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What’s on in Birmingham? The best kids’ events in Brum

Jo Dorey

12 March 2018

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The biggest Christmas market outside of Germany, an actual Dragon Boat race and loads of LEGO®? What’s on in Birmingham is pretty much a who’s who of fantastic family fun! Now, we might be a little biased; it is our hometown and local kids' events are basically our bread and butter. You could say that makes us experts though, so check out what we’ve selected as the best of what’s happening in Birmingham and see what you think.

The Bullring Bull of Birmingham.

Family and kids’ events in Bristol

Spring Events

  • Crufts, 8th - 11th March, The NEC:

One word: Woof! And now in human, please? Renowned as ‘the world’s greatest dog show’ by those in the know, 22,000 pups will be competing at Crufts for Best in Show with a fabulous schedule of displays and competitions. Plus it’s not all just about the cutest pooch - there will be a Good Citizen Dog Scheme training ring, as well as an activities zone where you and your faithful friend can practice a few moves. Dog lovers will enjoy meeting all the pedigree breeds while parents will love the fact that it’s free entry for kids under 8.

A terrier at Crufts Dog Show.

  • St. Patrick's Day Parade, 11th March, starts on Camp Hill:

No matter what’s on in Birmingham on the 11th, paint it green! The St. Patrick’s Day Parade is arriving with serious fanfare - that means loads of live music which you can throw a jig to, face painting for all the little wildlings in your crew, and a magic show. Who knew St. Patrick’s Day was so family-friendly? There’s also a funfair, a petting zoo and for when you need to fill up hungry tummies, an artisan market which will be stuffed with tasty Irish treats.

  • Kidtropolis, 6th - 8th April, The NEC:

Kidtropolis is about serving up stuff that kids love, and by the bucketload. Toys, characters and family brands are all present and correct, as well as a packed bill of entertainment including the musical stylings of family favourite, Andy & The Oddsocks. There are also several massive gaming zones where your littluns can go well and truly bananas with mega inflatables, roller magic and the intriguingly titled, ‘MEGA Magazine’ zone. We think it’s a pretty fantastic solution to what to do in Birmingham.

  • Vaisakhi, 28th - 29th April, Handsworth Park:

What’s great about Birmingham events is that they come from all corners, communities and cultures. Vaisakhi is the perfect example and is one of the world’s largest celebrations of the Sikh nation’s collective birthday. It’s a free family event with plenty of traditional Sikh fare and fun, as well as sports, craft exhibitions and slightly less traditional, a brilliantly bouncy inflatable play area for kids! After tucking into some classic dishes, we think you’ll agree that it’s a must-not-miss for the season. 

Summer Events

  • T20 family days throughout August, Edgbaston:

What’s on in Birmingham? It’s a massive question with more than a few answers, but a classic Brummie event is always going to include cricket. Your cubs can dress up and roar to their heart's content for the Birmingham Bears at T20 family days in the Edgbaston cricket grounds. Picnics, activities and raucous family festivities are a great way to get everyone involved, plus it’s a thrifty day out as all kids under 16 go free. In 2017 the grounds welcomed well over 10,000 kids through the gates, deeming it tried and tested fun.

Kids supporting their team at the Edgbaston cricket grounds.

  • Birmingham International Dance Festival, 1st - 24th June, all over the city:

Get grooving, moving and shaking your tail feather at the Birmingham International Dance Festival. This is a major biennial event that brings the best of the best to Brum for amazing performances and participation in theatres and public spaces all over the city, with plenty of opportunities to take part too. Do you know your Jazz from your Jive? Or could you mix Ballet and Bhangra? See a huge selection of international styles and see if you can’t get your skills up to snuff at one of the funkiest kids' events in Birmingham.

  • Brindleyplace Family Festival, 16th June, Brindleyplace:

The inaugural Brindleyplace Family Festival is a cracking new addition to your Birmingham events calendar. Held in aid of Cure Leukaemia, it’s going to see Brummie business battle it out for first place in the renowned Dragon Boat Race, and we strongly suggest that you’re there to watch. All the competitors will be decked out in fancy dress and there’s a full schedule of family events. In fact, the race has become a bit of a legend in its own right and is a great way to tour the canals in the city. Fun fact: Birmingham has more canals than Venice! 

  • Brindleyplace Film Festival, 16th - 22nd July, Brindleyplace:

Film fanatics and critics in training, this one’s for you! Come see what the silver screen has to offer at the Brindleyplace Film Festival which, incidentally, is totally free. Now in its 7th year, this outdoor festival has become a pillar of what’s happening in Birmingham and showcases a brilliant and wide-ranging selection of films. Even if your kids haven’t graduated past Peppa Pig quite yet, this could be a great way to introduce them to film and PS. There will be a chance for you to choose the line-up too. Keep an eye out for updates.

Winter Events

  • BRICK LIVE, 1th - 4th November, The NEC:

What do kids (and some grown-ups) love more than anything? The correct answer is LEGO® and lots of it! With that in mind, Brummies and beyond are in for a treat as the UK’s biggest celebration of LEGO® comes to Birmingham with every imaginable trimming at BRICK LIVE. That means stage shows, gaming zones, fairy bricks, a Star Wars zone - the list just goes on and on! The biggest fans from all over will be collecting together and there will be millions of bricks for your family to build memories with; whether it be a pirate ship or a monster’s lair, let your imagination run wild.

Kids playing with LEGO®.

  • Frankfurt Christmas Market, 16th Nov - 24th Dec, all over the city:

The Frankfurt Christmas Market is surely the sparkly highlight on a fantastic year of Birmingham events. Hailed as the largest authentic German market outside of Germany, expect rows and rows of lit up chalets all filled to the brim with bratwurst, mulled wine and super sugary doughnuts. As well as being free to explore, this festive affair is all about the atmosphere and is packed pretty much any night of the week. Take your kids along to taste the best bits of Christmas and check out the craft stalls while you’re at it.

Other ideas of what to do in Birmingham

That’s our guide to what’s on in Birmingham. If you can't find something for you in that pile of fabulous family fare, check out our things to do in Birmingham page and filter for activities, or visit our friends at Visit Birmingham for a whole array of kid-friendly events in the West Midlands. From indoor skiing to petting zoos, there should be something for everyone to enjoy. Have fun!

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Jo Dorey

12 March 2018

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Jo is a Copywriter at Day Out With The Kids. She’s lived all over the world in places like Pakistan, Hungary and Hong Kong - these days though she loves a good, long walk and hanging out with her cat, Fergus.

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