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Child-friendly attractions in Birmingham are a must for an enjoyable family break in the city

From mini museums to pre-teen theatre shows there’s something for all ages in Birmingham city centre, it’s just a case of knowing where to look.

Thankfully, Staying Cool has it covered with our guide to a Birmingham break to satisfy the younger members of your travelling party.

The best bit? All these recommendations are just minutes away from your Staying Cool apartment at Rotunda. The kids will thank you later!

Where can I get Commonwealth Games toys?

Celebrate the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games with a trip to the official store which has opened right on Staying Cool’s doorstep in New Street.

You’ll find something for everyone in the family including tees, hoodies and cute soft cuddly toy versions of Games’ mascot Perry the Bull.

Pick up your very own Perry the Bull mascot from the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games store located on the doorstep of Staying Cool's Rotunda apart hotel.
Pick up your very own Perry the Bull mascot from the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games store

Is there a Lego Shop in Birmingham?

Don’t miss the seasonal window displays at the LEGO Shop in Bullring where you’ll find a giant Lego themed settings filled with mini figures.

Inside the store kids can create their own pick ‘n’ mix of their favourite bricks along with traditional sets.

Is Treetop Adventure golf good for families?

The Bullring’s not just about shopping and eating. How about challenging your family to a hole in one at Treetop Adventure Golf?

Putt your way through rainforests and ancient ruins at this mini indoor golf experience on the ground level.

Then attempt to win a free round by scoring a hole in one on the Bonus 19th hole.

You can argue over who ended up in the most bunkers over Pigs ‘n’ Blankets Pizza, Espress Snowtini’s and Ho Ho Hot Chocolate from the bars’ festive menu.

Children playing mini golf at Treetop Adventure Golf in Birmingham city centre. Photography by: Matt Eachus
The kids will love a round of mini golf at Treetop Adventure Golf. Photography by: Matt Eachu

What’s on at Birmingham Rep?

The Rep in Centenary Square has been creating and producing new shows and entertaining families for over a century.

It’s greatest hits include East is East and its own production of the Raymond Briggs classic The Snowman, which has toured the world and is back on stage from Thursday January 6 to Sunday January 9.

Keep an eye out for other family favourites, workshops or just drop in for a coffee.  

Visit Brindleyplace for Sea Life Centre and more Lego!

With its tree-lined squares, international cuisine and canalside location Brindleyplace is a lovely spot to sit and relax with the kids.

You’ll find the National Sea Life Centre here which is the ideal indoor activity for families on a rainy day.

Get up close to more than 2,000 sea creatures, including penguins and sharks, and walk ‘under’ water through the UK’s only 360-degree Ocean Tunnel.

You can create the ultimate day out and save money with a multi-attraction ticket which gives entry to the Legoland Discovery Centre just around the corner too.

Art lovers can pop into the Ikon Gallery which holds Family Saturday art workshops. The activities are free but you need to book in advance.

Brindleyplace Canals make a beautiful spot for lunch and activities with the whole family. Photography by: Visit Britain / Simon Winnall
Brindleyplace canalside, the perfect spot to sit and relax with the whole family. Photography by: Visit Britain / Simon Winnall

Symphony Hall family concerts

If your kids have never heard a live orchestra before Symphony Hall’s family concerts are the perfect introduction.

They’ll be taken on a whistle-stop tour of the orchestra and explore the world of music from the sounds of the deep blue sea to a fantastical musical journey through time.

There’s plenty of audience participation to add to the fun too.

If you have toddlers in tow Notelets are relaxed mini-concerts at the CBSO Centre which combine music and stories. Don’t worry about fidgety feet. Dancing and jumping around are encouraged!

Is The Library of Birmingham good for families?

Inspire your kids with their homework by visiting the home of the largest Shakespeare collection of any public library in the world.

The Shakespeare Memorial Room, at the top of the Library of Birmingham, houses one of the most significant collections of The Bard’s material, including books, photographs, films and theatre programmes.

This treasure trove explains why the very first collected edition of Shakespeare’s works, the famous First Folio, is stamped as belonging to ‘Birmingham Free Libraries’.

With its beautiful wood panelled walls the Memorial Room, which was created in 1868, is worth a trip on its own.

You can also enjoy the views from the Library’s gorgeous rooftop gardens, a hot drink and food from the café or just choose a book and snuggle up in one of its cosy reading corners.

The beautiful views from the terrace at The Library of Birmingham. Photography by: Verity Milligan
The beautiful views from the terrace at The Library of Birmingham. Photography by: Verity Milligan

Thinktank Birmingham days out

Big kids and little kids will love Birmingham’s science museum at Millennium Point with its steam engines, talking robots, gurgling guts and chocolate wrapping machine.

Discover four floors of hands-on exhibits and historical gems, including an interactive mini city for under 8s called MiniBrum and a 4k Planetarium.

You can also make a splash in the Science Garden.

Little ones can take part in a festive elf hunt until December 23. Pick up a finders sheet at the box office and record all the elves you find as you explore the museum to win a prize.

You can also inspire your little scientists and engineers through play at the Toddler Thursday pre-school activity sessions.

There are six different STEM themes to enjoy including nature, animals, engineering, the seasons, space and transport. Each session, which start at 10.30am, costs £2.50 and needs to be booked in advance

Family friendly days out in Birmingham Minibrum at Thinktank kids playing in wooden car
Family friendly days out are great at Minibrum inside Thinktank Birmingham

WHERE TO STAY IN BIRMINGHAM WITH KIDS? HERE’S A SPECIAL OFFER FROM US

Why not stay overnight and enjoy more of it? Stay just five minutes away from Mini Brum and Thinktank in one of our spacious two-bedroom, two ensuite apartments.

Your children will automatically get our Cool for Kids bundle to keep them occupied while in house, just give us an idea of their age and gender in your booking notes.

Children playing in one of Staying Cool's apartments in Birmingham
Our in-apartment games are perfect for keeping the little ones entertained.