There are currently two groups for children run by our volunteers. The Very Young Friends is a group aimed at 0-5-year-olds and their parents and carers, and the Young Friends are a group for primary school aged children.
The Very Young Friends of Rowntree Park normally meet once a month on the first Thursday. In 2018 there will be a new meeting time of 10am. The first meet up will be in February and will continue through the year. They meet at the ‘woodland story circle’ in the woods near the performance area/Millenium Bridge side of the park. The group is aimed at 0-5-Year-olds. Attendance is free with membership of the Friends, and we ask for a £1 donation from non-members, to contribute towards costs of materials. The dates and specific activities for each month are given via the VYFRP Facebook page We are seeking further active members to help run this group; please email us on firstname.lastname@example.org if you’d like to help.
The Young Friends (5 to 11-year-olds) currently run one-off sessions at weekends and in school holidays, but they are planning regular sessions from Spring 2018. This will be in the form of an after-school group who will engage in activities based around nature, the environment and the local community, along with some science and technology! The dates and details of events being run by the Young Friends are updates on their Facebook page.
The Friends of Rowntree Park also run weekend gardening events where families with children of all ages are welcome to join. Please keep an eye on Facebook for dates.
Throughout 2017 there has been a range of activities for children including the VYF regular meetups, a Magical Woodland event, the legendary Easter Egg Hunt Extravaganza, windchime making, an International picnic and Spooky Saturday in conjunction with YUMI, Halloween crafts, a painted rock hunt, and storytelling in the park. We are really looking forward to 2018!
Both groups welcome ideas and suggestions for events and if you have an idea for an event and would like to run it in conjunction with our groups, please do get in touch.