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Kids in Wapping – Things To Do With Under 5′s

Kids in Wapping – Things To Do With Under 5′s

From a Wapping Mum-of-one-toddler, we discover there is loads to do with young children in Wapping.

And almost everything mentioned below is free!

Please add any comments below so we can help make this really useful for new Wapping parents with toddlers to discover everything that’s here.

Here are just a few pointers. All of the places listed have friendly staff and reception areas where you can pick up information.  The programmes do change sometimes, especially during school holidays so you might want to pop in and get the latest schedule.

Wapping Toddlers ClimbingAn obvious starting point is our

Children’s Centre in Chandler Street, (just behind Wapping Health Centre). They run various groups for Mums with tiny babies and from 2-9 months, and there’s also baby soft gym (Thursdays, 10.30am-11.30am) where older babies can romp on big mats, and play with treasure baskets. The baby group I went to when my daughter was tiny was useful – advice on everything from dental health to weaning - but the best thing about it was meeting other Wapping Mums, and making new friends in the same motherhood boat as me.

There are several other Children’s Centres in the area – Shadwell Children’s Centre in Glamis Road (just north of the Highway) runs loads of sessions including Creative Play (Tuesdays, 10am-11.30am),  which my toddler enjoys. She gets to play with shaving foam, splash toys in water and make a mess with glitter and glue, which  means I don’t have to put out messy play at home.  I’ve also tried their Rhyme Time (Mondays, 2pm-3pm & Thursdays, 10am-11am) – a chance to sing some nursery rhymes and action songs and hear stories.

Fortnightly NCT (National Childbirth Trust) Coffee Mornings are also held in Wapping. These are a great way to meet other new mums and get you used to getting out and about with your new baby.

The ‘Wapping NCT Coffee Group’ on Facebook is no longer running but please email Roisin Smith roisin.smith44@googlemail.com or Kate Gould thnct@kategould.com for more information.

Watney Market Library has a huge collection of children’s books and a pretty good selection of board and lift-the-flap type books for younger readers. (They have a wide range of ‘That’s Not My …’ books!)

There is a Rhyme Time singing and play session on Saturday mornings from 10.30am-11.30am that includes songs, stories and craft sessions.  No need to book, just drop in and highly recommended.

The Idea Stores in Whitechapel and Canary Wharf also have activities for children.

Wapping Toddlers PlayThe One O’Clock Club in Wapping Gardens, (the park with the Turk’s Head on Tench Street) is a brilliant place for children. It’s free, you just turn up and there are lots of toys and different activities (lego, drawing, painting, stickle bricks, and so on), plus an outside area which is perfect in the summer. It’s open Monday-Friday, 12.30-3.30pm and is always a fun, lively place to be.

St George’s Pool on the Highway has a baby pool and also runs  swimming classes through the year for babies and children. You pay for these – around 40 pounds for 12 sessions when we did it last year. You need to check with reception or on the website to find out when the classes are and when booking opens.

John Orwell Sports Centre runs parent-and-toddler football sessions on Sunday mornings for 2-5 year olds. You can book a 10-week course.

A bit further afield the Museum of Docklands in West India Quay has a very sweet children’s room called Mudlarks, with a soft play area where kids can pretend to drive a DLR train, and some games related to the exhibits in the museum. It’s free, but ticketed at busy times. And the museum runs various activities for children, as does the Museum of Childhood at Bethnal Green. And there’s the Half Moon Theatre in White Horse Lane, near Limehouse DLR. Most of their productions are aimed at 3+ but they do do some productions for younger babies. We took our daughter for a show for under 2s and she was gripped.

Wapping Toddlers Bricks

Tower Hamlets Website www.towerhamlets.gov.uk gives information about childcare in the borough and updates pages as more information is available online so worth looking at.

Useful Telephone Numbers

Wapping Children’s Centre – 020 7364 0423

Shadwell Children’s Centre – 020 7364 0544

Eva Armsby Family Centre – 020 7364 3015

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  • brendan

    realy helpful info for new wappingites – thank you

  • Christine

    Thank you for this. I am familiar with most of the places but praise to the person dedicating their time to keeping us up to date and informed.

  • http://www.WhatsinWapping.co.uk WiW

    Thanks Irene! Added the details and link to the NCT Coffee Group on Facebook.
    Great if you could mention this page at your next meeting and see if anyone else has any additions.

  • Irene

    Fortnightly NCT (National Childbirth Trust) Coffee Mornings are also held in Wapping. These are a great way to meet other new mums and get you used to getting out and about with your new baby.

    See ‘Wapping NCT Coffee Group’ on Facebook for details.

  • Nadine

    Up early (kids!) but just came across this by chance. I only moved to Wapping a few weeks ago so this is really useful and I’d not yet found all of these so will check them out.
    Thank you for the write up and I like the idea of a website for Wapping; good idea

  • Brock

    Very comprehensive – thanks!