It can often be quite tricky to find new and exciting things to do during the school summer holidays in Liverpool. This year there’s plenty to keep both little and big kids occupied during the long summer break from school, with everything from Walking With Dinosaurs to family yoga and fun at the theatre.
We’ve covered all ages and interests with our guide to the best school summer holiday activities in and around Liverpool so parents can keep everyone busy and have a little fun themselves.
Archaeology & the Summer Event Series
When: 18th -29th July
Where: Museum of Liverpool
Take the family on a journey back through time inside the Museum of Liverpool where a number of interactive and educational activity days have been specially organised for the school summer holidays.
The kids will enjoy digging up their own artefacts, making skeletons and badges and exploring the archaeology exhibits of the Museum of Liverpool which show the findings of Merseyside’s earliest life.
Over 11,000 years’ worth of history is just waiting to be seen at the Museum of Liverpool and your will kids have a great time digging up the past of Liverpool this school summer holidays.
When: All Summer
Where: Albert Dock
Time to get wet and whacky this school summer holidays as you and the kids take to the water and take on the Adventure Dock obstacle course.
See if you can scale mammoth inflatable mountains, have fun whooshing down the huge slides and bounce from island to island in a bid to beat your teammates.
Chose from Little adventures for younger kids and all-out adventure for older ones.
Slip and slide your way to full on family fun this school summer holidays in Liverpool.
Peppa Pig Adventure
When: 21st – 22nd July
Where: Empire Theatre
You and your family are invited to join Peppa, George, Mummy and Daddy Pig and all their friends on an epic onstage adventure this school summer holidays at the Empire theatre.
Sing-along with Peppa and her friends as she heads off on a camping trip in the woods and join in the outdoor fun helping Peppa set up her tent and tell stories around the campfire.
Let your little ones laugh out loud with everyone’s favourite little piggy and enjoy a live performance from Peppa and all her friends.
Planting for Bees
When: 27th July
Where: Merseyside Maritime
Bumble Bees are more important to our ecosystem than some might think.
Come along learn just how important they are to the survival of the human race at Merseyside Maritime Museum.
This school summer holidays, organisers have arranged a special workshop that will keep your little ones busy as bees as they help create bee-friendly environments and find out how to encourage bees into more outdoor spaces.
It’s going to be a buzzing day filled with fun interactive talks and the chance to get your hands dirty helping the environment.
Family Art Club
When: 28th July
Where: Lady Lever
For families who enjoy unleashing their creative side, The Lady Lever Art Gallery are hosting a fun family art club during the school summer holidays and inviting you to come and learn all about the art displayed inside.
The workshop is hands-on and encourages little artists to experiment with using different materials and techniques and create masterpieces of their very own inspired by work they’ve seen hanging in the gallery.
Explore the stunning surroundings of Port Sunlight and the amazing artwork collection of the Lady Lever with your own little artists this school summer holidays.
Drag Brunch Cunard
When: 29th July
Where: Cunard House
Celebrate a family-friendly day out during Liverpool’s Pride Weekend in style with Cunard House at their Drag Brunch event.
Bring the whole family along to enjoy delicious food, one of a kind Drag performances from some talented Drag acts as well as dance to music provided by live DJ’s inside one of Liverpool’s most iconic waterfront venue.
This drag-tastic event will be the perfect family-friendly way to enjoy Pride weekend in Liverpool #Alltogethernow.
Family Yoga with Yoga Bears
When: 31st July & 19th August
Where: Sefton Park Palm House
Fancy doing something a little different with the kids during the school summers holidays? Why not get together and try your hand at family Yoga?
The Yoga Bears family workshops encourage family bonding in new and exciting ways. So, if you’ve done yoga before or you are entirely new there’s positions and exercises for all abilities.
Who knows, this could encourage a new family favourite hobby that will last beyond the school summer holidays amd become somethin you can all master together.
Walking With Dinosaurs
When: 31st July – 1st August
Where: Echo Arena
Take the kids for a walk on the wild side and into the era of extinction at the Echo Arena this school summer holidays as Walking With Dinosaurs Returns to the UK.
If your little one would love nothing more than coming face to face with larger than life lizards lost in time then this is the event of the summer for you.
Hear the roar of the Raptors, see the spikes of the Stegosaurus and feel the stomp of the terrifying T-Rex as the story of dinosaurs unfolds in front of your very eyes.
