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Family fun days this Easter.

THE Easter holidays will soon be upon us which means a whole week of freedom for our children. But cabin fever can quickly set in if they get bored so it's a good idea to line up some great days out.

Luckily, Liverpool has plenty to keep little brains occupied with a wealth of family fun attractions.

You could expand their grey matter with a trip to museum, catch a game of sport, get arty at a gallery, enjoy a trip on a ferry. The list is endless...

Here's some ideas of fun things to do for all ages.

. Walker Art Gallery Unleash your youngsters' creative sides with a trip to the Walker Art Gallery.

The Walker is home Big Art for Little Artists a special gallery designed to introduce children up to the age of eight to art through fun activities, books, jigsaws and computers.

Children can create their own art, dress up as characters from the Walker's paintings, write their own stories, watch videos inspired by the paintings or even pose on a throne.

Walker Art Gallery, William Brown Street, Liverpool, L3 8EL. Tel: 0151 478 4199, Tate Liverpool offers a range of activities for children and adults to explore together.

These include drop-in activities for children aged five-12 with accompanying adults every Sunday between 2.30pm and 4.30pm, plus special activities for school holidays.

Don't miss Tate Explorers, every Saturday and Sunday, from 1.30pm-4.30pm.

There's also Tales at Tate on the first Saturday of each month with storyteller John Hughes and an opportunity to Tell Your Story on Saturday, April 3 - Sunday, April 11, from 11am -4pm.

During the Easter holidays, there's lots of events linked to the Afro Modern: Journeys through the Black Atlantic exhibition.

Tate Liverpool, Albert Dock, Liverpool, L3 4BB. Tel: 0151 702 7400, Plantastic!

Discover the secret world of plants in Plantastic!, an exhibition for all the family at World Museum Liverpool.

Enter a magical realm with giant leafy canopies, massive seed pods, huge root systems and strange man-made trees.

Some 40 exciting interactive displays help explain how we use plants in our daily life and show that plants are essential for the planet's survival.

The exhibition is on until September 5.

World Museum Liverpool, William Brown Street, Liverpool, L3 8EN. Tel: 0151 478 4393, National Wildflower Centre Set in a tranquil Victorian park, the National Wildflower Centre is a beautiful visitor attraction with a difference.

With the emphasis on creative conservation and putting wildflowers back into Britain, the centre has seasonal wildflower demonstration areas, a working garden nursery, childrens'' play area, exhibitions and interactive information about wildflowers.

National Wildflower Centre, Court Hey Park, Roby Road, Liverpool, L16 3NA. Tel: 0151 738 1913, The Bugworld Experience If your little darlings are into creepy crawlies then they will be in their element with a visit to The BugWorld Experience.

BugWorld is the only place in Europe where you can see the likes of death stalker scorpions, giant centipedes, assassin bugs and the stunning Gooty ornamental spider.

Learn about these fascinating creatures on your amazing adventure through eight different zones.

Learn about the wonderful world of bugs through interactive games - play against brothers, sisters, friends or even the whole family with multi-player challenges Get up close and personal with your favourite critters when you get the chance to handle some of our creepy crawly friends Take your very own Bushtucker Trial & sample insect delicacies from around the world, such as giant toasted ants or chocolate covered scorpion!

The Bugworld Experience, The Grand Hall, Albert Dock, Liverpool, L3 4AA. Tel: 0151 708 4938, Croxteth Hall Country Park Young animal lovers can make some furry friends at Croxteth Hall Country Park over Easter.

They can get close to the animals at Home Farm, a real working farm on the country estate featuring cows, pigs, horses, sheep, and much more.

And at this time of year, there's often lots of baby animals, especially Middle White piglets.

There is also a miniature railway, high rope adventure course (Jungle Parc) and a Riding Centre.

Croxteth Hall & Country Park, Muirhead Avenue East, Liverpool, L12 0HB. Tel: 0151 233 6910.

. Knowsley Safari Park Your cheeky monkeys will love a trip to Knowsley Safari Park where they can view all kinds of animals from African wild dogs to lions, tigers, elephants, rhinos, meerkats, sea lions and much more.

If you drive through, the baboons often climb over your car so you can see them really close and watch their funny antics. There are lots of other attractions too such as amusement rides, bug house, Mizzy Lake Farm and a sea lion show.

Knowsley Safari Park, Prescot, L34 4AN. Tel: 0151 430 9009.

. Liverpool Cathedral Introduce your little ones to the awesome spectacle that is Liverpool Cathedral.

The cathedral features a specially recorded audio tour for children. Narrated by one of the cathedral's 11-year old choristers, it is full of stories, fascinating facts, activities and music.

What's more, the cathedral's newest visitor attraction - a big screen 'fly through' film in HD - offers an exhilarating 10-minute panoramic film which includes a 'fly through' the cathedral and helicopter-aerial shots of the city.

Liverpool Cathedral, St James' Mount, Liverpool, L1 7AZ. Tel: 0151 709 6271, Speke Hall A fabulous place to visit in Speke, this Tudor house is one of the most outstanding examples of a timber-framed building.

