13 Feb 2012

Half term in Liverpool

Hi Halftermers!
How's it going so far?
I am grabbing 5 minutes to blog while our 4 monkeys are busy drawing and filling their sticker albums.
We live in Cheshire so one of our favourite cities to visit is Liverpool.
Our children are aged from 2 to 10, so it's tricky to find things to entertain them all together, but Liverpool has loads to do!
I want to share our best family entertainment finds with you, and hope it encourages you to give this beautiful city a try :)

First of all, there is plenty of convenient parking in the city centre and at Albert Dock, and Liverpool Lime Street Station is right at the middle of everything.

An absolute must visit for all ages is The World Museum.

This is on William Brown Street, and has 6 floors of free exhibitions and hands on activities.
There is a planetarium, aquarium and bug house.
A planetarium show
The Egyptian and Dinosaur galleries are super, with enough real mummies and dino skeletons to keep everyone oohing and aahing.
Cast of a dinosaur's skull and vertebrae
There are two good quality cafes to choose from, and a large gift shop with pocket money treats as well as more select artefacts.

If you book at the front desk there are free planetarium shows, and guided activities in the aquarium and bug house every day.
Another two floors of world galleries featuring real eggs and bones from every animal we could think of were great for older kids. And traditional global crafts kept Mum happy as well!
There must be something for everyone here.
A circular red, blue and gold belt brooch
My only gripe on busy days is the two tiny lifts. These take an age to arrive and can only fit one pushchair or wheelchair at a time (and are always full of people with neither, who could easily use the stairs!). With 6 floors this could be a major pain in the rear if you have little ones. We just pulled the buggy up the stairs in the end, and beat the lift every time!

You could easily spend a whole day here, with the restaurant serving good organic food and homemade cakes, and certainly enough to see and do for at least 4 hours. There is no picnic space that I am aware of, so packed lunch may not be practical. In nice weather there is a lovely public garden right outside with lots of benches.

We love this museum and go at least 4 times a year. We still find things to see and do on every visit, and have never been disappointed so far.

I'll be back with another halfterm recommendation tomorrow :)
Have fun you brave parents...

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