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Things to do in York with kids this week (28th April)

Hope you’ve all had a good week. Have you checked out the new Waterstones store on Coney Street yet? Our two loved the children’s section (especially the slide, which we had to drag them away from) and I’m sure we’ll be spending lots of time – and money – there in the future. Meanwhile we’re still busy finalising our first issue of the Little Vikings magazine which will be out mid-May. It’s looking really nice, even if we do say so ourselves.


 Things to do in York with kidsMonday 28th April

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!


 nature againTuesday 29th April

A quiet day for activities. If it rains, how about a trip to the National Railway Museum (free and always a winner); if the sun’s shining, we’d recommend a walk around Askham Bog to spot the butterflies and listen to the birds (just ignore the sound of the A64 in the background). More details here.


 Cinema for kids - YorkWednesday 30th April

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

This week’s film is Tracks.


 What's on in York for kidsThursday 1st May

Early Year Explorers Activities (for 2-5 year olds) – York Castle Museum – 10am to 11am and 11.30am to 12.30pm – Free (normal admission charge to enter museum; free to YorkCard holders) – Call 01904 687 633 or email to book

Farms: Play with the farm set, dig up vegetables and plant some cress.


 York Cocoa House HogletsChocolate 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 2nd May

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 Rastamouse: Mouseland Sports Day.


 Museum GardensMuseum Baby (for under 2s) – Yorkshire Museum – 10am to 11am and 11.30am to 12.30pm – Free (normal admission charge to enter museum; free to YorkCard holders) – Call 01904 687 633 or email to book

Under the sea: Go on an undersea adventure, listen to Tiddler’s story and find the treasure in the sand.


 What's on in York for kidsSaturday 3rd May

Early Year Explorers Activities (for 2-5 year olds) – York Castle Museum – 10am to 11am and 11.30am to 12.30pm – Free (normal admission charge to enter museum; free to YorkCard holders) – Call 01904 687 633 or email to book

Farms: Play with the farm set, dig up vegetables and plant some cress.


 LIttle Vikings - DIGLittle 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.


Cinema for kids - YorkKids’ Club – City Screen Picturehouse – 10.45am – £3 non-members/£1 members. Membership is £4.

This week’s film is The General (Re 2014).


Yorkshire Museum Grayson PerrySpecial Family Saturday: Make a throne for your teddy bear – Yorkshire Museum – 11am to 1pm and 2pm to 4pm – £1 per participant (normal admission charges for the museum; free to YorkCard holders) – no need to book

In anticipation of Grayson Perry’s visit to the museum with his teddy bear Alan Measles, join artist and upholsterer Jo Walton to create a throne for your bear.


River Ouse YorkSunday 4th May

May the Fourth be with you! Sorry, terrible joke. Some of our top Sunday activities include a walk by the river (and an ice cream from the ice cream boat if it’s warm and it’s there), running off energy at one of York’s many parks or, if it’s raining, heading to YorkSport for a swim.

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