National Sea Life Centre (< 1 mile)
National Sea Life Centre
Escape city life and step into tropical paradise of an aquarium in the heart of the buzzing city of Birmingham. At the National SEA LIFE centre you can take an amazing marine voyage beneath the waves and experience so much more! New Penguin exhibit and coming soon: Sea Stars!
Birmingham Nature Centre (2 miles)
Birmingham Nature Centre
- homes a wide range of animals from across the world. These animals include many charismatic and exciting species like meerkats, lemurs and otters. The Centre has a wide collection of endangered reptiles
Dudley Zoo and Castle (8 miles)
Dudley Zoo and Castle
Lions and Tigers to Snakes and Spiders: Go Wild at Dudley Zoological Gardens. Enjoy keeper talks to learn about the important conservation projects we carry out. Dine in our licensed restaurant. Land train, fair, chairlift, face painting and more!
The Falconry Centre (12 miles)
The Falconry Centre
A Falconry centre with over 70 birds of prey, including various species of Falcon, Owl, Eagle, Kite, Buzzard and Vulture. Daily flying display at 1pm, plus a chance to get close to some of these amazing birds. Experiences offered too.
Plantasia (17 miles)
Explore the UK’s largest collection of permanent mazes, feed the carp, visit the animal field, clamber over the tree top trail, explore the woodland walk or just sit and enjoy the colours, sounds and smells of nature. Spread over 30 acres, there is plenty of room for all that energy.
Rodbaston Visitor Centre Animal Zone (18 miles)
Rodbaston Visitor Centre Animal Zone
Our Animal Zone houses a varied collection of animals and birds from around the world. See our own Meerkat family and count their babies, watch our Red Lemurs playing outside in their enclosure and see our Wallabies, Raccoon Dogs and all the other animals, which bring animals of the world into one place.
West Midland Safari Park (18 miles)
West Midland Safari Park
4 miles of self-drive safari, including UK's largest pride of White Lions, plus Elephant, Rhino, Cheetah, Giraffe, etc. Plus, Discovery Trail, Penguin Cove, African Village, Walk-through Lemurs, live shows, family rides, shops and restaurants. Voted the Best Attraction in the West Midlands.
Twycross Zoo (19 miles)
Set in 80 acres of parkland and known worldwide for its apes and monkeys this conservation centre breeds endangered species and many more to observe. Make sure you see the Penguins at feeding time and check out the Lemur Walk-through enclosure, the Amur leopard exhibit, Sri Lankan elephant walkway, Himalayan...
Stratford Butterfly Farm (22 miles)
Stratford Upon Avon
Stratford Butterfly Farm
A landscaped tropical greenhouse, with the largest display of beautiful tropical butterflies in the UK. Learn about their life cycle in the Caterpillar Room, discover a number of insects in Insect City, and spiders in Arachnoland!
Tropical Birdland (27 miles)
Come and see hundreds of beautiful and exotic birds. Wander around their walk through aviary. There is a new adventure playground, also several way marked trails around the 6 acres of woodland, plus explore the koi pond and water gardens.
Gentleshaw Wildlife Centre (30 miles)
Gentleshaw Wildlife Centre
is a small sanctuary for unwanted and mistreated exotic animals and birds of prey. Home to a wide variety of creatures including, Owls, Hawks, Snakes, Monkeys, Raccoons, Wild cats, Lizards,Fruit bats, Falcons, Terrapins and also new activity packs for kids!
Cotswold Falconry Centre (34 miles)
Cotswold Falconry Centre
Birds of prey are constantly showing off their skills at this amazing centre, where breeding and conservation are of paramount importance. Many different types of birds of prey are on display here, including eagles, hawks, owls and falcons.
Monkey Forest (35 miles)
Unique to the UK! The only place you can walk amongst 140 free roaming Barbary macaques in 60 acres of beautiful English forest. Guides are located on the three quarter mile path to inform you of all the monkeys’ behaviour ensuring you have an exciting and memorable day.
Battlefield Falconry Centre (40 miles)
Battlefield Falconry Centre
A friendly, family run business with a wonderful collection of over 30 birds of prey to see, including owls, hawks, and falcons. A number of experiences available for accompanied children aged 14 and older. They do parties too.
Holdenby Falconry Centre (40 miles)
Holdenby Falconry Centre
Falconry centre offering a number of Experiences, including a half day with Owls and Hawks, and an Introduction to Falconry. Set in beautiful grounds of Holdenby House and Gardens. See a great range of owls, hawks, eagles, and falcons.
Blackbrook Zoological Park (40 miles)
Blackbrook Zoological Park
They have a wealth of attractions on offer to see, including rare birds, unusual animals, reptiles, insects, kid's favourite Lemur Lodge, Pelican Cove, Swan Lake and the utterly charming World of Penguins!
