Planning an incredible weekend in Birmingham? It’s really a good traveling choice! A vacation in Birmingham with your kids is not only relaxes, but also charges with a huge dose of positive energy. Birmingham is a fun and lively city. Therefore it’s perfect for visiting even with the smallest members of the family. So, here are some ideas and practical tips for your family trip to Birmingham…
Thinktank Science Museum
Thinktank Science Museum is a place where science and history appear in the most amazing ways. In ten interesting and inspiring galleries you can learn a lot of new things by using interactive exhibits.
Each room was designed in order to present knowledge to everyone, regardless of age. You can also find there a digital planetarium with the most advanced digital projection system. With the help of modern digital technologies, 360-degree spectacular images are recreated under a dome-shaped ceiling, and the audience is situated right in the center of the action – a completely breathtaking experience. With a daily program, entertainment shows, astronomy lessons and lectures, Thinktank Science Museum awaits young visitors who want to explore the night sky and the whole galaxy.
IMAX-hall is another great attraction of the museum. The width of the screen is comparable to the height of a five-story building, which looks really impressive. 2D presentations on such a screen are spectacular, of course, but 3D movies are simply fantastic. The crystal-clear image and 42 speakers provide a truly fascinating experience.
Address: Millennium Point, Curzon St
Hours: daily 10am-5pm
Admission: adults – £ 12.25, children (3-15) – £ 8.40
Leisure Box is a nice spot to spend some time with the whole family. The most popular activity offered in this entertainment center is bowling. The complex features 24 tracks for classic family bowling, with ramps for toddlers. Also, there’s a small ice rink for children called “Planet Ice”, where the youngest visitors can enjoy skating. By the way, if your kid cannot skate alone, the animators in cheerful costumes will always help him. There is a swimming pool on the territory of Leisure Box, where various fun games and competitions are held.
Address: 73-75 Pershore St
Hours: Monday-Tuesday 12pm-6pm, Wednesday-Thursday and Sunday 12pm-10pm, Friday and Saturday 12pm-12am
Admission: skating rink – £ 9 (for the whole day), bowling (for 1 game) – £ 3, skating rink for kids – £ 5, pool- £ 1 per game.
Teamworks Karting Birmingham
The minimum age of visitors of Teamwork Karting center is 8 years old, and the minimum growth is 150cm. It’s quite a popular entertainment center, which provides visitors with modern karts and challenging tracks. So, even experienced drivers will like it. For those who have not turned 16 years old, Teamworks Karting has specially prepared several easier tracks. The tracks are designed in such a way as to allow young people to compete at their own pace.
Address: 202 Fazeley St
Hours: daily 9am-11pm
Admission: £ 23- £ 30 per kart
Birmingham Museum and Gallery
In this museum you can learn about different creative techniques from painting, woodcarving, and bronze casting to the techniques of creating ceramics, jewelry and stained glass. The artists will tell about their works, revealing all the secrets-the interview can be listened to and seen on the big screens in the halls. The presented art objects cover seven centuries of European history and culture. Practical experience for children is also available. For example, you can wear old costumes, or try to find hidden treasures in chests. Family events are regularly held there every weekend. During these lessons you can learn more about arts and crafts.
Address: Chamberlain Square
Hours: daily 10am-5pm
Admission: free of charge, some exhibitions are paid
Cadbury World is a very popular place among holidaymakers with children. This is an amazing chocolate factory where kids can not only enjoy their favorite delicacy, but also learn a lot of interesting things about chocolate production. Cadbury World offers interesting attractions, where visitors are entertained by animators in colorful costumes. Under the guidance of a specialist you and your kid can make a tile of chocolate and decorate it according to your taste. Plus, you’ll be photographed against the background of amazing chocolate sculptures. One of the major sights of the Cadbury World is a shop, which provides just a huge choice of chocolate and sweets. By the way, all chocolate-based desserts can be enjoyed right at a local cafe.
Address: Chamberlain Square
Hours: weekdays 10am-3pm, weekends 9.30am-4pm
Admission: adults £ 16.75, kids (4-15) £ 12.30, under 4 free of charge
(photo by Chris Walker)
A trip to Birmingham is always an exciting event, especially if you travel with your kids. However, your family weekend will be even more enjoyable in case you visit some of the above-mentioned sights. Of course, it’s better to rent a car in Birmingham for getting around the city, because public transport is not convenient when traveling with the whole family.