A family smiling on a train journey. There are zoo animals travelling on board behind them.

Make your May half-term with Merseyrail

Consider your half-term plans with the kids sorted as this guide details family-friendly ticketed and FREE events in the Liverpool City Region, guaranteed to keep the kids entertained.

Every event is just a short walk away from a Merseyrail station, so you don’t have to worry about the stress of travelling or parking.

Remember a Family Ticket (2 adults and 3 children) is just £13, or you can travel to as many destinations as you want in one day with a Day Saver ticket from just £4.45– train travel is cheaper than you think!

Read on to find out about all the events you won’t want to miss this half-term. For more event inspiration around the network and rail ticket information, visit merseyrail.org/Spring


Liverpool ONE

Upside Down House at Brighton on a sunny day.

There are lots of reasons to visit Liverpool ONE, but a major reason to go this half-term is the Upside Down House! Let your imagination run wild and try the unique photo experience that defies gravity. Visitors will also be able to explore exclusive rooms to Liverpool including the clouds of Candy Land and to play a retro Pac-Man arcade game!

Additionally, multiple restaurants are offering FREE / discounted kids’ meals, such as TGI Fridays and Wagamama. You can enjoy this before or after you embark on your outdoor adventure at the FREE Nature and Heritage Trails, or after a thrilling time at Gravity MAX or Junkyard Golf Club. The options are endless.

Merseyrail and Liverpool ONE are partnering up to offer one family the chance to win a FREE day out at Liverpool ONE this half-term! This includes a £100 Liverpool ONE Gift Card, a family meal at Pizza Express, a family ticket to visit the Upside Down House, and a Merseyrail Family Ticket for travel! Enter by Monday 27 May via the link here.

Website: Liverpool ONE

Nearest station: Liverpool Central


Bees: A Story Of Survival


Experience the buzz of the fascinating bee exhibition at World Museum Liverpool. Through art and science, you can explore the world of bees and learn more about their 120 million years of adaptation and survival. Children under 12 go FREE!

Image credit: Pete Carr Photography

Website: Bees: A Story of Survival

Nearest station: Liverpool Central / Lime Street Low Level


The Atkinson

The Atkinson on a sunny day

You can rely on The Atkinson to keep the kids entertained with a host of FREE activities available. Construction Club takes place on Saturday 25 May where your baby builders can play with a giant supply of LEGO, and they can get crafty at the comic themed Make It! Craft Workshop on Thursday 30 May.

Website: The Atkinson

Nearest station: Southport


Jurassic Adventure at Otterspool Adventure

Dinosaur at Otterspool Adventure

Give the kids a day they will never forget by roaming with dinosaurs at Otterspool Adventure from Saturday 25 May to Sunday 2 June. See life size dinosaurs on the Jurassic Trail, discover fossils at the Archaeological Dig, join the Prehistoric Parade and even enter the Dinotech2000 Lab for the live show.

Website: Otterspool Adventure

Nearest station: Aigburth


There’s a Monster in Your Show at Playhouse

There's a monster in your show promotional artwork with cartoon characters on a stage.

Witness the joy of Tom Fletcher’s ‘Who’s in Your Book?’ series leap from page to Playhouse stage from Tuesday 28 May to Saturday 1 June. There’s a Monster in Your Show is the perfect show for your little ones with lots of fun characters, lively music, and energetic performances.

Website: Playhouse

Nearest station: Liverpool Central


FREE activities at Sefton Palm House

Palm House on a sunny day

Head to the Palm House on Wednesday 29 May for FREE Palm Island activities, including a Family Trail, children’s short stories and making a paper bird house.  Alternatively, if you want to feel more zen, attend Yoga Bears in the Secret Garden, or Story Time and Craft Club on Thursday 30 May.

Website: Sefton Palm House

Nearest station: St Michaels


Gaia art installation at Birkenhead Park

Large globe installation in a park on a sunny day

Birkenhead Park allows you to take a trip around the world this half term with its three-dimensional Earth exhibit by Luke Jerram, taking place from Tuesday 28 to Thursday 30 May. This exhibition is accompanied by themed events each day, which features dancing, singing, and showcasing community groups.

Photo credit: Tom Martin. Music under Gaia. Kendall Calling, UK.

Website: Gaia art installation at Birkenhead Park

Nearest station: Birkenhead Park


The Little Circus at Royal Albert Dock

Children with spinning disks at The Little Circus

This half-term, Royal Albert Dock Liverpool is welcoming children to learn the tricks of the trade and become mini entertainers for FREE at The Little Circus, available from Tuesday 28th - Thursday 30th May 2024.

The Little Circus will offer a series of exciting workshops with guidance from the experts, where they can try their hand at juggling, take on the dizzying spinning plates, or show off their moves with the colourful art of ribbon dancing.

Website: Royal Albert Dock

Nearest station: James Street / Liverpool Central


Get there with Merseyrail

To keep up to date about events and destinations that are easily accessible with Merseyrail and to find your cheapest rail ticket, visit merseyrail.org/Spring.