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Issue 93 Mar/Apr 2020
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I don’t know about you, but I am full of the joys of spring! There’s nothing better than seeing the nights get lighter and the weather get warmer (if only a little!). One of my favourite sights whilst out walking our dog Lottie, has got to be the emerging daffodils of the season. And let’s not forget that we also have Easter to look forward to, that time when my husband and I are forced to help our boys out eating their chocolate Easter eggs as it would be totally unhealthy for them to consume ALL of them…of course! This issue includes a brand-new feature – a double page pull-out and keep map for the region with our top attractions for families to visit in 2020. So, pull it out, mark off which ones you want to go to and pin it to the family notice board for easy future reference! As visiting attractions can get expensive, we’ve also included some of our favourite parks and playgrounds to visit in the region. Just look for the tree icon to find them on the map. Wishing you and your family a happy Easter and plenty of #familyfun springtime adventures.
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New Nursery opens at Burton Salmon Primary School
Burton Salmon Primary School have opened a brand-new nursery with places currently available for an Easter or September start. The ten-place nursery offers provision for 3- and 4-year olds from 8.00am to 3.15pm each day within the EYFS (Early Years Foundation Stage) class. There are a range of learning areas in the classroom including a reading pod, a home corner, construction and crafts areas and access to iPads and beebot robots. Outdoor play is central to the school’s learning vision and children have access to a brand-new outdoor area featuring a water feature, a rock pool, a cave, mud kitchen and den-building materials. Skilled practitioners offer opportunities to take part in Forest School activities, gardening, cooking and the school therapy dog, Twig, visits every three weeks to meet the children. Children’s learning journeys are documented on Tapestry, an online learning platform so parents can see photos and evidence of their child’s learning through play. Breakfast Club and hot school lunches are available to all our pupils and visits to the school can be arranged to meet the team and experience the special family ethos.
Wherever you live, you and your family can make a difference to your local environment by sparing just a few hours to take part in the Great British Spring Clean from 20 March to 13 April. Run by charity Keep Britain Tidy, this initiative is the country’s biggest mass-action environmental campaign and aims to get 600,000 #LitterHeroes out and about, cleaning up the environment on their doorstep. It’s easy for families to get involved. Simply pledge to take part and either organise a litter-pick in your community or join an organised event. To find out more, join a local event, register to take part and access resources including a how-to guide, visit www. keepbritaintidy.org/GBSpringClean 2 Families North Yorkshire
School Business Manager, Julie Marwood, said: “We are really excited to see our new nursery pupils start this term and they have settled into the daily routine so well. For a small school, there are lots of activities and resources for the children to play with and our new outdoor play area is attracting lots of interest. Our families find a small school is a great setting for their younger children - with fewer children, it’s less daunting and experienced staff team can offer personalised learning. Next on the horizon is a brand-new Sensory Room, which will launch after Easter, thanks to funding received from the Lady Hastings Educational Charity.” Burton Salmon is located just south of Selby and attracts families from the wider area including Monk Fryston, Fairburn, Brotherton, Byram and South Milford, who are looking for a family-feel small school for their child’s education. They are part of a three-school federation with Barlow and Chapel Haddlesey Primary Schools and places are also available at the nursery at Chapel Haddlesey Primary. More information is available on the school’s website www. burtonsalmonschool.org.uk or by calling 01977 672405.
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Easy to Clean - Simply wipe them clean, mud and dirt will easily wash off
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Elasticated Cuff & Hood - For a comfortable and snug fit
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Breathable - The fabric allows perspiration to pass out of the garment, keeping you cool and comfortable
Taped Seams - Waterproof tape runs across all stitched areas, making the item fully waterproof
Chin Guard - Fabric covering the underside of the zip for more comfort at your chin and neck Reflective details - Be seen, be safe. Highly reflective detailing to make you more visible in the dark
Mesh Lining - Improves breathability by allowing air to circulate through your clothing
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Kids’ Corner ANAGRAM Can you unscramble the letters to spell out the names of five popular book characters?
Can you solve the picture clues and put them in the crossword? 1 3
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2. p e t h o r r a t y r
3. k t e r a c y r e b a e
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5. l g p i c n p s k i p g t o o i n
When you’re done, unscramble the circled letters to spell a special message!
The answers are: 1. Matilda 2. Harry Potter 3. Tracey Beaker 4. Greg Heffley 5. Pippi Longstocking. Message is: Happy Reading
Early Years: When should my child start talking? By Andrew Campbell
During the first three years of life, a baby’s brain is developing rapidly which is why this period contains so many critical milestones for their speech development. Interestingly, much of your baby’s speech development depends on your “baby talk” skills as well as those of your baby! The first “baby talk” is non-verbal and happens soon after birth. Babies grimace, cry, and squirm to express a range of emotions and physical needs, from fear to hunger to frustration. It is important to listen to your baby’s different cries, work out what they mean and respond accordingly. At the age of 3 months, you’ll notice your baby listening to your voice, watching your face as you talk, and turning towards other voices, sounds and music. Before babies start talking, they are gathering information. That information eventually becomes the foundation of the first baby talk. And the best way for parents to help their babies make it to those first words – and thrive with language development in the months after – is to talk to them. At around 6 months of age, you’ll hear your baby begin to babble and coo, as they play around with different sounds. This “baby talk” is a happy, gentle, repetitive, sing-song vocalisation sounds similar the world over, despite the language of a baby’s parents.
