Category: For Families

Kids plan to Takeover the Gardens

Yesterday 14 young people invaded the Gardens and started plotting to take over!

The young people, from nearby Braidwood School for the Deaf,  are part of a Birmingham wide programme run by the group Kids in Museums.  Takeover Birmingham is a pilot programme for 11 – 14 year olds, designed to ensure arts and culture are available to everyone no matter what their background.

The young people, accompanied by signers, took a tour round the gardens undeterred by the cold and damp. They decided that bugs and mini beasties were unseen helpers in the Gardens and will be devising their own interactive tour.

Here is some of their creative thinking:

 

The group have scheduled Friday 19th May as their Takeover Day….

Should we worry, should we be scared? No we’re looking forward to the next generation’s management of heritage.

Keep  a lookout for more information about the Takeover Day

 

 

Family Activities Annual Pass..

Your back garden just got bigger!

Our 10 acres is ready for you, and your young ones, to explore, discover, have fun and chill, all year round.

If you’ve enjoyed our school holiday crafting, creative and outdoor activities, why not take advantage of the Family Activity Annual Pass so you can bring the family back, again and again.

As well as free access to the over 40 days of organised family activities, you can use the Gardens, have picnics, play in the mud kitchen, hunt for bugs and beasties or build dens any day we are open … all year round.

That is, every day we are open (except Special Events) – we are open 5 days a week in winter and 7 days a week from April to October!

The Pass costs just £40 and is valid from January to December. It covers up to 5 people over 5years old (maximum 2 adults).  (Conditions apply)

Download a membership form here:  Membership form (PDF).  Or pop in when we are open and ask about it.

In summer, normal entrance for two adults and two children over 5yrs old would cost £11… The pass saves you money even if you visit just 4 time per year.

 

 

Half Term family activities

February Fun… indoors or out.

The first school holiday of the year and a bit or sun and freshening air makes for lively kids, eager for a run around. As usual we have a week packed full of things to do and places to explore.

Running round the maze will keep them warm, there are still beautiful snowdrops to discover, lanterns and  pom-pom twigs to decorate your spaces, apple birdfeeders to hang up.. and of course there are seeds to plant and take home to watch grow.

Every day an extra craft and loads  of spaces, nooks and magic views for young ones to explore time and again.

Garden opens Monday 20th to Friday 24th,  11am – 3pm
(Activities- 12pm-3pm)

Buy tickets on the door.
Entrance to the Gardens for family activities are £2 per person

(Under 5s Free. children must be accompanied by an adult)
Normal adult entrance £4
Under 5’s are free
Family Day ticket £8 (up to 5 people, include up to 2 adults.)

Volunteers make the welcome work …

We’re full of  Family Fun at half term … Can you help make the best welcome for all to the Gardens?
We are recruiting volunteers to support us deliver fun and friendly craft and outdoor activities next week. (Monday 20th Feb – Friday 24th 11-3.30)
All week children and their grown-ups will explore our 10 acres, discover the mud kitchen, hunt for bugs, make daffodil cards and find signs of spring.
Volunteers can help with everything from showing people round, ensuring signs and maps are ready, showing how to make the crafts. Training and induction is given and you’re always in a team with others.
Our cosy café serves visitors warm drinks and snacks… we always need help there too.
Interested? Contact us for a chat. Phone, message or fill in the form on our website here : volunteer-enquiry form
#wegrowtogether

White and Green – Snowdrops and a Green man

Celebrate the return of the light with the ‘sweet harbinger of Spring’, the delicate snowdrop.  Sunday 5th February  11am -3pm.

Our snowdrops have been increasing every year and they make a delightful show of sprinkled white and green in the Lower Wilderness. The first Snowdrop day Sunday 5th February is a family day out dedicated to welcoming back the longer days and brighter light.

For ‘gardeners’ there will be short guided walks and sales of plants, our Green Man will delight us with stories and song about spring and winter.

Join us in making simple lanterns to light our way round and fashion a traditional Brigid Cross to hang on your door.

Hot drinks and homemade soup will be available in the shop.

£4.50 (including optional Gift Aid), Children £1
RHS & Garden members £3.20

Come back to see the later flowering snowdrops on a second snowdrop Sunday (19th February).

