21 places to take the kids on a rainy day in Liverpool and beyond

It's hard entertaining the kids especially if the weather outside is not brilliant.

But you shouldn't let the rain put you off from heading out and enjoying a day with the family.

There are so many things to do with kids and places to take them in Liverpool and beyond on a rainy day.

Of course, with the current coronavirus pandemic restrictions are in place and many attractions may need booking in advance as numbers may be limited.

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Safety measures will be in place to ensure social distancing is followed, but you can still have a great day out with your little one.

This article was originally published earlier this year, but given the current circumstance we thought a lot of parents may be wondering where is open so we've updated this guide with the latest information as we know it.

It includes ideas in Liverpool and some further afield too.

1. The Beatles Story

Journey through the Fab Fours' rise to fame wjth this entertaining insight into the band's life which includes an audio tour narrated by John Lennon's sister, Julia.

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There's always something for the kids to do in the Discovery Zone including free workshops during half term and school holidays.

Learn about the Beatles' lives, times, music and influential legacy using interactive screens and our giant piano.

Where: Britannia Vaults, Albert Dock, Liverpool.

2. Imagine That

Popular children's venue Underwater Street moved home from the city centre to Wavertree and has a new name, Imagine That.

The beloved activity centre was on Water Street in Liverpool for 10 years but relocated due to growing demand.

There are the same concepts with arts and crafts, science workshops and a larger Imagination Village including a construction zone, lots of shops, and American diner and theatre, a pet rescue and car wash.

Where: Imagine That, 26-32 Faraday Road, Wavertree, L13 1EH.

3. Awesome Walls

Awesome Walls in Liverpool can be found in a former 150-year-old church with over 1,000 square metres of climbing with hundreds of routes.

Whether you're an absolute beginner wanting to learn how to climb or an experienced outdoor climber Awesome Walls has lots to offer.

Where: St Albans Church, Athol Street, Liverpool.

4. Merseyside Maritime Museum

The Merseyside Maritime Museum has all sorts of exhibits about the social and commercial history of the port of Liverpool.

Highlights include ship models, maritime paintings, colourful posters from the golden age of liners and even some full sized vessels.

The Seized exhibition also offers hands-on fun for kids and there are plenty of events on for kids to do including visiting The Piermaster's House which is open daily 10am to 4.30pm.

Where: Albert Dock, Liverpool.

5. World Museum

The World Museum in Liverpool is an ideal day out for the family with plenty to see, do and get your hands-on including different events.

The museum has extensive collections covering world cultures, sciences, animals and bugs.

With everything from dinosaur exhibits and aquariums to sections about Ancient Egypt, there's something for everyone to enjoy.

Where: World Museum, William Brown Street, Liverpool.

6. International Slavery Museum

Housed on the third floor of the Merseyside Maritime Museum, there are lots of events and workshops at the International Slavery Museum to take part in.

Here, your children can hear the untold stories of enslaved people and learn about historical and contemporary slavery.

Where: International Slavery Museum, Dock Traffic Office, Albert Dock.

7. Tate Liverpool

There are lots of things to see and do at Tate, so try different things each time.

Under 12s can visit any special exhibition for free if they are with an adult. Collection displays change regularly, so you won't see the same things year after year.

There's also family-friendly activities such as puppet making workshops and sculpture making sessions.

Along with this, the gallery offers families Rocket Backpacks filled with a number of arty activities, just collect one from the foyer.

Where: Albert Dock, Liverpool.

8. New Palace & Adventureland

Take a ride out to New Brighton for fun and games at this indoor arcade and children's adventure and soft play centre.

You'll also find a bouncy castle, ball pond and climbing wall plus an outside fairground at New Palace and Adventureland.

There's also a separate disco room with music smoke and laser lighting, a football area to shoot and score goals and giant inflatables including a huge bouncy rainbow slide and a ship being wrestled by a giant octopus.

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You'll have lots of fun in the big, bright and colourful amusement arcade too.

Where: New Palace & Adventureland, Marine Promenade, New Brighton.

9. Croxteth Hall

There is plenty to see at Croxteth Hall from a working farm to some gorgeous flowers in the Victorian walled garden or learn how the Earls of Sefton, their families and servants, lived in the hall in Edwardian times. There is also various events on throughout the year.

If the weather is nice, check out the local wildlife and explore woodlands, pastures and ponds in Croxteth Local Nature Reserve.

Where: Off Muirhead Avenue East, Liverpool.

10. The World of Glass

Try your hand at being a sculptor at The World of Glass in St Helens and watch expect glass blowers create some fantastic pieces.

The contemporary and innovative building houses the history of the glass industry and allows you walk back in time through its two galleries to the world of St Helens during the Victorian times. Then, after you have had the chance to soak in all the history, you can enjoy something to eat and drink at St Helen’s only canal-side cafe.

Where: Chalon Way East, St Helens.

11. Hollywood Bowl

You can't beat a few games of ten-pin bowling to while a way a few hours on a rainy afternoon.

Hollywood Bowl even amusements too so if you get tired of throwing a ball you can take to the wheel and go head-to-head on the latest racing games, or try and get your score to the top of the arcade leader boards, or even challenge members of your family to the incredibly fast paced ‘Pacman Smash’

Where: Edge Lane Retail Park, Montrose Way, Wavertree, L13 1EW

12. Junkyard Golf

If you fancy some crazy golf head to Junkyard Golf in Liverpool One.

There are three themed 9 holes courses made with reclaimed and recycled materials each with its own distinct personality, from twisted fairground and scrap metal hell to jungle pandemonium.

If you get peckish, you can grab a snack from the main bunker bar with delicious snacks including fairgrounds style hotdogs and salted caramel popcorn.

Where: 1 Paradise Street, Liverpool L1 8JF

13. Velocity Inflatable Park

Work up a sweat and have some fun bouncing at Velocity Inflatable Park.

The park has transformed from an indoor trampoline park to the UK's biggest indoor inflatable arena spanning 15,000 square feet.

The new inflatable park features two extreme drop slides, a giant slide into the UK’s largest ball pool, a gladiator arena with podiums to battle from, high climbing wall and Total Wipeout style giant bouncing balls.

There is also a dedicated arena for under fours which includes a slide and a ball pool.

There’s also a large and spacious cafe to watch the kids having fun while enjoying a coffee and a snack or try the full menu for hot food and cold drinks.

Where: Unit 1, Easter Park, Bennetts Lane, Shell Green, Widnes

14. Planet Ice

Show off your ice skating skills on the rink at Planet Ice formerly Silver Blades in Widnes. There are various events on during the week including family skate, disco skate and parent and toddler skate.

They often have special offers on during school holidays.

Where: The Hive, Earle Road, Widnes WA8 0TA

15. Blue Planet Aquarium

Visit the Blue Planet Aquarium and get up close to sharks, starfish and seahorses. Take an all access tour or see animals including otters being fed.

There's so much to do with daily talks and shows in the Aquatheatre with the first show starting from 11.30am each day.

Where: Blue Planet Aquarium, Cheshire Oaks, Cheshire

16. Jump in muddy puddles

A family jump in muddy puddles in the rain

Most people probaby like to stay dry when the weather is wet and wild, but if you and the family are feeling adventurous enough to brave the downpours, why not pull on your waterproofs and wellies and jump in some muddy puddles.

There are some lovely, scenic places for you to go and make a day of it, but obviously do be careful if the weather starts to take a turn for the worst and check the weather forecast.