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Half-term inspiration in Birmingham

Looking for fun ways to spend half-term in Birmingham? Birmingham Museums have lots of indoor activities available for what can be a tricky holiday for bad weather. Let them burn off some energy with some amazing activities in Brum.

Birmingham half term Thinktank science museum space suit

Destination Space at Thinktank

The Destination Space programme is on at Thinktank from Monday to Friday during half term (17th-21st Feb). The museum is working with The Association of Science Discovery Centres and the UK Space Agency. They’ll share some of the most exciting recent developments in UK space exploration and space science. Your little astronauts will learn about rocket launches, the next mission to Mars, and more.

You can also experience the new show at the Thinktank planetarium. Go on an interactive journey into space.

Minibrum at Thinktank

With four floors of hands-on science exhibits to explore, families will have a fun-packed day out at Thinktank. Why not visit MiniBrum, Thinktank’s mini city? Children are in charge of everything! Your kids will be able to build a house in the construction zone, become vets and doctors at the health centre, fix a car in the workshop or cook up a storm in the café. Minibrum is great fun.  

Child enjoying the MiniBrum exhibition at Thinktank in Birmingham

Creativity at BMAG

Take the kids to Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery (BMAG) this February half term and let their creativity run wild. Entry to BMAG is free.

Older children and adults can make their own pennant flag on Saturday (15th Feb), with guidance from artist Jane Thakoordin. This is a free, drop-in session from 11am-1pm.

On Monday, Wednesday and Friday (17th, 19th and 21st Feb) kids can paint watercolours inspired by the paintings of Birmingham artist Arthur Lockwood, who died last year. All paintings will be framed, so that they can be shown off at home. Drop-in session from 11am-3pm £2 per child. Suitable for all ages but aimed at 5+.

If you have little ones, don’t miss the Mini Museum for children aged 5 and under.

Children enjoying Creativity programme at Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery

There’s lots more happening across the week at BMAG including storytelling and weaving. You can see the full range of activities here We love mooching around the Ancient Egypt Gallery and seeing the beauty of the Staffordshire Hoard, the largest hoard of Anglo-Saxon treasure ever found.

Gleaming helmet in glass case at BMAG, Birmingham. Part of the Staffordshire Hoard

Museum of the Jewellery Quarter

At the Museum of the Jewellery Quarter, children can make their very own piece of jewellery on Thursday 20th February. They will design and create a bracelet or pendant by learning the skills of a real jeweller. Recommended for ages 8+. The cost is £10 per child and you must pre-book.

Tools for jewellery making at the Museum of the Jewellery Quarter, Birmingham

Stay in Birmingham at half term

It is not too late to book one of our two-bed serviced apartments in Birmingham for a night or two. Stay right in the city centre and have gems like BMAG and Thinktank nearby for half term in Birmingham. Our two-bed apartments also offer plenty of space to chill out when the kids have had enough fun and well-equipped kitchens so convenient!). We offer a free Cool for Kids package to make your half-term stay in Brum even more enjoyable.

Kids playing in a Staying Cool apartment
Young girl playing in front of a teepee in a Staying Cool apartment.