As well as driving around the park visiting all of the wild animals, and having to make the decision whether or not you drive through the monkey enclosure, Knowsley has lots of other interesting animals to discover.
During our Family Workshop we fed the bats, meercats and giraffes, but we also saw lots more and didn't get a chance to tell you about it, so here are the insects, snakes and reptiles, birds, hogs and sea lions.
The Red River Hogs made an appearance early on in our day, because they live between the giraffes and the meercats. Our youngest thought these were far more interesting than the giraffes!
The area of the park which you walk around is really compact and neatly laid out, so it's very easy to cover with little ones, yet it still has plenty of grassy areas, a huge sandpit with toys and a great play area.
Our first visit was the reptile and insect house, which was fairly busy, so if you can leave prams outside, but it's just a long thin room so you won't be likely to lose little ones.
A lot of the tanks and enclosures were lower down, so children could see without being lifted all the time.
Afterwards we went and ate lunch. It was fairly priced and tasty - there was a huge choice in the large Oasis Restaurant. Naturally the boys had chips!
I was most impressed that there were absolutely loads of benches and places to sit and eat, and even plenty of places to sit with your own pack up brought from home.
Then we visited the birds. I can't help feeling that I don't like to see birds enclosed, but Knowsley lets most of their birds of prey out regularly for their Flight Of The Talons display.
There are bees near the birds - we didn't go over to see them.........
Next it was the stars of the show. Knowsley is very well known for it's sea lions, and Biffo, Arthur and Reggie put on a display usually 4 times a day.
We got there really early to queue up, so that we could get front row middle seats. They're INCREDIBLY STRICT about the first people in the queue getting the best seats - the staff are absolutely lovely to anyone who follows the rules!
The Sea Lions are amazing - they clearly love what they do, they were incredibly excited and eager to get started. They knew exactly when it was going to be their turn.
They can balance a ball on their nose.....
They can catch rings thrown towards them....
The star of the show was the biggest and oldest Sea Lion, Biffo. He could leap an amazing distance out of the water to hit a ball with his nose.
And he can climb stairs far quicker than I can, and then dive into the water from great height. And all the while the other Sea Lions clapped and shouted....
It really was fantastic. I can honestly say I was really impressed with the level of care and respect all of the keepers had with their animals. I've always been a bit dubious about animal shows, but those Sea Lions couldn't wait to go in and perform, and the show was around half an hour which almost warranted the entrance fee on it's own.
We popped in the gift shop before we left, and the boys spent their pocket money....I think a bat and a tarantula are very apt - and my youngest clearly has a future in acting!
We will go back and drive around the park sometime soon, we had a lovely day at Knowsley and it has a lovely atmosphere. It's really easy to get to from Manchester too.
We received free entry to Knowsley Safari Park to review the Family Workshops.