If like me you’re always looking for different or unusual days out with kids in Birmingham during the school holidays, then why not take a walking tour of our great city that is aimed specifically at children?
It could be a great way to spend an hour and a half and sounds like an entertaining and educational way of learning about Birmingham city centre. It is a walking tour so expect a lot of tired feet at the end of it. There is a chance to discover the city’s history, including the bits that will appeal to children like the more gory details. There is also a chance to find out more about the significant people in Birmingham’s past as well as what life in Birmingham has been like for children over the years. The whole tour is done with plenty of humour and uses stories and anecdotes to tell the tale and make the walk enjoyable. It is suitable for a wide range of children and is a great way of learning more about where you live.
Tours start at the corner of the Council House, Victoria Square and take place on Thursday 5th April at 11.00am and Wednesday 6th June also at 11.00am. For more information about Midlands Discovery Tours who operate these, visit www.midlandsdiscoverytours.co.uk
The only thing is, it’s relatively expensive for a hour and a half so if you’re interested in finding out more about Birmingham but don’t want to spend a fortune then here are two of our family’s favourite things to do in the holidays that can be as expensive or as cheap as you choose and last as long or as short as you wish. Why not head to Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery as it has free entry and always has new exhibits to look at. It isn’t stuffy at all and also has plenty of hands on things for the kids to try and it’s possible to spend an afternoon happily wandering round, usually seeing something new along the way. Children and families are encouraged and you won’t have to spend your time constantly fretting about children touching things they shouldn’t. It’s easy to avoid visiting the parts that might not be suitable for excitable little ones and still have a good time. Plus, it might mean a stop off in the cafe and a treat while you save money on the entry fee.
The other place to make a beeline for is the Midland Arts Centre at Canon Hill Park. It has the double benefit of having free entry and free entertainment whatever the weather. Inside the MAC there is always an exhibition upstairs that is free to enter and welcomes children. Every one we’ve been to has involved quite a bit of interaction and hands on activities. The whole place is very child and family friendly. We often allow our 16 month old son free crawling access to the upper floors without any problems at all either from staff or other visitors. The cafe has loads to offer even the fussiest of eaters, is reasonably priced and there are a microwave and bottle warmers freely available for very little ones. In addition, Canon Hill Park offers two free to access play areas, as well as mini golf and pedaloes (which both charge) in season as well as several walking options. It’s the perfect place to take the kids and you can spend as little or as much as you want.