Looking for things to do in Enfield to keep your small children entertained?
This is our bucket list of things to do in the pre-school years in the London Borough of Enfield where we live. Enfield is the northernmost – and greenest – London borough and there are tons of things for kids to do.
50 THINGS TO DO IN ENFIELD BEFORE YOU’RE 5
1 – Take a bus, train or tube ride just for the sake of it. Learn to swipe your mum or dad’s Oyster Card. Try to sit upstairs at the front of the bus so you can pretend to drive it!
2 – Head into Oakwood Park via the Lakenheath entrance. Stand on the bridge over the tube line and wave at the driver of the next train (they are every couple of minutes). They will usually wave back and toot their horn!
3 – Go to one of the fantastic free events at the Palace Gardens shopping centre in Enfield Town, see a performance and do some crafts.
4 – Visit your local library for regular Baby Rhyme Time or Under 5’s Stories Time and Play sessions or an occasional Road Safety workshop. Become a member and borrow some books! There are 17 libraries and a mobile library service across the borough, including the newly refurbished Palmers Green library.
5 – When you’ve got your books, pop into The Library Cafe at Enfield Town library. Run by Great British Bake Off contestant Urvashi Roe the cafe offers fun toddler meals for little ones (and grown-up options) delicious coffee and (not surprisingly!) baked goodies.
7 – Whilst you’re at Crews Hill, head to one of the garden centres with fish for sale to marvel at the bright coloured tropical fish.
8 – Have your photo taken next to the postbox on Colman Parade which has been painted gold to celebrate Charlotte Dujardin’s Olympic dressage win in 2012.
9 – Head to Cineworld early one weekend morning for a Movies for Juniors screening. Don’t forget to pick up your munch box of snacks too!
10 – Hone your yoga, gym, artistic, language, singing and musical skills at one of the many, many toddler groups.
11 – Visit Whitewebbs Transport Museum, an Aladdin’s cave of motor vehicles and exhibits. Step into the old train carriage to see the model railway and you might even get to sit in an old fire engine if you’re lucky!
12 – Build water confidence at a toddler swimming session at one of the leisure centres or private courses. We love the warm, small learning pool at Albany Leisure Centre and the newly refurbished changing rooms there.
13 – Feed the ducks (responsibly) at Forty Hall, Broomfield Park, Grovelands Park or along the New River. Chat to the cats that come out to play along the New River.
14 – Go round the little Enfield Museum at the Dugdale Centre (the exhibitions usually find a way to engage children) then have an ice-cream from the fine selection in the cafe.
16 – Spend your birthday money in the toy concession at Pearsons followed by a trip to the cafe (coffee for mum, play area for you!).
17 – Pop into fabulous artisan bakery Holtwhites for a gingerbread biscuit or Sticky Willy (iced finger).
18 – Get lost in the maze, knock on the pretend front doors, look for fairies, run around the garden arches and see the animals at Capel Manor Gardens.
19 – Take part in an Easter Egg hunt around one of the shopping areas or at Capel Manor Gardens or Forty Hall.
20 – Learn about seasons out in the parks or greens – run around the crocuses and daffodils in the spring; pick daisies to make chains and dandelions to blow in the summer; collect leaves in the autumn; crunch through frost in the winter.
21 – Don your swimwear to play in the Enfield Town Park Splash Pads or the fountain on the Library Green.
22 – Join forces with other kids at Bury Lodge Gardens to pump water around the channels in the sand pit.
23 – Ride a Shetland pony at a toddler session at Gillian’s Riding School.
24 – Learn to hit a ball at a toddler tennis session. Vicars Moor LTC run Munchkin sessions for under 4s.
25 – Be a fairy or goblin for day at the annual Away With The Faeries festival.
26 – Pretend to ride the lion statues outside the front door of Forty Hall then pop inside to play dress-up or pretend to cook in the kitchen.
27 – Learn to scoot or ride a bike along the long straight path at Trent Park.
28 – At the end of the path, visit the Wildlife Rescue and Animal Service to see the recovered animals and support the charity.
29 – Practice your golf swing at Jungle Falls Adventure Golf in Trent Park.
31 – Have your first hair cut – we like the child friendly Abbie’s Hair on Chase Side, EN2.
32 – Get your bounce on at a Toddler Session at Jump, Enfield’s Trampoline Park.
33 – Play hide and seek around the old market cross at Myddelton House Gardens then feed the fish.
34 – Learn about nature at Woodcroft Wildspace in N21.
35 – Play Pooh sticks at Turkey Brook in Hillyfields, climb up a tree stump and look for blackberries to forage in late summer.
37 – Visit the annual Enfield Town & Country Show, browse the entries in the agricultural tent, watch a dog show and a band then play with the friends you bump into.
38 – Go to IKEA and try to climb into as many beds as possible, smuggle a soft toy into the trolley and marvel at the self-service ice-cream machine.
39 – Watch the very toddler friendly, Tales from the Shed at the Chickenshed Theatre.
40 – Celebrate Apple Day at Forty Hall Farm or just visit on one of the day’s its open.
41 – Balance along the stepping stones or tree trunk across the tiny stream in Enfield Town park before visiting the playground.
42 – Climb to the top of the giant caterpillar in Enfield Town Park, perhaps with a bit of help from a grown-up!
43 – Get crafty at Love13 – drop in and let the little ones craft whilst you relax with a coffee.
44 – Dress up ghoulishly and head out to a Halloween event or Trick or Treating. Halloween-friendly households put a pumpkin or other decorations out so you know you’ll get a friendly (if a little witchy) face at the door.
45 – Visit one of the many Turkish or Greek restaurants for lunch and enjoy a selection of meze.
46 – Go to a public Guy Fawkes’ night fireworks display – there’s plenty to choose from, from large displays or smaller family-friendly ones.
47 – Line up along the streets in Enfield to see the Light Parade on the last Sunday in November. Marvel at the pantomime performers and you might even glimpse Father Christmas himself. Follow the parade into the town centre to see the tree lights being switched on, carols and fireworks.
48 – Watch the annual pantomime at the Millfield Theatre.
49 – Attend a toddler group Christmas party. Our favourite is the fabulous party run by St Andrew’s MOSAIC toddler group!
50 – Finally, see if you’re on Father Christmas’s Good List at Springtime Garden Centre (complete with little train ride) or at Pearson’s (amongst other places).
I hope this has given you some ideas for family friendly things to do in Enfield!
Thanks to Jo, Angela, Alice (who blogs at Nipper and Tyke), Natalie (who blogs at Adventures of a Working Mum) and Charlotte (who blogs at Baking Betsy) for the suggestions! If you have any more suggestions, I’d love to hear them.
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This post was first written in November 2015 and last updated in April 2017.