What’s on in Liverpool? The best kids’ events in Liverpool
Liverpool has undergone a bit of a transformation over the last ten years. After being crowned the City of Culture in 2008, it’s leapt from strength to strength with masses of family-friendly events like the Liverpool Food and Drink Festival or the new, and intriguingly titled, Feast of Fire. Liverpudlians are in fact rather spoilt for choice so why not make it your mission to see what’s on in Liverpool?
Family and kids’ events in Liverpool
- Feast of Fire, 23rd - 25th March and 30th March - 2nd April, St John’s Gardens:
The Feast of Fire will be the hottest ticket in Liverpool - literally - with flame-fuelled installations and a fiery parade. Based on the Northern European tradition of lighting bonfires over Easter, this mini-festival lets families get up close (but still at a safe distance, of course) to amazing sculptural creations which are all alight. These will then be carried through the historic setting of St John’s Gardens and transform it with music, art and some very tasty food. Fire up the grill!
- Liverpool Spring Festival, 28th - 29th April, Sefton Park:
Celebrate the season or kick back and relax at the Liverpool Spring Festival. The core message they want to share is ‘to embrace the season of new beginnings’, and they’re doing just that with crafty workshops, meditation sessions, plenty of tasty vegan ‘junk food’ and of course, some adorable little lambs. No Spring party would be complete without these fuzzy fellas so be sure to say hello. Families can also learn a new skill from one of the many local craftspeople before letting the tots loose in the aptly named, Kids’ Village.
- Southport Air Show, 6th - 8th July, Southport Seafront:
Hold onto your hats - the Southport Air Show is blowing into town with a sky full of airborne antics. In a schedule packed with spectacle, including a wide variety of air shows, motor-mad kids can watch an aircraft land on a purpose-built, beach-based runway: this show is, in fact, the only place you can see a landing like it. Then of course, they can have a crack at the assault course or test their speed on several climbing walls. The best bit though has got to be the flight simulators which make you feel like you’re in a super speedy Concorde.
- Liverpool MakeFest, 30th June, Liverpool Central Library:
Crafty kids who love to experiment may have found their match at Liverpool MakeFest. 200 ‘makers’ will be there showcasing special pieces, nifty gadgets and all sorts of crazy contraptions. You can learn on the job with hands-on activities like coding and crafts or simply celebrate all things artistic. It’s known as the North West’s biggest maker event so if you’re wondering what's on in Liverpool on the 30th, know that whatever it is, it’ll be covered in glitter, paint and all the bells and whistles available. All that and it’s free.
- Liverpool Food & Drink Festival, 15th - 16th September, Sefton Park:
We hope you’re hungry as the Liverpool Food & Drink Festival is one of the tastiest days out around with dishes from every corner of the globe. Love a bit of Thai cuisine? Or perhaps you prefer a classic pizza? Mix and match or chomp the whole lot down with a backdrop of fairground and donkey rides, storytelling, flower crown making, meet and greets with owls - the list goes on and on! Your littluns can even have a food fight in the Kids’ Village. Really, the toughest choice of the day will be what to eat first.
- Southport British Musical Fireworks Championship, 28th - 30th September, Victoria Park:
The Southport British Musical Fireworks Championship is the only competition of its kind in the UK so over three nights, what’s on in Liverpool will be all about crazy colours and stars in the night sky. This is no ordinary fireworks display though as some of the nation’s best pyrotechnic companies are battling it out to be the Champion of Champions. That means a professional panel will be judging them based on synchronisation to music, the choice of song and many other explosive factors, including mood and flow! Prepare to be dazzled.
- Pirates on the Dock, 15th - 16th September, Albert Dock:
Yo ho ho and a bottle of (alcohol-free) rum! Pirates on the Dock is back for another round of swashbuckling family action on Albert Dock. Pop a parrot on your shoulder and get that eye patch out of storage for two days of live-action ship battles and ramshackle sword fights - this includes the always popular Pirates and Mermaid Parade through town. The weekend will be well and truly drenched in folklore and sea shanties making it ones of the best Liverpool events for the smallest of seafarers. Land Ho!
All Year Events
- China’s First Emperor & Terracotta Warriors 9th Feb - 28th October, World Museum:
China's First Emperor and the Terracotta Warriors have come to the UK for the first time in what can only be described as a must-not-miss exhibition, with more than 180 amazing artefacts from museums across the Shaanxi Province. Families can come nose to nose with the famed Terracotta Warriors and an extraordinary life-size terracotta horse. As you piece through Emperor Qin Shi Huang’s belongings, imagine what life was like in a bygone era… Fingers crossed the warriors don’t suddenly come to life!
Armed with our guide to what’s on in Liverpool, you’ll be the most on the pulse family in Merseyside. For that extra element of preparedness, have a look at our things to do in Liverpool page where we’ve got billions of brilliant activities, or check out our ‘Best places to visit in Liverpool’ post. We selected a few of our favourites below too so simply take your pick.