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Virtual Groups and Activities

Activities and things to do during the pandemic for children, young people and families. Perfect for half term holidays or weekends.

Look out for updated information each school holiday.




Little ones groups in York and stay at home activity sessions        

Here we have a wonderful selection of Toddler groups starting up with Covid -19 restrictions lifting in York and some online activities suitable for babies, toddlers and primary age children

Tiny Diggers


Looking for a fun, safe, regular meet-up for parents, babies and toddlers? Join Tiny Diggers – our new group promoting sensory play for babies and toddlers every Monday and Wednesday morning at DIG: An Archaeological Adventure, St Saviourgate in York city centre.


With soft play and many parent and baby groups still not operating, we’ve created two sessions designed exclusively for babies and toddlers – chance to play in a safe, tactile environment which uses textures found in archaeology to introduce touch-based play



Sessions run at 9am for babies (those who have not yet learned to walk) and from 10.30am to 12 noon for mobile youngsters aged up to 4 years. We’re limiting numbers in each session so that we can keep to social distancing guidelines, and will be offering free coffee and biscuits for parents and carers to enjoy as they socialise.

Tiny diggers is split in to two age ranges:


Babies (pre-walking 0-2) 9am


Toddlers (walking/2-4) 10.30am -12 noon


Tiny Diggers sessions will run from 12th April to 7th May, every Monday and Wednesday morning.


01904 615505

Story Craft Theatre

Online Crafty Tales every Wednesday, Friday and Saturday at 10am via Zoom. The class begins with 'Hellos' followed by our Crafty Tales song…’s easy to pick up and you can hear it on our social media sites; if you want to practice beforehand. Then it's time for the craft activity; we make this all together, taking you through the instructions, step by step and will be there to support you and answer questions, live. Once you have completed your craft, it’s time for the story centred around a popular picture book. It always includes songs, games, dancing, and characters to make it fun and educational. Crafty Tales is aimed at 2-5 year olds but all children are welcome. It's £3.50 per child (under 2s are free when booking with a sibling). Classes last 50 minutes. For more information and to book your ticket, please click on the link below. Check out Story Craft Theatre social media every Tuesday and Thursday for FREE craft ideas to keep your little folk entertained.


Hoglets acclaimed story and drama classes –  LIVE AND FREE online!
Hoglets classes are drama and storytelling adventures, aimed at ages 0-7. Each session is an imagination firing, energetic, immersive and enchanting experience for little minds.
We run 4 sessions a week – beamed live, right into your homes.
Sessions are running Sat-Tues, are 45mins long and are easy to join. Just click the join button at your chosen time.:
Sat 10am – Big Hoglets (walking+)
Mon 10am – Big Hoglets (walking+)
Tues 9.30am – Little Hoglets (birth-walking)
Tues 10.30am – Big Hoglets (walking+)

For more information email
Visit: or

Hoglets @ Mind

Dates: Wednesdays (Fortnightly) Venue: Initally over Zoom
Time: 9.30am — 10.45am
Hoglets at Mind is a storytelling class for mothers and their babies.
We combine storytelling, games and songs, designed especially for very young children (from birth to walking), with an informal and relaxed post-class session where Mums can listen to each other’s stories, share experiences, or simply enjoy being with one another in a safe judgemental free space.

En Pointe Online Dance Class

Love dancing? Then why not continue doing what you love. En Pointe have online dance classes. 

Song Box

Song Box family musical play sessions have been redesigned and moved to Zoom for the lock down. 

  • Song Box Zoom groups for "new parents with babies".

We share gentle, fun, and developmentally valuable songs, rhymes, sensory play and lullabies in a supportive and sociable group.

  • Song Box Zoom groups for "talkers and their families"

We share engaging, developmentally valuable songs, rhymes, movement, musical games and crafts in a supportive and sociable group.

Both group sessions reflect the content of the NSPCC Look Say Sing Play, and provide small, sociable, supportive groups for wellbeing and social connection. 

Limited places must be booked and paid for in advance.  £5 / session booked in blocks.

