A fantastic list of FREE things to do with toddlers and preschoolers.
Before you tearfully, nervously or joyfully send your children off to school for the first time, there are several years of trying to entertain them during the day.
Unfortunately, entertaining takes money, but you may not be aware there are a tonne of free things to do with preschoolers in Birmingham! In fact, hereís a whole host of activities that wonít break your weekly budget.
Free places to visit
Need to get out of the house but don't have a whole lot of dosh? Check out these free places in and around Birmingham!
Places of interest
Forge Mill Farm is free to enter (small charges may apply during school holidays) and houses a number of different animals. Come and meet some farm animals or have a play in the play area.
The Old Rectory Farm at Sheldon Country Park is free to enter and you can visit cows, pigs, goats, ponies and geese.
Why not pay a visit to the residents of the Birmingham Donkey Sanctuary in Sutton Coldfield? Young children will love meeting the donkeys, and they just love meeting new people.
Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery 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, itís 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.
In addition, the city also boasts some great playgrounds, including Handsworth Park, Lickey Hills Country Park, Highgate Park and Meriden Park Adventure Playground. You can find a playground near you here.
Take advantage of free, outdoor fitness sessions
Be Active Birmingham is a city-wide initiative encouraging all members of the family to get out and get fit. You can find a free fitness class here.
Head to your local library!
Birmingham has heaps of libraries dotted around the city, and here are some fantastic, free things you can take the kids to.
Find a breastfeeding support groups If you're a breastfeeding mum, you can take your baby (and older children) and go along to a free breastfeeding support group and meet other mums! You can read more here.
Looking for even more activities and events for families and children in Birmingham? Read more here.
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!