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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 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

Free

Event

Heron Watching with Yorkshire Wildlife Trust 2018

10.00–16.00 / 22 April 2018

The YSP WILD team have joined forces with Yorkshire Wildlife Trust to deliver our annual Heron Watching Day. Enjoy this unique opportunity to view nesting herons and their chicks on our Heronry,...

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Tree Tales: Nature's Sculptural Giants

5 May 2018

"Martin Maudsley’s storytelling is masterful – engaging, witty and held the audience spellbound.”     Celebrate the launch of Common Ground at YSP with a series of...

Free

Event

Tree Tales: Nature's Sculptural Giants (Drop-in Storytelling)

5 May 2018

"Martin Maudsley’s storytelling is masterful – engaging, witty and held the audience spellbound.”     Celebrate the launch of Common Ground at YSP with a series of...

Event

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...

Free

Event

Museums at Night 2018

18 May 2018

Join YSP on 18 May 2018 for Museums at Night, an annual celebration when hundreds of museums, galleries, libraries, archives and heritage sites open their doors after hours. Enjoy the...

Free

Event

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...

Free

Event

Me, Myself & I: An Arts Council Collection Event

30 May and 31 May 2018

Explore the influential young British art of the 1990s in this fun and playful drop-in workshop, where we'll look at how you can incorporate your body and actions into works of art....

Free

Event

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...

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Little Explorers for Under 5s

Last Thursday of the month (March–July 2018). Tickets released on the last Friday of the preceding month.

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...

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Outdoor Sculpture Building: Come Rain, Come Shine

Tuesdays in school holidays

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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Whispering Woods – Open Air Storytelling Theatre

15 Sep 2018

Journey into the lakes and woodlands with Whispering Woods as they present a magical outdoor promenade performance that explores universal themes and celebrates the journey through life,...

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