passes on her special tricks to you!

Don’t miss out on a day of entertainment, fun and mystery. What more could you ask for?
Perfect for ages 5 yrs+

Choose from two sessions:
11.30-12.30pm (magic show & magic workshop)
1pm-2pm (magic show & balloon workshop)
£10 per child, pre-booking essential.
For more information visit the box office.

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TGI Film Night – Tangled: Friday 16 February, 3pm at Redbridge Drama Centre

Stolen from her parents’ castle as a baby, Princess Rapunzel is locked in a hidden tower longing for an adventure. Now an imaginative and determined teenager, she takes off on hilarious hair-raising escapades with the help of a dashing bandit.

Join us for heart, humour, and hair… Lots of hair.

Redbridge Drama Centre presents Tangled as part of our TGI Film Night; this modern Disney twist on the classic German fairy tale “Rapunzel” from the collection of folk tales published by the brothers Grimm has captivated audiences all over the world. It is Disney’s 50th animated film, and has been nominated for a number of awards such as Best Animated Feature Film in the 68th Golden Globe Awards. As well as winning the best Animation award in the National Movie awards and Best Song (‘I See the Light’) from the Las Vegas Film Critics Society.

Be sure not to miss out on this cinematic experience perfect for you and the rest of the family.

Book your tickets now

Look for our blog post on top things to do in libraries this Feb half term.. coming soon.

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KidsQuest.. a new place for kids to play

Blogger Mummy Em visited one of Ilford’s newest gems, a great place for kids to have fun and parents to relax. Check out what she thought of KidsQuest.

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Last week we were invited to go and visit Kids Quest, the new soft play area located in Creams Café in Ilford Town Centre.

It is brilliant. The staff are so lovely and what I loved most was that they took the time to know the names of every child in there, and go above and beyond to make sure you have everything you need.

The play area is located to the rear of the café, and is the stuff of kids dreams. There is the compulsory ball pit, and a massive slide, which was even big enough for me to have a cheeky go.kidsquest6

Prices are extremely reasonable with two price options available, and what’s more it is open until 7.30pm in the week.

Personally I love that it is located in a café so parents can sit and have a coffee (or a ice cream without having to share) while their little one can enjoy themselves in the sweet themed play area.

Now, as if all of the above wasn’t fab enough they are now introducing autism hour. From Tuesday 30th January, 4.30pm-5.30pm the play area will be closed to the public every Tuesday in order for children (aged 0-10) with Autism Spectrum disorder have a safe place to play, socialise and develop their physical skills in. How fab is that!

Guest Writer: Mummy Em

If you’d like more information about the new play area, visit the KidsQuest website.

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The Cat in the Hat family fun!

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On Saturday we headed to a reading of The Cat in the Hat by the world famous Dr Suess at Barkingside (Fullwell Cross) library.

The event was held outside and benches were lined up in front of the steps ready for the performance. Prior to the show starting people from the event were making balloon animals up and down the high street.

The performance was put on by The Discovery Centre who are based in Stratford in partnership with the Vision Redbridge Culture Team. If you haven’t been to The Discovery Centre yet I cannot recommend it highly enough, the 2 people performing  were really good and interacted well with the parents and children and really brought the story to life.

There was even a surprise visit at the end by The Cat in the Hat himself!

Once the performance was over with there was a chance to have your photo taken with the cat and his car, obviously I jumped at the chance of this.

 

We then headed inside the library to take a look at the arts and crafts that included face painting for £1.50 and making items from the story including  a hat like the cat’s, these were all free.

It was a great way to spend a few hours locally and not spend any money!

To see what other events are on take a look at Vision’s Do More guide.

Maybe I’ll get to see you and say hello at an event!

Guest Writer: Mummy Em

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Top things to do in Redbridge for Kids this Easter!

With the weather picking up and the sun shining, it finally feels like spring is here to stay! This Easter, don’t waste the holidays at home – there’s so much to do right outside your door. Check out our top picks of things to do in Redbridge for the kids.

easter eggs1. Go on an Easter egg hunt

What are Easter holidays without an Easter egg hunt? Lucky for you, there’s three to choose from (or why not try all three!) At Owls Play Centre, and around Fairlop Waters Country Park search for tokens and end the day relaxing while the little ones enjoy the play centre. Over at Valentines Mansion there are hidden eggs and bunnies to find with a special treat waiting for you. Or head over to Hainault Forest Country Park for a nature trail, clues and a chocolatey prize!

