75 Things to do with the kids during summer holidays in Liverpool
5 years ago
Schools officially out for summer and we’ve got our biggest line up of family fun to date.
Plan a summer packed with fun, thrills and spills this July & August across Merseyside with our 75 Summer Holiday run down of what’s on right across the City Region. From all the major attractions to festivals, days out, cultural adventures, affordable places to eat, there’s something for kids of all ages.
Don’t forget the easiest way to get around our region is by using one of our amazing public transport networks. The Merseyrail Family Ticket is great value and you get more information and plan your journey here. And Arriva have bus routes across Merseyside and it’s never been easier to plan your day out with them too, more info here.
Here’s 75 things you can do with the kids this summer holidays in Merseyside….
1 – Summer Science Club, Victoria Gallery
Check out the summer science club sessions where you can make bubbles, potions and galaxies in a jar! More here.
2 – Family Yoga at Sefton Park Palm House
Grab a mat and get ready for some family chill time at Sefton Park Palm House. Bendy, stretchy fun. Dates here.
3 – Make Chinese Zodiac Masks, World Museum
World Museum is packed with summer hols fun, including Chinese Zodiac mask making! More info here.
4 – CBBC Summer Social
Croxteth Park is set to host a Summer Social from 3-5th August and all your fave faces will be there. Tickets here.
5 – Incredibles 2 Training Academy
There’s super hero family action on the big screen as Disney’s Incredibles 2 hits our cinemas. Listings here.
6 – Stanley Park Junior Park Run
Every Sunday at 9am your kids (age 4-14) can take on the free 2km organised fun run at Stanley Park. Details here.
7 – Bombed Out Church Summer Party
There’s a fab Aloha Luau party happening at the Bombed Out Church on 29th July with Jumping Jacks. Tickets here.
8 – Run for Rhys, Croxteth Park
Bank holiday weekend sees the second Run for Rhys & Family day take place at Croxteth Park. Get involved here.
9 – Pirate on the Dock Festival
Royal Albert Dock welcomes Pirates, Mermaids and epic battles when Pirates on the Dock returns in September. Info here.
10 – Kids Eat Free at Jamie’s Italian
All these events and activities will have you working up an appetite. Kids eat free at Jamie’s Liverpool ONE. More dining deals here.
11 – Make Pride Badges at Slavery Museum
Learn more about the civil rights activists and the LGBT+ community with free drop in badge making. Details here.
12 – Big Fun Run, Croxteth Park
Under 5’s can join in the Big Fun Run at Croxteth Park on 19th August. Dress up, run or walk, have a giggle. Info here.
13 – Build Mini Model at Lego, Liverpool ONE
Did you know that Lego at Liverpool ONE holds weekly mini build sessions for free? Drop in. More details here.
14 – Red Bull Drift Shifters
The biggest, loudest motorsport events to ever hit the UK, comes Liverpool on 19th August. Click here for more.
15 – Shark Tale and Craft at Victoria Gallery
Victoria Gallery & Museum is showing films and offering craft sessions for free this summer. Details here.
16 – Fun for Little Diggers at Museum of Liverpool
Early years kids can join a treasure hunt at Museum of Liverpool, it’s free and fun! Session times here.
17 – Pixar Vintage Sundays, FACT
You can watch all your favourite Pixar films (Toy Story, Wall E, Monsters Inc) at FACT this summer. Listings here.
18 – Ride the fair at Southport Pleasureland
There’s new rides and you can save with advance ticket bookings online at Southport Pleasureland. Details here.
19 – Calderstones Beach
Calderstones Beach returns from 21st July with brand new water rides and bouncy fun. Check it out here.
20 – Baby Massage at ESPA, Beauty Bazaar, Liverpool ONE
Summer hols fun isn’t all about the big kids. Babies can enjoy massage at ESPA, Beauty Bazaar too. Info here.
21 – Alice in Wonderland, Epstein Theatre
Take a trip down a rabbit hole with family drama at The Epstein Theatre and Alice this summer. Tickets here.
22 – Clip N Climb at Awesome Walls
Learn new skills and grow confidence with Clip N Climb at Awesome Walls climbing centre. Deals here.
23 – Grab lunch in the Coop for a fiver
Yard & Coop in Liverpool ONE have tasty treats for you and your brood this summer and it’s just £5 for 2 courses. More here.
24 – Blackpool Big Ticket
Alright so Blackpool isn’t exactly Merseyside but with huge savings on 7 attractions on 1 ticket, its a great day out. All the info here.
