School’s out… for lots of half term fun at Birmingham Museums this February! Transport the little ones back in time across the different sites, from putting your building skills to use recreating the Great Fire of London skyline at Blakesley Hall, to becoming a Victorian sleuth at a murder mystery trail in Aston Hall. There’s also plenty of 21st century fun to be had with the cutting edge, hands-on Operation Earth at Thinktank and you can sprinkle a touch of rainbow magic to your week at Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery!
Marvel at the latest research on our natural world at Thinktank, Birmingham Science Museum, with Operation Earth
Ever stopped to think about how mind-blowingly wondrous the world around us can be? You’ll bet your little ones (and adults alike) will be sufficiently mind-blown indeed by the launch of Operation Earth this February half term. Exploring the latest research from cutting-edge scientists who study the natural environment, this hands-on, environmental science programme will ensure you’re the first in the know about the latest discoveries of the crazy planet we live on. Open daily from 10am-5pm, Thinktank has plenty to offer over the half term week.
Look out for fun workshops in Thinktank’s new LEGO® Education Innovation Studio throughout half term too!
Further information: birminghammuseums.org.uk/thinktank/whats-on
Colour and create with a sprinkling of rainbow magic at Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery
Celebrating the ground-breaking Arts Council Collection Coming Out exhibition which is currently on display at Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery, light up your little ones’ lives with some rainbow magic this half term. The exhibition was conceived by Walker Art Gallery National Museums Liverpool and celebrates the LGBT community. The theme has inspired these fun family friendly activities.
Get arty with plenty of crafting opportunities throughout the week. Stand open-mouthed and mesmerised by the Round Room bathed in a rainbow, by creating your own using kaleidoscopes and rainbow glasses. Become a photography whizz by using the colours of the rainbow to make a special light drawing. Wave the big rainbow maker in the air, get it captured on camera by one of the museum workers and you’ll have your own special print to take home.
Become the author to your own rainbow story by joining in on some interactive storytelling: your drawings on the floor will piece together your own special story. And for just £3.50, design and build your own rainbow robot. This, plus even more colourful crafts, Rainbow Animations workshops and more make for a fun-packed half term week.
For further information on dates and times visit birminghammuseums.org.uk/bmag/whats-on
Rebuild the building blocks of history by stepping back to the Great Fire of London with Blakesley Hall
For just £1.50, on 20th and 22nd February, kids can craft their way to the London skyline by creating and decorating their very own 17th century London buildings. Immerse the whole family in history by taking part in some Great Fire of London themed trails and competing in fun, fact-filled themed quizzes.
And with pre-booking being essential on this one, the family friendly 30 minute drama “From Pudding Lane to Pie Corner” is destined to be a firm half term favourite on 21st February. Samuel Pepys makes a special trip to Blakesley Hall and recounts his fiery memories of London burning! The event is included in the normal admission price and there are two performances throughout the day at 12pm and 2pm.
Further information: birminghammuseums.org.uk/blakesley/whats-on
And the fun doesn’t stop there. Make the most of the week off at our other sites:
Aston Hall sends the little ones time travelling, with a family friendly murder mystery trail. Visit the Hall between 11am and 4pm to sleuth your way to cracking the mystery of preventing a would-be assassin from 2048 stopping Victorian England’s Aston Hall from becoming a museum. Pre-booking is advisable, however you can turn up and pay for your entrance on the day and usual admission prices apply.
Pre-book your half term day trip to The Museum of the Jewellery Quarter on Thursday 22nd February, where your own guided tour of the Smith & Pepper jewellery factory is waiting for you, followed by an exciting craft activity!
At Sarehole Mill, there’s a scrummy day planned on Pancake Day, with a drop in baking session to whip up your own tasty pancakes! Just £2 for the baking sessions, held at 12.00-1.30pm and 2.00-3.00pm. Family craft and trail activities will also take place 20th – 25th February too.
Soho House is celebrating those who keep us safe, with a 999 Emergency Day on Thursday 22nd February. With a day of jam-packed activities, take part in a meet and greet with Fireman Sam, talk to the Handsworth Fire Fighters and Police, and join in on plenty of 999 family craft activities and activity trails.
Further information about everything happening for half term at Birmingham Museums is available at birminghammuseums.org.uk/whats-on.