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Just on the outskirts of York with its leafy wilderness play area and magical walled garden, Beningbrough’s extensive gardens and parkland are packed with hidden corners waiting to be explored and you can discover its delights with the National Trust’s essential 50 things play list. Join us for a host of free, organised events:
Sunday 26th – Have fun with sticks anytime between 11am – 3pm on the south lawn.
Monday – Discover what’s in a pond at one of the drop-in sessions in the American Garden at 11.30am and 2pm.
Wednesday – Build a den in the American Garden undergrowth. Sign up to a session on the day at 11.30am, 1pm and 2.30pm
Friday – Go cloud watching at one of the sessions at 11.30am, 1pm and 2.30pm
Friday – Drop into a creative wild art session in the hayloft* anytime between 12 – 3pm
Sunday 2nd – Get to know a tree. Sign up to a session on the day at 11.30am, 1pm and 2.30pm
We’re open every day 10.30am – 5pm with all the usual children’s activities around the gardens, over in the wilderness play area or in the hall.
* The hayloft is accessible by stairs only
Wednesday 29th May 2019
Join the Hidden Horizons team for a 2hr bushcraft session, we will make a shelter, light a fire, forage some food and cook it.
Sessions will start at 10am and then another session will start at 1:30pm. Price is £9 per person, and under 5’s go free.
10am – 12pm: Booking link HERE
1.30pm – 3.30pm: Booking link HERE
Humble Bee Farm, Flixton, Scarborough YO11 3UJ
Castle Howard’s children’s backpacks are full of fun activities to help your family discover nature at Castle Howard.
Become a mini explorer and head off on an adventure with bug hunting kits, mini binoculars, tree rubbing, explorer stickers and more.
Inside each pack you’ll find:
The Castle Howard children’s book, full of puzzles and trails
Activity sheets including I Spy, tree rubbing, bird spotting and bug hunting
Garden bird ID guide and binoculars for bird watching
Garden bugs and beasties ID guide, bug scoopers, bug pots and tweezers to help you on your bug hunt
Castle Howard Explorer stickers
To hire your Explorer’s Pack simply ask at the Ticket Office on your next visit.
(Suitable for children aged 6+)
Sat 25th May 2019 to Mon 27th May 2019
Castle Howard has a long history of holding traction engine rallies until the early 1980s
Performing in the main arena will be the Stannage International Stunt Show, featuring the flaming high fall show, exploding coffin, motorbike stunts, car jumps and trick riding to name a few. This is an exciting, high octane show for the whole family to enjoy. The event will also feature the Scarborough Fair Collection which will be entertaining the crowds at various times over the three days with their stage show, featuring dancers, singers and musicians. This is a musical extravaganza not to be missed!
There will be a full programme of top steam fair attractions including tractor pulling, steam engines, classic cars, vintage tractors, classic motorcycles, fairground organs, miniature steam engines, stationary engines and vintage commercials. You will also find an array of trade stands, autojumble, craft and fine food marquee, old time and modern funfair, non-stop arena entertainment, catering outlets and a fully licensed bar.
Price: Included in standard grounds admission.
Friday 31st May 10am – 12pm & 1pm – 3pm
£6 per child
Wonderful Wildlife Day.
Another fantastic event with Green Underwings, encouraging kids to get outdoors and explore!
Discover the incredible wildlife that lives in the gardens and estate at Scampston. We will head out on a walk listening for bird species singing their hearts out, look for squirrels scampering up the trees, and uncover minibeasts that live amongst the undergrowth. The session will end with some wildlife-related art and craft in which children can make their very own animal models.
This family-friendly session is suitable for ages 4 to 10 years. Children outside of this age range are welcome to participate, however, some of the activities may not be suitable or of interest. Parents and guardians are required to stay with their children during the session.
Please bring suitable clothing for outdoor activities as the session will take place come rain or shine.
Session delivered by naturalist Phil Taylor from Green Underwing Wildlife Education. More information available from: www.greenunderwing.co.uk
Bookings made by calling the Conservatory on 01944 753105.
Scampston Walled Garden, Malton, YO17 8NG
Tuesday 28th May at 11.30am: Fairy Stories
Scampston’s Fairy Godmothers will be back in 2018 with some magical tales! Join them in the fairy woodland throughout May Half Term.
Enjoy the playground and nature trails for families to discover the outdoors and the incredible wildlife here at Scampston.
