50 Things to do before you’re 5, helps children from 0-5 become school ready. It has been developed with families to produce a fun resource that offers a wide range of experiences that builds skills and language and supports brain development in young children.
If you’re struggling for educational activities to do with the kids, 50 Things is a brilliant way to try something new or get outdoors! It will help you to find out how, where and when to do this through a free app and other resources.
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Take a look at some of our activity ideas:

Outdoor Fun and activity numbers 27, 33, 34, 41 and 48

Bonfire Night Celebrations and activity numbers 13, 16, 17, 20 and 47

Bonding with your baby and 5 things to do with activity number 1 ‘Get to know you’

Craftsmas and activity numbers 4, 11, 16, 20, 25, 46, 47, 48

Our 50 Things Christmas Party and activity numbers 6, 7, 10, 15, 18

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Visit Castleford Museum to explore 15,000 years of local history!

See amazing objects left behind by prehistoric tribes and Ancient Roman soldiers. Find out how coal mined locally powered potteries and glassworks in the industrial revolution.


Situated in the heart of the town centre, Castleford Museum is housed on the upper floors of the striking Carnegie Library. We have plenty to interest all ages, including dressing-up items, a collection of history books for various age ranges, kids’ craft sheets, historical toys and interactive displays.

Tuesday mornings (10am to 11am) during term-time are Toddler Tuesdays! Bring along your little ones aged 2 to 5 for storytelling and rhymes related to a different museum object every week. There will be fun creative and sensory activities for you to try together.

We also run Relaxed Openings every Friday morning 9.30am to 12pm (including school holidays). These are for anyone who would prefer to visit the Museum in a quieter, more relaxed setting. During the school holidays we have the same relaxed Friday provision but with extra activities and trails designed for SEND families.

Every Saturday 11am until 3pm join us for Family Fun crafts, inspired by the objects around us in the Museum.


The museum holds family events throughout the year, with plenty of craft activities to keep little ones entertained during the holidays. For more information go to https://bit.ly/WMandC-Events.

For full visitor and access information, visit https://www.wakefield.gov.uk/museums-and-castles/castleford-museum

Please note not open on Wednesdays or Sundays


Carlton Street, Castleford WF10 1BB

01977 722084
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Hop along to Grass Hoppers indoor and outdoor play area at Tong and Tingley Garden Centre for a proper playtime!

You’ll find a huge outdoor adventure playground with sand pits and bouncing pillows and a large indoor play area, with sports court, big play frame and a baby and toddler zone, where your young ones can enjoy playtime – whatever the weather!

There’s also great grub including pizzas, toasties and award winning ice cream in Woody’s Kitchen!


For more information and to book your playtime session, CLICK HERE


Booking required.  Suitable for babies and toddlers.


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Library Storytelling

Wakefield Libraries have fun, friendly and free storytime sessions at libraries across the region!

Under 5’s can join in with stories – pre- booking required.

Please call in advance to pre-book your place as numbers are reduced due to Covid-19 restrictions, demand is expected to be high and things are having to be done a little differently.

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Visit Pontefract Museum and learn all about the town’s eventful history!

Discover Pontefract’s royal links, from the Domesday Book to the English Civil Wars. Find out how local people made national political history. See how the town flourished thanks to the sweet success of liquorice. Marvel at the Museum’s beautiful art nouveau building, still retaining many of its original features.


The museum is a haven for families. Children can have all sorts of fun with the liquorice themed soft play area, rocking racehorse, dressing-up costumes and even a market stall based on Pontefract’s iconic Buttercross Market!

Every Saturday 11am until 3pm join us for Family Fun crafts, inspired by the objects around us in the Museum.

Be inspired by the Lionesses with the Women in Rugby League: Life with the Lionesses exhibition (until 26 August 2023).


There are regular craft sessions for children throughout the year, as well as seasonal events during school holidays. For more information go to https://bit.ly/WMandC-Events.

For full visitor and access information, visit https://www.wakefield.gov.uk/museums-and-castles/pontefract-museum


5 Salter Row, Pontefract, WF8 1BA

01977 722740
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Soft play areas & play cafes are the perfect place to go when the weather is poor as you can burn off your children’s energy!


