Exploring Birmingham with Children

Exploring Birmingham with Children

For Mr Mack’s birthday, we decided to head out into Birmingham for a family day out. Exploring Birmingham with children is easy, there are plenty of family friendly places to eat, such as Jamie’s Italian. There are also lots of museums and fun attractions to explore, we are big fans of the Think Tank Museum for a great family day out.

We are lucky to live close enough to Birmingham that we don’t need to find overnight accommodation. However if you do need to stay over, there are a whole host of hotels in Birmingham to suit your budget.

We decided to head to the Mailbox for a birthday lunch first. This is an area in Birmingham next to the canals with plenty of bars and restaurants. We had recently visited Aluna in the Mailbox and enjoyed it, but opted for somewhere different today. You can be spoilt for choice when eating out in Birmingham with children. There is a huge range of places to go, from fast food, to high street chains and a great choice of independent cafes and restaurants too. Mr Mack is a big steak fan so we headed to Miller and Carter for his birthday treat.

Being a Friday lunchtime, the restaurant was fairly quiet and we were seated in a booth. I loved the children’s menu, as there was a big range to pick from that wasn’t the usual chicken nuggets and chips. Mini picked a salmon fillet with jacket potato and mixed vegetables, I was impressed by her healthy choice! It was a generous portion for a children’s meal, however she managed to eat most of it and said it was delicious.

Mr Mack went for the grass-fed 8oz rib-eye steak. It came cooked perfectly for him and looked really juicy. I love that the steaks come with a choice of sauce and a choice of topping for the lettuce wedge accompaniment. I’d normally have a steak too but decided to try something different and went for the steakhouse burger. It was so flavoursome and one of the best burgers I’ve had in a long time.

Birmingham with children

Birmingham with children

For dessert Mini went for the chocolate brownie, her favourite dessert. Mr Mack and I both went for a mini pudding with a latte. I love it when restaurants offer this option, as I get my sweet hit without feeling too naughty. The restaurant also added a special birthday message to Mr Mack’s pudding which was a lovely touch. Baby Mack slept through our meal, meaning I had two hands to eat with for a change. He woke as we were having our desserts for a feed. When we have been out in Birmingham with children I’ve always had a great experience breastfeeding in cafes and restaurants.

Birmingham with children

Birmingham with children

With full bellies we headed onto Mr Mulligans, this is a new addition to Birmingham and is an indoor crazy golf venue. The courses have an outer space theme, with lots of aliens and astronauts along the way. There are two different 12 hole courses, you can choose to do one or both during your visit. For our first visit we opted for just the one course. The paths were flat and wide, so it was easy to get the pushchair around.

There was a great range of fun features along the course, with ramps, tunnels and interesting shapes to manoeuvre around. I liked that there was a relaxed atmosphere and there didn’t feel any pressure for us to rush through the course. At the venue there is a bar and you can take your drinks around the course in plastic cups. They also serve food which we’d like to test out for our next trip, the ice creams looked delicious.

We all enjoyed our trip, Mini tried really hard and got the hang of it really quickly, even being left handed. She has already asked when we can go back to try out the second course. I would highly recommend Mr Mulligans as something different to do in Birmingham with children, and would make a great rainy day activity.

Birmingham with children
For this hole each player was given an extra challenge

After golf we headed home to enjoy some of Mr Mack’s birthday cake. I’d love to hear all about your favourite places to go in Birmingham with children, it’s always great to learn about new places to explore.

Disclaimer: This is a collaborative post, Hotels.com have gifted me spending money for our day out. All views and opinions are entirely my own.

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32 Comments

  1. January 4, 2019 / 9:23 pm

    I never realised Birmingham had so much to offer, especially for children! It’s not too far from me so I will have to do a day trip this year!

    • mommamack15
      Author
      January 4, 2019 / 9:49 pm

      Definitely great for a family day trip 🙂

  2. scrapbookadventures365
    January 4, 2019 / 10:41 pm

    I have never been to Brimingham before but it looks like there is lots to do. I love the look of that burger and the indoor golf course sounds like so much fun and is right up my street!

