The Heath provides a large amount of facilities for children!
Parliament Hill Fields...well staffed.
(020 7433 1917)
Walking from the café there are four ponds:
model boats pond (weekends only),
Walking from South End Green by the fairground, there is another
fishing and the
mixed bathing pond (under 8s are not allowed in the swimming ponds)
THE PADDLING POOL
Open from the beginning of June to the end of August (weather permitting).
Gets a bit busy at 4pm with school kids. Parliament Hill Fields and Golders Hill.
THE HEATH VISITORS' CENTRE
Education centre on the side of the Lido. Open to the public on weekday afternoons. Stuffed animals , a lifesize woodland jigsaw, newts in a tank. You usually have the whole place to yourself (unless there is a sudden downpour).
City Of London provides excellent Learning Facilities, with The Heath Life Education Centre covering all aspects of wild life, habitats, etc. in line with the National Curriculum.
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The Peggy Jay Centre One-O-Clock Club.
For under-fives (020 7485 6907)
Between the adventure playground and the Lido. Open 10-12 in the morning and 1-4 in the afternoon. (Mornings are usually quieter, it can get a bit mad on a sunny afternoon).
Mums, and some dads, seem to travel from all over North London to come here, and we have it just round the corner. They make fresh playdough everyday!
THE ADVENTURE PLAYGROUND (020 7482 2116)
Not strictly meant for under 5s, but they don't mind you going in when its quiet and balancing on the walkways.
THE SECRET GARDEN
Open certain days only in the year.
Consult The City Of London Diary to find out which days and there is a nice little puzzle here for you to take a peep at The Garden!
The Secret Garden is an educational project and staff members and/or teachers can show youngsters just how the Garden changes, throughout the seasons.
Bouncy castles, clowns, music.
Golders Hill Park is a bit of a trek across the other side of Hampstead Heath, but they have a variety of exotic animals there, including Fallow Deer.
The Hill Garden and Pergola.
Follow the signs from the café (which sells about 50 flavours of homemade icecream).
Near the drinking fountain and the bowling green at Golders Park.There are four Wooden animals there.
There are also climbing trees, around The Heath.
The children's librarians at both the local libraries are brilliant. They have story sessions with songs and snacks, books, videos, pictures to colour and toys to play with.
Heath Library. Keats Grove. 'Rhyme Time' is on Monday from 10am.