Days Out York

Rainy Days

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Bish Bash Pot 

Pottery & Glass Cafe in the heart of the city.

At Bish Bash Pot you can indulge your little ones creative side. With no added studio fee the price you see is the price you will pay. Come in and enjoy this creative cafe, have a cup of artisan tea or coffee and enjoy some fresh cake, salad or a sandwich from our home baker. Three times a week we have a Messy Makers session. Great fun and something to keep to help you remember this special time.

Please see our website for details. Bespoke baby prints and keepsakes available. Baby Changing facilities, soft play area and breastfeeding mums grab a chair and sit down! With a dedicated party room we offer parties starting from as young as 3 years old. Healthy, yummy party food can also be arranged.

“Just had an AMAZING slime party at Bish Bash Pot on Walmgate – 15 five year olds and they all loved it- Angela is brilliant at organising everything and so easy to work with – nothing is too much trouble! If any of you are looking for a party that’s a bit different definitely check out Bish Bash Pot – I love it “

BA, May 18

“Bish bash pots down Walmgate . It’s lovely and the cakes and coffee is also lovely”

PR, Oct 18

Adults and Corporate bookings welcome. Ladies nights coming soon!

64 Walmgate, YORK, YO1 9TL

T: 01904 654114 / 07929 455130


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City Screen Picturehouse – York

City Screen is located in the heart of York, on the main shopping street, overlooking the River Ouse, and is easily accessible by public transport. The Cinema has various screenings suitable for families alongside its normal films.

Big Scream
For parents and guardians with babies under one year old, every Wednesday morning at 11am. Membership is free and valid until the baby’s first birthday.

“City Screen is great – relaxing, helpful staff and lovely menu.”

SM, Jan 18

City Screen Cafe is also really good (ask at cinema desk for key disabled loos / changing facilities). People are used to seeing babies there all the time!”

LK, Jan 18

Toddler Time
For preschool children and their parents and carers, every Friday morning at 11.30am. Tickets are £3 for children, free for accompanying adults.

Kids’ Club
Our popular Kids’ Club screenings are every Saturday morning, for children aged 3 – 12. There are activities in the cinema screen from 10.30, followed by a film at 11.15. Tickets for children and accompanying adults are £2.00 each.

The cinema will open at least 15 minutes before the start of the first film each day.
Our telephone lines are open from 9.00am to 8.30pm, seven days a week. Please telephone or visit the website to book.

13–17 Coney Street, York YO1 9QL

T: 0871 902 5747


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Creepy Crawlies

Inside Creepy Crawlies you will find one of the biggest four lane Astra slides in the country. There are separate Play Zones incorporating baby and toddler areas, sports arena, disco area, ball canons and a huge play frame for over five. We have a wonderful role play village “Bugginton” with a shop, cottage, a vets and a DIY store. Little-ones can enjoy a variety of role-play and dressing up, construction, musical instruments, craft, puppets and messy play offered week days in term time. The Crafty Corner is open weekends and holidays and children can buy a bear to make, a 3d figure to paint or create a masterpiece in sand in the sand art area.

Ample seating and an award winning café which serves scrumptiuos homemade, freshly prepared dishes!

Come and have fun and explore over an acre of secure outdoor park which includes a huge sand & water play area, netted climbing forest, ride-on’s for little ones, a den building construction zone, landscaped gardens, jungle bridge, wacky swings, and role play area.

Creepies is loads better, bigger more to do, can stay all day, food is delicious, its cleaner”

LI, Oct 18

“My son said it was ‘the very very very bestest birthday party EVER!’”

KKHV, March 18

Loyalty Scheme: Pick up your loyalty card, once you’ve paid for 6 child entries, you get a free hot drink and once you’ve paid for 10, you receive one free admission for a child.

Opening Times
Saturday to Thursday: 9.30am to 7pm
Friday: 9.30am to 8pm

The Web Adventure Park, Wigginton Road, York, YO32 2RH

T: 01904 692221

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Energi Trampoline Park

PrintRethink your next family day out at Energi Trampoline Park York.

