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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

Words of Paradise

23 Feb 2019

What would paradise on earth look like? Local writer Becky Cherriman and sculptor Saad Qureshi invite families for a day of creative writing and imagining. Taking inspiration from the art and...

Free

Event

The Trees from the Wood: Family Drawing

24 Feb 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...

Sold Out

Event

Tales from the Gallery – Storytelling for Under 5s

3 Mar 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 in this 45-minute session by...

Event

Lines of Colour – Textile, Print, Sculpture & Land

17 Mar and 24 Mar 2019 (two-day event) / 11.00–16.00

Spend two days experimenting with printing, ancient Japanese shibori dyeing techniques, and stitching to develop your own unique artwork full of colour, print and texture. Inspired by Giuseppe...

Event

Little Explorers for Under 5s

28 Mar–30 May 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

Seasonal Family Sculpture Walk: Spring

30 Mar 2019

Join us for a family springtime sculpture walk. Discover sculptures, draw outside and notice the natural world waking up from its winter slumber. Relax, unwind and enjoy a playful family walk. Make...

Free

Event

The ARTcart

30 Mar–25 May 2019 / 11.00–16.00

Roll up, roll up, the ARTcart is popping up again! 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...

Free

Event

Make Yourself at Home: Family Studio Space

Sun–Tues in the Easter Holidays (7–23 April), 11am–4pm

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...

Event

Outdoor Sculpture Building: Come Rain, Come Shine

Tuesdays in Half Term

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...

Free

Event

Hidden Forest Open Days

13 & 20 April, 1 June

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...

Event

Sculpt, Knit, & Imagine: Family Workshop

13 Apr 2019

Bring your family for an exclusive opportunity to work with visiting artist Connor Shields. Explore how knitting, bricks and concrete can become sculpture, and investigate his exhibition through...

Free

Event

RSPB Dawn Chorus Walk

4 May 2019 / 7am–8.30am

"I absolutely love the YSP at this time of the morning, the Park, the birds, and the Henry Moore works all to ourselves. Brilliant." Visitor comment Join RSPB experts on this early...

Event

Museums at Night: An After-Hours Adventure

17 May 2019

As the day draws to an end, take part in an outdoor sculpture adventure for Museums at Night. Spend time together enjoying the Park, after hours, as the sculptures go to sleep. Investigate...

Event

Museums at Night – Sunset in the Skyspace 2019

17 May 2019

Join YSP to celebrate Museums at Night 2019 by experiencing the effect of the change of light from day to night in James Turrell’s tranquil Deer Shelter Skyspace. Through an aperture...

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