Holidays Are Here And There Is So Much For Children To Do

All aboard - Mattel Play in the Albert Dock will be a popular destination for families looking for ways to keep their children entertained
THE children’s school holidays are upon us – six whole weeks of them! And it doesn’t take long for cabin fever and boredom to set in… Luckily, there is a wealth of things to do in Merseyside this summer – from family fun activities and places to visit to fabulous festivals, not to mention lots of great parks to let off some steam in! Here’s just a small taster of what’s on offer to keep your little darlings entertained all summer long!  The Liverpool Village LivVillageHead to the waterfront for a wealth of exciting attractions this summer. The iconic Pier Head has been turned into The Liverpool Village – A Festival of Things hosting fun events all summer long. There will be live music, street animation, food and drink, outlets and a whole host of family-friendly activities including crazy golf, mini bungees and bumper boats and Segway rides, as well as Ninja Warrior and Total Wipeout-esque fun. The Liverpool Village is free to enter and is expected to run until early September. For more information go to www.theliverpoolvillage.com. Eye for Colour EyeforColourThe World Museum on William Brown Street is a great place to while away a few hours with five floors filled with fascinating stuff from disnosaurs and Egyptian mummies to a Planetarium – and best of all, it’s free to enter! This summer, the museum is hosting a special exhibition – Eye for Colour – which will alert your senses and stimulate your mind! This inspiring family-friendly exhibition is packed with hands-on exhibits and interactive displays, exploring the endless ways in which colour shapes our world. Find out how colour is form, how artists use colour and how animals use colour as camouflage or to attract a mate in this fascinating exhibition. Visit www.liverpoolmuseums.org.uk/wml/ for more details. Gung-ho! Inflatables-80Get ready to be Gung-ho! in Liverpool on 16th July 2016 when Britain’s biggest inflatable obstacle course comes to Stanley Park. Gung-Ho! is a 5k with a difference – a Total Wipeout-style course that sees thrill-seekers tackle a number of inflatable obstacles, including Europe’s largest inflatable slide, and what is claimed to be the biggest bouncy castle-style inflatable in the world. There are ten inflatable obstacles along the 5k course, including walls, slides and giant ball pits – all of which have been designed with the help of the world’s leading inflatable manufacturer. The highlight of the course is the Thriller obstacle – an inflatable slide that, at 200ft long, is the largest of its kind in Europe. Gung-Ho is open to all – the only requirements are that participants must be at least 4ft tall, and children under 11 must be accompanied around the course by an adult. For further information visit http://begung-ho.co.uk/events/gung-ho-liverpool-16-july-2016/ Festival 31 Picnic Festival 31 is hosting a picnic celebration on Friday, 22nd July from 12noon to 2pm at The Grapes Community Food Garden, next door to Toxteth T.V, Windsor Street, L8 1XE. Squash Nutrition have kindly offered to host the event in their wonderful garden space alongside their normal Friday café. Families are invited to bring food and an activity to share. For more details visit www.festival31.com We are Family Liverpool Pride Festival will host a new family fun day as part of this year’s festival and invites everyone to come and join in the fun. We Are Family takes place on Sunday 31 July of the Liverpool Pride Festival at St George’s Quarter between 10am and 5pm on St George’s Plateau and in St John’s Gardens and features fun activities, workshops and entertainment throughout the whole day. Music, dance, children’s activities fairground rides, choral performances and an alternative fashion show are amongst the activities and attractions on offer for the new addition to the 2016 festival. Younger audiences can look forward to site animation; walking characters from Jumping Jacks; dance performances from youngsters from MD Productions; and Merseyside Play Action Council delivering a crafts zone teaching children to make feather headdresses and musical instruments out of everyday objects. Alongside plenty of fun and games for all the family – including bungee trampolines; children’s fairground rides; giant games; face painting; and glitter tattoos. Find out more at www.liverpoolpride.co.uk Mattel Play If you’re thinking about visiting the Albert Dock attraction with your pre-schooler then take advantage of the special £10 Parent & Toddler deal at Mattel Play, which is now valid seven days per week until 31st July. This £10 deal is valid for one parent or guardian and one child of pre-school age between 9:20am and 3:00pm. Additional adults and children are then charged at standard rates. Visit and play with Thomas & Friends, Bob the Builder and Fireman Sam. Book online now for guaranteed entry via