So did you survive half term? Hope so. Let’s hope it’s time to put away the wellies and umbrellas for a while and enjoy a quieter week with some much better weather. As always, it’s a slow return to normal in York after the holidays, but there’s the Askham Bryan College Countryside Day to enjoy at the weekend and a chance to meet the author of the Horrid Henry Books too. A special shout out for the Family Golf Day at York Golf Range on Sunday, which is in aid of a brilliant cause.
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 X-Men: Days of Future Past.
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.
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 Mr Men and Little Miss Big Reading Adventure.
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
Horrid Henry is 20 years old this year and to celebrate, Francesca Simon will be joined by Henry himself at Waterstones York and will be signing copies of her famous books. There will be lots of activities too. It’s a good chance to check out the lovely new Waterstones store too (great kids’ section and really nice café).
Kids’ Club – City Screen Picturehouse – 10.45am – £3.50 non-members/£1.50 members. Membership is £4.
This week’s film is Ponyo (English-language version).
Family Fun Golf Day – York Golf Range, Towthorpe Moor Lane YO32 9ST – 11am to 3pm – Free but please donate something to Martin House!
York Golf Range are putting on a Family Golf Day in aid of a very worthy cause: Martin House Children’s Hospice Good Night’s Sleep Appeal. Play crazy golf or whack a few balls on the driving range. There’ll be a chance to have a go at foot golf (!) as well as free junior golf tuition for 6 to 14 year olds (11am to 12pm or 2pm to 3pm – call to book; 01904 499275). Go along, have fun and help raise some money for a fantastic charity.
Hot on the heels of their ever popular Lambing Day, Askham Bryan College is hosting Countryside Day. Lots to do and see for all the family, including storytelling sessions, donkey rides, tractor rides and farm tours and falconry displays.