We are already big fans of the ThinkTank Museum in Birmingham and have written about our visit previously. This week we were very excited to be invited to a sneak preview at Mini Brum at ThinkTank, a brand new interactive role play experience, before it opens to the public on 25th May.
The concept behind Mini Brum is a child sized city enabling hands on role play and exploration. The aim is to help inspire children to experience play through a range of roles such as scientists, dentists, engineers and construction workers.
Mr Mack works for Mott MacDonald, the lead sponsor for Mini Brum, so he was really looking forward to seeing what the space was like too.
The space has been a 4 year long project in the planning with the help of local school children. Children were invited to have direct input into the design of Mini Brum to understand what they’d like to see in the space. It has also been designed to feature a number of sights and landmarks from the Birmingham area. The dressing up area mimics the iconic design of the Selfridges building, and I spotted the Birmingham library and the rotunda in the brio area. There is also a canal barge from Gas Street Basin to climb aboard and explore.
Mini Brum is divided into a number of different zones to explore, with children deciding which order they visit them in. There is a race track, inspired by the upcoming Birmingham Commonwealth games in 2022, where children can time themselves and compete against others. Mini and Mr Mack had a race, although it was a pretty even finish.
The areas allow children to immerse themselves in play in real life scenarios, whilst enabling them to experiment and test out their ideas and thoughts. There was a mechanic’s garage where children can have a go at changing a tyre, try to correct wire the engine and build their own car to send down the test track.
Further along was a house, a shop and a post office, all packed full of props to encourage role play for those environments. There was also a dressing up area, complete with light up mirrors for children to admire their costumes in. Mini was brave and sat in the hairdressers chair, whilst Mr Mack threatened to cut her pony tail off.
At the far end of Mini Brum is a construction zone and climbing tower with a slide. Children can work together to hoist up the materials to the top of the tower from the building site down below, wearing appropriate high vis jackets and helmets of course.
As well as the role play areas, there are also specially designed sensory area for babies and younger children. Baby Mack had fun pretending to fly an aeroplane.
Mini Brum at ThinkTank is an enclosed space meaning children can fully explore safely once inside. There is also a dedicated café corner, a buggy park, lockers, accessible toilets and changing facilities inside. It really feels like a lot of thought and care has gone into the space and the needs of families who will use it.
We all had a fantastic time exploring Mini Brum at ThinkTank. The area is spacious, allowing children plenty of room to move about freely and explore. There is so much variety in the areas within the space, there is definitely something for all children to enjoy. The space has been carefully created to encourage play whilst allowing children to freedom to play their way. We will definitely be back to explore further again the future, and we are sure that Mini Brum is going to be a very popular addition to ThinkTank, Birmingham.
For further information and ticket prices to Mini Brum visit the main ThinkTank Museum in Birmingham.
Disclaimer: We were invited to attend the preview event of Mini Brum at ThinkTank. There was no obligation to write a review however, we loved it so much and wanted to share our experience with you. All views and opinions are entirely my own.