Keeping the Mini Mumblers happy throughout the Summer Holiday doesn’t need to be expensive, with these Fun but FREE activities and events.
FREE Events throughout the Summer Holidays at:
Explore York Explore York Libraries and Archives have pranks and fun with the Summer Reading Challenge “Mischief Makers”, produced by the Reading Agency, celebrating 80 years of The Beano. Click HERE for more info.
National Railway Museum – Come rain or shine, join us over the summer holidays for a grand day out like no other. Put your heads together, unlock your inner engineers and conquer our hands-on challenges in our Activity Zone every day.
St Nicks Nature Explorers – Mon – Wed 1-4pm throughout August (no session Bank Holiday Mon 27th Aug) Discover the wonders of nature through a variety of hands-on activities for 4-14 year olds. Have a go at pond dipping, minibeast hunts, den building, nature-based crafts and more!
York City FC Foundation FREE Summer Activities – Come and have a Kick About with YCFC Foundation coaches for free,
We are at Chesney Fields in Acomb from the 26th June- 28th Aug every Tuesday 5.30-6.15pm ages 7-10 and 6.15-7pm ages 11-15
We are also at Energise Leisure Centre from the 28th June – 30th Aug every Thursday 5.30-6.30pm ages 7-10 and 6.30-7.30pm ages 11-15
Rascals in the country – Every Monday in the Summer Holidays Stay & play sessions Suitable for under 5’s (siblings welcome) 9.25 -11am.
Spark – Free Kids play sessions – Join us at YNC for our weekly Pay-as-you-Feel Free Play session in the Spark:York event space (Saturday 4th, 11th, 18th & 25th 10.30-12)
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.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. There’s also lots of family activities happening in Dean’s Park (Next to the Minster) Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays throughout the summer. These activities do have a small charge (£2.50).
Other FREE Events (click event for more info):
The York Bid Micklegate Run Soapbox Challenge – 27th Aug 10am – 5pm
York Big Sing – free community singing sessions in different locations around York. York Big Sing is totally inclusive; there’s no need to be able to read music, as everything we sing will be learnt by ear.
York Minster –Stone gate Yard Open Day 17th August 9.30 – 3pm Go behind the scenes at York Minster’s annual Stoneyard Open Day
Millfield Fitness Studios – 26th July, 2nd August, 9th August & 16th August FREE fitness fun sessions, including yoga and family fitness.
St Nicks – Sun 5th August 2-6pm Meadow Keepers Fair – Come join us a St Nicks Meadow (by the play area) for fun activities and refreshment. Try our pollinator inspired cakes, wildflower seed bombing challenge, scarecrow making and much more! Free entry; all ages welcome. Just turn up for some or all of the day!
Keep an eye on the Summer Holidays Events Page which will be continually updated throughout the Summer and don’t forget to like the York Mumbler News page on Facebook for regular events news and posts.
Kids Eat for FREE (with a paying adult)
Beefeater, Nether Poppleton – Kids East FREE breakfast. (up to 2 under 16’s eat breakfast for free when one adult orders a full premier inn breakfast. Served daily until 10.30am)
Cats Pyjamas – Kids eat free (each child under 12 with each paying adult before 6pm)
Rattleowl – Kids eat free during the summer holiday.
Las Iguana – This summer school holidays 2018 each grown up ordering a main meal from the a la carte menu can claim a free niños meal which includes a main, two sides & a dessert from the kids menu.
Bella Italia This offer entitles you to one free kids Piccolo or Grande meal with each purchase of an adult main at selected Bella Italia restaurants. Visit the WEBSITE to get your voucher.
York Food Poverty Alliance – Looking for free or low-cost meals during the school holidays? There’s food available from 23rd July to 31st August in York — no referrals needed, just turn up! https://yorkfoodpoverty.org/whats-happening/
Kids go for FREE (with a paying adult)
FREE entry for Kids (child under 26) all year round to York Castle Museum, York Art Gallery and Yorkshire Museum with a paying adult.
Explore the Outdoors
We live in such a beautiful city and are spoilt for choice when it comes to parks, gardens & nature reserves. All free to enjoy. Have a walk, bike ride or take a picnic…
Make it more exciting with nature bingo, a scavenger hunt or doing some leaf rubbings – Lots of free ideas available with a quick internet search.
