Christmas is expensive isn’t it?!
January is often about trying to enjoy time with the little ones but on a tighter budget. Luckily in York you don’t need to spend a lot to have a nice few hours out and about with the children. Here’s some ideas to get you started:
York Residents get free admission to York Minster. Just take some valid identification including: a YorkCard, driving licence, utility bill, or proof of York address.
There’s some fabulous discovery trails which are free to print off HERE prior to your Minster visit, including a dragon hunt and Monty the Monkey discovery trail. The Christmas advent trail is running until 7th January. They also have free explorer backpacks which they loan out containing all a mini Mumbler needs to get the most out of exploring the magnificent minster.
The National Railway Museum
A Mumbler favourite, it’s an amazing day out, whatever the weather. Explore the trains in the Great Hall, Station Hall and the workshop. There’s a soft play station, outdoor play area and a miniature railway (charges apply).
2018 brings along some exciting exhibitions to the train museum including: Tim Peake’s Spacecraft (17 January – 8 March | 10am – 5pm (6pm from 10 February) Visitors to the museum can get up close to Soyuz TMA-19M and learn about Tim Peake’s mission aboard the International Space Station, wow!!!!
Coffee for you, fun for them….
It’s asked so often on the Mumbler chat group “Where can I go for a coffee where there’s a bit of space for the kids to play?” Whether it’s just you and the kids, or you are meeting someone for a natter, it’s nice to have something for the kiddies to do so there’s a chance you can actually enjoy your drink while its hot! Ok so it’s not free, but for the price of a cuppa (or 2 or 3). All the places below have a lovely little area indoors for the children to play:
Bish Bash Pot
The Bothy at Deans garden centre
Pear tree farm
Theatre royal café
Wiggington farm shop
Of course, we can’t miss the libraries off this list. Acomb Library, Rowntree’s Reading Cafe and York Central Library all have Café facilities and a wonderful choice of books for the little ones to enjoy.
The Libraries run free Storytime sessions each week (and rhymetime at York Central library). Find all the details HERE.
The libraries run various events/clubs/activities throughout the year, either free or low cost, so it’s a great resource to be aware of. Keep an eye on their What’s on page for details, and we put lots of their events onto the Mumbler Events Calendar.
York University – The Astrocampus
The Astrocampus is open to the public once a fortnight throughout the winter months (October-March) and monthly throughout the summer (April-September). Visits are designed to be suitable for all ages. At each event, you will have a tour of our observatories and an introduction to the night sky. When possible, you’ll have the opportunity to observe the Moon, planets, and stars with our telescopes and binoculars. If the weather lets us down, our team will equip you with some handy hints and tips for finding your way around the night sky, so the events go ahead whatever the weather. There’s also the opportunity to find out more about space science. This can include meteorite handling, using an infra-red camera to discover how space telescopes work, and investigating spacecraft in 3D using our iPads.
FREE but booking is essential – see the website for details.
Keep an eye on the Mumbler Events Calender it is full of local events often including many low cost options. York Mumbler does a Facebook post every Thursday evening mentioning the event highlights for the upcoming weekend, this is then shared throughout the weekend. Make sure you have liked the York Mumbler News page to ensure you see these.
Upcoming events include:
St Nicks Environment Centre Open day on Sat 27 Jan 2018 at 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Clifton Explore Library “Baby Morning” on Tuesday January 30th 2018 at 10:00 am – 1:00 pm
York Residents Weekend is an annual event, happening in 2018 on the 27th and 28th January. It offers the opportunity for York Residents to gain free entry into a variety of Yorks attractions. A valid student ID or York Card is required (click HERE for York card information). The Visit York website will have more details about the attractions involved and how to book etc nearer the time HERE.
City Screen offers low cost weekly toddler and kids sessions:
Toddler Time (Friday morning at 11.30) – For preschool children and their parents and carers. Tickets are £3.00 for children, free for accompanying adults. No adult unaccompanied by a toddler will be admitted.
Kids’ Club (Saturday morning at 10.30 (for activities) film starts at 11.15) – For children aged three to 12. Tickets for children and accompanying adults are £2.00 each. No adult unaccompanied by a child will be admitted.
Toddler Time & Kids Club showings are listed on the Mumbler Events Calendar once they are released. Upcoming films include:
Sat 6th Jan – Kids Club – The Lego Ninjago Movie 2D [U]
Fri 19th Jan – Toddler Time – Hey Duggee: Hugging Day Special [U]
Lots of the playgroups listed on the Mumbler website are either free or very low cost. Perfect for getting out and about with your little ones. Most listings have a phone number on, its always worth phoning before visiting a group for the first time (some run term time only). Here’s just a few:
Monday – 10 – 12 – Knitting mums – Acomb Library FREE
Tuesday – 10 – 11.30 – Tuesday Toddlers – The Avenue childrens centre, Sixth Avenue – 50p per child.
Wednesday – 1.30 – 2.30 – Acomb Babies – The Gateway Centre – FREE
Thursday – 10am – Little Friends of Westbank ParkHolgate – £1
Wednesday & Friday – 10am – 11.30 – Jellytots at York Baptist Church, Priory Street – 50p voluntary contribution
Every 2nd Saturday each month – 9 – 10.30 Yorkey Dads Breakfast group – Lidgett Grove – FREE
Walks and Parks
So it may be a little cold and wet out there, but get wrapped up warm, get the kids in wellies and theres plenty of free fun to be had. See the York Mumbler website for a list of local Parks and Playgrounds and Walks and the Great Outdoors. The majority of suggestions have come straight from Mumblers themselves in the Facebook chat group.
The York Mumbler website also has a FREE things to do page which is always being added to.
Slightly further afield
If you are able to get slightly further afield there’s even more great days out to be had:
Yorkshire sculpture park – Wakefield – Free Entry but parking charges apply
Leeds City Museum, Millennium Square, Leeds, LS2 8BH – Free Entry
Royal Armouries – Leeds – Free Entry
Aeroplane spotting at Leeds
Street life Museum – Hull – Free Entry
Hope pastures donkey sanctuary – Leeds – Free entry
The National Science and Media Museum, Bradford, BD1 1NQ – 8 floors to explore! Free entry
That should keep us all busy for a while, and hopefully save some pennies too!
Do you know of any FREE or CHEAP activities in York that we haven’t mentioned? Do tell!!! E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org and we can let other Mumbler’s know too!