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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. 

With 80 works in the open air, there are many hidden treasures to hunt for, and unlike traditional galleries, at YSP you can touch many of 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 casts of domestic items and plastic toys.

Families will also enjoy walks around the lakes and surrounding 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

Family Arts Standards

We have signed up to the Family Arts Standards. We welcome families and to help you enjoy your experience we are committed to ensuring we meet these Standards. As we continue to improve our service for families your views are very important to us – so please let us know if you have a good experience with us or tell us what you’d like us to improve.

Facilities for families

–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
–Family-friendly events – see forthcoming events below
–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. 

Free resources for families

Download the 50 Ways to Play guide, packed with wild and wonderful free things to do everyday across YSP
Download the YSP Chatterbox 
Download the Family Introduction leaflet to find out more about the Park
View a list of exhibition resources to download
Download the YSP WILD Explorer Trail 
Find out about Sculpture Cam, our web app to use at the Park

Family Events

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Sculpture Baby: David Smith

21 Nov 2019

Bring your baby to our sensory ‘sculpture baby’ session. Experience David Smiths exceptional exhibition and be captivated by his gravity- defying abstract sculptures. Spend creative time...

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Tales from the Gallery: Storytelling for Under 5s

1 Dec 2019

Join us on the first Sunday of every month for interactive and immersive storytelling in the gallery.   A different story is created in the gallery every month by our spellbinding...

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Sculptural Tree Decorations

1 Dec 2019

Join us in this family workshop to create festive decorations to treasure. Taking inspiration from David Smith and his intricate steel sculptures an artist will support your family to make a variety...

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Family Screen Printing: Abstract Patterns

14 Dec 2019

Be inspired by the abstract drawings and sculptures of David Smith and create your own experimental design. Spray & print, playing with pattern, colour and shape to create your unique 2D designs...

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Playful Family Sculpture Walk: New Year

12 Jan 2020

Wrap up warm for a winter wonder walk and come together to experience the elements of winter at YSP. Join other families and  spend time together outside on a crisp family sculpture walk. Visit...

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Outdoor Sculpture Building: Come Rain, Come Shine

29 Oct 2019 & 18 Feb 2020 11.00–12.00 & 13.30–14.30

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 and arrange. Always outdoors, Come...

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Cast Carve and Construct

20 Feb–21 Feb 2020 (two-day event) / 11.00-16.00

Taking inspiration from two world famous Yorkshire sculptors Henry Moore and Barbara Hepworth families will have make a sculptural hand cast, carve and model plaster, create their own unique artworks...

Free

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Family Drawing in Paradise

22 Feb 2020

Join us for some imaginative drawing activities in our beautiful chapel. Take inspiration from Saad Qureshi intriguing installation Something About Paradise. Supported by an artist compose, capture...

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