Things to do in York with kids this week (24th March)

Not long until Easter, so watch this space for all the things going on in and around York during the holidays for kids (and trust us, there’s A LOT). In the meantime, this week we’ve got Mother’s Day to look forward to. Top of my wish list – little Vikings, take note – a lie-in and breakfast in bed please!

Coffee club - Little VikingsMonday 24th March

Mum and Baby Group – Starbucks, Monks Cross – 9.30am onwards – Free/pay for your coffee after the first 30 coffees

The Starbucks at Monks Cross is holding informal get-togethers on Monday mornings from 9.30am for mums (and dads) of small children. The first thirty coffees are free!

Things to do in York with kidsCoffee Club – Hotel du Vin York – From 9/9/30am – £5 per person

For just a fiver, enjoy a delicious buffet breakfast with other parents in a relaxed environment. There’s a weekly speaker and children are welcome.

What's on in York for kidsTuesday 25th March

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 rice. Call 01904 650333 to book.

Cinema for kids - YorkWednesday 26th March

Big Scream (parents/carers and babies under one) – City Screen Picturehouse – 11am – normal admission prices apply

This week’s film is Under the Skin.

What's on in York for kidsNursery Rhyme Time – York Castle Museum –  1pm to 1.30pm – Free for session (normal entry charges for museum; YorkCard holders free)

A range of interactive songs for children and their carers. This week it’s bird songs.

Museum GardensThursday 27th March

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

Make a stained glass window, look at stained glass examples and explore coloured window toys in the investigation area.

York-Cocoa-HouseChocolate Hoglets – 9am to 11am – York Cocoa House – £7.50 for a parent and child, £2 per additional child

This new venture from York Cocoa House and Hoglets, a York-based theatre company for children, combines chocolatey treats and a chance to relax for parents and a storytelling workshop for the little ones. Delicious.

Cinema for kids - YorkFriday 28th March

Toddler Time – City Screen Picturehouse – 11.30am – £3 for children, accompanying adults free if you join the Toddler Time club (free to join).

This week’s film is Poppy Cat: Programme 2.

What's on in York for kidsMuseum Baby – York Castle Museum – 11am to 11.45am – Free for session (normal admission charges for museum entry; York Card holders free)

Textiles: Make a den using different fabrics, explore different textured and patterned materials and investigate the touch and feel books.

Cinema for kids - YorkSaturday 29th March

Kids’ Club – City Screen Picturehouse – 10.45am (activities), 11.15am (film) – £3 non-members/£1 members. Membership is £4.

This week’s film is London International Animation Festival: Kids Club Special.

Little Vikings - Yorkshire MuseumMuseum Monkeys (sessions for 2 to 5 year olds) – Yorkshire Museum – 11am to 12 noon – Free but booking essential (normal admission charges for museum entry; York Card holders free)

Make a prehistoric cave painting, dress up as cave people and hunt the wild animals.

York Castle MuseumKids’ 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 Stuart rice pudding. Call 01904 650333 to book.

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.

Forest of Fables York Theatre RoyalForest of Fables – York Theatre Royal – 1pm and 3.30pm – Running time 1 hour 45 minutes – Adults £10, children £6 – Puppet workshop from 11am in the De Grey Rooms (£3)

An enchanting tale involving the wind, a leaf, a fox, a gnat and some cheese! Aimed at children over four. Puppet-making workshop beforehand (small additional fee).

York's CHOCOLATE StorySunday 30th March

Mother’s Day Special – York’s CHOCOLATE Story – 10am to 6pm (last tour 5pm) – Mums free; adults £9.95; children aged 4-15 £7.95; under 4s free

Take note, little Vikings everywhere – it’s Mother’s Day! So that means breakfast in bed and a lie-in please…Failing that, you can take your mum along to York’s CHOCOLATE Story for free today (walk-up ticket purchases only; only mums go free). You can even make her a chocolately treat to enjoy at home too (and no washing up for anyone – bonus!).

PrintHoglets Workshop – 12 noon – 41 Monkgate, York – Free

As part of Springboard 2014, York’s festival of performing arts created for and by young people, enjoy this free workshop with your little one(s). Go on a Gruffalo hunt! A drama and storytelling workshop for pre-school children, babies and their parents. Come with Hoglets as they take an adventurous gang of little folks through the Deep Dark Wood! The hunt begins with a performance of The Gruffalo by Mama Hoglet herself, followed by games, songs and craft as well as advice on the methods used, and how parents can take them home and make them their own.

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