We have a page dedicated to them … click here


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Visit Wakefield Museum to discover the fascinating history of our city at work and play!

Follow its growth from a Tudor wool trade centre to the capital of Yorkshire’s West Riding. Soak up the Merrie City’s nightlife and relive Wakefield Trinity’s rugby league triumphs. 


Based on the ground floor of Wakefield One, the museum tracks the shifting fortunes of the region over more than 2,000 years. From Stone Age settlers to homegrown chart-topping bands, discover the extraordinary through our wide range of inspiring and unique objects and artefacts.

Wakefield Museum also has a lot to offer families with interactive exhibits and games, a dressing-up collection, a child-size 1950s style play kitchen, and lovely books and craft sheets.


Visit Moving Stories, our new, interactive exhibition full of bright colours and local stories! Take a peek behind the scenes and have your say about our New Library & Museum, due to open in 2025.

Every Saturday 11am until 3pm join us for Family Fun crafts, inspired by the objects around us in the Museum.


We hold family events throughout the year, as well as seasonal events during school holidays. For more information go to https://bit.ly/WMandC-Events.

For full visitor and access information, visit https://www.wakefield.gov.uk/museums-and-castles/wakefield-museum


Wakefield One, 159 Mulberry Way, Wakefield, WF1 2UP

01924 302104
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10 Things to do in Wakefield for £10 or Less

Things to do in Wakefield for £10

Here at Wakefield Mumbler, we know how important it is for your family to stick to a budget. So we have come up with a list of 10 Things to do in Wakefield for £10 or Less.

Our list of 10 Things to do in Wakefield for £10 or less is a mix of days out, days in, adventures and activities to suit all families. We love to share these ideas on our Wakefield Mumbler Facebook page and Wakefield Mumbler Chat Group. Pop over to Facebook to join the conversation.


Clip ‘n Climb Garforth

Clip ‘n Climb Garforth is a healthy, action-packed climbing experience. We use state-of-the art automatic belaying technology so that climbers can simply clip into the safety system and climb the Challenge in front of them. We have over 25 different Challenges and our amazing Vertical Drop Slide, something for everyone, regardless of age or aptitude.

Unit 2A1, Clip n Climb East Side Retail Park, Aberford Rd, Garforth, Leeds LS25 2EB

Day Out Adventures for a Rainy Day

Going for a day out when it’s raining is always good and even better when the day out is indoors!!

Here’s our 10 indoor days out adventures for a rainy day:


Reel Cinemas

Reel Cinemas brings you amazing films at bargain prices!!!!

Tickets are priced £3.99 for an adult or child before 1pm!

What a bargain! Oh and you get free parking at The Ridings Centre too!!


The Ridings Shopping Centre, Wakefield, WF1 1DS

Snozone, Xscape Yorkshire

Snozone Castleford is a slope for skiing and snowboarding indoors on real snow!

30 minute Private Family Sledging Session are available for a family/social bubble of up to 6 people.

Children must be 3 years +


Opening times vary – see website

Colorado Way, Glasshaughton, Castleford, WF10 4TA

Stump Cross Caverns

Stump Cross Caverns is an ancient natural cave formation deep underneath the Yorkshire Dales. As well as the caves, they’ve also got a cinema, cafe, time out private dining pod, shop and visitor centre on site.  They are located  on the B6265 between Pateley Bridge and Grassington and open seven days a week (9am-6pm).  They run special offers throughout the year – so check out their website for latest offers!

Greenhow Hill, Pateley Bridge HG3 5JL

The Deep, Hull

The Deep is home to spectacular animals including sharks and stingrays, the UK’s only pair of Green sawfish, hundreds of tropical reef fish, Loggerhead sea turtles a colony of Gentoo penguins, and much more to keep all ages entertained.

FREE return visits for 12 months with their Annual Pass.

Tower Street, Hull, HU9 1TU. 01482 381000.

Tropical World

Journey through Tropical World’s various exotic and interesting zones. Take a trek through the rainforest, desert, aquarium and waterfall areas and see some fascinating animals and creatures along the way including butterflies, crocodiles, rare birds, meerkats and many many more!

Under 5s FREE, on bus route and off road parking available.

Tropical World, Princes Avenue, Roundhay, Leeds, LS8 2ER, Tel: 0113 237 0754