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Family Days Out in Liverpool With everything from museums and ten pin bowling, to zoos and rock climbing, the kids will never be short of things to do in Liverpool. So read on to discover the best child-friendly attractions the city has on offer…

If your kids are interested in the past then why not make your first stop one of the many museums in the city centre and at Albert Dock.

The Merseyside Maritime Museum [map] has great interactive exhibits along with excellent displays of weapons, clothing and other important items from the Battle of the Atlantic. Part of the museum is dedicated to the history of HM Customs and Excise, while another section relives the stories of the slave trade.

For more of Liverpool’s maritime activities why not visit to the Historic Warships museum [map] in Birkenhead, which has Britain's finest collection of fighting ships. Among the many ships on show are the HMS Plymouth and submarine HMS Onyx, which were both involved in the Falklands War.

To see where some of the most important decisions of the World War II were made, head under Liverpool’s streets to the Western Approaches Command Centre [map]. This former top-secret nerve centre, dating back to the 1940s, has been reconstructed to show the Admiral’s office and Anderson Shelter. There is also a mocked-up schoolroom where you can try on a gas mask and sound the sirens.

If your kids are more into science or the solar system than British history, then you’ll be pleased to know there are museums to keep them happy too.

Located on the top floor of Liverpool Museum [map] you’ll find the Planetarium, which gives visitors the chance to blast off on a spectacular journey through space and time to learn about the universe and astronomy. The museum itself has one of the biggest collections in Britain, with 10,000 historical exhibits from all over the world including ancient Egyptian artefacts and Roman relics.

For budding young scientists the Catalyst Museum in Widnes focuses on the world of chemistry and has many hands-on exhibitions for you to enjoy.

If you’re looking to keep the kids quiet for a while try one Liverpool’s many cinemas, such as the Odeon [map] in the city centre, which often has a range of children’s films on during the school holidays.

To catch a glimpse of a lion or a tiger why not take your kids to Knowsley Safari Park [map] or Chester Zoo [map], which both have a wide range of animals, including elephants, zebras and monkeys.

For kids who prefer to learn about life under the ocean, then head for the Blue Planet Aquarium [map] at Ellesmere Port, which has an array of tropical fish, turtles, stingrays and ten different species of shark.

If your kids are the more energetic type, why not make full use of Liverpool’s sports and leisure facilities by taking the kids swimming, ten pin bowling or even rock climbing.

There are a number of public swimming pools around the city, which cater for children particularly during the school holidays. For more information visit the Liverpool council's website. While for ten pin bowling head to Hollywood Bowl [map] at Edge Lane Retail Park.

You can go rock climbing at the Awesome Walls Climbing Centre [map] in Athol Street. This indoor rock climbing centre is just half a mile north of the city centre and it offers a selection of bright and colourful climbing walls including the Gladiators Wall – not for the faint hearted! Fully qualified instructors and experienced rock climbers are on hand to offer help and advice, while one hour taster sessions are available for those who are willing to give it a try.

And when it comes to enjoying sport in Liverpool no family trip to the city would be complete without a visit to either the home of Liverpool or Everton football clubs. You can enjoy a tour of the stadium, which includes the dressing room, executive boxes and the dugout, at both Anfield and Goodison Park.

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