Looking to enjoy some family time together but short on ideas of where to go?

We called on the help of Birmingham mums and dads to recommend their favourite places to go and things to do.

So, make a brew, sit down as a family and decide on a fun day out together.

Whether it’s grabbing a bite to eat at a family-friendly pub, going to the park or heading to a museum or attraction full of fun stuff for kids, we’ve got it covered.

Be sure to check times and prices beforehand to avoid disappointment.

Top attractions for kids in and around Birmingham

Children can let off steam in the outside play area at Cadbury World
Children can let off steam in the outside play area at Cadbury World

Want to treat the kids to a day out at a theme park over the school holidays but not sure which to choose?

We have a great choice both in the city and within an hour's drive away. Here are some of our favourites:
1. Cadbury World in Bournville - just a couple of miles out of the city centre, this attraction boasts 14 chocolatey zones, a 4D cinema and plenty of chocolate tasting.

2. Thinktank, Birmingham Science Museum at Millennium Point - walk under and over a Spitfire, meet a a giant sea monster and stargaze in the planetarium. And it's free to go into the Science Garden after 3pm.

3. National Sea Life Centre in Brindleyplace - based right in the city centre, you can see sharks, turtles, starfish and say hello to Nemo and Dory too.

4. Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery in Chamberlain Square - a world class museum right in the city centre, entry is free and you can see the Staffordshire hoard and ancient Egyptian artefacts. Also
visit the Mini Museum filled with books, games and dressing up for under 5s.

5. Birmingham Back to Backs on Inge Street - take a tour of this living history National Trust museum to learn about the people who crammed into these small houses then buy nostalgic sweets from the 1930s sweet shop.

6. Birmingham Botanical Gardens in Edgbaston - 15 acres of gardens, playgrounds, hothouses and trails to explore just a couple of miles from the city centre.

7. Alton Towers in Staffordshire - ideal for adrenaline junkies and little ones as it is home to CBeebies Land and the new CBeebies Land Hotel. There's also a Sea Life Centre too.

8. Drayton Manor in Tamworth - this is where you'll find Thomas Land for little ones plus bigger rides for thrillseekers. There's also a zoo too.

9. West Midland Safari Park in Worcestershire - visit some of the world's most beautiful and endangered exotic animals in the drive-through safari, see moving dinos in the Land of the Living Dinosaurs and take a spin on the rides in the theme park.

10. Snowdome in Tamworth - this all-weather skiing and snowboarding centre also has an ice rink, swimming pool and gym, making it ideal for rainy days out.

There are some great deals on many of these attractions on eBay and Groupon and Travelzoo just click on the link to see.

Free things to do around Birmingham

The Animal Company Mini Farm

Did you know there are lots of FREE things to do in and around Birmingham?

We tell you how you can get into attractions and museums for free, give you ideas on free fairy trails and family fun days.

For example, you can see dinosaurs for free at the Lapworth Museum, explore Egyptian mummies at the Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery and get into the Thinktank Science Garden for free in the afternoons.

Family-friendly places to eat out in Birmingham

Quinto Lounge, Sutton Coldfield

Eating out as a family it can be costly.

Go to the wrong place and you could also find yourself experiencing some awkward glances from diners who don’t appreciate the necessity of LEGO and boxes of raisins at the table.

So, we asked parents for details of the places they love.

Check out what they came up with in our guide to family-friendly places to eat in and around Birmingham

It features places that offer secret gardens, mega milkshakes, indoor and outdoor kids activities and staff who are more than happy to help you with the pushchair.

Some of our favourites include The Plough in Harborne, Loco Lounge in Kings Heath and Creative Coffee Hub in Selly Oak.

If you're looking for somewhere warm to meet up with other mums, take a look at our cosy cafe guide or, if you want to get outside and enjoy the fresh air, check out their recommendations for pubs with beer gardens

Check out latest restaurant deals for all the family with the Gourmet Society here

Parks and playgrounds in Birmingham

Playing in the autumn leaves at Witley Court, Worcestershire
Playing in the autumn leaves at Witley Court, Worcestershire

Birmingham has some beautiful parks.

And getting outside with your kids is the best way to wear them out before bedtime!

There are loads of great places to go, that are particularly geared for parents with little ones.

Local mums and dads recommend Cannon Hill Park for its playgrounds, pedaloes and activities, Warley Woods in Smethwick for its big open space to run and play, Woodgate Valley for its farm and cafe and the 660 acres of woods, farmland, lakes and streams at Sandwell Valley.

Joy’s Wood and Moseley Bog were said to be the inspiration for Lord of the Rings author J.R.R Tolkien and are great for outdoor adventures , whilst Kings Heath Park is ideal for wide open spaces where you can use jumpers as goalposts.

New attractions

The CBeebies hotel launched at Alton Towers in July 2017, featuring themed bedrooms, including Postman Pat and In the Night Garden, plus round the clock entertainment.

There's also a new farm park in Redditch and an outdoor Aquaglide Aqua Park opened at Aztec Adventure near Bromsgrove complete with a floating obstacle course set on a lake.

There are some great deals on many of these attractions on eBay and Groupon and Travelzoo just click on the link to see.

