5 of the Best Things to Do with Kids in North London

18:55 May 25, 2022

With the school holidays only two months away, it can never be too early to start planning those summer activities.

That’s why we’ve put together a roundup of the best things to do to keep the kids entertained.

The activities below are sure to put a smile on people’s faces, and better yet, they’re all in North London.

1. Kentish Town Urban Farm – Kentish Town

Kentish Town City Farm goats waiting for breakfast
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True: 1 Cressfield Close, off Grafton Road, NW5 4BN

Price: Free – no reservation needed

This farm – run by a local charity on a four-acre property – features animal pastures, community gardens, a wildlife pond and riding stables.

Children can cook in the farm kitchen using fresh ingredients from the communal gardens, while the gardens provide an opportunity to learn about wildlife and growing food.

There is also a Young Farmers Club for ages 8-16.

The farm is open seven days a week from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

More information: Visit this link.

2. Highbury Leisure Center – Islington

East Ham Leisure Center is a perfect swimming location for children

Swimming is the perfect activity for kids, and East Ham leisure center is one of the best places in East London to do it
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True: Highbury Crescent, Islington, N5 1RR

Price: Varies depending on activity

One of a number of better facilities in North London, this leisure center features a brand new six-lane 25-metre swimming pool.

During the summer holidays, Islington Council and Better offer free swimming lessons for children under 3 accompanied by an adult, children aged 4-16, families and those over 60.

Sessions take place at the Highbury Leisure Centre, Archway Leisure Centre, Cally Pool and the Ironmonger Row Baths.

Elsewhere, there are outdoor football pitches and squash courts at the Finsbury Leisure Centre, and a trampoline park and ice rink at the Sobell Leisure Centre.

More information: Visit this link.

3. Woodberry Wetlands – Hackney

Woodberry Wetlands has a nature reserve

The nature reserve at Woodberry Wetlands is free to visit every day of the week
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True: Main entrance via New River Path Lordship Road, N16 5HQ

Price: Free

Five minutes’ walk from Manor House, Stoke Newington and Woodberry Down, this nature reserve is open from 9am to 4pm every day of the week.

Species in the Wetlands include populations of pochard, shoveler and horned ducks in winter, and reed warbler and bunting in spring and summer.

The Coal House Café and Visitor Center has a roof terrace, a waterfront terrace and a large garden.

More information: Visit this link.

4. Putt Stars – Harrow

True: St George’s Shopping Centre, 2nd Floor, Harrow, HA1 1HS

Price: Juniors – £4.80 / Adults – £5.80 / Families – £21.15 (all for nine courses)

A perfect day out for those who enjoy a bit of friendly competition, Puttstars has three nine-hole courses to choose from: Zig Zag, Slingshot and Pin Ball.

There is also a range of on-site entertainment and a diner serving all the classic favourites.

More information: Visit this link.

5. London Zoo – Regent’s Park

London Zoo is a perfect day out for kids

ZSL London Zoo is the perfect day out for kids
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True: Outer Circle, Regent’s Park, NW1 4RY

Price: Child – £23.10 / Adult – £35.50 (prices include voluntary donation)

This ZSL facility in Regent’s Park has everything a child could wish for on a day out, including animals such as otters, giraffes and okapis.

The zoo also has an Animal Adventure zone that takes young visitors on a journey to encounter animals ranging from eagle owls and porcupines to mongooses and meerkats.

More information: Visit this link.

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