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Issue 53 September/October 2019

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Experience the Pageantry & Spectacle of Britain’s Biggest Indoor Tattoo


Saturday 23rd November 2019 at 6pm Sunday 24th November 2019 at 2pm

Box Office 0844-33-88-222* *Calls 7p/min + phone company’s charge Special discounts available for groups of 10+

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Massed International Marching Bands Combined Pipes & Drums Massed Parade of Standard Bearers Exciting Displays including Dog Displays, Field Gun, RAF Queen’s Colour & more

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October Half Term

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Monday 28th October to Friday 1st November Open from 8am-6pm

Help us celebrate 40 years of hospice care by holding a dress down day and dressing up as your personal hero! Register today to get your free fundraising pack: T: 0121 752 8779 E: Registered Charity No. 503456

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News Aquanauts Swim School Here at Aquanauts Swim School we are committed to teaching each child to their own individual ability. To aid progression our groups are kept small so most of our beginner groups are limited to 5 children with the teacher being in the water at all times. We believe that children should learn to swim and stay safe at the same time as enjoying their time in the water. We teach from 4 months old to 3 years in our parent and baby/toddler lessons, then age 3 upwards without parents. We have 3 venues: • Wilnecote High School, Tamworth, B77 5LF • New Hall Primary School, Sutton Coldfield, B75 7NQ • Chase Terrace Technology College, Burntwood, WS7 2DB

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Bach to Baby Family Concerts The acclaimed concert series Bach to Baby is pleased to return to Birmingham for a new season! Having opened up live classical music by welcoming parents with children of all ages to concerts featuring artists from the UK’s top orchestras at inspiring locations these relaxing concerts are back for the new term. Come along and watch your baby or tot become mesmerised by the exhilarating performances. Parents can enjoy the music without tuts and glares from other concert-goers if baby cries - all with a coffee in hand. So, you see, culture doesn’t have to stop when you start a family, after all! CONCERT DATES: • Solihull: Saturday 19th October, Saturday 16th November, Saturday 21st December, 11am • Bournville: Wednesday 25th September, Wednesday 30th October, Wednesday 18th December, 11am

We offer group lessons, as well as 1-2-1 individual lessons. For all abilities from beginners to advanced, Rookie lifesaving and squads. E: T: 07792 181483 W:

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Take advantage of Kumon’s Free Trial The aim at Kumon is to help children of any age and any ability discover their full potential. Established for 60 years, the Kumon Maths and English Programmes enable students to develop the confidence and skills to tackle challenging work, learning independently whilst working above their school grade level. Kumon students develop the ability to learn for themselves, using skills that will support them in all stages of their life, from primary school to secondary school, from university studies to the world of work as well as in extracurricular activities. Daily Kumon study equips students with the core study skills that help any child to achieve beyond expectations. Your local study centres are offering a one-week Free Trial between 1 and 30 September for all new students. To take part in Kumon’s Free Trial, contact your local instructors and book a consultation.

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Birmingham Heritage Week Your Heritage. Your Stories. Your City. #BHeritageWeek The festival is back for 2019 and consists of 11 days of varied, fascinating and mostly FREE events, from 12 – 22 September. From exhibitions and tours to open days and concerts, Birmingham Heritage Week is the perfect time for local families and tourists alike to discover parts of the city they have never seen before, or rediscover popular places from a new perspective. This week is part of the whole country’s annual celebration of England's history and culture, so you’ll also find free events, activities and tours held in the historical landmarks of Solihull and Sutton Coldfield as well as the rest of the West Midlands. 12–22 Sept |



Looking for a new sensory music class for your baby, toddler or pre-schooler? Keen to give your child the best start in life by introducing them to another language? Look no further than your local BilinguaSing class, starting in Harborne, this September! Early exposure to a second language has multiple benefits for your baby, not least that it’s fantastic for their brain development and learning skills, making it one of the best activities you can do with your little one from birth. Our multi-award-winning music and language classes help develop your child’s early communication skills, build their confidence, and enhance their physical and emotional development. Music, instruments, bubbles, sensory play, dance, puppets and elements of baby massage & yoga. Learn with your little one - all songs also in English! BOOK ONLINE FOR A FREE TASTER CLASS! | 07539 863024

Picky eaters still grow up healthy

Most parents don’t know More than two thirds of parents don’t know how much exercise their child needs to do to stay healthy, new research has revealed. NHS guidelines state that children ages 5 to 18 should do an hour of physical activity every day, but 68% of UK adults didn’t know this or thought the target was lower. The survey of 2,000 adults, by YouGov for the Youth Sport Trust (YST), found that only a quarter knew the recommended exercise time for young people and on average people thought it was 46 minutes. Figures recently released by Sport England show only 17.5% of children are reaching the 60-minute target daily.

