As one of the most vibrant cities in the UK, there’s certainly no end to things to do in Liverpool with toddlers.
From farms to museums, soft play to trampoline parks, there’s something your little one will absolutely love.
Our list includes a mix of attractions both indoor and outdoor, free and paid, a whole day out and just a couple of hours. Whatever you’re looking for, we’ve got it.
Let us know if we’ve missed your best Liverpool toddler day out!
- Fun Things To Do In Liverpool With Toddlers
- British Music Experience
- Rice Lane City Park
- Monkey House Soft Play
- Otterspool Adventure Centre
- World Museum
- Spring City Trampoline Park
- Yellow Sub
- Blue Planet Aquarium
- Imagine That!
- New Palace and Adventureland
- Knowsley Safari
- Bubbles’ World of Play
- Tam O’Shanter Urban Farm
- Funtown Liverpool
- Inflata Nation
Fun Things To Do In Liverpool With Toddlers
British Music Experience
One of Liverpool’s most famous and celebrated attractions is the British Music Experience, and it’s a great day out for all the family — toddlers included!
Essentially, it’s a museum dedicated to the history of British rock and pop music. It’s a real sensory experience, with plenty of music (duh!), lights and interactive displays that children can really get involved with. You can even play a number of musical instruments, learn dance moves and even sing in the vocal booth. Who knows — maybe this will musically inspire your kids 👩🎤
Under 5s go free and there are good value family tickets available too. Every general entry ticket allows for you to return as many times as you like within 12 months.
Rice Lane City Park
Located next door to the Walton Park Cemetery is the brilliant Rice Lane City Park, an urban farm that’s open 7 days a week and is free to visit.
Rice Lane is home to a number of animals, including pygmy goats, Redpoll cows, rabbits, ducks, Ryeland sheep, lambs, chickens and many more. There’s a beautiful garden to explore while you’re here, alongside walks in the surrounding fields and woods. All the paths are wide enough for buggies and wheelchairs, although bear in mind they can get muddy in the rain.
During the busy season and Summer, there is a tea room and café for you to fuel up. Please consider leaving a donation if you enjoy your visit.
Monkey House Soft Play
Just across the Mersey in Liscard is one of Liverpool’s best indoor soft play centres, Monkey House. Children aged between 0 and 10 years old are catered for here, and there’s even a designated area for under 3s.
The soft play area is replete with a huge frame, slides, ball pits, tunnels, swings and more. Parents and carers can enjoy food and drinks in the onsite café that directly overlooks the frame so you can ensure that your kids are always in view.
Children’s entertainers are often brought in, and there are also regular parent and toddler mornings held here too.
Otterspool Adventure Centre
Otterspool is a much loved outdoor play centre located just outside central Liverpool in Otterspool, on the River Mersey.
Some of the activities on offer here include the timber equipment play area, adventure golf, racing rangers course, a bouncing pillow, mini quad bike race course, Volvo diggers construction site, a maze, and more. There’s also a huge café and icecream parlour on site.
Kids under 1 go free and 12 to 23 month olds are able to enter for a discount, as well as adults and kids aged 13 years and over.
Liverpool’s World Museum, located in St George’s Quarter, is one of the city’s oldest and most loved museums. It’s free to visit and a great option for a rainy day.
There is a huge amount to see here, with something sure to interest kids and adults of all ages. Younger kids and toddlers will probably be most interested in the planetarium, aquarium, Bug House, dinosaurs and Treasure House Theatre.
The museum is very accessible with plenty of toilets, a buggy park and café. It’s open Tuesday to Sunday (closed on Mondays).
Spring City Trampoline Park
If you’re looking for a place to take the kids to expend some energy, Spring City is the place for you! This trampoline park is located south of central Liverpool right on the River Mersey.
Spring City is home to almost 100 trampolines, as well as basketball nets and dodge ball courts. They have a number of sessions per week especially for toddlers (walking up to age 5) — check out the Spring Tots schedule on their website. There’s also toddler music playing in the background and complimentary juice and biscuits in the café.
Every other Friday morning session of Spring Tots is a special character event so make sure you look out for that. Please bear in mind that a parent or carer must be supervising on the trampoline at all times.
Bluecoat is a contemporary arts centre located in central Liverpool that holds plenty of creative sessions (especially over the summer) for kids and families.
These sessions are free to attend and span everything from music, comedy, storytelling, sculpture and much more. Some of the workshops include spooky storytelling, character drawing, puppet making, bubbles workshop, and becoming a DJ. Keep an eye on their website for session details.
There’s lots of outside space to explore as well in Bluecoat’s garden, and lots of kid-friendly options in their café too.
Yellow Sub is another indoor play attraction, located just south of Albert Docks. It’s really big and there’s plenty to do — absolutely perfect for active toddlers and young kids.
The large play frame, complete with slides, tunnels, climbing frames, soft play and much more is the main event but there’s also a football pitch and arcade, as well as a great section for younger toddlers away from the main hustle and bustle.