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After 9 months of age, babies can say and understand a few basic words like “no” and “bye-bye.” They also may begin to use a wider range of consonant sounds and tones as they try out sounds and find their own voice. Babies may also be able to point to people, objects, and body parts you name for them. They repeat words or sounds they hear you say, like the last word in a sentence, but they often leave off endings or beginnings of words. For example, they may say “daw” for “dog” or “noo-noo’s” for “noodles.” Most babies say their first words sometime around their first birthday - possibly “mama” and “dada.” Now, importantly, they know what they are saying. They should also respond to -- or at least understand, if not obey - short, one-step requests like: “Please put that down.” Over the next six months, your baby will start to use language in a more recognisable way and you may start to hear them talking. You might find that initially only you and a few of your baby’s favourite people can make out what they’re saying though! By the age of 2 years, babies can string together short phrases of two to four words, such as “Mummy bye-bye” or “me milk.” They’re learning that words mean more than objects like “cup” - they also mean abstract ideas like “mine.” Over the course of the next year, your baby’s vocabulary expands rapidly, and “make-believe” play spurs an understanding of symbolic and abstract language like “now,” feelings like “sad,” and spatial concepts like “in.” Ideas to Encourage Talking The more words children hear, the more they learn. Here are some fun things to do together to encourage your baby’s speech and language development: Chat to your baby about the things you’re doing, even if you think they’re boring – for example, ‘Daddy’s vacuuming the carpet to get rid of the dust that makes you sneeze.’ Repeat your baby’s attempts at words to encourage a two-way conversation. For example, if she says “mama” you could say “mama” back to her. Build on your toddler’s words. For example, when baby says: “train,” you say: “Yes, it’s a big red train.” Show interest in your baby’s babbling and talking by smiling and looking him in the eye. Respond to and talk about your baby’s interests. For example, if your baby starts playing with a toy train, you could say “Toot, toot.” Read, tell stories, share songs and nursery rhymes with your baby. Praise your baby’s efforts to talk. For example, if your baby points to a dog and names it, you could say: “Well done for pointing out the dog, Georgie!” Infants all develop at a different pace, but if you’re worried about your child’s speech or language development, talk to your GP or health visitor. If necessary, they will refer your child to your local speech and language therapy department. More info: www.nhs.uk/conditions/pregnancy-and-baby/helping-your-childsspeech www.nct.org.uk/baby-toddler/learning-talk-and-communication-your-baby
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Encouraging reluctant readers By Tom Palmer
Children must read. It’s good for them! Unfortunately, that’s the last thing a child who doesn’t like reading wants to hear. They might think reading is boring. The might have low confidence. They might even have an unidentified issue like dyslexia. Being told that reading is good for them just makes them feel worse. My mum knew I hated reading. The more pressure she applied the more stubborn I was about it. I reacted to the pressure by defining myself as a nonreader and once I’d told myself that, I became even more entrenched. Then my mum changed tack. She did some things which made me want to read and to eventually call myself a reader. Forget that loving reading is good for children. Make reading relate to something they already love. Make a list of the things your child is passionate about. Do it now. Write down the five experiences, television shows, sports, interests that enthuse them. These are the things that are probably going to get your child into reading. For me it was football…and then football… Start with their favourite television show. Television is seen as one of the enemies of reading. But it’s so good now, it’s sometimes hard to tear yourself away. It’s helpful then that a lot of shows have books linked to them. Search for an official book or biography of one of the main characters on the show’s website. Is there spin-off fiction? An annual? If enough people watch a show – say, like Strictly – then there’ll be a book. Teachers and school librarians often know more about what a child might like to read than a parent. Talk to your child’s teacher or school librarian. They also know what books have worked for other children in the past. They’re experts. Have a day out. Football. Cinema. Theme park. Zoo. Whatever you do, there will usually be books available. Gift shops at the end of museums or theme parks often have books or guides. Theatres and sports venues have programmes. For me, it was Leeds United match day magazines, but I accept they’re not to everyone’s taste! Who does your child admire? A dancer? A singer? A sports person? Has that person written a book? There are more and more celebrities writing books. As a non-celebrity author I hate it, but, as a parent of an impressionable child, it’s great for you. Look the celeb’s name up on Amazon and see what’s out there. If you don’t want to buy it, then head to the library. Role models are not just famous people. Does your child have a coach, teacher, aunt or neighbour that they admire? For me it was my sister’s boyfriend: he gave me books. I read them because they were from him. Get your child’s role model to talk to them about books and recommend titles. A book from someone you look up to is more likely to get read.
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You are your child’s number one role model. Let them see you reading what YOU want to read! Don’t worry if your child doesn’t finish every book. I finish less than half the books I read. Borrow from the library and then your child can experiment without it costing money. Books are not always best. Does your child have a favourite magazine? There are hundreds of magazines for kids available from supermarkets and high street newsagents. They cost a bit and there are far less words in them, but they’re a great way to get children reading. They’re colourful. They’re silly. They’re exciting. Get a magazine delivered. The idea of a magazine arriving for your child (and your child alone) can be exciting for them. I had Match magazine delivered when I was a kid. I couldn’t wait for Thursdays as a result. Tom Palmer won the Ruth Rendell Award 2019 for his outstanding contribution to raising children’s literacy levels in the UK. He is the author of 45 books for children, many about football, rugby and WW1 and 2; yet he only became a reader at age 17, thanks to his mum and what she did to engage him with reading. For more information, visit www.tompalmer. co.uk familiesonline.co.uk
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Why it’s Important to Teach Children to Map Read By Alicia Eaton
In today’s technology focussed world, the ability to map read, navigate and successfully get from place to place, remains a vitally important skill to teach our children. At its most fundamental level, map reading develops children’s spatial thinking skills, which in turn can deepen their knowledge of maths, science and technology. Spatial thinking is something we use in many everyday situations, from rearranging a bookcase, to picturing situations in our ‘mind’s eye.’ It is the fundamental architecture which underpins our lifelong problem-solving skills. It’s also a great excuse to get outdoors into the wilds and get back to basics with your child in natural or urban surroundings.
3. Make directional and geographical vocabulary part of your dialogue with your children from a very early age, and whenever you are out and about together. 4. A great way to pass the time on a long family journey is to give your child a map and ask them to tick off the key symbols on the map as they spot them – eg pub, hospital, byway, footpath, wall, farm track. This instantly turns any mundane journey into a treasure hunt! 5. Often as adults we become scared of maps because we think we won’t be able to decipher them. But just have a go, make it fun and easy going – you might just learn something yourself whilst nurturing your child’s life-long love of adventure.
Stanfords, the largest map supplier in the world, reports that its sales figures in the last couple of years show that demand for physical maps is not waning. It seems that, as human beings, we prefer to plan our trips with a hard copy, making notes on it and keeping it as a treasured travel memento. Most significantly, a physical map can’t run out of battery power or be without signal in your hour of need!
Map Reading Activities to Try at Home or Away
Endurance adventurer and Ordnance Survey Get Outside Champion, Sean Conway, who has cycled, swum and run the length of Great Britain, is a lover of physical maps and has fond memories of learning how to map read as a child: “I remember being told how contour lines worked. It became a game to try and look for the steepest section of the map, and then go and find it. If you could climb it, we would!”