Picky eating in toddlers is a well-documented phase when children don’t want to try new foods and/or show very strong preferences. It can create much worry for parents, and has made a whole market for advice, guidance and tools to encourage young children to try lots of new tastes and textures. But researchers from the University of Bristol using data from a study of children between the ages of 7 to 17 have found that instead of being harmed by their diets, children who had been picky eaters at age 3 were growing normally as adolescents with a healthy height and weight. The researchers claim the study shows that even children who are picky as pre-schoolers usually eat well enough over time to ensure they grow properly.

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Reduction in school breaks ‘unhealthy’ School break times are much shorter than they were two decades ago meaning children are missing out on valuable opportunities to make friends and develop social skills and exercise, according to research by the Nuffield Foundation.

Sad dads It is well recognised that new and expectant mothers can experience mental health problems, but little attention has been paid to new fathers. Amidst recent research suggesting that at least 10% of new fathers suffer from depression, a new study has found new fathers can be beset by feelings of guilt and failure to live up to societal expectations to be stoic, strong and providers of support.

The study looked at how school breaks have changed over 25 years comparing data from over 1,000 primary and secondary schools. It found that despite the length of the school day remaining much the same, break times are being squeezed even further with potential serious implications for children’s well-being and development. Afternoon breaks have been virtually eliminated; they are now only available to 15% of primary school children and 1% of secondary schools. There is also a clear trend to shorter lunch breaks with reported lunchtimes of 35 minutes or less.

The researchers found that fathers often interpret their struggles as a personal failure as a man and father, and refuse to regard their own problems as legitimate compared to those of their partner. This leads to reluctance in reaching out or seeking advice, further compounding any issues and making isolation a significant problem. New fathers also reported a lack of prior knowledge or awareness of the mental health challenges they could face as a result of having a baby.

According to the authors, break times are important for children to get physical exercise – a particular concern given the rise in obesity, and to develop important social skills that are not learned in school lessons.






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Getting your child’s 11+ foundations right! Places at Grammar and Independent schools are highly sought after in Birmingham and every year the competition continues to rise. So when should I start my child’s 11+ preparation? Research shows that with the right guidance, children who start their preparation in Year 4 and 5 have ample time to make progress in their studies. This allows time to expand key skills, identify any weaker areas and tackle them directly. What can Key Stages Online do for you and your child? KSOL combine over 16 years of 11+ experience to create up-todate personalised online programmes which are monitored by a team of qualified and caring tutors. Every child is considered as an individual and courses are tailored to help improve particular areas of weakness. KSOL’s educational advisors are always available to offer you and your child additional support and guidance when you need it. They ensure no stone is left unturned to help provide your child with the best 11+ education and you with the peace of mind that you are on the right track. See KSOL’s “Back to School” 11+ course offers at or try a FREE week trial today! Call 0121 733 6558.


Competition time! WIN a family ticket to see Billionaire Boy live on stage at The Alexandra Theatre, Birmingham

WIN a family ticket to the 2019 Birmingham International Tattoo There’s so much to see and hear! Over 1,000 performers – including dog displays, dancers, international marching bands, massed pipes and drums, field gun racing, the parade of massed standard bearers plus much more – the Birmingham International Tattoo is Britain’s biggest indoor event of its type. With three hours of entertainment, the Tattoo features something for all the family to enjoy at Arena Birmingham on Saturday 23rd November at 6pm and Sunday 24th November at 2pm.

For the chance to WIN a set of four tickets for Saturday’s Birmingham Tattoo answer the following question:

In which city will the International Tattoo take place at the end of November? Is it: A: London, B: Manchester or C: Birmingham Competition closes at midnight Friday 1 November | 0844 33 88 222 | 23 – 24 November

Joe Spud is twelve years old and the richest boy in the country. He has his own sports car, two crocodiles for pets and £100,000 a week pocket money. But what Joe doesn't have is a friend. So he decides to leave his private school and start again at the local comp. But things don't go as planned for Joe and life becomes a rollercoaster as he tries find what money can't buy! From the award-winning West End producers of Gangsta Granny and Awful Auntie comes this amazing new production of David Walliams' best-selling story and we have a special prize of 4 tickets* up for grabs for Wednesday 20 November at 7pm!

