Spitalfields City Farm is a great place to take your kids -- but did you know that you can get involved yourself? Without volunteers the farm would cease to exist, so they're always keen to welcome people who don't mind mucking in.
The chief attraction is the farmyard animals. They've got chickens, ducks, geese, sheep and rabbits, plus a few pigs and a donkey. You'll have a chance to learn about their needs, and will be expected to take part in their daily care -- which can get very messy! So don't expect to just sit on the side and watch. This event is all about you rolling up your sleeves and getting stuck in.
If you'd prefer something a bit more pleasant and gentle, then how about volunteering in their gardens instead?
Bear in mind that it's not quite as simple as just turning up -- if you want to work on the farm then you'll have to fill in an application form and have an interview first... and there's usually a waiting list. If you can't get a suitable date then you might have better luck at their gardening sessions, which are a lot easier to get into (but they only operate on Tuesdays and Wednesdays).
Before you go... if you're a big animal fan then you might also be interested in a couple of special events at London Zoo. If you don't mind stumping up a small fortune in fees, then you can follow in the footsteps of one of their zookeepers for a day, and go inside some of the animal enclosures. They offer a slightly cheaper option called Meet The Animals, where you can get close to the penguins, giraffes, kangaroos, meerkats and monkeys in the rainforest room.
If you've got little kids then you might prefer to visit Battersea Park Children's Zoo instead. They don't have anything as big as London Zoo, but they've got some monkeys, exotic birds and farmyard animals.
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