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Things to do this February Half Term in Liverpool

2 weeks ago

By Chris Grundy

Things to do this February Half Term in Liverpool
February half term in Liverpool

From trips to the theatre to science and discovery centres, Liverpool offers something for everyone during the school holidays.

Make the most of February half term in Liverpool with a variety of exciting activities and events for the whole family.

With all these amazing events taking place, there will be no shortage of fun this half term:

Splash Art

Credit: Splash Art
Credit: Splash Art

It’s every parents’ worst nightmare – in an act of expression, your little darling has unleashed their inner artist all over your magnolia walls.

But imagine if there was a place where your children were free to splash, squirt, splatter and shoot paint at will and you didn’t have to clean up afterwards. 

Now there is thanks to England’s first interactive art studio in Liverpool. Splash art is inviting parents and grandparents to bring their children aged 3 to 12 along during half term.

The hour long-session includes a dart art game and a spin art experience and there is an opportunity to blast each other in the dark with neon paint-filled guns. Everybody also leaves with two canvases each.

Experiences cost £30 for children and £42.50 for adults or you can get a family ticket for £130 for two adults and two children plus £20 per extra child.

For more info click here.


Mudfest at WWT Martin Mere

Mudfest at WWT Martin Mere
Mudfest at WWT Martin Mere

This year, Mudfest is coming to WWT Martin Mere & WWT Slimbridge for the first time, and returning to WWT Llanelli thanks to the success it brought. Mudfest celebrates the wonders of mud and encourages more families to get out into nature.

Mudfest aims to raise awareness of the environment in a fun way that engages families. The event will return next February half term as well, and if popular, hopefully for years to come.

The North West Puddle Jumping Championships are a highlight, allowing kids to splash away in muddy puddles, rain or shine.

This year marks the event’s 10th year anniversary!

For more info click here.


Speke Hall

Credit: Speke Hall
Credit: Speke Hall

Escape to Speke Hall’s grounds for family adventures every day of the week this half term, offering a plethora of fun activities for all ages.

Drop-In Craft Sessions on select dates provide an opportunity for young creatives to explore their artistic side with activities like making cotton wool sheep or crafting a Valentine’s plate heart.

For those seeking outdoor excitement, dive into a Giant Winter Adventure with the Winter Trail, embark on a journey to find the lost clothes of giant John and his friend, Digby the Dormouse.

Additionally, the grounds feature a giant hedge maze, a 30-feet-long zip wire, a wheelchair-accessible roundabout, and a woodland obstacle course for endless playtime fun.

Wrap up your day with a comforting treat from the Home Farm restaurant. Admission charges apply to non-members, while National Trust members and under 5s enjoy free entry.

Please note that the house is closed until 6 March for its annual winter clean.

For more info click here.


Wizard of Oz – St Helens Theatre Royal

St Helens Theatre Royal - Wizard of Oz
St Helens Theatre Royal – Wizard of Oz

Following their record-breaking Christmas pantomime Aladdin, Regal Entertainments are back at St Helens Theatre Royal with the first of four pantomimes in 2024, a totally wizard treat for all the family this half-term with a trip to the merry old land of Oz.

Audiences at the popular town centre venue in St Helens are being invited to follow the yellow brick road to the Theatre Royal to see The Wizard Of Oz live on stage from Saturday 10 – Sun 18 February 2024.

So, click your heels three times and join Dorothy and Toto as they journey along the Yellow Brick Road to make her way home and help find the Scarecrow a brain, the Tin Man a heart and a Cowardly Lion some courage.  Book early to avoid disappointment.

Book your tickets here.


Shrek The Musical – Liverpool Empire

Credit: Shrek The Musical
Credit: Shrek The Musical

Shrek The Musical is attracting rave reviews around the country and is due in Liverpool next month – just in time for February half-term. 

If you’re a fan of the movie you’re going to love this, and for those of you who haven’t (where have you been?) it’s a fantastic first look into the world of everyone’s favourite ogre!

Step into the enchanting world of Shrek as the beloved story comes to life on stage. Join Shrek and his trusty sidekick Donkey as they set out on a quest to defeat the fearsome dragon and rescue the beautiful Princess Fiona!

Along the way they will meet a host of fairytale creatures in this hilarious and heartwarming adventure filled with laughter, love, and plenty of ogre-sized surprises!

Book tickets here.