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.

“I have older kids so I like the Energi trampoline park – it’s age appropriate for them, a cool place to meet their friends, and parents can sit and have a cuppa.”

AG, Nov 2018

Energi trampoline park is great for parties. My daughter had hers there in march and loved it.

JN, July 2018

Book your slot on our WEBSITE


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National Railway Museum

What will your family discover at the world’s greatest railway museum? From Mallard, the world’s fastest steam locomotive, to the replica of Stephenson’s world-changing Rocket, explore giant halls full of railway legends. Get on board awe-inspiring locomotives and watch our engineers at work in the Workshop.

Kids can let off steam in the outdoor play area, enjoy lively science shows, take a ride on the miniature railway and learn through the interactive exhibits. With daily demonstrations, talks and a special events programme, there’s plenty for the whole family to enjoy.

Soak up the atmosphere in our Station Hall. Climb on board historic carriages and travel back in time to experience working life in a station. From the opulent carriages of Queen Victoria to the armour plated war transport of George VI, there’s plenty of incredible history and fascinating stories to discover with our stunning collection of royal carriages.

Free entry
Plan your visit at

“National Railway Museum is amazing, decent places to eat as well”

AC,Sept 18

I took my dad to the countess of York at the National railway museum today for his birthday, and I can highly recommend it. Food was lovely and in an amazing setting (an old railway dining carriage) Also a bonus if eating there you get to park free at the museum car park”

KF, March 18

N.B: The outside playpark has been removed from the NRM unfortunately. However there is still plenty to enjoy for kids of all ages so don’t let this put you off!!

NRM York, Leeman Road, York, YO26 4XJ

T: 03330161010

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Rainbows Ceramics

Rainbows Ceramics Painting Studio is a well established pottery painting studio in the heart of York on the corner of Bootham & Gillygate. Parking is available on Bootham Row, just behind the shop. We have a vast selection of pottery and all the stamps, stencils and sponges you need to help your little one get creative. Ladies Nights are also available for grown ups! OPEN 7 DAYS A WEEK.

Baby Prints
We specialise in baby footprints on to ceramics and years of practice have enabled us to successfully get the perfect print on to most items. 3D plaster outprints and clay imprints are also available, provided with a handmade wooden box frame.

Kids Parties
We are a 2016 & 2017 award winning children’s party venue. A ceramic painting party is lots of fun and each child will have their own personal gift to remember the occasion by. We offer 4 separate discounted party packages for a minimum of 6 painters lasting between 1-1.5hrs. Party food can also be provided. Please see our website for information on Kids Parties.

“I’d definitely recommend Rainbow Ceramics x”

EJ, Dec 18

“Rainbows ceramics on Bootham. They did my lbs when he was 1 month. They where really good. Xx”

CV, May 18

10% off when you Mention York Mumbler (excluding parties & evening bookings)

Rainbows Ceramics Painting Studio, 15-17 Bootham, York,  YO30 7BW

T: 01904 675533


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The Deep – Hull

Distance from York: 41.5 miles

Open daily 10am – 6pm (last entry 5pm), closed 24th/25th December.

Located in Hull, The Deep is an award-winning aquarium that is home to almost 3,500 fish including green sawfish, sharks and tropical fish. Not forgetting an array of invertebrates, amphibians, turtles and a colony of Gentoo penguins!

Journey through the story of the world’s oceans travelling through a unique blend of spectacular marine life from warm tropical waters to the cold Antarctic seas. . Enjoy the fun and educational interactive and audio-visual presentations on your voyage of discovery.

Highlights include the daily dive show, touchpool sessions, twice-daily penguin feeds, the underwater tunnel and bubble lift through the 10m Endless Oceans exhibit. Details of feeding times and all other info is on their website here.

The Deep has its own café serving a range of homemade hot/cold meals, snacks, drinks and excellent children’s boxes, plus a snack bar that is open in during peak times inside the attraction. There are also indoor and outdoor picnic areas for those who wish to bring their own food.

