What’s on this weekend in and around Sheffield for kids October 5/6

What’s on this weekend in and around Sheffield for kids October 5/6

Hi everyone and welcome to another weekend roundup! It’s October! Yay, anyone else got exciting plans this month? For us we are going on a few coach trips and it’s also Eric’s 4th birthday at the end of October. It’ll be a busy month. Anyway, back to the roundup… there’s a lot going on this weekend for Fun Palaces; a weekend festival to celebrate local people sharing skills and tiny revolutions. Which means LOTS OF FREE things to do! 😀

I’ve included all of the activities and events on for fun palaces in this roundup along with lots of lovely days out, recommendations, reviews and family friendly local events. Have a wonderful weekend 🙂

What’s on this weekend in and around Sheffield for kids October 5/6

Free Fun Palaces Events

S9 CANAL ART WALK FUN PALACE, Saturday meet at 10:30am

Take a walk along the canal towpath through Attercliffe, Darnall, and Tinsley. Make new friends. Discover one of S9’s hidden gems. Draw, paint, or take photographs of things you see along the way. Meet 10:30am Meet at the Junction of Woodbourn Road and Staniforth Road (S9 3HD) to walk along the Canal Towpath, draw and take photographs along the way, bring a packed lunch to enjoy together at the end, Get on the Water and Learn to Canoe with a FREE Taster Session.

POP ART FUN PALACE!, Graves Gallery, Saturday 11am-3pm.

This is a chance to work with a real professional artist to make your own pop-art collage, inspired by the amazing work of Richard Hamilton!

SHEFFIELD THEATRES FUN PALACE, all day Sunday at the Crucible Theatre & Pitsmoor Playground

Exciting, diverse and eclectic mix of activity that celebrates the genius in everyone. Family friendly events to pre-book are sold out but check out these drop-in activities:

All Day Drop In Activities – full details of each activity here.

11:00am Adventure playground takeover at Pittsmoor Adventure Playground

11:00am Building Sheffield People’s Palace

11:00am Meet the Bee Keeper

11:00am Science exploration & Discovery Zone

11:00am Basketball Challenge on Tudor Square

11:00am Make a Bee Hotel

11:00am Lucky Goldfish Ornaments (Drop in until 3pm)

11:00am Create a Panto Collage

FUN PALACE @ BRIGHT BOX MAKERSPACE, Sunday, 11am-3pm, 18 exchange street S2 5TS

Join us in playing with tech, engineering and arts to see how stuff works. Local makers, artists and tinkerers will bring there favourite tools to play with.


Informal drop-in workshop with Jack Poole of Poile Art. Jack will have wire shaping tools, clay and more for people to get stuck in and make a sculpture to take away. Jack will be on hand to advise and there will be plenty of pieces on hand for inspiration.

HIGHFIELD LIBRARY FUN PALACE, various activities all day on Saturday


11:00am  Hunt a leaf to decorate and hide some for others in the Children’s Library *all day* 11:00am Drop in and Draw in the Adult Library *all day* 11:00am Learn a Language *1 hour* 01:00pm Salsa in the Adult Library *1 hour* 01:00pm Beginner basics Come and Code *2 hours* 01:00pm Make a puppet in the children’s Library *2 hours* 02:00pm Henna yourself (10years & over) *1 hour*

LOW EDGES FUN PALACES, Saturday 11-2pm

This is an event for all ages, with a FREE lunch provided and a variety of activities for all ages. Our Fun Palace has a health theme, with activities including: belly dancing, street art, heritage displays, oral health, storytelling, crafts and music

See more fun palaces events here

What’s on this weekend in and around Sheffield for kids October 5/6

Other Events on

This weekend the pumpkin festival starts at Farmer Copleys in Pontefract! Book online, discounts available (see here for details)

Falconry Weekend at Cannon Hall Farm, Saturday & Sunday.

