8 things to do in Birmingham with the Kids
When it comes to city breaks, Birmingham is a must, with its nightlife, shopping and major exhibitions at the NEC. If you are travelling with kids, don’t worry. That doesn’t mean you have to miss out on the popular attractions. We’ve compiled a list of 8 things you can do in Birmingham with your little ones, even if they are not that little. So you can make your city break fun for the whole family.
Who doesn’t love chocolate? Forget Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and think more Cadbury World. This popular attraction has something for everybody. From Aztec Jungles to a Purple Planet, Cadbury World is one not to miss. Treat your kids to as much chocolate as they can handle, and after a spin at the playground outside and the Cadabra Ride inside they will be ready to sleep through the night, leaving your night free for a relaxing glass of wine.
SEA LIFE Aquarium
The National Sea Life Centre Birmingham is fun for everyone. Your kids will be captivated by the penguins, octopus and turtles whilst learning something new about each exhibit and their favourite fish. Not only does this Aquarium provide a fantastic experience but it also serves to protect, rescue and breed endangered species, drawing on their years of knowledge and marine biologists. Have a look at their website for talks and feeding times to make the most out of your visit.
Birmingham Treasure Trail
If you want to explore Birmingham a bit more and try out new things along the way, then why not try out this themed self-guided treasure trail. Once ordered or downloaded online at a small cost this map will lead you across the city, taking about an hour to complete. Whilst the kids lead ahead and answer the questions, you get a relaxing walk around some of the beautiful areas of the city. You could even be in with a chance to win real treasure if all the questions are answered correctly!
Cannon Hill Park
Cannon Hill Park is one of Birmingham’s green spaces. While its parkland consists of 80 acres of formal parks for picnics and jogging; it also contains some fantastic ways to keep your children from boredom. From a fun fair park with rides for ages 0 – 10 years old to a mini-golf course which will challenge even the big kids. This park is an ideal day out for all ages and will keep everyone entertained for the day. Cannon Hill is also home to the Birmingham Wildlife Conservation Park which is a separate day out all on its own! See below.
Birmingham Wildlife Conservation Park
The Birmingham Wildlife Conservation Park is a small zoo packed full of exciting and wonderful animals, from red pandas to otters. Your kids will be amazed by the residents’ playful antics. There are also feeding times and talks where you can make the most of your visit by teaching your children (and yourself) about how the animals live in the wild. Best of all, the park helps with the conservation and breeding of endangered animals and you have the opportunity to sponsor some of the animals yourself! It’s the perfect day out for all the family.
Birmingham Botanical Gardens
For when you need to let your children roam free for a little bit and get down to nature. Birmingham’s Botanical Gardens are fifteen acres of beautiful gardens where, on the summer days, you can enjoy relaxing in the sunshine. On the winter day, your children will love exploring the glasshouses where a tropical temperature is maintained all year round. With Koi Carp in the pools and a butterfly house, your kids will love the range of colours and spotting the butterflies hiding amongst the flowers.
Wibbly Wobbly World of Play
Fancy something purely for the children? Try out Wibbly Wobbly World of Play, a huge soft play area with a bounce arena and racing slides for the kids to wear themselves out. The centre offers a relaxing seating area for parents as well, with freshly prepared food available for everyone. Once the kids have burned off all that unused energy you’ll be able to have the evening to yourself.
Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery
With free entry and a range of exhibitions throughout the year, the Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery truly is for everybody. Whilst the kids are learning about the Egyptians you can be viewing your favourite piece of artwork. This huge museum is guaranteed to have something that everyone will find interesting. Feeling peckish after your visit? Then why not check out the unique Edwardian tearooms which offer a wide range of food and drinks within a wonderfully historic setting.