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Discover the best things to do in & around York for kids

Find awesome classes, attractions, days out, places to eat and activities in York for families

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NEW! Online Classes in York

There’s a huge array of brilliant children’s classes on offer in York, but with venues closed and kids inside it’s made it impossible for them to continue as before. Those who can are having to adapt to survive by offering online versions of their courses, so please do support them if possible. Take a look at these brilliant ways to keep your kids occupied with classes from some of the best family-friendly businesses in York. Your kids will have fun, they’ll be entertained for a while and you’ll make a business owner happy, too. Win-win!

NEW! Fun things to do at home

Just because you’re at home doesn’t mean you have to be bored. We’ve put together some ideas and inspiration for things to do, from homeschooling resources from Yorkshire’s top family attractions to fantastic websites and home-based activities that our own kids have give their seal of approval.

NEW! Family Recipes

From tasty cakes to brilliant biscuits, crowd-pleasing tea options and simple snacks, we’ve put together some of our favourite family-friendly recipes. Some have even been given to us by our friends at attractions and other family-friendly businesses across Yorkshire so that you can enjoy their delicacies from the comfort of home.

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Welcome to family-friendly York!

From dinosaurs to Vikings, steam trains to Victorians, chocolate-makers to history-shapers, a family adventure in York is unlike any other, whether you’re here for a day, a week or you’re lucky enough to call York home. Voted Best Place to Live in the UK by The Sunday Times in 2018, why wouldn’t you?

With everything from first-class family attractions to stunning outdoor spaces and lots of fantastic places to shop, eat and drink with the kids, it’s a full of memory-making opportunities. Make time for a trip or two out of the city too: the beautiful North York Moors, Yorkshire Dales and Yorkshire coast are full of wonderful places to explore with children. And none of it needs to cost a fortune – there are plenty of wonderful things to do in and around York that are free or cheap, from walking the city walls to visiting the National Railway Museum. If there’s a way for families to save money, you can trust us to let you know about it!

Need somewhere family-friendly to stay? York has some brilliant hotels with family rooms as well as self-catering houses and apartments, not to mention camping and glamping options. They can be hard to find, but we’ve hand-picked our favourites for you so that you’re never short of a high chair or cot if you need one.

Let’s not forget York’s wealth of brilliant children’s classes too, from dance to drama, STEM to forest school, cookery to rugby. Looking for birthday party ideas? Look no further. And we’ve got some great holiday club and childcare options, too. 

Here you’ll find our pick of the very best things to do in and around York with children throughout the year, as tried, tested and recommended by a York family with three children. Follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram so you don’t miss a thing, and why not let us know what you get up to?

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