From start to extinction and everything in between, Walking With Dinosaurs is a once in a lifetime experience you don’t want to miss this school summer holidays in Liverpool.
Alice and Wonderland
When: 2nd – 3rd August
Where: Epstein Theatre
Take a step into Wonderland this school summer holidays and enjoy a wonderful rendition of Lewis Carol’s classic tale Alice in Wonderland.
Follow the White Rabbit as he takes you and the family down the Rabbit hole into a land of topsy turvy adventure filled with crazy characters like the Cheshire Cat and the frightening Queen of Hearts.
The skilled cast will keep you and the family engaged in this pantomime production of a timeless story, asking you, the audience, to join in and help Alice find her way safely home.
CBBC Summer Social
When: 3-5th August
Where: Croxteth Hall
For all the CBeebies in your family get yourself tickets to the CBBC Summer Social coming to the grand old grounds of Croxteth Hall this August.
For three days the biggest stars of CBBC will call Croxteth Hall home as they work to entertain your tiny people.
Everyone from Mr Tumble and the Go Jetters to local organisations like Merseygirls dance group and LFC Foundation will be there to keep everyone entertained.
There’ll be something for all ages and even a little nostalgia for adults as you get to pay a visit to the Clangers Garden where your favourite knitted aliens have set up camp for the CBBC Summer Social.
Make their school summer holidays special this year with a trip to CBBC Summer Social at Croxteth Hall.
Games in Our Garden
When: 6th – 13th August
Where: Lady Lever
The immaculate gardens of Port Sunlight village are a sight to behold and during the summer months with all the flowers in bloom and the greenest of grasses to picnic on, Port Sunlight is the perfect place to spend a fun family day out together.
There’s plenty to see and do in the area and during the second week of August school summer holidays The Lady Lever Art Gallery is opening its gardens to the public and hosting a series of fun outdoor games.
Play on the supersized snakes and ladders or doodle of the giant chalkboard, there’s even a secret den to discover somewhere inside the stunning gallery gardens.
Pay a visit to Port Sunlight Village during the school summer holidays for an unforgettable day with the family.
Spectacular Summer Ball with Jumping Jacks
When: 7th August
Where: Sefton Park Palm House
Jump onboard with Jumping Jack’s at the Spectacular Summer Ball inside Sefton Park’s Palm House as it’s overrun with Pirates.
The kids will love practising their pirate skills from walking the plank to hunting for buried treasure and playing tonnes of pirate themed party games whilst singing along to sea shanty tunes.
For this year’s school summer holidays, get the kids enrolled on what is sure to be a swashbuckling seafaring adventure in Sefton Park.
VR Here – Titanic Experience
When: 8th August
Where: Merseyside Maritime
Ever wondered what it was like onboard one of the most famous ships in the world?
With VR Here, visitors to The Merseyside Maritime Museum can hop onboard and take a virtual tour around histories most luxurious liner.
The technology allows visitors to look around the first class lounges, cabins and restaurants as well as out on deck before any passengers had even boarded.
Recreation is set on board before the world famous ship left for Southampton and will be a real eye-opener for those interested in the Titanic and the tragic story behind her demise.
When: 9th – 12th August
Where: Williamson Square (six other sites in and around Liverpool)
Find out who’s the king of the castle and who’s the dirty rascal this school summer holidays in Liverpool as French artist Olivier Grossetête brings communities of Merseyside together through art.
Lost Castles is a creative cultural project funded by Arts Council England. It invites people in all six regions of Merseyside to work together and create 20-foot cardboard castles based on ancient structures that once stood in the local area.
From the 9th-12th August families can check out the creations after they have been transported to Williamson Square or any of the other participating areas and explore the collosal castles up close.
The project helps celebrate Liverpool’s architectural heritage and the 10th anniversary of Liverpool Capital of Culture.
Belisama and Songs From the Sea
When: 13th August
Where: Maritime Merseyside Museum
Come along and meet Belisama, a real-life mermaid who’d like to share stories about ocean life, sea monsters and myths from around the world.
Belisama is the Mersey’s very own mermaid and she’s as entertaining as she is beautiful. Her stories will include all the tales of the seven seas and Belisama will even invite everyone to sing along with her when her stories are done.
A fun and interactive discovery of the sea told to audiences by a real-life mermaid of the Mersey.