The café is also really impressive, serving up the usual fare of hot and cold drinks, as well as homemade goodies, Neapolitan pizzas and flame grilled burgers. They are also happy to cater to any dietary requirements you may have.
Blue Planet Aquarium
One of our favourite UK aquariums is Blue Planet, located just outside of Liverpool in Ellesmere Port. It’s the largest in the Northwest and a great day out.
Some of their exhibitions include the famous underwater shark tunnel, coral cave, flooded forest, Lake Malawi, frog zone and Caiman Crocodiles. Kids will love the rock pools which allow them to get up close and personal to local sea creatures, including seabass and rays. There’s also a chance to catch the daily dive show in the Aquatheatre, and test your fear levels in the VENOM attraction — full of the world’s most venomous creatures, including jellyfish, vipers and black widow spiders.
Make sure you also take the kids to the amazing Pirates Playground if it’s good weather — an outdoor adventure playground complete with shipwreck, slides, crocodiles and monkey bars.
Imagine That! is an indoor science and discovery centre that’s an ideal place to take kids under 10. It’s a 3 hour ‘guided journey’ so a good half day excursion.
The attraction is split into a number of different zones: Art Area, Outdoor Area, Science Area, Construction Area, Imagination Village and the Slime Factory. Imagination Village will especially appeal to toddlers who love role play — there’s even a theatre with a stage and dress-up area!
Babies under 1 can enter for free with a paying sibling, and toddlers under 3 are also able to get in for a reduced rate. Make sure you book your place in advance.
New Palace and Adventureland
Just across the Mersey in New Brighton is the brilliant New Palace and Adventureland — a huge children’s entertainment centre, complete with soft play, fairground and arcade.
The indoor Adventureland is home to a massive climbing frame, huge inflatables, a 25ft climbing wall and one of the highest slides in the UK at over 30ft! Toddlers will be right at home in the large toddler play area that includes an inflatable castle, wendy house, slides, and mini train. There are also giant trampolines, a disco room and construction zone.
The outdoor funfair is suitable from toddlers to kids up to age 13 and there are plenty of rides to go on for younger children. There are also a number of food and drink outlets on the Promenade, including ice cream doughnuts, burgers, fish and chips, and much more.
Knowsley Safari is a fantastic drive-through safari park located just outside of Liverpool in Prescot. There’s also a walk-around zoo and a number of adventure rides.
You’ll see lots of wild animals on the 5-mile safari, including camels, rhinos, lions, monkeys, zebras, tigers, bongos and more. Regular talks on different animals are held throughout the day, as well as sea lion and birds of prey displays.
Some of the amusements on offer at Knowsley are face painting, pirate ships rides, roundabout, swing chairs, ranger patrols, and the much loved baboon bus…
Bubbles’ World of Play
Bubbles’ World of Play is another indoor play area that’s found in New Brighton, perfect for kids aged between 0 and 11 years old.
It’s a very large centre that’s divided into 30 different countries and zones to explore — including the Northern Lights, India, Italy and even Dinoland! There’s also a large role play area that’s ideal for toddlers with big imaginations, a foam ball cannon, penguin maze, and lots of interactive games and challenges.
For babies and young toddlers, you’ll love the sensory area and specialist toddler play frame and Central Park themed play area. You’ll be able to watch your kids playing and having fun from the comfort of the Bubbles café.
Tam O’Shanter Urban Farm
Tam O’Shanter is an urban farm located across the Mersey from central Liverpool in Bidston. It’s reasonably small but is open every day and is free to visit. It’s also home to a historic cottage that was originally built around 1700!
Some of the animals making their home at Tam O’Shanter include alpacas, goats, bantam hens, sheep, ducks, geese, pigs, bunnies, guinea pigs and ponies. The farm’s mission is to help educate their visitors on nature conservation so you can expect plenty of interaction and education.
Funtown is another large Liverpudlian indoor soft play centre. You can find it just outside of the centre in Garston.
The custom-built play frame is home to tunnels, slides, ball pits and various obstacles that active kids will really love. Little ones will be able to keep safe while still joining in the fun in the integrated toddler section for under 3s. Sessions are 90 minutes long.
Entry prices are very reasonable with under 1s able to enter for free and adults just £1. Admission prices vary slightly according to peak/off-peak times. There’s also a large café overlooking the playframe.
Inflata Nation is a well known and much loved inflatable theme park franchise with branches all across the UK. This one is located just across the Mersey from Liverpool in Runcorn.
Some of the activities on offer include bungee races, drop slides, a giant air pillow, climbing wall, assault course, bubble section, and even opportunities to duel! There’s a special area set aside for toddlers under 4 called Inflata Tots, and this section includes a slide and ball pool.
There are also dedicated Inflata Tots sessions where your toddler can enjoy the park without the presencee of any big kids. These are held three times a week and include juice and biscuits. There are also disability friendly sessions on offer as well.
Looking for another location? Check out our Days Out section for more ideas.