On storytelling days, all children wearing magical costumes will come in for free!
There will be a wet weather option.
Contact 01944 759 111
Saturday 1st June 11am – 4pm
Huge Inflatable Assault Course & Mini Version for the Kids, Steam Train Rides, Bucking Bronco, Bouncy Castle, Face painting, Live Music, Refreshments, Bush Craft, Tombola & Raffles Plus lots more…
Cedarbarn Farm Shop & Miniature Railway, Pickering YO18 7JX
Tuesday 28 May, 7.00pm
Wednesday 29 May, 2.30pm
Wednesday 29 May, 7.00pm
This heart-warming reimagining of The Ugly Duckling tells the tale of a plucky little bird picked on by the other farmyard animals because he’s different. Ugly embarks on an adventure, meeting an array of characters who teach him that it takes all sorts to make a world, and that he’s more than just his looks.
Surprising everyone – including its composers – by beating The Lion King and Mamma Mia! to the 2000 Olivier Award for Best New Musical, Honk! has had over 8,000 productions globally. British writing duo Stiles and Drewe’s other works include West End smash-hits Half a Sixpence, Mary Poppins and The Wind in the Willows at the London Palladium. Described as ‘flawless’, ‘relentlessly excellent’ and ‘an absolute joy to watch’, this musical egg-stravaganza bursts with puppetry, magic and illusions… and water guns!
★★★★★ “Doesn’t put a foot or flipper wrong, an absolute joy”
Musical Theatre Review
Age guidance: 4+
Tickets: From £10
Stephen Joseph Theatre, Scarborough
Kirkbymoorside Library, 7 High Marketplace. YO62 6AT
£6 per child
10% Sibling discount
Our sand art is a fabulous award winning sensory art activity. Sand art is a very calm activity. The calm and repetitive nature of the sand art, coupled with the pre-cut, pre-glued sections means that anyone, regardless of physical abilities, or attention span, can create a fabulous picture.
Open to all ages under 3’s are full responsibility of a parent/guardian.
Get to grips with the art of kite flying at Scarborough Castle. Expert kite flyers will dazzle you with their skills as they create a spectacle on the headland.
See gigantic kites in flight, watch synchronised demonstrations to music, have a go at making your very own kite and try it out in the family flying area where we’ll also give you some top tips on making it soar.
If you have a kite at home make sure you bring it along to join in the fun!
Child, 5-15 years £5.50
Castle Road, Scarborough, North Yorkshire, YO11 1HY
Magical Quests North will be dishing up Spoonsful of Sugar with FREE interactive shows for children.
Milton Rooms bar 11am & 2pm Saturday 25th and Sunday 26th May 2019
Shows last half an hour and are a great chance to parents to have a sit down whilst the kids are fully entertained!
Ideal for 3-8s though all are welcome
Come one come all to Piglets crazy May-Hem Circus this May half term.
With death defying stunts, upside down juggling and amazing acrobatics, all in the big top tent, it’s unmissable fun for the entire family, from 25th May – 2nd June.
Step right up as the fun just keeps getting better! Take a tractor ride to the amazing Bale Play Baaarn with giant drop slides, straw bale mountain, junior tractor drivers’ area, rope swing and dig’n’play. If you’re feeling peckish, there’s even a heated seating area with delicious food from the Piggy Pizza Parlour or try a tasty treat in Truffle’s Trough.
You can also enjoy a refreshing drink and delicious snacks in the Piglets Coffee House with small soft play are or try a piggy poo ice-cream in the Ice-Cream Parlour!
Plus, don’t miss all the usual adventure farm fun, including Truffles Farmhouse & Barn, giant sandpit, bouncing pillows, crazy golf, barrel rides, magical fairy tale trail and go karts too. And that’s all before you see the cute animals! You’ll find lots out in the paddocks and in the animal barn. See adorable rabbits, goats and ponies plus get up close to little piglets in the Piglet Maternity Ward and if you are lucky see piglets being born, such a memorable experience.
Tumble on down to Piglets Adventure Farm this May Half Term and enjoy an amazing family day out. Get your discounted tickets online today.
Piglets Adventure Farm is located 15 minutes from the centre of York, on Towthorpe Moor Lane, between Strensall Road and the A64, North of York.
For full information please go to pigletsadventurefarm.com or call 01904 499183
Saturday 25 May
Party like a Victorian
10am-12pm & 2-4pm
Make your way to Woodend to celebrate Queen Victoria’s 200th birthday. Picture games, music, crafts, fancy dress and more, we’re going all out this year.