For a chance to WIN the tickets answer this question:

Who wrote the bestselling book Billionaire Boy? Was it: A: David McKee B: David Walliams or C: David Dimbleby Competition closes at midnight Friday 1 November. Wednesday 20 – Saturday 23 November | 0844 871 3011 *Tickets are non-transferable to any other date or performance and cannot be claimed against tickets already purchased

WIN a family pass for a day at Flash Climbing Centre, Solihull One lucky family will WIN a Day Pass at Flash Climbing Centre. The pass is valid until August 2020 and includes entry for 2 adults and up to 3 children plus everyone’s climbing shoes at Solihull’s only climbing centre. Experience the fun of an all-day climb at Flash, a great activity for the whole family where you will free climb on their 4.2m walls. Age 4+

Answer the following question for the chance to WIN the family day pass:

How tall are the walls at Flash Climbing Centre? Are they: A: 2.5m, B: 3.5m or c: 4.2m Competition closes at midnight Friday 25 October 0121 709 5257 |

TO ENTER the competition(s) of your choice just email us by the closing date given. Put the name of your chosen competition in the subject line of your message, and send your answer, your name, postal address and best contact number to - Good luck! Competitions. Terms and conditions. 1. Only one entrant from the same email account will be accepted per competition. 2. Under 16s must obtain parental consent before entering. 3. Entries must be received by the closing date stated on each individual competition. Proof of entering cannot be taken as proof of receipt. 4. All decisions of Families Birmingham Magazine are final and no correspondence will be entered into. 5. No prize is exchangeable for cash or any other prize. 6. Winners’ contact details will be supplied to the Promoter of each competition. 7. Families Birmingham is not liable for any delay or failure by the Promoter to deliver any prize or for the quality of the prize or for any loss or damage arising in connection with the competition. 8. By entering a competition, entrants will be deemed to have accepted and agreed to these terms and conditions. 9. Winning entries will be randomly drawn from all correct entries and contacted via the email account provided by the entrant in the first instance, and then by phone if necessary. If Families Birmingham does not obtain a response from the winner within 24 hours, we reserve the right to select another winner at random. 10. These competitions are restricted to residents of the West Midlands only.

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Clubs, Classes & Camps

S4 SWIM SCHOOL S4 Swim School has been providing the service of swimming lessons to thousands of children for over a decade. Hundreds of S4 swimmers have progressed to County, Regional and National level competitions and beyond, thanks to the excellent pathways between S4 and other aquatic organisations (swimming, triathlon, water polo and synchro clubs). Member Reviews: “Fantastic lessons! Can't recommend them enough. My daughter loves it and they have been fab with my youngest who has only just started!” (Facebook) “My daughters took part in the intensive course and absolutely loved it. Was really pleased at the progress they made in such a short time, we have now signed up to regular classes and can't wait to see the progress they will make”. (Facebook)

“Fantastic swimming school, the instructors are brilliant with young children, very positive and encouraging. Would definitely recommend”. (Facebook)

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Music with Mummy: This morning myself and Chickpea were invited along to a Musical Ugly Bug Ball put together by the lovely Lindsay from Music with Mummy. The class began with a welcome song and progressed to bug movements like wriggly worms, buzzing bees, jumping fleas and so on, of course accompanied by music. The kids had a chance to beat some large drums, Chickpea unleashed her best animal impressions from Muppet Babies followed by some lovely grooves. They also had the chance to play with bells, balloons, bubbles and parachutes which all kept the kids' attention and it was a nice touch having a fan in the room. The class is aimed at learning about various life themes each week for pre-schoolers, along with classes for babies. The kids got to take home some beautiful bug-themed balloons and the class encouraged teamwork throughout.







Lindsay was very attentive to each child, inclusive and praiseworthy too. We had a blast. I liked how the class incorporated building their memory, social skills, coordination and rhythm. Do take a look at their Facebook page for more details- it was a delightful class run by a wonderful teacher who expressed her joy of teaching and making the little ones smile. Definitely worth a trial, parents.

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Clubs, Classes & Camps

Three tips for 11 Plus success... For children in Year 4 or Year 5 now is the perfect time to start preparing for the 11 Plus Exams in Birmingham, Walsall & Wolverhampton. Please see our 3 tips for 11 Plus success below: 1. START EARLY Don’t leave your child’s 11 plus preparation until the last minute. We recommend starting preparation in Year 4 to avoid putting your child under unnecessary pressure.

2. BOOK A FREE 11 PLUS TUITION TRIAL There are many benefits to using 11 Plus experts to tutor your child. We recommend that children in Year 4 & Year 5 book a Free 11 Plus Trial Session to see how we can help. Call to book on: 0785 259 9172

3. FREE 11 PLUS MOCK EXAM We recommend that all Year 5 children book the Free 11 Plus Mock Exam on 12th January 2020 Book online at:

TUITION CLASSES 11 Plus Mock Exams For Y4 and Y5 children. Prepare to pass! 11 Plus Tuition 11 plus courses for Y3, Y4 & Y5. Book a free assessment. Kumon UK Book your one-week FREE trial, 1 - 30 Sept. My Primary School Tutor Expert private tuition and holistic support for primary pupils. T: 07931 301765