The Deep is fully accessible for people with disabilities or accessibility requirements and can provide and range of things to help visitors enjoy a more pleasant visit.

Save 10% by booking your tickets on their website before you visit. The Deep also accepts Tesco Days Out vouchers, which form part of the Tesco Clubcard scheme.

Don’t forget to sign up to the Day Plus Pass scheme which allows FREE return visits to The Deep for 12 months (this is included in the normal price of a ticket, T&C’s on their website).

During the school holidays there are also arts, crafts at Craft Corner, see their website for details of the next events.

“Yes the deep is good and (of its not changed) once you’ve paid you can go again for free within the year x”

JK, July 18

“The deep Hull. Once you have paid on your first visit you can then visit as many times as you like for a year with nothing to pay”

SS, Feb 18

Tower Street, Hull, HU9 4DP (Sat Nav HU9 1TU)

T: 01482 381000

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The Smile Cafe – Pocklington

Distance from York: 14 miles

Smile Café in Pocklington is the perfect place to host your child’s birthday party, with plenty of fun activities to suit all ages.

The family-friendly play café is available for parties Monday to Saturday from 4pm and every Sunday afternoon from 1.30pm.

For younger children, under five, there’s a lovely indoor soft play area with double slide, mats and building toys, plus an outdoor play area with climbing frame, swings and ride-on toys. These range from £8.50 to £13.50 per child with a minimum 12 children.

Older children can also indulge their creative sides with Paint-Your-Own-Pottery and Be-my-Bear parties. More details for this on the Parties Page.
These are priced from £13.50 to £16.95 per child with a minimum of 8 children.

Smile Café is proud of its reputation for customer satisfaction, value for money and excellent food – with a food hygiene rating of 5/5.

Smile cafe in Pocklington. Lovely home cooked food and a great, small soft play.

SW, Feb 2018

smile cafe at Pocklington has a small soft play but also secure outside play in good weather it’s free entry if your using the cafe so you can have coffee and cake

DS, Jan 2018

The Mile, Pocklington, York, YO42 1TW.
T: 01759 305420 / 07970 663975 (Jo)



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York Art Gallery

Spot the L.S. Lowry’s, Turner or Hockney and surround yourself with some of the best ceramic art in the world at York Art Gallery, which has reopened after an £8 million transformation.
Adult £7.50, Child (0-16) Free with paying Adult, YMT Cardholder – Free

“We are going to museum baby at the art gallery tomorrow morning at 10am, it’s free for the kids but adults have to pay unless you have an annual membership for York Museums Trust which is £11 for a year.”

HN, July 18

“I went recently on a rare child free day and I wished I’d had my 3 year old with me as she’d have loved it, I think it’s been done brilliantly.”

Mumbler HM, June 16

Exhibition Square, York, YO1 7EW

T: 01904 687687

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York Castle Museum

Walk along the cobbled streets of Kirkgate, delve in to the creepy cells of York Prison, swing by the Sixties gallery and return to the front with the First World War Exhibition, 1914: When the World Changed Forever. Brand New from March 25th 2016- Shaping the Body: 400 years of fashion, food & life.
Adult £10, Child Free (with paying adult). With YMT Card – Free. Open 9.30am – 5pm.

“‘I’d recommend the Castle Museum, especially if a few of your have a York Card. It’s really lovely and very festive. “

PB, Dec 18

“My hubbie took our four year old to the Castle Museum and they loved it”

JC, Dec 18

York Castle Museum, Eye of York, YO1 9RY

T: 01904 687687

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York’s Chocolate Story

York Chocolate Story LogoBring your family to Visit England’s quality assured visitor attraction, and discover the stories behind the greatest names in chocolate. Unwrap the secrets of chocolate making, and even learn the art of the chocolatier for yourself. A fully guided tour and three floors of interactive exploration take you on a journey through the city where chocolate made history. Indulge yourselves in our café, with it’s delicious chocolate menu and shop from some of Britain’s finest confections stocked in our shop.

Family tickets available. Under 4’s go free.
York residents receive 1/3 off the full price admission rate on Sundays.
Group discounts available.

