Have fun this weekend

By on 25/07/2009 in News

There’s no excuse for being bored this weekend. Birmingham City Council has put families to the front of the queue with a vast array of value for money fun days and many free to ensure every child is kept active over the summer holiday.

Whatever the age there is a wealth of free and inexpensive options available to stimulate and amuse the kids this summer.

Museum

Colour Splash
Until 20 September
Waterhall gallery, Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery - Free
This family friendly summer exhibition of paintings, textiles and objects from around the world shows how artists and craftspeople respond to the possibilities of colour. Tel: 0121 464 8887

Matthew Boulton: Selling what all the world desires
Until 27 September
Gas Hall, Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery – Free
This show celebrates the life, achievements and legacy of one of the greatest figures in Birmingham's history!  Find out what made Matthew Boulton one of the most important pioneers in the industrial world. Tel: 0121 303 1966

Free family activities
1-4pm, Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery – Free
Seven days a week during the school holidays.

Aston Hall
Re-opened on 18th July after a £12 million makeover, Birmingham's spectacular Jacobean style country mansion has new gardens, shop, café and exhibitions and activity rooms.

Community Museums
Look what Birmingham’s Community Museums have on offer this summer! Tuesday and Thursday activities (1.30 – 3.30pm) at the 17th Century timber framed farmhouse, Blakesley Hall. Saturday craft activities (1.30 – 3.30pm) at the magnificent Museum of the Jewellery Quarter.

Libraries

Quest Seekers
This summer 4 – 12 year old Quest Seekers must accept the challenge of Firebird Rising, Mountain Mission and Dragon's Lair!  Read six books over the holiday and you’ll get scratch'n'sniff stickers, puzzles and magnets!  Complete the challenge and you’ll win a medal and a certificate.   www.questseekers.org.uk 

Centre for the Child
Throughout the summer holidays there are free storytimes, activities and craft sessions in Centre for the Child. Highlights include a summer disco party, storyteller Fran O’Boyle and drama with David Calcutt.
Tel: 0121 303 2421

For info call 0121 303 2175
www.birmingham.gov.uk/younglibraries

Events

Monarch Beach
Until Sunday 13 September
Chamberlain Square, Birmingham – Free
Sun to Thur 11am - 6pm. Fri & Sat 11am - 9pm
Feel the sand between your toes on the Monarch beach!  With deck chairs, live entertainment and the BRMB Beach Bar and Cafe.

Sheldon Country Fayre
Sunday 26 July, 11am-5pm
Sheldon Park, Birmingham – Free
Meet the farmyard animals and explore the city's local farm at this traditional country fayre.

Ratha-Yatra Festival
Sunday 26 July, 12-7pm
Victoria Square, Birmingham – Free
An Indian celebration of Hare Krishna, complete with chariot procession, followed by music, food and entertainment.

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