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Family Learning

‘A truly magical experience that captured the whole family's imagination’

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Our Family Learning programme is informed by an ongoing action-research project called Learning Together. We work with new and existing audiences, local families, and community partners to deliver an innovative, wide-ranging and ambitious programme.

As part of our commitment to families and organisational development we are signed up to the Family Arts Standards. These standards are designed to help families know what to expect from participating arts organisations and cover the basic considerations for visiting venues and engaging in any type of arts experience – from art to theatre, dance and beyond. 

As part of our general public offer we have embedded a range of resources in the galleries to support families in their visits and to encourage deeper engagement, understanding and appreciation for the artwork and exhibitions. These include:
– Hands-on, tactile resource baskets with activities to develop looking, thinking and making in response to individual artworks and wider themes
– Family leaflets, which can be used in the gallery and taken away as a record of the visit
– 'Talking Together' cards to encourage questioning and dialogue between families and 'Drawing Together' activities, which use drawing as a tool for observation and interpretation
 

‘Everything changed because of this project: how I understand my child, how my child talks to me, I feel like I’ve got to know him better before he embarks on a new part of his life’

Family participant

Facilities for Families

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. 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; and picnic areas.

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Family Events

Free

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ARTcart Coffin Jump

18 Aug and 26 Aug 2018

Take part in free, playful activities with the #YSPFamily ARTcart. This time, we'll do some art making, art thinking and art playing to explore the ideas behind The Coffin Jump, a sculpture...

Free

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Hidden Forest Open Day

Every Saturday between 28 Jul & 25 Aug

Adventure awaits in the Hidden Forest, our outdoor space for our youngest visitors. Jump, laugh, make, sing, and explore your right to play. Come and enjoy this magical space and have time together...

Free

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Make Yourself at Home: Family Studio Space

Sun–Tues between 29 Jul & 4 Sep / 11.00–15.30

Imagine, draw, construct, play and, most importantly, have fun in our family studio space at YSP Learning. Explore ideas inspired by current exhibitions at YSP and be your own artist. Drop in...

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Outdoor Sculpture Building: Come Rain, Come Shine

Tuesdays in school holidays

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. Always outdoors, Come...

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Tree Tales: Nature's Sculptural Giants

22 Aug 2018

"Martin Maudsley’s storytelling is masterful – engaging, witty and it held the audience spellbound.”   Join performance storyteller Martin Maudsley for a magical family...

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Forest Fridays: Woven Bird Feeders and Wonderful Nests

24 Aug 2018

Guided by artist Joevanka Gregory from Creative with Nature, you'll weave English willow into a beautiful bird feeder. You'll also forage for natural materials outside at YSP to create a woven...

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Whispering Woods – Open Air Storytelling Theatre

15 Sep 2018

Journey into the lakes and woodlands with Whispering Woods as they present a magical outdoor promenade performance that explores universal themes and celebrates the journey through life,...

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Family Screen Printing

16 Sep 2018

Working with printmaker Sally Gilford, you’ll play with pattern, colour and shape to create your very own screen printed piece of art, inspired by the work of Giuseppe Penone. – This...

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