2. Have you seen this map before? Are maps flat or three dimensional? Are there any features you can see?
Here are five top tips for firing your child’s imagination and getting them engaged with the learned skill of map reading: 1. Just as it’s important to know your left and right, it’s important to understand where north, east, south and west are on a map. You can remember them as: a. Naughty Elephants Squirt Water b. Nobody Ever Swallows Whales
Get a map of your local area, holiday destination or grandparent’s house and 6KMyour 20M 6KM 20M get outside – open eyes wide and take a look around! 1. What can you actually see around you? And what does it look like on your map when drawn from above?
3. Maps use pictures and symbols to explain features of a landscape/area rather than words. Can you locate the key? If you see a feature on the map you don’t recognise you can look it up on the key. 4. Can you decipher both the physical and human features on your map? Perhaps the park, beaches, forests and rivers or churches, factories, farms and harbours? 5. Make your own map – have a think about the important information you want to include, key physical or human features. Will you start and finish your journey in the same place? If you get lost, your phone battery is flat or there’s no signal, you never know, some key map reading skills and abilities might just save your life.
c. Never Eat Shredded Wheat 2. If your child is struggling to grasp contours, get them to draw concentric circles on one of their knuckles – when they their finger, a hill appears!
Maps give us a wealth of information about our surroundings – they are a clever, valuable and perhaps irreplaceable 2D representation of our incredible 3D world.
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Dalby Forest Explore walking, running and world-class bike trails in stunning surroundings Try out Go Ape, learning sessions and activity centre adventures! You can enjoy family play areas, picnic sites, cafes and tranquil BBQ spots. We have a visitor centre, bike hire and year-round events for everyone. 5 miles north-east of Pickering, North Yorkshire. Parking charges apply. Annual membership available. t: 01751 460295 e: email@example.com Stay in touch
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Holiday camps & workshops I2i Football Academy
Byas Academy: Hockey, Rugby & Cricket
BYAS ACADEMY offers a variety of top-quality sports camps during school holidays in Hockey, Cricket and Rugby. The camps are based at Pocklington School, near York, and are available to children aged between 8-16yrs old. The Academy offers a mix of residential and non-residential courses across all three sporting disciplines during the summer and half term holidays with ability streaming, so it doesn’t matter if your child is an absolute beginner or sporting whizz kid. What makes the Byas Academy stand out from the crowd is the quality of its coaching staff with many of them currently or former players are county, national and international level. The cricket course is led by David Byas, himself a former Yorkshire County Cricket Captain and Junior hockey international player and we work with Kyle Dench at ACamps for our Rugby camp. Our coaching team often includes international past and present players as well as qualified coaches in each sporting field. Find out more by visiting https:// www.byasacademy.co.uk
York College, Selby High School, Tadcaster Albion Football Club
The Little Gym
Harrogate, Leeds & soon to be York
We will be running 3 days of OFSTED registered holidays camps on 14th, 15th & 16th of April. Our camps provide children with a fabulous variety of fun, activity, learning and gymnastics. AM 14 Apr 3-8yrs – The Race to Outer Space - This stellar camp has our Super Kids racing into outer space to complete a quest on a different planet each day! PM 14 Apr 3-8yrs – Animal Adventures - This immersive animal adventure will include games, crafts & animals of all kinds. AM Wed 15 Apr 3-8yrs – Harry’s School of Magic - Each day will be a truly magical adventure with mysterious obstacles & mazes as the Super Kids practice taking risks & building self-confidence. PM Wed 15 Apr 5-12yrs – Front Handspring Festival - Perfect for kids who have learned their handstand – & are ready to move on – a “Front Handspring”! Also great for kids who can do this skill by themselves – but just need practice. AM Thur 16 Apr 3-8yrs – The Neat Ninja League - Learning and using basic karate and martial arts skills to complete their quests, the Super Kids will be granted membership into the Neat Ninja League!
York, Ackworth and Leeds
MAKING SCHOOL HOLIDAYS ADVENTURE DAYS: The importance of getting back to nature. Remember when we were children and we’d spend hours outdoors playing? When we were kids – fun was outdoors. Mums would complain about mucky clothes and we’d complain about having to come in for tea. We learned about our environment without consciously learning. And as a result, we know how to make the perfect mud pie, how to climb a tree and how to build an amazing den (secret password, optional). However, these days it’s harder than ever to distract our children from a screen. Most studies agree that kids who play outside are smarter, happier, more attentive, and less anxious than kids who spend more time indoors. Camp Xplode makes the great outdoors even greater. Held at 3 exceptional venues across Yorkshire (York, Ackworth and Leeds), Camp Xplode’s unique holiday day camps give children and young adults the chance to discover their wild side. Every day at Camp Xplode is bursting with adventure. Committed to providing children and young adults from 3–17 with the very best multi-activity day camp experience possible. If you’d like to know more about Camp Xplode or to book a place for your child visit www. campxplode.co.uk
PM Thur 16 Apr 3-8yrs – TLG Crazy Carnival – Using our safe equipment, music and imagination kids will explore exciting carnival rides & wacky games with friends. 3hrs – Members £25 Non-Members £35, Lunch club £5, 7 hrs – Members £40 Non-members £50 Buy 2 and get 3rd (cheapest) half price!
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All our team are qualified teachers or sports coaches. Total Sports teach in Primary Schools all year round – You are in experienced hands who know how to look after your children and have lots of fun. Childcare Vouchers accepted. Venues in York, Harrogate & Knaresborough. ENERGY CLUB – 5 activities a day with WOW equipment too. FOOTBALL – a great day for the football mad! DANCE (Manor Only) – with our fantastic coaches. We get FULL for a reason! Activities and booking online at www. totalsportslimited.co.uk From 8.15am – 5.30pm
Summit Indoor Adventure
Let us take some of the stress out of the school holidays. Holiday Camps at Summit Indoor Adventure are packed with activities every day of the week so your little ones can have fun and burn off some of that unlimited energy at the same time. We’ll mix it up each day to keep them interested and they’ll meet all sorts of new friends along the way. From team sports to swimming, football to table tennis, Adventure Play to bowl and climb -there’s not going to be a dull day. Let our dedicated and professional staff look after your loved ones during the school holidays and take some of that parental pressure away for a while. For more information or to book a place call 01757 213 758.