Things to do on a rainy day in Birmingham

Fortunately, there are plenty of fun rainy day things to do in Birmingham

Here are the best soft play areas in the Midlands, according to Midland mums and dads and where to find trampoline parks too.

Rush UK in Kings Norton boasts a Ninja Warrior style assault course and the Midlands biggest soft play and trampoline park is Imagination Street in Bromsgrove.

You could take the kids to one of the independent garden centres in the Midlands as there is often lots going on indoors at these places too.

Baby and toddler things to do around Birmingham

Birmingham Botanical Gardens

We asked Birmingham mums and dads for their favourite places to take their little ones - and we were inundated with suggestions!

Here are their top recommendations for best baby and toddler places to go in Birmingham

It includes outdoor places to wear them out before nap time, indoor activities for rainy days and downright lovely places that you want to make sure you visit with them before they start school.

Birmingham Botanical Gardens, Winterbourne Gardens and Sandwell Valley feature highly on the list.

They also came up with baby friendly places in Solihull too, like Brueton Park and Desco Lounge.

Breastfeeding can be done anywhere, of course, but for those who’d like a more private space we’ve come up with places to breastfeed in Birmingham

Days out within an hour's drive of Birmingham

20 attractions in the Midlands you might not have thought to try, from staff at Toyzworld in Alcester
20 attractions in the Midlands you might not have thought to try

Fancy a drive into the countryside or going to be a tourist in a city just an hour away?

Here are 20 days out from Birmingham you may not have thought of.

It includes a tropical aqua park, a NERF battle zone, a bug house and a model railway.

Also, check out some of the cool places to stay in the school holidays, where you can sleep in hobbit huts, yurts and gypsy caravans.

There are some great deals on many of these attractions on eBay and Groupon and Travelzoo just click on the link to see.

Shopping in Birmingham

Emma and Ethan Conway at Grand Central
Emma and Ethan Conway at Grand Central

No parent necessarily wants to go shopping with a baby or toddler but these are the places that are easiest to go when needs must.

Blogger Emma Conway, whose children are Erin, five, and Ethan, three, says: “The Fort is amazing for buggies and talking a stroll around with babies. The paths are wide, the parking is free and there is also a soft play if your babies are old enough to have a go in there."

The House of Fraser department store has a parent and baby room for private changing and breast-feeding and the restaurant offers baby food, high chairs and kids meals which include a picnic box and a colouring book with crayons.

The parent and baby room at Debenhams in Bullring is private, making it a comfortable place for nappy changing or breastfeeding. The store also has a cafe to meet up with other mums, and a bra-fitting service to help get the pre-pregnancy figure back.

Mothercare has great baby-changing and feeding facilities plus all important changing rooms that are big enough to house a pushchair whilst you try on the large range of maternity and toddler clothes.

Bullring may not necessarily be every parent's first choice shopping destination but a lot of mums and dads do take their kids there. The shopping centre has five baby changing facilities and operates a Child Safe Scheme where staff are trained to offer a place of safety for children if they get lost. There are also free wristbands available from the customer service desk, which parents can write their mobile number onto.

Here's our parent guide to Grand Central and our take on is the German Christmas Market is child friendly?

There are also some very child-friendly shops to take your children to in the city centre, such as the children’s department of Waterstones

Where kids can eat free in Birmingham

Las Iguanas

We've found a whole host of places where kids can eat free in Birmingham during the school holidays.

So, if you fancy treating the family to dinner out, be sure to check this guide first to bag yourself a bargain.

Check out latest restaurant deals for all the family with the Gourmet Society here

Birmingham Museums and attractions

Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery
Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery

There are loads of family-friendly museums and attractions in and around Birmingham.

Whether you want to check out the Staffordshire hoard at the Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery, ride on a miniature steam railway at Wythall Transport Museum or programme a robot to talk to you at Thinktank, there’s plenty to do.

Outdoor pursuits in Birmingham

Snowboarding at Ackers.
Snowboarding at Ackers.

From free-falling and skateboarding to go-karting and climbing, there are lots of great sporting family activities to try in Birmingham and beyond.

How many of the 22 adventure sports on our list have you tried?

And, if you want to get your kids cycling, then look no further than our guide to the best cycle routes for families in Birmingham

If you're looking to get fit as a family, take a look at our family fitness guide which features trampoling, climbing and watersports.

There are some great deals on many of these attractions on eBay and Groupon and Travelzoo just click on the link to see.

Holiday ideas near Birmingham

You don’t have to travel far afield to have a great holiday.

We asked The Caravan Club and The Camping and Caravanning Club for their top 10 caravan sites less than two hours drive from Birmingham – perfect for a holiday retreat close to home that won’t cost the earth.

Also, we have a guide to family pubs to stay at in the Midlands, where you can expect cosy fires, al fresco dining and extras to entertain the kids.

There are also fun places to go glamping where you can enjoy hot tubs in idyllic settings whilst the children visit farmyard animals and get back to nature.

And here are 8 of the quirkiest places to stay near Birmingham where you can sleep on an old busy bus, a barge or a wigwam!


There are also some great deals on getaways on eBay and Groupon and Travelzoo just click on the link to see.

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