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Birmingham Half Term Activities

Things to do with the kids this half term in Birmingham and surrounding areas.

Half term is rapidly approaching so how can you keep the kids entertained for a whole week without resorting to the Ipad or another day at the park? Birmingham has some great attractions, many with special events planned over the May half term so read on for some ideas to keep everyone happy. These are the best Birmingham Half Term Activities to keep all ages happy.

Birmingham half term activities

For Art Lovers

3rd June

The Ikon Gallery  is holding Art Explorer Friday between 1 and 4pm, it’s suitable for all ages with no need to book, just drop in, collect a bag and follow the trail around the exhibition with Ikon’s Learning Team. There is a suggested donation of £2.

young girl at an ikon gallery workshop in birmingham

For outdoor adventurers

28th May

Moseley Park and Pool are holding their annual scavenger hunt between 2 and 4pm. With two hunts, one for littlies and one for the bigger kids, just turn up, grab an egg box and enjoy an afternoon of scavenging. Fill up a box to win a prize.

For Lewis Carroll Lovers

May 30th – June 3rd

Touchwood Solihull is being transformed into its very own wonderland over the half term. Kids can navigate the Mad Hatter’s art trail and hunt out a variety of weird and wonderful props hidden around the centre, finding tiny fairy doors along the way. Submit completed activity sheets to the help desk to be entered into a prize draw. Alice herself will be paying a visit and will be available for photos if you are lucky enough to spot her!

For history lovers

May 30th – June 3rd

Over Half Term The Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery is celebrating all things Egyptian, you can build a pyramid, see Mummy X-rays, help create a giant collage sarcophagus , meet the Ancient Egypt Experts and even find out what a mummy smells like in the hands-on sensory area. They also have a Mummification Magic Show and you can make Egyptian-inspired masks and collars to take home.

For pirates in training

28th May – 5th June 2016

Hatton Country World has a full week of swashbuckling fun at their Pirate Festival. Take part in the Treasure Hunt, enjoy the Amazing Pirate show, have fun in the sensory playshow, take part in some pirate battles and explore everything else Hatton has to offer. It’s recommended you prebook some of the activities so check out the website for more info.

For potential Picassos

31st May – 3rd June

Birmingham Half Term Activities

The Mac Birmingham has loads of creative activities running over half term. On 31st May they are holding a creative play session for 2-5 year olds at 11.15am offering a wide variety of art materials and activities. For 6-11 year olds, on 2nd June they have the A, B See It course starting at 10am. Children can learn how to create drawings, characters and stories using letters of the alphabet, taking inspiration from children’s picture books.

If writing’s more your thing, 7-11 year olds can attend a creative writing course on Wed 1st which will provide some brilliant basics on how to start a story and develop ideas. For those aged 9 – 14 who have previously attended a pottery course at the Mac, on Wed 1st June there is an advanced Pottery Club which provides an exciting next step to the world of ceramics. Make sure you check their website for costs, other courses available and to book online.

For little thrill seekers

30th May and 3rd June

Drayton Manor Park and Zoo has plenty to keep you entertained everyday during Whitsun Week with Thomas Land Character shows and all the usual rides suitable for all ages. They are also holding a “Love your zoo week”  with animal arts and crafts, balloon modelling and regular animal feeding.  You can even Meet and Greet Rory the Lion and Friends, around the park, Thomas Land and zoo. Click to read the Thomas Land review.

Active kids will also love a visit to Rock Up in Broadway Plaza. Home to 26 indoor climbing walls and the exhilarating leap of faith.

For Enthusiastic Botanists

30th May-3rd June

The Birmingham Botanical Gardens  has a whole week of half term fun planned. The Butterfly House will be open and they will have crafts, stories, bug hunting, pond dipping. Plus an exciting opportunity to meet the animals who live in the Education Department!  The website provides a full list of what is happening each day. With all events scheduled to take place between 11.00am and 3.00pm.

For budding wordsmiths

31st May – 3rd June

Birmingham Half Term Activities

The Three Spires Shopping Centre in Lichfield is celebrating Samual Johnson (said to have written the first English Dictionary). They will be hosting a book swap station, writing workshops, Arts and Crafts, Dictionary Treasure Hunts and Story telling between 11 and 3pm.

Or try an independent scavenger hunt, I recommend a treasure trail around Lichfield. At a cost of under £10 you can have a fun packed day out keeping the whole family entertained.

For mini motor-heads

31st May – 3rd June

For a great day out if you want to venture a little further, The British Motor museum in Gaydon is planning a half term all about animation. Having teamed up with Aardman Animation and Animate-It. They bring you the opportunity to create your own short animation film with a motoring twist! Each day you can also explore the museum with the family newspaper trail. And learn more about the British Motoring Industry. Check the website for times to visit.

Whatever you end up doing, we hope you have heaps of fun. Let me know your favourite Birmingham Half Term Activities in the comments.

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