A list of some of the best video game experiences and activities for kids in the Midlands!
As children get older, many start to enjoy the thrill of playing video games. Whether they are into Fortnite, Minecraft or Super Mario Bros, video games come in all different forms these days.
If you are looking for a way to get the kids out of the house but they still want to play some video games, check out this list of some of the fantastic places in the Midlands where you can play or even have a birthday party! They are also great for school holiday outings.
Image: Retro Computer Museum Facebook page
Retro Computer Museum, Leicester Unit A, Troon Way Business Centre, Humberstone Lane, Leicester, LE4 9HA
Open: Open selected dates only - see full list of dates here Cost: Adults £7.50 and children £4.00
Around an hour away from Birmingham is the Retro Computer Museum in Leicester.
Come and learn about the history of gaming consoles from the 1960s onwards!
Vortex Gaming GamesWorld Birmingham, Pendigo Way, Marston Green, West Midlands B40 1PU
Open: Monday to Thursday 12pm to 8pm, Friday 12pm to 10pm, Saturday 10am to 10pm and Sunday 10am to 8pm
A state of the art family entertainment centre and home to immersive Virtual Reality gaming and a family Virtual Reality simulator.
Experience innovative VR gaming from Omniverse.
Also has a superb variety of arcade games, from retro classics to modern gameplay, all in one of the finest family gaming centres in Birmingham.
Vortex Gaming also offers children’s parties, which you can read about here.
Image: Vortex Gaming Facebook page
Matrix Virtual Reality Zellig Building, The Custard Factory, Gibb St, Birmingham B9 4AT
Cost: Price list available here Website
Matrix Virtual Reality is Birmingham’s one of a kind Virtual Reality Gaming Arcade.
Come and immerse yourself into the world of Virtual Reality either as a single player or as a group.
Provides the highest spec computers on the market, plus the premium HTC VIVE.
Book a time slot and come to play a variety of games, or watch one of the short movies on hardware on offer.
ImmotionVR Star City Birmingham, B7 5SA (Next to Vue)
Open: Monday to Thursday 2pm to 10pm, Friday, 12pm to 11pm, Saturday 11am to 11pm, Sunday 11am to 10pm
ImmotionVR is a cutting edge VR venue that is suitable for children aged 9 and over.
They have a huge variety of virtual reality games.
For children aged 9 to 12 years, there are educational experiences.
GameWagon Birmingham Location: For the full list of areas covered, read on here Website
A custom-built video game truck that comes to you for video game parties!
The self-contained Gamewagon truck is the perfect birthday party idea for kids who love gaming, and even offer parties for adults and corporate events!
They bring the party to your door.
Image: GameWagon Facebook page
Fun Station, Star City, Birmingham Star City, Watson Road, Nechells, Birmingham B7 5SA
0121 667 7550
Open: Monday and Wednesday 12pm to 10:30pm, Tuesday and Thursday 12pm to 10pm, Fridays 12pm to 12am, Saturday 10am to 12am and Sunday 10am to 11pm
Come and play a variety of brand new arcade games, plus classic favourites.
Games include air hockey, teddy grabbers and the Route 66 indoor dodgems!
For more fantastic kid friendly activities in and around Birmingham, read on 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!
Whether you are a member of staff, a student or simply live in the local area, take a walk onto campus for the University of Birmingham Farmer's Market and browse the 20 plus stalls offering locally sourced, fairly priced and environmentally friendly produce from top quality organic goods to seasona