Kids & Families in Birmingham
||It’s never easy
taking a young brood on holiday or for a weekend away but there’s
plenty to keep little people occupied in Birmingham.
Enjoy a world of adventure on the open seas with a cruise along the
canals of the city.
Stops include the Gas Street Basin [map],
The International Convention Centre Quay [map]
and the National Sea Life Centre [map]
and it’s a great way to introduce children to the safety aspects
of the boating life.
If you’ve got a budding wildlife expert in the family a visit
to The Birmingham Nature Centre [map],
Pershore Road, Edgbaston, B5, is a must. Home to a wide range of animals,
birds and insects, the Birmingham Nature Centre is a rich source of
fun and education for city dwelling children as well as those fascinated
by creepy crawlies.
Young outdoor enthusiasts will have the opportunity to trawl the six
and a half acre site in search of the 134 species of wildlife. There’s
also plenty of domestic animals such as goats, pigs and sheep. Children
are admitted free to this centre but must be accompanied by an adult.
Ever wondered just how excited Charlie Bucket felt when he stepped
inside Willy Wonker’s Chocolate Factory? Well, now you
can find out for yourself with a visit to Cadbury World [map],
Bournville, Linden Road. This adventure in chocolate wonderland is
sure to delight the young and young at heart as you get the opportunity
to step behind the scenes of one of the world’s biggest chocolate
Enjoy a trip back in time to see the discovery of chocolate and enjoy
watching experiments and tasting plenty of the brown stuff along the
If your holiday is going swimmingly, why not take time out to visit
The National Sea Life Centre [map],
Waters Edge, Brindley Place. This is your chance to glimpse thousands
of sea and fresh water creatures without getting your feet wet.
There’s a 360 degree underwater tunnel to see some fascinating
fish from every angle and there’s plenty of low level displays
and fun educational exercises for the kids.
Take the stress out of babysitting by inviting them to let their hair
down in Star City [map],
Watson Road, B7. This huge entertainment complex contains an enormous
multi-screen cinema, restaurants, stores, clubs, bowling alleys and
an entertainment arcade. There’s plenty to see and do here and
the activities can easily take up a whole day of fun.
Eager minds will be keen to investigate the goings on at Think
Millennium Point, Curzon Street, Digbeth. This is Birmingham’s
museum of science and discovery and offers 10 fascinating galleries
of historical artefacts as well as interactive displays and futuristic
Whatever age you are, you’re sure to discover something you
didn’t know here.
If you want to comment on our choices or recommend somewhere, why
not use our What You Recommend
form to let us know.