the website http://www.mattelplayliverpool.com/ LazyTown Live 2016 LazytownYour little livewires will love this 60 minute nonstop highly interactive and energetic show which comes to the Liverpool Empire from August 11-13. The show is jam packed with singing, dancing, spectacular acrobatics and music, featuring original tracks from the hit TV show. LazyTown Live on Stage features Sportacus, Stephanie, Ziggy, Robbie Rotten and You, the audience! Stephanie, an optimistic girl with bright pink hair, comes to live in LazyTown and meets a zany mix of townspeople, including the worlds laziest super-villain, Robbie Rotten. Fortunately for Stephanie, LazyTown is also under the watchful eye of Sportacus, an athletic, super-active, slightly-above-average hero, who runs, jumps & flips. Sportacus always manages to save the day and to help the kids of LazyTown foil Robbie’s latest lazy schemes. Be prepared to join all your favourite LazyTown characters Live On Stage and learn how to be a real Super Hero in this interactive stage show. To book tickets visit http://www.atgtickets.com/shows/lazytown-live-2016/liverpool-empire/ Captain Pool CaptainPoolThis summer, St George’s Hall is preparing to set sail on an adventure that will keep the little ones in ship-shape with… The New Adventures of Captain Pool and his Mersey Mariners! St George’s Hall welcomes you to come on board and meet the friendly Captain Pool and his Mersey Mariners, Harry, Joe, Bosun Bell, and Shanty Sam who are about to set sail on another adventure on the high seas from 23rd July to August 29th. But before they can set sail, they will need more ship mates on board. With his new ship mates aboard, the little greenhorns will have to learn the ropes, literally! This fun-packed and activity filled event promises to make ship-shape sailors of those who are a little green around the gills! The nautical adventure has been accredited by The Children’s University as an official learning destination. As well as being part of Captain Pool’s adventure, little greenhorns will learn about life aboard a ship, discover how navigation and tides are important to any journey, work together to overcome the evil pirates and much more… For more information visit www.stgeorgesliverpool.co.uk Tate Liverpool Families are invited to visit Tate Liverpool’s family space situated on the first floor and open daily from 10am–5.50pm during the summer holidays. Named the Clore Learning Centre it comprises a family learning room, an ‘Ideas Lounge’ for young people, and a studio space for workshops giving families the opportunity to relax, play and create in this space while enjoying the beautiful views over the Mersey. This summer, the family learning room has been transformed, taking inspiration from the work on display in Francis Bacon: Invisible Rooms. Francis Bacon often painted invisible structures around the people in his paintings. Using the giant boxes available families are invited to play inside the cubes, experiment with colour, images and objects on the projector and change the atmosphere of the room. Also, as part of the Liverpool Biennial 2016 Sunday Comedy Club there will be a free drop in from 1pm to 5pm on Sunday 31 July, 28 August, 25 September and 16 October 2016. Families can drop into this free monthly workshop where they can create their own comedy acts inspired by Liverpool Biennial 2016. Families are invited to bring their own ideas along to the workshop which can be shaped into acts of poetry, singing or stand-up comedy. Educators and comedians will be on hand to help families to develop their performances and at the end of each day there will be the opportunity to perform their act within the gallery. There will also be Autism Friendly Summer Sessions on Tuesday 9 August 2016 from 10am to 12noon and 1pm to 3pm. Artist Sarah Marsh will lead a drop-in creative workshop for children with autism and other social communication issues, their siblings, families and carers. Sarah will use Tate Liverpool’s summer exhibition Francis Bacon: Invisible Rooms as a starting point for exploring sensory materials. This workshop aims to give families the opportunity to take part in Tate Liverpool’s creative family programme at their own pace. For more details visit www.tate.org.uk/liverpool Pirate Festival on the Dock Your mini buccaneers will be thrilled to learn that Liverpool Pirate Festival will return to Albert Dock on September 10-11 with a renewed vision and a new name – Pirate Festival on the Dock. Expect thrilling live action under sail and breathtaking stunts, this year interwoven with local folklore and the fascinating heritage of the Liverpool privateers. Again, Albert Dock has commissioned Fit the Bill to curate Pirate Festival on the Dock to take this much-loved event to the next level of swashbuckling, live action drama, bringing their theatrical expertise to build upon the existing programme over the coming years. For more details visit http://www.albertdock.com/events/event/albert-dock-pirate-festival/