Ring or text 07765 574564 or email


The Jorvik Viking Centre


To Book Online:

Tel: 01904 615505



Exploring York  #Love Walking in York

One of the best ways to explore York is on foot. A stroll down any snickelway, wall or ings opens you up to a whole world of discovery. Visit York are encouraging people to Love Walking in York!

City of York Council iTravel York

Exploring York and all that it has to offer has never been so easy. City of York Council and iTravel York's collection of free walks, routes and trails are ready and waiting for you to explore the city and beyond. With unique walks taking in different sights and of varying lengths, there's something for everyone!

Here is an example of one of an iTravel map Millennium Bridge to Bishopthorpe return trail, this route is 6 miles long.  You could do all or part of the trail, there are lots of landmarks along the way.

Follow this link to find more trails in and around the city

Visit York  Tel: 01904 55 56 70
1 Museum Street, York, YO1 7DT

For more information about Travel around York visit iTravel York or email: for further information.

Little Vikings York - I Spy Trail

Little Vikings have put together the I Spy Trail, a brand new, family friendly walking trail. The trail highlights 22 fascinating features of York, for you and your little ones to look out for as you walk around the city. 

You can download a trail map




WEA Families Get Active

Families get Active is free and for all the family!

These are a great way for parents, grandparents, carers and children to get active together. All courses are FREE and have an active or outdoor theme. You can participate in real time or download to watch later.

WEA have recently moved online and are offering many families get active events. Join them for some laid back, fresh air fun from the comfort of your garden or even ten paces outside your front door! Activities range from running groups in the comfort of your own garden or home, yoga classes, active photography groups and they are currently planning more active events . There is something for everyone! Keep an eye on WEA's facebook page for more information.

Listen to Rebecca; Project Organiser, talk about three simple ways to start getting active now on her recent BBC Radio York interview (YoutTube).

Sign up for WEA's FREE active workshops. You can register for any of the courses, either call WEA on: 0300 303 3464 or visit Eventbrite. Coming up, activities include:


Dates February 13, 20, 27 and March 13, 20

Time 10am Reference: C3679009

Bushcraft Day

Date March 6

Time 10am-3pm reference: C3679011

Dance Thru' the Decades

Date March 27

Time 10am Reference: C3679020

York Family Walks

Date April - December

Time In your own time Reference: C3679013

You can also download the above WEA Families get active course list (pdf)

  • Join WEA's Facebook group  for information on lots of recipes, low cost ideas, photos, free prize draws, videos, motivational tips and post sharing from our local families
  • Sign up for free 1:1 personalised support with Alice, who will help you build an individual programme which works around your schedule to help you and your family get active.

For further information contact Rebecca

York Mind

See York Mind's Health and Well-being Activities Programme 2021 for lots of ideas on things to do. Alternatively contact York Mind on: 01904 643363 , or visit their website

York Theatre Royal's The Platform Project

This is a free project for anyone aged 16-21years and NEET (not in employment, education or training) or simply in need of a positive place to be.

The project will take place at York Theatre Royal; through weekly sessions; over six months; starting January 2021. You will be given the opportunity to work collaboratively with an artist to co-create a piece of live theatre or performance, that will express who you are and your experiences. You might explore spoken word; music; film; visual arts or any other art forms based on your interests. The performance will take place in June/July 2021.

For more information please contact Paula Clark, Outreach Director, at or 07895738089.

Fitness and Martial Arts

Active Kids do Better

Get started by using our family-friendly activities and begin moving together in your living room, garden or local park


Martial Arts 4Us online classes!


 Interested in booking a FREE Virtual Beginner to Martial Arts class for your child? 😮

 We only have a few places left with our Blackbelt Intructors 🥋 Ring Nicki 07825984999 or email her on

 We have over 900 members training ONLINE!✅

 🎥Class via zoom (video app)

🌈Fun and High energy sessions

💪🏽Burn off your kids energy and learn new skills ❤️Family Activity

 Join hundreds of others on your online Martial Arts Journey!

Wake Up With Joe

Keep up your fitness levels with Joe Wicks. PE sessions are now 3 days a week and can be found on Joe Wick's You Tube channel. Just head over to You Tube and search for The Body Coach TV. Then select Wake Up With's that simple!

