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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

Event

Family Summer YSI Sculpture Walk

21 Jul & 21 Aug / 11.00–13.00 & 14.00–16.00

Join us for a family summer sculpture walk. Explore the extraordinary sculptures of Yorkshire Sculpture International artists brought to Yorkshire to celebrate where you live. Draw, think and...

Free

Event

Make Yourself at Home: Family Studio Space

Sun–Tues in Wakefield School Holidays (21 July–1 September) / 11.00–16.00

Pop into our family friendly creative space at YSP Learning. Make, draw, construct, play, imagine and have fun in our Garden Studio. Explore ideas inspired by current exhibitions at YSP and be your...

Free

Event

The ARTcart

21 Jul, 7 & 26 Aug

Roll up, roll up, the ARTcart is popping up! Take part in some art making, art thinking and art playing with your family. Look out for us as we move throughout the Park – just ask a member of...

Event

Outdoor Sculpture Building: Come Rain, Come Shine

Tuesdays in School Holidays (23 Jul–27 Aug & 29 Oct)

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...

Event

Little Explorers for Under 5s

25 Jul 2019

Fun awaits in the Hidden Forest on the Last Thursday of the month, let our artists take you and your little one on an imaginative adventure to visit a sculpture near to the Hidden Forest. Skip, jump...

Event

Family Workshop: Patterns and Prints with Ella Doran

27–28 Jul 2019 (two-day event) / 11.00–16.00

Join us for a unique weekend workshop led by award-winning designer Ella Doran. Design and create your own lino print, taking inspiration Ella's exhibition Sheep to Seat, Fleece to...

Free

Event

Family Sculpture Workshop: Homes and Place

10 Aug 2019

Visit our free family creative space in the Bothy Gallery, an historic part of the estate which was once the home of the Head Gardener. Inspired by Richard Woods' ‘land art’ house...

Event

YSI: Sculpting in Steel

20 Aug 2019

Explore David Smith’s pioneering sculptures by making your own metal sculptures with sculptor Gillian Brent. Investigate through drawing, experiment with unusual materials and share your...

Free

Event

Hidden Forest Open Days

Saturdays in school holidays (27 Jul–31 Aug)

Bring your under-fives to our magical Hidden Forest Open Day, drop-in any time to play, make sculptures, share stories, explore mark-making while under the canopy of some magnificent trees. Every...

Free

Event

Family Drawing in David Smith

15 Sep 2019

Drop into our light filled underground gallery for free inspiring and imaginative family drawing activities. Supported by an artist, compose, capture and stretch your thinking through drawing ideas...

Event

Whispering Woods: StarFlower – Open Air Storytelling Theatre

28 Sep 2019

Deep in the wild wood there is a lady, almost of this world, dressed in the riches of the forest and immersed in it's beauty. StarFlower is her name.... Journey into the lakes and woodlands...

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