10 free things to do with the family in Birmingham this summer

With summer vacation upon us, we’ve found the best free things to keep the family entertained.

Finding things to entertain the kids during the six-week summer vacation can seem overwhelming.

Here in the UK the weather can be unpredictable which makes it more difficult to bring plans to fruition as rain could put the brakes on outdoor adventures.

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With a cost of living crisis impacting the amount of money we have to spend on entertaining children, finding free activities to curb boredom is very important.

Whether you want to explore the great outdoors or learn something new indoors, we have something for everyone.

Here are the top 10 best free family activities in Birmingham.

1. Science Garden – Think Tank Museum

It is accessible earlier as part of general admission to the museum, but you must pay a fee to enter before 3 p.m.

The space offers visitors of all ages the opportunity to experience and learn through a variety of exciting exhibits, including a giant, human-sized hamster wheel.

Learn about renewable energy, use a host of intriguing machines, and get active with a host of fun things to explore.

This is only a 10 minute walk from the Bull Ring and can make for a great activity to do during the afternoon.

2. Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery

If you’re looking for something educational over the summer holidays to get those cogs turning, then the Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery is the perfect place to explore.

The museum is open seven days a week from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and admission is completely free for visitors.

Not only does the Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery have a wealth of interesting exhibits to explore, it also hosts a variety of free exhibits.

Learn about Birmingham’s history or watch the film ‘The Migration Blanket – Climate Solidarity’ which is about solidarity between women and girls in Birmingham and across the Commonwealth.

3. Tolkien Trail from Birmingham

If you have a Lord of the Rings fan in your house, this could be the perfect way to get out and explore.

The legendary author spent much of his childhood in and around Birmingham and the trail explores locations that inspired The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings.

Starting at Sarehole Mill and ending at Moseley Bog, this is the perfect walk to split into a few days to get out of the house and learn more about JRRTolkien’s life.

4. Lapworth Museum of Geology

From rocks and fossils to dinosaurs and volcanoes, the museum is full of interesting and captivating exhibits

The museum also offers many additional activities during the holidays for your little ones to explore and learn about all the museum has to offer.

Libraries aren’t just great for those summer reading challenges, but the Library of Birmingham has a wealth of exhibits to explore.

With a discovery floor, there’s plenty to learn, including a touch table and digital gallery.

The library can also be used for additional research on topics that interest your children to learn more about the world around them.

Ikon Gallery is a contemporary art gallery that can help get those creative juices flowing

With a host of exhibitions taking place during the summer holidays, there is plenty to explore and see.

Perfect for all ages, this gallery could be a great way to get out and explore contemporary art.

7.Birmingham Festival 2022

With the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games coming to the city over the next month, there are plenty of free activities taking place across Birmingham.

Events explore culture in Birmingham, as well as across the Commonwealth, which can be a great way to learn about the world.

The Key to the City activity is back, giving you the opportunity to explore interesting places and spaces across Birmingham.

You have one last day to get a key on Saturday July 23 between 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. and the event runs until August 7.

To find out more about all the events taking place as part of Festival Birmingham 2022, visit their website.

The canal walks are a great place to look around and you can see many different river boats.

It could be a great educational trip, learning all about the history of Birmingham’s canal system.

Cannon Hill Park is a great place to soak up the sun and have a picnic

Although there are many activities in the park that cost money, just getting out and exploring the park can be a great way to burn off any excess energy.

Pack a picnic, find a soccer ball, grab some sunscreen, and spend a day in the park.

The farm has been fully restored and is home to animals including jersey cattle, pigs, goats, ponies, ducks, chickens and geese.

It’s the perfect day to meet animals and learn all about traditional farming methods, with demonstrations on site.

Birmingham International Airport also borders the park, so if you have an airplane enthusiast, this can be a great place to watch planes take off and land.

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