Hello all, and hope you’ve had a good Father’s Day. After a break for half term, the free early years classes start up again at York Castle Museum and the Yorkshire Museum this week (call ahead to book). There’s also a free day of family art fun on Saturday at York St Mary’s, and a chance to bag a bargain at the MUMbler nearly new sale on Sunday. Here’s our pick of what’s on in York for kids this week.
Mum and Baby Group – Starbucks, Monks Cross – 9.30am onwards – Free/pay for your coffee after the first 30 coffees
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!
Singamajigs – York Theatre Royal – 10.15am and 11am – £3.50 per session or 5 sessions for £15 – Book through the box office
Learn new songs, play percussion instruments and encourage your child to develop both listening and communication skills in a fun and safe environment. For children aged 1 to 4 years old.
Big Scream (parents/carers and babies under one) – City Screen Picturehouse – 11am – normal admission prices apply
This week’s film is T.S.Spivet.
Chocolate 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.
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
Animals: Match the animal fur to the animals, animal role play and guess the animal sounds.
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 to be confirmed.
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
Kids’ Club – City Screen Picturehouse – 10.45am – £3.50 non-members/£1.50 members. Membership is £4.
This week’s film is to be confirmed – check back here for details.
Museum 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
Castles: Play in the castle tent, have a feast and dress as a knight.
A day of art activity and fun for families, led by students from the University of York in the beautifully York St Mary’s Church (just around the corner from Coppergate) which is currently hosting the Aesthetica prize artworks.
York MUMbler Baby & Toddler Nearly New Sale – Clements Hall – 3pm to 4.30pm – £1 per adult
Have a rummage through the pre-loved clothes, toys, books and nursery items at this MUMbler nearly new sale. Can get busy, so use a sling rather than a buggy if possible.