This week we were tourists in our home town. Until recently I travelled into Liverpool most days but until this week I hadn’t been over much since Christmas. Whilst it really is only half an hour away we don’t get in there as much as we could with the girls, but when we do we head down to Albert Dock and usually spend an afternoon at one of the many museums.
When we were asked if we fancied an overnight stay at Albert Dock over the summer I was really quite excited. I’d recently been inspired by Hayley’s post about their two days at Albert Dock and I knew we would have a lovely time. In the end we couldn’t make the overnight stay work, but we did enjoy a fantastic summers day down at the dock! Just look at that sky!
First stop was Mattel Play. I’d visited Mattel Play with the twins on the day it opened and you can see our full review here and I’d always promised Lily that we would go back when she wasn’t in school. I’d booked a 10am slot as i worried that it would be busy if we left it until the afternoon. As it was a sunny day it was probably quieter than if it had been raining, but the team on reception reassured me that when it got busy they limited play time to keep things moving.
A few months in Mattel Play still looks brand new and the standard of everything in there is impressive. I am still of the view that it is pretty expensive and with three kids that would put me off visiting. Lily is also probably at the end of the age range it is suitable for and she started to get a little bored after an hour. The twins who are early 5 could probably have stayed there for ages though and spent the majority of their time building a wall and knocking it down again.
After I persuaded the twins out of Mattel Play, to be honest it was too nice to stay in there for much longer anyway, the girls spent half an hour on a stage (large bit of rock near the river) dancing around and generally playing about, whilst I soaked up the sun and watched the happily.
We then made our way to Circo for lunch. In the past I have sent many an evening drinking cocktails in Circo (and they do that very well) but it also seems they do a very good lunch and cater really well for kids. Not only do they provide a kids menu but a kids activity pack including masks! What a treat. My ribs were amazing and the kids food seemed to go down well. It isn’t somewhere I would have thought about for lunch with the kids but I would happily go back.
AsI mentioned earlier when we visit the Albert Dock we usually visit the museums. The Merseyside Maritime Museum and the Liverpool Museum are both great for children and always have activities going on for kids, there are loads on this summer. We didn’t actually make it to the museums this time as the weather was so sunny and it was fun being outside but I am a huge fan of the Tate. They have a few children’s workshops going on over summer including Clay Worlds which I hope to get back for. All the museums are free to visit and even in the Tate you only have to pay for the special exhibitions.
We walked happily along the waterfront and spent ages checking out the love locks attached to the gates, spotting the cruise ships as well as watching some of the Olympics in the special Rio beach hut set up for coverage of the Olympics. If you are thinking of visiting the Folk Festival is on over the August bank holiday weekend followed by the Pirate Festival on the 10th September.
We finished our day by getting the ferry back home across the Mersey – and yes we sang the song!
We had a really wonderful time down at Albert Dock and can highly recommend it for a day out!
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NB: We visited Albert Dock as guests but all views are our own.