Category: For Families

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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Dance, move and explore the gardens

Like to run, roll, jump and be outside?

explring the grounds

Come and join this family based creative dance and movement session inspired by the gardens and children’s stories, open to all ages and family members.  Parents are encouraged to get involved too.
The last week of our summer ‘Unplug and Play’ family activities is dedicated to everything that moves…
Tuesday 23rd August is
 Let’s Dance day.
Louise, our movement specialist, will run 2 drop-in sessions: 11- 12.30 and 1.15-3.15.
Places are limited, so come early (first come first served), or ring us todance2 reserve a space)
11- 12.30 The first session is especially suited to little ones from 5 upwards. We’ll move, shake explore together with our grown ups…
1.15 onwards. We’ll make a dance outside and explore the gardens in new and creative ways (great for all especially older kids  7 -12 )

Who cares if you’ve never danced, let’s just move, feel and explore the space in and around you…

The session will take place in the learning space if it is raining.

Family Activity prices : £2 per person (over 5yrs), £8 family ticket, Free to holders of the Family Activities Season Pass

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Bee there! Get close up with bugs and bees

Leading UK bee expert, Steven Falk, returns to take us on another bug hunt and bee walk around the Gardens.

On Sunday 21st August, 12.30 – 4.30 Steven will check up on our solitary bee boxes and take you on a journey through their life cycle. On his last visit we spotted 19 different wild bee species.28593803401_f21a91daf6_z

Since his last visit, our specially planted solitary bee flower area has begun to blossom and bloom, the surrounding apple trees have been pollinated and are bearing fruit. We’re keen to hear how our bug and bee population is doing

Pop along, follow Steven roud the garden searching for bugs and bees and learn how to get close up and friendly with our valuable friends.
Suitable for children and adults alike

Normal entry prices 
Cafe open for light refreshments

Family Outdoor Activities – week 3

Tuesday 9th, Wednesday 10th and Thursday 11th August. 12-3pm

Our summer of outdoor fun ‘Unplug and Play’, continues this week with a general theme of   trees and picnics. 

woodland trust logo http://www.woodlandtrust.org.uk/We’re following the Woodland Trust’s  campaign of Inviting a tree to tea to celebrate summer and to show love for our many trees. Which one would you like to picnic under?

We’ll be making bunting to decorate your picnic spot, using clay to make fairy sized cups and saucers, finding faces in trees and making more faces with clay.

Chris BeeBee in story modeChrisBeeBee will be telling stories and singing songs at 2pm on Tuesday – a guaranteed
smile maker!

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

Bring teddy and share a picnic… whether it’s in the mud kitchen or somewhere else around the garden

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)

play day

National PlayDay

Tuesday, 2nd August, 12 – 3.30pm 

Part of our Unplug and Play summer for families.
Make, construct, create, paint, sort..will it be a ship, a castle, a train ..a den?

A Big PlayDay outdoors in the Gardens .
Matt from The Veryidea artist collective will return to help us temporarily transform the Gardens.
Local funny man and storyteller, ChrisBeeBee is with us at 2pm (catch him here every Tuesday this summer!!)
Come rain or shine we’ll be there.
We’re working with theVERYidea artistcollective
£2 per person
Family ticket £8

Free to Family Activities Season Pass holders