Ruth Miller from the Little Lambeth website gives her tips for sporty, family fun at the Brixton Rec
The Brixton Rec is often overlooked as a great place to take kids but once through the doors you’ll find that there are lots of things on offer!
For children under 11, there is a soft play area, open Monday to Sunday, 10am to 6pm. It costs £2.70 (under-fives) and £3.30 (over fives). There is no fixed time limit. Let the kids run off steam here in a safe, contained environment!
If your children are under five and you want a break, you can put them in the crèche for up to two hours. Booking is essential as places are limited. They will need membership (£5 a year) to use this facility.
Under-fives (along with a parent) can have a splash in the water at the lovely stepped teaching pool. There are good family changing facilities including large lockers and a buggy park. A swim cost £4 for adults and £1.80 for children (non-members). With membership, juniors can swim for £1! Check online for pool timetable. For details of swimming lessons, look up the section on swimming at website www.sportscourses.org.
If the kids don’t fancy a swim, then Brixton has two zones for children. The Fitness zone is a gym for ages 8 to 15 year olds. The Energy zone is a space to participate in different sports and activities. Sessions are one hour long and have separate times for ages 5-10 and 11 – 15. Ask at reception for a list of current activities available and pricing.
For something different, the centre runs trampolining sessions, which can be booked through www.sportscourses.org website, and fencing lessons; information is available at www.brixtonfencingclub.com. The Brixton Rec also has a climbing wall. Check out the Climb London section on www.high-sports.co.uk for lesson details.
Phew! Well, that’s just worn me out writing about it! Take the family to Brixton Recreation Centre and use those facilities! The Rec can be contacted on tel: 020 7095 5100
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