Under 5s informal science learning directory, Midlands

 Please note that this list is not exhaustive and details are subject to change. Science from the Start is not responsible for the content of external websites.

Midlands

Birmingham Botanical Gardens

Westbourne Road
Edgbaston
Birmingham
B15 3TR

www.birminghambotanicalgardens.org.uk

Themed Gardens’ Explorer Family Backpacks and Children’s Trails suitable for all ages are available (younger children will need help). Birmingham Botanical Gardens also hold family events throughout the year – details can be found here. See here for visitor information.

 

Cannock Chase Forest

Birches Valley Forest Centre
Birches Valley
Rugeley
Staffordshire
WS15 2UQ

01889 586593

Cannock Chase is listed as one of Forestry Commission England’s Top Ten Natural Play Areas. At various times, other activities, such as themed trails, which are suitable for under 5s may be available (check the Forestry Commission website for details).

 

Dobbies Garden Centres

Dobbies Garden Centres run free-to-join Little Seedlings gardening clubs on the first Sunday of each month, which can be attended from the age of 4. Local centres can be found here.

 

Forest Schools

Some Forest Schools run parent and toddler groups – Forest Schools can be found by region here.

 

National Space Centre

Exploration Drive
Leicester
LE4 5NS

www.spacecentre.co.uk

Small Space Days are the new toddler events at the National Space Centre. Information about the first event is here and more information will be added when available.

 

Rosliston Forestry Centre

Burton Road
Rosliston
Swadlincote
Derbyshire
DE12 8JX

01283 563483

www.roslistonforestrycentre.co.uk

Rosliston Forestry Centre runs Wildlife Watch family activities suitable for ages including under 5s.

 

 

Saffron Acres Project

432 Saffron Lane
Leicester
Leicestershire
LE2 6SB

0116 283 7212

Saffron Acres Project is Leicester’s largest food growing and environmental project. During the summer months the SAPlings project runs growing themed activities for parents and under 5s – contact saffronacresproject@yahoo.co.uk or visit http://srcentre.org.uk/saffron-acres/ for more information.

 

Sherwood Pines Forest Park

NG21 9JL

07825 055241

Sherwood Pines Forest Park is listed as one of Forestry Commission England’s Top Ten Natural Play Areas. At various times, other activities, such as themed trails, which are suitable for under 5s may be available (check the Forestry Commission website for details).

 

Snibston and The Century Museum

Ashby Road
Coalville
LE67 3LN

01530 287444

www.snibston.com

Snibston has several exhibits suitable for under 5s. In the Light Fantastic and Science Showcase, in which visitors experiment with sustainable energy and discover the effects of a black hole, younger visitors can explore the wonders of Snibston close up with their interactive floor. In the Engineering and Extractive Industries Galleries – a celebration of the Midlands’ rich industrial past with a close-up look at some of the key technologies that have shaped our lives – children will enjoy crawling through the reconstructed mine tunnels. And in the specially designed Under 5’s Area, younger visitors will have great fun exploring books, toys and tunnels.

 

Trentham Garden Centre

The Trentham Estate
Stone Road
Trentham
Stoke-on-Trent
ST4 8JG / ST12 9HR

01782 646644

www.trentham.co.uk

Little Acorns Children’s Gardening Club at Trentham Garden Centre runs every Wednesday morning and afternoon, with a different gardening activity for children aged 0-4 every week at a cost of £5 per child. Booking in advance is recommended as space is limited.

 

Thinktank Birmingham Science Centre

Millennium Point
Curzon Street
Birmingham
B4 7XG
01223 842777

www.thinktank.ac

Thinktank has a range of activities and a purpose built gallery for younger children, details of which can be found here: Ticket information is available here.

 

Tiny Trowels

Bromsgrove

www.tinytrowels.co.uk

Contact Alison: alison@tinytrowels.co.uk

Pre-school Classes

These classes are for children aged 2-5 years. The classes last 45 minutes and run during term time within school hours. Parents are asked to stay and can sit inside in the warm where there is tea/coffee and homemade cake available.

See here for the current class timetable.

 

Woolsthorpe Manor

23 Newton Way
Woolsthorpe by Colsterworth
Grantham
Lincolnshire
NG33 5NR

01476 862823

http://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/woolsthorpe-manor

Woolsthorpe Manor contains the Science Discovery Centre, which includes hands-on activities suitable for pre-school age children. Admission fees apply to those who are not members of the National Trust; details can be found here.

 

Wyre Forest

DY14 9XQ

01299 266302

http://www.forestry.gov.uk/wyreforest

Wyre Community Discovery Centre runs the weekly Forest Friends group for under 5s and their families (and also another group, Forest Secrets, for nursery and pre-school groups), which offers fun, exploration and learning in a beautiful forest setting. Please check the website for details of upcoming sessions. At various times, other activities, such as themed trails, which are suitable for under 5s may be available (check the Forestry Commission website for details).

 

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