I have three little boys and keeping them entertained as they get older seems to get harder and harder. When they were little, an afternoon in soft play would be more than enough but now that they are all over the age of 10, they have become much more selective! Here are the top five places we have visited which the boys have loved…
Re-opening in May this year and suitable for kids over the age of 8, this aqua park is a giant inflatable obstacle course based at Duke’s Dock in the heart of the Albert dock.The course is made up of inflatable slides, trampolines and rafts meaning you can bounce, splsh and slide while racing family and friends around the course. For £20 per person you will get the hire of a wetsuit, a 30 minute briefing and 1 hour in the water. My kids loved every second and came out more confident in the water than ever before.
For more infomation, visit, www.adventuredock.co.uk
The Crocky Trail
The Crocky trail is an amazing outdoor adventure playground suitable for the whole family which is based in Cheshire (around a 30 minute drive from Liverpool City Centre.) As soon as you enter the park, you are greeting with slides of varying sizes, as well as all sorts of rides and challenges which just warms you up for the actual trail. The trail is a mile long walk through fields and trees which eventually take you over the crocky stream. It’s so much fun but be warned, it could be muddy or wet! One of my kids lost their trainer in the mud! The cost for entry is £14 per child which is on the expensive side if you have more than one child like me. However, we take a picnic and make a full day out of it and it really is great fun for the whole family.
To find out more or to book tickets, visit www.crockytrail.co.uk
Go Royal Laser Tag
My children were invited to a party here at this venue which is tucked away in the heart of Formby in the famous pinewoods (around a 30 minute drive from Liverpoool City). This place can only be descibed as every childs dream! Based on the worlds most popular video game ‘Fortnight’, the setting is all outdoors around the woods, and the children are put into teams before going off into battle and shooting their way through towns such as ‘Wilted Willows’ and ‘Tipsy Towers’. Available for kids over the age of 7, the cost is £20 for 1.5 hours of play. This is also an amazing birthday party location!
To find out more or to book tickets, visit www.gooutsideuk.com/goroyale
Go Karting Liverpool
Just 10 minutes away from Liverpool One, you will find this amazing indoor go karting circuit. The circuit is 850metres and has 17 corners so its amzing fun and they have speically designed ‘cadet karts’ for children over the age of 8 to make sure its really safe. For kid’s and families, the venue hold ‘open times race sessions’ where the whole family can race against each other. The cost for 30 minutes race time is £20 per person. If you’re anything like me, and would just rather look on from the side lines, as long as your child is over the age of 8, thats fine too.
To check out the latest offers to to find out more, visit www.team-sport.co.uk/go-karting-liverpool
Sandcastle Waterpark Blackpool
This one is just over an hours drive from Liverpool but it is defiantely worth the trip, my kids loved it and as it’s opposite the Pleasure beach, we finished the day with a few rides and then good old fish and chips by the Sea!
With more than 18 rides, the waterpark is the largest in the UK and with the fun pools and wave machine, there was plenty to keep the kids entertained for hours! All children over 8 who are strong swimmers are free to use the park unsupervised in the water but there are some height restrictions on some of the slides.
Even better, the park has its very own ‘Sea Breeze Spa’ so while the hubby ran around with the kids, I got a couple of hours of total relaxation! Definately recommended!
To find out more, visit www.sandcastle-waterpark.co.uk
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