Other Things to do in York

Little Vikings

Little Vikings say "We were founded and run by a York family with three young children who know the city inside-out. Our recommendations are based on our own experience and in-depth knowledge of York and fueled by a passion to help families make the most of the time they have with their kids in our lovely city. With our print magazine, website, weekly newsletter and popular social media channels – as well as the high profile events we take part in – we’re the only organisation that reaches tens of thousands of highly targeted parents of 0-11 year olds living in and visiting York using traditional and digital media. Parents are always looking for new ideas for things to do and places to go with their children, and it’s our pleasure to give them ideas based on our own experiences and insider knowledge. We don’t list; we curate."

The Little Vikings stable comprises:

  • Print magazine: A free, high quality, A5 publication that reaches over 30,000 highly targeted readers six times a year to coincide with the school holidays. It’s distributed very carefully through primary schools, nurseries, shops, cafes, attractions and other hand-picked places in York and the surrounding areas that we know are popular with parents.
  • Website: User-friendly, current, informative and entertaining, the Little Vikings website is the go-to place for parents living in and visiting York
  • Little Vikings Club: A business club for family-friendly businesses in and around York, giving members great access to our large, targeted audience.
  • Little Vikings Awards: Launched in 2015, the Little Vikings Awards champion the best of York for kids, from places to play to days out, places to eat, birthday party providers and more. Nominations are taken from September and winners are announced in January. Winners are chosen by public vote.
  • Weekly digital newsletter: Ideas for things to do at the weekend, our latest reviews and insider info are sent out each Thursday.
  • Events: We are delighted to run free kids’ activities at prestigious York events such as the York Food and Drink Festival and York Balloon Fiesta. We also launched the York Easter Family Festival with Visit York in 2016.
  • Influential social media channels: Our readers love to see what we’re up to with our own three young children, so they like to follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. 

Little Vikings covers:

Best things to do in and around York with kids, Best places to eat in York with kids, Best schools and nurseries in York, Rainy day ideas in York, Free things to do in York, Holiday clubs and classes in York, The best holiday events and activities, Dance, drama, language, art, swimming, STEM and other classes in York

Little Vikings is proud to be independent and family run. All recommendations are carefully selected and hand-picked with York families in mind.



“We are the most trusted, comprehensive and popular resource for local parents in York. Run by local parent of 2, Emily Pickard. we have an inclusive Facebook group of local parents who give support and advice to each other, and a website covering everything you’d want to know as a parent in York”

There are loads of different things covered but include:

Weekly Classes & groups include all ages from:

We also have interesting blogs with the latest news of what is new for families in York as well as competitions and promotions. Whatever you’re looking for as a parent in York – we’ve got it covered on York Mumbler!


York Families Magazine

Families Magazine say "Together with a whole bunch of other local parents, we will share with you the latest parenting information, news and family friendly events going on in our local area. So, whether you’re trying to decide the best childcare options in York, clubs and classes for your little one in Selby, or even local places to go with the kids in Tadcaster; at Families you’ll always be in the know – making family life a little bit easier and a whole lot more fun!"

Families Magazine is a popular, free parenting magazine sharing information on clubs and classes, local guides and family activities in the North and East Yorkshire region. Established for 14 years, it’s a fantastic resource for parents of kids aged 0-12 in York and surrounding areas.

You can pick up a free copy of the magazine locally from one of their many distribution points. Alternatively, read their latest issue online


York Explore Libraries

York Explore Libraries host a variety of regular, weekly events for under 5's and holiday events for all sort of age groups. There are a total of 17 libraries across York, including the mobile library.  Events and activities range from summer reading challenges, weekly story times and children's reading groups, to providing a Toy Library service and more. Find out more on their website.


York Museums Trust

York Museums Trust was formed on August 1 2002, as an independent charitable trust to manage the museums and gallery service.  Supported by the Council, York Museums Trust is responsible for York Art Gallery, York Castle Museum, Yorkshire Museum and Gardens and York St Mary’s.  They hold events during the holidays for families, check your local library for more information.

York Museums Trust provides a range of activities and events for children under 5 to help them engage with the collections and exhibitions.  They currently offer two types of Museum Monkeys sessions – Museum Baby for under 2s and Early Years Explorers for ages 2-5. All sessions run during local school term times. 


Visit York

Visit York lists events that happen in York, including local festivals and more, on their website


Have you found a website that has helped you find something to do and could be listed here?  Email fis@york.gov.uk to let us know!



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