Jurassic Takeover – M&S Bank Arena

Jurassic Take-Over Day - M&S Bank Arena
Jurassic Take-Over Day – M&S Bank Arena

Dinosaurs will be roaming the M&S Bank Arena as it hosts the UK’s only interactive walkthrough theatre experience. State-of-the-art animatronic dinosaurs mean you can talk to a Triceratops and roar with a T-Rex, there’s a Jurassic Park tribute area and a chance to learn all about baby dinosaurs and skeletons.

Find out more here.


Shiverpool

Credit: Shiverpool
Credit: Shiverpool

Families can get a haunted history holiday treat this half term with special tours from Shiverpool including three free daytime performances.

The award-winning Shiverpool specialises in theatrical experiences bringing Liverpool’s history to life (and death) with storytelling street tours around the city centre.

With half term coming up this month, it’s offering parents something different to keep kids entertained during the school break.

There’ll be three regular Hope Street Shivers Ghost and History Tours, plus a Wicked Wednesday Auld City and Dead House tour and early evening Sunday Service Hope Street Shivers tour at a reduced price.

And, as an added bonus, anyone wanting to dip a toe into the unknown and try the Shiverpool tales can join a tour free, on Saturday February 17.

For more info on Shiverpool click here.


Wonka – Liverpool Philharmonic

Credit: Wonka / Liverpool Philharmonic
Credit: Wonka / Liverpool Philharmonic

Chance to see the incredible new film starring Timothée Chalamet, Rowan Atkinson, Olivia Coleman, and Hugh Grant in the wonderful setting of the Phil on Sunday, February 11.

Based on the extraordinary character from Roald Dahl’s Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Wonka tells the story of how the world’s greatest inventor, magician and chocolate-maker became the best-loved Willy Wonka we know today. 

Find more info here.


The Tiger Who Came to Tea at the Playhouse

The Tiger Who Came to Tea - Everyman Playhouse - Family
Credit: Everyman Playhouse

Great chance for families to see the fab West End production of Judith Kerr’s classic tale as it tours the UK, stopping off at the Playhouse from Monday, February 12 to Saturday, February 17. When the doorbell rings just as Sophie and her mummy are sitting down to tea, they wonder who it could be. They’re certainly not expecting to see a big, stripy tiger…

Find more info here.


Liverpool ONE

Leveltap – the ultimate gaming experience

Leveltap - Bars - City Centre
Credit: Leveltap

Calling all gamers! Dive into the ultimate gaming experience at Leveltap, located on Hanover Street. 

With thrilling games and esports, accompanied by mouthwatering pizza from American Pizza Slice, it’s a paradise for kids and adults alike. Open weekdays from 4.00pm to midnight and weekends from 12.00pm to midnight. Children are welcome until 8 pm. 

Learn more here.

Entertainment on every corner

Gravity Liverpool ONE

Experience a day packed with fun activities at Liverpool ONE! From Gravity MAX and escape rooms to crazy golf at Junkyard Golf Club and more, there’s something for everyone. 

Opening times vary, so be sure to check the Liverpool ONE website for details.

Get creative at LEGO

Let your imagination run wild at LEGO’s Valentine’s themed ‘Make & Take’ building event. 

Create your own mini-build to take home for free on Saturday 10 February from 10.00am to 12.00pm and Sunday 11 February from 12.00pm to 2.00pm.

The latest cinema releases at ODEON

Face coverings to be mandatory in all cinemas

Catch the newest releases at ODEON Liverpool ONE! Whether you’re into family-friendly animations or box office hits like Mean Girls, ODEON has something for everyone. 

Showing daily, located on Paradise Street and The Terrace.

Explore Liverpool ONE’s Heritage and Nature Trails

Nature Trail at Liverpool ONE
Nature Trail at Liverpool ONE

Embark on a journey through Liverpool’s rich history with the Heritage Trail, or venture into nature with the Nature Trail at Liverpool ONE. Both trails offer self-guided tours filled with fascinating discoveries. 

For more information on the Heritage Trail visit here.

For more information on the Nature Trail click here.

For more info on Liverpool ONE click here.


Imagine That!

Credit: Imagine That!
Credit: Imagine That!

Liverpool’s Imagine That! is calling on young swashbucklers to set sail to its Pirates Revenge this February half-term.

The science and discovery centre, located on Wavertree Technology Park, has some ‘arr-mazing’ activities to keep the kids entertained during the school holidays. 

Children aged 10 and under can join in the fun across its four zones – the Imagination Village, Artbeatz and Bright Sparks areas before ending the visit in the Slime Factory.