Here’s just a few places to explore:
Clifton Backies Nature Reserve
Hagg Wood – Dunnington
Hassacarr Nature Reserve – Dunnington
Hob Moor Nature Reserve
Strensall Common Nature Reserve
Moorlands Nature Reserve – Near Skelton
Wheldrake Ings Nature Reserve
Kilnwick Percy Hall – Pocklington
Rawcliffe Bar Country Park
Find all the details/addresses on the Walks & the Great Outdoors Page
Also see St Nicks Nature Explorers
Places to Paddle
Hopefully this gorgeous Summer weather we’ve been having will continue, and the places to paddle section of the website will come in handy: https://york.mumbler.co.uk/kids/days-out/best-places-for-paddling/
Homestead Park, Rowntrees Park, West Bank Park & York Designer Outlet all have great childrens playparks, all worthy of at least one visits during the holidays! The York Council website also has a comprehensive list of smaller playparks to explore: https://www.york.gov.uk/directory/9/parks_and_open_spaces_directory/category/12
Trails & Treasure hunting
The Squirrels Trail Quiz – Museum Gardens
Cat Trail – York City Centre
York City Walls Walk Children can enjoy following the route via the golden disks on the floor and remember to take some paper and crayons so they can complete the map rubbings at each of the bars.
How about a bike ride through the solar system? No seriously! A scale model of the Solar System is spread out along 6.4 miles of the old East Coast main-line railway. Along it you can find scale models of all the planets in our solar system.
The worlds largest outdoor treasure hunt – visit the website or download the free app.
“Be prepared that the app locations aren’t always bang on so you may have to do a bit of hunting when you get within the General area of a cache”
NW, April 17
Home based Activities (Save some for the rainy days)
Board Games /Jigsaws – Dig out some board games or jigsaws and enjoy some old fashioned fun.
DIY Pamper/Spa Day – Foot soaks, facemasks, nail painting, cucumbers on the eyes, hand massage, what a treat!!
“We’ve had success with pva glue and Aldi Almat washing gel . ( we used the non bio one!) They put the pva in a bowl then gradually added the almat in tiny amounts keep adding and stirring till it starts to form the slime!!!”
KR, July 17
Scrap Booking – With so much going on in York this Summer, there will be plenty for your little ones to put in a School Holiday scrap book. Keep leaflets/tickets etc for them to stick in, photos, maps &drawings, should keep them busy a while!
Karaoke / Disco dancing – turn on some tunes, get the hairbrush microphones out and sing and dance to your hearts content.
Olympics – With sports days done, the mini mumblers will be well used to sporting contests, so set up a mini Olympics. Obstacle courses, egg and spoon races, balls in buckets, the list goes on.
Pizza Making – Fun and gets a meal sorted at the same time. Either make your own base or buy ready made/pitta bread for a quick option.
Origami – Lots of patterns/instructions available online for free. Patience required!
Junk Modelling – Empty the recycling box and get creative. Space rockets, robots, wherever your imagination takes you!
Other rainy day inspiration available on the website.
Not quite free, but low cost activities
City Screen – £2 a ticket for: Kids club (Saturday) and Summer Holiday Matinees.
Strensall Stay & Play (every Tuesday & Thursday) – From Summer crafts, to fancy dress and water play. £1.50 first child, 50p addtional children.
Chapelfields teenies tots and tinies – Bringing the Farm to Acomb – Friday 10th August 12-3. A farm will be visiting with lots of animals. £3 per child adults free. Cake stall, Raffle and refreshments available.
There’s also lots of family activities happening in Dean’s Park (Next to the Minster) Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays throughout the summer. These activities do have a small charge (£2.50).
Free Fun Further Afield
York is bursting with fun events and activities this summer, but if you fancy a change and can go a little further afield then here are some other free options:
A walk around the White Horse – Kilburn
Valley Gardens – Harrogate
Yeadon Tarnfield Park – Aeroplane spotting
Hope Pastures Donkey Sanctury – Leeds
Royal Armouries Museum – Leeds
Roundhay Park – Leeds
Living Sealife Centre – Flamborough
Peasholm Park – Scarborough
Streetlife Museum of Transport – Hull
RSPB Fairburn Ings – Castleford
A Trip to the beach – Scarborough, Whitby, Filey, Bridlington, Saltburn by the Sea – take your pick! See the Paddling page for more info.
See the Mumbler Website for the full list of Free Days out ideas
Keep an eye on the York Mumbler Summer Holiday Events & Activities Page – where we are constantly adding more family fun ideas for this Summer.
Click HERE to download the Summer in York Activities Sheet PDF for even more activity ideas:
Last but not least, we wish you and your Mini Mumblers a happy, fun filled summer holiday!!!!