Need things to do in Autumn in Birmingham but have a budget? Here are some great ideas to go on with.
Birmingham is full of family-friendly, budget activities for all seasons. Autumn is the season when the temperature is dropping and the weather is as unpredictable as ever, yet you can still find heaps of things to see and do with the kids that won't cost the earth. Here are the top budget activities for Autumn in Birmingham.
Want to get out and about with the kids and learn more about your local area? A treasure hunt walking Treasure Trail around Birmingham is the way to go! For a small price, simply download a trail map from the Treasure Trails website and off you go! Just follow and solve the clues along the trail to find the hidden treasure. You’ll see the sites and learn more about the city plus have fun with the family! Trails vary in length and are suitable for children aged 6 and over. They take approximately one hour to complete. For more details and for a list of trails available, see the Treasure Trail website.
Cannon Hill Park is a free open space made up of 80 acres of formal parkland and 120 acres of conservation and woodland plantation. It has two children’s play areas, a 36 hold mini golf course and tennis courts with free equipment available for hire.
Alternatively, check out the huge range of parks with playgrounds in Birmingham here.
Located in Sandwell Valley Country Park, Forge Mill Farm is home to some rare farm animals. It is open most of the year so families can come along and feed the animals, plus learn about farm life or buy lovely fresh and local produce from the farm shop. There is a farm trail to explore plus an outdoor play area. The farm is free to enter, although parking charges do apply.
Situated in Cannon Hill Park, the mac has a huge range of activities and events for families happening throughout the year and for every budget, including arts and crafts, theatre and dance performances and even comedy for kids! They hold a craft market on the first Sunday of each month in the arts centre.
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Visit your local library
Your local library is a hive for free activities for children. Below is a list of some of the things you can do with babies, toddlers and pre-schoolers at your local library:
Birmingham has some great cinema deals for kids – join the Kids’ Club at Odeon Birmingham, for example, and you and the children can enjoy the latest kid’s movies for just £2.50. They also have baby-friendly movie sessions, with children under 2 free to enter! Over at Cineworld, Movies For Juniors tickets are £2 and £3.50 for 3D films.
Entry to the Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery is free, and has lots of things for families to do, including the Mini Museum for children aged 5 and under. With a puppet theatre, dress-up clothes, interactive activities and storytelling area, it’s a lovely space for children to sit and enjoy the museum. Along with the Mini Museum, other activities for families include the free family trails to help you get more out of your visit, various family events and family packs. The museum is open daily.
If you’ve got youngsters who simply love all things transport, the recently revamped Coventry Transport Museum is the place to go. This free museum houses cars, buses, bikes, temporary exhibitions and models. It is open every day and there is a café onsite. While admission to the museum is free, some attractions do incur a cost.
The Birmingham Crochet Club meets fortnightly to learn crochet, meet other Birmingham mums, and have a good chat. Whether you're a complete beginner or a seasoned pro, everyone is welcome to come along!