Swashbuckling youngsters, with the help of their grown-ups, can join the crew and help solve puzzles as they navigate through all four zones looking for hidden treasure. 

There will be prizes along the way and plenty of pirate-themed activities for all the family.

Imagine That! Pirates Revenge is a three-hour journey that runs at weekends and every day during February half-term (February 10 to February 25). Tickets must be booked in advance.

More info here.


Day out in Southport

Southport Botanic Gardens Credit: visitsouthport.com
Southport Botanic Gardens Credit: visitsouthport.com

There’s nothing quite like day out at the seaside, and we have a boss one less than an hour from Liverpool City Centre. 

Southport is always on the cards for a nice day out. From leisurely strolls along the iconic pier to immersing yourself in the beauty of the Botanic Gardens, it has something for everyone. 

Sample a wide range of culinary delights at the town’s restaurants, cafes, and pubs, offering everything from traditional British cuisine to international flavours. Places like Southport Market will be sure to satisfy your taste buds.

Catch a live performance or show at the iconic Southport Theatre, known for its diverse program of entertainment.

Just a few minutes out of the Southport centre in Churchtown is Southport’s Botanic Gardens. Immerse yourself in the beauty of nature at the stunning gardens, home to a variety of plants, a lake, and even a Victorian fernery. 

There is an aviary, gift shop and café too, so there’s plenty to see and explore.


Kids eat for less or free at Liverpool ONE

Liverpool ONE
Liverpool ONE Terrace

Back by popular demand, Liverpool ONE is offering free kids’ meals at select restaurants this February half term! 

Treat your little ones to a delicious meal at TGIs, Gordon Ramsay’s Bread Street Kitchen, or YO!, where kids eat for free. 

Plus, enjoy discounted kids’ meals at GBK, Byron, The Real Greek, Zizzi, and Wagamama. Available from Monday 12 February to Friday 16 February. Some venues may vary.

See more details here.


Knowsley Safari

Credit: Knowsley Safari
Credit: Knowsley Safari

Knowsley Safari has made it even easier to capture the magic and meet the stars of Channel 4’s Secret Life of the Safari Park TV series, with a Kids Go Free family-friendly offer, available now until Thursday 29 February 2024.

Seeing Knowsley Safari’s pride of African lions, Crumpet, the Congo buffalo calf and the cheeky baboons, who are all capturing viewers’ hearts in the new docuseries, is now more affordable for the whole family.

For more info click here.


Lunar New Year

Lunar New Year. Credit: Culture Liverpool
Lunar New Year. Credit: Culture Liverpool

Taking place from Friday to Sunday, February 9-11, for the first time the Lunar New Year activities won’t just take over the Chinatown area, they’ll also bring a festival of colour and sound to the Bombed Out Church (St Luke’s)Liverpool ONE and the Royal Albert Dock. Highlights include the usual traditional dragon, lion and unicorn parades and firecracker displays, alongside captivating stories, music, and street theatre.

Find more info here.


The Reader at Calderstones Park

Credit: Natalie Denny
Credit: Natalie Denny

On Saturday 10 February at 2pm, Natalie Denny will be reading from her brand-new children’s book Keisha Jones is a Force of Nature at the Mansion House in Calderstones Park where UK-wide charity The Reader is based.

The Reader’s dedicated play space for children The Storybarn, will also be hosting activity throughout the half-term inspired by Mac Barnett’s (The Wolf, The Duck & The Mouse) new book Twenty Questions. Children will be invited to make their own magic from their wildest curiosities with games, super storytelling and a shapeshifting crafts.

Natalie Denny Author Talk
Saturday 10 February, 2pm – 3.30pm
The Old Café, The Mansion House, Calderstones Park
Tickets £5 per child, with accompanying adults free
Book at here.

Half-Term at the Storybarn
10 – 18 February, 10am & 12.30pm
The Storybarn, Calderstones Park
Tickets £6 per child, £5 per adult
Book at here.


World Museum

Embark on an awe-inspiring journey through history, culture, and the natural world all under one roof at World Museum. Walk with Dinosaurs, take a trip 20,000 leagues under the sea at the aquarium, discover the ancient secrets of Egypt, or rocket into space at the planetarium. 

While you’re here make sure you catch Return of the Gods! The exhibition features a stunning collection of more than 100 sculptures and objects that have never been displayed together before. Kids go free with adult tickets costing £8.

Book your tickets here.


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