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What's on in York for kids this week (5th May)


Hope you all had a great bank holiday weekend! If you think the activities for kids were a bit thin on the ground, fear not. The attractions all seem to be saving themselves for a bumper May half term when you’ll be totally spoilt for choice. We’ll be bringing you details here and in the first issue of the Little Vikings magazine, out soon. In the meantime, here’s our pick of what’s on in York for kids this week.


crowMonday 5th May

Haxby Scarecrow Festival – Haxby – 10am to 4.30pm – £2 per trail

Follow the trail to find all manner of fantastic homemade scarecrows. All proceeds to Martin House Children’s Hospice.


Jane Tomlinson fun run YorkTuesday 6th May

A quiet day for kids’ activities in York, so how about doing something different? Check out our ideas for day trips, places to go and things to do on a rainy day; they’re all here on the website – take a look around!


Cinema for kids - YorkWednesday 7th May

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

This week’s film is The Other Woman.


York Cocoa House HogletsThursday 8th May

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

Emergency services: Find the burglars’ loot, take a look at some Victorian medical implements and discover the museum prison cells.


Cinema for kids - YorkFriday 9th 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 Poppy Cat 3.


Museum Gardens YorkMuseum 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

Dinosaurs: Bounce on the dinosaur hopper, find the dinosaur in the sand and feel fossils from the collection.


LIttle Vikings - DIGSaturday 10th May

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.


Holgate WindmillHolgate Windmill Open Weekend – 11am to 4pm – £3 adults, £1 children, under 5s free

Holgate Windmill is open this weekend, coinciding with the National Mills Weekend. In honour of the Grand Depart coming to our city in July, a new exhibition called Cogs will be on display, showing how mills, bikes and other machines are related through cogs and gears.


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

Emergency services: Find the burglars’ loot, take a look at some Victorian medical implements and discover the museum prison cells.


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

This week’s film is  Tinkerbell and the Pirate Fairy.


Holgate WindmillSunday 11th May

Holgate Windmill Open Weekend – 11am to 4pm – £3 adults, £1 children, under 5s free

Holgate Windmill is open this weekend, coinciding with the National Mills Weekend. In honour of the Grand Depart coming to our city in July, a new exhibition called Cogs will be on display, showing how mills, bikes and other machines are related through cogs and gears.


Things to do in York with kidsBig Green Celebration – St Nicks Environment Centre – 1pm to 4pm – Free

Help celebrate 10 years since St Nicks was declared a local nature reserve, with half a day of free fun activities for all ages, including wildlife walks, green craft demonstrations, kids’ activities, competitions and much more. No need to book.


 Always check before you travel that details of events or activities haven’t changed. Changes of plan = grumpy little vikings, and nobody wants that!

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