FREE family activity on Sunday at Hepworth Wakefield, i always recommend it here it’s fantastic. The activity is “take it away” 11am-4pm… “Explore the galleries with fun creative activities then return to the learning studio to sculpt your own Hepworth-inspired artwork to take home”

Peddler Night Market this weekend, it’s family friendly specifically on the Saturday from 2pm. Lots of yummy food.

On Saturday, celebrate 5 years of Totley Library. Lots of activities for all ages including interactive poetry, art taster sessions, sports quiz, local history display, childrens crafts, glitter tattos, treasure hunt and french games.

Join a sponsored fun run at Endcliffe Park on Saturday, meet at 10:45am.

Go on a Fungi walk on Saturday with Sorby Fungi Group. 10:30am at Woodland Discovery Centre in Ecclesall Woods. Centre are running an all-day drop-in family event with displays, activities, goodies and a fungus trail. It is a free event.

See The Little Mermaid this weekend at Showroom Cinema as part of their family showings club Reel Adventures. Tickets £4, on Saturday, the film will be followed by a free craft session, with collectable film-themed activity sheets and lots of bits and bobs to get messy and creative with. On Sunday, the film is repeated as a relaxed screening. The conditions are adapted to make the cinema a more accessible and inclusive space for people with sensory sensitivities.

Mini mornings at Vue £2.99 a ticket, Playmobil or Vampirina, both Saturday & Sunday 10am.

Movies for juniors at Cineworld showing toy story 4, Aladdin and Vampirina.

Weather suitable days out for this weekend

Weather should be dry on saturday but very wet on Sunday…

Find Conkers in the park at Weston Park Museum; there’s loads near the water! And of course, have fun in the museum itself… free entry!

There’s loads of conkers in Hillsborough Park, too. And why not double it up with a swim at Hillsborough Leisure Centre?

See the gorgeous colours of autumn in the woods this weekend. We love these ones.

Norfolk Heritage Park has a lovely autumn trail with big wide paths. And you’ll love the rest of the park… an amazing playground, cafe and sports facilities.

This time of year it’s a good idea to visit somewhere with an amazing garden or outdoor space. Find conkers, have a picnic with a jacket on, and take lovely photos with the colours of autumn around you. I recommend any of these places here for an outdoor day out and a picnic.

I really recommend Sheffield botanical Gardens, it’s free and just so so wonderful. Take a picnic or there’s a cafe.

If you need something indoors, check out soft plays here, play cafes here, or amazing interactive museums here.

National Coal mining museum in Wakefield is FREE and good for both indoor & outdoor. We loved it there.

Find somewhere fun to swim this weekend by looking at this guide for swimming pools here. I recommend Doncaster Dome for somewhere fun with slides and a toddler area.

Look how great this looks: Northwood Trail near York. Fairy sanctuary!

Speaking of York, what about a free day out at the National Railway Museum? Or for indoor & outdoor fun, have you heard of Web Adventure Park (also in York)?

Last autumn we had a really lovely day out at Harlow Carr in Harrogate and now I can’t stop thinking about going back. It was just so amazing with all the autumn colours and we had a really fun time in the playgrounds. It’s beautiful there and I highly recommend it for all the family.

Have you been to Experience Barnsley Museum? It’s lovely for little ones with lots to play with. It’s free. You could also visit Cooper Gallery or go swimming at Barnsley Metrodome.

For something BIG with lots to do… why not consider White Post Farm in Nottinghamshire? It’s close to Wheelgate, Rufford Abbey and Sherwood pines. There’s loads to do at white post farm inside and outside, animals, picnic areas and a huuuuge farm. Wheelgate has rides, play areas inside & outside, shows, maze and farm. Rufford Abbey is free and good for a walk with a good playground. And Sherwood Pines offers the perfect place for a forest wander, and has play areas.

Ideas for the best days out in South Yorkshire

Places to eat and drink this weekend

That’s it! Have a good weekend all and see you next week for another weekend roundup. In the mean time don’t forget to check back on here to read the recent posts that I publish throughout the week and follow me on Facebook. 🙂

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