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Family Days Out 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 manufacturers.

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 way.

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 Tank [map], 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 facts.

Whatever age you are, you’re sure to discover something you didn’t know here.

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