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.
Help create a home grown flower display for Museum Gardens Sow seeds this spring and take part in a project to create a colourful community flower display in York Museum Gardens planned for this summer. York Museums Trust are encouraging people to plant any flower seeds they have and to share their experiences, tips and results through social media, creating an online citizen gardening project. The ambition is for people to then bring their blooms to York Museum Gardens for a community display, once they have reopened for the public later this year. Find out more HERE.
Explore York Library
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.
Moorlands Nature Reserve A favourite with York Mumblers, this woodland garden is part of the ancient Forest of Galtres. Perfect for little legs, there is a lot of things to spot along the way like carved trees, ponds and a treehouse. Postcode: YO32 2RE
Askham Bog Enjoy a tranquil walk around the boardwalk (perfect for buggies). Or get kitted out in your wellies if you want to explore any of the other paths – there is plenty of wildlife to discover. Postcode: YO23 2UB
Millennium Green, Poppleton This 5-acre field near the Church in Poppleton is a perfect location for a toddler-friendly walk. With a duck pond, sculptures, sundial and orchard there are plenty of things to spot. You can ever see the trains passing by on the nearby railway line. Postcode: YO26 6LB
Rawcliffe Lake Rawcliffe Lake is a surprising find in the middle of Rawcliffe/Clifton Moor housing estate. It really is spectacular, and you don’t feel like you are in York at all! Postcode: YO30 4XL
St Nicholas Fields Local Reserve A 24-acre site that was only designated as a Nature Reserve in 2004 and has been many things over the years including the city rubbish dump! Don’t let that hold you back though as it is now a brilliant open space with some great wildlife and a visitor centre. Postcode: YO10 3ST
Homestead Park Managed by Joseph Rowntree Foundation it has entrances on Water End (YO30 6WP) and Shipton Road (YO30 5RE). Wild meadows, ornamental trees, colourful flower beds and a themed summer bedding display. This well-maintained park is popular for picnics. The children’s play area, toilets and car park are currently closed until further notice. Postcode: YO306WP or YO305RE
The Knavesmire The Knavesmire is a fantastic huge grass space making it brilliant for walking dogs or children to run free. This circular walk follows a tarmac track so it’s also buggy friendly. Postcode: YO23 1FA
Rowntree Park Rowntree Park is open. Certain areas and facilities are closed but there are lots of areas to walk and enjoy including the labyrinth, woodland walks and main gardens. There are lots of new ducklings to see! Postcode: YO23 1JQ
West Bank Park A 16-acre park in the middle of Holgate, about 30 minutes walk west from the centre of York. (woodland walk and tree trails, meadow picnic area, rose terraces and pergola walk). Postcode: YO24 4NS
Rawcliffe Bar Country Park 2,000 trees and 1,500 woodland shrubs in this developing woodland including willow, birch and pine with oak and ash. Hawthorn, blackthorn and dog rose thickets give nesting cover and food for an increasing range of birds. There’s a bike track (now open) & a lake here too. Parking at the Park & Ride. Postcode: YO30 5RR
Relevant Mumbler Blogs: Click HERE for the Mumbler Park’s and Open Spaces blog which we will continue to update as more places open back up for us to enjoy.
N.B. Do double check in advance before visiting. Some parks have closed their car parks and public toilets so please consider this before making a car journey.
Fairground Fun – Play some DIY fairground games e.g. Tin can alley, hook a duck in the paddling pool, higher or lower card guessing game, pin the tail on the donkey/horn on the unicorn, Bucket Ball Game, Ring Toss, How many sweets in a jar and a penny toss. Take a virtual rollercoster ride HERE. Make doughnuts if you are feeling adventurous!
Sports Day – It looks like the school sports day won’t be happening this year so you could run your own. You could do an egg & spoon race, running, jumping, skipping, a sack race (use a pillow case), trompolining, star jumps or an obstacle course. Don’t forget to do some certificates or medals for taking part!
Spa Day – Fancy a pamper day? Put on some calming music, or a nice film. Do some face masks / cucumber on the eyes. How about a foot soak while you read a magazine? Then there’s hand/foot massage followed by nail painting! Sounds like a lovely day!
Bake Off – Cakes, buns, brownies, bread, flapjacks, biscuits or tarts! Get baking! Check out the BBC website for lots of different recipes, ranging from nice and simple to the more complex. It’s a great life skill for the whole family to develop in this time.
Memory Maker / Memento Day – Take some time to capture the families memories of these strange times. Ideas include: Handprint/Footprint Art, Salt dough hand prints, make a time capsule (click HERE for the Mumbler template). One idea for when the kids are asking to do things that aren’t possible right now. Ask them to write on a bit of paper something they want to do when lockdown is over, fold it up and put it in a jar. You will then have lots of ideas of fun things to do once all this is over and lots to look forward to!
Find 5 things beginning with the letter….. this should keep them busy for a little while!
Back to back drawing guessing game – 2 people play this game. Both have a piece of paper. Person A has a piece of paper on their back, person B draws a simple picture on this piece of paper. Person A has to try and copy the picture by concentrating on what they can feel being drawn on their back. Once finished you can compare picture! This can have some really funny results!
Musical bumps and musical statues
Do a limbo!
Have a dance party/rave! Glow sticks add extra fun! Why not teach some of the dances that were cool “back in the day” Macarena, Saturday night, YMCA & the Conga!!
There’s some USA national days that fall into May half term – we can still join in the fun!
24/05 National scavenger hunt day – We have some Mumbler scavenger hunts for you to enjoy both indoor and outdoor. 25/05 National tap dance day 26/05 National paper airplane day – Make some Paper aeroplanes – Find over 40+ different ways to make paper Aeroplanes on the Fold n Fly website HERE. Please note: it is free to follow the photo instructions on this website but they do charge to download and print a template (which you do not need to do). Please supervise any website use. 28/05 National Hamburger day – that’s tea sorted then! 31/05 National smile day – a lovely one. Smiling is contagious.
We will keep adding to this list as we get the information, so do keep checking back. If you know about any half events for our list, please let us know by emailing Leanne@mumbler.co.uk
Kindermusik Half Term Specials
Magic Hatter Magic Show On Thursday 28th May at 2pm, St Leonard’s Hospice will be streaming a show by the Magic Hatter! Tune in to their Facebook page at 2pm to see the show. This is free but there will be instructions how to make an optional donation during the live stream. Click HERE for more info.
Happy Half Term
Don’t forget to share with us all the fun and activities you get up too in the York Mumbler chat group on Facebook. We’d love to see your photos!