Under 12s

There’s plenty to inspire, amaze and exhaust your kids here. Can you pack it all in?


Birmingham Wildlife Conservation Park in Cannon Hill Park is home to a wide range of animals and reptiles from across the world, including some endangered species. In the park there are boats are available to hire on the lake, plenty of space to run about and cafés to feed hungry youngsters. Brueton Park in Solihull is also worth a visit for its own Nature Centre where curious youngsters can try pond-dipping and den-building. The cafe offers a children’s menu and it’s a short walk into Solihull town centre.

The BBC Public Space in the Mailbox has plenty to offer children. They can take a tour behind the scenes, watch TV and radio programmes broadcast live and even try their hand at presenting. Read our blog about the tour here.

If it’s a little history your family is after, why not take the kids back in time to see how Victorians lived in the last-surviving back-to-back houses? For mini culture vultures, try Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery - home of thousands of works of art including the amazing Anglo Saxon Staffordshire Hoard of gold, found in a farmer’s field.

Just a couple of miles away in Bournville, Cadbury World follows the origins of the development of the famous Cadbury’s chocolate through a colourful, fun and interactive experience with plenty of chocolate to taste along the way and the world’s biggest Cadbury shop. There’s also a café and outdoor play area to help burn off excess energy.

Children will love Birmingham's flagship National SEA LIFE Centre. This year the centre is celebrating their 20th anniversary in style with the introduction of an all-new 360 degree ocean tunnel (opening Summer 2016), so visitors can get closer than ever before to incredible sea creatures from around the world. Not to mention the brand new attraction, Clownfish Kingdom, which is home to a shoal of the infamous little fish.

See an itinerary for a day of wildlife and nature in Birmingham.

If your kids like their activities fast-paced and daring, then why not book a karting session? There are several racetracks around the city centre and offer karts specially designed to allow youngsters to race at their own pace. There’s also a large climbing centre on the outskirts of the city centre, Creation Climbing Wall, who run taster sessions for youngsters.

RoguePlay, Birmingham's most innovative Circus Theatre Company, runs circus Summer Schools, which introducing kids to a range of Circus skills and performance techniques, including aerial silks and static trapeze. The week culminates in a sharing of the young people's work for parents/friends.

If your sports-mad youngster needs a something to shout about, why not check what’s on at the Barclaycard Arena or if Aston Villa, Birmingham City or West Bromwich Albion are playing at home?

Less than ten minutes away by train, in Solihull, aircraft-mad kids can get their fill of Boeings and Airbuses on the viewing area at Birmingham Airport.

Whilst, over in Dudley, costumed demonstrators and working craftsmen bring Britain’s industrial heyday back to life with their local knowledge, practical skills and unique Black Country humour in the renowned Black Country Living Museum.

Birmingham’s many theatres, including The Birmingham Hippodrome the MAC, Town Hall, and the New Alexandra Theatre, regularly host fantastic children’s shows as well as dance, literature and poetry events, creative arts courses, films and free exhibitions. Town Hall Symphony Hall have a fantastic programme of events throughout the year for younger visitors take a look here.

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