Keep everybody in the family entertained while out for the day with these top Croydon family activities. Croydon has recently poured investment into its parks, community centres and leisure facilities. As a result, there is more to do in Croydon than ever before – no matter what age you and your young ones are.
Get active with your family in Croydon. There are lots of ways to spend a fun day out while also keeping fit and being healthy. These Croydon family activities are perfect for sporty types, nature lovers and energetic children.
Hit the nature trail with guided walks. These are fun sessions for parents and children. Families walk through Croydon’s parks and the surrounding countryside. A guide leads the tour, with fun activities along the way. Days out include Outdoor Explorer adventure days and bird spotting sessions. The walks take place at a number of Croydon venues, including South Norwood Lake and the Pinewood Scout Centre.
More information is also available at the websites of Friends of Selsdon Wood and the ACCS.
Kids and teens who love to be active will enjoy the Legacy Youth Zone, which is due to open in early 2019. The community centre accommodates children aged 8 to 19. Adults with learning difficulties are also welcome, up to age 25. Parents can attend with younger children, so this is a great place for a family day out. The centre is staffed by qualified professionals. There is a sports hall, a recording studio and also an art studio. Membership costs just £5 per child per year, in addition to a 50p charge per class or session.
More information is available at legacyyouthzone.org.
Families will also enjoy Croydon’s many parks and leisure facilities. These venues are ideal for days out. Croydon’s local authorities have invested heavily into recreation and leisure. This includes improvements to the Arena Athletic Track and also Ashburton Hall. The New Addington Leisure Centre has had the most remarkable makeover. A new 25 metre swimming pool, plus additional leisure facilities, are great for family activity days in Croydon.
Call the New Addington Leisure Centre on 01689 842553 for swim times and prices.
Stuck for ideas on a wet, cold weekend? Croydon family activities can include plenty of indoor fun. Below are some venues which accommodate children and their parents. These venues are located in and around Croydon.
Young children will enjoy a day out at the Little Lambs Centre. The soft play venue opened in late 2017. Children aged seven and under can play on the slides, ball pools and climbing frames. There is also a dressing up room, filled with costumes, and a role play room containing a supermarket and a construction site. Parents and older children can socialise while the little ones play. Plus, everyone can enjoy a meal or snack, or a cup of tea, in the cafe.
The Horniman Museum and Gardens in Forest Hill is easy to reach from Croydon by car or bus. Visitors enter the butterfly house to get up close and personal with the beautiful creatures. Children will learn all about butterflies during their visit. There are educational displays and also staff on hand to answer questions and give demonstrations. The butterfly house and gardens, in addition to the attached museum, ensure a fun-filled family day in Croydon that the whole family will love.
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