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Family Learning

‘A truly magical experience that captured the whole family's imagination’

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Our Family Learning programme is informed by an ongoing action-research project called Learning Together. We work with new and existing audiences, local families, and community partners to deliver an innovative, wide-ranging and ambitious programme.

As part of our commitment to families and organisational development we are signed up to the Family Arts Standards. These standards are designed to help families know what to expect from participating arts organisations and cover the basic considerations for visiting venues and engaging in any type of arts experience – from art to theatre, dance and beyond. 

As part of our general public offer we have embedded a range of resources in the galleries to support families in their visits and to encourage deeper engagement, understanding and appreciation for the artwork and exhibitions. These include:
– Hands-on, tactile resource baskets with activities to develop looking, thinking and making in response to individual artworks and wider themes
– Family leaflets, which can be used in the gallery and taken away as a record of the visit
– 'Talking Together' cards to encourage questioning and dialogue between families and 'Drawing Together' activities, which use drawing as a tool for observation and interpretation
 

‘Everything changed because of this project: how I understand my child, how my child talks to me, I feel like I’ve got to know him better before he embarks on a new part of his life’

Family participant

Facilities for 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. 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; and picnic areas.

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Family Events

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Little Explorers for Under 5s

27 Sep 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...

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Family Ceramic Day

21 Oct 2018

Guided by artist Sally Storr, you'll venture into the Park to collect inspiration for your ceramic piece and return to the Garden Studio to realise your ideas in red earthenware clay. Sally will...

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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....

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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...

Free

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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,...

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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...

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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...

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Tales from the Gallery – Story Telling 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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