Sounds Right Phonics Classes for Kids Fun, educational preschool classes. T: 07540 583283 Tuition Plus Helping students achieve their true academic potential. T: 07592 556452

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Rhythm Time – fun, developmental music classes Rhythm Time Solihull is the longest established provider of multisensory, fun and educational music classes for newborns, babies, toddlers and preschoolers. We have various age-related classes across Solihull, Shirley, Dorridge and Dickens Heath every weekday. Our award-winning classes are fun for everyone and include lots of multi-sensory musical activities designed to enhance the development of your child. We are passionate about music and the amazing developmental benefits it has on young children. Playing instruments stimulates your child's auditory reflexes, social skills, self-expression, control, hand-eye co-ordination, confidence and a sense of pulse. Contact us now on 07818 114688 to book a class near you! Winners of the HoOp awards for the best pre-school activity in 2018 and 2019!

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Clubs and Classes MASQUERADE MUSICAL THEATRE Youth Theatre Group, Age 5+ Garretts Green Lane, Sheldon, B26 2SA Telephone: 0121 722 3761

DUBARRIE SCHOOL OF DANCE Ballet, Tap and Jazz age 2 ½ + Branches in Yardley and Solihull Telephone: 0121 448 0055

Solihuull YYoounng Dancers Ballett & T Ta ap p Lessons Classes from agge 2 ½ + Tel: Kate on 077722 732678

Sing, dance and play - the groovy way! Engaging and educational dance and music classes for children from 1 - 7 years old. Text Katy: 07932 333284

To advertise email: AQUANAUTS SWIM SCHOOL • Parent and baby classes available from 4 months • Parent and toddler classes age 1 yr to 3 yr • Age 3 to 16 yrs • All abilities welcome • Small groups to aid progression • Teachers in the pool with all beginner/ improver classes • Parents can sit on the side and watch • Fully DBS checked teachers • 3 venues available Wilnecote High School Tamworth B775LF New Hall Primary School Sutton Coldfield B757NQ Chase Terrace Technology College Burntwood WS72DB For more information message Helen on 07792 181 483 Or email at

SPANISH & FRENCH MUSIC CLASSES Bilingual singing, music and movement classes for babies and young children,

MOO MUSIC Moosical fun for your little one! We have our own fun, professionally written songs brought to life with props, actions and games for 0-5yrs in Solihull, Sutton Coldfield, Wythall and East Birmingham! Visit to find a session!

Mondays (from 16th September 2019) Boston Tea Party, Harborne B17 9NJ. 2.00 - 2.45pm Mixed Age Family Class (1 month - 4 years) Tuesdays (from 17th September 2019) Moor Pool Hall, Harborne B17 9DY 9.45-10.30 Toddlers & Preschoolers | 10.45-11.30 Babies (sitting to crawling) Wednesdays (from 18th September 2019) Café Rouge, Harborne B17 9NE 9.45-10.30am Mixed Age Family Class (1 month - 4 years) Book your free trial place now! Contact: | 07539 863024

ONE DAY THEATRE We provide quality theatre training for children aged 0-16 years, building their confidence as well as their skills, because there's no greater magic than being yourself. M: 07792 811562 E-mail: @onedaytheatre @oneday_theatre

BOYS BRIGADE For information on Anchor, Junior and Company groups in operation across the region go to:

GIRLS BRIGADE For information on Explorer, Junior and Senior groups in operation across the region go to:

SCOUTS & GUIDES For details of troops and packs operating across Birmingham, Solihull, Sutton Coldfield and beyond go to: - for information on Rainbows, Brownies, Guides & Seniors - for scouting Beavers, Cubs, Scouts & Explorers)

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Clubs and Classes Directory BABY, TODDLER & PRESCHOOLER CLASSES Bach to Baby, Birmingham, Solihull and Sutton Coldfield Classical music concerts for babies, toddlers and their parents/carers. birmingham Bournville Community Hub There’s a baby/toddler/pre-school class for all at the hub. T: 0121 472 7989 @busyparentsnetwork Groovy Little Movers Sing, dance and play - the Groovy way! Age 1 - 7 years T: 07932 333284 E: Little Artists, Barber Institute of Arts, Birmingham Fun, monthly interactive art explorations. Age 3 – 4 Monthly Story and Rhyme Time, Chelmsley Wood Library Monthly Friday session for under5s, 10am.