Ages 5 – 13 years 10am – 3pm (with optional early drop off and late pick up). Camps for girls; goalkeeping skills; attacking skills and general football skills. For more information or to book a place: www.i2i-football-academy.class4kids. co.uk/camps
Ashville College, Harrogate
The UK’s leading activity camp. Programmes include over 30 amazing sports and activities to get children aged 5-17 active, having fun and learning together. For more information: www. kingscamps.org/venue/harrogate-ashvillecollege
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York DATES TBC Summer camp Come along to our themed Summer School at York high School for a fun filled week packed with Street Dance, Commercial Pop, Musical Theatre, Drama, Arts, Crafts & much more. For ages 4-18. Plus, the opportunity to perform onstage in front of family and friends. For more information or to book a place call 07969 859895 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Angela Crossley Tennis Camps
Tadcaster, Wetherby, Boston Spa, Collingham & Knaresborough
Camps provide children of all ages and abilities the opportunity to learn tennis in a fun and progressive way during the school holidays. Ages 4-6 or 6-16. For more information, dates, times and prices go online: https://clubspark.lta.org.uk/ AngelaCrossleyCoaching/Coaching/ Camps
Live for Today
School holidays should be about having fun, trying new things and adventuring! That’s why Live For Today have created the best School Holiday Camps EVER! Situated in the lovely grounds of Ripley Castle, the Live For Today team have taken their most popular activities and created a program full of excitement and fun! Try out everything from High Ropes, Raft Building, Survival Skills, Body Zorbing, Navigation, Archery and more. This year will be even more jam packed with the addition of very exciting Dart Football and mysterious Escape Rooms! www.harrogateholidaycamps.co.uk
Fun drills, games, nets and matches. Each day will run from 10am – 3pm and will be for ages 5-13. For more information: www. peterkeighleycricketcoaching.co.uk
Technology in Play
Harrogate & York
TiP camps are a perfect cure for holiday boredom. Running from 9am – 4pm the day is full of a variety of STEM based activities all based on a chosen theme. For more information: www. technologyinplay.club/tip-camps
York City Football Club Foundation York
Our amazing holiday courses are for ages 4-12 and the days are jam packed full of fun & exciting games to help aid development of your child, Learn through the power of football, allowing you to learn new skills, meet new friends and enjoy your summer holidays with friendly and professional coaching. Email enquiries@yorkcityfcfoundation. co.uk
Yorkshire Forest Folk
Kilburn Woods, Thirsk
Open to 5-11-year olds. 9.30am – 3pm each day. £30 for 1 child, £20 for siblings. We will be creating some natural craft using resources from the woodland, playing some games and some old favourites. We’ll be creating natural art, den building, cooking, learning some bush craft skills such as natural fire lighting and simple woodwork techniques as well as plenty of opportunities for free play, getting muddy and enjoying ourselves! Tel: 07815 775934 Call Sophie. www.yorkshireforestfolk.co.uk
We’ve put together this handy map that can be pulled out of the magazine and kept for use all year. We’ve marked plenty of family friendly attractions for you to visit over the course of the year, suitable for all of the family. It can get expensive to visit attractions with the kids all of the time, so we’ve also highlighted some of our favourite parks and playgrounds too. Just look out for the tree icon on the map #freefamilyfun
Places to visit in 2020 Pull out and keep map – you can refer to it all year long!
Of course, we can’t highlight every amazing attraction available in the region, so if you’re looking for more ideas, check out our ‘What’s On’ search facility online www.familiesonline.co.uk – all you have to do is input your postcode and away you go. You can also hear about family friendly events, shows and visitor attractions including offers, deals and competition tickets on our Facebook group. If you don’t already LIKE our page, maybe now is the time to do so www.facebook. com/FamiliesNYMag. Happy #familyfun times this year!
Tree Top Nets
The Web Adventure Park The Web Adventure Park offers fun for all ages regardless of the weather! Babies are catered for indoors in our amazing new sensory area, older children will enjoy exploring our huge indoor play area, offering slides, ball canons, sports area and even a role play village. The Café will keep the parents happy with homemade food and amazing baked treats! Outside our extensive adventure park has ample options for sunny day play – water park, sand area, ride on bikes and carts area, animal park, swings and climbing areas as well as two huge high ropes courses for 7 years to adults!
If you’re a family who loves getting outdoors, Treetop Nets should be top of your list for an unforgettable woodland experience. Treetop Nets is a collection of giant bouncy nets, tunnels and slides, suspended high in the trees, located just outside Ripon. In these huge treetop trampolines, you can run wild in the tree canopy and explore the high trees via bouncy walkways and play in giant aerial ball parks. There are slides, treehouses and games to play and fearless adventurers can also don a harness and clamber up a mighty tree. A perfect day out for all ages.
Jorvik With an updated ride experience and state-of-the art galleries to explore, visit JORVIK Viking Centre to discover York’s fascinating Viking legacy. As you journey back to 10th century York, the sights, sounds and even the smells of the Viking Age city are brought vividly back to life. Dig deeper into the Viking story of York by getting close-up with our rare collection of 1,000-year-oldartefacts whilst talking to our friendly Viking hosts.
York’s Chocolate Story Summit Indoor Adventure Climb. Bowl. Trek. Skate. Play. Party. Dine. Summit Indoor Adventure is the ultimate family destination, with exciting activities for everyone – under one roof! From climbing the walls (literally!) with 20 different walls at Adventure Climb, to going wild in the Adventure Play three-story funhouse, the fun never stops. Or feeling brave? Take on the Aerial Trek course and reach for the stars as you tackle the 16 elements. There’s also 10-Pin Bowling for those who like a bit of competition and a Ride & Skate Park for adrenaline junkies to skateboard, BMX or scoot to their heart’s content.
At York’s Chocolate Story you can 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. While other British cities were built on steel, coal or wool, York’s fame and fortune have rested on chocolate for almost 300 years: thanks to the vision and invention of its great entrepreneurial families, not to mention the industry and dedication of its people.
Dalby Forest Brymor Ice Cream Parlour
Situated just outside Masham at High Jervaulx Farm, Brymor Ice Cream remains the only producer in Yorkshire making ice cream with milk from its own herd of pedigree Guernsey cows. All of Brymor’s ice cream is made by hand at the farm with the calves and young stock from the herd on public view, who will one day produce the milk Brymor use for the ice cream.The world-famous ice cream parlour is open seven days a week and offers something for all the family with indoor and outdoor play areas; an indoor play barn; go karts; a dog exercise and dog friendly area; plus, events throughout the year. Follow us on social media for competitions and up to date information about events: Facebook: @BrymorIceCream; Instagram: @ brymoricecream; Twitter: @BrymorIceCream
Dalby really is the great Yorkshire forest with something for everyone! Discover the magic of our unique landscape, nestled on the southern slopes of the beautiful North York Moors National Park. Explore the forest by hiring bikes, following walking trails or going for a run. Varied terrain means you are regularly rewarded with breath-taking views and the chance to spot wildlife. We also hold family-friendly events year-round. Or, you can just enjoy a relaxing coffee amid inspiring scenery! Our fantastic new visitor centre café serves cakes, snacks and hot meals.
