Activities for February Half Term that are FREE or Low Cost
Well, February Half Term has crept upon us and if you are still feeling the expense of Christmas we have pulled together some activities that are either free or low cost in and around Ryedale. I have included a mixture of indoor and outdoor activities as the weather can be unpredictable.
The Moors National Park Centre, Danby YO21 2NB 01439 772738 Monday 17 February. Drop in between 11am – 3pm Galactic Treasure Hunt Part of Dark Skies Festival 2020. Join us on a space themed treasure hunt. Use your starry map to locate the clues to claim your ‘out of this world’ treasure! Please wear appropriate clothing and footwear. Sorry, no dogs. Not wheelchair accessible. All children to be accompanied by an adult. Suitable for ages 4 and above. No booking required, just drop in anytime. Cost: Adult: Free Child: £3
Sutton Bank National Park Centre, YO7 2EH Tuesday 18 February and Thursday 20 February. Drop in any time between 10:30am and 3pm Can Fish See in the Dark? To coincide with Dark Skies Festival 2020, through trails, crafts and quizzes, the Ryevitalise team will be on hand to help answer one of the world’s most asked questions… Can Fish See in the Dark? Please wear appropriate clothing and footwear. Dogs welcome on short leads. Wheelchair accessible. All children to be accompanied by an adult. Suitable for all the family. No booking required, just drop in anytime. Cost: FREE
Malton Library Tuesday 18th February 2020 2pm – Red Cabbage Indicators Half term science event! On Wednesday 19 February you can come and meet Rosie from 10.30-11.30 in the library. Canine Concern’s ‘Read to Dogs’ programme has been developed to break down barriers where children find it difficult to read or to improve their reading. Rosie will then be available on Tuesday evenings for your child to come and read to – please check with Malton Library for further details and to book a slot. Please book a place at Malton Library, 01609 534565
Pickering Library Thursday 20th February from 10.30am to 11.30am Art Workshop “Creating Illustrations From Your Favourite Stories” aimed at children ages 6 to 13. The children can choose which story/book they wish to work with. FREE but needs to be pre-booked by phoning 01609 533624 or calling into the library. Friday 21st February, there is a free story-time/rhyme-time with crafting. All ages are welcome and no pre-booking is necessary. Pickering Library. The Ropery, Pickering, YO18 8DY
Helmsley Library Saturday 22nd February 2020 10.30am – 12pm Creative morning of lego modelling – fun for all, ages 3 to 93! Free Session, refreshments provided Helmsley Library, Market Place YO62 5BL
Dalby Forest Entry costs £9 per car Loads to do…Shaun the Sheep Farmageddon Glow Trail, Zog, bike rides, great playgrounds and trails. Did you know that stars affect you and the forest every day? Follow our ‘Why Stars Matter’ trail to find out how. The trail starts at Dalby Forest Visitor Centre, and along the 0.5 mile route you will find out why stars matter and take part in fun activities along the way. The trail is free and suitable for families with children under 12 years. All children to be accompanied by an adult. Well-behaved dogs are welcome. Dalby Forest Visitor Centre, Low Dalby, near Thornton le Dale YO18 7LT. 01751 460295
Beck Isle Museum – Normal admission prices apply, but your ticket will give you 12 months admission to the museum. Beck Isle Museum, Beck Isle, Pickering YO18 8DU Phone: 01751 473653
Explore and Create at The Rotunda Museum Fabulous Fossils (Tuesday 18 February, 10.30am to noon and 1.30pm to 3pm) Fossil Handing – Explore Prehistoric times and find our about dinosaur footprints in hands on sessions with our fossil experts. Superheroes of Science (Thursday 20 February, 10.am to noon and 1pm to 3pm) Explorer Backpacks and Trails (Rotunda Museum, Scarborough Art Gallery and Woodend, available every day. Drop in, no booking required. FREE with an Annual Pass & Under 18s go FREE The Rotunda Museum Vernon Road, Cliff Bridge Terrace, Scarborough YO11 2HB Website
Scarborough Art Gallery Heroes of the Imagination (10am to 1pm on Saturday 22 February) invites disabled and non-disabled children to discover their own powers, create a superhero identity and use their imagination to change the world. Touretteshero herself will be there with her team to help children make masks, create capes, perfect their moves and launch their new superheroes in a magical photo studio. Explorer Backpacks and Trails (Rotunda Museum, Scarborough Art Gallery and Woodend), available every day FREE with an Annual Pass & Under 18s go FREE Scarborough Art Gallery The Crescent, Scarborough YO11 2PW 01723 374753 Website
JORVIK Viking Festival 2020 Recognised as the largest festival of its kind in Europe, the annual JORVIK Viking Festival is a city-wide celebration of York’s rich Norse heritage – and there’s loads of family fun to enjoy! Taking place from Wednesday 20th-27th February (half term), bring your little Vikings to enjoy all the Viking fun. Book your tickets via Jorvik Viking festival website or Festival Box Office on: T: 01904 615505.
National Railway Museum 15 February 2020 – 23 February 2020 09.00 – 17.00 Take a step into the clever world of coding in our future-focused half term, with robots, dancing, toys and stories. Find out more on our website or call 03330 161 010 (Monday-Friday, 09.00-17.00). National Railway Museum, Leeman Road, York YO26 4XJ
Yorkshire Beaches Take a walk on the Yorkshire Beaches, there are lots of lovely beaches nearby. Read a short guide here