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Families

YSP is fantastic for families. You can explore and play together in 500 acres of beautiful landscape with contemporary sculpture throughout. 

We have over 90 artworks in the outdoors to inspire your imagination to art think, art make and art play together. Family favourites in the Park include Damien Hirst Myth, Barbara Hepworth Family of Man, Huma Bhabha Receiver, Leiko Ikemura Usagi Kannon II, and Ai Weiwei Circle of Animals / Zodiac Heads.



Enjoy walks around the lakes and surrounding woodland together and discover bridges, follies and 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

Family Arts Standards

YSP adheres to the Family Arts Standards. We are committed to being as welcoming as possible for all your family needs. Your feedback is important to us – so please let us know when you think we have done well and what we might improve for your next visit.

Facilities for families

– Baby changing at YSP Centre, YSP Learning and the Bothy Gallery
– Buggy friendly paths
– Family friendly food and drink, unlimited tap water
– Picnic areas in various outdoor locations
– Family friendly gifts, books and pocket money souvenirs available to purchase in the YSP Shops and online
– We are proud to be a breastfeeding friendly venue and welcome breastfeeding across YSP
– The Living Room in the YSP Centre is a comfortable family space for breastfeeding and baby care

Free resources for families

– Follow #YSPFamily across social media for regular ideas and activities to inspire you to art think, art make and art play together at YSP and at home
– Explore creative Drawing Together and Talking Together ideas to help you discover our vibrant exhibitions past and present
– 50 Ways to Play guide, packed with wonderful free things to do every day across YSP
– Print, fold and play with YSP Chatterbox inspiring talking points
– Immerse yourself amongst the trees and follow the YSP WILD Explorer Trail to connect with nature

Family Events

Free

Event

Creative Nature Lab

4 Aug–25 Aug 2021

Each Wednesday this August we will explore a different making skill and get curious about nature, inspired by thought-provoking sculpture. Get art thinking and art making together, while connecting to...

Free

Event

Tales from Nature

5 Aug–2 Sep 2021

Enchanting stories under the trees every Thursday. Be captivated by spellbinding storytellers as they take you on a journey of imagination and wonder. Every week a different story will unfold,...

Free

Event

Playful Family Sculpture and Nature Walks

6 Aug–3 Sep 2021

Awaken your senses and get out in the fresh air on our artist-led interactive sculpture nature walks every Friday this summer. Spend time noticing and connecting to the beauty of the natural world,...

Free

Event

Sculpture Adventures in the Hidden Forest

7 Aug–28 Aug 2021

Bring your under-5s to get creative and enjoy relaxing under a canopy of trees in our magical Hidden Forest, a space where imaginations can grow while hands and minds are kept busy. Every Saturday...

Free

Event

Sculpting Pixels

7 Aug and 8 Aug 2021

Led by artist Zara Worth, this hands-on event offers an opportunity to try a range of casting techniques to produce small-scale sculptures to take home, inspired by the works in the exhibition...

Free

Event

ArtCart

8 Aug–29 Aug 2021

Come and find the ArtCart and pick up a free bag of ideas to get your family thinking and playing together. Test out creative challenges inspired by amazing sculptures and fascinating nature at...