Built for the 3rd Earl of Carlisle and taking over 100 years to complete, today Castle Howard remains home to the Howard family. Discover the rich and varied history, dramatic interiors and sweeping parklands of this magnificent house. Free flowing tours of the house allow you to explore at your leisure, with friendly and knowledgeable guides. From decadent bedrooms and lavish drawing rooms to the stunning Great Hall and vast Long Gallery, there are architectural wonders and worldrenowned collections in every room. Spend a day exploring the beautiful gardens; with meandering woodland paths, lakeside terraces and sweeping vistas dotted with temples, statues and follies.
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Enjoy a changing programme of exhibitions and events, including Christmas opening when the house is decorated for the festive season. Plus, outdoor tours, illustrated children’s trail, a new adventure playground and summer boat trips on the Great Lake (weather permitting). Treat yourself at a range of cafés and shops, including garden centre, farm shop and gift shops.
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Lotherton is an Edwardian country estate, hall and wildlife park set within eight acres of beautiful gardens and a red deer park. With two parks, extensive grassy parkland and historic gardens to roam, the estate is a fantastic family-friendly day out. Visit Wildlife World to see animals from across the globe including playful Humboldt penguins, Arthur the Tapir and Capybaras! In the hall you will find curiosity cabinets dotted throughout to help children find out more about the historic former family home, and in school holidays there are a range of activities and events to keep everyone entertained.
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Get ready for a fantastic family day out at Piglets Adventure Farm, packed with exciting attractions and lots of farm fun. Take a tractor and trailer ride to the Bale Play Baaarn, bounce high on the Jumping Pillows or try your hand at Crazy Golf. See adorable animals and get up close to piglets in the Piglet Maternity Ward. There are tasty treats in Truffles Trough Café and The Coffee House too. A day of adventure for the whole family whatever the weather! 01904 499183 www.pigletsadventurefarm.com
Askham Bryan Wildlife & Conservation Park
Askham Bryan Wildlife & Conservation Park is a visitor attraction based at Askham Bryan College, York. The wildlife park is open to visitors at weekends and during college holidays, when students and staff share their passion for and knowledge of the college animal collection with visitors. The wildlife park includes a wide range of creatures, from meerkats to monkeys, snakes to spiders and ants to alpaca. The wildlife park has a children’s playpark, café and free parking. www.abcwildlifepark.co.uk
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Jack’s Law – A World First By Georgina Thomas April 2020 will see the UK being a world-first in giving working parents who tragically lose a child under the age of 18, or who have a stillbirth after 24 weeks of pregnancy, a statutory right to two weeks parental bereavement leave thanks to the Parental Bereavement (Leave and Pay) Act. Known as Jack’s Law, in memory of Jack Herd whose mother, Lucy, campaigned tirelessly for this right, employees who meet the definition of a “parent” will be able to take this leave as two weeks consecutively or as two separate weeks at separate times any time in the first 56 weeks following the death or stillbirth of their child – as long as they are taken as whole weeks. The period was set at 56 weeks to allow for time to be taken off round about the time of the first anniversary of the child’s death as well, should parents so wish – another nod to the need for employees to have their family rights recognised and reflected. You do not need to have a minimum length of employment either to be able to access this leave – it is what is known as a day 1 right so is accessible to you however long you have been working for your employer. Further, in the tragic event of the loss of more than one child, the law provides for separate periods of leave for each child. This is a positive move towards bringing the UK more in line with other countries known more widely for their family-friendly rights and is one that can only be welcomed. Whilst the right is not to paid leave in these circumstances, parents may qualify for statutory parental bereavement pay if they meet certain qualifying conditions and sympathetic employers may also consider enhancing this basic position by putting policies in place giving better pay conditions during such periods of leave and, indeed, greater flexibility in terms of how the leave is taken amongst other things. Whilst there are some set requirements for accessing this leave, these have been drafted fairly widely to ensure the maximum support to people needing it and the definition of “parent” is also widely-defined so as to cover most types of parental or quasi-parental relationships, extending also to surrogates. As mentioned above, employers may wish to put in place internal policies to reflect these changes to the law and to, possibly, enhance the rights of their employees here and give much needed guidance to follow at a very sensitive time. In doing so, care must be taken to ensure that any such policy sits well alongside any existing compassionate leave or other similar policies and it would be prudent to take advice here if you are an employer considering getting any such documentation in place. Whilst we can only ever hope that we will not ever be in a position where this might apply to us, it is reassuring to know that employees now have a legal right to this time off – one less thing to worry about at a time when the right support is so crucial. If you want any further advice on this, or any other employment law issues, contact the Bridge Employment Law team on 01904 360295 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
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Motivating Good Behaviour: What’s the Secret? By Gabrielle Nash
If you’re lucky enough to find bedtime a breeze, or have a co-operative child who eats all their vegetables, then you are indeed one of the fortunate and few. If you regularly find yourself battling bath times and lack of fruit intake and gentle (and not so gentle) admonishment of your child just doesn’t work, then it might be worth introducing a system to motivate good behaviour. Reward-based systems like sticker charts are popular and effective tools because they’re positive. “It’s a straightforward concept” explains Dr Sarah Rose, a child psychologist at Staffordshire University “Children learn through association, so if a behaviour is associated with something nice happening they will be more likely to repeat that behaviour in future.” However, every child is wired differently, so it’s important you think carefully about exactly what motivates your child. Reward charts can work well, as can marbles in a jar (or pasta in a pot). The idea here is that your child earns marbles for completing a task or behaviour. Once the jar/pot is full they earn an activity or treat. Your child’s age is also a factor. For toddlers a reward chart during potty training is great. A simple concept like “do a wee in the potty and you can have a sticker” is easy to understand. But anything more complicated and a toddler will struggle because they don’t fully understand the idea of consequence yet. Once you’re using a reward chart, it’s important to be reliable and consistent. Ideally, you’d like your child to simply wish to behave well without needing the chart as motivation; the best way to encourage this is to combine the reward with plenty of praise. Top Tips for Making Reward Systems Work Keep it specific. Pick a few areas that need work and make sure to explain to your child why they’re important. For example, if your child struggles to go to bed without a fuss, try a reward chart for good behaviour at bedtime. Explain what that means for you (eg stay in bed) and why it’s important (eg if you don’t get plenty of rest, you won’t have