2. Visit your local library!

Did you know that there are always lots of kids activities taking place in libraries during the holidays? We have arts and crafts, creative workshops and even film clubs! Don’t miss out – find out what’s going on in your local library here.

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There’s no better way to spend time outdoors than a good few laps around the cycle circuit. With courses for everything from beginners to pros, there’s no reason not to give it a try!

To book or for more information call Redbridge Cycling Centre on 020 8500 9359.

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Come along to celebrations across Ilford and Barkingside on Saturday 22 April. Join us in operating the 12ft tall George the Dragon – he plays music and blows bubbles! Don’t forget to head over to Ken Aston Square for the traditional Punch and Judy puppet show. Learn more about the day’s activities.

5. Take part in trampolining

Give the kids a place to release all that energy with our fun and exciting Trampolining courses! It’s a great way to stay fit and improve your skills – head over to Wanstead Leisure Centre and enquire at reception about holiday courses! Or call on 020 8989 1172.DSC_1250

6. Follow our family fashion trail

Throughout Easter, Redbridge museum is hosting free family fashion trails and dressing up along with puppet making sessions. If you haven’t visited the new exhibition yet, this is a great chance to get involved and learn all about the changes in fashion across the last 400 years! Come along anytime between 11am to 3pm, Tuesday to Saturday.

With so many events and activities taking place, you’re bound to find something to keep the kids busy this Easter!

Read our part-two Easter blog post: Top things for Adults in Redbridge this Easter!

Post Author: Nida Hussain

 

 


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Top 5 things to do in Redbridge this half term!

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With New Year’s feeling like a million years ago, the kids have been impatiently waiting to finish school and finally start their half term holidays! For many of them, this is a time to relax, go out with friends or stay at home playing video games. Whatever the plans are this half term, don’t let the kids miss out of some great thing happening on their door step! Here’s our list of top 5 things to do in Redbridge during February Half Term!

  1. Cycling courses at Redbridge Cycling Centre

cyclingKeep the kids active this break with a range of cycling courses from novice go-ride for the little ones just starting out all the way to road racing, for the riders with more confidence. For an incredible price of £12.50 for three hour sessions, your kids are bound to have an amazing time.

For more information on courses and how to book visit the Redbridge Cycling Centre website.

 

  1. Make:VR – a virtual reality workshop

vr-workshopIf your child is an avid gamer, then this workshop is perfect for them. Creating and using their own virtual reality viewer, the workshop encourages children to really get involved and take a fantastic journey to faraway places!

There are two sessions taking place on Thursday 16 February.
Book at Wanstead Library via Eventbrite.
Book at Fullwell Cross Library via Eventbrite.

 

  1. Marvellous Magic Show

magic-showThe holidays are always a great time to visit the historic Mansion situated in the beautiful surroundings of Valentines Park. This half term, Valentines Mansion are running some great activities for children including an Arts & Crafts session, and an exciting magic show! Mrs Back to Front has delightful magic tricks up her sleeve that you won’t want to miss.

Tickets are selling fast, so book quickly! To find out more visit the Valentines Mansion website.

 

  1. Poké-huntpokehunt

The popular gaming app that took the world by storm last summer is still enjoyed by many people. A fantastic way to get kids out of the house and get active, Redbridge Central Library is holding a Pokémon hunt around Ilford Town Centre this half term. An activity that can be enjoyed by the whole family, this is a fantastic way to see the sights and catch every Pokémon along the way!

The hunt takes place from 11am on Thursday 16 February. Please book in advance at Redbridge Central Library.

 

  1. Club Lollipop at Redbridge Drama Centre

girl-dancingCalling all boppers, boppettes, dudes and divas! Let your kids loose and enjoy an afternoon of games, dancing and lots of fun on Saturday 18 February. With a Disco Boutique which offers tattoos, face paint, temporary hair colours and sparkle the kids are bound to have an unforgettable time. Leave your kids with us (over 5s only) while you run those errands that have been piling up!

Book now at the Redbridge Drama Centre website.

For more activities taking place during half term, visit the Children’s Activities page on the Redbridge website.

Post Author: Nida Hussain