Open daily from 10am, last tour at 5pm. Closed 25th-26th December and 1st January

“The chocolate story is good but it is quite busy even when you book. You have to solve puzzles, find chocolate and they made a chocolate lolly each. You get a bag at the end with a photo, your lolly and a soft toy x”

NT, Dec 18

King’s Square, York, YO1 7LD

T: 01905 541441


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Yorkshire Museum

From prehistory to Romans, Vikings and the city’s medieval splendour; see some of the finest collections of archaeological and geological finds in Europe. Adult £7.50, Child (0-16) free with paying adult, YMT Cardholder – Free. Open 10am-5pm.

“We went to the Yorkshire Museum today for the Feb half term crafts.. I was so impressed I knew they had the peg doll craft on so my older girls would be entertained but I was worried my 19 month old would be wanting to leave. Well they had an under 5s room right next door full of toys and crafts, we spent nearly the full two hours just in the craft area. We have had a fabulous family day out today.”

AL, Feb 18

“Yorkshire museum and then museum gardens is great for both adults and children. X”

SS, Sept 18

Museum Gardens, York YO1 7FR

T: 01904 687687

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Out of York

If you don’t mind travelling that little bit further then don’t forget the Out of York page for Day’s out ideas that little bit further afield.

Rainy days

Do you know of a great place to visit on a rainy day in or around York?  If yes, please tell us about it here so we can add it to the list.

Crazy Tykes – Wetherby

Distance from York: 13 miles

Crazy Tykes is an Indoor Soft Play area with visibility in mind for the parents.
They have a cafe with 200 seats and a chef on site to prepare all food orders freshly. Catering for children parties they love to do and can seat 60 in our fab party rooms.

“Crazy tykes is great for little ones especially during term time its super quiet during the day… and nice food to!”

DC, Feb 18

“Crazy tykes parties are fantastic! Great value and so easy.”

MJ, July 18

Unit 650 thorp Arch Trading Estate, Thorp Arch Wetherby, West Yorkshire LS23 7BJ
T: 01937 541007

DIG – An Archaeological Adventure

DIG is a hands-on archaeological adventure allowing kids the chance to become trainee ‘diggers’ & discover the most exciting artefacts from 2000 years of York’s history!
With four special in-door excavation pits, all based on real-life digs in the city and filled with replica Roman, Viking, medieval and Victorian finds, children can grab a trowel and explore how people lived in these times. We also do birthday parties, perfect for children aged 4-9.

Admission Charges
Adult: £6.50
Child (3-16): £6
Under 3’s: FREE
Concession: £6
Family of 4: £20
Family of 5: £22.50

Open Mon-Sun 10am to 5pm (last admission 4pm)

St Saviour’s Church, St Saviourgate, York, YO1 8NN
T: 01904 615505

Energise Leisure World

Over the past few years the centre has grown to include a fitness suite, swimming pool, climbing wall, sports hall, cafe, crèche and studio as well as a range of outdoor facilities.

“I would recommend  energise trampoline park”

SLEF, Sept 2018

“Energi trampoline park is great for your eldest when it’s raining, toddler session is only £4.95, I usually just take a carrier for my youngest. “

RF, Jan 2018

Cornlands Road, York YO24 3DX
T: 01904 403900

Goosewood Holiday park – Swimming Pool – Sutton-On-The-Forest

Distance from York: 7 miles

Guests love our modern heated indoor swimming pool and splash pool for the kids. Guests will love the pool which provides all weather entertainment for the whole family. Charges apply for the use of the facilities which are also open to the public. Residents receive a discounted rate for entry.

“There’s a pool at goose wood holiday park near Sutton on the forest. Lovely little pool , open to public”

FW, June 2018

Goosewood farm caravan park in Sutton on the forest is lovely! Got a nice little pool and play area along side a bar, decent food and a little arcade!”

