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Mums In Brum {Stuff To Do With The Kids In Birmingham And Beyond}

Author: Lisa Soeno

Birmingham gets a bad rep, but as my adopted city it’s dear to my heart. I went to uni here, met Rich here, and both my kids were born here. (Well Lyra was born at City Hospital, and Jenson was born at Warwick, a stone’s throw away). I’ve now lived here longer than I’ve lived anywhere else.

With Lyra I had a year off on maternity leave, so we did our fair share of baby clubs and mama meet-ups. Now she’s four, and now that we have her one-year-old brother in tow, I’m constantly on the lookout for fun things to do with kids in the local area. Hopefully the ideas below will give you some inspiration if you live nearby and have exhausted your local playgrounds/soft play areas/cafes, or it might even inspire you to have a little day trip out to Brum?!…

{The New Mums}

Up until recently, one of the things I missed about being footloose and kid-free was being able to go to the cinema. Not any more! Enter THE BABY CLUB at the Everyman Cinema in The Mailbox. It’s a film screening of one of the new releases which takes place every Tuesday morning, and it’s aimed specifically at mums/dads and babies. (The first time I went to an Everyman was when I was 25 years old and staying with my best mate in London for the weekend. Being able to watch the latest releases whilst tucking into posh pizza and carrot cake and sipping cocktails, curled up on snuggly velvet sofas? I thought it was the height of sophistication. And little did I know that ten years later I would be crawling around after a baby in an Everyman Cinema).

The mojito may have been replaced with a hot chocolate (for the £11.50 Baby Club ticket price you also get a hot drink and a slice of cake), but the novelty of being able to go to the cinema again is amazing, and the knowledge that your baby won’t disturb anyone is even better.

Did I mention they do cake?

{The Nature-Loving Mums}

The Midlands area may not have beaches but what it DOES have is miles upon miles of stunning countryside. And the bee-you-tiful Birmingham Botanical Gardens. Lickey Hills are also great for a ramble, and the trails at Cannock Chase are perfect for kids of bike-riding age.

We became National Trust members in October, so it’s just typical that we had what seemed like the longest winter ever and hardly wanted to explore our local NT properties. We have however managed to venture out to Hanbury Hall and Baddesley Clinton, where there’s a fab new natural play trail hidden away in the woodland next to the manor house (follow the animal sculptures).

{The Foodie Mums}

I have banged on about my love of Eggs Benedict on RMS before, so I’m obviously going to love a family-friendly café which serves a savoury muffin and poached egg as part of their all-day brunch menu. The Lounges cafes started off in Bristol and are clearly doing ok for themselves as there are now 85 branches across the UK including several in and around Birmingham, and a new one in Solihull. Although it’s a chain, the Lounges cafes feel like independent little coffee shops, what with their quirky décor and relaxed vibe. They’re nice and roomy for pushchairs, so perfect for an NCT meet up, and usually have a little pile of books and toys to keep the toddlers happy. And how cool is this?… If you download the Secret DJ app you can even control the music. I am not going to tell Lyra this. We will end up listening to Hakuna Matata whilst chowing down on our Eggs Benny.

{The Skint Mums}

Old Rectory Farm is a bit of a hidden gem and it’s completely free. As well as the farm animals, playground and tearoom, there’s also a short, pushchair-friendly walk along a stream to a special viewing point where you can watch the planes taking off from Birmingham airport.

When it comes to parks, the playground in the village of Broadway has got to be one of the best ever, and it’s in the most beautiful location. Shirley Park has good facilities (and it’s around the corner from Desco Lounge – see Foodie Mums above). And LONG MAY THIS BEAUT WEATHER CONTINUE so we can make the most of the little swimming pool and water/sandpit at the playground in the centre of Stratford-Upon-Avon.

{The Mums with the Kids of All Ages}

Next on my List-of-places-to-take-the-kids is the Children’s Play Village in Warwick. There are kid-sized pretend shops, hairdressers, a doctor’s surgery, a tea room…there’s even a mini campsite. It looks to be so well planned, with a baby area right in the middle of the ‘village’. I’ve not yet visited – I had planned to take the kiddos at Easter but left it to the last minute and it was fully booked – so if you’re interested, make sure you book early.

I’m also extremely excited for the new Legoland Birmingham to open up its gates this summer.

So that’s my round up. Did you go to any gems over the Bank Holiday weekend? If you have any more recommendations of places to take the kids in the Midlands area I will love, love, love you forever if you pop them in the comments box below.

{Contributors}

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Author: Lisa Soeno
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13 thoughts on “Mums In Brum {Stuff To Do With The Kids In Birmingham And Beyond}

  1. Great round up Lisa! I was so happy when Sorrento Lounge opened in Moseley recently, a short walk away from me and great with the pushchair. Boston Tea Party on Harborne Road is huge and great with littles.

    I wonder if anyone can tell me if there is anything like this in the Midlands: https://www.gooseplay.com, upmarket softplay seems to good to be true! Any ideas anyone?

    1. I didn’t know there was one in Moseley! That’s my old stomping ground! Will have to check it out, thank you.

      That Gooseplay place looks EPIC. Maybe we need to set one up in Brum 🙂

  2. Hey Lise,

    Love your ideas! We will definitely be checking out Lego land when it opens and have the Warwick play place on my list too.

    You could use your membership at Wightwick Manor if you fancy coming a little further north, it was lovely when we went for Easter xx

    1. Thanks Su! I think Jovan and Lyra need another playdate – we should do Legoland together x

  3. I highly recommend the play village in Warwick, I took my 6 month & 20 month old girls and they both loved it. It is the perfect set up for young kids and the cafe is good with nice coffee (very important!), healthy options and is pretty cheap too.

    1. This is great to hear Lexy! Yes I remember thinking the prices looked so reasonable when I went on the website. Thank you x

  4. I love this feature, can we get it happening for all over the uk? Happy to do Derbyshire for you guys xx

  5. Think Tank!! Took my toddler there and he loved it so so much! Particularly the watertables, deffo take a spare set of clothes. Tons for kids to do over in Worcestershire too if you ever venture over that way.

    1. Gracie I meant to mention Think Tank but completely forgot! I love the Science Garden and the fact that you can get in there for free after 3pm. Haven’t been since Lyra was a tot, must go back with them both (and take a spare change of clothes 😉 )

      And yes must venture to Worcestershire x

  6. When I was on maternity Zach and I used to take a picnic up to the roof garden of the library or to the viewing room. Then we’d wander round the arts museum as it’s free and had a lovely Victorian tea room there. Sutton Park is where I spent a lot of time. Has to be the best park in Brum. I’d take Zach to see the donkeys there. Again a free one.

  7. Dippy the dinosaur is visiting Birmingham from 26th may for 2 months- he’s just been with us in Dorchester and we have all gone Dino mad down here. He’s totally awesome so well worth booking tickets- and even better, he’s free to see too! Hope you enjoy him as much as we have.

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