Local attractions run activities & competitions in York
3 of York’s fantastic attractions are running activities for your Children to get involved in. Whether it’s writing, drawing, photographing, poetry or recording… your mini mumblers can submit their creative pieces to one of the projects below…
1. City Cruises is calling all budding poets
The theme for our first ever poetry competition is “Rivers” and there are some great prizes up for grabs. Maybe you can draw inspiration from a walk along the banks of the River Foss or the River Ouse in York, or even a cruise that you have taken with us? You could write about your favourite water birds, fish or other riverside wildlife. Or maybe motor boats, rowing boats, or house boats?
There are two age categories; “Under 8’s” and “8 to 11 year olds”. We would like you to illustrate your poem and it can be no longer than one side of A4. To enter you then need to take a picture of the poem and email it to email@example.com.
The first prize in each category is 2 Adult tickets and 2 child tickets to join our famous Santa Experience on either the 28th or 29th of November 2020. You can read a review of the City Cruises York Santa Experience here, and tickets for all 2020 dates are now on sale.
The second prize in each category is a 1 hour self drive motor boat hire to be enjoyed as a family (each boat can hold up to 8 people). This prize can be used on any operating date in 2020 or 2021. You can find out more about our Self Drive Boats here.
We will also award some family tickets for our daytime York City Cruises for any “highly commended” entries. The deadline to enter has been extended to Monday 18th May.
2. Explore York Library & Archives invite you to make a family newspaper
Inspired by this year’s Get Creative at Home Festival, Explore York Libraries and Archives are calling on budding young creatives to have a go at making their own family newspapers. This activity is based on examples in our archive collections. For more information on how to make your own newspaper, and for some historical inspiration, have a look at our blog.
3. York Castle Museum invites you to create a COVID-19 Time Capsule
Record your memories, experiences and reactions to life in lockdown
The highs, the lows, the memorable and the mundane – York Castle Museum is inviting people to create their own COVID-19 Time Capsule to document their thoughts on living through a pandemic for future generations. The museum, which holds one of the most significant collections of everyday life in the country, has launched the project designed for everyone of all ages to record how they feel about the current situation and how their lives have changed. To help, the museum’s public engagement team have created a menu of activities for people to complete and upload or bring as a physical time capsule to York Castle Museum when we’re open.
Participants have until May 31 to complete any or all of the activities.
Jo Killeya. head of public engagement, collections and curatorial, said: “We are in the middle of a very challenging situation which has dramatically changed everyday life for all of us in many different ways. As a social history museum, we want to record the thoughts, feelings, experiences and emotions of people within a York Castle Museum COVID-19 time capsule. “The ten activities are designed to help you do this – it could be a letter or film to your younger self telling you what you have learnt since living in lockdown, or an object which sums up the whole experience for you. Maybe it is a sound recording of birdsong on your street, quiet from the lack of traffic, or even pictures of your new hairstyle, with a before and after shot! “This is a project for everyone, no matter how your life has changed, we want to hear about it. You could do an individual response, or with your family or your school if you are still attending. We hope we get a wide variety of capsules submitted to show the huge effect this has had on all of us, be it in very different ways.”
Once you have signed up, you will receive a link via email, to your individual time capsule folder, where you can upload your time capsule content.
If you do not have email, please call 01904 687 687 for details of how to take part. There are ten activities for you to choose from – you can complete as many or as few as you wish.
These are: *A letter or film to your six month younger self *A “before and after” photo of something affected by lockdown *Create a picture or visual image that reflects your response to the experience *A dream conversation with someone you’re missing during lockdown *Choose one object which represents lockdown to you *24 hour task – write down everything you do in a day – no matter how mundane *Record a sound or tell us your experiences of sounds that have changed *Tell us about anything you have connected or reconnected with – old hobbies, friendships, new skills? *Write a newspaper article or think of a series of headlines that represent your experience. *Letter of Reflection – Write a letter to your future self sharing your thoughts, feelings and reflections.
Participants can select whether their time capsule remains anonymous, but by uploading your content they agree to the museum using the content provided.