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The dancefloor at a Big Fish Little Fish family rave
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The five best things to do with kids in Birmingham

Day raves and retro video arcades? These excellent things to do with kids in Birmingham will keep mums and dads happy too

By Tom Cullen

Young’uns driving you madder than a wet hen? There’s no shortage of super-fun things to do with kids in Birmingham. They may well have had it up to here with all the brilliant Birmingham attractions and museums, or maybe even caused a scene in one of the city’s best restaurants. If they are flagging, here’s how you can keep up morale. With brilliant family activities ranging from day raves and vintage video arcades to Bear Grylls’ adventure wonderland and a tip-top aquarium, all tastes are pretty much catered to – if you can tolerate a little shrieking.

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Best things to do with kids in Birmingham

A lego building
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Legoland Discovery

They’ve recreated some of our most iconic buildings out of tiny colourful bricks at this fabulous place – but kids tend to charge right past them in favour of the Harry Potter flying ride, the multi-level soft play area and the build-your-own-racing-car section. Can’t imagine why...

King Edwards Rd. New St rail. From £15.

A penguine diving under the water
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National Sealife Centre

Penguins, squid, sharks, sea horses and, inexplicably, a 3D cinema await you here. It’s a genuinely encapsulating experience which peaks when you walk through a glass tunnel surrounded by sea giants.

Brindleyplace. New St rail. From £13.

The dancefloor at a Big Fish Little Fish family rave
Photograph: Jazamin Sinclair

Big Fish Little Fish Family Rave

Forget fake IDs and dodging the fuzz: Big Fish Little Fish has been in the mix for family raves since 2013 and balance club DJs and a licensed bar with Play-Doh tables and a parachute dance. Think ‘CBeebies House’ meets iconic rave night Castlemorton Common.

Nightingale Club. New St rail. Mar 24. £9, £6 child.


Vortex is for the kid with the video game bug. Good luck tearing your little ones away from Pac-Man-themed air hockey, head-to-head virtual reality, Mario Kart arcade machines and incredibly addictive fairground games.

Resorts World Birmingham. International rail. Prices vary.

Bear Grylls
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Bear Grylls Adventure

Zip-lining, swimming with sharks, high ropes, indoor skydiving, cage snorkelling, escape rooms and assault courses are the order of the day here, as a digital Bear Grylls shouts at you from screens across his new, high-intensity adventure world.

National Exhibition Centre. International rail. From £20.

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