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Little Liverpool: Parent Picks for November 2014

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by Linda Forshaw (subscribe)
Linda Forshaw likes to write about local haunts and far-flung lands. She lives in Liverpool, England, and spends her free time exploring new places and planning adventures with her little girl. Follow her on Twitter @seelindaplay
Published November 4th 2014
Kids Activities in Liverpool in November 2014
Welcome to this month's edition of Little Liverpool: a hand picked selection of great things to do in Liverpool with kids. The month kicked off with the spectacular Halloween Lantern Festival in Sefton Park, but there's still plenty to enjoy as the kids head back to school for the second half of the winter term.

November 5th Celebrations

Two of the city's beautiful green spaces, Sefton and Newsham Parks, will once again host fireworks displays on Bonfire Night. As part of Liverpool's WW1 commemorations, the theme this year is 'Salute to the Services'. Attendees are expected to number around 20,000 for each event, so do yourself a favour and leave the car at home. Wellies are a must!

When: 5th November, 7.30pm
Where: Sefton Park and Newsham Park
Cost: Free
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Artisans in the Palm House

If you'd like to do a little early Christmas shopping on Bonfire Night, head to Sefton Park to visit Artisans in the Palm House. There will be a choice of handcrafted items on sale, along with a tempting selection of world foods, locally brewed beer and non alcoholic soft drinks. Also on offer is live music and entertainment for the kids, so it should be a great prelude to the fireworks.

When: 5th November, 5.30pm - Late
Where: Sefton Park Palm House
Cost: Free Entry
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Liverpool One Christmas Launch Weekend

If you loved Sefton Park's Lantern Festival, here's your chance to enjoy more illuminated entertainment as a fairytale lantern parade kicks off the weekend in style. Chavasse Park's Ice Festival will also be declared open. Anyone wanting to get a 10% discount on activities should book before 6th November. To ensure spirits remain high all weekend, some Liverpool One stores will offer festive treats and giveaways.

When: Weekend commencing Friday 7th November, 4pm (Parade starts 5.30pm on Friday)
Where: Liverpool One (Parade commences at Paradise Street)
Cost: Free, Ice Festival activities extra
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Victorian Lamplight Tour at Croxteth Hall

For something a little different from the norm, head to Croxteth Hall for Lovehistory's Victorian Lamplight Tour. Explore the Molyneux family's ancestral home as you wander along the corridors with only the glow of a Victorian lamplight to help you out. Beware though: the story is set in 1831 and who knows if you will meet lost and lonely souls along the way. And you thought Halloween was over!

When: Wednesday 12th November
Where: Croxteth Hall
Cost: £15 (Concessions: £7.50)
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African Mask Making at the International Slavery Museum

Who doesn't love making masks? Take your kids to the Anthony Walker Education Centre at the International Slavery Museum this month, and not only can they learn all about how to design African masks, they can put their newfound knowledge to the test and create their own. This is a drop in event with no need to pre book.

When: 15th and 16th November, 1pm to 4pm
Where: International Slavery Museum (Third Floor of the Maritime Museum)
Cost: Free
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Merseyside Maritime Museum: Polar the Titanic Bear

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Titanic and Liverpool Exhibition


Many parents will have already taken their children along to see the Titanic and Liverpool exhibition at the Maritime Museum, but now there's more to see. The exhibition reopens on 15th November after a short closure to install new exhibits. Perhaps even more exciting is the Polar the Titanic Bear event. Head over to hear Polar's thrilling tale: an adventure based on a survivor's account of the famous disaster.

When: Saturday 22nd November
Where: Merseyside Maritime Museum, Albert Dock
Cost: Free
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Annie at the Liverpool Empire

An amateur performance of Annie by the Birkenhead Operatic Society Trust is all set to grace the stage at the Liverpool Empire this month. While the sun is not guaranteed to come out in Liverpool this late in the year, here's hoping that it comes out for everyone's favourite little orphan. Don't miss this chance to see what looks like a fantastic version of the show that took Broadway by storm.

When: Thursday 27th to Sunday 30th November
Where: Liverpool Empire, Lime Street
Cost: Tickets £10 - £32 Booking Fee
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VGM Family Saturday

VGM's Family Saturdays are always a big hit with the kids. This month's event features a screening of 'The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe'. After the movie, there's a short break for lunch followed by an afternoon craft session that encourages children to take inspiration from the Dorothy Wordsworth exhibition to create their own concertina style journal.

When: Saturday 29th November, Movie: 10.30am Crafts: 1pm - 4pm (Drop In)
Where: Victoria Gallery and Museum, Ashton Street
Cost: Free
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Little Red Riding Hood at the Everyman

Head over to the revamped Everyman at the end of the month to catch one of the season's first performances of Little Red Riding Hood. Expect a few surprises: this rock 'n' roll panto version of the popular story sees the little girl all tooled up and ready to take on the wolf. There's also a pre-show event with festive crafts and refreshments.

When: Saturday 29 November to Saturday 17 January, Various Showings
Where: Everyman Theatre, Williamson Square
Cost: £12 to £26 (£5 extra for pre show event)
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Santa's Magical Grotto at St George's Hall

It's that time of year again! Following on from the success of last years inaugural event, St George's Hall will host its second Christmas Grotto in 2014. On their way to meet Father Christmas, young visitors can explore a festive treasure trail with live character performances. Families were queuing around the hall last year, so do yourself a massive favour and pre-book your tickets.

When: 15th - 16th, 22, 23, 29, 30 November
Where: St George's Hall, St George's Place
Cost: Advance Tickets: £8 (Accompanying Adults: £1.50)
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