Step into Arboreal, a digital forest world full of interactive games, plants and creatures at Eureka! The National Children Museum. From 11th January you can become a DJ to create your own beats and loops in a magical crystal cave, dodge the glow-worms as they chase you on the interactive forest floor and play against a friend on their giant pinball machine.
Winter is here, so you’re going to have to decide what to do with the time given to you. And whether it’s dragons or demons or filthy orcses, all you’ve got in your battle against the darkness is heart, faith and steel. Luckily they have the latter in plentiful supply at the Royal Armouries Museum, so bring heart and faith and maybe a packed lunch, and let training begin. Fantasy Heroes, Saturday 25 & Sunday 26 January, 10am – 5pm, free admission.
Awe-Inspiring Animal Adventures…
Head to The Deep and explore over 5,000 animals including sharks, rays, turtles and penguins. See the animals being hand fed, get up close with a touch pool session, ride in the glass lift and walk through the viewing tunnel. Special event – don’t miss their ‘flippin’ fantastic Penguin Awareness event on 18, 19 and 20 January too.
Visit the Tropical Butterfly House, Wildlife & Falconry Centre to find a place that’s dedicated to amazing animals. Meet lemurs, meerkats, owls, otters, snakes and more during unforgettable Animal Encounters. Or, explore the indoor rain-forest; home to butterflies, birds, bats, crocodiles and creepy-crawlies from around the world and meet and feed the friendly residents of the Farm Barn.
Venture to Yorkshire Wildlife Park, the UK’s number one walkthrough wildlife adventure, home to more than 400 animals including Amur Leopards and Tigers, Painted Hunting Dogs and the UK’s only Polar Bears. Experience an unrivalled view of their nature reserves including, Lemur Woods, Land of the Tiger, Leopard Heights.
Incredible Days Out…
Ride, drive and operate real full size construction machinery, under the guidance of their fully trained staff – no driving licence require at Diggerland, Yorkshire! With 20 rides and drives including Giant Diggers and Spindizzy, Diggerland is the perfect place to take your kids for an action packed family day out.
Plan your perfect family day out at Harewood House. Step inside the house where you can dress up and discover life as a servant Below Stairs or see wonderful treasures in the lavish Georgian interiors. Or, head to the Farm where you can meet their family of goats, potbellied pigs, alpaca, rabbits, donkeys and more. Don’t forget their amazing Adventure Playground too!
Escape to Lightwater Valley Theme Park this January and discover an exciting day out for the whole family. With over 35 rides and attractions for thrill seekers of all ages, Lightwater Valley is bursting with adventures for the whole family. Do you dare ride The Ultimate? The longest roller coaster in Europe with a ride time approaching six minutes.
Pop on a hard hat and lamp travel on an adventure 140m underground into England’s last deep coal mine whilst hearing from charismatic former-miners as they tell the tales of their careers at the National Coal Mining Museum. Walk in the footsteps of hundreds of miners and understand the lives of the men, women, children and animals that work in the mine.
Immerse yourself in the drama this January, with a fun 2 hour interactive guided tour at The Emmerdale Studio Experience. Check out the working and replica sets, discover industry secrets and get an insider look into how the cast and crew create the gripping storylines that make up Yorkshire’s favourite soap.
Xscape Yorkshire is the ultimate family day out destination with a variety of fun-fuelled activities, places to eat and outdoor sporting brands to shop. From urban climbing, laser tag and adventure golf to skiing, sledging and riding the skycoaster, Xscape is bursting with all your favourite pastimes as well as something a little more adventurous.
Discounted Days Out…
Although Bronte Parsonage Museum will be closed throughout January for annual maintenance. You can join them from February to visit the the Haworth home of the inspirational Brontës, the world’s most famous literary family and see how they lived and where they wrote their trail-blazing novels. Save £2 off the price of one adult admission.
Cruise along the river Ouse with City Cruises York. Sit back and relax on a daytime or evening sightseeing cruise whilst your little ones learn about York’s fascinating and colourful history in the Captain’s live commentary. Save £5 off a daytime or early evening family ticket.
Visit adventure attraction William’s Den to experience the best day ever, whatever the weather. Big and little kids alike are invited to to play together in a unique indoor and outdoor space that has all the delights you would expect in a wild landscape such as mud kitchens, water play, den making, tyre swings and zip lines. Save 25% off a child’s admission.
Revealing the deliciously rich story of Chocolate in the heart of York, discover the art of chocolate making and enjoy the end product at York’s Chocolate Story! Discover chocolate’s origins, how to make it, how to taste it like an expert and even the sustainable future of chocolate. Save £5 off a family ticket.
Magical Dates For Your Diaries…
Join the city wide celebration of York’s Norse heritage during JORVIK Viking Centre’s 36th Viking Festival. Recognised as the largest event of its kind in Europe; visit York in February 2020 for an exciting programme of events, including living history encampments, markets, workshops, talks, tours and dramatic combat performances.