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Families

Harewood is a great Yorkshire family day out and you’ll find all sorts of activities here for family fun. The big problem will be trying to fit it all into one day.

Whatever day of the week, during term time or school holidays, there is plenty to do here for children of all ages and for adults too.

A Family Spring at Harewood!

We have a special activities for families this Spring season – from outdoor play for little ones with our ‘Small Wonders’ sessions to nature-inspired activities in our Curiosity Cabin, and drop-in craft activities during the school holidays and bank holiday weekends.

Our Curiosity Cabin is a drop-in space for families to enjoy every day of the week*.  A treasure trove of finds from nature, our spring-themed Curiosity Cabin has activities for babies and toddlers as well as making activities for older children and grown-ups. Inspired this year by the museum collection and exhibitions in the House, our Cabin is truly a ‘Cabinet of Curiosities’, full of unusual objects from nature.  It is also celebration of our feathered friends in the Bird Garden and teh joys of Spring!  Just pop in and enjoy at your leisure!

*from time to time, the Curiosity Cabin may be closed and used by a school group during the week

‘Small Wonders’ sessions for under 5s

‘Small Wonders’ sessions are for Under 5s and their families to enjoy playing, discovering and having fun in the great outdoors. Experiencing nature through movement, song, storytelling and messy play, ‘Small Wonders’ includes a nature trail, followed by outdoor activities in our sheltered woodland.

Each session has a different theme to explore, from ‘colour’ to ‘signs of spring’, ‘flight’ or ‘collecting’ or ‘harvest festival’ but all are about connecting to nature and the seasons.  Come and play and experience the wonders of nature with your little one!  The session starts at The Curiosity Cabin and includes a nature trail and outdoor activities in our wooded dell. Dress for the weather and some natural dirt and mess!

Babies under 18 months are free.  Small Wonders take place the last Friday of every month and every mid-month Saturday.  We advise booking in advance as sessions are very popular! See sessions below.

‘Holiday Clubs’ for 7-12 year olds

Each school holiday we run full-day holiday clubs for children.  For Easter, we have 3 days of activities each week:

Week 1: Tues 7 – Thurs 9 April

Week 2: Tues 14 – Thurs 16th April

We’ll be doing lots of outdoor activities, games and creative activities inspired by all things Harewood – from paper marbling to making sketchbooks, den-building, kite-making and outdoor tree art.

We’ll be visiting the House for inspiration for creating our own Harewood wrapping paper, visiting the Himalayan Garden for a treasure hunt and going behind the scenes to see some of our own bird garden eggs and chicks!  Each day will include outdoor and indoor activities, as well as fun games led by our friendly learning team.

There is a maximum of 15 children on each day.  Children can come on single days, for the full 3 days each week or for the full two weeks. More information here or below.

More to see at Harewood

Visit the Bird Garden and see rare and exotic birds from all over the world, including our popular penguins, flamingos and parrots.

The penguins have been a part of Harewood’s landscape for nearly thirty years and are fed daily at 11am and 3.30pm. You can find out about feeding the penguins in the Information Centre or by calling 0113 218 1000.

Families have been coming to Harewood for decades to enjoy the Adventure Playground, where children of all ages can find their own space and freedom to climb, clamber, slide and swing.  We also have a natural play area, for children to enjoy child-led play and the freedom to be creative with nature, as well as enjoying a physical challenge. Bring a picnic and sit back, relax and enjoy the view, or the Courtyard Cafe and Kiosk are just nearby to keep you all well fed and watered.

The House is included in your entry and it’s a fascinating location to discover, from the formal rooms on the State Floor, where you can imagine the Lords and Ladies taking tea, or listening to music, to the warren of hidden spaces and objects Below Stairs, where the servant’s bells might intrigue you.

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