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Top museum attractions to visit this half term

Looking for some educational fun to keep the little ones entertained this half term?

Top museum attractions to visit this half term

From dinosaur bones to living the life of a tudor - museums across the Midlands are hosting some exhilarating exhibitions for you to attend:

Lots to see and do this May half term at Birmingham Museums

Leave those school desks behind for an active and creative half term at Birmingham Museums.

Live the life of a Tudor, discover the natural wonders of our environment and say hello to some furry friends at Blakesley Hall. There’s something for everyone across Birmingham Museums’ venues this May half term.

This event takes place from May 26 to June 3.

Live the life of a Tudor at Blakesley Hall

May half term at Blakesley Hall sees a jam-packed schedule to keep little ones occupied.

There’s crafting activities, kids can get up close and personal with friendly creatures in Animal Mania, and on June 2 and 3, Blakesley Hall invites visitors to a Tudor Weekend.

Step back to the time of the Tudors, with historical re-enactors, sword fighting demonstrations, performances and so much more! A perfect Tudor-tastic end to the half term celebrations.

VJ Tudor Weekend

Get creative at Aston Hall

Awaken your creativity at Aston Hall on Wednesday and Thursday May 30 and 31, on a Family Drawing Tour. Tap into your inner artist and take part in an interactive drawing exploration of the hall.

Get involved with drawing challenges and enrich your knowledge by finding out the secrets that lie behind the portraits adorning the walls.

This event is an active way to explore Aston Hall from an angle not seen before, and is suitable for children aged six to 12 and accompanying adults. After the drawing tour there is plenty of time to enjoy Aston Hall and its grounds.

Become a scientist with Operation Earth at Thinktank

Thinktank has half term covered, with the Operation Earth show running throughout the holiday, inspiring little minds to become environmental specialists.

And the fun doesn’t stop there at Birmingham’s Science Museum, inspiring young minds daily across four floors and with an outdoor science garden with interactive, hands-on experiments at every twist and turn.

Visit Thinktank for a special Dr Who event on Monday 28th May in the first multi-Doctor, multi-verse, fulldome Planetarium show. Not one, but ten Doctors battle it out with their darkest enemy ever. Starting at 7pm, this is a perfect evening for Dr Who fans.

Aston Hall

Museum of the Jewellery Quarter, Sarehole Mill, Soho House and Weoley Castle

The Jewellery Quarter is steeped in history, and over May half term, visitors can learn more for themselves. On Thursday31st May, the popular ‘Family Fun Day’ returns, with a family friendly tour of the Smith & Pepper jewellery factory, followed by a fun craft activity.

Let little ones’ imaginations run wild with the opportunity to build their own dens at Sarehole Mill this half term. On June 1, for just £2 per child, this exciting activity gets kids outdoors and experiencing nature.

At Soho House put a spring in your step with the Big Bounce on June 1. A free event for all the family, with a bouncy castle and fun garden games.

Use nature to get creative this half term at Weoley Castle: make a green man, a face made from leaves. On June 1, little ones can get arty with the natural world.

Dippy at BMAG

To celebrate Dippy arriving at Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery (26th May – 9th September), this half term you can join in with dinosaur-inspired activities.

Activities include handling real fossils, making dinosaur masks and badges, and dinosaur fabric painting.

There will also be a special Little Dinos Messy Play for under threes and the Captain Cretaceous family show. If that wasn’t enough on selected days you can experience what it is like to be a real palaeontologist with the Dino Dig excavation sessions.

For dates, times and prices of all events across Birmingham Museums please visit