MiniBrum and the whole of level 3 will be closed on Tuesday 21st January, this also includes Planetarium and the Futures gallery.

A major new interactive gallery for under 8s is now open at Thinktank. MiniBrum is Thinktank’s very own mini city, where children are in charge.

This exciting child-sized world features recognisable landmarks, such as the Birmingham canals, Selfridges and the Old Joe Clock Tower at the University of Birmingham. It features several different play zones for children to discover and enjoy.

Play Zones

  • Home area where children can build their own dens
  • Burrow where children can find the hidden animals
  • Park with race track inspired by Birmingham’s upcoming Commonwealth Games
  • Construction zone with a climbing tower and a slide
  • Workshop where children can fix a car engine, change a car tyre and make their own mini race cars
  • Salon with dress up and hair styling areas 
  • Shop with Post Office 
  • Café 
  • Health centre with doctors surgery, dentists and vets
  • Ice cream and vegetable stalls
  • Specially designed sensory zones for babies

MiniBrum also features a coffee corner which sells refreshments and snacks, a buggy park, lockers, accessible toilets and baby change facilities. 

The gallery has been created in collaboration with schools, families and community groups and it allows children to explore and question their understanding of the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) world around them. Through play, the city gives children the confidence to think like scientists in real-life scenarios where they will be testing their ideas, problem solving and creating. Find out more about the collaboration process by reading the MiniBrum blog posts .

The gallery is located on level 3.

Birthday Parties

Celebrate your child’s birthday at MiniBrum! Your party will be greeted at the groups entrance to avoid any queues and you’ll then be taken to the MiniBrum gallery where the children will enjoy playtime in this exciting mini city. The party will then have exclusive use of a party room where the party meal will be served. To find out more, including how to book, visit the Birthday Parties page.

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