There’s plenty to inspire, amaze and exhaust your kids here. Can you pack it all in?
Whatever the weather there’s always something to do in Birmingham that will leave your kids buzzing with energy and new ideas.
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. Dive in at Penguin Ice Adventure and marvel at the cheeky antics of our Gentoo penguins, before meeting a crab or starfish at our Interactive Rockpool. Discover the majestic jellyfish, take a peek at our Asian short-clawed otters and experience the 4D Cinema before venturing into the depths of the rainforest to encounter deadly piranhas and poison dart frogs.
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.
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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