Birmingham is a bright modern city, bursting with fun for all the family all year round. But when you’re a busy parent and there’s suddenly a whole week to fill, where do you start?
We’ve planned a full week of activities for you, from free fun in the outdoors to creative learning that’ll keep them occupied on those rainy days.
Monday – Rainbow family fun
A free drop-in activity programme runs all week at the Round Room, in the Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery. Create rainbows with prisms, experiemnt with mixing colours, and handle different objects to see the gallery’s artworks in a whole new way. Great for families with a mix of ages and ablilities to enjoy together.
Tuesday – Sonic paintings at the Barber
Bring sound and images together with Emma Margetson from BEAST, the Birmingham Electroacoustic Sound Theatre. With two workshops for different age groups, your little and big ones will be truly absorbed in this unique creative experience as they ‘sculpt’ with sound.
Wednesday – Stop-motion animation
Older kids often seem to be left out of half-term programming, so it’s great to see this workshop for 11 to 17-year-olds at MAC Birmingham. Open to total beginners or improvers, the course will teach you everything you need to know about stop-motion animation from storyboarding and 3D clay modelling to frame rates. Best of all, your teen will leave with a complete short animation to show off all their hard work.
Thursday – Indian cookery for kids
You’re never too young to learn to cook. Discover how to blend spices to create maximum flavour, before whipping up some delicious food at Food at Twelve’s Indian Cookery class. For children aged 7-12.
Friday – Step back in time
Imagine growing up in a fine Edwardian house, with your own pony, servants, and endless gardens to explore. Winterbourne House and Garden was built to be a family home, and it’s been thoughtfully restored to capture how young Evelyn Nettlefold and her family lived. Run off some steam in the 7 acres of botanic gardens, then explore the nursery dressing up box before afternoon in the Terrace Tea Room.