If you haven’t got a Max Card, you should consider getting one. It gives families of foster children and children with additional needs free or discounted access to loads of attractions across the UK.
Families in West Yorkshire well served when it comes to the number of attractions that accept the card, with savings at castles, zoos, bowling alleys and more.
So if you’re in the area and looking for a family day out, here are the top FREE days out in West Yorkshire using your Max Card. They are free for up to two adults and two children. Check out Max Card’s website for more details.
1. Temple Newsam, Leeds
The big attraction for kids at this Tudor-Jacobean mansion is its farm – one of the largest working rare breeds farms in Europe. It’s a great place to meet hundreds of child friendly farm animals, including pigs, sheep, goats, cattle and ducks. There’s also a brilliant playground for kids to let off steam.
2. Abbey House Museum, Leeds
A lively and interactive museum where children can step back in time and wander through authentic Victorian streets for the glimpse of life in 19th century Leeds. The museum has a cafe and on a sunny day, you can cross over the road to have a picnic in the grounds of the stunning Kirkstall Abbey. There is also a park and playground nearby where they can let off steam.
3. Lotherton Hall, Leeds
Lotherton Hall has always been a great family day out. Now it’s added a colony of penguins, some tapirs and a new capybara – the world’s largest living rodent – into the mix, there’s even more to entertain the kids. There’s a huge bird garden, great playground, and nature trails around the estate as well as opportunities to spot red deer in the parkland. Oh, and there’s a cafe too.
4. Thackray Medical Museum, Leeds
This is a hidden gem that sometimes gets forgotten about for a family day out but we love it on a rainy day as it doesn’t get too busy.
Thackray is one of the UK’s largest medical museums and has something for every age and background – from toddlers to international scholars. Young children will enjoy wandering through the cobbled streets of Victorian Leeds and exploring the interactive gallery on how their body works. There’s also a reading and dressing up corner and a maternity section where children can play with dolls. As well as the obligatory cafe.
5. Yorkshire Sculpture Park, West Bretton, Wakefield
If you like open spaces where the kids can run free, Yorkshire Sculpture Park is a great place to go. Meet a giant hare, dance on a musical playground and climb the Black Steps as you take in the open air and experience some of the world’s finest art at Yorkshire Sculpture Park.
Explore 500 acres and five galleries with changing exhibitions throughout the year. You can take a picnic or enjoy locally-sourced food in a restaurant boasting one of the best views in the north. Free entry plus a waived parking fee.
6. The Hepworth, Wakefield
With free activities for families every weekend and school holiday, The Hepworth Wakefield is a great space to explore, play and create together. Activities include artist-led drop-in workshops and Explore & Draw stations in the gallery. Children will discover ideas, processes and materials linked to the artworks in the exhibitions and collections displays.
There is also a picnic area and an outdoor playground. Entry is free and the Max Card gives members free parking and 10 per cent off children’s courses.
7. Shibden Hall, Halifax
Shibden Hall, set in 37 hectares of the Shibden valley, is a 600-year-old medieval timber-framed manor house. It is surrounded by the beautifully restored gardens and estate that forms Shibden Park, with a range of features and attractions including the Shibden Mereside café and visitor facilities, miniature railway, boating lake, pitch & putt course as well as trails, play area, orienteering course and woodland in which to roam.
8. Oakwell Hall Country Park
Set in over 100 acres of country park, which include formal gardens, nature trail, playground, picnic sites, a visitor centre, gift shop and countryside centre, Oakwell Hall has something for all of the family.
The nature trail helps you explore and enjoy the 110 acres of parkland and for those feeling a little more adventurous, have a go at the orienteering course.
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