Kidsfest 2019

Kidsfest is The Atkinson’s family festival. This February Half Term take part, watch, see and learn in a jam packed week-long celebration for families of all ages. We have Kids Theatre, craft workshops, museums, exhibitions and more! #Kidsfest

What’s On

A Square World 
Mon 18 February, 11.30am & 2.30pm
£8 Adult / £6 under 16s / £24 Family Ticket* (Ages 3 -6)

A Square World is an honest, touching and quirky story of three friends and what happens when an unexpected change leaves one of them left out in the cold.

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Stripey Honey…is very yummy!
Tuesday 19 February, 11.30am & 2.30pm
£6 (Ages 5+)

A new play for young audiences of adventure and fun with music by award-winning composer Arun Ghosh, song, dance and puppetry, exploring the lives of some of our most precious but endangered species, who unite to save their homes.

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Dear Zoo
Tuesday 19 February 1:30pm & 3:30pm
Wednesday 20 February, 11am & 2pm
Thursday 21 February, 11am
£13 / £48 family ticket* (Ages 2 -7)

Rod Campbell’s best-selling lift the flap book has delighted generations of young readers since it was first published in 1982. And has sold more than 8 million copies worldwide. This production will delight all those who have read the book (both young and old) as it unfolds with child-engaging puppets, music and lots of audience interaction.

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David Baddiel’s AniMalcolm the Musical
Friday 22 February 2019, 5:30pm
Saturday 23 February 2019, 11:30am, 3pm
£13 (Ages 5+)

A vibrant, energetic and gloriously funny musical from the award-winning Story Pocket Theatre. AniMalcolm combines physical theatre, puppetry and the company’s outstanding storytelling style to bring David Baddiel’s magical and wonderfully comic story to the stage.

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DNA: We Know What You’re Thinking
Saturday 23 February 2019, 7:30pm
£15 (Ages 8+)

Andrew and Darren, best known as double act DNA Mindreaders, took the nation by storm when they reached the live finals of Britain’s Got Talent 2017. This half term witness first hand their incredible telepathic ability known as “The Gift”, live at The Atkinson.

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*Family Ticket
2 adults & 2 under 16’s / 1 adult & 3 under 16

For more information about visiting The Atkinson with babies and children, please see our Practical Information.

A Great Family Day Out

Free Activities

Make It!

Monday 18 & Saturday 21 February,
11am -3pm
All Ages

Get creative with a fun activity! Create and make your own fun animal mask inspired by our animal themed KidsFest


Selfhood – Polaroid Portrait Workshop                            Selfhood - inspired by Robert Mapplethorpe
Thu 21 February, 1.30pm – 3.30pm
Aimed at ages 10+

Make your own polaroid portrait in this free workshop.  In response to Robert Mapplethorpe’s (ARTIST ROOMS) self portrait series, you will be guided through a studio set up portrait including composition and styling and you will be able to take the finished portrait home with you on the day.



Story & Rhyme Time
Tuesday 13 & Wednesday 14  February, 10.30am – 11.30am
Thursday 15 February, 2pm – 3pm
Ages 0 – 4


Discover Ancient Egypt
Free admission, donations welcome
We will take you  on a journey through what life was like in ancient Egypt at the time of the Pharaohs. The museum is great fun for all ages and there are lots of Egyptian themed interactives to play with.

Between Land and Sea – 10,000 years of Sefton’s Coast
Free admission, donations welcome
Between Land and Sea tells the story of the many people who have lived and worked along our coast. Splash your way into the museum via our first interactive, send an electronic postcard and get involved in dress up, suitable for all ages.


The Art of Noise
Mon – Sat, 10am -4pm
Free admission, donations welcome
Do you ever think of music when you look at a painting? This exhibition allows you to listen to music whist enjoying our paintings.

Frank Hampson – The Man Who Drew Dan Dare
Mon – Sat, 10am -4pm
Free admission, donations welcome
One of the very first British comic strip artists, this exhibition includes original drawings from Frank’s comic creation Dan Dare.

ARTIST ROOMS: Robert Mapplethorpe
Mon – Sat, 10am -4pm

Robert Mapplethorpe, Patti Smith, 1975

Free admission, donations welcome
One of the world’s most important artists of the late twentieth century. The selection of photographs on display will include iconic self-portraits, studies of flowers, portraits of many of the most influential artists and celebrities of the New York cultural scene in the 1980s.
Mums and Dads may want to check out this exhibition first!

Dr Jekyll’s Laboratory: Science and Medicine in the Nineteenth Century
Mon – Sat, 10am -4pm
Free admission, donations welcome
Come and explore a Victorian doctor’s study, experience the wonder and fear of nineteenth-century medicine, and find out if you have what it takes to be a Victorian surgeon!

General Building
Monday – Saturday 10am – 5pm

Museum & Exhibitions
Monday – Saturday 10am – 4pm

Please note that children must be accompanied by an adult at all times.

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