A visitor attraction since 1990, Cadbury World is sure to go down well with the kids. Who doesn’t like chocolate?! Explore the fantastic history of the Cadbury brand in its original Bournville home, an operating factory since the early 1900s. There are interactive activities, the famous Cadabra ride, an outdoor play area, café, gift shop and so much more to do.
Birmingham’s Sea Life Centre is home to over 2000 creatures and is situated in the midst of Birmingham’s bustling Brindleyplace district. If you plan your trip in advance you may even be able to catch talks and feeding times with penguins, sharks and turtles amongst other species!
The city’s biggest museum offers free entry, although donations are welcomed. Here kids can learn all about Victorians, Egyptians and Romans as well as World War II in the museum’s various exhibition halls and activity rooms, the latter packed with interactive displays.
Ackers is an outdoor adventure park based in Sparkbrook, just outside the city centre. Perfect for all the family, Ackers offers dry slopes for skiing, snowboarding and tobogganing, as well as spaces for climbing, watersports and orienteering activities.
One of the largest leisure centres in Birmingham; Cocks Moors Woods is a great way to keep the kids happy. Sporting a swimming pool with a wave machine, plus a 50 meter flume and baby pool, all ages are catered for here. For the teens and young adults in the family, gym classes are also available. During seasonal periods the leisure centre also hosts special events including roller discos and pool parties.
If you have a budding Alan Titchmarsh in the family, make sure to visit the Botanical Gardens. Not only is the garden home to buildings and monuments dating back to the 1800s, including an original brick shelter from the Cadbury factory, there are over 30 horticultural areas to explore. Take the Victorian greenhouses for example, proudly showing off over 1000 exotic and unusual plants or the beautifully quaint Japanese garden with a variety of Bonsai trees. Keep an eye out for birds, too!