Dating back to 1490, Speke Hall is owned by The National Trust and contains lots of intriguing interior secrets, such as the secret priest''s hole and "thunderbox" toilet.

Located on the banks of the Mersey, the estate also features fine Victorian gardens, woodland walks and, during the summer, a giant garden maze.

Smell, see and hear the history of this extraordinary house with the new Sensory Trail.

Speke Hall, The Walk, Liverpool L24 1XD. Tel: 0844 800 4799, The Beatles Story Composing a Beatles-inspired melody on a giant piano, learning about the life of John Lennon by designing a Pop Art painting, editing a 1960s newspaper interview with the band: The Beatles Story in Liverpool offers ideas right across the curriculum.

With John Lennon and The Beatles now featuring on the National Curriculum, Merseyside visitor attraction - the Beatles Story - has launched an interactive Discovery Zone which allows children to connect with the music of the Fab Four, the times they lived in and their influential legacy in a way never possible before, building on the educational value of the whole attraction.

Children can discover what it was like to be a teenager in the 1950s and '60s, learn about the fame and culture of the Beatles and how their worlds changed as Beatlemania took hold.

The Beatles Story, Britannia Vaults, Albert Dock, Liverpool, L3 4AD. Tel: 0151 709 1963, Albert Dock The Albert Dock is a fabulous place to take the children where they can enjoy some nautical fun spotting all the different types of boats from tug boats to tall ships and there's a wealth of family friendly attractions.

. Merseyside Maritime Museum Find out how heavy a diver''s helmet is, ring a ship''s bell or take the helm at a ship''s wheel at the Sea Urchins play area at Merseyside Maritime Museum Aimed at eight-years and under, Sea Urchins offers free maritime-themed activities from activity sheets to story books.

Youngsters can have fun dressing in seafaring-themed costumes - they could pose as a lobster, a mermaid, a sailor or even a pirate.

Sea Urchins is on the first floor of Merseyside Maritime Museum, in the Life at Sea gallery. Visit Yellow Duckmarine Kids will love a trip on the Yellow Duckmarine.

Board the authentic World War II landing vehicle at the Albert Dock and enjoy an hour-long trip by road taking in the historic waterfront, touring the famous sights of the city, before making a dramatic splashdown in the Salthouse Dock. It's an amazing dockland adventure you'll never forget!

Open all year round from 9am until dusk The Yellow Duckmarine, 32 Anchor Courtyard, Britannia Pavilion, Albert Dock, Liverpool, L3 4AS. Tel: 0151 708 7799, The Big Mersey Adventure down at the Pier Head is a nautical treat for any young explorer. You can experience life under the sea, in outer space and even travel back in time with Merseytravel.

Embark on the 50-minute River Explorer Cruise on the Mersey Ferry. Stop off at Spaceport (Seacombe FerryTerminal) to explore the solar system.

At The U-boat Story (Woodside Ferry Terminal) discover life on board a real German U-boat and celebrate the music of the Fab Four at the Beatles Story Pier Head (Pier Head Ferry Terminal) at Fab4D; a multisensory 4-Dimensional experience.

For more information, call 0151 330 1444 or visit RAINY DAYS HERE'S some ideas of where to take your little ones during those April showers!

. Underwater Street is a unique hands-on discovery centre for families of children aged up to 10.

Divided into six fascinating zones, you can paint a car, step inside a giant bubble, pan for gold, watch a volcano erupt, make a fridge magnet, build a house, dig for fossils, dress up, test your senses, crawl through a dark cave, be a star in the television studio, and much more.

Visit for more information or telephone 0151 227 2550.. Yellow Sub indoor play centre is a great place to go to tire the little ones out.

Located at Brunswick Business Park, this fantastic children's soft play centre boasts some 14,000 square feet of space crammed with slides, climbing walls and play frames for the older kids and a special dedicated toddlers' play area.

For more information visit or telephone 08444 120 850.

Check out Funtown, a new and welcome addition to Garston in south Liverpool.

Offering a whole range of indoor play activities for children, from the age of zero up to 12 years old, there is something to suit kids of all ages. As well as fabulous slides, there is a ball pool and specially-constructed climbing areas, and even a dedicated toddler space where your little ones can play in a completely separate and safe area.

For more information, call 08445 679677 or visit

. Take your little monkeys to Jungle Fun on top of Belle Vale Shopping Centre for the ultimate in indoor play for children and adults alike. As well as a seven foot tall adventure area designed to let the grown ups join in the fun, there are massive slides, climbing areas, a sport zone, a ball pool and a special toddlers' play area.

For more information telephone 0151 498 4770 or go to


RAINY DAY: There's fun to be had even if it rains at the Yellow Sub indoor play centre (above) or at the newly-opened Funtown in Garston DAYS OUT: There's so much to choose from in Liverpool and the surrounding area
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Publication:Liverpool Echo (Liverpool, England)
Date:Mar 23, 2010
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