Sometimes it can be hard to keep the young ones suitably entertained. But you may not have realised that there’s a bunch of fun family activities in your local borough of Islington. From nature and wildlife to sporting facilities, there’s plenty to see and do on a family day out. 

Gillespie Park Nature Reserve  

The whole family will adore this nature reserve which boasts 244 plant species and 94 bird species – 24 different types of butterflies have been spotted here too. And at the ponds you may be able to spot a newt, a frog or a dragonfly. The nature reserve also holds events for children throughout the year, such as pond dipping and bat walks. 

 City Road Basin

There’s plenty to do at this water space on the Regent’s Canal. Walking and cycling are popular family activities at City Road Basin, but you can also stop and feed the ducks, have a go at canoeing or even take a boat trip. Plus, there are some great places to eat nearby. 

Barnard Park

This park offers a large green space and lots of amenities for locals to enjoy. It contains playgrounds for children of various ages and a football pitch to have a kick about on. Keep your eyes peeled for the regular events held at the park. Past events have included performances by local artists, bouncy castle fun, picnics and local history exhibits.

Sobell Leisure Centre

The leisure centre has been revamped in recent years under new management to include a new junior gym and a better soft play area. It’s also home to the borough’s only indoor ice rink, so there’s lots of fun to be had all year round for adults and children.

Islington Museum

Experience times gone by at the Islington Museum. It tells the history of the borough and its notable residents through fascinating artefacts, letters and recordings. Plus, the museum houses free exhibitions which change from frequently – throughout February you can see Islington on canvas: art from the archives. 

Highbury Fields 

Highbury Fields is another excellent green space in the heart of the borough. Young children will be excited by the new adventure play structure. The sports facilities include netball courts, tennis courts and an artificial turf football pitch. There’s also a leisure centre with a swimming pool inside the park. 

Young Actors Theatre

Take in a play suitable for younger audiences at this drama school and community theatre. Who knows, your little ones might be inspired to get involved themselves. The Young Actors Theatre offers low cost classes for 4-24-year olds.

Freightliners City Farm

This is a community space and urban farm that gives children the chance to interact with animals they might not get the chance to see growing up in the big city. The pleasing thing about the centre is that it provides free holiday activities for local families, which encourages them to get outdoors and spend more time together. Happy days out with the family.  

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