The weekend’s on the horizon, but why should that stop you having fun on a Thursday? We can’t think of a reason, so you should probably have a look at these...

1. Go back to school in Mile End

Here’s an idea that might scare the kids – take them to school.

With a number of free drop-in art and craft sessions designed to tell a tale or two about the Victorian era, the Ragged School’s summer program will surprise and delight all young history buffs.

As well as getting among clay and paints, young ones will get the chance to understand the Victorian classroom or a graft with some 19th-century chores in the Victorian Kitchen.

Ragged School, Mile End, 10am

2. Take the kids on a river search in Bow

Curious kids can help out in Bow Creek Ecology Park as waterways charity Thames21 listens to the river with underwater microphones at these outdoor workshops.

They can also test the quality of the water and learn about creepy crawlies above and below the surface. Register for the free classes on the event site.

Bow Creek Ecology Park, 1pm/2.30pm/4pm

3. Watch Indie legends at the Brooklyn Bowl

Despite releasing just one album way back in 1999, US rock band American Football’s recent reformation was met with huge fanfare, such is the cult following their eponymous release had since cultivated.

Now you get the chance to see what the fuss is about by getting down to the Brooklyn Bowl to check out their unique blend of emo and math-rock – helmet and pads are optional.

Brooklyn Bowl, 7pm. Tickets: £25 adv/£27.50 door