101 Best Things To Do With Kids In Birmingham

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  1. Enjoy the delights of Cadbury World and learn about the origins of cocoa beans and the chocolate-making process, plus enjoy a 4D cinema experience in the Chocolate Adventure Zone.
  2. Walk through the UK’s only 360° Ocean Tunnel at the National Sea Life Centre and see an incredible array of marine species including sharks, rays, penguins and piranhas!
  3. Check out the largest collection of British motorcycles in the world at The National Motorcycle Museum.
  4. Learn building tips from the Master Model Builder workshops at the indoor Legoland Discovery Centre.
  5. Take a step back in time to the Edwardian era at Winterbourne House and enjoy a walk through its beautiful botanical garden.
  6. Visit the Victorian Canals and discover their importance to the Industrial Revolution.
  7. Thrill-seekers can choose from over 40 rides and attractions at Alton Towers Resort.
  8. Head to Minibrum at Think Tank; a mini role play city where kids under 8 are in charge and comes complete with shops, salons, construction zone, doctors surgery and more.
  9. Play crazy golf at the massive space themed restaurant Mr Mulligans in the City Centre.
  10. Meet some of your favourite CBeebies friends including the Teletubbies, Peter Rabbit, and Postman Pat at CBeebies Land.
  11. Watch the UK’s largest birds of prey show at Warwick Castle, just a short drive away from Birmingham.
  12. Under 5s can dress up, play, read and enjoy the puppet theatre at The Mini Museum.
  13. Enjoy the gardens, playgrounds and hothouses at Birmingham Botanical Gardens.
  14. Skate, ski, snowboard or swim at The Snow Dome.
  15. Take a trip out on the boating lake in a swan pedal boat, play mini golf or whizz around on the Hill Billy Railway at Cannon Hill Park.
  16. Dive with sharks or experience the thrill of a skydive at the Bear Grylls Adventure at the NEC.
  17. Go swimming at Kingstanding swimming baths which has a toddlers area with buckets, jet sprays and a bright-yellow diver’s helmet.
  18. Burn off some energy with a climbing session at Rock Up.
  19. Enjoy a picnic and the toddlers’ play area at Eastside City Park.
  20. Fly through the sky on a zip wire at Go Ape at Cannock Chase.
  21. Try archery, canoeing, climbing or fencing at Edgbaston Watersports.
  22. Take the Tolkien Trail at Sarehole Mill, Hall Green which is an idyllic 250-year-old watermill.
  23. Cycle the woodland BMX track at Cotteridge Park.
  24. Learn about the Egyptians, Romans and Victorians at Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery.
  25. Stimulate the senses with an IMAX & 4DX Cinema experience which includes lightning, rain, bubbles and more.
  26. Slide the 50 meter flume and enjoy the wave machine at Cocks Moors Woods Leisure Centre.
  27. Spot the wildlife including grass snakes and lizards at Lickey Hills Country Park.
  28. See a Vulcan bomber, the world’s oldest Spitfire and the last surviving Dornier Do 17, a German bomber at The RAF Museum Cosford.
  29. Get up close to the red pandas, monkeys and wallabies at Birmingham Wildlife Conservation Park.
  30. Step back in time at the Black Country Living Museum where the past is brought to life and you can experience what it was like to live up to 300 years ago.
  31. Get a free look at artefacts from 3.5 million years including fossils and a dinosaur skull at the Lapworth Museum of Geology.
  32. Explore different habitats and visit the beehives at the beautiful Martineau Gardens.
  33. Visit the donkeys at The Birmingham Donkey Sanctuary.
  34. Take part in a family-friendly workshop at the internationally acclaimed contemporary Ikon Gallery.
  35. Take a stroll around the historic Jewellery Quarter and see over 200 listed buildings on your travels.
  36. Little bookworms will enjoy a visit to the Library of Birmingham, with its Shakespeare Memorial Room and outdoor amphitheatre.
  37. Explore the heathland and woodlands of Sutton Park, a 2,400 acre National Nature Reserve.
  38. Walk the suspension bridge in the adventure playground at Sandwell Valley Country Park.
  39. Go behind the scenes of TV at BBC Birmingham on level 7 of the Mailbox and get a selfie with Doctor Who’s Tardis or pose behind the Strictly Come Dancing desk.
  40. Paddle at The Blue Lagoon Beach (yes beach!) at Bosworth Water Park.
  41. Cure a phobia of spiders at the Arachnophobia workshop at Dudley Zoological Gardens.
  42. See how jewellery is made from materials like coral and whale teeth at the Museum of the Jewellery Quarter.
  43. Take the Birmingham self-guided treasure trail and keep the kids engaged as you explore the city.
  44. Burn off some energy at the Wibbly Wobbly World of Play.
  45. By order of the Peaky Blinders, take a Peaky Tour around the city which will give you an insight into the poverty, crime and gangs. Perfect for older kids!
  46. Kids can bounce to their heart’s content at Rush Trampoline Park, whilst adults can enjoy a cuppa while they watch.
  47. Take the Fred the Factory Cat Trail at The Newman Brothers Coffin Works.
  48. Do some puzzle-solving on the Birmingham Codebreaking Walk, great for the whole family to play.
  49. Make your own nib using traditional machinery and try writing with feather quills at the Pen Museum.
  50. Enjoy the wilderness of historic Leasowes Park.
  51. Experience the high level thrills of Planters Sky Trail Adventure, a two level rope, bridge and beam course. Not suitable for under 5s.
  52. Dive with sharks or become a space pirate with a virtual reality experience at Immotion VR.