FREE, drop in
Tuesday 28 May
10:30am-12pm & 1:30-3pm
Explore Prehistoric times and find out about dinosaur footprints in hands-on sessions with our geologists.
FREE, drop in
Wednesday 29 May
Make Your Mark
10am-12pm & 2-4pm
Scarborough Art Gallery
Design and make your own stamps and explore different types of printing to create unique works of art. Dress to Mess!
FREE, drop in
Thursday 30 May
10am-12pm & 2-4pm
Make your own Egyptian ushabti or headdress inspired by our Ancient Egyptian objects.
FREE, drop in
All activities are FREE with an Annual Pass and Under 18s go FREE unless otherwise stated
All children must be accompanied by a parent/carer.
Scarborough Art Gallery, The Crescent, Scarborough, YO11 2PW
T: 01723 374753
Rotunda Museum, Vernon Road, Scarborough, YO11 2PS
T: 01723 353665
Woodend, The Crescent, Scarborough, YO11 2PW
T: 01723 384500
Sledmere, Driffield, Yorkshire YO25 3XG. 01377 236637
The Grounds, Gardens, Stables, Café, Shops and Play Park open all year round 10am – 5pm Tuesdays to Sundays. CLOSED MONDAYS (except bank holiday Mondays) FREE until Friday 14th February 2020
Visit The Spotty Pig Play Farm, home to some of the rare breeds kept on the estate. Staff on hand to introduce you to all the animals. Lovely adventure play ground where the kids can let off steam
25th May – 2nd June 2019, 10am-6pm
**See below for Mumbler offer on pre-booked tickets**
Did you think the age of dinosaurs was well and truly over? Think again! Enter through our Jurassic gates this Spring and prepare yourselves for a MONSTER day out because something ROAR-some is happening at Stockeld Park during May half term!
Take a walk through the Enchanted Forest but watch out… somewhere deep inside, dinosaurs are on the loose and we need your help to find them!
You can dig for fossils at our dig site and take part in our dino craft sessions with the Stockeld Rangers too!
Keep your wits about you during your visit because you never know when you might come face to face with our Raptor who will be roaming the park every day! He’s a curious creature and is looking forward to meeting you, so grab a selfie if you dare!
Our adventure playgrounds, boats, maze, skating rink and more will all be open for fun too!
The Jurassic week event is included free with your day pass. Pre-book online for 10% discount off your day passes, and use the Mumbler code MUMRYEDALE for an additional 10% off!! Click here to book http://bit.ly/2UKbNrH
Stockeld Park, off the A661 Wetherby Road, LS22 4AN. Tel: 01937 586333
Join us as we delve into the world of classic writers such as Bram Stoker, Emily Bronte and Charles Dickens. Learn more about their literature in the very setting which inspired many of them, and if you ever dreamt of standing face to face with your favourite classic writers, this may very well be your chance…
And if you’re feeling inspired why not enter our children’s’ writing workshop?
Whitby Abbey, Whitby, YO22 4JT
With 3000 years of history, Scarborough Castle is covered in traces of times past, and this spring we aim to uncover some of them. During our 2 weekends long archaeological excavation in the castle grounds you are invited to see the archaeologists in digging action, listen to the experts and even take part in revealing the castle’s past yourself.
For all young archaeologists visiting there will be a hands on experience uncovering exciting artefacts from times gone by.
Castle Road, Scarborough, YO11 1HY
25th May to 2nd June 2019. Dive in and learn more about super shark senses this May half term! It’s sure to be sense-ational! Join us in the Endless Oceans Gallery at 11am and 3pm for our interactive shark senses work shop and discover the amazing senses that sharks have used to survive for over 450 million years. You can even try your hand at hunting for prey just like a shark too!
Visit Craft Corner from 10am to 4pm to make you own finger puppet, choose from a shark, stingray or sawfish and don’t forget to follow the sense-ational shark trail as you go round the aquarium to be in with the chance of winning a prize. Find out more about the Shark Trust #Move4Makos campaign and show your support for ending uncontrolled shark fishing by moving 1 mile. Our guides can give you some great ideas on how to do this when you get home.
The Deep offers FREE return visits for 12 months with the Day Plus Pass. Simply complete your details at reception and retain your tickets to make use of this offer. Full terms and conditions can be found on The Deep’s website.