the energy for more fun tomorrow). Be clear about your expectations. For example, if your child consistently behaves badly in public, on your next outing make it clear what the boundaries are for their behaviour: “I would like you to walk nicely on the pavement with me” or “I would like you to sit and read with me while we wait at the doctors.” Consider what is reasonable to ask of them. This will be dependent on age, personality and energy levels. A tired child is considerably less cooperative. Praise is essential. A child who feels good when praised, is encouraged to develop a desire to be “intrinsically” well behaved and need rewards less. Focus on effort, when giving praise. Be immediate and be generous, combining your words with eye contact and a cuddle. Whenever discussing your child’s good behaviour, never confuse them by also introducing a criticism or caveat. So what about the bad behaviour? A child learns to repeat an action that gets the desired effect: attention from a parent. It could be that your child is behaving badly because they feel they need more of your time, so giving them plenty of attention when they are behaving well may alleviate negative behaviour. The once popular options of using either a “naughty step” or a “time-out” are no longer well thought of because they are based on punishment. When used judiciously, however, what those methods can still offer, is an opportunity for both parent and child to calm down before tantrums or tempers explode. Finally, while motivating your child to behave well is important, children do need to be able to make mistakes without negative consequence. So if your child slips up now and then, gently point this out and encourage them to try again. Remember all children learn by observation too. So model good behaviour towards them and others whenever you can. If you’re keen to use a Reward Chart, try using the Families colour-in animal chart on the next page! Follow Gaby @thelondonishmum
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Harrogate, Knaresborough, Ripon & Yorkshire Dales
7 Mar – Ripon Museums
Sights and Sounds of Ripon
Save the Date! Sights and Sounds of Ripon will be on 7th March 2020, 11am - 3pm. A free family-friendly day full of activities for all ages. Discover Your Ripon! For full programme of events, download the timetable. www. riponmuseums.co.uk
21 - 22 Mar – Goldsborough Hall
Mother’s Day Weekend
Indulge your mother with a fabulous afternoon tea or Mother’s Day lunch and enjoy the beautiful setting of Goldsborough Hall and its grounds.
Knaresborough is open for the 2020 season and to celebrate there’s an Easter trail around the castle and museum. Complete it for a chocolate prize! Free with admission. Enjoy our toys, games and dressing up, a trip through the underground tunnel and visit to the King’s Tower. Borrow a backpack to explore how the Castle used to look and discover Spring emerging in the beautiful grounds. Open daily 11am – 4pm. £2 children, £3.50 adults, £3 concessions, £10 family ticket.
15 Apr – 1- 4pm - Brimham Rocks
Discover climbing with a 30-minute taster session guided by instructors from Harrogate Climbing Centre. Age 7+ £7.
16 Apr – Ripon Races
Easter family day
Our annual children’s day is a fantastic way to introduce your children to the exciting world of horse racing at its best. Not only do we have thrilling racing, we have lots of FREE activities to make the children’s experience of Ripon even more enjoyable. Mini farm; face painting; free chocolate; balloon modelling & bouncy castles.
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28 Mar – 9am – 4.30pm Great Yorkshire Showground, Harrogate
Ongoing – Dalby Forest
A fabulous fun day out for families, especially those with young children. All activities are FREE, you just need to buy a ticket to get in. Mr Bloom from CBeebies is the special guest and will be performing with his band who’ve brought their instruments with them for a musical party! Activities are all based around Spring, new life, food and farming. Tickets will not be available to purchase on the day.
Lu-La’s spaceship has crash landed in the forest - will you help her get home? We’ve partnered with Aardman and Studiocanal to celebrate the release of their new film A Shaun the Sheep Movie: Farmageddon. An alien spaceship has crashed into Dalby Forest and Shaun the Sheep is on a mission to help the inhabitant – a lovable alien called Lu-La. Lu-La needs your help to charge her communicator so she can call home for rescue. You’ll need to hurry as Lu-La is being chased by Agent Red and her hapless helpers the Hazmats!
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4 Apr – Ripon Cathedral
Spring food, home & garden show
Join us for another fantastic annual springtime day out for all the family at the Spring Food, Home & Garden Show on 4th April with over 60 traders from across Yorkshire selling delicious food and treats, seasonal homewares and gifts. The Cathedral cafe will be open all day serving refreshments, the Cathedral Plant Stall will be selling a selection of plants at affordable prices, plus activities running throughout the day. Pay a visit to the adorable springtime animals including an alpaca, mini donkeys, goats and mini sheep from Hart Farm, founded in 2012 as a not-for-profit organisation to help children cope with life challenges such as illness, disability and bereavement. They will be outside the Cathedral all day.
4–19 Apr – Fountain’s Abbey & Studley Royal
Can you find the signs of spring at Fountain’s Abbey? Follow the family trail and get stuck into some woolly crafts.
4 – 19 Apr – Royal Pump Room Museum, Harrogate
Did you know that the last Tsarina of Russia was godmother to Harrogate twins? And that she sent them lavish gifts? Discover the story and beautiful treasures in our new displays and create your own Faberge egg craft. On your visit you can also enjoy toys, dressing up, games, borrow a backpack and complete our Easter hunt and get your prize! All free with admission. Open Mon-Sat 10-4, Sun 12-4. £2 children, £3.50 adult, £2.50 concessions, £10 family ticket.
4–19 Apr – Mercer Art Gallery, Harrogate
Explore inspiring landscape art from the world-famous Turner as well as five contemporary Yorkshire artists and from the Harrogate collection. Have you borrowed a backpack or completed the Easter trail? Relax in our family studio where there’s toys, books and art materials to enjoy. Open Mon-Sat 10am – 4pm and Sun 12-4. FREE Admission. 18 Families North Yorkshire
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York Literature Festival
A range of events including creative writing and poetry workshops for children. Find out more at: www. yorkliteraturefestival.co.uk
22 Mar – Castle Howard
Mother’s Day Afternoon Tea
Celebrate Mother’s Day in style by indulging in a unique Afternoon Tea experience in our elegant Grecian Hall.
22 Mar – Nunnington Hall
Join us for a good old-fashioned family day out.
