Days Out in Birmingham

School holidays can often result in parent’s struggling to keep children entertained whilst dreading that phrase ‘I’m bored!’ If you’re looking for a short break somewhere that’s easy to get to, have you ever considered Birmingham? If not, you might be pleasantly surprised at the amount of activities aimed at families with children. Here are just a few of the best attractions in Brum that will definitely keep boredom at bay:

  • Thinktank

Located at Millennium Point, this is a science museum that brings the subject to life in such a way that even your kids won’t be able to resist. See the first steam engine ever made still in action, lose yourself in the awe of the planetarium and meet a huge sea monster. There are also gardens, which are free after 3pm.

  • National Sea Life Centre

Immerse your family in an underwater adventure right in the heart of the city centre. Whether or not your kids are aquatic enthusiasts, they soon will be after seeing turtles, sharks, starfish and many other creatures of the deep. For comfortable, spacious accommodation, why not choose Birmingham Serviced Apartments at

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  • Birmingham Botanical Gardens

Mention gardens and you’ll probably be met with tutting and eye-rolling but once your children hear about play areas, treasure trails and 15 acres of places to run, hide and explore, they’ll be sold on the idea.

  • Snowdome

Whatever time of year, get your very own alpine experience by visiting this skiing and snowboarding centre in Tamworth. There are tons of activities including climbing, ice skating, swimming and the UK’s only snowplay area for children. The play area has real snow all year round! You’ll also discover tobogganing, tubing, sledging and so much more.

  • Drayton Manor

Not far from the centre of Birmingham is one of the UK’s top theme parks. This is the home of Thomas Land, so if you’re little ones are avid fans of the train, this is the ultimate experience. There are plenty of adrenaline-rushing rides for older kids and teens, as well as a zoo.

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  • Cadbury World

Surely every child on the planet would love to visit our very own version of Willy Wonka’s Chocolate Factory? Located in Bournville, not far from the city centre, this wonderfully sweet attraction has 14 different zones, play areas, an amazing 4D cinema experience and lots of chocolate tasting to be done!

  • Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery

If you’re looking for an educational and free experience for your family, then the museum and art gallery is not to be missed. You’ll get to see the world-renowned Staffordshire Hoard, a collection of anglo-saxon gold coins, as well as Ancient Egyptian artefacts. There is also a great area of games and dressing up for the under 5s.