Tuesday 28th May 2019
Explorers Club. Lots of nature based activities for intrepid explorers aged 6-11 including orienteering, owl pellet dissection and shelter building. £15 and £12 for second and subsequent siblings. Please note that an accompanying adult must stay for the session.
Please bring a packed lunch.
Zog is a loveable, if somewhat clumsy dragon at Dragon School who is always striving to win a golden star. Zog is learning lots of essential dragon skills at school including flying, roaring, breathing fire and capturing princesses! Forestry Commission England are now inviting children to step into the forest classroom to learn lessons just like Zog, including how animals fly, what sounds they make and how they catch their prey!
As well as winning gold stars along the self-led trail, there will be reveal panels which have a hidden image that children can find using a coloured lens in their activity pack. Available to buy for just £3 the activity pack will also include a Zog mask, activity sheets a pencil and stickers.
Further details of trails and free downloadable activity sheets are available from www.forestryengland.uk/zog
Dalby Forest, Pickering YO18 7LT
Celebrate BIAZA Love Your Zoo Week at Askham Bryan Wildlife & Conservation Park this half term.
Open 25th May – 2nd June inclusive.
Find out all about our amazing animals, learn about conservation and discover how we can help endangered creatures around the world. Find out all about BIAZA and what it takes to be a zookeeper.
– Animal Arts & Crafts
– Keeper Talks and Meet the Animals sessions
– Explore the beautiful arboretum
– Go wild in the play park
Open from 10am – 5pm (Last Entry 4pm)
T: 01904 772270
Wednesday 29th May 2019 – Traditional Craft Day 11 am – 3pm
Thursday 30th May 2019 – Scapbooking 11-3pm – Victorians loved making scrapbooks. Come along to this 1 day workshop and create your own scrapbooking using paper, collage or bring along your own pictures, magazines etc.
Pay for one visit and receive a pass for a year.
Beck Isle, Pickering, YO18 8DU 01751 473653
Whatever the weather, our gigantic air conditioned, indoor arena will put huge smiles on your kids faces – treat them to an experience they’ll be talking about for days.
With trampolines, reflex games, basketball hoops, dodgeball arena, foampits, balance and agility challenges and a giant airbag to bounce onto, you cannot fail to impress the whole family.
3-7 Rose Avenue, York Business Park, York, YO26 6RU
T: 01904 360 500
Flamingo Land Theme Park, Zoo and Resort is open daily from 10am.
There are a variety of junior and family rides, including the new Flamingo 1 racing cars, where both children and adults can test their driving skills as well as the Peter Rabbit Adventure playground.
Come and see your favourite characters, for no additional cost:
Skye and Chase from Paw Patrol – 1st June
Enjoy a tot’s party celebration that includes story telling, singing, dancing and face-painting.
Party in the Park: SATURDAY 25TH MAY – SEAN KINGSTON
Call 0800 40 888 40 for info.
Sunday 2nd June at 2:30pm
Ryan Swain and Frank Lamingo are celebrating 5 years in entertainment together by putting on a one off spectacular show.
Ryan will be kindly donating his half of ticket sales to the Freddie’s Fight campaign The Thompson family of Ampleforth are trying to raise £250,000 to send three-year-old Freddie to America for treatment.
£7.50 Per Adult
£4 – Under 14’s
£18 – Family Ticket
All tickets include a FREE children’s goodie bag.
The Milton Rooms, Malton
Virtual Reality Morning. Thursday the 30th of May between 10am – 2pm.
Free Digital Fun for all ages.
Drop in and try our Virtual Reality goggles – do book your slot!
The Virtual World of Oculus Rift (13 yrs +) Step into a Virtual World of your own making. Paint, sculpt or draw your own creations in a Digitial landscpe.
Raspberry pi’s & Code Drop in – Adults and Children. Have a go at coding with Scratch and Python – No booking required 10am – 2pm
The Very Hungry Code-a-pillar – children 3 to 6 years. Junior library 11am – 12pm. A hands on opportunity for todders to learn mini-programming skills by using a robot Code a Pillar. No booking required.
Makey and Miro:Play – Adults and children. Coffee area 10am – 2pm. Explore Micro:Bits and Makey Makeys. Play the banana keyboard and have a go with our frustration wire, and use our micro-bits to send morse code. No booking required.