York City Football Club Foundation

City Kickabout & Youth Club Programme is going online!

A great opportunity for young people to get involved with during the week. With a focus on the SOCIAL aspect, this is an opportunity to meet both old and new friends.

Monday & Thursday evenings at 6.30pm - "Talk About It" Zoom sessions: here we talk about a range of topics including recent sporting events, we even host quizzes, interactive activities and much more. This is for those 8 years and over and is open to all. 

Friday evening at 6.30pm - weekly "game show night": where we put our own interactive spin on popular tv game shows both past and present. This is for ages 10 years and over and is open to all.

To access the virtual sessions contact


Virtual Museum and Art Gallery Tours

We bring to you a selection of Museums and Art Galleries from all around the world, take a look at what they are offering online terms of virtual tours. 

York Art Gallery

We start with our very own York Art Gallery who at the moment have a fabulous Artwork display of Harland Miller  work   'So good they named it once' .  Take a look


Jorvik Viking Centre

Discover what online activities Jorvik Viking Centre has for children and young people for 'discover at home' exploration.

Murton Park York

Visit Murton Park - without leaving  your home! Take a look on their website or Murton Park's Facebook page to discover what you will see. 

York Museum

York Museum Trust are hosting a range of activities, games and information which you can access from the comfort of your own home. 


The Deep

We wanted to help where we can, so every MONDAY MORNING at 9am, we will be posting some of our Deep themed resources for you to enjoy. From colouring sheets, to puzzles and informative quiz sheets, we hope you enjoy them as much as we do 


The British Museum

Explore their current collection online.

NASA Glenn Research Centre

Get an inside look at NASA Glenn Research Center’s facilities. Select a tour and have a look around.

The Louvre

Lots of virtual tours around the gallery in Paris, including the great artist Leonard de Vinci.

Natural History Museum

Take a self guided tour of the galleries. There are some great audio guides narrated by Sir David Attenborough.

Plus, can't get out to explore nature????

See their Try this at home pageOn this page you'll find activities and ideas to occupy yourself and family at home, in your garden or local outdoor space.

Van Gogh Museum

Activities for art lovers of all ages.

Walks and Wildlife

Wild Things

Wild Things is bringing you nature based activities that can be done on your daily walk or in your back yard. These activities are free to access, our aim is to help families access nature until Wild Things sessions can restart. Stay safe. 

RSPB's Identify a Bird

Lots of us have commented that we have seen more wildlife since lockdown, but can you identify the birds you have spotted? Why not use this bird identifier (which lists 406 species of birds found in the UK) to try find out what birds you have seen recently?

Woodland Trust

Have at look at Woodland Trust 10 Nature activities that you can do at home



York Mumbler's 10 Ideas to make walking with kids more fun!

York Mumbler have put together 10 ideas to make walking with your children more interesting.  


 iTravel 10 Walks Around York

iTravel York has produced a new series of 10 leaflets called ‘Exploring York’ which feature scenic countryside walks across York suitable for all ages. The walks range from 1 to 9 miles in length and all the walks start and end close to a bus stop. 

Here is an example of one of the Maps 'The Acomb to Rufforth Trail'!



Any other transport related enquiries please email:

Little Viking's The Best Family Walks in York and Yorkshire

Little Vikings have produced an 'Ultimate Guide' to get you out and about in the fresh air, in and around our beautiful city.





Other activities and STEM

TIP Technology in Play Yorkshire

Online classes are available.


Explore York Library


Explore York Libraries and Archives have links to some great sites to help you with children’s literacy, reading and learning activities, as well as just having fun. There are also links to sites that will help you talk to your child about coronavirus, especially if they are worried by it. You can find them at Keep looking as we will add more sites as we find new ones.

Harry Potter at Home

Harry Potter creator J.K. Rowling has launched an online activity hub called “Harry Potter at Home” for parents and teachers to use with kids during the COVID-19.

Harry Potter at Home hub will offer a free collection of Potter-themed child-friendly activities, puzzles, videos, quizzes, articles and more,

These include a quiz about the series’ first book, The Philosopher’s Stone, a guide on how to draw the magical Niffler creature and Harry Potter word search.


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