Half term fun – Laughter, Lemurs and Leonardo

By on 12/02/2012 in Culture, News

An annual comedy festival, a chance to find out more about Lemurs and the fascinating Ten Drawings by Leonardo da Vinci exhibition is amongst the many free and low cost activities taking place in Birmingham City Council's libraries, parks and museums this half term holiday.

Back by popular demand is Gigglefest, Birmingham's annual comedy festival for kids at  Central Library from 11 -18 February.  Now in its fifth year, the event brings together a packed programme of free comedy acts and workshops over the half term holidays.

At Birmingham Nature Centre on Monday 13 February is Learn About Lemurs (2.30 - 3.30pm), visitors will be discover more about the animals at the Nature Centre, including the tiny Grey Mouse Lemurs.  On Wednesday 15 February there will also be a chance to feed some of the other popular animals at the site.

On Saturday 18 February there will be a special launch event to celebrate Edgbaston Reservoir becoming a Local Nature Reserve and the official opening of the new visitor centre.   There will be craft activities, stalls, demonstrations, guided walks, an arts bus and plenty of family friendly fun.

At Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery there are family craft activities between 11am and 4pm every day of the school holidays.   Other activities include The Return of the Creepy-Crawlies on 13 and 17  February with creatures from Hatton Bug Zoo and  a special Anglo-Saxon Extravaganza on 16 February.

The magnificent Ten Drawings by Leonard da Vinci exhibition continues at Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery.   Birmingham is the opening city for the national tour of drawings from the Royal Collection that has been organised to celebrate Her Majesty the Queen's Diamond Jubilee. It is the first time that works by the Renaissance master have been on show in Birmingham.

There are world class athletics to enjoy at the Aviva Grand Prix, when it returns to the NIA in Birmingham on Saturday 18 February 2012.  Widely regarded as the world's best indoor athletics event, the event brings together stars from the Aviva GB&NI team with elite athletes from around the globe for an afternoon of exhilarating athletics action.

Cllr Martin Mullaney, Cabinet Member for Leisure, Sport and Culture said: “Birmingham's libraries, parks and museums offer a whole range of activities for families over the half term holiday, which will entertain, educate and inspire people of all ages. Many of the events are free and low cost so that they won't put a strain on the budget”.

For more details on forthcoming activities please visit http://www.birmingham.gov.uk/thingstodo for details on events at Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery please visit www.bmag.org.uk


Media contact: Jason Lewis on 0121 303 4266

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