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What's On in York This Week For Families (4th November)

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Farewell half term, Halloween and Illuminating York, hello Bonfire Night and the run-up to Christmas. There’s plenty to keep the family entertained this week, minus the half term crowds (30 minute queues to get into the National Railway Museum? Argh!). The free activities at the Castle Museum are highly recommended, and there’s plenty to choose from. And don’t forget that Little Vikings is packed full of ideas for things to do whatever the time of year.


What's On in York This Week For Families (4th November) Little VikingsMonday 4th November

Story Time – 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 The Highway Rat.


What's On in York This Week For Families (4th November) Little VikingsTuesday 5th 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 treacle. Call 01904 650333 to book.


What's On in York This Week For Families (4th November) 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.


What's On in York This Week For Families (4th November) Little VikingsYork Maze Fireworks Spectacular – York Maze – 4.30pm to 10.30pm (bonfire lighting at 7.30pm and fireworks at 8pm) – Adults £12.95, children £9.95, under 3s free. To book, visit the York Maze website.

Highlights include a giant bonfire, a fire show from the man known as the ‘juggling inferno’ (don’t try this at home, kids), live music and of course a firework spectacular. The fireworks will be choreographed to a soundtrack chosen by listeners of Minster FM, and Minster FM’s presenters will be hosting the evening. There will be plenty of food stalls to choose from, selling autumnal delights like jacket potatoes, toffee apples and roast chestnuts as well as a hog roast. For little vikings, the children’s play area and quad track will be open.  If you like the sound of it, book now as no tickets will be available on the night.


What's On in York This Week For Families (4th November) Little VikingsBonfire and Fireworks Spectacular – The Poppleton Centre, Main Street, Upper Poppleton YO26 6JT – gates open 5pm, bonfire lit 7pm, fireworks 7.15pm, live music until 9pm – adults £6, children (aged 5-16), £3.

As well as the obligatory fireworks and bonfire, there’ll be a hog roast, mulled wine and live music from Floque. Buy tickets in advance only, see the website for further details.


What's On in York This Week For Families (4th November) Little VikingsWednesday 6th November

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

This week’s film is Captain Phillips.


What's On in York This Week For Families (4th November) Little VikingsThursday 7th 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)

Today’s theme is traditional nursery rhymes: decorate the dish to run away with the spoon, help little Jack Horner to find the plum and wash the spider down the spout. Call 01904 650333 to book. More information here.


What's On in York This Week For Families (4th November) Little VikingsFriday 8th November

Museum Baby – Castle Museum – 11am to 11.45am – Free for session (normal admission charges for museum entry; York Card holders free)

Victorian wash day: play in the bubbles, wash the clothes in soapy water, feel the crazy soap and listen to the story of Mrs Mopple’s Washing Line. Call 01904 650333 to book. More information here.


What's On in York This Week For Families (4th November) Little VikingsSaturday 9th November

Little 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.


What's On in York This Week For Families (4th November) Little VikingsWinter 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.


What's On in York This Week For Families (4th November) Little VikingsYork Flea Market – Scarcroft School, York – 10am to 4pm – Free entry

Many of the car boot sales might have finished for the year, but fear not as this new flea market is starting at Scarcroft School this weekend. If it’s something unique that you’re after – from second hand to handmade goods – it’s worth a look.


What's On in York This Week For Families (4th November) Little VikingsMuseum Monkeys (sessions for 2 to 5 year olds) – York Castle Museum – 11am to 12 noon – Free but booking essential

Today’s theme is smell. Guess the castle smells, make a smelly picture and make your own smelly herb bag. Call 01904 650333 to book. More information here.


What's On in York This Week For Families (4th November) Little Vikings

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

This week’s film is The Pirates! In an Adventure with Scientists.


Sunday 10th November

What's On in York This Week For Families (4th November) Little Vikings

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.

 

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