Museum Monkeys: Under 5s Activities
York Museums Trust provides a range of activities and events for children under 5 to help them engage with the collections and exhibitions.
We 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.
Our sessions are now FREE! (Museum admission applies for adults, free entry with a YMT Card – click here to find out more.) Please make sure to pre-book your places online before each session.
Early Year Explorers (2-5)
10.00am – 11.00am on Thursdays
Activities for children aged two to five year olds which includes songs, stories, games and craft activities. Sessions are based on familiar preschool play areas, which are enhanced to help children learn about the museums’ collections and exhibitions through play. Sessions are a mixture of free flow and adult led activities which all related to the Early Years curriculum.
Museum Baby (under 2s)
10:00am – 11:00am on Fridays
Special baby sessions linked to exhibitions, including storytelling, songs and sensory activities for babies and their carers. Sessions are a mixture of free flow and adult led activities which all relate to the Early Years curriculum. A perfect introduction to museums!
Click here to visit our Events section and select ‘Early Years & Families’ in the category list, or select the link below to download a document listing our upcoming sessions.
Booking is essential for Museum Monkeys. Please remove your bookings if you cannot make the session to allow others to attend. York Museums Trust reserve the right to cancel any events if there are insufficient bookings.
Our sessions are now FREE! (Museum admission applies for adults, free entry with a YMT Card.)
The YMT Card gives 12 months of unlimited access to all of York Museums Trust’s attractions – York Art Gallery, York Castle Museum and the Yorkshire Museum – plus other benefits for just £22. An Access YMT Card is also available for anyone aged 17-24 or in receipt of benefits. Click here to find out more.
York Castle Museum, York Art Gallery and the Yorkshire Museum have baby changing facilities and disabled access toilets. There are accessible cafés at York Castle Museum and York Art Gallery.
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