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Forge Mill Farm


How much? Admission to the farm is free. There may be a small charge for admission and activities during school holidays.

When does it open? Forge Mill Farm is open almost every day of the year, from 10am until 4.30pm, last entry to the farm is 4pm. The Farm closes for a few days during Christmas.

Where? Forge Lane, West Bromwich, B71 3SZ. Tel: 0121 588 7210.

For more information click on the link

Sheldon Country Park

Where? Ragley Drive, Church Road, Sheldon, Birmingham, B26 3TU

What's it all about? Sheldon Country Park covers an area of just over 300 acres. It is made up of open grassland, wetlands, old hedgerows and some mature woodland.  There is a playgrpound near by.

About the farm- The Old Rectory Farm has been fully restored and operates as a demonstration farm, showing traditional methods of farming.
Animals kept at the farm include Jersey cattle, pigs, goats, ponies, ducks, chickens and geese.
The farm is open to visitors every day throughout the year and admission is free.

For more information click on the link.

Birmingham Donkey Sanctuary 

Where? Town Gate, Sutton Park, Sutton Coldfield, B74 2YT


  • Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday - 3pm to 5pm (last admission at 4.30pm) Closed Wednesdays

  • Weekends and Bank Holidays - 10am to 3pm (except for the first Saturday of each month when we are closed)

What's it all about? Come and meet our wonderful team of donkeys - they love to meet new people and you can discover their unique characters and stories.

For more information click on the link.

Lapworth Museum of geology 

Where? University of Birmingham, Birmingham B15 2TT

What's it all about? Enabling visitors to explore life over the past 3.5 billion years, the Lapworth Museum showcases exceptional objects from one of the UK’s most outstanding geological collections, with state-of-the-art galleries and a range of innovative and interactive exhibits - all completely free of charge.

From rocks and fossils to volcanoes, earthquakes, and even dinosaurs, the Museum captures the imagination of all ages.

For more information follow the link.

Think Tank science gardens

Where? Think Tank, Millennium Point, Curzon St, Birmingham B4 7XG

What's it all about?  From 3pm until 5pm the gardens are open to all for free. It's a lovely place with lots of interactive displays and water play.  Perfect for a summers afternoon. 

For more information follow the link.

BBC Mailbox 

Where? BBC Birmingham, The Mailbox, Birmingham B1 1RF

What's it all about? Did you know that you can visit BBC Birmingham's Visitor Centre tucked away on Level 3 of The Mailbox. The Visitor Centre is open seven days a week, admission is FREE and there is no need to book. 
You will also have the opportunity to visit the BBC Blue Room where you can see tomorrow’s BBC... today. This is a free interactive exhibition showcasing the very best in content and services from the BBC.

Find out by following the link

Where? Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery, Chamberlain Square, Birmingham, B3 3DH


Opening Times

Monday - Thursday 10am - 5pm


What's it all about?

Galleries to Visit

The art gallery is famous for its Pre-Raphaelite paintings, which are part of the largest public Pre-Raphaelite collection in the world. 

Discover the fascinating story of the Staffordshire Hoard, the largest hoard of Anglo-Saxon gold ever found, in its own dedicated gallery.

The Birmingham History collections feature prominently in the 'Birmingham: its people, its history' gallery, which covers the majority of the 3rd floor.

You can also see art and objects spanning seven centuries of European and World history and culture. This includes Greeks & Romans and Ancient Egypt.



In addition to the permanent galleries there is a diverse exhibition programme that offers a series of changing exhibitions throughout the year.

Find out about current and future exhibitions at the Museum and Art Gallery on the What's On page

Information for families


Pick up one of our free family trails to help you explore our galleries and get more out of your visit. There are also special seasonal trails during the school holidays to look out for. Trails can be picked up from the Vestibule desk (adjacent to the Round Room).


We have a variety of drop-in family activities throughout the weekends and Birmingham school holidays. See What's On  for details.


Family Packs

Borrow one of our Staffordshire Hoard activity packs from the Vestibule desk and explore the Staffordshire Hoard with a storybook, jigsaw and other interactive activities (small deposit required)

Mini Museum

The Mini Museum gallery has been specially designed to provide an engaging place for children aged 5 and under to experience Birmingham Museums’ collections; see fantastic art works made by children, young people and artists; and help children love museums from a young age.

The Mini Museum includes fine art from the Museums’ collection, on the themes of childhood and animals, as well as taxidermy from the natural science collections. With dressing up clothes, interactives, a puppet theatre, and a soft seating/storytelling area with plenty of books, we hope that children will feel welcomed and inspired, and enjoy their time at the Museum.

Woodgate valley urban farm


How much? £1 donation per adult

When does it open? 

Winter (October to May)
10:30 to 16:00 (Last entry 15:15)

Summer (June to September)
10:30 to 17:00 (Last entry 16:15)

Where? Woodgate Valley Urban Farm,  Woodgate Valley Country Park, off Clapgate Lane, Bartley Green, Birmingham

For more information click on the link

Ikon Gallery

Where? 1 Oozells Square, Brindleyplace, Birmingham B1 2HS

How much? Free entry 
Opening times- Tuesday – Sunday, 11am-5pm
Closed Mondays except Bank Holidays

What's it all about? Ikon is an internationally acclaimed contemporary art venue 


Favourite parts- 

  • The art space is nice and open with room for children to look around and explore.

  •  We won't spoil the surprise but the boys wanted to go up and down in it. The lifts!

  • The resource room on the second floor. There are paper, pencils and other colouring materials to use which the boys enjoyed.

For more information follow the link.

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