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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 YSP Chatterbox 
Download the Family Introduction leaflet to find out more about the Park
Download the YSP WILD Explorer Trail 

Family Events


The Protest ARTcart

20 Feb 2018

There is something unusual making its way across the YSP landscape – a cart full of possibilities and friendly protest! Celebrating the United Nations’ World Day of Social Justice, the...


Arts Award Family Studio

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...


Zodiac Books

21 Feb 2018

Taking inspiration from Circle of Animals / Zodiac Heads by Ai Weiwei, you'll draw, paint, write and collage to create a fold-out book relating to your personal zodiac sign. Information and...


My Collection

3 Mar 2018

Join us for a day of activity celebrating, sharing and making collections. This is a special event running as part of the Arts Council Collection National Partners Programme.  –...


Pick ‘n’ Mix Portraits: Family Photography Workshop

17 Mar 2018

There are so many different ways of creating an interesting photograph. Which one will you pick to represent who you are?   YSP invites families to work with artist Pui Lee in playful...


'Happiness, Health and Wellbeing at YSP' Research Open Day

18 Mar 2018

In 2016, YSP began a 3-year research project with the University of Huddersfield exploring the everyday visitor experience at YSP and what impact this could have upon visitors’ happiness and...


The Tinker Project: Family Sculpture Workshop

18 Mar 2018

In this playful workshop you will tinker and transform everyday objects into new and exciting sculptures. What will you take apart? A toaster, a speaker or maybe even a vacuum cleaner. Led by...


Make Yourself at Home: Family Studio Space

1 Apr–10 Apr 2018

Imagine, draw, construct, play and, most importantly, have fun in our family studio space at YSP Learning each Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday during the Easter holidays. Explore ideas inspired by...


Hidden Forest Open Days

5 Apr and 12 Apr 2018

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


Pop-up Poetry: A Voice for Change

12 Apr 2018

Join Wakefield-born wordsmith Matt Abbott for some pop-up poetry and take the opportunity to make your voice heard! You'll be able to listen to poems, make them and even perform them. Look for...


Family Sculpture Walk

13 May 2018

Celebrate the beauty of spring at YSP with a family art walk in the woods. Guided by Natalie Bellingham of Uncanny Theatre, we'll discover sculptures and nature, collecting objects we find along...


The ARTcart

30 May 2018

Roll up, roll up, the ARTcart is popping up again on 30 May, between 11am and 4pm! Take part in some art making, art thinking and art playing with your family. Look out for us as we move throughout...


Tangle, Twist and Turn

24 Jun 2018

Alongside artist Bryony Pritchard you’ll twist, turn and tangle colourful threads together to create a one-day installation inspired by Chiharu Shiota’s artwork in the Chapel. Drop in...


Little Explorers for Under 5s

29 Mar–26 Jul 2018

Fun awaits in the Hidden Forest on the last Thursday of each month. Jump, laugh, make, sing and play beneath the trees in our outdoor space especially for our youngest visitors.  – This...


Outdoor Sculpture Building: Come Rain, Come Shine

20 Feb–28 Aug 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. Always outdoors, Come...


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