 

Half Term Family Activities – Bats and Pumpkins

Colourful leaves, pumpkins and bats.

Crisp and bright. Run around, stir up a colourful cloud of autumn leaves. Be a dragon blowing steamy clouds from your mouth.

Everyday during half term we’ll have some outdoor and indoor craft activities for young people and orange-pumpkin-with-fly-579be13e3df78c3276846a38their grownups. Our themes are pumpkins and bats… we have plenty of both.

Leaf Hedgehog pictures, pinecone spiders, batty mobiles and bat finger puppets. Make a paper Pumpkin Lantern and on Thursday meet the Bat lady.

bats-web(NB we have various garden grown pumpkins for sale … until they’re gone)

12 – 3pm Monday to Friday. £2 each for everyone over 5 years of age 

(£8 family day ticket, Free to Season Pass holders)

Batty Day….#WildaboutGardens

Learn about bats and how to welcome them to you Garden.. with BrumBats.

As well as our regular half term activities we welcome, BrumBats, the Birmingham and Black Country volunteer group, who support bat care and conservation. They will be around to talk about and show us2010-brumbats-logo the wonders of our night time fliers.

This week is the annual #wildaboutgardens week for RHS (Royal Horticultural Society) and the Wildlife Trusts. The theme this year is ‘Stars of the Night’, working together to create a ‘batty’ neighbourhood.

Bats (and pumpkins) will be our them all week, but we’re lucky to have our local conservationists BrumBats on Thursday 27th.

Come down between 12 and 3 for batty info, stories, crafts and maybe (maybe….) even a real, sleepy bat.

Everyday during half term we’ll have some outdoor and indoor craft activities for young people and their grownups. Our themes are pumpkins and bats… we have plenty of both.

12 – 3pm Monday to Friday. £2 each for everyone over 5 years of age

(£8 family day ticket, Free to Season Pass holders)

Unplug and Play: week 5

This week is all about things that move 

Dance, jump, roll …wind, trees, snails…..

As usual a mix of crafts and exploring the gardens: Recycled milk bottle wind catchers, windmills and snail races.

Extra highlights

Chris singing
Chris singing

Tuesday:

Let’s Dance Day with movement artist Louise … see more details here

Also, at 2pm on Tuesday our resident  bundle of fun, Chris BeeBee reads a story and gets the tots up and moving with his songs. 2pm by the Knit-knot tent

Wednesday: help out in the Gardens, dig up some potatoes, clear the pond 20160818_150430_28445571224_oweed. Little hands making a big difference. 1.30 – 3.30

Thursday:  Crafts and explore as usual and Snail races. Eeurrgh, no not real ones, wind up snails and bugs fight it out to see who can go furthest …whic colour will you choose?

And of course  there’ll be more knitting and knotting with our summer
long project under the walnut tree.Usual family fun prices

£2 per person, over 5years old

Free to holders of the Family Activity Season Pass (£20 for up to 5 people)

Unplug and Play- Week 4

Week 4 of summer family friendly activities

This week is all about things that fly: birds, butterflies and bees 

Look up, look out … there goes one now. The sun is out the bright blue damselflies flit across the pond…and how many planes can you spot?

As usual a mix of crafts and exploring the gardens.

Extra highlights

Chris singing
Chris singing

Tuesday: our resident  bundle of fun, Chris BeeBee reads a story and gets the tots up and moving with his songs. 2pm by the Knit-knot tenHarount

Wednesday: help out in the Gardens, dig up some potatoes, clear the pond weed. Little hands making a big difference. 1.30 – 3.30

And of course  there’ll be more knitting and knotting with our summer
long project under the walnut tree.

Thursday is  the Big Family Fun Day… 

Usual family fun prices

£2 per person over 5years old

Free to holders of the Family Activity Season Pass (£20 for up to 5 people)

Family Fun Day

Thursday 18th August, 11-4 Traditional games for all the family 

Sack races, egg and spoon, face painting, singing, storytellers, stalls, entertainment throughout the day.

Remember sack races, skittles…hopscotch?

These simple straightforward games are still favourites  – come and relive them and see a whole new generation rediscover them..

Light refreshments available, picnicking welcomed
£2.50 per person over 5 years of age,
Family ticket £8

Free to Family Activity Season Pass holders

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