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Liverpool in a day with kids

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We recently spent a long weekend near Liverpool visiting family so we decided to make the most of it and drove into the city for a fun-filled day. We were lucky because the rain held off for most of the day, which was a first in many days! Obviously, there are countless touristy things to do and see in Liverpool. I was quite keen to see the Beatles’ story exhibition. However, with a 4 year old and an 18 month old in tow, not only would they not have appreciated it, but we wouldn’t have been able to really take our time to look at everything in peace. So what to do, what to do!

Well, we started off by parking near the Echo Arena so that we could go on the Liverpool Wheel. As it was a Monday morning, it was literally deserted. We saw a couple of maintenance guys and actually asked them when the wheel would open, only for one of them to reply “It is open, now!” Bonus. We hopped straight on. The kids loved it.  A cheesy commemorative family photo was purchased.

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We then moved on to the Albert Dock to have a look around the cafes, shops and of course all the boats and ships.

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All the way up the waterfront to the Liver Building.

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After that, we were truly frozen to the bone, so we decided to walk further into town in search for a more indoorsy activity. Having done my homework before we came, I knew the place to go was the Liverpool World Museum. This is actually the whole reason why I am writing this post. It was amazing. But I jump ahead of myself.

The exhibits in the World Museum are spread over five floors which are easily accessible by wheelchair, or in our case: pushchair. It starts with an aquarium on level one which had plenty of tanks and the exhibit was just big enough (not too big) to hold our 4 year old’s interest. I loved these large collages which were produced by local Primary Schools. I was mesmerised by the colours on the detail of them. Each animal was painted onto what looked like tracing paper and then layered with other materials. Maybe it’s just my sentimental teacher heart but something about these pictures made me stop and I just couldn’t stop looking at them. Glad I took the photos for future inspiration!

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The second floor of the museum was a personal favourite, as it held interactive story scenes from well -known stories such as Hansel & Gretel and Alice in Wonderland. Even our 18 month old was having a blast, running in and out of the scenes and looking at all the pictures and displays. There were dressing up clothes for the children to use and props such as a life size cauldron with a big wooden spoon. Again, with it being a Monday, it was fairly empty and we could access all that was on offer without having to queue or wait our turn. We then entered the bug house, with amazing displays and interactive resources. A favourite was the ant colony which was busy harvesting leaves and food in a see-through box. The ants were able to access their ant hill via a rope strung across to another clear box. Thus we were able to observe the little critters carrying their loads (huge bits of leaves compared to their body size at times) overhead  and across the rope which was hanging free and not boxed in. Wow. David Attenborough eat your heart out!

The theme on the third floor was World Cultures which was probably a bit advanced for our girls but still enjoyed by us all. Brilliant for older kids. At this point I was sadly struck down by a migraine so I took my tablets and remained on a comfy sofa in a hallway while hubby and the girls explored the Dinosaurs and the Space exhibition on the last 2 levels. The fact that I had a fab time despite my migraine goes to show what an amazing  place the World Museum in Liverpool is. And best of all? It was absolutely FREE! We literally spent about 4 hours there and were truly impressed. Aren’t we lucky in this country to be able to visit a wealth of museums free of charge!? Especially when entry to some theme parks and aquariums can cost you an arm and a leg these days.

We finished off in the café which does a mean hot chocolate with marshmallows and squirty cream. My last bit of headache was cured. If ever you find yourself in Liverpool with kids: go, go, go to the World Museum.

I leave you with

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A wall of jelly beans in a shop window.

And

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The Beatles made entirely out of jelly beans.

Why not.

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