    • mommamack15
      Author
      January 5, 2019 / 11:41 am

      The burger was delicious, I wish I had one for lunch today too.

  3. January 5, 2019 / 8:21 am

    Oh wow, this little place looks amazing. It looks like you had a wonderful adventure.

    • mommamack15
      Author
      January 5, 2019 / 11:41 am

      We did, thank you 🙂

  4. January 5, 2019 / 8:22 am

    Great post, I will be saving in case we visit with our our two terrors! My son would love the crazy golf 🙂

    • mommamack15
      Author
      January 5, 2019 / 11:41 am

      It was a great activity that all ages can enjoy.

  5. January 5, 2019 / 8:33 am

    We love exploring the UK and having great family days out. We’ve not been to Birmingham but it’s not far on the train. That food looks delicious.

    • mommamack15
      Author
      January 5, 2019 / 11:42 am

      We love train adventures too, adds to the fun.

  6. January 5, 2019 / 9:01 am

    We’ve been considering a weekend trip to Birmingham, will definitely be adding Mr Mulligan’s to my list of things to do.

    • mommamack15
      Author
      January 5, 2019 / 11:42 am

      There’s so much to do for a weekend trip, enjoy your stay when you do make it.

  7. Rebecca
    January 5, 2019 / 9:40 am

    Great timing reading this as my children have an INSET day Monday and I was wondering what to do – problem solved!!

    • mommamack15
      Author
      January 5, 2019 / 11:43 am

      Glad to be of service, you can book online or just turn up if it’s not too busy, enjoy your trip.

    • mommamack15
      Author
      January 5, 2019 / 11:44 am

      Yes, it’s pretty new so they may not have heard about it yet.

  8. January 5, 2019 / 11:10 am

    I now live reasonably close to Birmingham, but have never ventured in. Is it easy to park in the city, or better to hop on a train?x

    • mommamack15
      Author
      January 5, 2019 / 11:44 am

      There is lots of parking but it can be expensive. The train can be easier if its convenient for you.

  9. Bianca
    January 5, 2019 / 3:22 pm

    Have bookmarked this for our next trip back to Brum! Thanks a lot!

    • mommamack15
      Author
      January 5, 2019 / 8:32 pm

      No problems, hope you entry our next trip

  10. January 5, 2019 / 4:44 pm

    I’ve only been to Birmingham once but didnt have a lot of time to explore. Its definitely somewhere I’d like to spend more time. We do love miller and carter though our fave restaurant.

    • mommamack15
      Author
      January 5, 2019 / 8:32 pm

      Hope you get more time to explore next time. I love it too, delicious steak every time

  11. January 5, 2019 / 6:12 pm

    Great desciption of food and places. They all come alive for me. I have never been to England except the airport. Your description transports me to Birmingham, and makes me want to see these places and sample these delicious meals.

    • mommamack15
      Author
      January 5, 2019 / 8:33 pm

      Thank you, hopefully you’ll get to visit Birmingham one day

  12. January 5, 2019 / 6:56 pm

    Birmingham is quite a trek for us but it’s nice to know if we are ever that way there’s loads for children to do.

    • mommamack15
      Author
      January 5, 2019 / 8:34 pm

      You definitely, hopefully you’ll get the chance to visit in the future

  13. January 6, 2019 / 4:04 pm

    Oh what fun! Birmingham isn’t somewhere we hVe ever been with the children. It does sound like its worth a visit.

  14. January 6, 2019 / 11:54 pm

    I love this eatery, when we recently visited Birmingham it was super busy we didnt get a chance to eat there

    • mommamack15
      Author
      January 7, 2019 / 8:21 am

      That’s a shame, hope to get to visit on your next trip to Birmingham

  15. lukeosaurusandme
    January 7, 2019 / 6:22 am

    It sounds like there are some great options for things to do with the kids in Birmingham. Love the idea of indoors crazy golf!

    • mommamack15
      Author
      January 7, 2019 / 8:22 am

      It’s a great idea for a cold, rainy day too

  16. Mel Knibb
    January 8, 2019 / 1:02 pm

    I love Birmingham but have never been there with my children. I would definitely take them to the museum and also to Jamie’s Italian: one of my favourites!

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