With dancing, friendly animals, songs and silliness, two York shows are tops for family fun this month.

With projects like I Can Play!, Minster Minstrels and Music4U, the National Centre for Early Music is constantly staging opportunities for creative youngsters to have fun with music.

And two events in October are perfect for families with younger children to enjoy.

6 October: Nonsense Show

On Sunday, join multi-instrumentalists Frankie Banham and Pete Jack for a session of songs and silliness.

They have an array of instruments – from saxophone to banjo to clarinet – and an assortment of nonsense props to make songs and raps with.

Explore the Octopus’ Garden and make a Nonsense Stew! This show is perfect for families and is suitable for children age 3-7 years.

11 October: Animal magic

Join the spectacular players of the Orchestra of Opera North for this magical interactive event. Movement and natural responses to the music are actively encouraged as you experience this unique journey with your child.

Hear the Carnival of the Animals close up and learn what sounds elephants, kangaroos and tortoises make.

This relaxed concert is perfect for babies, young children and their families, and is specifically suited to babies and children age 0-5 years.

For our full listings of National Centre for Early Music events go here.