Liverpool’s vibrant cultural scene rivals that of London, so no wonder it’s one of tourists top British cities to visit. Liverpool’s fantastic range of museums and art galleries generally have great have family-focused areas and activities, so you can all enjoy a dose of culture. And there’s plenty of fun and games to be found in this welcoming city too. Whether you have an active toddler or an energetic eight year old, you won’t be stuck for ideas on a rainy day!
So read on to discover the Best Things to Do in Liverpool and the surrounding areas with your children.
1. Spring City
Liverpool’s first trampoline park is situated on Brunswick Docks. It is home to almost 100 trampolines, basketball nets, dodge ball courts and a large café. The trampolines are suitable for children aged 4 and over (as well as adults!). In addition, there is an excellent soft play area for younger ones too. In other words, a fantastic place for kids to expend their endless energy!
2. World Museum
Spread over five floors, this family-focused museum offers a huge range of treasures from around the world. That will certainly get young minds engaged and excited. And guess what…It’s free!*
Explore Egyptian mummies, dinosaur remains and a Planetarium. Also Hands-on activities and special workshops run throughout the year. Check the website for up to date events.
*some exhibitions and workshops may be charged
Address: William Brown St, Liverpool L3 8EN
3. Mattel Play
Young children will love this interactive, indoor play centre. Mattel play is based around Thomas the Tank Engine, Bob the Builder and Fireman Sam. The three play zones bring these much-loved cartoons to life. Your kids will love being able to climb aboard the rides and get up close to their favourite characters. Explore the three play zones, making sure to snap lots of memorable photos along the way!
Address: Albert Dock, Liverpool L3 4AA
4. Imagine That!
A unique space for children’s creativity to come alive. Imagine That has many different areas including a construction site, art area, water area and a science zone. Let their minds explore and their hands get dirty! Imagine That is popular with school groups during term times. However there are dedicated toddler sessions where little ones can run around without the crowds.
Address: 26-32 Faraday Rd, Liverpool L13 1EH
5. The Climbing Hanger
Kids are great natural climbers and this is the perfect place to show those monkey skills. The Little Hangar is for children aged 4 to 7, however younger children are welcome too. In addition to the beginner’s climbing wall, there’s a pirate ship, crawling tunnels and slides to explore. However, children must be supervised by yourself at all times. The centre also offers children’s climbing classes taken by a professional instructor, don’t miss it!
Address: 6 Birchall St, Liverpool L20 8PD
6. Merseyside Maritime Museum
Throughout the museum you’ll find exhibits, trails and free events perfect for the little ones. Discover the city’s pivotal role as the gateway to the new world.Located in the heart of the Albert Dock,ship models, ship wrecked objects, uniforms. Free entry.
Address: Albert Dock, Liverpool L3 4AQ
7. Bubbles World of Play
Just across the Mersey in New Brighton, this indoor play centre provides hours of entertainment for ages 0-11. Themed areas, soft play and role play will keep them entertained, whilst you relax with a coffee and free Wifi. Themed areas include the Wild West, Central Park New York, and Dinoland! In other words, a great place for them to let off some steam on a rainy day. And in the summer, there’s a Puddles Outdoor Splash Water Play Area.
8. Tate Liverpool
Ok so a modern art museum may not seem like the best place to entertain the kids, but there are actually loads of free activities aimed at families at this world famous institute in Albert Dock. For example there are activity packs and trails to follow, a dedicated family space and creation stations where the kids can release their inner artist. And lastly, don’t miss the magnificent views across Albert Dock from the cafe.
Address: 315 The Colonnades, Liverpool L3 4AB
9. ODEON Kids Club at Liverpool ONE
A trip to the cinema can be a great way to stave off boredom for kids on a rainy afternoon. So if you’re after some light entertainment, head for the 18 screen Odeon cinema at Liverpool ONE. The Odeon kids club runs every Saturday and Sunday, and every day during the summer holidays. Tickets are priced at just £2.50 (including for adults!) and the family friendly films change every 6-8 weeks. You can be comfortable in the knowledge that the audience is made up of fellow parents, so you won’t feel embarrassed if your kids won’t sit still the whole time!
Address: 14 Paradise St, Liverpool L1 8JF
10. Inflata Nation, Cheshire
A 40 minute drive from the city, this inflatable theme park is bound to be a hit with the kids. It is home to the UK’s first inflatable double drop slide, as well as giant bouncy pillows, an obstacle course and an inflatable climbing wall. Little ones will love bouncing around the different activities, and adults can join in all the fun too. There are dedicated Inflata Tots sessions where under 4’s can enjoy the space without the crowds.
11. Dunes Splash World, Southport
A 40 minute drive from Liverpool, Dunes Splashworld is a great place to entertain water babies. It is currently undergoing a big refurbishment, ready for the 2020 summer holidays. Splashworld is best suited to younger children, with gentle slides, a great toddler pool and water play area. And more importantly, it is kept at a constant 84 degrees Fahrenheit, making it the perfect place to visit in any weather. Lastly, you can refuel at the poolside café which has a revamped new menu.
Address: Esplanade, Southport PR8 1RX
12. Blue Planet Aquarium, Cheshire
Just 30 minutes drive from Liverpool, this large aquarium is home to thousands of marine species, including one of Europe’s largest shark collections. Admire them in the Underwater Shark Tunnel, before visiting the colourful Coral Cave and the Flooded Forest. In addition, the Aqua Theatre and Pirate Playground provide even more entertainment for your little ones.
13. The Everyman Theatre
This independent cinema and theatre offers a great range of family friendly shows at both its Liverpool venues. From children’s modern classics such as Zog, to the legendary Christmas panto, there’s sure to be something to entertain the whole family. Current showings for 2020 include Frog and Friends and the new West End musical, Six.
Address: 5-11 Hope St, Liverpool L1 9BH
14. Darkstar Ultimate Laser Tag Arena, St Helen’s
Got kids who are thrill seekers, or fancy yourself as the next MI5 agent? Then you’ll be pleased to know the ultimate laser tag adventure awaits in nearby St Helen’s. Play against up to 40 players in the dark, using the most advanced laser tag equipment. A great family day out for adrenaline junkies. This activity is suitable for ages 6 and over.
15. Wigan Roller Rink
Kids keen to burn off some energy? Then head for Europe’s largest indoor roller rink, just 40 minutes away in Wigan. Aimed at young families, this huge arena offers lessons, parties and special activities and events during the school holidays. However, it’s best to book ahead as it does get busy on weekends.
So as you can see, visiting Liverpool with your kids is the perfect opportunity for a your Family Holiday.
Which of these activities in Liverpool will you choose? Let us know about your trip! We’d love to hear from you.
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