Summer is almost here and, as always, Liverpool is spoiling us all with all of the amazing and diverse family friendly activities on offer. So why not get the family together, get out in the sun and make the summer of 2018 one to remember.
All Aboard the Pirate Ship!
All hands on deck! This family concert from the Phil looks like the best way to unleash the inner pirate in all of us. Landlubbers big and small are encouraged to don cardboard eye patches and feather duster parrots and join a musical adventure where you can “hear from Jack Sparrow, explore Fingal’s Cave, dance a hornpipe and sing a shanty or two”. To top it all off, children are invited to try out a range of instruments for themselves before the show starts in the “instrument petting zoo.” All together now, Yo Ho Yo Ho the pirates life for me!
When: Sunday 24th June 2018 at 2:30pm
Where: Liverpool Philharmonic Hall
Cost: 2 x FREE tickets for LJMU students. (Keep an eye out on our social media for our upcoming competition for this event where you could win free tickets for the whole family!)
The Terracotta Warriors
The Terracotta warriors have been a smash hit since they arrived in Liverpool in February and people have flocked from far and wide to see them in their first ever exhibition outside of London. It’s not often that a man-made wonder of the world comes to visit you in your own back yard, so why not get the family together and take a trip through 2000 years of Chinese history?
When: Now – 28 October 2018
Where: World Museum
Cost: £2 tickets for LJMU students, £5.50 for children aged between 6 and 17 years &
free for children aged 5 years and under.
After your trip to the Terracotta Warriors is over, why not head up the road to the Walker Art Gallery where there is a dedicated (and incredibly colourful) space for children to create and explore. Big Art is designed to introduce children to art, giving them a place to paint, dress up, read and discover the little Picasso inside of them. There’s something for the grown ups too, the Walker Art gallery is home to hundreds of incredible sculptures and paintings that are all free to view.
When: Regular dates throughout the year.
Where: The Walker Art Gallery
Cost: FREE (suggested donation to the gallery is £4).
There is a new interactive exhibition where you get to be part of the art! Brazillian collective Opavivara! have created a show that is designed to get you talking to the other visitors by creating a relaxing and engaging environment to explore. Kids can go and try the animal printing station where they can decorate their skin in the style of an array of different wildlife whilst adults can go to the herbal tea station and create their own concoction of tea provided by LEAF. And finally, both big and small will love the giant and colourful hammock that anyone can lie in.
When: Now until 24 June 2018
Where: Tate Liverpool
Shrek the Musical
Shrek the Musical is back after a record-breaking UK and Ireland tour! The classic film about a brave Ogre’s fairy-tale adventure has been transformed into a smash-hit musical that arrives in Liverpool very soon. With a cast of loveable misfits, outlandish comedy and adventure on an epic scale, this show has become an instant classic and is sure to be a treat for all ages.
When: Tue 12th June – Sun 24th June 2018
Where: Empire Theatre
Cost: Prices range between £12 – £52 depending on where you’re sat. (no current discounts for students or children)
SplatterdaysOn Saturdays at the recently revamped Unity Theatre, kids rule. In the morning 5-8 year olds can take part in a wide range of creative play, including storytelling, arts and crafts, quizzes and loads more. In the afternoon 9-13 year olds can join the performing arts club where they will have the chance to try their hand at creative writing, art & design and unleash the inner thespian in them as they learn to act. And grown-ups, don’t worry I haven’t forgotten about you. The Unity has a jam-packed schedule of interesting and diverse theatre and performances which you can get discount to as a student, so there really is something for everyone at the Unity.
When: Every Saturday
Where: Unity Theatre
Cost: £5 per child per session
Museum of the Moon
Take a trip to the moon with this incredible instillation by Luke Jerram. He combines ‘lunar imagery, moonlight and a surround-soundscape by BAFTA and Ivor Novello award-winning composer Dan Jones to create an awe-inspiring experience’ that the whole family will love. You’ll be able to see a detailed view of the moon thanks to NASA imagery that has been meticulously reproduced on a 1:500,000 scale and lit up from inside. Whilst you’re there, why not head up to the top of the tower to see Liverpool from 500 ft above sea level?
Sefton Park offers plenty to do for the whole family whatever the weather. If it’s a sunny day you can take a picnic and relax whilst the kids go and run around on the playground, or if you get caught in a shower why not take a trip to the recently restored Palm House containing a host of plant life from Africa, Asia, America, Australia and Europe that’s sure to make the kids feel like intrepid explorers.
When: Every Day (Plam House opening hours are 10.00am to 8.00pm daily)
Where: Sefton Park
By Lewis Wren – Student Opportunities Intern