Family Days Out
Staying Cool serviced apartments are a brilliant alternative to family hotels in Birmingham. They’re super practical and slap bang in the middle of all the action. Make the most of great days out literally on your doorstep as well as great restaurants and eateries. You certainly won’t run out of things to do in Birmingham for children! We've listed some of our favourite places to take your nippers below.
Family Days Out in Birmingham City Centre
All of the attractions below are within easy walking distance of our serviced apartments:
1. BBC Tours at the Mailbox
Guide price: £9.25 adult/£7.00 child
Have you ever wondered how TV programmes are made? See the inner workings of the BBC at the distinctive BBC Mailbox building. Led by informative guides, each tour lasts around an hour and a half and covers the production process from script to screen. Each tour is based on what is happening that day at the BBC, so no two tours are the same! Don’t forget to book in advance as the tours are very popular.
After your tour, be sure to visit Level 3 of the Mailbox where there is a popular BBC public space. Have your photo taken with a Dalek, try your hand at presenting the weather and look through the viewing windows and watch presenters live on air!
The Mailbox is also home to a host of upmarket shops and restaurants if you want to make a day of it. It's next to a scenic canal if you fancy having a stroll with the kids.
2. Everyman Cinema
Guide price: £10.30 adult/£8.50 child
Built underneath the BBC’s Mailbox you will find Birmingham’s new Everyman cinema. Treat your kids to a luxe cinema experience with plush seating and gourmet burgers that can be delivered directly to your seats!
The Everyman Birmingham also offers a weekly Baby Club for you and your baby. Get a cultural hit with £10 tickets including a hot drink and a slice of cake.
3. Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery
Guide price: wonderfully free!
Visit this world class museum and be sure to keep everyone happy. Highlights include the Staffordshire Hoard discovered in 2009 by metal detectorist Terry Herbert. Housed in a new, dedicated gallery this priceless Anglo-Saxon treasure is one of Birmingham’s greatest cultural assets.
Other collections include the Pre-Raphaelites and Ancient Egypt as well as ‘Birmingham:' it's people, it's history’. Travel back in time to medieval Birmingham and learn how the city grew and survived major challenges such as the squalor of Victorian times and two world wars. There’s plenty of interaction and films to keep all ages entertained.
For those with under 5s, don’t miss the Mini Museum. A great place to keep little ones amused with storybooks, games and dressing up.
4. The Big Brum Buz
Guide price: £20 family ticket
Kids love open top buses! Pick the Big Brum Open Top Buz Sightseeing Tour if you want to see chocolate, custard and cars as well as science, medicine and education. Or go for one of their more tailored tours: Peaky Blinders, Balti Bus or Music Rocks to name just a few.
5. The Back to Backs
Guide price: £18.35 family ticket
Explore the tiny homes of Birmingham's working-class past spanning the 1840's to the 1970's. These last remaining ‘back to backs’ were carefully restored and are now run by the National Trust. Re-live the lives of a Birmingham family from a time gone by, all crammed into a communal courtyard with all the associated sights, sounds and smells. A fascinating way to teach children about how ‘ordinary’ people lived. Pre-booking is essential as it is a small site and can only be viewed by guided tour only.
6. Eastside City Park
Guide price: wonderfully free!
Run around now! For the first time in 130 years Birmingham’s has a new city centre park. It creates a green route to walk from the centre of Brum into the heart of the Eastside quarter. The park also incorporates the Thinktank Science Garden plus a children’s play area. This contemporary, award-winning park features 310 trees, formal lawns, public squares and a canal feature plus a 21 jet dry plaza.
7. The Sea Life Centre
Guide price: £12.75 pp (under threes free)
Fancy being inches away from a shark and watching jellyfish glide by? Then visit the National Sea Life Centre Birmingham and take a walk through the Ocean Tunnel. To get up close and personal with some wonderful creatures, make sure you visit the Interactive Rockpool and the Penguin Ice Adventure. With an indoor temperature of 8 °C you are sure to all keep your cool
8. Thinktank at Millennium Point
Guide price: £39 family ticket (see special offer below)
Visit the Thinktank at the Birmingham Science Museum and discover a world of science. Award-winning Interactive Science exhibits make this a great day out for all your little Einsteins. Pick up a free Birmingham family trail to help you make the most of all the galleries. Zoom down to the Spitfire Gallery, Discover the Past, Find the and be awed by the Planetarium.
OFFER: Save 10% off your visit to Thinktank when you stay with Staying Cool. Ask at reception for details.
9. Treasure Hunt
Guide price: start from £5.99.
If it is fresh air and good old Birmingham family fun that you are after – nothing beats a treasure hunt. Available in a range of different formats this package includes directions, clues and a map and is a great way to explore the city under your own steam. If you have a smart phone a fully interactive GPS treasure hunt is also available.
Going Further Afield
Should you find time, we recommend visiting these great places just outside Birmingham city centre:
1. Botanical Gardens
Guide price: family ticket £22
With 15 acres of beautifully landscaped gardens and a playground, there is plenty of space for the kids to let off steam at the Birmingham Botanical Gardens.Take the woodland walk and visit the butterfly border to see how we can help these fragile insects. With Tropical, Subtropical, Mediterranean and Arid greenhouses to explore, this is a great family day out no matter what the weather might bring.
2. Grand Prix Karting
Guide price: £30 adult/£10 child
Just one mile from the city centre, Birmingham Wheels Karting Centre is a great day out if you are a family of budding Lewis Hamiltons. With practice sessions for both adults and children, mum and dad can join in the fun too!
3. Cadbury World
Guide price: Family ticket £49.96
A family visit to Birmingham wouldn’t be complete without a visit to Cadbury World. Located in the historic village of Bournville it is the site of the original chocolate factory and the model village created by Quakers George Cadbury and his brother Richard.
Take a self-guided tour through 14 different zones and see the history and making of the UK's favourite chocolate. For the real chocoholics amongst you, why not treat yourselves to afternoon tea and don’t forget to visit the shop as you leave! Pre-booking is recommended – Staying Cool’s concierge can book ahead for you, just email email@example.com
4. Drayton Manor Park and Zoo
Guide price: over 12s & adults £23/children £18
If you have Thomas the Tank Engine fans in your household this is one attraction you certainly won’t want to miss. Drayton Manor Theme Park is home to Thomas Land set in 6,000 square metres of beautiful parkland. Along with attractions, a zoo and more daring rides for the thrill seekers - there really is something for everyone.
5. Black Country Living Museum
Guide price: family ticket £39.00
See a Victorian town brought to life in this award-winning open air museum which celebrates the industrial heritage of Dudley and the surrounding area. Travel down streets preserved in time on a vintage bus or take a trip down a real mine shaft and experience history at first hand. If you get hungry during your visit we’d recommend a trip to Hobb’s Fish and Chip Shop as a family-pleasing way to spend your shilling.
Has all the fun worn you out?
The great thing about Staying Cool’s serviced apartments is that because of our fantastic location you can pop back at any time to recharge your batteries. Grab a bite to eat, enjoy a coffee, drop off shopping or even take a nap - it really is up to you. You can rustle up a bowl of pasta or put on a load of washing if you need to. That’s what makes Staying Cool serviced apartments such a great alternative to family hotels in Birmingham.