Meet Captain the Guide-dog. Saturday 1st June 10am -12 noon. Captain the guide-dog will be visiting Pickering library to meet customers of all ages. With his owner Greg, he will be showing what a guide-dog can do.
For further information, please contact Pickering library on 01609 533624
The half term holidays starts with a bang the Cowboys and Viking Event. (25th, 26th, 27th May)
Time to get the laundry done on Wash Day. (29th May) Fun for the whole family as you can help our curator washing clothes using a range of washing equipment from the museum collection. Some of the grandparents may have even used them before.
The holidays finish with the Join the Roman Army! event. (1st and 2nd June) We are looking for young people to see if they have what it takes to join the Roman Army. It will be a chance to have a go at activities usually only available to school groups.
The Derwent Valley Light Railway will be running passenger trains on the ¼ mile of track. (May 25th, 26th, 27th and June 2nd)
There is also a newly updated child friendly gallery, playground, pedal tractors, nature trail, animals, mini soft-play and more….
Yorkshire Museum of Farming, Murton Park, York, YO19 5UF
T: 01904 489966
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
Nature fest, Saturday 25 May & Sunday 26 May 2019, 11am – 4pm
Discover more about the natural world. Meet local wildlife rescue organisations and keepers and get hands on with animal encounters, bug hunting, nest building and much more.
Nature @ Nunnington, Monday 27 May (until 2 June) 2019 12pm – 3pm
Get involved with our jam-packed nature inspired week of activities including the ‘nurture and flourish’ garden trail, critter crafts and hear some nature natter.
Nunnington Hall – 01439 748283
Situated near Scarborough on the outskirts of the village of Cayton, the farm is packed with things to do to entertain your children whatever the weather. The huge indoor play area includes soft play area, tractor zone, adventure trail and much more!
The Animal Barn and Interactive Paddocks are designed so the children can see animals in a natural farm environment. Come and get to know all our animals up close and join in with feeding.
Carr Lane, Cayton, Scarborough, YO11 3AT
Tel 01723 586351
Multi-period History Camp
Sunday 26 & Monday 27 May, 10am-5pm 2019
Take a walk through history with our excellent re-enactment group. You can explore their camp and step back in time to experience the sights, sounds and smells of everyday life in bygone times and learn about a range of historic crafts.
Ryedale Folk Museum
Hutton le Hole
Tel: 01751 417367
Wednesday 29th May: Young Artist Workshop: A Path through the Park
10.30AM – 12.30PM & 1.30PM – 3.30PM
Suitable for ages 7 to 12 years (children can be dropped off).
Thursday 30th May: Beautiful bugs
10:30 AM – 12 PM
Hunt high and low for minibeasts in the grounds – search the meadows and woodlands with minibeast pots. Then come and create your own beautiful bug.
Suitable for ages 3 – 7.
Thursday 30th May: Minibeasts Madness
1.30PM – 3PM
Join us on a minibeast hunt in the grounds – how many different creatures can you find?
Suitable for ages 4 plus.
The Moors National Park Centre, Danby, YO21 2NB
For more information call 01439 772738
With all of our usual indoor and outdoor fun – including rides, climbing frames, mini beach, ball park area, role play village and crafty corner – there’ll be plenty to enjoy whatever the weather!
The Web Adventure Park, Wigginton Road, York YO32 2RH
T: 01904 692221
Saturday May 25th – Sunday June 2nd 2019
Scarecrow trail starts at the village hall, café opens daily from 10AM to 4PM. Parking, toilets, tombola, trail, maps, scarecrow goodies and more…
A fun day out for all the family.
Sunday 2nd June
A unique chance to climb aboard the Museum’s amazing collection of aircraft. So if you’ve ever wanted to climb aboard the Nimrod and experience her unique aroma, or sit inside a jet cockpit on top of an ejector seat, then this is your chance.
Yorkshire Air Museum, Halifax Way, Elvington, North Yorkshire YO41 4A
T: (0)1904 608595
1-2 June 2019
The Legions of Rome return to invade the ancient city of York for the annual Eboracum Roman Festival.
From 1 – 2 June, Roman Eboracum comes to life in the beautiful York Museum Gardens with a Roman Living History camp, Kids Army, demonstrations, lectures and activities for all ages.
Special family-friendly activities will take place throughout the museum; see if you measure up for the Roman Army, make mini catapults and more!
Yorkshire Museum, Museum Gardens, York, YO1 7FR
T: 01904 687687