  53. Play Pacman, Space Invaders and Candy Crush at Vortex Gaming.
  54. Littls ones can enjoy the spider’s web, ball pits, zip wires and rope bridges at Teenie Weenies Soft Play.
  55. Kids can trampoline, slide and fire ball cannons at Hickory Dickory’s Playhouse.
  56. Relax and get creative at Cafe Craft where all the family can get involved in making necklaces, painting pottery or clay prints.
  57. Visit a real Tudor house, Blakesley Hall, which was built in 1590.
  58. Play and putt at Adventure Island Mini Golf, an indoor complex featuring two brilliantly themed 18-hole ‘crazy’ golf courses.
  59. Hit full speed and get awesome training for all the family at Teamworks Karting.
  60. How about an animal handling experience at The Jungle Hut in Solihull. Get up close to snakes, tarantulas, scorpions and lizards.
  61. Watch the amazing Birds of Prey Show at Warwick Castle, just a short drive from Birmingham.
  62. Football fans will enjoy a trip to Edgbaston Stadium where the Birmingham Bears regularly host matches throughout the summer and under 16s go free.
  63. Take an Arrive & Drive session at Birmingham Wheels, the legendary Grand Prix Karting track.
  64. Step back in time at Selly Manor Museum, a grand Tudor manor house with beautiful gardens to explore.
  65. Ride the miniature steam train at the Transport Museum Wythall, which has one of the most significant collections of preserved buses in the country.
  66. Take a canal boat trip into caverns and tunnels that are hundreds of years old on a Dudley Canal Tunnel and Limestone Mines tour.
  67. Dive in and enjoy the fun at Cliff Lakes Aqua Park with its wide range of inflatable slides, climbing walls and obstacles.
  68. Take a nature walk at Beaconwood and the Winsel where you can find beautiful carpets of bluebells every spring.
  69. Let the kids run free at the indoor/ outdoor Sycamore Green Adventure Centre.
  70. Play laser tag in the woods at NPF Bassetts Pole Activity Centre.
  71. Try bouldering, which is climbing where you use balance and technique, at Birmingham Bouldering Centre.
  72. Have a go at human Hungry Hippos or Battle Duel at The Inflatable Zone.
  73. Let your little ones jump into character and immerse themselves in a world of role play at The Children’s Play Village, Warwickshire.
  74. If the kids are into skating or scootering head to Creation Skatepark, home to 23,000sqft of ramps of all shapes and sizes.
  75. Get your skates on and even take some Ice Skating lessons at Planet Ice Solihull.
  76. Take in the panoramic scenery and enjoy the natural play space at Clent Hills.
  77. Hit the kid-friendly 10-pin bowling lanes of Hollywood Bowl Birmingham Broadway Plaza.
  78. Take the Bournville Treasure Trail and explore the area which is famous for its chocolate.
  79. Get up close to some of the worlds rarest species at Dudley Zoo, set around an 11th century Castle.
  80. See how traditional leather goods are crafted at the Walsall Leather Museum in its atmospheric kid-friendly workshops.
  81. Walk through the players’ tunnel on a guided tour of Birmingham City F.C.
  82. Visit Soho House, the Georgian home of famous Birmingham industrialist Matthew Boulton and the first modern house in Britain to have central heating.
  83. Pet the rare breed animals at Forge Mill Farm.
  84. Go fruit picking at Manor Farm Fruits and enjoy tucking into your handpicked strawberries, raspberries, blackcurrants and more!
  85. Have a go at wakeboarding at Wakelake, a cable tow centre with straightline cables which are perfect for novices.
  86. Feed the ducks and swans at Chasewater Country Park.
  87. Head to the one-stop-leisure-shop Star City Birmingham where you can choose from the cinema, funfair, tenpin bowling and more.
  88. Stroke and feed the animals at Ash End House Children’s Farm or burn off some energy in the play barn.
  89. Ride the spiral slide at Jitterbugs Party World, a three level soft play centre.
  90. Brave the 70 Metre Zipwire or 9m Aerial Traverse at Challenge Academy outdoor adventure park.
  91. Explore Aston Hall, one of the last great houses built in the Jacobean style.
  92. Get a birds of prey feeding and handling experience at The Falconry Centre, Stourbridge.
  93. Shop til you drop at Resorts World Outlets, where you can pick up bargains from Nike, Next or GAP.
  94. Check out a collection of over 350 motorcycles at The National Motorcycle Museum.
  95. Take a journey on a miniature steam train from Echills Wood Railway.
  96. Go on a daytrip to Thomas Land at Drayton Manor Theme Park, with daily live shows and over 25 rides and attractions.
  97. Learn about the heritage of glass manufacturing at Red House Glass Cone.
  98. Visit one of the last remaining water powered mills in the world at Forge Mill Needle Museum and Bordersley Abbey.
  99. Explore the medieval fortress of Kenilworth Castle, a great day out for all the family.
  100. Get a real feel for how the players prepare on a stadium tour at Aston Villa F.C.
  101. Take a tractor ride at Umberslade Farm Park.

101 Things To Do With The Kids

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Dominic Sawyer

Dominic has been writing on the web since 2000. He has a BSc (Hons) degree in Biological Sciences from Nottingham University and his research thesis has been published in journals. With a foundation in painstaking research he found his passion for travel and has worked in the sector for 20 years. He has written a book about travel and has extended his expertise to consumer research across the travel and leisure sector.