‘Love your Lego? Come join our club’

Right, there's a spaceship in here somewhere… Photograph © Alan Chia on Wikipedia
24 Feb 2017 @ 4.37 pm
| Family

Few family activities are quite as absorbing as building a whole new world from a pile of little coloured bricks.

And now everyone can join in the fun at a brand new event.

The first Yorkey Dads Lego and Duplo morning will take place on Saturday (February 25) between 9.30am and 10.30am and will carry on each Saturday at the same time. Refreshments will be provided.

Social network

Yorkey Dads encourages York-based fathers to share experience, build confidence and become an active parent.

The scheme began as a Facebook group in January 2015.

It offers a support network as well as a social outlet for fathers and their children.

Currently the group has 200 members and represents a diverse group. The dads are young and old, at home and working, married, single and divorced, straight and gay, and from different ethnic and racial backgrounds.

All share one common goal – to become an active parent.

Lots of activities

The Lego lovers… Top, left to right – Jack Woodhams (Yorkey Dads), Dom Billington (Billington Toys), Mike Hassell (Yorkey Dads), Cllr Andrew Waller, John Guest (Explore volunteer), Laura and Damien Parks (Lego enthusiasts); bottom – Katie Atkinson (team leader, Acomb Explore Library)

The group, which has received City of York Council and Joseph Rowntree Foundation funding, held a successful Summer Fun Day in Acomb last August and a Christmas event at Energi trampoline park in Clifton Moor.

Yorkey Dads Lego Club

Acomb Explore Library, Front Street, Acomb

Every Sat @ 9.30am-10.30am

Free

Yorkey Dads Facebook group

A Yorkey Dads Bushbabies session was held at West Bank Park on Monday (February 20) and received a great response.

Meanwhile a Yorkey Dads and Kids Cookery School is coming to Tang Hall, Clifton and Westfield from in April.

Co-chair Jack Woodhams is delighted with the growth of the group – it now has more than 200 members – and the positive impact it has on the York community.

“Yorkey Dads started as an online community of dads looking to support each other,” he said.

“I was aware of similar online groups for mums but there didn’t seem to be anything like that primarily aimed at fathers.”

Any York-based father can join, find activities to do with their children, or air their worries.

Jack added:

New friendships have been made not only between the dads but with their kids as well. We honestly feel that this is a really worthwhile venture and we’re excited to see where it can go.