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Yes, it’s half term already and if you are stressing about how to keep the kids entertained, then stress no more. We have lined up the perfect list of things for you and the family to do in, and around Liverpool. From puddle jumping to circus tricks – here’s your guide to February half term.
Children – and adults this year – are being urged to grab their wellies and get outside to join in the Puddle Jumping Championships.
Families and friends can compete against each other to see who can produce the biggest splash from their puddle jump (and who’s got the most style and enthusiasm). Daily winners will be announced throughout the half term and lucky ‘super-splashers’ will receive fantastic prizes!
The Puddle Jumping Championships are being held every day from Saturday, February 15 – Saturday, February 23.
Gandeys Circus claims to be Europe’s largest touring big top show – and it’s back in the UK with an 80-minute performance that takes the audience on a voyage around the world.
Its 2020 UK tour UNBELIEVABLE, features an international cast of more than 30 artists performing death-defying acts hand-picked from around the world, with fun – of course – from clowns Chico and Andreea.
The big top will be pitched at Aintree Racecourse between Friday, February 14 and Sunday, March 1.
Take the family for a nature adventure across Speke Hall’s garden and grounds to discover the fascinating world of mini beasts and busy bugs.
This and other activities will be taking place daily at the National Trust treasure between February 15-23, between 10.30am-5pm. The house will be closed on 17 & 18 February. Normal admission prices apply, free entry for National Trust members and children under 5.
Liverpool ONE’s got loads to keep the kids happy this half term from kids-eat-free offers to craft workshops and cinema kids’ clubs.
The fun includes:
Apple Liverpool: Coding Lab for Kids: Sphero Robot Obstacle Challenge.
ODEON Kids Club: Running each weekend, the ODEON Kids Club has got animated favourites with screenings at £2.50 each – and that’s for parents too!
Waterstones: Dress up as your favourite fairy tale character and join Waterstones for daily story time and activities from February 18-23, 2-3pm. Info here.
Liverpool’s first regular comedy club for kids (and their grown-ups) returns to Bluecoat for its first event of 2020 with jokes, sketches, quizzes and mayhem! Funny Looking Kids: Comedy Club features character comedians, and comedy for children with an alternative twist on Saturday, February 15 2.30-4pm.
And, while you’re there, you can visit their exhibition, play in the garden, or visit the Children’s Corner which provides fun, free activities and storybooks to keep you and your little ones happy.
As always there’s TONS going on at the city’s museums: World Museum Liverpool, Liverpool Museum, Merseyside Maritime Museum, Walker Art Gallery, Lady Lever Art Gallery – you get the picture – and it’s all for free!
There’s Big Art for Little Artists at the Walker.
At the Maritime Museum you can take part in a fun-filled story about a sailor called Billy who travels all over the world and discovers the many exciting musical instruments.
And you can get crafty at Museum of Liverpool and be inspired by its fantastic Liverpool on Wheels exhibition, making a transport-themed badge to wear home!
To find out all that’s going on, go to the website here.
Calderstones Park is getting ready for the thrills and spills of the funfair from February 16-23, between 11am and 6pm.
Enjoy carousel rides, inflatables and bungee trampolines plus The New Bavarian Fun House and games stalls. Rides cost one token (except bungees which are two) and tokens are £2 each, or 20 tokens for £20.
The world’s biggest inflatable theme park is on its way to Liverpool for the first time ever from February 21-23. Based at the Exhibition Centre it will have assault courses, UFO-shaped bumper cars, huge slides and play zones.
There are bookable two hour play sessions for two to 14-years-olds, and to make sure everyone gets as much fun it’s got everything from a toddler play zone and a Minions course to a gigantic Ninja Warrior assault course where kids can race and bounce through the blockades and rollers, scale ladders and finish with the ultimate slide finale.
A limited number of tickets are on sale now at £9.50 (inc. booking fee), with standard tickets £10.99 (inc. booking fee). It’s £3 for spectators. For session times go to the website here.
Kidsfest is The Atkinson’s family festival and it’s packed with exciting stuff for families of all ages.
There’s family theatre, puppetry, Disney films, craft workshops, museums, exhibitions and more; and shows include Spark the Goblin Wizard, Jay Foreman’s Disgusting Songs for Revolting Children, and Hurrah for the Pirate King.
It’s on between February 15-23 at the Lord Street venue in Southport with shows starting at £6/film screening from £3.50.
The Mr Men and Little Miss characters leap off the page and onto the stage in a fun, live stage show.
Featuring Mr Bump, Little Miss Splendid, Mr Tickle, Little Miss Inventor and many more, Happyland bursts to life in a series of colourful and timeless stories told through puppetry and music on February 22 and 23 at The Floral Pavilion, Wallasey. Tickets from £12.50 (family ticket £43).
Put on your ruby red slippers and skip down the East Lancs to St Helens where the Theatre Royal is on a mission to get Dorothy back to Kansas with the help of The Wizard of Oz in its half-term panto between February 15-23.
Tickets are £12.
This year Liverpool Cathedral is hosting an exciting art project with internationally-renowned sculptor and artist Peter Walker. ‘Peace Doves’ is a mass participation art project culminating in the creation of a beautiful large-scale art installation that will hang until May 31.
During February half-term, Monday, February 17- Friday, February 21, you can join its Education Team for dove-themed family activity sessions where you’ll have the chance to write messages of hope, peace and human dignity on the paper doves provided. Each family-friendly session is free and lasts around 30 minutes.
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