28 – 29 Mar – Sledmere House
Come join us for a special opportunity to meet our new-born lambs, help out at feeding time and give them cuddles in the lambing tent. Watch lambing live streamed straight from our lambing sheds and ask our team any questions about our farming enterprise.
9 & 16 Apr – Beningborough Hall & Gardens
Discover what lives in a pond
Join the team to discover more about pond life, as you explore the pond in the American Garden, and find out what we do to look after wildlife and nature.
Tadcaster, Selby & surrounding areas
4 - 19 Apr – Stockeld Park
The Easter Adventure
Join us for endless family fun at Easter with our ‘eggstra special events adding extra magic to the park! Don’t miss our famous annual Easter Egg Hunt in the Enchanted Forest!
Open Studios is now in its seventh year and this annual event will take place this May in the Wetherby area The event gives visitors a chance to see how many artists in the area work including glass blowing, painting, ceramics, sculpture, felt making, book binding and photography. Take advantage of this opportunity to meet and talk to the artists taking part. To learn more visit www.artistsaroundwetherby. com or follow the group on Facebook at https://en-gb. facebook.com/artistsaroundwetherby. There will be a downloadable brochure on the website from April. Visitors will be able to see 32 artists. The event was launched seven years ago by Ailsa Read (Chairman), Clare Dean (Secretary) and Rachel McNaughton, who manages the website. The event is open between 10a.m. and 5 p.m. Artists Around Wetherby represents artists who have studios in villages within a six-mile radius of Wetherby and includes studios in Bardsey, Scarcroft, Collingham, Thorner, Boston Spa, Bickerton, Tadcaster and Shadwell. All artists will be serving refreshments in lieu of a donation to Royal British Legion. Many artists will be demonstrating, and this is indicated in the brochure, along with accessibility for the disabled and dog friendly studios. The artists all look forward to meeting you and helping to raise money for a worthy cause.
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6–19 Apr– Knaresborough Castle & Museum
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19 April – Tadcaster
One of the most friendly and welcoming sportives around. Event welcomes all riders regardless of ability.
East Yorkshire & the coast
22 Mar – 1pm – 3pm Carlton Towers, Goole
Mother’s Day Lunch
Do something extra special for Mother’s Day this year and book to eat lunch at Carlton Towers. Time slots 1-3pm. Includes a gift for Mum.
7 Apr – The Deep, Hull
Junior Experience Day
Is your child aged between 8-11 with a passion for marine animals? Then join us for a fun-filled experience day where your youngster can help carry out some of The Deep’s daily activities. New date added due to high demand.
1 Mar – 18 Oct – Lotherton Hall
Making Japan. Art. Culture. Life
Visit Lotherton’s latest exhibition, Making Japan, which celebrates everything from Samurai to Nintendo, Kimonos to Manga. The exhibition highlights the dynamic relationship between tradition and innovation as expressed by the people of this vibrant East Asian nation. It also explores the relationship the Gascoigne family of Lotherton had with Japan, showcasing some of the beautiful items they collected while living there.
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Cadbury Easter Egg Hunts
4 – 19 Apr – Lotherton Hall
Really Wild Spring
A wild spring to make your heart sing! Enjoy an Easter at Lotherton with our zany zoo animals, hidden house creatures and fantastic flowery gardens. Follow our Wildlife trail, get messy with animal crafts, seed planting and special family days.
Put your wellies on and follow a nature-themed trail at your favourite NT places to earn a Cadbury reward. Beningborough Hall / 10 – 13 Apr 10.30am – 4pm £2.50 £2 East Riddlesden Hall / 10 – 13 Apr 9.30am – 4.30pm £2.50 Fountain’s Abbey / 10 – 13 Apr 11am – 4pm Goddard’s House / 10 – 13 Apr 10.30am – 5pm £2 Hardcastle Crags / 10 – 13 Apr 11am – 3pm £2.50
25 – 26 Apr – Lotherton Hall
St George’s Weekend
Join us for St George’s Weekend and conquer our dragon trail. Rub shoulders with knights and princesses get messy with medieval crafts and conduct explosive experiments. Don’t forget about dragon training! Sit back in the formal gardens and enjoy the sounds of a brass band each afternoon. St. George’s weekend is free with normal admission into Lotherton.
Easter Egg Hunts/Trails
4 – 19 Apr -Temple Newsam
Easter Holidays & Majestic Eggs
Join us at Temple Newsam house for family fun crafts and take on the majestic Easter egg hunt through the many rooms of the mansion to win yourself an eggcellent prize! Take a trip to Home Farm to visit our newborn farmyard friends including lambs, piglets and loads more.
4 - 19 Apr – Burton Agnes Hall
Easter Egg Trail
There are puzzles to solve and games to play, while in the craft tent children can get creative. On 12th and 13th April, Easter Sunday and Monday, children are invited to join the Easter Bunny and search for some of the many thousands of chocolate Easter eggs that are hidden in the Hall’s woodland.
4 – 19 Apr – Castle Howard
Enjoy an Easter Egg Hunt with a twist through the gardens with Rusticus theatre. Discover the House and Grounds, ride the land train and let off steam on the bridges, swings, towers and slides of the high energy Adventure Playground as well as the new treetop adventure at Skelf Island.
6 – 18 Apr – York’s Chocolate Story
Easter Egg Hunt
The Easter Bunny and their friend are visiting York for an incredible Easter egg hunt experience. Children will join in with amazing games and meet colourful costumed characters as they work to find the missing chocolate eggs. Start outside the attraction in King’s Square, before being led to the beautiful surroundings of the Merchant Adventurers’ Hall, this is the perfect way for families to get into the Easter Spirit. Be aware; the Easter Bunny loves fresh air! As the event will be outside in Yorkshire weather, it’s best to come prepared!
