What are your plans for this year? Any new year’s resolutions to run a marathon, eat less chocolate (if you live in York, this is almost impossible as there’s temptation around every corner) or learn something new? We’re not a family that does very well with resolutions – we rarely make it into the second week of January before giving into temptation – so this year we’ve just resolved to spend more time together as a family. With so much going on in and around York, there’s no shortage of things for us to do. Here’s our wishlist so far. This year we’d like to….
1. Visit Eureka
We’ve not visited this fantastic interactive children’s museum in Halifax since we were kids ourselves, and we’re desperate to take our little Vikings. They’re bound to love it – everything is hands-on and truly child-friendly. The new £2.9m All About Me gallery which explains how our bodies work sounds particularly good. Tickets are valid for a year, and the museum is just next to the station.
Eureka! The National Children’s Museum, Discovery Road, Halifax HX1 2NE
2. Cheer on the riders at le Grand Depart
Le Grand Depart of the Tour de France is going to be racing down the road we live on, and we’re already incredibly excited. The little Vikings are already pretty interested in cycling, but we’re expecting them to be bike-crazy by the time July rolls round. Note to self: don’t book a holiday for this weekend.
Stage 2 of le Grand Depart is in York on Sunday July 6th.
3. Take the littlest Viking to the cinema
We often take our four-year-old to the Saturday morning kids’ club at City Screen, but the 18-month-old generally misses out. This year we’d like to take her to the Friday morning Toddler Time at City Screen so she can get her own taste for going to the movies (she already has a taste for popcorn).
Toddler Time is at City Screen on Friday mornings and is designed to introduce children to the big screen. Admission is £3, with accompanying adults free if they’re members of Toddler Time (free to join).
4. Sign the littlest Viking up to dance or drama classes
The biggest Viking does football and gym club, but the littlest Viking misses out. That’s why we think we might see if we can get her along to a dance class of some kind. She loves nothing more than dancing around the kitchen – mainly to indie and rock on the radio – so we’re going to be looking for a session to keep her on her toes. We’ll try some out and let you know.
5. Try out more of York’s eateries
Like most families, we fall into the trap of going back to the same tried-and-tested places for lunch as a family. Trinacria on Bishopthorpe Road is a favourite, as is the Rowntree Park Reading Room and Café for a snack; the kids also love Wagamama and we all love the chips at City Screen. But it’s time for us to break the habit of a lifetime and try some new places. On our hit-list are Filmore and Union, the Brew and Brownie (looks amazing but always so busy when we walk past) and The Star Inn the City (the grown-ups have been but we’ve yet to brave it with the kids). We’ll bring you the lowdown on the kids’ menus and general family-friendliness just as soon as we’ve sampled them.
If there’s anything on your family’s to-do list that you want to share with us, or if there’s anything you think we should try, let us know via our Facebook page. And we’ll let you know how we get on with ours here at Little Vikings throughout the year.