Skates, snakes, slides and rides: Hackney has a fantastic variety of ways to keep your kids amused. Here are our favourite places to take the little monkeys swinging.
Kid heaven, thanks to the animals: there’s an aviary, and an enclosure for deer, goats and chickens, as well as a summer butterfly dome, paddling pool, impressive playground, table-tennis tables and a skate park.
Gillett Square pop-up playground
While parents sip a coffee on the square, kids can run riot at this colourful and imaginative playground, built in different configurations for each session.
Outside the bounds of Hackney, but it’s well worth the trip to the outstanding Tumbling Bay playground, where you’ll find sand pits, treehouses, wobbly bridges, rock pools, slides and swings.
Round the back of Haggerston Station, this play area has a glittering mosaic snake winding through it, plus monkey bars, a sand pit, a three-person see-saw, hammocks and a trampoline.
The BMX track and skate park is the main draw in this spacious park. You can cool off in the summer splash pool or pedalo, or row on the pond in summer.