25 – Creative Writing Summer School, Claremont Farm
Claremont Farm is offering kids the chance to get creative this summer hols and pen their own adventures. Details here.
26 – See, Make & Do, Lady Lever Art Gallery
Get arty at the Lady Lever Art Gallery, Port Sunlight and create your own masterpiece to go on display. Info here.
27 – Swings and Roundabouts, Sefton Park
There’s no better time to hit the city parks for hours of free, fresh air fun. We love Sefton Park swings the best!
28 – Liverpool Pride
There’s not only a huge march and live music to enjoy but also family activities at Liverpool Pride too. Info here.
29 – Air Unlimited, Speke
Learn how to bounce like a pro or take on the North’s only reverse bungee at Air Unlimited. Offers here.
30 – £5 off summer holiday Go Karting
Put the pedal to the metal and enjoy a junior track day at Team Sport Karting with £5 off! More offers here.
31 – Meet Sniffer Dogs at Merseyside Maritime Museum
You can meet officers from Border Force and their clever sniffer dogs to find out how they work. All the info here.
32 – Bubbles & Puddles, New Brighton
New Brighton is a great day out rain or shine and Bubbles indoor play and Puddles Splash is a perfect day out idea. Info here.
33 – Animal Art Party Trail, Walker Art Gallery
Can you spot all the animals in the art at Walker Art Gallery, they’re getting ready for a special party. Trail info here.
34 – The Reader & Storybarn
Calderstones Park houses the brilliant Reader facility for families to enjoy reading together. Grab a coffee and a story. More info here.
35 – Clipper Round the World Yacht Race Final
If your kids are into boats, get down to the waterfront on 28th July to see the thrilling Clippers sail up the Mersey. Full event listings here.
36 – Meet Peppa Pig at Liverpool Empire
Treat your little ones to a live action show featuring everyone’s favourite little piglet, Peppa Pig at Liverpool Empire. Tickets here.
37 – Adventure Dock
If you’ve not already taken on Adventure Dock, where have you been? 50 obstacles, loads of splashes and fun for all the family. Check it out here.
38 – Play Table Tennis at Liverpool ONE
Head into Utility at Liverpool ONE for a bat and take on the kids in a Ping Pong Battle! More info here.
39 – Make Your Own Pizza at Gusto
Taking the kids out to dine is made more fun at Gusto Albert Dock. Make your own pizzas and tuck in! Menus here.
40 – Paw Patrol Live, Echo Arena
See your favourite pups save the day, live at the Liverpool Echo Arena on 8th August at Paw Patrol comes to town. Tickets here.
41 – Cirque du Soleil OVO
There’s a celebration of nature taking over the Echo Arena on 16-19th August at Cirque Du Soleil brings OVO to life. Tickets here.
42 – Step back in time at Speke Hall
There’s Victorian adventures and acres of space to run about and explore at Speke Hall this summer. What’s on info here.
43 – Otterspool Skate Park
Grab your wheels and head down to Otterspool Skatepark for free fun this summer hols. Don’t forget your helmet!
44 – Awful Auntie, Liverpool Empire
David Walliams’ amazing tale of frights, fights and friendship comes to live on stage from 29th August. More info here.
45 – Summer Fun at Liverpool Cathedral
There’s four dates of free family fun at Liverpool Cathedral and Derby Mouse this summer. Kids eat free at the café too. More info here.
46 – Play 5 -a-side at The Mystery
Wavetree’s Mystery Par is easily one of the best for playing footy as it’s so flat! Nip to Allerton Rd or Smithdown for snacks. Cheap n cheerful.
47 – BING! Live at New Brighton Pavilion
Little ones are in for a treat as Bing Bunny comes to New Brighton Pavilion on 14-15th August. Ticket bookings here.
48 – Disco Tots at Wigwam Coffee Shop
Your little ones can bust some moves with sensory items at Wigwam Coffee Shop Disco Tots on 3rd August. Book here.
49 – The Beatles Story Discovery Zone
Make like Liverpool’s Fab Four and check out The Beatles Story revamped Discovery Zone at Royal Albert Dock. Info here.
50 – Cat Café Crafts
Every Saturday morning the kids can get crafty and enjoy some feline company at Cat Café, Bold Street. Info here.
51 – Spectacular Summer Ball, Palm House
Jumping Jacks bring pirate fun to the Palm House on 7th August expect music, sea shanties, party games and mroe. Book here.
