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We’ve been huge supporters of the Great Yorkshire Fringe since its launch two years ago because fantastic family shows have been central to the festival from the start. This year is no different, with some cracking entertainment for families with children of all ages. Here’s our pick of the best. Tickets are on sale now,

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Baby signing is hugely popular, so we’re really excited to introduce Sing and Sign York. Classes run at Acomb Methodist Church and York Explore Library (the central library on Museum Street) with Anna, who first tried signing with her baby daughter and fell in love with it. Little ones from 6 weeks to 30 months

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We love Instagram for sharing pictures of great things about York, and the stuff we get up to with our own family, but it’s been brilliant for discovering new places too. Last weekend we visited Goose in Harrogate, somewhere that had come to our attention through their lovely Instagram pics. We loved what we saw,

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To celebrate The Great Get Together, inspired by MP Jo Cox, Brodsworth Hall & Gardens near Doncaster is opening its gates for free this Saturday 17th June. Pack a picnic and enjoy everything this English Heritage house and gardens have to offer. Spearheaded by Jo’s family and friends, this unique series of events is all

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Hunt tigers, create your own mini-beast characters and listen to real-life authors read their poems and stories as Ryedale Book Festival teams up with Scampston Walled Garden on Sunday 25th June. There’s a nature theme to this day of literary events, with five acclaimed writers taking part, including winner of the Waterstones Children’s Book Prize,

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We’re off to see the Wizard! The wonderful Wizard of Oz! Well, you could be if you enter our competition to win a family ticket to see the ever-popular musical performed at the Joseph Rowntree Theatre next week. Follow Dorothy as she heads to the Land of Oz and makes friends with a tin woodman,

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For something a bit different, why not head to the water to celebrate Father’s Day this year? York’s famed for its rivers, but it’s not every day that most of us board one of its fantastic red boats. This Father’s Day, York City Cruise is offering dads a bottle of Yorkshire Heart Brewery craft beer

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We’ve pretty much had enough of voting for this year, but if we had to vote for the street that holds the best parties in York, it would have to be Bishy Road. Great news, then, that there’s one coming up in just a few weeks, and this year there’s a bit of a doggy

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York Festival of Ideas is a fortnight of 180 talks, workshops, events and activities that runs with plenty of things for families to get involved in. The Festival runs from June 6th to 18th, and year’s theme is The Story of Things. From Lego to zombies, acting to science, book-making to code-breaking, it’s all going

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We’re delighted to announce that Little Vikings has partnered with York Food & Drink Festival again to provide free kids’ activities during the Taster Weekend (Saturday June 10th & Sunday June 11th, 10.30am to 12.30pm) and the weekends of the main festival (23rd & 24th September and then 30th September & 1st October). We’ll be

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Lots of our children’s favourite books are illustrated by Nick Sharratt, so we’re really excited that his new hands-on exhibition is coming to Nunnington Hall this summer. Pirates, Pants & Wellyphants will explore Nick’s passion for drawing, from childhood to internationally renowned illustrator and author. You’ll see many of the well-known characters that Nick has

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When it comes to the best of family-friendly York, we’re the experts. It’s our job to know the best things to do in York with kids and the places that welcome families, but not everyone does. It’s not always obvious from the pavement, or a website, whether a place welcomes families. That’s why we’re launching

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For kids who love to sing – that’s pretty much all of them, then – what could be better than themed singing sessions run by professional musicians and experienced music teachers? That’s exactly what Songwires are offering to York primary school children (years 1 to 6) this June. Join Songwires for their upcoming Furs, Feathers

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As you’d expect after a four million pound re-imagining, the world-famous Viking attraction – one of the jewels in York’s crown (or Viking helmet) – is looking good. All signs of the devastating floods are gone, replaced by a fantastic visitor experience that’s both new and exciting but reassuringly familiar. You start your visit in

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