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What's on in York for kids this week (30th June)


It’s here! The Grand Depart week is finally upon us and York has turned yellow in honour of the world-class cyclists who’ll be whizzing through our streets this weekend. Tempting as it might be to avoid the crowds and hide at home, this is going to be an event to remember that’s unlikely to be repeated on our doorsteps in our lifetime. So work out a plan, get there early, take snacks to quell nagging children, be patient and have an amazing time! Allez, allez, allez!


 hotelduvinMonday 30th June

Coffee Club – Hotel Du Vin – 9am to 11am – £5

One of York’s best-kept secrets, Hotel du Vin’s Monday morning coffee club is a godsend. For just a fiver, enjoy a lovely (and unlimited!) continental buffet breakfast, tea and coffee and a chat with other parents in the courtyard. Children are actively welcomed, and although they’re mainly of the babes-in-arms variety, there’s the occasional toddler too. It’s not on every week (sometimes the space is unavailable because of weddings or other events) so keep an eye on Little Vikings (here or on Facebook) for the latest.


Things to do in York with kidsMum 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 Little VikingsTuesday 1st July

Singamajigs – York Theatre Royal – 10.15am and 11am – £3.50 per session or 5 sessions for £15 – Book through the box office or online

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.


Cinema for kids - YorkWednesday 2nd July

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

This week’s film is Jersey Boys.


York Cocoa House HogletsThursday 3rd July

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.


What's on in York for kidsEarly 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

The body: Wrap the mummy, find the bones in the sand and look at skeletons.


Cinema for kids - YorkFriday 4th July

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 4.


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

Soldiers: Play with toy soldiers, listen to the Grand Old Duke of York song and listen to the toy soldier story.


Dig York Little VikingsSaturday 5th July

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 for kidsEarly 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

The body: Wrap the mummy, find the bones in the sand and look at skeletons.


Cinema for kids - YorkKids’ Club – City Screen Picturehouse – 10.45am – £3.50 non-members/£1.50 members. Membership is £4.

This week’s film is Rio 2.
 


Little Vikings YorkSunday 6th July

It’s here! After months of anticipation, the Grand Depart finally arrives in York today. If you don’t have tickets to any particular events, our best advice is to find yourself a spot on the route or head to one of the hubs and soak up the atmosphere. There’s lots going on at the Designer Outlet and Rowntree Park, and we’ll be heading to the Bishopthorpe Road Street Party which will start after the cyclists have headed for the hills. Read more about it here. Keep checking back here for more ideas for what to do on the day, and whatever you do, have a good one!

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