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.
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.
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.
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.