The holidays are only just getting started and the kids are already ‘boooooorrrrreeeddd’, luckily we’ve got the world famous Albert Dock and a summer packed with festivals and attractions to see us through ’til the first day of term.
As a mum of a toddler, a schoolie and a tween, our Kate admits that trying to organise days out during the summer, without something to suit all ages can be a complete nightmare. Liverpool is awash with soft play, game centres, music experiences and museums, and Albert Dock manages to offer it all in one, stunningly beautiful location.
Here’s 8 Albert Dock attractions that have something for everyone…
1 – All the fun of the fair
If as a parent, you’ve managed to reach any part of Albert Dock without your little one begging to go on the carousel, you deserve some kind of medal! There’s no denying that this iconic fairground attraction, situated just across from the Pumphouse brings a smile to the faces of toddlers and teens alike (and mums too). More info here.
2 – Football on the Dock
The Mermaid Courtyard (just by Tate Liverpool) has had a makeover as Football on the Dock offers up free 20 minute coaching sessions to kids age 5-14. Your little kickers can team up with either Everton in the Community or the LFC Foundation and we hear there may be a few legends having a go too! More here.
3 – Play Pizza Chef at Gusto
Adding a bit of fun to meal times, Gusto Restaurant is the perfect place to refuel with your little ones as they don their chef hats and create their own pizzas. Let the kids get busy decorating their bases with fresh ingredients, add on a sweet treat for dessert all for just £6.95 and available until 6pm everyday. Menu’s here.
4 – Tate Liverpool
The Clore Learning Centre at Tate Liverpool has a really special exhibition running until Oct. You’re invited to check out Space Disco! Put on a spacesuit, explore the landscape, build a shelter, make a path, move to the music, dance and have fun! Suitable for all ages. Find out more here.
5 – Maritime Museum
Banish the boredom over the summer hols and get all hands on deck with free drop in activities and sessions at the Maritime Museum. Take your obligatory pic on the giant anchor outside before heading in to try out Titanic Crafts, Customs Contraband and making monsters of the deep! Full holiday listings here.
6 – Mattel Play!
An absolute treat for little ones, especially fans of Fireman Sam, Thomas the Tank Engine and Bob the Builder. Mattel Play! is an immersive mash up of soft play, educational exhibits and messy fun that the parents seem to enjoy as much as the kids! Great deals on tickets available here.
7 – A feast fit for a Pirate at Smugglers Cove
If you’re kids are into pirates, you’ve got to dine at Smuggler’s Cove, Albert Dock. Just walking into the restaurant feels like being an extra on Pirates of the Caribbean! With classis dishes the kids will love including bangers and mash and burger and chips, you’ll be refuelled and ready for more swashbuckling fun in no time! Menus here.
8 – Festivals Ahoy!
Now as if all that wasn’t enough, there’s barely a weekend goes by that Albert Dock isn’t hosting a family-friendly and free festival. In the coming weeks you can see the Clipper Round The World Yacht Race 17-18, Folk on the Dock, Heritage on the Dock and everyone’s favourite start of the new school year, Pirates Festival on the Dock!
Phewf, you’d better stock up on Weetabix and prepare for a summer of fun at Albert Dock. Head to www.albertdock.com for more details or follow @theAlbertDock for regular updates.