Catanger Llama Trekking (41 miles)
Catanger Llama Trekking
Although you can't actually ride them, these lovely pack animals will willingly carry your rucksack, whilst you enjoy the beautiful scenery. What better way to get away from it all than by leading a gentle llama along bridleways, farm tracks and country lanes. A perfect way to de-stress.
Birdland Park and Gardens (42 miles)
Birdland Park and Gardens
For fantastic family fun and excitement, enjoy a day at one of the UK's biggest bird gardens, discover a beautiful natural setting of woodland, river and water gardens that are inhabited by over 500 birds, flamingos, pelicans, colourful parrots to laughing kookaburras and magical owls.
International Centre for Birds of Prey (45 miles)
International Centre for Birds of Prey
Three flying demonstrations with commentary, every day. The Centre caters for school visits, and is renowned for its expertise in education, conservation and training. Courses in falconry and photography are available. Shop, cafe, education facilities, attractive gardens and picnic areas.
Matlock Bath Aquarium (46 miles)
Matlock Bath Aquarium
offer a weird and exciting mix of public aquarium plus thermal carp pool, creepy petrifying well, shiny gemstone and fossil display, vintage chinaware collection, regional history exhibition and one of the largest public displays of Holograms in Europe!
Bugtopia (47 miles)
An all weather attraction where you can meet and greet a variety of bugs, spiders, butterflies and lizards. Hands on interaction, feeding sessions, and a chance to learn more from the handler. Jungle Hut play area.
Crocodiles of the World (50 miles)
Crocodiles of the World
Crocodiles of the World is the UK's only crocodile zoo. We're home to more than 100 crocodiles, alligators and caimans from 14 different species of crocodilian. Crocodiles of the World is now open seven days a week from 10am to 5pm all year round including Bank Holidays; we are closed on Christmas...
Reaseheath Zoo (50 miles)
A teaching zoo open to the public in the summer and other dates during the year. It has specialist rooms for reptiles, amphibians, and fish as well as indoor and outdoor mammal enclosures.
Cotswold Wildlife Park and Gardens (50 miles)
Cotswold Wildlife Park and Gardens
has over 260 animal species in over 160 acres of stunning gardens and parkland. Giraffe Walkway, Lemur Walk-through exhibit, Train, Adventure Playground, Picnic Areas, Children's Farmyard, Brass Rubbing, Tropical House, Reptile House, Bat House and Insect House. Skymaze coming soon, too!
Wye Valley Butterfly Zoo (54 miles)
Wye Valley Butterfly Zoo
Experience the delight of nature's most serene and beautiful wildlife. At the Wye Valley Butterfly Zoo you can walk with free flying exotic butterflies and see them supping nectar, finding their mates and laying eggs.
Llama Trekking at Old King Street Farm (56 miles)
Llama Trekking at Old King Street Farm
Llama trekking is fast becoming a 'must-do' activity. Bond with your llama, get to know him and take him on a walk in the glorious countryside of south west Herefordshire. If travelling from further afield, why not take a two day stay in one of our holiday cottages?
Cotebrook Shire Horse Centre (58 miles)
Cotebrook Shire Horse Centre
Shire Horses are the focus but there are many more spices to visit with and learn about too from mini Shetland ponies to Polecats and Otters!
Chestnut Conservation and Wildlife Park (59 miles)
Chestnut Conservation and Wildlife Park
From the giant otter to polecats and free-roaming deer, there's something for all the family at the Chestnut Centre. In beautiful grounds of the Derbyshire Peak district, with a stream running through the valley, home to four species of otter, owls, pine martens, foxes, Scottish wildcats, sika and...
Cheshire Falconry (60 miles)
With special experiences on offer for over 4s, daily flying demonstrations, Family Falconry sessions plus the weathering lawn and aviary, there's plenty of things to see and do for bird lovers of all ages!
Millets Farm Falconry (60 miles)
Millets Farm Falconry
Falconry Centre with several daily flying shows plus experiences available. Over 70 birds to see, plus a number of daily events including flying and feeding displays.
Forge Mill Farm (5 miles)
Forge Mill Farm
is one of two farm visitor centres within Sandwell Valley Country Park. It is a working dairy farm where the main attraction is the herd of rare breed Hereford Cows.
Northycote Farm and Country Park (14 miles)
Northycote Farm and Country Park
A tudor farm, steeped in history, surrounded by a lovely park that is full of informal walks with plenty of wildlife to enjoy. Farm animals to meet include sheep, pigs, and cattle. Free to visit. A charge for some events.
Hatton Adventure World (16 miles)
Hatton Adventure World
An Adventure Farm park with plenty to do and see. A variety of activities for kids of all ages, including lizard, and guine pig handling. Great outdoor and indoor play areas, including soft play.
