I was thinking we should all get together soon. Birmingham sounds good. Friday would be good, as DH could pick up the boys, or half-term is coming up soon, so we could do something with big kiddies as well. Any ideas?
Birmigham hasn’t got that many cheapish child friendly ideas for this time of year! Especially as the nature centre isn’t open in the week yet (or will it be open at half term??) The art gallery is free and pretty good although not terribly interactive for the very little ones (although a nice large space and a big cafe), I wouldn’t mind a trip to the science museum but it’s a bit pricy! So I guess that leaves us with a park/outdoorsy type thing with a decent cafe (if it rains) or a playcentre - the one in northfield just outside brum (treasure island) is pretty good. Sandwell valley farm is pretty good as it has animal a nice victorian style veg garden, cafe and a park just down the road -plsu it’s only about 50p each to get in - but that is more my neck of the woods than birmingham. Or alternatively as long as it’s not tipping it down we could plan a walk (e.g. sutton park, cannok chase or cannon hill park) followed by lunch in a nearby cafe??
If anyone has a better suggestion I’d be happy to hear it :-D
Hello, I am hoping to come along too this time as we can make Fridays
In Birmingham we’ve been to the sealife centre and thinktank. Both are pretty dear but for a one-off might be worth it (and indoors) - and maybe we could get a group rate? An art gallery would entertain my children for approximately 17 minutes before they started going crazy unless something interesting was going on… An indoor play area in term time would be good for us as they enjoy it, get lots of energy-sapping done and tend to leave me to my own devices They suit most ages (if big enough?) and in term time are normally copeablewith iykwim.
We would be planning to come on the train, but if the meet was out of easy access (i.e. walking distance of New Street) then I’d drive.
Personally I like the idea of the farm or a walk especially if I had all of the children with me, as I would never be able to keep track of them all at the ThinkTank. However, we will have to make a plump for something. I get the feeling most people prefer doing something in term time, so perhaps soft-play would be an option. Decisions, decisions!
I would be more than happy with going to the farm, alternatively an indoors option soft play type thing would also work
Unfortunately I know nothing about the areas ‘over that side’ so cannot suggest anything at the moment.
Where abouts are people thinking of? (Obviously just roundabout areas and then I can have a look online for stuff)
Because we will be in a car and not stuck to either term nor school times I am happy to travel wherever, within reason
Sandwell Valley is just off juntion 7 (or 8) M6 so is very easily accessible by road - it’s not huge but a fair bit to do, plus some nice walking nearby, a park and a lake with ducks/swans. Here are some links: