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Family Activities over Half Term Break

There is a very long list below of various events and activities for the whole family to enjoy over the half term break. 


Sefton Park Palm House – Family Fitness Day

Sunday 17 February 12pm – 4pm


Let us help you to find a fun way to become healthier and more active. Being active doesn’t have to be hard work or a chore, it’s just about finding something that you enjoy.

Come along to the Palm House and you can have a taster of a wide range of family friendly activities – choose from activities including dancing, cycling, kick boxing, boxing, singing and many more.


Indoor Class Timetable

12.00: Yoga

12.30: Sit & Dance followed by Active Bingo

1.00: MamaFit HIIT

1.30: Pop fit

2.00: Salsa

2.30: MD Productions

3.00: Singing

3.30: Yoga


Outdoor Time Table

2.30pm – Mamafit circuit training outside


Throughout the whole day you can try:

Nordic Walking
Ride Adapted Bikes
Ninja Fit
Family Walking Basketball


Come and try everything for free - Refreshments on sale.



Free Cycle Rides for families – Sefton Park Palm House

Sunday 17 February 1pm & 2pm


As part of the Family Fitness day there will be some free family cycle rides.

The rides are led and organised by British Cycling trained Ride Leaders, so you don’t have to worry about planning a route or having people to ride with.


The rides are grouped into three different levels so there’s something for everyone. This is a great traffic-free route which takes us through the beautiful Sefton Park on paths and trails. It is ideal for beginners and families, or for anyone wanting to get back on their bike after a time away.
Any bike is suitable, but please ensure that the tyres are pumped up and the brakes work properly. It's still winter so wear something warm and waterproof. Bring a drink and snack along.



City of Light – Lantern Company - Sefton Park Lake

Thursday 21 February – Sunday 24 February 5pm – 9pm


This February the Boating Lake in Sefton Park, Liverpool will become home to a spectacular floating city of lanterns. Created with massive community engagement, the city lights will flicker on as it comes to life with an epic soundscape of original music, real-life stories and poetry.


‘Habitats’ – Lantern Company – Sefton Park Palm House

Wednesday 20 February – Sunday 24 February 5pm – 9pm


‘Habitats’ is a magical illuminated story trail for children from nought to ninety-nine. Located in Sefton Park Palm House grounds, you’ll encounter talking indigenous animal lanterns and giant illuminated plants and insects, as you explore the enchanted gardens after dark.


Tickets cost £6 (plus booking fee). Family tickets cost £20 (plus booking fee)



Lantern Workshops – Sefton Park Palm House

Wednesday 20 February – Sunday 24 February 10am – 4pm


If you fancy making your own lantern house to light your way at the event, book onto one of our mini lantern-making workshops at the Palm House. Workshops last one hour and cost £6 (plus booking fee).



Victoria Gallery & Museum

Ashton Street, University of Liverpool, L69 3DR


Free Concert

Wednesday 20 February 1pm – 2pm


A special half-term holiday concert for children and adults. Come and listen to some of the best peripatetic music teachers and performers in the region who will play pieces of music for flute, oboe, clarinet, french horn and bassoon.

Then, if you are inspired, have a go on a woodwind instrument supplied by Rimmers Music.

Free event but booking is required.


Holiday Workshop - Flower Power!

Thursday 21 February 1pm – 4pm


Take part in flower and plant themed experiments with university scientists, create giant tissue flowers and discover more about our Victorian flower and plant model display with National Museums Liverpool curator Donna who looks after this fascinating collection.

Free events, no booking required


Family Saturday – Mary Poppins Film & craft

Saturday 23 February 10.30am – 4pm

10.30 am – Family Film: ‘Mary Poppins’ (1964)

Drop in 1.00 – 4.00 pm – Craft: Create your own banner inspired by the Suffragist and Suffragette movements, highlighted in our current Eleanor Rathbone exhibition.

Free events, no booking required.



Garstang Museum Holiday Workshop – Egyptian trail

14 Abercromby Square


Take part in our Ancient Egyptian trail and create your own Egyptian cartouche or colourful collar to take home.

Free event, no booking required.



Central Library – Children’s Entertainers


Join us this half term for stories, fun and laughter. All activities are free and children must be accompanied by an adult at all times whilst in the library.


Mon 18th February - 11.30am-12pm, 1pm-1.30pm, 1.45pm-2.15pm, 2.30pm-3pm Barrington Powell - Our madcap magician is here to amaze you with an energetic frenzy of fun!

Tue 19th February - 11.30am-12pm, 1pm-1.30pm, 1.45pm-2.15pm, 2.30pm-3pm

Paul Storey - Puppets! Magic! Laughter! Don't miss this!


Wednesday 20th February -11am-12pm, 1pm-2pm, 2.15pm-3.15pm

Sal Tonge - Stories, music and singing with Sal.


Thursday 21st February - 11am-12pm, 1pm-2pm, 2.15pm-3.15pm

Fran O'Boyle - Travel with Fran around the world of stories.


Friday 22nd February - 11am-12pm, 1pm-3pm

Craig Bradley - Poetry is not pants! Beware the giant underpants.



Anglican Cathedral – Crafts with Derby Mouse

Monday 18 February 10.30am – 12.30pm

Head to Liverpool Cathedral for free art and crafts activities that are focused on the theme of "You Are Special."

Explore the Cathedral with your little ones using the fun child-friendly trail. As always, there will be time for a photo opportunity with Derby Mouse.

Even better, kids eat free at the Welsford Restaurant with every paying adult on Half Term Family fun days, so why not stay for lunch?

No booking needed, just turn up on the day.


Liverpool Echo Listing – Things to do for families Feb half term


Half-term can be a difficult time for parents, with a house full of wild kids and nothing to do with them - especially in the colder weather.

Spending some quality time with your little ones while they're off school is always a treat, but what do you do?

We've taken a look at some of the events coming up this February Half Term, which runs from February 16 - 24, that are definitely worth booking in advance.

There's everything from discos and circus trips to storytelling and interactive experiences on this list.



Alice in Wonderland experience @ St George’s Hall

Friday 15 February – Saturday 23 February (excluding Sun 17th)

10am – 7pm

This marks the end of In Another Place’s long association with St. George’s Hall. All good things must come to an end – but not just yet.


St. George’s Hall will be transformed to create the magical, colourful, fantastical world of Wonderland! Join Alice on her adventures and experience Wonderland, meeting, amongst others, the White Rabbit, Mad Hatter and Caterpillar; sing along with the playing cards, play croquet and avoid losing their heads with the venerable Queen of Hearts!


How it works: Groups of 80 will be admitted every 30 minutes, where they will join Alice, following the White Rabbit down the rabbit hole, meeting lots of interesting characters and creatures. Have fun with the Hatter at his Tea Party, be guided by the Cheshire Cat but stay close to Alice! What will you learn? What decisions will you make? Which path will you choose?


The experience will last 90 minutes and is suitable for an audience of all ages, but recommended for 3yrs+.


£9 adults £6 children



National Museums

There are lots of drop in activities at the museums over the half term holiday – see the link to search them all.



International Slavery Museum – African dancing & drumming

Tuesday 19 February 1.15pm–2.15pm & 2.30pm–3.30pm

Join us for this exciting dance workshop led by Karim Mbaye, an urban Griot from Senegal, who plays and teaches African drumming and dance throughout the UK.

Senegal has a rich dance and drum tradition called ‘sabar’, setting it apart from other parts of West Africa. Sabar is the vibrant drum and dance of the Wolof people of Senegal, West Africa.

The workshop will start with a warm-up, followed by step by step choreography to the beat of sabar drum rhythms.

This workshop is suitable for all ages and abilities. Book a free place for the workshops on Eventbrite.


Join us for an African Drumming workshop with Karim Mbaye, an urban Griot from Senegal, who plays and teaches African drumming and dance throughout the UK.

The drumming will be taught on the Djembe (a drum played with both hands) and Karim will also talk about other traditional drums (bringing some along to show and share) and he will also share information about the role of the Griot in his culture.

The workshops are suitable for all ages and abilities from beginners through to advanced drummers. Book a free place for the workshops on Eventbrite.



Lady Lever Art Gallery – Chinese cultural activities

Wednesday 20 February @ 1pm


Join the Liverpool Confucius institute for an afternoon of Chinese cultural activities. The Liverpool Confucius Institute is a collaboration between the University of Liverpool, Xi’an Jiaotong University and Hanban, the Chinese government agency to promote Chinese language and culture with a variety of activities



Lady Lever Art Gallery – Recital for families

Thursday 21 February 2pm – 3pm


An afternoon of wonderful music performed by talented students from Wycombe Abbey International School, China. The programme will include works by Beethoven, Chopin and Liszt.



Walker Art Gallery - Build a Boat craft activity

Monday 18 February – Friday 22 February 12pm – 4pm

Be inspired by the genius of Leonardo da Vinci, and invent your own boat built from recycled materials. Take it home to perform your own buoyancy test.


Leonardo Da Vinci drawings @ the Walker

1 February – 6 May

The Walker Art Gallery will host an exhibition of 12 Leonardo da Vinci drawings to mark the 500th anniversary of the Renaissance master's death, exploring the diversity of subjects that inspired his creativity, including painting, sculpture, architecture, music, anatomy, engineering, cartography, geology and botany.

The free exhibition will also present new information about Leonardo's working practices and creative process, gathered through scientific research using a range of non-invasive techniques including ultraviolet imaging, infrared reflectography and X-ray fluorescence.



The Atkinson Theatre Southport – Kidfest 2019


Kidsfest is The Atkinson’s family festival. This February Half Term take part, watch, see and learn in a jam packed week-long celebration for families of all ages. We have Kids Theatre, craft workshops, museums, exhibitions and more!


Make It! Craft activities

Monday 18 February & Saturday 23 February 11am - 3pm

Get creative with a fun activity! Create and make your own fun animal mask inspired by our animal themed KidsFest.



A Square World

Monday 18 February 11.30am & 2.30pm

A Square World is an honest, touching and quirky story of three friends and what happens when an unexpected change leaves one of them left out in the cold.

Tickets £8 adults £6 children. Recommended ages 3 - 6



Stripey Honey is very yummy

Tuesday 19 February 11.30am & 2.30pm

A new play for young audiences of adventure and fun with music by award-winning composer Arun Ghosh, song, dance and puppetry, exploring the lives of some of our most precious but endangered species, who unite to save their homes.

Tickets £6 per person. Recommended ages 5+


Dear Zoo

Tuesday 19 February 1.30pm & 3.30pm

Wednesday 20 February 11am & 2pm

Thursday 21 February 11am

A new play for young audiences of adventure and fun with music by award-winning composer Arun Ghosh, song, dance and puppetry, exploring the lives of some of our most precious but endangered species, who unite to save their homes.

Tickets £13 per person. Recommended ages 2 - 7



David Baddiel’s AniMalcom Musical

Saturday 23 February 11.30am & 3pm


Malcolm doesn’t like animals, which is a problem because his family are wild about them. In fact their house is full of pets of all shapes and sizes. The only bright spot on the horizon is the Year Six school trip, until there he is on the bus, heading to… a farm. But on a school trip like no other, Malcolm begins to understand animals more deeply than anyone. Will he end up the same as before? Because sometimes the hardest thing to become is yourself.


A vibrant, energetic and gloriously funny musical from the award-winning Story Pocket Theatre, AniMalcolm combines physical theatre, puppetry and the company’s outstanding storytelling style to bring David Baddiel’s magical and wonderfully comic story to the stage.


Tickets £13 per person. . Recommended ages 5+



Storyhouse Arts Centre, Chester

Saturday 16 February - Sunday 24 February


Opened in May 2017, Storyhouse is a library, theatre, cinema, community hub, cultural centre and restaurant.


They are putting on lots of activities for children over half term including craft, den building and a Lego Workshop for ages 6 – 12 & their parents run by the winners of Channel 4’s Legomasters.



Trees 4 Kids, Childwall Woods

Outdoor activities for children aged 4 – 7

Monday 18 February & Wednesday 20 February 11am – 1.30pm


Time to leave phones, and computer games alone, get some exercise, fresh air whilst learning and having fun. Each session has a foundation of environmental learning. This will include:

* Learning about trees, woodlands, bats, animals etc.

* A nature detective activity

* Team building games

* Story telling


Snacks and drinks included.
Please wear sturdy footwear and warm clothes. Located in the woods so will be muddy.

£7 per child, £6 per sibling


For a pre-session registration form, please email:
Meeting place: Countisbury Drive, L16



St Mary’s Church, Grassendale – Craft activities

Monday 18 February & Tuesday 19 February 9.30am – 12pm

Wednesday 20 February (no time given on Facebook page)


Monday 18th - Baking tasty bites
Tuesday 19th- Bits & bobs

Wednesday 20th - Family lunch at Linc

All welcome and please come to whichever sessions suits you and your children best.
(£2 for first child, £1 for siblings)


Afternoon sessions for children on the autistic spectrum and their families

Monday 18 Feb & Tuesday 19 Feb 1 – 3pm


Monday 18th - Baking tasty bites
Tuesday 19th- Bits & bobs

(£2 for first child, £1 for siblings)


Message on Facebook page – “Just to say our Austistic friendly sessions are filling up fast and although we didn't have a booking in system we will be capping these sessions off at around 20 children. If anyone would like to come it would be great if you let us know how many children and their ages so that we don't leave anyone disappointed.

All welcome, but good for us to know in advance. Thank you!”



Directory of activities and groups for children with additional needs & their parents/carers


This website has a searchable database with a wide range of groups for children with additional needs and their parents/carers.


If you know of anyone who would find this support helpful please forward it on to them.



Waterstones – Half Term Storytime

Monday 18 February – Friday 22 February 2pm – 3pm


Join us this half term for storytime and crafts for preschoolers from 2pm - 3pm Monday-Friday.

We'll be reading a picture book together at 2pm and then having some fun with crafts until 3pm. It's completely free and no tickets needed.

Our colouring table will be back, and all week in our children's section we'll have colouring sheets to keep you entertained while you're choosing which books to buy.



The Bluecoat – Funny Looking Kids Comedy Club

Saturday 16 Feburary 2.30pm – 4pm


Liverpool's first regular comedy club for kids (and their invited guests/handlers…) crashes into the Bluecoat with its usual jokes, sketches, quizzes & mayhem!

From the first sketch to the final joke competition, Funny Looking Kids: Comedy Club is a rag tag bag of tomfoolery and nonsense. Chaos and cachophoney, silliness and stupidity. This club offers comedy for kids with an alternative twist.

(7+ suggested but we had a 5 year old laugh so hard they fell off their chair. All children must be accompanied by an adult.)

We are delighted to announce that this season, the Funny Looking gang will be running the Kids Comedy Club on the following dates:

Sat 16 Feb 2019 / 2:30pm - 4pm

Sat 16 Mar / 2:30pm - 4pm

Sat 13 Apr / 2:30pm - 4pm

Sat 18 May / 2:30pm - 4pm

Sat 15 Jun / 2:30pm - 4pm



FACT – Do Something Saturdays

Saturday 16 February 12pm – 4pm


Discover a different way of experiencing exhibitions at FACT.

Suitable for children aged 6 and over, Do Something Saturdays happen every week and give families a space to make, do and be creative together.



Speke Hall – Half term activities

Every day between 10.30am – 4pm


“Jump into the past as Speke Hall reopens. Follow the Sleepy House Mouse trail around the hall, sit down for storytelling or make some winter and nature inspired crafts.”



Growing Sudley

Wednesday 20 February & Thursday 21 February

“We have some Outdoor Club sessions running during Feb half-term again. A full day on Weds 20th 9-3.30 for those feeling hardy or choose from a morning or afternoon session 9-1 or 1.30-3.30 - ideal for those not wanting a full day or wanting to try it out. On Thursday 21st we have a morning session 9-1.


Includes Shelter making, natural crafts, woodland games, safe fire making, mud sculpting and outdoor cooking.


The campfire will be on all day, wrap up warm and get some roses in the cheeks. Good nights sleep guaranteed!


Recent feedback from parent "This is a brilliant opportunity for children to be in a safe, nurturing environment with a good dose of wild! I feel happy in knowing that my son is in the capable hands of the absolutely lovely staff and has the chance to take part in a mix of structured activities, team working, independent exploration and of course, just getting mucky and soggy!"


Ages 5 – 11. £25 per day or £15 per half day



Epstein Theatre

David Baddiel’s AniMalcom Musical

Thursday 28 February 4.30pm

Friday 1 March 1pm & 5pm


Malcolm doesn’t like animals, which is a problem because his family love them. Their house is full of pets. What the house is NOT full of is stuff Malcolm likes. Such as the laptop he wanted for his birthday. The only bright spot on the horizon is the Year Six school trip, which Malcolm never thought his parents would pay for. And yet there he is, on the bus, heading to…… Oh no. A farm.

After a bizarre school trip unlike any other, Malcolm begins to understand animals more deeply than anyone. But will he end up the same as before? Because sometimes the hardest thing to become is… Yourself.

A vibrant, energetic and gloriously funny musical from the award-winning Story Pocket Theatre. ANiMALCOLM combines physical theatre, puppetry and the company’s outstanding storytelling style to bring David Baddiel’s magical and wonderfully comic story to the stage.

Adults: £16, Children: £14, Family: £54



Twirlywoos Live!

Wednesday 20 February 1.30pm

Thursday 21 February 11.30am & 1.30pm


From the producers of The Very Hungry Caterpillar Show and Sarah and Duck Live on Stage comes another enchanting show for young audiences.

The Twirlywoos are setting sail around the UK to welcome young fans along for a theatrical adventure. Expect mischief, music and plenty of surprises as they share the delight of discovery. With beautifully inventive puppetry the show promises a cast full of all your favourite characters from the CBeebies’s hit.


Odeon Cinema Kid’s Club

Sat 16 February – Thu 21 February @ 10.15am – Smallfoot

Sat 16 February – Thu 21 February @ 10am – Spider-Man: Into the Spiderverse


The ODEON Kids Club at Liverpool ONE is great, not only is it super fun, tickets for a kids screening are just £2.50 each – and that’s for parents too!



Liverpool One – kids eat free offers over half term


“Looking for things to do this February half term? We’ve got plenty of activities that will keep the kids entertained during the Liverpool school holidays!

From kids eat free to craft workshops, discounts at your favourite stores or ODEON Kids club, check out what’s on below.”



Advance notice:

The Playhouse – Around the World in Eighty Days

Wednesday 17 April – Saturday 20 April


went to see this in October 2017 with a 6 & 8 year old and it was one of the best family plays we’ve ever seen. It’s the same production and I would highly recommend it.


“The mysterious and fabulously wealthy Phileas Fogg wagers his life’s fortune that he can circumnavigate the globe in just 80 days. Join him and his loyal valet Passepartout, as they voyage from the misty streets of Victorian London to the exotic subcontinent and the Wild West in a race against the clock.


Returns to the Playhouse before heading to New York. A cast of eight play over 125 characters in this imaginative, high-spirited escapade including six trains, five boats, four fights, three dances, two circus acts and an elephant!”


Advance notice:

Grovesnor Park Chester – Open Air Theatre - The Borrowers

Saturday 13 July - Sunday 25 August (mainly weekend matinee performances)


"Borrowers don’t steal! Except from human beans…”
A brand-new version of Mary Norton’s irreverent children’s story of the little people who borrow in order to survive. Arietty, Pod and Homily Clock leave their home beneath the floorboards to explore the world beyond… A joy for all the family!


Ticket Prices

Under 12’s go FREE (each child MUST be accompanied by a full paying adult, please note: ALL children still require a valid ticket)


£26.50 – £46.50 – book early for the best prices!

Groups of 10+ save £3 per full priced ticket NEW for 2019! Contact us and we’ll reserve an area for your group,64GLX,V5OSND,O2CFW,1



Airborn Academy – Freerunning & Urban Sports

Unit 3, 105 Boundary Street, Liverpool, L5 9YJ

Open every day – see link for timetable


Airborn Academy is a state of the art urban sports facility situated close to Liverpool City centre on Boundary Street. We are based within the film studio complex & are less than 10 minutes away from Sandhills train station.


Our unique venue is the first of its kind in the country dedicated to the coaching, training & development of freerunning but we don’t stop there! We also offer classes in a variety of alternative urban sports including; Cheerleading, Trampolining, Tumbling, Break dancing, Aerial & martial Tricking.


Airborn Academy’s facility includes an urban obstacle ‘Modublox’ set up, competition size sprung floor, cirque style Aerial equipment, Dance studio along with an innovative raised training area containing our dynamic bar set up, sunken trampolines & fast track, all leading to our state of the art stunt airbag.


Different sessions cover ages 4+



Sneaky Finders - Giant Cluedo Game

Saturday 4 May 1pm – 5pm


‘Sneaky Finders’, the new game from CluedUpp is coming to the city centre on Saturday, May 4 , where detectives will have the chance to take part in the Cluedo-inspired game as they race against the clock - and other teams, of course.

The game transports players back to 1921, where they’ll wake to discover on of the town’s most feared residents has been poisoned - but with money, crime and power comes enemies, so who could it have possibly been?

Teams of detectives will work on the complicated investigation, sifting through suspects and witnesses to find the true culprit. To play, you’ll need your own crack team of detectives - up to six players - access to a smartphone, a team name, and a ‘Sneaky Finders’ 1920s inspired fancy dress.

The game is played via CluedUpp’s award-winning event app, so players can guide themselves through the murder mystery.

The average detective squad takes around two hours 20 minutes to solve the crime - but can you do it faster?

Tickets are available now via the CluedUpp website , starting from £36 per team.



Resonate – free music tuition

@Bellerive school L17 3AA

Every Tuesday during term time 4pm – 5pm

We’ve started going to this weekly music session at Bellerive school which is free for beginners. Beginners choose an instrument - I know children who are borrowing keyboard, violin, guitar, glockenspiel or flute – they will try to get whatever instrument the child is interested in.


Children receive small group tuition and can join the Let’s Play orchestra once they’ve mastered a few notes.


Any child can go along, parents just need to fill in a registration form on arrival.


First News – children’s newspaper for 7-14 yrs olds

"First News is a weekly newspaper aimed at 7 to 14-year-olds that aims to get kids talking about the news in an easy to understand and non-threatening way.


We cover issues which are relevant to children and which specifically affect them. Inside you’ll find a mix of world news and UK news, but also loads of fun stuff, such as entertainment, games, animals, sport and puzzles.”


You can get 3 issues for £1 to try it out and then cancel if it’s not suitable.



The Week Junior – current affairs magazine for 8-14 yr olds


"The Week Junior is a brilliant current affairs magazine for children aged between 8 and 14. It’s filled with fascinating stories and information, written to engage curious young minds and encourage them to explore and understand the world around them.


exploring real world matters, The Week Junior equips young people with the skills to think critically, learn about the world around them and ask questions. It gives context to what they learn in the classroom – and encourages them to look further.”


Try 6 issues for free.