Kids & Families 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
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
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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