Here’s a list of resources offering activities for children locally. If there’s anything I should add please get in touch via the comments box below.

Attractions| Children’s centres | Libraries | Paddling poolsParks & Playgrounds |Soft play | Swimming pools | Private classes


Crystal Palace Park City Farm - farm yard animals and exotics room.
Opening hours: Daily except Wednesday, 12.00-16.00
Ledrington Road, SE19 2BS - Website

Crystal Palace museum - (no step free access) – information and artifacts from the crystal palace
Opening: Saturday & Sunday 11.00-15.00
Crystal Palace Museum, Anerley Hill, SE19 2BA - Website

Horniman Museum and Gardens - natural history exhibitions, aquarium, city farm, musical instruments, gardens and more.
Opening hours: Daily, 10.30 – 17.30
100 London Road, Forest Hill, London SE23 3PQ  - Website

Dulwich Picture Gallery – art gallery
Opening hours: Tuesday-Sunday 10.00-17.00
Gallery Road, SE21 7AD Website


Kingswood Children’s Centre (Lambeth)
(until move to new premises) Norwood One o’clock Club, Salter’s Hill, London SE19 1DZ

Cypress Primary School Stay and Play (Croydon)
Cypress Road, South Norwood, SE25 4AU

Community Vision (Bromley)
Woodbine Grove, SE20 8UX

Dulwich Wood Children’s Centre (Southwark)
Lyall Avenue, SE21 8QS

More Children’s Centres:
Croydon: search on Family Space Croydon
Lambeth: see list
Bromley: follow ‘activity programmes‘ links
Southwark: download list

Upper Norwood Library, 41 Westow Hill  London SE19 1TJ 020 8670 2551
Penge Library, 46 Green Ln, SE20 7JX
South Norwood Library, Laurence Road, SE25 5AA
Thornton Heath Library, 190 Brigstock Road, CR7 7JB
West Norwood Library, Knights Hill

Barnardo’s The Triangle, 2 Coxwell Rd, SE19 3BG
Opening times: Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday 9.30-12.00 / 13.00-15.30

Toddlers World Crystal Palace Sports Centre, Ledrington Road SE19 2BB (020 8778 0131)
Crystal Palace gym club Units 1 & 2, Carberry Road, SE19 3RU (07807 902180)

The Buzz Zone Beckenham. 24 Beckenham Road BR3 4PF (020 8650 0233)
The Buzz Zone Bromley. Kentish Way, Bromley, Kent BR1 3EF (020 8313 9911)
Kidspace The Collonades, 619 Purley Way CR0 4RQ (020 8686 0040)
Gambado National Westminster Bank Sports Ground, Copers Cope Road, Beckenham, Kent BR3 1NZ (020 8662 6914)
Kidplay Cafe 282-284 Lower Addiscombe Rd, Croydon CR0 7AE (020 8655 1583)
Beanies Cafe, 3-7 Middle Street, East Croydon CR0 1RE (020 8680 2088)
Place2Play 2a Victory Place, Westow Street, SE19 3RW (020 3536 9996)
Softplay Zone - Peckham Pulse Healthy Living Centre, 10 Melon Road, Peckham, London SE15 5QN – (0844 893 3888)

Crystal Palace National Sports Centre, Ledrington Road SE19 2BB (020 8689 5300)
Lewis Sports Centre (at Harris school), Maberley Road, SE19 2JH (020 8771 4508) (no swimming pool)
South Norwood Leisure Centre, 164 Portland Road SE25 4PT (020 8662 9464)
Dulwich Leisure Centre, 2b Crystal Palace Road, London SE22 9HB (0844 893 3888)
JAGS sports club, Red Post Hill, London Se24 9JN (0208 613 6500)
Beckenham Spa, 24 Beckenham Road BR3 4PF (020 8650 0233)
Forest Hill Pools, Dartmouth Road, Forest Hill, SE23 3HZ (020 8291 8730)
Bromley Pavilion, Kentish Way, Bromley, Kent BR1 3EF (020 8313 9911)
Thornton Heath Leisure Centre, 80-110 High St, Thornton Heath CR7 8LF (020 8689 5300)


Sydenham Wells park  – fountains – Wells park Rd, SE26 6JQ

Brockwell Park - fountains and sand further up the hill from the playground, behind the community gardens - Dulwich Rd, London SE24 0PA

Norwood Park - water play integrated in larger play equipment, behind the One o’clock club - Salter’s Hill, London SE19 1DZ

Alexandra Rec – basic pool at end of Maitland Rd – Alexandra Rd, SE26 5ND

Streatham Common – Streatham High St, SW16

Croydon Road Rec – basic pool in playground, near to Beckenham Beacon, – Croydon Rd, Beckenham, BR3 3PR

Crystal Palace Park – playground, sand pit, cafe, maze, boating lake (summer only), ducks, city farm and the dinosaurs.
Thicket Road, London SE19 2GA

Westow Park – playground
Upper Norwood, entrances from Church Road, College Green, Bedwardine Road and Westow Street.

