Top 10 Destinations for Bigger Kids

We've put together our Top 10 family destinations to burn some energy!

So many family holiday guides cater for small children, but there are fantastic destinations across the Merseyrail network that will appeal to older kids and teenagers too. Whether they're into indoor climbing, go-karting or making the most our regions beaches, there is so much choice across the Merseyrail network.

Don't forget, a family of up to five can enjoy unlimited travel anywhere on the Merseyrail network with a Family Ticket for just £13 (excluding 06.31 - 09.31 on weekdays).

Nerf Centre Liverpool

Liverpool's first ever Nerf Centre is a soft play space, complete with brightly coloured foam matts and walls.

The centre is designed for children over the age of 4 and has no age restriction, so don’t worry you adults can get involved too!

Nearest station: Moorfields station is a 10 minute walk away.

Awesome Walls

Awesome Walls is Liverpool’s finest climbing wall, which offers a safe and fun climbing environment. It is situated in a beautiful 150 year old church, with over 1000 square metres of climbing and hundreds of routes.

With walls that cater for all abilities, from small top rope walls to the awesome 17.5 metre lead wall, you will be sure to find a route that suits you. 

Nearest station: Sandhills station is a 12 minute walk away.

Championship Adventure Golf

With floodlights allowing late night golfing, this really is the perfect ALL family outdoor golfing attraction on Wirral's New Brighton resort.  

There are two magnificent 18 hole adventure golf courses for you to enjoy.  You can take on 18 of the World's greatest golf holes, or try the challenging 'Landmark' course where each hole is inspired by one of the Wirral's famous landmarks! 

Nearest station: New Brighton station is a 10 minute walk away.

Splash World

Southport’s splashtastic indoor all weather water park offers a brilliant action packed day out for all of the family!

There is a fantastic range of flumes and river rides, a relaxing bubble spa and a brand new recently refurbished toddler pool and water play area including tipping buckets and fountains. 

Nearest station: Southport station is a 12 minute walk away.

Southport Pleasureland

With lots to see and do, rides to suit everyone and best of all free entry, Southport Pleasureland truly is a fantastic day out for the whole family.

Clean, bright and bursting with activities for all ages, Southport’s primary leisure attraction is sure to bring fun and laughter to every visitor. So whether its teenagers looking for thrill rides or something gentler for the littlest members of the family, you will be sure to find it here.

Nearest station: Southport station is a 15 minute walk away.

Bounce House

Bounce House is the ultimate inflatable theme park where the freedom to let loose is euphoric.

With high slides, assault course, jump bags, trampolines, and so much more, kids will be literally bouncing off the walls! 

Nearest station: Brunswick station is a 7 minute walk away.

Team Sport Go Karting

Located on the Waterfront, TeamSport Liverpool is the place to be for Go Karting.

Whether you’re a beginner or an experienced Go Karter, TeamSport will cater for every driver’s needs. The perfect place for children to let lose and adults can join in too.  So, prepare yourself for 850m of pure adrenaline fun as you race against friends to be crowned the champion.

Nearest station: Brunswick station is a 4-minute walk away.

Airborn Academy

Airborn Academy is a state of the art free running, parkour and urban sports facility based close to Liverpool City Centre.

From tumbling and trampolining to cheerleading and dance, Airborn Academy will keep the kids entertained and adults can join in too.

Nearest station: Sandhills station is a 8 minute walk away.

Chester Zoo

As if Chester Zoo wasn’t exciting enough with all of your favourite animals and the amazing Islands, why not go and see the new baby elephants and giraffe! Grab a Chester Zoo combination ticket from any staffed Merseyrail station and you’ll enjoy a reduced admission price, the shuttle from Chester station to the zoo and the best value rail ticket for your family. 


It may not be the weather for sunbathing and paddling, but the beach is the perfect setting for a family stroll or for burning some energy running down the sand dunes. West Kirby and New Brighton are great places to enjoy a day out with lots of nearby places to grab a bite to eat after. At Formby there's the added bonus of the red squirrel reserve in the pinewoods and at Crosby it's mandatory to get a selfie with the Iron Men.

Bubbles' World of Play, New Brighton

All kids enjoy slides and ball ponds so why not visit Bubbles World of Play which is home to the largest play frames in the UK. 

Children can adventure around the world, Hunt for the hidden doors in the Egyptian Tomb, rebuild Stonehenge, fly down the Transportation Astralide, sneak through the Penguin's Nest and dodge canons in the Wild West! 

Nearest station: New Brighton station is a 10 minute walk away.

Open Spaces

If you want the kids to get a bit of fresh air, then take a look at our Open Spaces category on Destination Merseyside. From Sefton Park to Otterspool to the Wirral Way, we are lucky to have so many beautiful green and open spaces so close to our Merseyrail stations! These are the perfect places for spending quality time together as a family, and will definitely keep the little ones entertained!


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