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YSP welcomes families and aims to be as family-friendly as possible. In the open air, children are free to run around, making the most of our 500 acres of historic parkland. 

With 80 works in the open air, there are many hidden treasures to hunt for, and unlike traditional galleries, at YSP you can touch the sculptures. Family favourites in the Park include Playground by artist collective Greyworld, a musical sculpture that children will love to step across, and Crawling by Sophie Ryder, a half -woman, half-hare made from domestic items and plastic toys.

Families will also enjoy walks in the newly restored lakes and woodland where they'll discover bridges, follies and incredible historical features including a Greek-style summer house, a now land-locked Boat House, an Obelisk, Stepping Stones and a magical Shell Grotto.

YSP was longlisted in the 2012 Kids in Museums Family Friendly Award. YSP supports the Kids in Museums Manifesto.

‘The perfect antidote to the stuffy and staid traditional gallery environment, here families are free to wander through the Park’s 500 acres without constraint. A uniquely family-friendly modern art experience’

Junior Magazine

Facilities for families include: 
Baby changing at YSP Centre, YSP Learning and the Bothy Gallery
Highchairs in the Restaurant and Café
Family-friendly food and drink, unlimited tap water
Picnic areas
Pocket money souvenirs and affordable children's accessories available to purchase in the YSP Shop and Café

We are proud to be a breastfeeding friendly venue and welcome breastfeeding in all areas of our premises. 

Downloads for families
Download the Family Introduction leaflet to find out more about the Park
Download the YSP WILD Explorer Trail

Family Events


A Choir for All Ages

Dates available until 26 Oct 2017

Join our new choir for parents, carers and grandparents of babes in arms on Thursdays this autumn. We welcome anyone who enjoys a good sing-song – even if you can’t hold a tune! Bring the...


Arts Award Family Studio

Dates available until 20 Feb 2018

Is your family working on their Arts Award Discover or Explore? Our Arts Award Family Studio gives you a free space to think and create, and a base to explore our current Arts Council Collection...


Discover Family Arts Award Club

Dates available until 21 Oct 2017

Go on an adventure in our family art club sessions, as you work together to creatively investigate works from the Arts Council Collection, YSP exhibitions, and the park. Suitable for children ages...


Explore Family Arts Award Club

Dates available until 28 Oct 2017

To find out about our Arts Awards Clubs coming up in the autumn email our Exhibitions Engagement Coordinator, Becky Harlow Go on an adventure in our family art club sessions, as you work...


Family Animation Workshop

14 Oct 2017

Inspired by Julien Opie’s new work at YSP, we will work with artists to make a group animation which will be shared with you after the event.  – Suitable for ages 6+ –...


Family Ceramic Day

4 Nov 2017

Take part in a walk and make session in the park collecting ideas and inspiration. In our studio explore our red earthenware clay to wrap around and shape. Embellish with texture, pattern and finish...


Family Workshop: Festive Tree Decoration Making

Dates available until 26 Nov 2017

Create festive decorations as a family in time for the beginning of Advent. Taking inspiration from Ai Weiwei's Circle of Animals/ Zodiac Heads, come and make seasonal decorations inspired by...


Little Explorers for Under 5s

Dates available until 26 Oct 2017

Adventure awaits in the Hidden Forest – our outdoor space for our youngest visitors. Jump, laugh, make, sing, and play together beneath the trees. Each Little Explorers session is a different...


Museums at Night: Night-Time Tales

28 Oct 2017

Meet the sculptures at night-time, and see them in torch light. Led by Natalie Bellingham, adventure awaits as you explore the Park after hours.  – Suitable for ages 6+  – We...


Outdoor Sculpture Building: Come Rain, Come Shine

Dates available until 20 Feb 2018

Immerse yourself in an imaginative world of sculpture making. Work and play together to build sculptures inspired by artists in the park. Stack, balance, join, arrange. Don’t forget your...


Shape and Colour of Light: Family Drop-in

Dates available until 25 Oct 2017

Open from 11.00–12.30 and from 13.15–16.00 at Longside Gallery Discover how artists have used light, colour and shape in the Occasional Geometries: Rana Begum Curates the Arts...


Zodiac Books

21 Feb 2018

Taking inspiration from Circle of Animals / Zodiac Heads by Ai Weiwei and a Chinese story, we will be creating our own fold out book of new characters and interpretations.  –...


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