The school summer holiday this way cometh and with it weapons grade levels of boredom in kids. Whether you have your own or just want to help your weeping friend/family member out with an afternoon's peace, here's the best things to do over the coming weeks with those wrinkle-free, micro-humans. The very best of luck to everyone.
THE TRAMPOLINE PROMISED LAND
With 218 indoor trampolines, a jump pipe (no idea) and giant air bag (no idea either), Jump Nation is an obvious choice for the urgent expulsion of energy. But if that sounds a bit intense for your clan, fear not, the bulky bit of bounce has a dedicated area for under 6s, which includes soft play toys and a foam pit. There are autism friendly sessions where the numbers are strictly limited and music turned down, plus Toddler Time complete with nursery rhymes. Respec'.
OPEN FOYLES' STORYBOX
You're not confused, more than 170 benches shaped like open books are materialising across Brum as part of a big reading summer for the city. With two benches to call their own (including the one pictured), Foyles is adding to the youthful literary season with Storybox — a big ol' three-week festival of author events, workshops and live performances. Taking place from July 23, we're particularly keen to catch Roald Dahl's Invention Room (July 30) and the Brum City Trail led by Lonely Planet Kids author Moira Butterfield (July 24).
If the prospect of another Pizza Hut buffet isn't filling you with enthusiasm, it's probably time to head to Waters. Recently named the most stylish restaurant in the UK, children are actively welcomed, with a junior menu full of wallet-friendly, fuss-free options, at £5.95 for mains. Parking is plentiful and £1 for three hours at Resorts World, where you'll also find The Very Hungry Caterpillar Soft Play Pod, and an IMAX cinema (Ice Age: Collision Course out tomorrow).
PHOTOGRAPHY FIRST STEPS
Say cheese repeatedly and eagerly against the backdrop of Cannon Hill Park, while you and your mini-mate learn about the basic rules of composition and how to frame shots. From 10am until 3pm on July 28, Family Photography is £8 per person, with a maximum of three children to one adult. And in case the session doesn't fit the age brief for your brood (6 to 11), check out the plethora of other courses mac Birmingham is offering.
YOGA-ISE YOUR YOUNGSTER
Forget any preconceptions about yoga being confined to the very serious,Barefoot studio has got two editions suitable for kids, with a particular focus on the 5 to 10s. On July 29 and Aug 19, join the team for 45 minutes of bending, stretching, rolling and — based on previous experience — a goodly measure of toothy grins. More
CBBC is Brum-bound and they're bringing their biggest, brightest and Blue-est stars (Blue Peter will be broadcasting live) as well as top notch authors of the kiddy variety. Get all MI5 on the Danger Mouse Detective Hunt, check in with Jacqueline Wilson, or explore four learning areas including the Match of the Day Kickabout Zone where you'll discover how the team's magazine is compiled. Free entry — just get to Centenary Square on July 16 or 17, though note some author events are full.
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