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Animal antics at Grass Hoppers


We’re looking forward to an exciting summer of animal antics to keep children entertained during the holidays.

In addition to our extensive outdoor playground, visitors to Grass Hoppers will also be able to get close to birds of prey and have the opportunity to raise money for children’s cancer by riding a donkey or having their face painted.

York Bird of Prey Centre will be visiting us between 10am and 4pm on 13th and 17th August and visitors will be able to handle, ask questions about and have photographs taken with Roly the eagle owl; barn owl, Misty and Pip the white faced owl. This is a free event for visitors to Grass Hoppers.

Popular with both children and adults alike, the donkeys will be at Tong between 10am and 4pm every Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday throughout the holidays, subject to the weather. Rides cost £2.50 and 25 pence from each ride is being donated to the Leeds children’s cancer charity, Candlelighters. Face painting will also be available every Tuesday and Thursday and costs £3.00, with 30 pence benefitting the charity that supports Yorkshire families facing children's cancer.

Caroline Ellis, our newly appointed Play Manager, is looking forward to a fun filled summer: “The great weather is set to continue, so why not make the most of it with outdoor play?

“We know how hard it is for parents and carers to keep the children occupied throughout the long holiday, so we have put on extra activities to keep the children entertained whilst the adults can enjoy a cup of freshly brewed coffee or Yorkshire tea.”

Grass Hoppers is an unsupervised play area.

Adults must supervise children in their care at all times. We can accept no responsibility for any injuries or loss howsoever caused.

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