GP, Feb 2018

Carr Lane, Sutton-On-The-Forest, York, YO61 1ET

Jorvik Viking Centre

Visit a time when Vikings ruled the land at the world famous JORVIK Viking Centre. Explore the excavations that unearthed the Viking-Age city of Jorvik and discover what this amazing archaeology can tell us about the Vikings.
Open Mon-Sun 10am to 6pm (last admission 5pm) in the summer and 10am to 5pm (last admission at 4pm) in the winter.
Adult:  £11
Child (5-16): £8
Under 5: Free
Conc: £9
Family of 4: £32
Family of 5: £36

“I would recommend Jorvik Viking Muesum as you travel around in a little cart. x”

HE, Oct 2018

“Jorvik museum has a time travel cart that you sit in and travel around the museum looking at Viking scenes.”

FS,Oct 2018

Coppergate Centre, York, YO1 9WT
T: 01904 615505

Library – 15 to choose from in York!

Explore York Libraries and Archives Regular Times and sessions

Acomb Explore Library

Front Street, York, Y024 3BZ Tel. (01904) 552651 E-mail:
Opening Times
Monday: 9.00am – 7.30pm
Tuesday: 9.00am – 7.30pm
Wednesday: 9.00am – 2.00pm
Thursday: 9.00am – 7.30pm
Friday: 9.00am – 5.00pm
Saturday: 9.00am – 3.00pm
* Under 5s Storytime: Thursday 10:30-11am.
* Play Morning: Wednesday 10:30-11am.
* Knits and tots: Monday 10:30am-12pm.
* Lego Club: Saturday 11am-12pm.

Bishopthorpe Library

Main Street, York, YO23 2RB Tel. (01904) 552678 Email:
Opening Times
Monday: 2.00pm -7.00pm
Tuesday: Closed
Wednesday: 10.00am -12.30 pm & 2.00pm – 5.00pm
Thursday: 10.00am -12.30pm & 2.00pm – 5.00pm
Friday: 2.00pm – 5.00pm
Saturday: 10.00am – 12.30pm
* Under 5s Storytime: Thursday 10.30 – 11.00 am
* Fun Friday craft session (all ages): Fridays 15.30 – 16.30pm ( term-time only)

Clifton Explore Library

Rawcliffe Lane, York, YO30 5SJ Tel. (01904) 552662 Email:
Opening Times
Monday: 2.30pm – 5.30pm
Tuesday: 10.00am -1.00pm & 2.00pm – 5.30pm
Wednesday: 10.00am -1.00pm & 2.00pm – 5.30pm
Thursday: 2.30pm – 7.00pm
Friday: 10.00am – 1.00pm & 2.00pm -5.30pm
Saturday: 10.00am – 1.00pm
* Under 5’s stories & rhyme time: Tuesdays & Fridays 10.30-11am
* Play morning: Wednesdays 10-11am
* Yorky Dads Lego: The last Saturday of the month 11.00am-12.30pm
* Code club: Tuesdays fortnightly 4-5pm (next one 13/11)

Copmanthorpe Library

Village Centre, Main Street, York, YO23 3SU Tel. (01904) 552672 Email:
Monday: 9.00am – 1.00pm & 2.00pm – 5.30pm
Tuesday: 2.00pm – 6.30pm
Wednesday: Closed
Thursday: 9.00am – 1.00pm
Friday: 2.00pm – 5.30pm
Saturday: 9.00am – 1.00pm
* Under 5s Story Time: Thursday 10.30 – 11am
* Fun Fridays: Friday during term time 3.30pm
* Tech Free Time: Tuesday during term time 3.30pm
* Children’s Crafts: the first Saturday of each month 10am

Dringhouses Library

Tadcaster Road, York, YO24 1LR Tel. (01904) 552674 Email:
Opening Times
Monday: 2.00pm – 6.00pm
Tuesday: 9.30am – 12.30pm & 2.00pm – 5.30pm
Wednesday: Closed
Thursday: 9.30am – 12.30pm & 2.00pm – 5.30pm
Friday: 2.00pm – 5.30pm
Saturday: 9.30am – 1.00pm
* Under 5s storytime: Thursday and Saturday 11-11.30am
* After-school craft club: Thursday 3.30-5pm(for primary age children)

Dunnington Library

The Reading Room, Church St, York, YO19 5PW Tel. (01904) 552668 Email:
Monday: 10.00am – 1.30pm
Tuesday: 2.00pm – 5.30pm
Wednesday: Closed
Thursday: 2.00pm – 5.00pm
Friday: Closed
Saturday: 9.00am – 12.30pm
* Under 5s storytime:
o Thursday 2.15p.m.-2.45pm throughout the year,
o Monday 9.15a.m.-9.45a.m. term-time only.

