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.
Birmingham Botanical Gardens
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
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
Some Forest Schools run parent and toddler groups – Forest Schools can be found by region here.
National Space Centre
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
Rosliston Forestry Centre runs Wildlife Watch family activities suitable for ages including under 5s.
Saffron Acres Project
432 Saffron Lane
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or visit http://srcentre.org.uk/saffron-acres/ for more information.
Sherwood Pines Forest Park
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
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
ST4 8JG / ST12 9HR
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
Contact Alison: email@example.com
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.
23 Newton Way
Woolsthorpe by Colsterworth
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 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).