MiniBrum, Thinktank, Birmingham Science Museum’s interactive mini city, has a new Mayor.
Alicia Adeyanju, aged 7 from Birmingham, was today crowned Mayor of MiniBrum at the award-winning museum.
Alicia won a competition, which was launched at the start of the school summer holidays, to find a new Mayor of MiniBrum for the year ahead. On her visit with her family to Thinktank, Alicia excitedly explored MiniBrum and now looks forward to representing the mini city in the year ahead.
The competition, a collaboration with What’s On Magazine Group, asked children if they were mayor for the day what would they do to make difference? For Alicia, she wanted to make one rule – which was to be kind to everyone, including yourself.
MiniBrum is a child-sized city at Thinktank for under 8s where the children are in charge. It features recognisable landmarks, such as the Birmingham canals, Selfridges and the Old Joe Clock Tower at the University of Birmingham.
Children can explore and question their understanding of the world around them through the different zones, including a transport area, shops, a park, a salon with dress up and styling areas and a construction site with slide. There are also specifically designed sensory areas for babies. Through play, the city gives children the confidence to think like scientists in real-life scenarios where they can test their ideas, problem solve and be creative.
Alicia, her mum, aunty and cousin were given a tour of MiniBrum by Thinktank’s Visitor Operations Manager, Pat Ferrins before exploring all four floors of the museums including the outdoor Science Garden, the 4K Planetarium and the Signal Box Café.
Alicia follows in the footsteps of MiniBrum’s first Mayor, Poppy Jordan from Stratford-Upon-Avon. During Poppy’s time as Mayor of MiniBrum, Poppy welcomed the Duchess of Cambridge to Thinktank and met the then Lord Mayor of Birmingham Councillor Mohammed Azim on a special visit to Birmingham’s Council House.
Entry to MiniBrum is included in the ticket price to Thinktank. To find out more about Thinktank, visit: www.birminghammuseums.org.uk/thinktank.