Hackney top 9: rainy days with kids

Nothing drags more than a wet weekend with a fidgety family. But, with a host of options in the borough, you can get out while staying in when the weather turns grisly. Here’s our pick of the best places for kids on a rainy day in Hackney.

Adrenalin Dance and Hackney Children’s Theatre

An array of dance classes at St John at Hackney: romp and roll for toddlers, breakdance, contemporary dance and street moves. Hackney Children’s Theatre puts on monthly shows geared to children, also at St John at Hackney.

Ballet and karate

Karate classes and ballet lessons taught by professional dancers from the C-12 Dance Theatre are available at Clapton arts venue Chats Palace.

Draughts Café

This Haggerston board-games café, under the railway arches, has been a big hit with the grown-ups, and is crammed with families at weekends. Choose from literally hundreds of games on display at the far end, grab a drink and get playing – you can ask a friendly in-house ‘games guru’ for help if you’re stuck.

Geffrye Museum

The Geffrye Museum offers free events for children throughout the year, from baking classes to magic lessons to craft workshops.

Hackney Picturehouse

A great spot on a rainy Saturday morning and a brilliant way to start the weekend: blockbusters and classic children’s films are screened every week at the Kids’ Club.

Hoxton Hall

A excellent array of free workshops: 7–13 year olds can learn to make puppets, dance hip-hop and join a band, while 7–19s can take drama classes with professional actors, perform in open mic nights and learn to produce and record music.

Monster Supplies Shop

Styled as an old-fashioned confectioners, Monster Supplies sells deliciously creepy treats: glass jars filled with eyeball sweets, guts and garlic chutney, and organ marmalade. All proceeds go the Ministry of Stories.

Rhythm Studio Rock and Pop Academy

A chance for parents to say ‘it wasn’t like this in my day’, as their kids spend a week forming a band, recording a CD and finally getting a gig at a local venue. In addition, they can join production classes learning composition, video-making, remixing and DJing. Rhythm Studio East also runs regular classes, with one-to-one tuition or band sessions.

Ship of Adventures

The ship-shaped shop of brilliant literacy charity Hackney Pirates, supporting their work. Browse Hackney guides and audio projects created by local children, and buy jewellery handmade by HP volunteers, ethical gifts and kids’ books. There’s also a zero-waste café.