Marsden Moor / 10 – 13 Apr 10am – 3pm £2 Nostell / 4-13 Apr 10am – 3pm £3 Nunnington Hall / 4 – 13 Apr 10.30am – 5pm £2.50 Ormesby Hall / 4 – 13 Apr 11am – 4pm £2 Rievaulx Terrace / 4 – 19 Apr 10am – 5pm £2.50 Treasurer’s House / 4 - 13 Apr 11am – 4pm £2
Coast, Ravenscar / 10 - 13 Apr 10am – 4pm £2 Coast, Robin Hood’s Bay / 10 – 13 Apr 10am – 4pm £2 Hudswell Woods / 11 Apr 10.30am – 2.30pm £2
Easter Egg-stravanganza Fun at Piglets Adventure Farm With egg-citing activities, cute baby animals and lots of family fun, there’s plenty to see and do this Easter at Piglets Adventure Farm. From 4th – 19th April little egg hunters can take part in the famous Easter Egg Hunt by collecting eggs from hidden chicks around the farm to earn a special treat. There’s also incredible NEW shows with the Magic Hatter, Lambing Live, Lamb Bottle Feeding and the adorable Piglet Maternity Ward…you might see a baby lamb or piglet being born! Plus, don’t forget to bring your wellies to explore 2 acres of sand and rock pool fun, take a selfie in the giant deck chair, climb Truffles Lifeguard tower and laze in a hammock at The Beach, reopening for 2020 this Easter Holidays. Plus, enjoy a full day of family fun and hire your own private Beach Hut! The fun doesn’t stop there, take a tractor & trailer ride to the Bale Play Baaarn with 3 incredible slides, straw bale mountain, junior tractor drivers’ area and dig’n’play. If you’re feeling peckish, there’s even a heated seating area with delicious food from the Piggy Pizza Parlour or try a tasty treat in Truffle’s Trough. Other egg-citing activities include baby chicks, bouncing pillows, giant sand pit and so much more. You can also enjoy a refreshing drink and delicious snacks in the Piglets Coffee House with small soft play area.It’s eggs-hilarating fun for all the family! To book discounted tickets online, go to pigletsadventurefarm.com
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6 - 8 Apr - York Theatre Royal
The Twisted Tale of Hansel & Gretel The Twisted Tale of Hansel and Gretal offers an imaginative version of the familiar story as a flustered storyteller and mischievous mockingbird follow Hansel and Gretel deep into the forest. With live music. Age guide 5+
18th Apr - Harrogate Theatre
Mum 2 Mum markets
3 Mar 7.30pm & 8 Mar - 2pm - Junction, Goole
Riverdance 25th Anniversary Show - Screening
25 years ago, 7 minutes changed the face of Irish dancing forever. The new 25th Anniversary show catapults Riverdance into the 21st century and will completely immerse you in the extraordinary and elemental power of its music and dance. This powerful and stirring reinvention of the beloved family favourite is celebrated the world over for its Grammy Awardwinning music and the thrilling energy of its Irish and international dance. Filmed live at the 3Arena Dublin, the exact spot where it all began, the 25th Anniversary Gala Performance will bring Riverdance to the big screen for the very first time!
14 Mar, 2pm & 6pm - Junction, Goole
RoguePlay Theatre: Around the World in 80 Days
Jules Verne’s classic tale is given a tactile circus twist in this colourful acrobatic adventure, sensitively introducing young audiences to the issues of climate change. Follow our hero Phileas Fogg as he ventures around the planet, rushing through the rainforest and across oceans to win his wager. On his way, he’ll witness some of the dangers our planet faces because of modern travel, from birds affected by oil spills, rubbish thrown into the ocean and monkeys in danger as the trees are cut down in the rainforest. Running time 40 mins. Following the performance, audience members are able to give into their curiosity and join the cast to play on the big-rig Aerial Playground. People of all ages and abilities can try aerial hoop, hammock and skills on the ladder, with hula hoop, juggling and toys for really little ones. Workshop running time up to 1 hour, included in ticket price. Part of the TakeOver Festival.
21 Mar, 11am, 11.30am, 1pm, 1.30pm, 3pm, 3.30pm - Junction, Goole
Circo Rum Ba Ba: The Whale – Plastic Ocean
Climb into the belly of an enormous inflatable Sperm Whale that has beached itself in Paradise Place and be transported to the depths of a bubbling, kelp-swirling ocean. Meet an acrobatic diver who will lead you swimmingly through the age-old journey of the life of an ancient Leatherback Turtle. Travel from the Indian ocean to a coral reef and help our diver to save the turtle and the whale from a deluge of plastic, and leave feeling empowered that everyone has the power to make a difference. With the use of exquisite puppets, comedy and music, Circo Rum Ba Ba explore the tale of sea creatures and their battle to survive in an ocean full of rubbish. Running time 30 mins. Part of the TakeOver Festival.
24 - 25 Mar - York Theatre Royal
Room on the Broom Live on Stage Room on the Broom is a fun-filled adaptation of the bestselling picture book by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler. The witch and her cat pick up some friendly hitchhikers on their broomstick but – CRACK – it snaps in two just as the hungry dragon appears. This Olivier Award-nominated show is for everyone aged 3 and up.
10 & 13 Apr–Burnby Hall Gardens & Museum Join us for one of two Easter children’s activity days with crafts and a themed trail. Rusticus Arts take us on an exciting adventure in the Gardens as we celebrate this most magical time of year! Meet a whole host of familiar animal friends who are bursting with life and help weave some spring magic – you may even catch a glimpse of the mystical Mother Nature herself! Outdoor performance walk lasts approx. 45 mins. Children must be accompanied by an adult.
Be charmed and surprised by a new twist on an old tale, inspired by the iconic era of 1920s and 30s cinema. Our young heroine Belle is plucked from a life of poverty by Merill, a greedy film producer who sweeps her off her feet and into fame and fortune in the movies. Caught up in the glitz and glamour, Belle forgets her roots and is ensnared by a world obsessed with good looks - but looks aren’t everything, right? A journey of discovery which explores perceptions of physical beauty and how two strangers can overcome their differences. Will Beauty come to understand and accept the Beast? Featuring a skilful mix of puppetry, film projections and an original musical score. Age 4+.
27 Mar - Kings Theatre, Queen Ethelberga’s
Spice Girls Experience
‘Spice up your Life!’ for one evening by joining Baby, Posh, Ginger and Sporty Spice in celebrating the era of Girl Power. This fantastic show features smash hits like ‘Wannabe’, ‘2 Become 1’ and ‘Viva Forever’, which helped make the Spice Girls one of the most iconic 90s girl bands. With distinctive dance routines, full costume changes, live vocals with harmonies and a chance to meet and greet the act, it’s a throwback 90s night not to be missed. Watch the show trailer at www.pinktributes. co.uk
4 Apr, Studio - York Theatre Royal
The Extraordinary Adventures of You and Me
The Extraordinary Adventures of You and Me continues English Touring Opera’s success in creating fun, engaging and interactive operas for children and young audiences as well as SEND (special educational needs and disability) audiences. The young hero Mackenzie discovers a pencil case full of magical worlds. Ages 2-5. Families North Yorkshire 19
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