Gaia’s Adventures Storytelling
When: 14th August
Where: Sefton Park Palm House
Join colourful characters Whistles and Thistles who will invite kids to explore the wonders of the natural world through the power of storytelling.
Everyone will be asked to come to the Palm House dressed as their favourite thing found in nature and then embark upon a journey of discovery to check out all the wonderful wildlife and natural things that exist in our world.
The Palm House is filled with tropical plant life and the creative stories told by Whistles and Thistles will open up a world of natural wonders to your little ones this school summer holidays.
Cirque Du Soleil Ovo
When: 16th – 19th August
Where: Liverpool Echo Arena
Explore the colourful world of creepy crawlies as Cirque Du Soleil Ovo bring brings the complex world of insects to life in the Echo Arena.
Everything from the high flying acrobatics of fleas to the artistic web spinning of dangling spiders is portrayed on stage and for all to see in larger than life-size.
Ants will juggle their food, crickets will leap up walls and ladybirds and grasshoppers will take you on a tour of their underground homes.
This stage spectacular will be an eye-opening extravaganza teaching your whole family about a life and environment ruled by bugs.
When: 19th August
Where: The Strand
A fabulous event for adults and kids who have a need for speed, Red Bull’s Drift Shifters will be showing off some slick skills this school summer holidays all along the World Heritage Waterfront of Liverpool.
An entire area of the cities busiest street will be transformed into a high tech race track complete with hard to pass obstacles for the best drifters in the world to overcome.
Kids who like things fast and noisy will simply love this amazing event where there’ll be plenty of high-speed action to watch and lots of delicious food and drink to enjoy too.
When: 22nd–28th August
Where: All over Liverpool
Bring the kids to Liverpool as the city hosts yet another International Beatleweek this school summer holidays.
Educate your family on all the wonderful things The Beatles contributed to the city and check out some of the very best Beatles tribute acts as they take to stages in many of the city’s live music venues.
Everything from the celebration of George’s birthday in Alma de Cuba to the annual Beatles convention where you can pick up a special piece of Beatles memorabilia to take home.
The ‘Scousechella’ festival will showcase a selection of tribute acts including Bob Dylan, Sir McCartney, The Rolling Stones and The Who filling the streets of Liverpool with the sounds of their greatest hits.
A weeklong celebration of the Fab Four is the perfect way to enjoy a few unforgettable days out enjoying music during the school summer holidays in Liverpool.
Folk On the Dock
When: 24th – 27th August
Where: Albert Dock
A total of seven stages along Liverpool’s iconic waterfront will welcome a huge selection of musical talent to perform over August bank holiday weekend for Folk on the Dock Festival.
Over one hundred artists both established and emerging talents will come together and help celebrate Liverpool’s rich maritime history and the role it once played as the busiest working port in the country.
The music that originated on the decks of ships, the docks and bars that surrounded the area became known as folk music. This music was passed down from generation to generation across seas and all over the country and now forms its own instantly recognisable genre.
Come along this school summer holidays and introduce the kids to the sounds of folk music history at the Folk on the Dock Festival.
Time for Tea
When: 26th August
Where: Merseyside Maritime Museum
Once upon a tea time, a tea bag could have bought you anything, food, clothing, toys and more. Tea was once a valuable product as it was expensively imported into the country through Liverpool, sometimes illegally.
As part of the ‘Seized! The Border Control and Customs Uncovered’ gallery, Time For Tea is a hands-on activity for the family to join in and learn all about the origins of the humble cup of tea.
Make your own teacup and discover how tea was once the most valuable thing to sail the seven seas.
When: 29th August – 2nd September
Where: Empire Theatre
Everyone’s favourite funnyman has proven he’s just as talented on the end of a pen as he is in front of the camera.
After the huge success of the stage adaption of Gangsta Granny, another of Walliams’ tales has been out on stage and its nothing short of mesmerising.
Leading little girl Stella wakes up after three months of sleep and has no recollection as to what happened to her and her parents as they travelled to London. All she has to go on is what her Awful Auntie Alberta has told her.
But can she trust Alberta? Book your family’s seats to the show and see for yourselves.
Do something special with the family during the school summer holidays and make some amazing memories together in Liverpool using our guide to the best things to do in and around the city.
Stay active and discover what’s in your local area during this year’s school summer holidays in Liverpool.