Fulford Library

St Oswald’s CE School, Heslington Lane, YO10 4LX Tel. (01904) 555444 Email
Monday: Closed
Tuesday: 2.00pm – 5.00pm
Wednesday: Closed
Thursday: 2.00pm – 5.00pm
Friday: 2.00pm – 5.00pm
Saturday: 10.00am – 12.30pm
* Under 5 storytime: Tuesday 2.30 – 3 pm
Saturday 11:00 – 11:30 am from 1 Dec 18

Haxby Explore Library

Station Road, York, YO32 3LT Tel. (01904) 552660 Email:
Opening Times
Ethel Ward Playing Field: Monday 9.30am – 6.30pm
Haxby Memorial Hall: Tuesday 9.30am – 5.00pm
Wigginton Recreation Hall: Wednesday 9.30am – 5.00pm
Thursday Closed
Oaken Grove Community Centre: Friday 9.30am –5.00pm
Oaken Grove Community Centre: Saturday 9.30am – 12.30pm
* Under 5 Storytime at Oaken Grove: Fridays 2.30pm-3.00pm
* Play mornings at The Memorial Hall: Tuesdays 10-11am,
* Youth team monthly drop in: Ethel Ward Playing fields: Mondays 5-6pm
* Coding Club fortnightly at Oaken Grove: Saturdays 10-12 noon

Huntington Library

Garth Road, York, YO32 9QJ Tel. (01904) 552669 Email:
Opening Times
Monday: 9.30am – 12 noon & 2.00pm – 5.00pm
Tuesday: 9.30am – 12 noon & 2.00pm – 5.00pm
Wednesday: Closed
Thursday: 9.30am – 12 noon & 2.00pm – 5.00pm
Friday: 9.30am – 12 noon & 2.00pm – 5.00pm
Saturday: 9.30am – 12.30pm
* Story time, Songs and Crafts: Thursdays 2pm – 3pm.

New Earswick Library

Folk Hall, Hawthorn Terrace, York, YO32 4AQ Tel. (01904) 552629 Email:
Opening Times
Monday: 9am – 12.30pm
Tuesday : 9am – 12.30pm and 2pm – 4.30pm
Wednesday: Closed
Thursday: 1.30pm – 5pm
Friday: 1.30pm – 5pm
Saturday : 10am – 12 noon
* Under-5s Rhymetime: Tuesday 10 – 10:30am followed by refreshments and chat.

Poppleton Library

The Village, York, YO26 6JT Tel. (01904) 552680 Email:
Opening Times
Monday: 10.00am – 12.30pm & 2.00pm – 5.00pm
Tuesday: Closed
Wednesday: 10.00am – 12.30pm & 2.00pm – 5.00pm
Thursday: 10.00am – 12.30pm
Friday: 10.00am – 12.30pm & 2.00pm – 5.00pm
* Under 5 story tim:e Fridays 2.30 – 3.00pm.

Rowntree Park Reading Cafe

Rowntree Park Lodge, Richardson Street, York, YO23 1JU
Tel. (01904) 551489
The opening hours change throughout the year according to the seasons & the opening hours of the park itself.
Roughly: Summer 10.00am – 7.00pm,
Autumn & Spring 10.00am – 5.00pm
Winter 10.00am – 3.00pm.
See Explore Library webpage for precise dates and times
* Lego drop in sessions: Friday 3.30 – 4.40 pm every week until 14th December.

