Great for a family trip, or a day out with babies and toddlers, Birmingham is a compact and straight forward city that is easy to explore! The whole family will have so much fun exploring these 10 Best Places to Visit with Kids in Birmingham!
#1. Get Behind the Scenes of the BBC
Get a fascinating peek behind the cameras at The BBC Public Space , situated in the Mailbox. Read the news and take part in a radio drama, then watch the replay! You will tour behind the scenes, watch TV and radio programmes broadcast live and you might even get the chance to try your hand at presenting.
#2. Chocolate Dreams
A chocolate-lovers paradise! Just a few miles outside Birmingham, you can visit a real Chocolate factory at Cadbury World Bournville. Learn about the story of chocolate in a fun and interactive experience, from its discovery by the Mayan Indians in Mexico to its journey to Europe. The kids will love sampling the treats along the way and writing their name in sticky chocolate! There’s also a café and outdoor play area for some energetic fun afterwards!
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#3. Wildlife Park
Birmingham Wildlife Conservation Park in Cannon Hill Park is a great little place to visit, especially for younger kids. Home to a wide range of animals and reptiles from across the world, like the European Lynx, porcupines, lemurs and monkeys, including some endangered species. You can hire a boat and explore the lake and there’s plenty of space to run about!
#4. Interactive Science Explorers
Big kids and little ones will learn as they play at ThinkTank in Millennium Point! Explore over 200 hands-on displays including a fabulous state-of-the-art Planetarium– well worth the extra £1. If your kids are 5 and under, they won’t want to leave the Interactive Street on Level 2 with a superb water play area, play café, doctor’s surgery, garage and ambulance- we spent at least an hour in just this area! The Outside Science Garden is also super fun- maybe bring a towel and spare clothes for any enthusiastic water splashing!
#5. Tree Top Adventures
Who doesn’t love climbing and leaping Tarzan-style through the trees? Kids, and adults, of all ages will love this energetic circuit of high rope obstacles and fun zip-wires. Go Ape is situated at Cannock Chase in some of Britain’s most breath taking scenery. If you prefer to keep both feet on the ground, the Forest Segway Experience is a unique way to tackle the forest trails.
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#6. Indoor Mini Golf
Wind your ball past palm trees and volcanoes, navigate through caves and dive behind waterfalls in this fun leisure experience for all. Perfect for wet days in Birmingham, Adventure Island Mini Golf has two well laid out courses, built across three levels. Lovely, helpful staff are on-hand if you need any assistance and all equipment is very well maintained.
#7. Waddle Like a Penguin
There are so many large (and tiny creatures) to view at Birmingham Sea Life Centre including giant turtles, Hammerhead sharks and seahorses! My kids loved spotting the Finding Nemo characters and watching the penguins waddle on the shore and then going down a level to see them dive and swim! There’s interactive areas where you can touch some of the specimens and a soft-play area. Save money and avoid the queues by buying your ticket online.
#8. Art and Culture
The Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery is home to thousands of stunning works of art and they provide free family trails to help you explore and get the most out of your visit. The kids can choose from Animals in Art or the Hidden Engines trail. The Staffordshire Hoard activity packs can be borrowed for a small deposit and contain a storybook, jigsaw and other interactive activities to bring the unique collection to life!
#9. Enchanting Gardens
Step back in time with a visit to the beautiful Winterbourne House and Garden. Built in 1903, the house is set within 7 acres of picturesque gardens, landscaped to host some of the most dazzling plant collections in the country. Your children will love seeing the Nursery and other children’s rooms which are full of traditional toys and games. A magical family day out!
#10. Superb Birmingham Views
Yes, I know it’s a library but the Library of Birmingham is well worth a visit with the kids – trust me! While everyone won’t be impressed with the exterior design, the interior is bright and spacious with interesting little exhibitions and galleries offering views of the city. Make sure to go to the very top, to the Shakespeare Memorial Room, for the most impressive views!
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