The sun has shined brightly and is forecast to do so, well into the month of August. So far, so good! With the children officially off for the six whole weeks, it can be tricky to, 1. Find a variety of activities to dig your teeth into. 2. Cost way too much to get around. Well… we must say, not anymore. There are stacks, upon stacks of fun things to do across the region and National Express West Midlands have just the offer to keep things cheap when it comes to travel. Just download the mTicket app for £7 all day for 2 adults and up to 4 children.

That’s transport sorted with no stress! Now it’s just time to decide what attraction to choose:

Cannon Hill.

Cannon Hill is one of the prettiest parks within the West Midlands area and it just keeps on getting better as time goes by. Not only is their so much natural beauty, there is also plenty of mini-attractions to keep you and the kids captivated for an entire day. The perfect choice, if you are keen to get the little ones up and active over the summer. Mini-golf, impressive sports facilities and a fun-park, for thrill seekers, can all be found on site. As well as our favourite, the quaint and cute swan boats which visitors can use to explore the waters in the heart of the park. A honking great time to be had by all the family!

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MAC – Birmingham Acorn Emporium.

Based in the grounds of the beloved Cannon Hill is MAC Birmingham, also known as Midlands Arts Centre. An amazing mixture of exciting and educational shows and exhibitions run across the year. With attendants absolutely loving the entertainment they put on, especially during the season. In August, Untied Artists bring the hilarious Acorn Emporium. A brilliantly interactive kids show, focusing on squirrel rivalry. The actors, offering multiple opportunity to join in with a sign-song and  various other activities. All senses will be stimulated, that’s for sure.

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Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery – Dippy the Dinosaur.

Let Dippy hear you roar for this incredibly exciting and astoundingly interesting display. The arrival of this dino has been much anticipated, so make sure you get down a check it out before he makes his dramatic exit in September. The towering skeleton is star of the show, of course!  But whilst here children and big kids will learn a host of facts about a variety of pre-historic creatures, also included is info all about how some of the species have evolved into the animals we are surrounded by today– birds.

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 Wolverhampton Art Gallery

The only difficulty in visiting Wolverhampton Art Gallery is deciding what day to choose, as they have an impressively packed itinerary throughout the summer, catering for a host of ages and preferences. Although, this is no bother when the bus can take you to and from for a fantastic price! Make your own mosaic, create vibrant bunting, banners and tassels for the garden, build 3D models using all sorts of materials or play with clay. It’s up to you! Visitors can even spend an hour listening to the Animal Man who knows all about creatures of the wild. Himself  and his team are bright and bubbly, so definitely one you may be an eager beaver to try.

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Sheldon Country Park

Another gorgeous green space in Birmingham is Sheldon Country Park. One for the kids when the sun is beaming and you want to take advantage of that boost of energy. Not only are the grounds absolutely stunning, they are home to the Old Rectory Farm which looks after all the typical, and oh so adorable farm-yard animals, including; Jersey cows, pigs, goats, ponies, ducks, chicken and geese. Play and picnic areas make an already spectacular day extra special for all the family. Why not spend all morning bonding and baking?  And bringing those sweet and savoury treats along to ensure a cheap and cheerful time in wonderful surroundings.

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Sarehole Mill

This historical Hall Green site is another way to make sure the kids brains are being challenged whilst  they enjoy their break. Sarehole Mill is an tranquil spot, especially for a place just four miles away from the city centre. Over the holiday there is crafty children’s event taking place daily. There is also opportunity to explore the site by taking on a special summer trail, again put on especially for school-kids. Fun fact: JRR Tolkien, author of the Hobbit and the Lord of the Rings trilogy lived opposite this Mill, many moons ago. The views famously inspired his writings.

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There you have it! A good few activities to keep you occupied during the upcoming weeks. Even better to know that thanks to National Express West Midlands you may be able to conquer a few of these landmarks in one day, or hit several of them over the next month. Which ever way you wish to do it, save a whole heap with this special deal by clicking here for more information.