Strensall Library

19 The Village, York, YO32 5XS Tel. (01904) 552677 Email:
Opening Times
Monday: 2.00pm – 5.00pm
Tuesday: 10.30am – 12.30pm & 2.00pm – 5.00pm
Wednesday: closed
Thursday: 9.30am – 12.30pm & 2.00pm – 4.00pm
Friday: 2.00pm – 5.00pm
Saturday: 10.00am – 12.30pm
* Under 5 story time: Tuesday 11 – 11 .30 am

The Centre @ Burnholme

Tang Hall Explore Library, Mossdale Avenue, York, YO31 0HA Tel. (01904) 552655 Email:
Opening Times
Monday: 9.00am – 8.00pm
Tuesday: 9.00am – 8.00pm
Wednesday: 9.00am – 8.00pm
Thursday: 9.00am – 8.00pm
Friday: 9.00am – 6.00pm
Saturday: 9.00am – 4.00pm
Sunday: 10.00am – 4.00pm
* Story/Rhyme time for under 5s:
o Weekdays 10 am and on Thursday there is a play session afterward.
o Saturdays 10.30
* Chatterbooks: alternate Fridays 3.45 – 4.45pm
* Lego sessions: Last Sunday of the month 11 am – 3 pm drop in.
* Minecraft sessions: 3rd Thursday in the month at 3.30 pm
* Young Adults Book Club: ages 11-14. Thursdays 5-6pm.

York Explore Library

Library Square, York, YO17DS Tel. 01904) 552828 Email:
Opening Times
Mondays: 9.00am – 8.00pm
Tuesday: 9.00am – 8.00pm
Wednesday: 9.00am – 8.00pm
Thursday: 9.00am – 8.00pm
Friday: 9.00am – 6.00pm
Saturday: 9.00am – 5.00pm
Sunday: 11.00am – 4.00pm
* Story and Play: Monday 10am-10.45am Storytimes: Tuesday 10.30am-11am, Thursday 1.30pm-2pm Rhymetimes: Wednesday 1.30pm-2pm, Friday 10.30am-11am.
* Explore a story: ages 2-5 every 4th Thursday (The next is November 29th )
* Code club: Saturdays 2.30pm
* Chatterbooks: Saturdays 10.30-11.30am

Pear Tree Farm

A great place to take the whole family, this Farmhouse Inn is friendly, welcoming and warm. Complete with children’s indoor play area.

Pear tree farm they have a play area for kids x

BS, Sept 18

“There’s a baby area at the front with toys and soft playmats, then the rest of the play area is for pre school, with a range of toys inc ride ons, arcades and electric interactive games etc. Mine love it there and I can eat my meal in peace”

Mumbler JR, Feb 17

Monks Cross Drive, Huntington, York, North Yorkshire, YO32 9GZ
T: 01904 620124

Riverside Farm (Hungry Horse)

Looking for somewhere suitable to take the kids for lunch? Look no further. The Riverside Farm is charming, unpretentious, and comfy. Has a soft play area at an additional cost.

“Just to let everyone know my son had a birthday party yesterday 4-6pm at the riverside farm it was a last minute booking but was such a lovely party!! The young lady that looked after us did her absolute best and she really was so caring and made sure all the children were having a great time she talked me through everything I can’t thank her enough she really was so good at her job! A big credit to the firm!!!”

LH, July 17

Shipton Road, York, YO30 1XJ

T: 01904 642525

Summit Indoor Adventure – Selby

Distance from York: 15 miles

Play, climb, trek, bowl, skate, ride, eat, drink Summit Indoor Adventure has something for everyone whether you’re a parent with a toddler to entertain, group of friends looking for a somewhere to go or want to do something together as a family Summit Indoor Adventure has it all.

“We took our 7 NCT “babies” (now 5yrs) to summit at Selby- they do a climb/play package which was 2/3hrs worth of activity and then they let us cut a cake in the cafe.“

Mumbler JB, Jan 18

“Summit in Selby have wall climbing and aerial trek which are both good parties.”

Mumbler RB Sept 17

Summit Indoor Adventure, Scott Road, Selby. YO8 4BL.

