Visit the local museums, have a close encounter with exotic wildlife or find out where Cadbury chocolate is made

Visit the local museums, have a close encounter with exotic wildlife or find out where Cadbury chocolate is made

Looking for things to do in Birmingham with the kids? This vibrant city in the heart of the Midlands offers a range of attractions and fun days out for the whole family. If you’re staying for a few days, our Birmingham hotels are situated around the city, giving you easy access to the best of the local area

Educational activities
Spend the day out having fun and learning at the same time at the brilliant Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery. The building first opened its doors in 1885 and is now home to more than 40 separate galleries. One of the main attractions is the Pre-Raphaelite collection, but the constantly changing exhibitions are also impressive. Kids can pick up a free family trail guide at the entrance to help them explore the galleries whilst hunting for ‘Animals in Art’ or ‘Hidden Engines’. The building also offers large locker storage for families on the move. Science lovers should head to the Thinktank. Browse 250,000 specimens from natural science, learn about the solar system in the planetarium or visit the Science Garden, packed with interactive experiments and play areas for all ages. There’s also a free kids’ park for children under 7, and a café with a children’s menu and some healthy meals. Fancy a little outdoor time and some sports education? Head out to the green pastures of the The Edgbaston Golf Club for one of their Junior Golf lessons.
Animal antics
Satisfy the animal lovers in your family with a trip to the Birmingham Wildlife Conservation Park. Just two miles south of the city centre, the park is home to a wide range of animals from around the world, including spider monkeys and marmosets, armadillos and gentle sloths. The park focuses on conservation and endangered species. It’s smaller than a zoo, but also more intimate, and offers great value for money. If you’re looking for a little bit of green space, Malvern & Brueton Park are twin parks right in the heart of the city. They feature swings, roundabouts and a modern playground. There’s also a marked tree trail, free car parking and a sensory garden, an ideal visit for your Birmingham city break.
Family fun
It’s true that few things can compare to a trip to Cadbury World. Whether you’re a fan of chocolate or not, the interactive exhibits and tours bring the art of making delicious confections to life. Enjoy a 4D chocolate adventure, take a ride in a Beanmobile or make chocolate rain and chase cheeky Crème Eggs. For fans of film and television head to the BBC Mailbox for a peek behind the scenes of the BBC Midlands. Take a tour and learn about everything from how producers get their script ideas to how production teams work together. You can even have a go at making your very own radio drama.
Delicious dining
Enjoy Birmingham’s bustling foodie culture with family-friendly dining options. Local favourite Veg Out serves tasty vegetarian food from a colourful corner café, including great weekend breakfasts. They emphasise local, organic and high-quality produce, so you can be sure that you’re giving your little ones proper nourishment. Thanks to an impressive display of pot plants, The Kitchen Garden Café on York Road is possibly the greenest café in the city and a great place to grab a hearty bite to eat. On Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays there’s a good-value set menu in the restaurant area. If you’re planning a car or train journey you can also grab some organic fruit to eat on the go at the gorgeous garden shop.

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