52 – Get Crafty at The Atkinson, Southport
The Atkinson, Lord Street has a packed summer programme of fun, most of it free including Make It! sessions. Details here.
53 – Fun on the Farm, Farmer Teds
Farmer Teds is a great day out all year round but summer means more time to enjoy the park, animals and tractor rides! Tickets here.
54 – Tiger Trail at Knowsley Safari Park
Have you seen the brand new Tiger Trail at Knowsley Safari Park? Tiger sisters Sinda & Bira can’t wait to meet you! Deals here.
55 – Out of this World fun at The Planetarium, World Museum
Did you know you can explore outer space at World Museum? Daily planetarium shows bring stars and galaxies right down to earth for kids. More here.
56 – Bombed Out Church Silent Disco
This is your chance to hit the dance floor and throw some shapes as the family Silent Disco comes to the Bombed Out Church. Book here.
57 – Pier Head Village Fairground
The Pier Head Village returns this summer with fairground rides, candyfloss, sugar dummies and spectacular views of the city from those thrill rides! Info here.
58 – Milkshake Live, Epstein Theatre
Who doesn’t love a bit of Milkshake on Channel 5? Well now your fave characters and presenters are coming to Liverpool. Tickets here.
59 – Walking With Dinosaurs
Echo Arena will become a mini Jurassic Park this summer as Walking With Dinosaurs being the prehistoric to life. Tickets here.
60 – Liverpool Fire Session, Sefton Park
Take the kids to see Sefton Park lake light up like never before with a Fire display for all to enjoy on 27th July. Info here.
61 – KidsFest, Stanley Park
KidsFest returns to Stanley Park with a day full of fun, stalls, live music, crafts, face painting and more all in aid of the James Bulger Memorial Trust. Free to attend. Info here.
62 – Get Lost at Brimstage Maze
Nothing says summer like long days in the fresh air and getting lost at Brimstage Maze usually means just that! Opening times here.
63 – Climb the Cathedral Bell Tower
You can see the city from a birds eye view and climb the bell tower at Liverpool Cathedral, including after dark in Thursdays. More here.
64 – Everyman Theatre Summer School
If your kids are budding actors, why not use this summer to hone their skills? Everyman Theatre Summer School admissions is open. Details here.
65 – FUSION Festival
Otterspool is hosting some HUGE names in music this summer as FUSION festival returns with the likes of Shawn Mendes, David Guetta and Jess Glynn. Tickets here.
66 – The Snail and The Whale, Epstein Theatre
Little ones will be spell-bound as Julia Donaldson’s brilliant rhyming story, The Snail and the Whale is brought to life on stage. Tickets here.
67 – Become a Pop Star at BME
Your kids can play instruments, have a dance off, check out the best costumes from Brit Pop and so much more at the BME this summer. Line up here.
68 – Summer Football on the Dock
The pop up 5 a side pitch returns to Royal Albert Dock this summer, and it has a brand new, VERY unique home, so if your little ones fancy a kick about with coaches from EFC and LFC, get involved. Info here.
69 – Join the Rare School of Fashion
There’s workshops on painting, crafts & sewing for children age 5 – 13 at Rare School of Fashion this Summer, the next Alexander McQueen in the making! Booking here.
70 – Check out the Summer Fete at The Elephant
Woolton’s The Elephant is holding its annual summer fete and feast on 28th July with chef Simon Rimmer on hand to judge a bake off! Plenty of gin and tasty food too. Info here.
71 – Liverpool Anime & Gaming Con
Marriott Hotel, Queen Square will host the Liverpool Anime & Gaming Con on 4th-5th August. Expect cosplay, merchandise and guest stars. Info here.
72 – Summer Stampede at Chester Zoo
Chester Zoo has all kinds of activities on during summer and the Summer Stampede is a great way to get together and join in the sponsored walk while animal spotting. Info here.
73 – Rocket Ready at Tate Liverpool
Tate Liverpool offers kids a brilliant rocket backpack full of crafty ideas to explore the exhibitions on display and the best bit is, its free! Info here.
74 – Hat Making at Maritime Museum
With the sun set to shine throughout August (for a change) why not head down to Maritime Museum and make yourself a sun hat in the craft sessions. More info here.
75 – Park Nights with Active Sefton
Active Sefton has lined up a whole summers worth of fun activities for kids of all ages in parks across the borough. Details above.