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The Best Things to Do With Kids in Liverpool

Picture of Richard Franks
Freelance Travel & Music Writer
Updated: 27 October 2017
When the kids are restless and the board games won’t cut it, what do you do? If you’re local to Liverpool, or are visiting the Mersey sometime soon, there’s something on this list to please even the fussiest of little people, making you the coolest parent ever.
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Knowsley Safari

On this five mile safari drive, get up close and personal with lions, tigers, giraffes, buffalos, baboons, bats, bees and everything in between. Knowsley Safari takes pride on educating its visitors on each animal’s unique abilities, showcased in sea lion displays, keeper talks and animal encounters. Knowlsey also has a number of ongoing conservation and research projects, helping to preserve the wildlife they display.

Knowsley Safari, Prescot, UK, +44 151 430 9009

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Liverpool World Museum

At the Liverpool World Museum, the whole universe is at your disposal. From exploring the history of ancient Egypt, marvelling at the wonders of the universe or coming up close and personal to live animals, this lively museum and its 1.7 million artefacts will leave no stone unturned and no story untold.

William Brown St, Liverpool, UK, +44 151 478 4393

Liverpool World Museum | © calflier001/Flickr

Mystery Treasure Trail

If you fancy taking the adventure in your own hands, why not try a self-guided mystery treasure trail? Murder mystery is the theme of this three hour, three-mile treasure trail around the city, helping you discover the hidden gems of Liverpool along the way. All correct answers from the trail are also entered into a monthly £100 prize draw! Guides start from £6.99 each on the Treasure Trails website.

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The Wheel of Liverpool

Liverpool’s Docks are world famous, and a sight to behold for anyone. So, why not take in the view from 60 metres up in the air? The Wheel of Liverpool on Keel Wharf is sure to delight the whole family as your capsule takes you up into the air, whilst giving a video presentation on Liverpool’s history. Children of all ages are welcome aboard one of the 49 capsules on the wheel (one of which is a little more luxurious than the rest…)

Keel Wharf, Liverpool, UK, +44 151 709 8651

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Spaceport

Showcasing all things space and sci-fi is Spaceport, right along the Mersey. Explore the wonders of the night sky and the science behind the stars in the observatory, before immersing yourself in Spaceport’s 360 ° dome theatre. For those with a sense of wanderlust, take a step into science fiction and witness one of the largest sci-fi collections in the UK, or blast off into action in Spaceport’s Starcoaster. This attraction is fun for all the family, but aimed at children aged six and above.

Victoria Pl, Wallasey, UK, +44 151 330 1003

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The Magical Mystery Tour

All aboard! Follow the story of John, Paul, George and Ringo on the streets they grew up on the eclectic Magical Mystery Tour. See their childhood homes, schools and colleges before stopping off at the iconic Penny Lane and Strawberry Fields – the inspiration behind their namesake songs. Finally, the tour ends its journey at the Cavern Club, this colourful, two-hour tour is perfect for a Beatles fanatic or music fan young and old. For ages two and up.

Anchor Courtyard Atlantic Pavillion, Anchor Courtyard, Liverpool, UK, +44 151 703 9100

Magical Mystery Tour bus - Strawberry Fields

Magical Mystery Tour bus – Strawberry Fields | © Magical Mystery Tour/Facebook

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Queensway Tunnel Tour

Now’s your chance to take a unique behind the scenes tour of the Merseyside Queensway Tunnel, which was opened in 1934. Learn how this tunnel was created and see it in action deep below the streets of Liverpool in this guided tour – a must see for any budding builders among us! For ages 10 and up.

3055 Georges Dockway, Liverpool L3, UK, +44 151 330 4504

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Mattel Play

Let your child’s creativity and enthusiasm flourish on small amusement rides, interactive exhibits and photo experiences, including their favourite characters from Thomas and Friends, Bob the Builder, Fireman Sam are all featured in this 13,000 square ft. activity space. With its own café and gift shop Mattel Play is also perfect for large groups and parties to keep the children entertained during school holidays. Aimed from children between 1-12 years of age.

Albert Dock, Liverpool, UK, +44 151 706 0981

Children on a digger

Children on a digger | © Mattel Play Liverpool/Facebook

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Rampworx Skatepark

For the little adrenaline junkies, why not take them to the UK’s biggest skate park? Home to a foam pit, resi ramp bowl and a head spinning amount of twists, turns, half pipes and ramps, whether it be two wheels or four, Rampworx Skatepark is open for all abilities and can offer coaching lessons for the less confident riders out there. For ages five and up.

1-3 Leckwith Rd, Bootle, UK, +44 151 530 1500

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Spring City Trampoline Park

Looking for a way to put a spring in your step? Will 49 flat and angled trampolines under one roof do the trick? Spring City Trampoline Park is a vivid and vivacious venue to perk up anyone’s day, with basketball nets, dodgeball areas and a jump bag all surrounded by bright and colourful décor. For ages four and up.

1 & 2, Glacier Buildings, Harrington Rd, Liverpool, UK, +44 151 958 0393

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Kids on trampolenes | © Spring City/Facebook