Moo Music Solihull, Sutton Coldfield, Wythall and East Birmingham Moosical fun for your little one! Songs with props, actions and games for 0 - 5yrs. Music with Mummy, Bournville Friendly, age-specific classes offering interactive musical fun. T: 07815 759035 Noah’s Ark Play & Stay Group, St Matthew’s Church Hall, Perry Beeches Every week, Wednesdays & Fridays, 9.30am – 11am Open House Baby and Toddler Group, Sutton Coldfield Weekly toddler and baby group. Wednesdays T: 0121 321 1144 Owlets, Chelmsley Wood Library Free weekly Play and Stays. Tuesdays, 10.00am. Age 0 – 3. Rhyme Time, The Core Library Action rhymes and songs. Wednesdays, 10.15am. Age 0 – 2. T: 0121 704 6965

Rhyme Time, Kingshurst Library Once a fortnight on Tuesdays. 10.15am. Age 0-2. Rhythm Time, Solihull Fun, developmental music classes for tots in Solihull, Shirley, Dickens Heath & Dorridge. T: 07818 114688 Storytime and Activities, Great Barr Library More details: 0121 569 4929 Tiddlywinks, St. Michael’s Church, Hall Green Weekly stay and play sessions. Wednesdays, 9.30 to 11.00 am. Toddler Art, Midlands Art Centre Sensory art and craft activities. Age 2 – 5. Tuesdays. Under-fives Rhyme Time, Knowle Library Fridays, 2.00pm. Waterbabies Birmingham, West Bromwich and Sutton Coldfield Baby swimming classes. Wednesday Messy Church, Dorridge Methodist Church Hall Songs, prayers, Bible stories and messy play. Continued on page 12...

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FREE taster sessions for every family at our award-winning music classes at The Bournville Hub, 27 Sycamore Road, B30 2AB (Mondays & Fridays.) Small, friendly, age-specific classes offer interactive fun, helping little ones find their own voice. Jolly Babies is from birth-12 months - babies love stroking, watching, listening, bouncing, dancing & rocking. 1-3 yr olds sing about about their world in themed Music with Mummy classes while 3-5's learn through musical narrative at Three Four Time. (After school clubs for Reception & Year One.) Original & familiar songs, playing instruments, movement & listening - little ones love it! Contact 07815 759035 @MusicWithMummyWestMidlands

S4 Swim School offer small size grouped swimming lessons and coaching sessions to children and adults at many great pool venues across the West Midlands. Swim Intensive courses also run over the holiday periods, designed to give your child a real boost and fast track swimming development. Member benefits: • Small group sizes, max of 5/7 pupils • Individual swimmer achievements records • Personalised membership card with access to a member’s area • Downloadable term plans • Fast progression through groups • On-going swimmer assessments • DBS checked experienced instructors Visit for more information and to secure a place with S4 Swim School.

RUGBYTOTS EAST STAFFORDSHIRE AND SUTTON COLDFIELD Our fun, structured play sessions take children on a journey of sporting imagination with engaging coaches teaching them how to catch, pass, kick, run with the ball and play as part of a team. Our motto is simple; "make it more fun". We do this by delivering our specifically designed programme for each age group with energy, enthusiasm and excitement creating an atmosphere that is engaging for parents and children alike. Classes are split into 3 age groups; 2-3.5yrs, 3.5-5yrs and 5-7yrs. FREE tasters available Find your nearest venue at Contact | | 0345 313 0803


JUMP IN, HAVE FUN AND LEARN TO SWIM WITH DIAMOND SWIM ACADEMY! Diamond Swim Academy runs a Swim England Learn to swim Programme for children aged 2.5 years upwards: from the very beginners learning to swim right up to stage 10 and ready for club swimming. Our lessons have small classes with only 6 per class and ten minute gaps to allow you to communicate with teachers and to ensure they swim for the 30 minutes. We run from 3 venues; Archbishop Ilsley, Acocks Green Moseley Road Baths, Balsall Common The Blue Coat School, Harborne. E:info@diamondswim M: 07756 088617 M: 07706 485091

PB Music Tuition is the home of high quality music lessons in Sutton Coldfield. We offer a wide variety of instruments including piano, violin, singing and guitar. All of our tutors have degree level qualifications and are DBS checked. We teach from our custom built music school at Mitchell's Shopping Centre. Our picturesque setting includes ample free parking and plenty to do including shopping and dining. Lessons are available for all ages from 4 years upwards and can be for exams, pleasure or any other goals that you might have. Feel free to contact us for more information. W: E: | T: 07903 448758

FOOTIEBUGS DEVELOPMENT ACADEMY ‘One Step Closer Professional’ • Elite training programme for U8s-U12s • Come and get scouted by professional football clubs • We improve children’s skills by 75% after just 4 weeks • For Goalkeepers and Outfield players • Exclusive boy and girl only groups • We help children improve their tactical understanding in a fun and unique way Book a trial today: 0121 777 7792

FREE TASTER CLASS! Pudding and Pie is an innovative way to educate, engage and encourage children about food and nutrition. In addition to teaching them basic cookery skills it’s great fun too! Each session’s primary focus is on fun, play and getting messy. They will learn about food safety and hygiene whilst creating from recipes. Each weekly session consists of fun food related games, creating their own dish, tasting sessions and socialisation time. Regardless of whether your child is a little fusspot or a budding chef this class does wonders for all, building confidence as they bring home their creations made from scratch. Saturdays, Bishop Walsh School, Sutton Coldfield Ages: 4 – 7, 9.15am - 10.15am Ages: 8 – 12, 11am – 12pm E: T: 07967 004 824

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Code Club, Chelmsley Wood Library Learn how to make cool games, animations and websites.






