As half term rapidly approaches, you might feel like you're running out of time to find things to do with the kids in Birmingham. There's a lot of time to fill, and it can be quite a lot of pressure.
So, to help take some pressure off your shoulders, we put together this list of ways to spend the half term, so you can figure out what you should do with the kids in Birmingham. After all, summer’s for good times, not stressing. And that's for both you and the kids.
Help them expand their minds at Thinktank
Photo: Thinktank, Birmingham Science Museum on Facebook
Where: Millennium Point, Curzon St, B4 7XG, Birmingham
Thinktank is an award-winning interactive science museum that teaches them about the world with around 200 hands-on displays, experiments and activities. Perfect for curious young minds, the exhibitions include talking robots, steam engines, a 4k planetarium, and a science garden, perfect for this sunny weather. They’ll love it, and there’s a strong chance you will too!
Make a splash in a lido
Where: Droitwich Spa Lido, Worcester Road, Droitwich Spa, WR9 8AA, Worcestershire
It's safe to sat it's been a bit too hot recently. And it has cooled down, but you never know when the temperature will spike again. So when it gets a bit too hot for comfort again, heading to a lido is a great way to cool down. Just 40 minutes away from Birmingham, you’ll find Droitwich Lido. There's a 40m pool, a sun terrace, a wet play area, and a cafe for when you get peckish after all that splashing about. It's a simple, fun, and cost-effective day out.
See what’s on at The MAC
Photo: Midlands Arts Centre - MAC on Facebook
Where: MAC, Cannon Hill Park, B12 9QH, Birmingham
The MAC is a non-profit arts centre with loads on for the littluns to help them get in touch with their creative side. For example, there are courses teaching traditional and experimental arts and crafts activities, drama, and more. It also has an open mic show, Horrible Histories live, an Encanto sing-along, sing-and-sign sessions, Eye Music Trust: Colourscape, and more to explore.
Play and picnic in the park
Photo: Cannon Hill Park on Facebook
Where: Russell Road, Moseley, B13 8RD, Birmingham
It's been pretty warm recently, so you probably don’t want to be pent up indoors. There are a few parks in Brum, but our favourite is Cannon Hill Park. If you don’t know what to do with the kids in Birmingham, Cannon Hill Park is a great shout because there’s so much to explore there. There’s a mini amusement park, mini-golf course, a nature centre, swan pedalos, and even The MAC.
And if you've got older kids who might not care for playing, relaxing and enjoying a picnic could be a good shout too.
Unleash your competitive side at Vortex Gaming
Photo: Resorts World Birmingham on Facebook
Where: Pendigo Way, Marston Green, B40 1PU, Birmingham
Vortex Gaming has so many games that even those who don't care for gaming will likely find one they can enjoy. There are classics such as Dance Stage, Mario Kart, Monopoly, Space Invaders, Crossy Road, bean bag toss, and other firm favourites. If you're looking for a new experience, there are futuristic VR games and simulations to feed your inner adrenaline-junkie. Expetc skateboarding, racing, rollercoaster, and giant swing games.
Catch a film beneath the stars at an open-air cinema
Photo: The Luna Cinema on Facebook
Where: multiple locations in and around Birmingham
You can picture it now. The sun starts to set, and you all cuddle up on a blanket with a bag of popcorn, a bottle of Fanta, a bag of Haribo, and get ready to watch a cracking film. Sounds good, right?
In September, you can head to Warwick Castle and catch showings of Spider-Man: No Way Home or Dirty Dancing. Mamma Mia will be showing at Moseley Cricket Club in August. And Bohemian Rhapsody will be shown at Ragley Hall in September. Keep an eye out, there are sure to be more announced soon!
Explore Warwick Castle
Photo: Warwick Castle on Facebook
Where: Castle, Castle Ln, CV34 4QU, Warwick
Speaking of Warwick Castle! There are currently quite a few attractions perfect for kids, such as the 3D interactive Zog trail, live on-stage performances, the Zog playground, and a Horrible Histories maze. If you’ve got older kids, we’re sure they’d love to try archery, see The Trebuchet (a giant catapult), and watch the jousting battles.
See how high you can bounce at Inflata Nation
Photo: Inflata Nation Birmingham on Facebook
Where: Unit E, Stechford Retail Park, B33 9AN, Birmingham
Letting loose and running around, cannonballing into a ball pit, torpedoing down a slide, and wrestling in a soft play area is needed every now and then. And we aren’t just talking about the kids. Yep, Inflata Nation is better as adults are allowed to join in the fun instead of watching from the side lines. It's an easy way to get some exercise, burn some energy and just have fun.
If all else fails, head to StarCity
Photo: StarCity on Facebook
Where: 32 Watson Rd, Nechells, B7 5SA, Birmingham
When you really don’t know what to do with the kids, StarCity can help you out. This leisure centre has lots for those moments when you want to do something but don’t know what. Tenpin is a classic choice that always goes down well, as is Adventure Mini Golf and trampolining at Gravity. There are also escape rooms to crack, laser battles to win, and new movies to see at Vue. Of course there's more, but we'll leave you to discover that yourself because we all love surprises!
When you’re so eager to get out and about, it can be hard to find things to do with the kids in Birmingham. But there are loads of exciting, thrilling, creative, and sporty activities to get up to.
If you find yourself wondering what to do with the kids in Birmingham again, click or tap here to check out what events are going down in the city!
Check out our What's On Guide to discover even more rowdy raves and sweaty gigs taking place over the coming weeks and months. For festivals, lifestyle events and more, head on over to our Things To Do page or be inspired by the event selections on our Inspire Me page.
Header: Droitwich Spa Leisure Centre & The Lido on Facebook