Norwood Park – playground, refreshments kiosk, skatepark, open air gym
Salter’s Hill, London SE19 1DZ

South Norwood Lake and grounds – lake (with ducks), sailing club, refreshment kiosk, cafe and playground (Sylvan Rd entrance)
Woodvale Ave, London SE25 4AN

Grangewood Park – playground, woodland, tennis courts, multi-sport courts, bowling green
Grange Rd, SE25 6TG

Betts Park – playground, open air gym, basketball court, skatepark
Anerley Road, London , SE20 8TP

Sydenham Wells park – playground, paddling pool, sensory garden, tennis courts
Wells park Rd, SE26 6JQ

Mayow Park, Sydenham – playground, cafe, outdoor gym, bowling green, tennis courts & cricket pitch.
Mayow Rd, SE26 4JA

Dulwich park – playground, cafe, open air gym, boating lake (summer only), ducks, cycle hire, sports facilities
College Rd, SE21 7BQ

Brockwell Park – playground, paddling pool, sand pit, cafe, BMX track, sports facilities (some are bookable)
Dulwich Rd, London SE24 0PA

Sydenham Hill Woods – Just trees, sticks, creepy crawlies and mud.
Crescent Wood Rd, SE26 6LS


Baby Massage and Paediatric Massage classes: Eva Levinson
Classes on request for a minimum of 6 people or as 1:1 classes. I also run group classes in my home in Anerley once a month for groups of 6 details Contact: Eva Levinson 07950222958 email: website:

Childrens Voice lessons: Elizabeth Hungerford (classically trained singer, tutoring includes Hampton Court Palace choirwebsite

Piano tuition: Simon Perreira / 0776 6580292

Community Centres:
Phoenix Centre, 66 Westow Street Se19 3AF (020 8771 6023)
St Paul’s Church community cafe (Weds & Sat am), Hamlet Road SE19 (020 8778 7014)
Waterside Centre, 26 Avenue Road SE25 4DX (020 8771 0296)
Parchmore Methodist Church and Community Centre, 53-55 Parchmore Rd, Thornton Heath CR7 8LY (020 8653 7353)
Penge East Community Centre, Penge East Railway Station Carpark, SE20 7BE (020 8289 0967)
Woodside Community Centre, Enmore Hall, Cobden Road SE25 5NX (020 8656 7527)


13 Responses

  1. Karen Mawson
    Karen Mawson February 5, 2013 at 4:51 pm · Reply

    Hi Alexis

    I can’t get the lollipop petition link to work. Is that the same one that Tracey Kan set up. Anyway it would be awful to loose signatures just beacuse people can’t axccess it.

    Love Karen x

  2. Sarah Malik
    Sarah Malik February 6, 2013 at 8:28 am · Reply

    Could we have a list of local soft play areas?

  3. Sarah Malik
    Sarah Malik February 14, 2013 at 7:53 am · Reply

    Thanks for the soft play list! You could also add ikea and beanies :D

  4. Kim Heron
    Kim Heron March 8, 2013 at 8:54 am · Reply

    Hi. Could we also add Southwark council resources please? Southwark borough comes up between Bromley and Lambeth as far as Crystal Palace Parade and almost to the intersection by Westow House. Thanks!

  5. Jo Jingles
    Jo Jingles March 28, 2013 at 1:27 pm · Reply

    Jo Jingles is coming to Crystal Palace after Easter! Fun and educational Music and movement classes for under 5s. Classes include 2 different musical instruments, props, puppets, bubbles and theory for the older ones.
    Living Water Satisfies Cafe Westow Street
    2pm Mondays during term time.

  6. Fi
    Fi May 12, 2013 at 8:23 pm · Reply

    Might not be your thing to have listed, but it would be great to have in one place a list of venues/spaces to hire for toddler birthday parties – Function rooms, community halls, preschools, pub function rooms etc

    1. Kate
      Kate June 5, 2013 at 2:38 pm · Reply

      I would very much like to see a list of party venues and contact details too.

  7. Mathilde
    Mathilde November 4, 2013 at 9:44 am · Reply


    I’m not sure where to leave our info, so now I place them here :)

    I like to mention that we run some Post natal fitness classes at Training Points Fitness Studio, 85 Church Road, Crystal Palace SE19 2TA, you can bring your babies along (up to 8 months or crawling stage.

    Monday: 10am-11m Post Natal Hula Hoop (powerhoop) at our studio 85 Church road, Crystal palace SE19 2TA

    Tuesday: 11am -12.00 Mummy & Pram Fitness In Crystal Palace Park, meeting at the gate opposite the Grape & Grain on Anerley Hill. (this is a charity class and cost only £2)

    Thursday: 10.15am-11.15am: Post Natal Pilates (bring baby along up to 8months or crawling stage)

    *There is time for breastfeeding in all our classes, before, while or after.

    Saturday: 1.15-2pm Pregnancy Pilates.

    We have max 6-8 mums or mums to be in our classes, except for the out door Tuesday class.


    VIOLA BAMBINO January 10, 2014 at 9:56 pm · Reply


    More and more smart Mummies are realising the importance and benefits of exposing their children to international languages from an early age, although it is not always as easy as watching the occasional cartoon in a foreign language, or relying on the lessons they may receive once at school!

    With this in mind VIOLA BAMBINO is a new Mother and Baby group, aimed at immersing small children in activities, song, play and chatter in ITALIAN, encouraging bilingual play and interaction from the earliest possible age.

    Charlotte and her little Italian ‘Assistant’ Viola (17 months), would love to invite you to join us, to give you and your piccolo bambino a taste of the beautiful Italian language, and hopefully to make some friends along the way!

    If you are interested in getting your little one involved in this opportunity for bilingual play, please email or phone directly 07925046967 for more information!


  9. Rebecca Candy
    Rebecca Candy August 18, 2014 at 5:43 am · Reply

    *Educational activity boxes for preschool children*

    I’m a local Mum who’s just started a business creating educational activity boxes for preschool children which can be delivered to your door. I’m an experienced teacher and am setting up this venture so I can work from home whilst my two boys are little (currently 8 months, and almost 3 years). The boxes are aimed at children 2.5-4.75 years of age. Please look at our website if you’re interested.

    Many thanks


  10. shirley19
    shirley19 January 19, 2015 at 2:53 pm · Reply

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