I'm not sure how i do this, i have set it up correctly in the back end so for example i have a category 'bars and pubs' and i have 3 other categories 'x' 'y' 'z' and all there parents are bars and pubs. I want to achieve something similar when i click on the parent category it will then show the child categories.

 <div class=" cus-fw-tabs">
      <li><a href="#tabs-1">All</a></li>

      $args = array(
            'orderby'           => 'ASC',
            'order'             => 'ASC',
            'hide_empty'        => false,
            'exclude'           => array(),
            'exclude_tree'      => array(),
            'include'           => $term_arr,
            'number'            => '',
            'fields'            => 'all',
            'slug'              => '',
            'parent'            => '',
            'hierarchical'      => true,
            'child_of'          => 0,
            'childless'         => false,
            'get'               => '',
            'name__like'        => '',
            'description__like' => '',
            'pad_counts'        => false,
            'offset'            => '',
            'search'            => '',
            'cache_domain'      => 'core'

      $terms = get_terms('category',$args);
    if(!empty($terms)) {
        foreach($terms as $term){

            <li class="tabs-<?php echo $term->term_id; ?>">
                          <a class="term-heading" href="#tabs-<?php echo $term->term_id; ?>"><?php echo $term->name; ?></a>





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Grab the parent category $category = get_category_by_slug( 'category-name' );

Set whatever args you need for your post query, but make sure to include the child_of arg

$args = array(
    'type'                     => 'post',
    'child_of'                 => $category->term_id,
    'hierarchical'             => 1,
    'taxonomy'                 => 'category',

Get your subcategories based on these args $child_categories = get_categories($args);

You'll get an associative array back, which you can loop over using foreach or whatever iterative function you want. If you want a more detailed solution to a specific problem in terms of a front-end application of this, feel free to update your question or post a comment.

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