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 5th 2014
Oooh, You're So Crafty
Looking for something to do with your kids at the weekend? On a tight budget? These seven crafty ideas will keep your kids and your wallet happy and not once will you hear those dreaded words: "I'm booooored".
Kids Love to Get Crafty
VGM Family Saturdays
Get your culture on with a trip to the Victoria Gallery & Museum. The friendly museum staff always go out of their way to welcome little ones, but Family Saturdays are a little more special. After a screening of a child-friendly movie in the morning, lunch is served in the cafe (you are also welcome to bring a picnic). The day continues with a themed craft session. There's no need to book a place: just turn up and have fun.
Where: Victoria Gallery & Museum, Ashton Street
When: Last Saturday of each month Time: Movie starts between 10.30 and 11. Craft session 1pm - 4pm Cost: Free Find out more
Big Art for Little Artists
Appreciation for art starts early in a child's life and Big Art for Little Artists at the Walker Art Gallery is a great way to build on your child's enthusiasm for all things artistic. As well as creating their own art, children can read books, play with puppets, chill out in the mood room and dress up as characters from famous paintings (or even as Queen Victoria if the mood strikes). There are usually other child-friendly events going on throughout the gallery, so it pays to check what's on if you plan to visit.
Where: Walker Art Gallery, William Brown Street When: Daily Time: 10am - 5pm Cost: Free Find out more
The Crafting Table
The Crafting Table, Otterspool
If you're in the South Liverpool area, head over to the cafe at Otterspool Adventure Centre to check out the Crafting Table. There's a huge choice of crafts available. Your child might choose to make a princess tiara or a pirate hat, to decorate their own piggy bank, or to design their own tote bag. There are various sessions to suit all ages and availability: toddlers and preschoolers, open age, after school and holidays.
Where: Otterspool Adventure Centre, Otterspool Drive
Time: From 10am
Cost: From £5 per child for up to 3 crafts Find out more
From exotic flowers to superhero masks, the themed craft table at Underwater Street provides plenty of inspiration for budding artists and they can show off their creations in the parade. For those kids who like things on a grander scale, there's a paint a mini section where they can literally paint a car. Aprons are advisable. It's worth a trip to Underwater Street just for the art area, but there's plenty of other activities that will keep your kids occupied for the whole day.
Where: Underwater Street, Water Street
Time: 10am - 4pm Tuesday - Friday, 10am - 5pm Weekends, Closed Monday in Term Time
Cost: £10.95 per child in peak times, concessions available for off peak sessions and under 3's Find out more
Explore at the Bluecoat
Activities at the Bluecoat Explore sessions are linked to the gallery's current exhibitions and artwork, so it's a great way to get your child interested in art. The sessions run on a drop in basis and there's no need to pre book. Just turn up and one of the experienced and friendly Explore leaders will help you and child get involved with activities such as drawing, painting, photography and animation.
Where: The Bluecoat, School Lane
When: Every Saturday
Time: 1pm - 4pm
Cost: Free Find out more
The Craft Corner in Garston is a great little place to take the kids and let them try their hand at decorating pottery. They can choose a mug, a plate or a dinosaur or cupcake shaped money box and show off their design skills. Jewellery making and canvas painting are among the other craft choices on offer. Refreshments and bottle warming facilities are accessible on site.
Where: Craft Corner Pottery and Craft Studio, 61 Garston Old Road
When: Typically Wednesday, Friday and Saturday
Time: 10am - 4.30pm
Cost: Starts at £2.50 - £5 per craft Find out more
Led by two professional artists, Creative Balance Art Club Workshops offer a new project theme each month for 3 to 12 year olds. Your child will work with materials such as charcoal, clay and modrock to create pieces linked to subjects like amazing animals, Leonardo Da Vinci and story book illustrations. Sessions take place in various locations throughout the week.
Where and when:
Holy Trinity Hall, Rosemary Lane: Mondays 5pm - 6pm
Waterloo Community Centre, Great Georges Road: Tuesday 4.30pm - 5.30pm
St Lukes Church Hall, Liverpool Road: Wednesday 5.00pm - 6.00pm
Cost: £6.50 per session, block booking savings available Find out more
These craft sessions in Liverpool are a great way to spend time with your kids at the weekend, to inspire their artistic streak and to generally have a great time. If you'd like articles like this to pop straight into your inbox, subscribe to Linda Forshaw below.