Half-term fun in Birmingham

By on 09/02/2010 in News

From giggles to swimming Birmingham City Council's Leisure Sport and Culture services offer hundreds of hours of free and low cost entertainment for families over the half term holiday.

Back by popular demand is Gigglefest (13 - 20 February), Birmingham's amazing comedy festival especially for children.  Come and learn the tricks of the trade at Centre for the Child, Central Library where the Scottish Falsetto Socks and the Potted Pirates will deliver side-splitting stories, comedy workshops and hilarious sketches.

Keeping fit this half term is easy with Birmingham's Kids Swim4Free scheme at all council pools, and 8 - 16 year olds can get fit at state of the art ICE Gyms complete with great sound systems and plasma screens.  Under 13's can also play for free and teenagers for just £5 at Birmingham's Golf Link Circuit

Over at the Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery free family activities are available between 11am and 4pm every day of the school holidays and every weekend, with arts, crafts and much more. 

Visitors can experience art through touch, sound and sight and even step inside a 17th century painting in the In Touch gallery, or find out How Art is Made with hands-on multi-media demonstrations of painting and woodcarving to weaving and jewellery making.  And, with some exciting workshops at The Museum of the Jewellery Quarter there's plenty to get involved in.

At Birmingham Nature Centre children can book a place on special workshops to make a feeder for one of the animals (15 February) or to feed the sheep and goats (16 February) or even make a miniature garden (19 February) to take home.

There are nest building workshops at Woodgate Valley Country Park, and Sutton National Nature Reserve as part of National Nest Box Week. And there's a Chinn Brook Winter Wander (17 February) where visitors can join the local ranger for a stroll along the length (or just a part of the way) of the Chinn Brook from The Dingles to Walkers Heath Park and back.

The Old Rep Theatre has a production of Twisted by WWIN Youth Group (18 February) and over at DanceXchange there are pay as you go dance classes available from Hip Hop and Funk Styles to Creative Contemporary.

For spectators the Aviva Grand Prix (20 February) at the National Indoor Arena will see many of the world's greatest athletes when it returns to Birmingham for the UK athletics season.

Cllr Martin Mullaney, Cabinet Member for Leisure, Sport and Culture said: “Birmingham's libraries, parks, museums and leisure centres offer a whole range of free and low cost activities for families over the half term holiday, which will entertain, educate and improve health.

“It is important to the quality of families' lives that they can have a day out together that doesn't put a strain on the budget.   Our services are all about improving the quality of life for our citizens. ”

For more information on half term or any other children's activities call 0121 303 3318, or visit www.birmingham.gov.uk/halfterm.

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Media contact: David Middleton on 0121 303 3318, david.middleton@birmingham.gov.uk

Notes to Editors:

Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery
0121 303 2834
www.bmag.org

Central Library, Centre for the Child
0121 303 2421
www.birmingham.gov.uk./centreforthechild

Sport & Leisure
0121 464 2012
www.birmingham.gov.uk/sport

The Old Rep Theatre
0121 303 2323
boxoffice@birmingham.gov.uk

Arts – online information
Artscentral.co.uk
www.ineedtoknow.org.uk

Birmingham Nature Centre
0121 472 7775
www.birmingham.gov.uk/naturecentre

Park Ranger events
0121 464 8728
www.birmingham.gov.uk/rangerevents

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