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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

Twitter Competition – Win Free Parking for October Half Term

Tell us about your family favourite at YSP on Twitter using #YSPFamily for a chance to win a day's free parking this half term. We'd love to hear from you! 

T&Cs: to win, tell us what your family loves at YSP using #YSPFamily. Contest ends midnight 24 October 2018. Winner will receive a free day's parking worth £11, for one day only to be used 29 October–2 November 2018. Must be redeemed by 2 November 2018. Winner will be drawn at random and notified via Twitter within 48 hours. Prize cannot be transferred, redeemed for cash or substituted by winner. Twitter is not associated with this giveaway.

Family Events

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Little Explorers for Under 5s

25 Oct 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...

Event

Let's Draw!

28 Oct 2018

Celebrate the art of drawing at this family-focused session. Play drawing games, challenge yourself with drawing missions and uncover new drawing ideas alongside artist Natalie Bellingham....

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

Walk & Play YSP

31 Oct 2018

Artists Idit Nathan and Helen Stratford have invented some playful walking activities for your family to try. Borrow a free set of Walk & Play YSP cards to explore the Park in fresh,...

Event

Forest Fridays – Autumnal Bushcraft Day for Families

2 Nov 2018

Take an autumnal stroll to visit Giuseppe Penone: A Tree in The Wood and learn about how he uses the world around us to make his spellbinding work. Enjoy spending time in our Hidden Forest as you...

Event

Life Lived with Play: Family Printmaking Workshop

3 Nov 2018

A unique opportunity for you and your family to spend the day with visiting artist Alice Irwin. Explore her vibrant and colorful prints and sculptures, and respond creatively through printmaking...

Event

Tales from the Gallery – Storytelling for Under 5s

4 Nov 2018–3 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 by our spellbinding...

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Seasonal Family Sculpture Walk: Autumn

11 Nov 2018

Awaken your senses and celebrate the beauty of Autumn at YSP with a family art walk in the park. Guided by artist Natalie Bellingham, we'll discover sculptures and nature, collecting objects...

Free

Event

Where the Sky Meets the Land: Family Drawing

18 Nov 2018

Drop into our Longside Gallery for free inspiring and imaginative family drawing activities. Supported by an artist, learn new drawing skills, discover new drawing ideas and explore Sean Scully...

Event

Family Workshop: Festive Tree Decorations

2 Dec 2018

Get your family in the Christmas spirit at this festive tree decoration workshop. Artist Sally Storr will guide you in making Christmas decorations to treasure, taking inspiration from our current...

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Seasonal Family Sculpture Walk: Winter

20 Jan 2019

Wrap up warm for a winter wonder walk. Come together and experience the elements of winter at YSP. Join other families and get outside to spend time together on a crisp family art walk in the park....

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Capturing, Casting, Creating: Family Casting Workshop

16 Feb 2019

Join us for a full day artist led workshop discovering the ideas behind Giuseppe Penone: A Tree in the Wood Exhibition. Draw to discover more about the artworks in the gallery. Enjoy a winter walk...

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...

Instagram

Get your art without walls kick by following YSP on Instagram and share your photos using #yorkshiresculpturepark