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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

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Arts Award Family Studio

Dates available until 20 Feb 2018

Is your family working on their Arts Award Discover or Explore? Our Arts Award Family Studio gives you a free space to think and create, and a base to explore our current Arts Council Collection...

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Family Workshop: Festive Tree Decoration Making

Dates available until 26 Nov 2017

Create festive decorations as a family in time for the beginning of Advent. Taking inspiration from Ai Weiwei's Circle of Animals/ Zodiac Heads, come and make seasonal decorations inspired by...

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Outdoor Sculpture Building: Come Rain, Come Shine

Dates available until 20 Feb 2018

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. Don’t forget your...

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Zodiac Books

21 Feb 2018

Taking inspiration from Circle of Animals / Zodiac Heads by Ai Weiwei and a Chinese story, we will be creating our own fold out book of new characters and interpretations.  –...

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