50 things to do before you're 11¾ in Yorkshire

This summer kids can become a young nature explorer, a bug hunter extraordinaire or a natural artist. Find a place to visit and there tick off '50 things to do before you're 11¾' along the way. Here are some of the best places to can take up the challenge in Yorkshire.

Girl rolling down a grassy hill

No.2 Roll down a really big hill 

If there's a grassy slope nearby, you can guarantee that sooner or later, the kids will start to roll down it (or even the adults!). Roll down the banks alongside the abbey green at Fountains Abbey or down the front lawn slope at Beningbrough Hall.

Children den building

No.4 Build a den 

Test your woodland DIY skills by designing and building your very own den from fallen natural materials in the wood. Use branches and twigs to make a shelter, add some leaves to make sure you won't get wet if it rains and make yourself at home. A den also makes a cosy base for exploring the great outdoors and planning your next woodland adventure. Look out for the den building areas in the woods at Nostell, Fountains Abbey and Hardcastle Crags.

Family pond-dipping

No.35 Discover what's in a pond 

All you need is a plastic tub and a fishing net. Scoop your net in a figure of eight three times to pick up even the tiniest of creatures and pop them into your tub for a closer look. Remember to put them back though when you're done. Check out our pond dipping sessions at Fountains Abbey or have a go yourself at Beningbrough Hall, Brimham Rocks and Nostell.

Children looking at creatures captured in pots

No.41 Hunt for bugs 

Feed a curious mind by looking under rocks and in cracks to see what bugs make their home in the undergrowth. You'll find plenty in the garden at Nunnington Hall or the woodland and grass lawn at Rievaulx Terrace. You can also take a closer look at our bug hotel at East Riddlesden Hall - see how many you can find.

Two GPS devices on table used for geocaching

No.49 Find a geocache 

There are loads of geocaches hidden across the county so there are plenty of places to try out this exciting hobby for the first time. There are some tough ones to keep experienced geocachers entertained too. Head to Nostell, Brimham Rocks or scale Roseberry Topping to find our hidden treasure.

Girl jumping over waves

50 things to do before you're 11 ¾ at the coast 

It's the simple things in life that put a smile on your face. Who hasn't rolled up their trousers and had fun bounding over the frothy sea as it rolls into the shore? Have a go at no. 20 jump over waves and no. 42 go swimming in the sea at Saltburn. Or head to Robin Hood's Bay where you can also try no. 39 catch a crab by taking a closer look at what lives in the rockpools. Call into the Old Coastguard Station and they'll help you identify what you've found.