Saturday 15 – Sunday 23 February
Looking for fun ways to fill the February half term holiday? Birmingham Museums can help! With everything from space explorations at Thinktank, Birmingham Science Museum, to creating your very own watercolours at Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery, there’s lots for all the family to enjoy.
Launch into space at Thinktank, Birmingham Science Museum!
This February half term, the Destination Space programme launches at Thinktank from Monday 17 – Friday 21 February. The museum is working with The Association of Science Discovery Centres and the UK Space Agency to share some of the most exciting recent developments in UK space exploration and space science to inspire little astronauts. Come and join in the adventure learning about rocket launches, the next mission to Mars, and more.
Look out for space-tastic activities throughout the museum. Don’t miss the new interactive science show in Thinktank’s theatre that will take you on an unforgettable journey to space and reach for the stars by visiting the Planetarium.
With four floors of hands-on science exhibits to explore, families will have a fun-packed day out. Visit MiniBrum, Thinktank’s mini city where children are in charge. Children can build a house in the construction zone, become vets and doctors at the health centre, fix a car in the workshop, and cook up a storm in the café, along with much more.
Refuel during your visit at the Signal Box Café, dining next to iconic objects that tell the story of Birmingham's transport revolution, such as the City of Birmingham locomotive.
Exciting art-inspired activities at Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery
Visit Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery (BMAG) and unleash your creativity. Paint your own wonderful watercolour on Monday 17 February inspired by the paintings of renowned Birmingham artist Arthur Lockwood, which are on display in the new Webster & Horsfall: 300 Years of Innovation exhibition. All paintings will be framed for children to take home and display proudly.
Older children and adults can make their own pennant flag on Saturday 15 February, with guidance from artist Jane Thakoordin. Use fabric, paper and embellishments to create a flag that reflects you.
With lots more happening across the week including weaving, storytelling, and the chance to get up-close to real museum objects, there’s lots to take part in.
While at the museum, visit the Mini Museum for children aged 5 and under, the Ancient Egypt Gallery featuring artefacts from over 3000 years of Egyptian life, and see the Staffordshire Hoard, the largest hoard of Anglo-Saxon treasure ever found.
Built up an appetite during your visit? Head to the Edwardian Tearooms for delicious light bites and meals. Every purchase supports the work of Birmingham Museums Trust.
Explore Aston Hall
Visit this spectacular grand mansion which will fascinate all ages. On Wednesday 19 February take part in the astonishing art activity. Explore the hall and sketch as you go, then head over to the classroom to transform your ideas into models using quick drying clay.
Enjoy an interactive telling of the fairy tale Rapunzel on Friday 21 February. Little ones will love this enchanting way to explore Aston Hall, which includes making a magical craft to take home.
For the sleuths in your family, visit on Saturday 22 February for the ‘Whodunnit? Watt a Terrible Tragedy!’ family friendly murder mystery trail. Travel back in time to 1817 when James Watt Junior is celebrating moving into Aston Hall and follow the clues to solve a very peculiar mystery. Fun for all the family, book online to get a ticket for this popular event.
More February fun at Birmingham Museums
Over the last year the team at Sarehole Mill have been working hard to restore the historic bakehouse at the site and building a modern-day bakery. Celebrate the opening on Saturday 15 February and be amongst the first people to try the delicious baked treats from the new resident baker. Visitors will get free access to the mill and there will be family craft activities and a gingerbread themed trail to enjoy. Make a day of it and after exploring the grounds, why not stop by at the Millers Tea Room to try the tasty new menu?
Blakesley Hall will be welcoming some friendly animal visitors to the site on Wednesday 19 February for Animalmania. Come along and get up close to small animals like snakes, tortoises and chinchillas. Pre-book to make sure you get a slot with these creatures.
Pop along on Tuesday 18 and Thursday 20 February and get creative with some crafty fun. Inside Blakelsey Hall the family room will be open where you can discover about the history of the house, dress up, play games and take a break in the soft seating area with books.
At the Museum of the Jewellery Quarter children can be inspired by the historic factory and have a go at making their very own piece of jewellery on Thursday 20 February. They will design and create a unique bracelet or pendant using real jeweller’s techniques. Recommended for ages 8 and up, there are two sessions throughout the day.
With tours and crafts at Soho House and Weoley Castle too, there’s lots to keep the kids entertained this February half term.
For full listings and event details see www.birminghammuseums.org.uk/category/half-term. Some events may charge and need to be booked in advance.