During February half term, we were invited as a family to visit Birmingham Botanical Gardens. Despite living about twenty minutes from it my entire life and attending university five minutes away from it, I had actually never visited the botanical gardens before. Unfortunately on the day we went, it was raining so we were not able to explore the outside as much as we would of liked. We still had lots of fun though. As it was half term, they had extra children’s activities in the gallery so Thomas had his face painted (as Captain America!), coloured in a caterpillar and listening to three stories being read to him by a bumble bee and a butterfly.
After one of the stories, the bumble bee and butterfly encouraged all the children to go into one of the glasshouse’s and hunt for minibeasts. They were big and plastic and very easy to spot so the children, especially Thomas loved it. Once we returned to the gallery, the children were encouraged to discuss what the minibeasts were and had another story. Once it had finished, we set off to explore the glasshouses and the gardens.
On our walk around the glasshouses, we saw giant lemons, pineapples growing and lots of Koi Carp. Thomas really enjoyed exploring them and was running around trying to find out what interested him next and what he could take Stuart and I to see.
Despite the weather being bad, we did get a bit of respite from the rain so that we could enjoy the gardens a bit. There is a massive play area that Thomas would of loved if it was not raining, however he did enjoy seeing the birds and climbing a viewing tower. After exploring outside a bit, we went in the cafe for some lunch as it had started raining again. This was the only negative aspect of the whole day for us, although there was nothing wrong with food as such, it was not amazing and very pricey. It nearly £25 for all of us to eat and that was with the kids having sandwich boxes and us having jacket potatoes!
We are already planning a return visit in the summer with a picnic so that we can enjoy the grounds fully and see the Butterfly house, which was closed when we visited. I recommend this place as a good day out for the school holidays. We enjoyed it and hope you will too!
Find out more information about the Children’s Easter Fun at the Botanical Gardens please see here.