Junior Golf, Solihull Golfing skills taught through games and activities. Age 5-15 years.


Solihull Young Dancers Ballet and tap lessons for age 2½+ T: 07722 732678

FENCING Cocks Moors Woods Fencing Club Junior Fencing for Beginners, 8 – 14 years. www.cocksmoorswoodsfencingclub Solihull Fencing Club Age 8+. Tuesdays 7pm – 9pm. T: 0121 705 6371 Sutton Coldfield Fencing Club Adult or junior, experienced or beginner, all get a warm welcome! Age 8+ E:

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MARTIAL ARTS Antonio Santorelli’s Black Belt Academy, Harborne Classes Lill Warriors (3 – 6 years); and Juniors (7 – 11 years).


Dubarrie School of Dance, Yardley & Solihull Ballet, tap and jazz. Age 2½+ T: 0121 448 0055

Groovy Little Movers, Solihull & Knowle Sing, dance and play - the groovy way! Age 1 – 7 years.

BilinguaSing Spanish & French Music Classes, Harborne Bilingual singing, music and movement classes for babies and young children. T: 07539 863024

Junior Jiu Jitsu, Univ of Birmingham, Edgbaston Have fun whilst learning the martial art of Jiu Jitsu. Ages 6-17

DanceBugs, Solihull Dance & Acro Classes for 3 - 12 year olds Dance Holiday Camps during School Holidays T: 0121 777 7792

ELB Danceworks, St Matthew’s Church Hall, Perry Beeches Dance classes for 3 to 18 years. Thursdays.

Kimichi Pops Musica, Acocks Green After school musical instrument tuition available for all ages. E:

GYMNASTICS Gymnastics Club, Stechford Leisure Centre Gymnastics classes on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays. Age 4 – 11. /stechford_cascades Gymnastics, Erdington Leisure Centre Gymnastics classes for children aged 2 – 11 years. /erdington_lc Gymnastics, Wyndley Leisure Centre A 1-hour gymnastics session for 4 - 14 years. /wyndley_lc

HISTORY Young Archaeologists' and Curators' Club (YACC), BCLM Practical research tasks. Wednesdays only, school holidays. 8 – 15 years.

Music Service, Services for Education, Birmingham Instrumental and vocal tuition at centres across the city. Partridge Brothers Music Tuition, Sutton Coldfield High quality music lessons on a wide range of instruments. T: 07903 448758

OUTDOOR PURSUITS Ackers Adventure, Birmingham Activities on offer include: Abseiling, Archery, Bushcraft, Climbing, Canoeing and Jungle Challenge. Age 8+

PERFORMING ARTS Masquerade Musical Theatre, Sheldon Youth Theatre Group, age 5+ T: 0121 722 3761 Old Rep Youth Theatre, Birmingham Acting, dancing and singing for all abilities. Age 8+

Rugbytots East Staffordshire and Sutton Coldfield Fun, structured rugby-based play sessions. E: T: 0345 313 0803

STORYTIME Castle Bromwich Library Pre-school story time, Fridays 2.15pm to 2.45pm, term time only.




The Core Library Twins Plus Story Time - a story time for twins and multiples. Held on the last Thursday of the month. Hobs Moat Library Under 5s Story Session 'Little Hobbits' Stories and colouring-in every Thursday during term time 10.00am - 10.45am.




Planet Ice, Solihull Courses available for all abilities and ages, toddlers to adults.

Knowle Library Monday storytime - held weekly from 10.30 - 11.00am. Free, drop-in. Olton Library Storytime sessions for the under-5s. Tuesdays (term time only), 2.15pm. For all libraries go to

SWIMMING Aquanauts Swim School, Tamworth, Sutton Coldfield and Burntwood Swimming classes for age 4 months and above. T: 07792 181483 Diamond Swim Academy Jump in, have fun and learn to swim! Age 2.5 years and above. T: 07756 088617 | T: 07706 485091 S4 Swim School Small size group swimming lessons across the West Midlands.



Junior Climbing Club, Univ of Bham Weekly climbing sessions open to all children aged 8+ E:

FootieBugs, Solihull Football Classes & Academy 3-12 Football Holiday Camps during School Holidays T: 0121 777 7792


Tennis courses for juniors, Edgbaston Priory Club Beginner, intermediate and advanced level coaching in tennis and squash.



