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What’s On This Week in York For Families (11th November)


Fireworks and pumpkins are out, mince pies and mistletoe are in: there’s no escaping the fact that Christmas is just around the corner (in fact we even met Santa today at Stockeld Park; review to follow). If you need something to entertain the kids between stints of Christmas shopping, here are some ideas of what’s on in and around York for families this week.


k Castle Museum Little VikingsWhat’s On: Monday 11th November

Story Time – York Castle Museum – 11am to 11.30am – Free and no need to book (normal entry charges apply for the museum; York Card holders free)
Pre-school stories relating to the museum buildings. This week’s book is Bill in a China Shop.


k Castle Museum Little VikingsWhat’s On: Tuesday 12th November

Toddler Tasting Time – York Castle Museum – 12.30pm to 1.30pm – Free for session (normal entry charges apply for museum entry; York Card holders free)
Drop in to taste some historic ingredients, listen to a story and join in with rhymes related to the ingredients. This week’s ingredient is coconut. Call 01904 650333 to book.


Singamajigs Little VikingsSingamajigs – York Theatre Royal – 10.15am and 11am – £3.50 single session, £15 for block of 5.
Fun-filled pre-school music sessions. Booking essential. Visit www.yorktheatreroyal.co.uk for more information, and see our feature here.


City Screen YorkWhat’s On: Wednesday 13th November

Big Scream (parents/carers and babies under one) – City Screen Picturehouse – 11am – normal admission prices apply
This week’s film is Folie A Deux.


k Castle Museum Little VikingsWhat’s On: Thursday 14th November

Museum Monkeys (sessions for 2 to 5 year olds) – York Castle Museum – 11am to 12 noon –  Free but booking essential (normal admission charges for museum entry; York Card holders free)
Old fashioned wash day: Dress up as a Victorian, make a bubble picture and use the wash board to scrub the washing and hang it out to dry. Call 01904 650333 to book. More information here.


Christmas LightsChristmas Lights Switch-On – St Helen’s Square, York – 6.45pm to 7.30pm – Free
The St Helen’s Hospice Christmas tree will be switched on by the Lord Mayor and special guests, including performances by the Dishforth & York Military Wives Choirs.


k Castle Museum Little VikingsWhat’s On: Friday 15th November

Museum Baby – York Castle Museum – 11am to 11.45am – Free for session (normal admission charges for museum entry; York Card holders free)
Mills: Watch the windmills move and make the water wheel turn, play with messy flour to make gloop and listen to the story of Little Red Hen. Call 01904 650333 to book. More information here.


Little Vikings - DIG YorkLittle Diggers – DIG – £3 per child, one accompanying adult is free – 10.30am for an hour
The Little Diggers group is a Saturday morning session for 2-5 year olds at DIG. An enthusiastic guide takes the little diggers on an archaeological adventure with a different theme each week. It’s great fun and fantastic value. Booking is essential: call 01904 615 505.


City Screen YorkWhat’s On: Saturday 16th November

Kids Club – City Screen Picturehouse – 10.45am (activities), 11.15am (film) – £3 non-members/£1 members. Membership is £4.
This week’s film is form the London International Animation festival (details TBC).


York lbraries childrenMeet Children’s Author Karen Langtree – Waterstones, High Ousegate, York – 11am – Free
Meet local author Karen, author of three lovely children’s books: Fairy Rescuers, Fairy Rescuers: Return to Elysia and My Wicked Stepmother.


York Cookery SchoolKids’ Kitchen Club – York Castle Museum – 2.30pm to 3.30pm – Free but booking essential (normal admission charges for the museum; free to York Card holders)
Bring your children to the working kitchen studio at York Castle Museum to help make recipes from the past. This week’s recipe is ‘melting moments’. Yum.


Beningbrough Andrew KayWinter sculpture exhibition – Beningbrough Hall – 9th November to 23rd February 2014 (weekends only) – 11am to 3.30pm – Normal admission prices apply
This indoor and outdoor exhibition of life-size sculptures by award-winning sculptor Andrew Kay captures the powerful anatomy of wild beasts.


Stockeld Park Little VikingsThe Christmas Adventure – Stockeld Park – 10.30am to 8.30pm – Prices vary according to the activities you choose (visit the website for further details).
Experience real Christmas magic at Stockeld Park, home of the Enchanted Forest. As well a chance to visit Santa in his grotto (and meet the reindeer of course), there’s ice-skating and Nordic skiing on offer, as well as a maze and outdoor play areas galore.


k Castle Museum Little VikingsMuseum Monkeys (sessions for 2 to 5 year olds) – York Castle Museum – 11am to 12 noon – Free but booking essential (normal admission charges for the museum; free to York Card holders)

Sound: Go for a listening walk on Kirkgate, make a shaker and guess the animal sounds. Call 01904 650333 to book. More information here.


Beningbrough Andrew KayWhat’s On: Sunday 17th November

Winter sculpture exhibition – Beningbrough Hall – 9th November to 23rd February 2014 (weekends only) – 11am to 3.30pm – Normal admission prices apply
This indoor and outdoor exhibition of life-size sculptures by award-winning sculptor Andrew Kay captures the powerful anatomy of wild beasts.


Stockeld Park Little VikingsThe Christmas Adventure – Stockeld Park – 10.30am to 8.30pm – Prices vary according to the activities you choose (visit the website for further details).
Experience real Christmas magic at Stockeld Park, home of the Enchanted Forest. As well a chance to visit Santa in his grotto (and meet the reindeer of course), there’s ice-skating and Nordic skiing on offer, as well as a maze and outdoor play areas galore.


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