Cadbury World (4 miles)
Uncover a world of chocolate delights and enjoy a fascinating, fun packed day out at Cadbury World!
Thinktank (< 1 mile)
From steam engines to intestines, this exciting museum has over 200 hands-on displays on science and technology from the past, present and future. This includes the state-of-the-art Planetarium, where you can tour the night sky and fly through the galaxy without stepping a foot outside!
Birmingham Museum and Gallery (< 1 mile)
Birmingham Museum and Gallery
They offer a series of family oriented galleries and displays, with additional family and kids' activities every weekend on a drop in basis.
Pen Museum (< 1 mile)
A unique little museum with over 5,000 objects relating to the Birmingham Steel pen trade and the history of writing. Very interactive, you can make your own pen and try your hand at calligraphy. Cheap to visit.
Selly Manor Museum (4 miles)
Selly Manor Museum
Today, Selly Manor is home to fascinating furniture collections. Not for very young children, this is nonetheless a family friendly site which also hosts a variety of annual open days, workshops, exhibitions and popular educational tours.
National Motorcycle Museum (8 miles)
National Motorcycle Museum
Recognised as the finest and largest motorcycle museum in the world, it is a place where "Legends Live On" and it is a tribute to and a living record of this once great British industry that dominated world markets for some sixty years.
Black Country Living Museum (8 miles)
Black Country Living Museum
26 acres of award winning open air museum comprising village, live period craft, underground mining experience and tram rides, plus plenty more.
Bilston Craft Gallery (10 miles)
Bilston Craft Gallery
A gallery full of contemporary craft, displays of historic items, plus events for all ages. Great inspiration for your little art fans as you can hold and touch a number of items. Free to visit.
Wolves Museum (13 miles)
A modern, interactive museum that offers a fun packed football experience for all the family. Take a penalty against a legendary keeper, or have a go in goal yourself. You don’t have to be a Wolves fan to enjoy it!
Herbert Art Gallery and Museum (17 miles)
Herbert Art Gallery and Museum
Visit us and immerse yourself in arts, history and culture. Winner of the Guardian Family Friendly Museum Award 2010 we have a selection of free galleries and exhibitions, which, with the array of ongoing workshops and events, makes for a great day out for the whole family to enjoy.
Hartlebury Castle and Museum (18 miles)
Hartlebury Castle and Museum
Whether you are looking for a trip down memory lane, a chance to learn something new, a peaceful stroll through nature or a nice cup of tea and a cake, Hartlebury Castle has it all. Hosting exciting events throughout the year a great day out for all the family.
Kingstanding Leisure Centre (4 miles)
Kingstanding Leisure Centre
The water flumes and wave machine are a big hit with kids of all ages and the leisure pool provides fun for all the family.
Cocks Moors Woods (4 miles)
Cocks Moors Woods
Leisure pool features a wave machine, a 50 metre flume, interactive water features, baby pool and beach entry. Soft play facility and other sporting opportunities also available.
Wyndley Leisure Centre (6 miles)
Wyndley Leisure Centre
Swimming facilities boasting diving pool with 1, 3 and 5m diving boards! There are also plenty of options of younger children including a playroom and kiddies' gym programme.
Tudor Grange Sports Centre (6 miles)
Tudor Grange Sports Centre
Standard swimming and teaching facility also with separate diving pool equipped with 1 and 3m springboards and a 5m platform. There are more sporting opportunities besides.
Walsall Gala Baths (8 miles)
Walsall Gala Baths
Baths with competition style pool, 5 metre and 3 metre diving boards, 1 metre springboard, plus a relaxing brine pool, and children's gym with specially designed gym sessions for kids. Free swimming for under 16s!
Crystal Leisure Centre (11 miles)
Crystal Leisure Centre
Waves, Rapids, Slides, Waterfalls, Fansprays and many other fun water features render this leisure pool a wet wonderland for kids! Plus normalised swimming facilities and lessons too if you can prise them off the slides!
Thanks for all the great things to do and Zoos and Wildlife Parks near Birmingham with kids you keep sending in.
Now we have the easter and summer holidays fast approaching, we're trying to find the best days out and as many fun things to do with kids as possible, especially cheap and free family friendly places to visit this year - theme parks, waterparks and swimming pools, museums, indoor playcentres and softplay for toddlers, petting farms, wildlife parks and zoos, aquariums, horse riding, castles, steam railways, pottery making and ceramic cafes, roller and ice skating rinks, karting tracks, snowdomes, dry and indoor ski slopes, climbing walls, activity centres, outdoor play at the best local parks, ten pin bowling alleys and all the other best family tourist attractions, that you can visit at the weekend.
Also teachers may find the site useful for ideas for the best places to take their classes on school journeys with many historical and educational atractions listed
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