We love a family day out, and we’re always looking for new places to take the kids. So, I asked some fellow parenting bloggers for their top days out in the Midlands with kids. Below you’ll find links to reviews of their favourite places so you can check them out before you decide to visit! I’ve included prices* but these are of course subject to change, so make sure you check with the venue before visiting. You can often save money by booking online with the venue before you go, or check out these easy ways to bag cheap/free tickets.
I’ll keep adding to this post as we discover more places so make sure to bookmark it or
Pin it in Pinterest for later!
Family Days Out In The West Midlands
Check out fish, penguins, sharks, turtles and more at Birmingham Sea Life Centre. You can also learn about breeding and conservation of marine life.
Prices: £15 online advance booking, under 3s go free
Thinktank Museum Birmingham is an award winning science museum. It is packed full of interactive exhibits and activities. There’s even a planetarium and science garden.
Prices: Adults £13, kids £9.25 with online booking, under 3s go free
Legoland Discovery Centre, Birmingham is a great family day out for Lego fans. There are rides, a 4D cinema, soft play and Lego and Duplo building areas.
Prices: Online booking from £15 per person, under 3s go free
As far as family days out in the Midlands go, Cadbury World, Birmingham is probably the tastiest! Learn about the history of chocolate, how it’s made and taste some yummy samples!
Prices: Adult £17.50, kids £12.85, under 4s go free
Dudley Zoo is home to more than 1300 animals, including rare and endangered species. There’s a petting zoo and you can explore the ruins of the castle.
Prices: Adults from £15.20, kids from £9.75, under 3s go free
Trentham Monkey Forest, Stoke-on-Trent is a chance to get up close and personal with the monkeys! They roam freely through the woodland environment so you can see how they would act in the wild.
Prices: Adult £8.50, kids £6.50 with advance booking, under 3s go free
Ninja Warrior UK Adventure Park, Stoke is inspired by the TV show. Suitable for ages 4 and over, its obstacles include trampolining, climbing, balancing, jumping and more.
Prices: £10 per person
Peak Wildlife Park, Staffs is located in the Staffordshire Peak District. It is full of large walk-through enclosures which allow you to get close to exotic and endangered animals. See penguins, lemurs and meerkats amongst others!
Prices: Adults £11.95, kids £9.95, under 2s go free
Thomas Land at Drayton Manor, Tamworth is perfect for little Thomas fans. The rides are all suitable for little ones, and older kids/adults can enjoy the rollercoasters in the main theme park.
Prices: Adults 12-59 £28, kids 4-11 £24, kids 2-3 £8 advance online booking, under 2s go free
All Things Wild Nature Centre – Evesham is an animal park with petting area, soft play, cafe and even a dinosaur museum!
Prices: Adult £12.99, kids £11.99, under 3s go free
Trentham Gardens, Stoke-on-Trent looks like a lovely relaxing family day out in the Midlands. Explore the large gardens, play in the adventure playground, find fairies and enjoy the barefoot walk! There’s also a shopping village and lots of places to eat.
Prices: Adult £12, kids £9, under 3s go free
Family Days Out In The East Midlands
Sundown Adventureland is a family theme park aimed at under 10’s. There’s lots for babies and toddlers to do so they don’t have to miss out like at some bigger theme parks.
Prices: Adults & kids over 90cm £16.75, kids under 90cm go free
Aquapark at Rutland Water, Oakham is a giant inflatable obstacle course on a lake!
Price: £20 per person
Tropical Birdland in Desford, Leicestershire is a great budget day out in the Midlands. It’s full of tropical birds including parrots, kookaburras and hornbills. There’s a park, café , walk-through aviaries and parrot walk through where you can feed and handle the birds.
Prices: Adult £8.50, kids £5.75, under 4s go free
Twycross Zoo is a lovely family day out. Not only are there lots of animals to see, but it’s a great chance to teach the kids about endangered species and conservation.
Prices: Adult from £17.96, kids from £13.86 online booking, under 2s go free
The National Space Centre, Leicester is great for children interested in space, or just science in general. Check out their events calendar before you visit to check what’s on!
Prices: Adults £15, kids £12, under 5s go free
Charnwood Forest Alpacas, take an alpaca for a walk through the woods! You can even enjoy a sparkling afternoon tea afterwards.
Prices: Vary based on the experience you pick. Make sure to check Groupon as they’re regularly on there for a fraction of the price!
West Lodge Farm Park, Northamptonshire is a lovely little farm park with lots going on, from tractor barrel rides to piglet racing. There’s also an indoor play barn, pony rides and fairy woods! We love to go in December and meet Father Christmas. Full review coming soon!
Price: £5.25 off peak online, £7 peak online. Under 2s go free
Wicksteed Park, Northamptonshire is a 147 acre park with over 30 rides and activities. It has one of the longest zip wires in the UK, a boating lake, walk-through aviary and a train to take you round the park. Full review coming soon!
Prices: You can visit the park for free and pay individually for rides and soft play etc. Or buy ride wristbands online.
Belton House, Lincolnshire is a National Trust property with an adventure playground, miniature steam train, café, deer, discovery centre and beautiful grounds to explore!
Price: Grounds only – Adults £12.50, kids £8.60 or free using National Trust Membership
Fineshade Woods, Northamptonshire is one our favourite budget family day out in the East Midlands. There are 3 walking trails, a Gruffalo orienteering course and 2 cycling trails. There’s a café, and plenty of places to eat a picnic. There are 2 playgrounds and it currently has a Zog trail which we can’t wait to do as we loved the Highway Rat Trail which was at Fineshade last year.
Prices: Parking is £4 all day. Zog activity pack from the café is £3 but you can do the trail without one.
*All prices are correct at time of publishing, but do check before visiting as they may change! Most also offer concessions which are listed on their websites.