T: 01757 293292

Tenpin Bowling & Sector 7 Laser – Clifton Moor

Bowling in York is a great way to have fun with friends and family.  With Birthday Bash party bookings available throughout the week, and a wide selection of food and drink available from ‘The Lanes’ menu, you’ll be fuelled to bowl as long as you like.
Sector 7 Laser arena is the perfect way for adrenalin seekers to have some heart pounding fun in this fully interactive laser shoot ’em up.

Stirling Road, Clifton Moor Centre, Clifton Moor, York YO30 4WZ

T: 0871 222 36 75

Vue Cinema – Clifton Moor

Vue York is a 12 screen cinema located within the Clifton Moor Centre. The cinema is surrounded by an array of restaurants and retail outlets and free parking is available to all guests.

MINI Mornings – Share the magic of the big screen experience with all the family from only £1.99 (3D £2.79) per ticket for adults and children, every Saturday and Sunday morning and every day in school holidays. Availability of the MINI Mornings offer might vary so customers should check with the cinema before going.

Family Ticket – Four people, with a minimum of two children. Everyone pays the child ticket price.

Vue York, Clifton Moor Centre, Stirling Road, York, YO30 4XY

T: 08712 240 240

Wacky Warehouse

A small / medium sized soft play area. Ideal for pre-school aged kids as it’s not too big. Separate area for under 5’s with slide and ball pool. Can sit close to the play area and see your little one from most angles!  Parties are also available.

“Just a heads up!!… Wacky Warehouse is lovely and quiet today. Good for getting your kids out of that hot sun, having a refreshing drink and a lovely fresh meal with no washing up!!”

VL, May 17

“We had our 3 year olds birthday party at Wacky Warehouse you can pay a little extra to have it exclusive which was well worth the money no stress and they did everything for us!”

CD, Dec 17

At the Flying legends, Stirling Road, Clifton Moor. YO30 4XY

T: 01904 693 239

Yearsley Swimming Pool

Close to the Nestle factory on Haxby Road. 50 yard (45.7 metre) 6 lane swimming pool. Balcony and spectator area.

Haleys Terrace, York, YO31 8SB

T: 01904 552424

York Army Museum

York Army Museum is home to the collections of the Royal Dragoon Guards and the Prince of Wales’s Own Regiment of Yorkshire. Through these we tell the story of the British Army and its importance for Yorkshire in the last 300 years. Following a recent refurbishment, York Army Museum is now open as an exciting and engaging visitor attraction, with something to offer for all ages.

“We visited the museum in Feb half term with a 5 year old and 18 month old. They had extra activities on for the little ones (sword making and crafts) and had lots of other interactive parts too, plenty of opportunities for dressing up!”

Mumbler LH, Feb 18

3 Tower Street, York, YO1 9SB

T: 01904 731532

York Designer Outlet Undercover Adventure Playground

Adventure Playground
Will you ride down the slide? Crawl through the tunnel? Or scale the cargo net? Our adventure playground is open all day to children aged between three and six years old, located outside the East entrance. Food outlets and toilets available inside the designer outlet

St. Nicholas Avenue, Fulford, York, YO19 4TA

T: 01904 682700

York Minster

York Minster is a fantastic destination for family days out in York with loads of things to see and do. We have lots of activities, events and learning resources to enjoy in the Minster to make the most of your family’s visit. Visit the website for free family-friendly trails before you visit and get the most from your trip to York Minster.

“I just want to recommend York Minster as a free trip out with little ones. We’ve just been this morning and it was marvellous. Our little girl was given a little explorers back pack that you hand back in on your way out containing binoculars, a magnifying glass, torch, mirrors, colouring pencils and note pad as well as several activity cards with things to look out for, maps and information. In addition to all that there were lots of activities in the undercroft including building arches and fancy dress as well as a separate area with books, puppets and building blocks. The toilet and changing facilities are also very good. It really was excellent and is free for york residents, you only need to show proof of address and don’t need to have purchased a York card.”

Mumbler RW, Jan 18

York Minster, Deangate, York, YO1 7HH

T: 01904 557200