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Little Liverpool: Parent Picks for October 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 October 8th 2014
Things are Getting Spooky in Liverpool
Welcome to this month's edition of Little Liverpool: a hand picked selection of great things to do in Liverpool with kids.

With half term on the horizon and plenty of spooky goings on, there's lots to look forward to this month. In fact, this month's offerings are so particularly tempting that -- if you're yet to discover the joys of parenting -- I highly recommend borrowing someone else's child so you don't miss out. Remember to ask first.

Animation Magic

underwater street, afternoon tea
Afternoon Tea at Underwater Street


There's still time to catch Animation Magic in the city centre's Underwater Street. Pop along to meet a selection of your kid's favorite characters and take part in workshops including animation and magnet, costume, and mask making. Don't forget to treat yourself to afternoon tea while you're there.

When: Until 17th October
Where: Underwater Street, Water Street
Cost: £10.95 Child Free for Adults (Concessions Available)
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Pinocchio

Get yourself all geared up for panto season by taking your little cherubs to see Pinocchio at the Epstein Theatre. This new adaptation of Carlo Collodi's classic tale -- packed full of magical characters and circus skills -- looks set to be a treat for the whole family. Plus, it might inspire your kids to be good. As if the looming threat of being on the naughty list wasn't enough.

When: Saturday 25th October, 11.30am and 2.30pm
Where: Epstein Theater, Hanover Street
Cost: Adult £9.50 Concessions £8.50
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The Crocky Horrors

Billed as the scariest Halloween event this side of Transylvania, the Crocky Horrors is the Crocky Trail's annual Halloween celebration. Come face to face with all manner of zombies, vampires and beasts. Plus, if you go during the last two days of the event, you'll also be treated to a spectacular fireworks display. It's not strictly in Liverpool, but too good to miss from this roundup of kids events. While this event is a lot tamer than Farmaggeddon, it's best for kids age 10 and over. Get 10% off when you book online using code GOLIVE10.

When: October 17th - 18th, 21st - 25th, 28th - 31st, Nov 1st
Where: The Crocky Trail, Guy Lane, Waverton
Cost: $12 - £17 Group Discounts Available
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Sssnakes Alive!

The Sssnakes Alive! touring exhibition has been on at the World Museum since February, but if you haven't checked it out yet, what better month to do so than in spooky October? Not only can your kids get all of their burning questions about snakes answered, they can also meet a royal python and a boa constrictor. The adults may prefer to check out the snake photography. Or is that just me?

When: 19 September 2013 to 22 February 2015
Where: World Museum, William Brown Street
Cost: Free (Yay!)
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Room on the Broom

"I don't like Julia Donaldson stories" said no child or parent ever. Head to the Playhouse at the end of this month to see an adaptation of one of her favourite tales - Room on the Broom. Packed with song, laughs and plenty of joining in, this adventure looks set to be as fun for the mums and dads as it is for the wannabe witches and wizards. Suitable for age 3 plus.

When: Tues 28th to Thur 30th October
Where: Liverpool Playhouse, Williamson Square
Cost: £12 Adults £9 Children
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Spooky Welly Walk

Fancy raising some money for a good cause while treating the kids to a fun day out? Roy Castle's Spooky Welly Walk is the perfect place to do it. As well as the two mile family walk, you'll enjoy a creepy crawly show with giant cockroaches (among other delightful creatures), spooky cupcake decorating, face painting, yucky dip, and lots more themed fun. Don't forget to dress the kids up for the Halloween parade.

When: Saturday 25th October 10.30am to 4pm
Where: Sefton Park, South Liverpool
Cost: Advance Tickets £3 each or £4 on the day. Under 2s free.
Register

Lantern Making Workshops

liverpool lantern parade
Liverpool Lantern Parade


Image via Flickr by afeitar

This year's Liverpool Lantern Parade will take place on Saturday November 1st, so I'll be popping the event details into next month's newsletter. It felt wrong not to mention this popular event though, so I found a way to sneak it in. Have a go at making your own lantern by attending one of the workshops held around the city. Popular venues like the Old Police Station and the Palm House are booked up, but spaces at the Isla Gladstone Conservatory and the Black-E are still available.

When: Various Dates
Where: Various Locations
Cost: £7 Contribution per Lantern
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VGM Family Saturday

If you've yet to discover the delights of VGM's Family Saturdays, then make October the month that you do. Pitch up for 11am and you and the kids can settle down (on huge bean bags) to watch a screening of Frankenweenie. Take a picnic for lunch or get something tasty from the cafe, before taking part in the afternoon session. This month the kids will be unwrapping a mummy, meeting a Victorian doctor, and sampling some witches brew. Lovely.

When: Saturday 25th October
Where: Victoria Gallery and Museum, Ashton Street
Cost: Free (Yay!)
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Skool of Horrors

Are you brave enough to explore the underground tombs of St Georges Hall? You might not be, but your kids are probably more than fierce enough. Beware, once you're down there, you will have to solve the spooky secret - or the Crypt Keeper might not let you out again. Suitable for kids ages 8 to 12 (and their parents).

When: 23rd to 25th and 29th to 31st October
Where: Heritage Center, St Georges Hall
Cost: £9
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Lakeside Adventures

If you've seen enough witches, goblins and ghouls to last you a lifetime (or at least until next October), you'll be glad to see this event in the calendar. Take the kids over to Waterloo where they can take part in taster sessions in rowing, canoeing, and sailing. The best bit? The adults can have a go too.

When: Saturday 25th October 10.30am - 12.30pm and 1pm to 3pm
Where: Crosby Lakeside Adventure Centre, Waterloo
Cost: £10 Adults £8.50 Kids
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This selection of children's activities in Liverpool should be enough to keep the busiest of kids entertained during October. Don't forget to subscribe if you'd like to see a roundup of next month's events. If you'd like to see your event featured in a future list, please let me know.
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Well done Linda. Your award caught my eye as it had Liverpool in the title and me, who lives in Liverpool Australia thought, yeah really, never heard of it but now I know why!
by glenop (score: 2|823) 1046 days ago
Thanks Glen!
I write for an Australian company and it always makes me smile when I see reference to Liverpool in Sydney :)
by Linda Forshaw (score: 1|49) 1046 days ago
Thanks Glen!
I write for an Australian company and it always makes me smile when I see reference to Liverpool in Sydney :)
by Linda Forshaw (score: 1|49) 1046 days ago
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