Thursday, 2 May 2013

Bank holiday days out in Birmingham

With the bank holiday weekend fast approaching it’s time to plan a fun day out with the kids. There are of course a huge range of days out in and around the Birmingham area, suitable for every family, budget and changing weather.

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Here is a pick of our family’s favourite day trips locally, perfect to enjoy some time together this May Bank Holiday:

Think Tank

The Think Tank is a brilliant option for the bank holiday weekend – educational whilst keeping kids occupied. There are art activities, drop in sessions and storytelling for under 8's going on all weekend. There are four floors of hands-on exhibits and historical science-based collections to see.

The Leisure Box

This will be my family’s pick if we are unfortunate enough to have bad weather this weekend. There is both ice skating and bowling, and children can go here for skating lessons or host a party – with a choice of ice skating, or a combination of skate and bowl.

Blakesley Hall

There is a fair offering vintage treats and hand-crafted items on Saturday 4th, between 12pm and 4pm - something for you and the kids, as well as beautiful gardens and grounds you could enjoy a picnic in.

Your kids are sure to love the exciting range of sea creatures available to see and learn about. Children can touch the crabs and starfish, visit the 4-d cinema and walk through the underwater tunnel. There are feeding demonstrations throughout the day, and even a play area. When Jack was younger he used to love going here to see the ray fish!

Birmingham Botanical Gardens

If the weather’s nice a visit to the Botanical Gardens can be a lovely family trip. There are glasshouses with everything from tropical rainforest to desert plants, as well as beautiful gardens to enjoy and a playground for the children. There is a nice tearoom as well to enjoy a bit of afternoon tea!

Toy Collector’s Fair, NEC

This will be paradise for children and serious toy collectors alike, with everything from traditional dolls and teddy bears to sci-fi Stars Wars and Doctor Who toys, to Scalextric, Lego and Disney memorabilia – panned across over 600 stalls.

This is just a list of our potential days out this weekend and is by no means exhaustive – has anybody else got good ideas for days out in Birmingham this bank holiday?

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