Enjoy a variety of family-friendly and adult events at York Castle Museum throughout the year.

Events

Storytime and Rhyme with Christina Gabbitas – Wed 21 Aug 2019

Date: Wednesday 21 August 2019, 10:00 am - 2:45 pm
Venue: York Castle Museum

Christina Gabbitas is an English children’s author and has created a story specifically for York Castle Museum. Come along and join one of our interactive storytelling workshop sessions led by Christina, based on her new story.

Part of Explore York Summer Reading Challenge and Arts Award Discover.

Please note the time of this will be 10 am – 10.45 am; 11 am – 11.45 am; 1 pm – 1.45 pm and 2 pm – 2.45 pm

Included in admission, with a charge of £4.50 for your Arts Award Discover Certificate. No need to book. 

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Museum monkeys: toys – Thu 12 Sep 2019

Cartoon monkey face on orange background

Date: Thursday 12 September 2019, 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Venue: York Castle Museum

Toys

We invite early year explorers to the York Castle Museum to play with traditional toys, look at toys from the collection and make a sock puppet toy.

Activities for children aged two to five years old which include songs, stories, games and craft activities. Sessions are based on familiar preschool play areas, which are enhanced to help children learn about the museum’ collections and exhibitions through play. Sessions are a mixture of free flow and adult led activities which all relate to the Early Years curriculum.

Sessions are now FREE! Museum admission applies for adults. (Free admission for under 5’s) Booking Essential

Get 12 months unlimited access to York Art Gallery, York Castle Museum and Yorkshire Museum with a YMT Card.

Sessions run term time only.

Please book sessions using our Eventbrite page, using this link: http://tinyurl.com/oh46tnj

Please Note: If you are unable to attend please cancel your booking to allow others to participate.

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Museum monkeys: Emergency service – Sun 15 Sep 2019

Cartoon monkey face on orange background

Date: Sunday 15 September 2019, 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Venue: York Castle Museum

Emergency Services

We invite early year explorers to the York Castle Museum to play with the emergency service cars, find the toys that Burglar Bill has stolen and make a burglar mask.

Activities for children aged two to five years old which include songs, stories, games and craft activities. Sessions are based on familiar preschool play areas, which are enhanced to help children learn about the museum’ collections and exhibitions through play. Sessions are a mixture of free flow and adult led activities which all relate to the Early Years curriculum.

Sessions are now FREE! Museum admission applies for adults. (Free admission for under 5’s) Booking Essential

Get 12 months unlimited access to York Art Gallery, York Castle Museum and Yorkshire Museum with a YMT Card.

Sessions run term time only.

Please book sessions using our Eventbrite page, using this link: http://tinyurl.com/oh46tnj

Please Note: If you are unable to attend please cancel your booking to allow others to participate.

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Museum monkeys: mills – Thu 26 Sep 2019

Cartoon monkey face on orange background

Date: Thursday 26 September 2019, 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Venue: York Castle Museum

Mills 

We invite early year explorers to the York Castle Museum to make the water wheel turn, play with flour to make gloop and make a wind mill.

Activities for children aged two to five years old which include songs, stories, games and craft activities. Sessions are based on familiar preschool play areas, which are enhanced to help children learn about the museum’ collections and exhibitions through play. Sessions are a mixture of free flow and adult led activities which all relate to the Early Years curriculum.

Sessions are now FREE! Museum admission applies for adults. (Free admission for under 5’s) Booking Essential

Get 12 months unlimited access to York Art Gallery, York Castle Museum and Yorkshire Museum with a YMT Card.

Sessions run term time only.

Please book sessions using our Eventbrite page, using this link: http://tinyurl.com/oh46tnj

Please Note: If you are unable to attend please cancel your booking to allow others to participate.

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Museum monkeys: castles – Thu 3 Oct 2019

Cartoon monkey face on orange background

Date: Thursday 3 October 2019, 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Venue: York Castle Museum

Castles 

We invite early year explorers to the York Castle Museum to build a castle, dress as a knight and make a shield.

Activities for children aged two to five years old which include songs, stories, games and craft activities. Sessions are based on familiar preschool play areas, which are enhanced to help children learn about the museum’ collections and exhibitions through play. Sessions are a mixture of free flow and adult led activities which all relate to the Early Years curriculum.

Sessions are now FREE! Museum admission applies for adults. (Free admission for under 5’s) Booking Essential

Get 12 months unlimited access to York Art Gallery, York Castle Museum and Yorkshire Museum with a YMT Card.

Sessions run term time only.

Please book sessions using our Eventbrite page, using this link: http://tinyurl.com/oh46tnj

Please Note: If you are unable to attend please cancel your booking to allow others to participate.

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Museum Monkey: Victorian & Edwardian Entertainment – Thu 10 Oct 2019

Cartoon monkey face on orange background

Date: Thursday 10 October 2019, 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Venue: York Castle Museum

Victorian & Edwardian Entertainment

We invite early year explorers to the York Castle Museum to play with the Punch and Judy set and make a cardboard model of an Edwardian beach hut.

Activities for children aged two to five years old which include songs, stories, games and craft activities. Sessions are based on familiar preschool play areas, which are enhanced to help children learn about the museum’ collections and exhibitions through play. Sessions are a mixture of free flow and adult led activities which all relate to the Early Years curriculum.

Sessions are now FREE! Museum admission applies for adults. (Free admission for under 5’s) Booking Essential

Get 12 months unlimited access to York Art Gallery, York Castle Museum and Yorkshire Museum with a YMT Card.

Sessions run term time only.

Please book sessions using our Eventbrite page, using this link: http://tinyurl.com/oh46tnj

Please Note: If you are unable to attend please cancel your booking to allow others to participate.

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October Half Term: Big Draw Family Activities – Sat 26 Oct 2019

Dates: Saturday 26 October 2019–Sunday 3 November 2019, 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
Venue: York Castle Museum

Drop in Family Friendly Big Draw sessions. Use everyday objects from York Castle Museums collection to inspire your drawing.

Included in admission. No need to book.

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