Flash Climbing Centre, Solihull Full range of children’s coaching sessions and lessons. Age 18 months+

Football Club, Stechford Leisure Centre Football classes on Mondays, Fridays and Saturdays. Age 4 – 11. _cascades

Homework Club, The Core Library Term time only. Tuesdays, 3.45pm to 5.15pm.

Trampolining, Wyndley Leisure Centre A weekly 1-hour trampolining session for the ages of 4 years+ /wyndley_lc

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MAC Young Animators Club, Midlands Art Centre A monthly club for young animators. Age 6 – 11.

Pudding & Pie, Sutton Coldfield Fun cooking classes for 4 – 12 year olds. Saturdays, 9.15am-12pm. FREE TASTER T: 07967 004 824

Tennis Club, Stechford Leisure Centre Tennis classes on Thursdays. Age 2 – 8. _cascades


Creative Sunday Workshops, Barber Institute of Arts Birmingham Learn different art techniques. Booking essential. Age 4 – 12.

See Saws Holiday Club Fun activities, day trips and creative play. ham-holiday-club


The Chocolate Shed October half term chocolate making workshops for children! E:


Barber Art School, Birmingham Work with real artists and try new ideas. Age 13 – 15.

Junior Squash and Racketball, Solihull Arden Club Coaching in different racquet sports disciplines.







Premier Active, Solihull, Birmingham and Warwick Multiple sporting and arts activities. T: 0800 195 0898



The Young REP Weekly workshops for young people led by theatre professionals. Age 7+ T: 0121 245 2052 E:



Aspire Sports Active Camps, Solihull, Sutton Coldfield & Walsall Ofsted registered action-packed childcare. T: 0121 663 1979

One Day Theatre Quality theatre training for children aged 0 - 16 years. T: 07792 811562





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Edgbaston High School Inspiring your daughter to achieve her full potential Parents considering an independent education for their daughters should add the date of Edgbaston High School’s forthcoming Whole School Open Day to their diary.

Our ‘all-round’ approach means that your daughter is actively encouraged to develop her individual abilities and interests. Academic excellence is underpinned by a distinctive and successful system of pastoral care that ensures each girl achieves her full potential, whatever her passion.

The event on Saturday 21 September 2019, 9.30am - 12.00 noon, will provide an opportunity to meet key teaching staff and current students.

The school offers a continuity of education on one site: the Westbourne (Nursery, Kindergarten and Reception), Preparatory, Senior and Sixth Form departments cater for girls aged between 2 ½ - 18 years of age. Pupils enjoy a broad and balanced curriculum and achieve high academic standards under the guidance of supportive teaching staff.



It also offers the opportunity to meet Mrs Clare Macro, who will take up her position as the school’s new Headmistress, following the retirement of Dr Ruth Weeks. Mrs Macro will address parents and their daughters in a talk at 10.30am. Edgbaston High School offers girls an exceptional 21st century education based on traditional values. With over 140 years’ experience to draw upon, we are experts in educating girls and believe passionately in the benefits of a single sex environment.

The Independent Schools Inspectorate (ISI) recently awarded EHS ‘Outstanding’ and ‘Excellent’ accreditations. Senior School Admissions: Girls entering Year 7 in September 2020 are invited to sit the Senior School Entrance Examination on Saturday 12

October 2019, application deadline Saturday 21 September 2019. Scholarships available. Preparatory School Admissions: Assessments take place throughout the academic year, subject to availability of places. The main test days will take place on various dates in February and March 2020.


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School Open Days Here are some school Open Day dates to help you plan your visits. Bishop Vesey's Grammar School, Sutton Coldfield

King Edward VI Aston School, Birmingham

Tues 24 Sept, 4 – 7pm Tues 15 Oct, 9 – 10.30am Weds 16 Oct, 9 – 10.30am Thurs 17 Oct, 9 – 10.30am Contact: 0121 250 5400

To arrange a school tour call 0121 327 1130

King Edward VI Camp Hill, School for Boys, Birmingham

The Blue Coat School (age 2 – 11 years), Birmingham

Fri 20 Sept, 6pm – 8pm Sat 21 Sept, tbc Contact: 0121 444 3188

Sat 25 Jan 2020, 9.30am-12pm Contact: 0121 410 6807

King Edward VI Camp Hill School for Girls, Birmingham

Edgbaston High School for Girls (age 2½ -18 years), Birmingham Sat 21 Sept, 9.30am - 12pm, Whole School Open Day Fri 16 Nov, 9.30am – 12pm, Preparatory 'School in Action' Day Contact: 0121 454 5831

