Did you know you can enjoy lots of fun activities this May in the holidays without breaking the bank?
There are free activities for youngsters in and around Huddersfield this week, from fun museum exhibitions to royal celebrations for the Queen's birthday.
Here are some ideas to keep your little ones amused.
Saxon Week at the Royal Armouries
Leeds; Saturday, May 28, until Sunday, June 5
The museum is offering craft activities, demonstrations and displays, all linked to the Saxons. Complementing a special exhibition, Warrior Treasures: Saxon Gold from the Staffordshire Hoard, the week includes combat re-enactments, have-a-go pottery demonstrations, wire jewellery making and Animals in Art workshops. While the museum has free entry there will be a small charge for some activities. During half term the outdoor arena area is displaying a reproduction longship, from which there will be storytelling sessions and talks.
The Armouries is open from 10am until 5pm daily.
Gold, Gods and Giants, Leeds Central Library
Leeds; Saturday, May 28, 10.30am, 11.45am and 1.30pm
An interactive music and storytelling workshop for families who want to learn more about the stories and music behind Wagner’s magical operatic Ring cycle. Led by a professional actor and musician, the sessions will explore the epic tale and majestic music - currently being performed by Opera North. Cost £4. Book on 0844 8482727 or howardassemblyroom.co.uk
Eye Dissection Workshops, Thackray Medical Museum
Leeds; Monday, May 30, to Friday, June 3, 11am, 1pm and 3pm
Not for the squeamish, but these workshops will reveal how the cornea, lens, iris and optic nerve work together to create an image of the world. Booking not necessary – cost £3.
Pyjama Drama at PJ’s Health and Fitness Centre
Cleckheaton; Tuesday, May 31, 10am
Pyjama Drama sessions provide music, dance, song and let’s pretend for young children. This special half-term session, led by a qualified teacher and drama graduate, is themed around the Billy Goats Gruff story and suitable for two to five-year-olds. Cost is £5 a head, with discounts for sibling groups. Places are limited and need to be booked by contacting firstname.lastname@example.org or calling 01484 615686.
The Mummy Returns, Bagshaw Museum
Wilton Park, Batley; Tuesday, May 31, 11am until 1pm and 2pm until 4pm
Walk like an Egyptian at this jewel in the crown of Kirklees’ museums. Inspired by the museum’s Egyptology section there will be a chance for children to dress in ancient Egyptian clothing, eat their food, try writing hieroglyphics and learn about mummification. Cost is £5 per adult, £2.50 for children, under fives free. Booking essential on 01924 324765, email email@example.com
Crafty Kids, Springfield Mills
Denby Dale; Tuesday, May 31, to Saturday, June 4, 9.30am to 4.30pm
This new venture, founded by nursery nurse Jessica Wood, offers craft sessions for children aged up to eight years and is running themed half term sessions all week. For families who want children to be creative but don’t want the mess at home. There are guided craft activities and a range of free play areas. Entry is £5 per child and includes the cost of craft materials.
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Sculpture workshop, Yorkshire Sculpture Park
West Bretton; Wednesday, June 1, 11am and 1.30pm
Come Rain, Come Shine is a chance for families to work together to create sculptures inspired by artworks seen at the YSP. All materials are provided. The sessions are outdoors so be prepared to wrap up or bring sun protection. Each session is about 60 minutes long and costs £3 per person. Meet at YSP Learning.
Travel in Royal Style, Tolson Museum
Ravensknowle Park; Thursday, June 2, 11am until 1pm and 2pm until 4pm
Celebrate the Queen’s 90th birthday by designing a coach or car fit for a royal procession. A craft activity with material provided. Cost £1 per child.