Things to do with the kids this summer

Keeping the kids entertained and fed over the summer holidays without spending a fortune is a big challenge for parents and carers. Fortunately, there are lots of great activities and cheap dining options available across the Liverpool City Region and a bit further afield.


If you are looking for ways to ensure your kids have lots of fun without breaking the bank over the summer, here are some recommended activities:



Calderstones Beach and Fun Fair

Head over to Calderstones Park in South Liverpool for the annual Calderstones Beach and Fun Fair. This is an action-packed event, with free activities and it takes place every day of the summer holidays up until 4th September.

The free entertainment includes:

  • Mondays – Dino Invasion Day 12pm to 4pm
  • Tuesdays – Disco and Characters 1pm to 3pm
  • Wednesdays – Arts and Crafts 1pm to 3pm
  • Thursdays – Disco and Characters 12pm to 3pm
  • Fridays – Free face painting 12pm to 4pm

You can find out more information about what else will be happening at the event on the Facebook page for Calderstones Beach:

Things to do for free (or cheaply) with your kids


There are some great days out around the Liverpool area that you can do without breaking the bank. These are some of the top options:


Both Vue and Odeon are providing massively discounted tickets for mid-morning screenings, starting from £2.49 for both adults and children.



There are lots of museums across the northwest offering free admission and free activity sessions. The National Football Museum in Manchester is great for the sports-mad kids, while the Maritime Museum and Museum of Liverpool also are free entry with lots of fun activities and educational value.


Grow your own plants

Summer is a great time to spend more time outdoors and BBC Radio 2 are running a campaign to give away free fruit, vegetable, and plant seeds, which you can pick up from B&M or Homebase and get busy in the garden, learn more about vegetation and hopefully grow some vegetables that can save you on your future shopping bills!


Theme parks

Theme parks can usually end up being expensive but if you look out for cereal box offers and vouchers such as Tesco Clubcards, you can find a cheap day out at a fun theme park.




Eat out for free or less


Lots of restaurants are offering free or cheap meals for kids during the summer holidays such as:

  • Asda Café – Kids eat for £1 every day and there is no requirement for an adult to purchase a meal.
  • Dunelm – One free mini main, two snacks, and a drink for every £4 spent in the café.
  • Table Table Restaurants – Two children under 16 get a free breakfast with one paying adult every day.
  • Bella Italia – Kids eat for £1 with each adult meal from 4-6pm Mon – Thurs.
  • Dobbies – Kids eat free with an adult main meal.

Visit Money Saving Central for more information on places kids can eat for free or less this summer.


Hopefully, this has given you some inspiration for fun days out that won’t cost you much money this summer.

Have fun!