Family days out in Stratford: LolliBop and Park
More than 12,500 people have flocked to Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in its first week of opening to enjoy the parklands, Tumbling Bay playground and Timber Lodge community centre as well as take in the stunning views of iconic buildings including the Velodrome, ArcelorMittal Orbit and Stadium.
One year on and the north area of the Olympic Park has been transformed into a place for families to enjoy and roam for free.
You can pass time in the Parklands, an area of wide open green space and a public garden that provides a natural haven for plants and animals, and is just a short stroll from Hackney Wick and Leyton.
Parents can take a break at the Timber Lodge, designed to blend into the natural landscape and produce its own green energy from solar panels. Inside, the Unity Kitchen Café offers refreshments and its outdoor terrace is an ideal spot to sit and relax in the sun.
On the southern fringe of the park head to the View Tube, an education and arts centre with fantastic views of the Olympic Stadium, Aquatics Centre and ArcelorMittal Orbit.
It's bright green and made from recycled shipping containers. Open seven days a week, View Tube teaches children about sustainability and regeneration and has its own cottage garden, bikes for hire and Moka Café serving local and homemade treats. And on August 16-18, the LolliBop Festival is also coming to the park. The jamboree for little people will feature three days of sports, activities, performances, disco, arts, crafts, science, dance workshops and celebrity entertainers such as Dick & Dom.
CBeebies presenter Alex Winters is hosting the LolliBop Live stage over the three days.
He said: "It's really hard to pick a highlight but I'm really looking forward to seeing Justin Fletcher live. My little girl is very excited about seeing Hello Kitty too."
The festival is designed to provide a fun day out for under 10s and their families. TV favourites such as Rastamouse, Shaun the Sheep, Postman Pat and Peppa Pig will be making an appearance. Single tickets start from £23.50 and a family of four ticket costs £92.