Eversfield Prep School (age 2¾ - 11 years), Solihull Sat 28 Sept, 9:30am - 12pm Contact: 0121 705 0354

Hallfield School (age 3 months – 13 years), Birmingham Open Mornings every Tuesday, 9am-12pm. Contact Admissions on: 0121 410 6706;

Thurs 24 Oct, 5pm – 8pm Contact: 0121 444 2150

King Edward VI Five Ways School, Birmingham Open Evening Thurs 17 Oct, 6pm – 8pm Contact: 0121 475 3535

King Edward VI Handsworth School for Girls, Handsworth Wood, Birmingham Weds 25 Sept, 5pm – 8pm Fri 18 Oct, 9.30am – 11am Contact: 0121 554 2342

King Edward VI High School for Boys, Birmingham Sat 14 Sept, 10am-12.30pm Contact: 0121 472 1672

King Edward VI High School for Girls, Birmingham

Handsworth Grammar School, Birmingham

Sat 21 Sept, 9.30am – 12.30pm Contact: 0121 472 1834

11+ Open Evening Thurs 19 Sept, 5 – 8 pm Contact: 0121 554 2794

King Solomon International Business School (age 4 – 19 years)

Kimichi School (age 9 – 18 years), Acocks Green, Birmingham To arrange a school tour call 0121 679 5298:

To arrange a school tour call 0121 357 1905

Kingswood School, Shirley To arrange a school tour call 0121 744 7883

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Norfolk House School (age 3 – 11 years), Birmingham To arrange a school tour call 0121 454 7021

Priory School (age 6 months – 18 years), Birmingham Whole School Open Morning Sat 5 Oct, 10am – 12.30pm Contact: 0121 440 0256

Ruckleigh School (age 3 – 11 years), Solihull Sat 28 Sept, 10am – 12.30pm Contact: 0121 705 2773

Shrubbery School, Sutton Coldfield To arrange a school tour call 0121 351 1582

Solihull School (age 7 - 18 years), Solihull Senior School Sat 21 Sept, 9.30am – 12pm Junior School Sat 16 Nov (time tbc) Contact: 0121 705 4273

Saint Martin’s School (age 2¾ - 18 years), Solihull Whole School Open Morning Sat 14 Sept, 9.30am – 12pm Contact: 0121 703 0910

Sutton Coldfield Grammar School for Girls Wed 18 Sept, 6pm - 8.30pm Thurs 19 Sept, 11.30am – 12.30pm Contact: 0121 354 1479

West House Independent Prep School for Boys (age 4-11 years), Birmingham Fri 4 Oct, 10am - 12 noon Contact: 0121 440 4097

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How parental engagement improves learning By Stephen Fraser As a parent or carer, you want to give your child the best start in life and you play a crucial role in supporting your child’s learning before school and throughout their time in education. Research is clear that levels of parental engagement are also consistently associated with better learning outcomes. At no point is parental engagement more important than in the early years. They are a vital time in the life of any child and play a significant role in shaping the person they will become and the opportunities in life they will have. It is also a critical, and often difficult, time for parents, trying to balance the wellbeing and development of their child with the need to provide financial stability, and especially for first time parents, with the emotional and practical complexities that can accompany the joys of parenting. Unfortunately, the early years are where we first see the attainment gap – the difference in educational outcomes between young people from the least well-off backgrounds and their classmates – first take hold. There is already a big gap in the school readiness of less well-off children and their more advantaged classmates when they start school: five year olds from economically disadvantaged homes are estimated to be over four months behind their peers. This link between family income and attainment, even among young children, is clear-cut, long-standing, and difficult to break.

than what you actually do with your child. In short, parenting can trump background. Research by charity, the Sutton Trust, has found that good parenting and a supportive home environment are more important determinants of good levels of learning at age 5 than family income. It also found that most children with a good level of learning at age 5 are read to every day, taken to places of interest, and given regular bed times. Evidence from our Early Years Toolkit suggests that effective parental engagement can lead to learning gains of around four months over the course of a year.

But there is nothing inevitable about this trajectory. The best research we have provides a much more hopeful message.

This shows what is possible. Challenges, of course, remain. Many parents, as well as being time-poor, may lack confidence in their own reading, writing and maths skills. Some parents may have had negative experiences at school that have an impact on how well they can engage in their own child’s learning.

As a parent, your occupation, education and family income matter less to your child’s intellectual and social development

But there are simple, practical and evidence-based steps that parents can take to support their child’s development.

And the most effective approaches are often the most obvious - daily stories, teaching them songs and nursery rhymes, and playing with letters and numbers. These are all proven to help children discover the joy of learning. This, in turn, will help close the early attainment gap. Of course, part of the answer to early years education lies in giving toddlers and preschoolers access to high-quality nursery provision, with well-trained and skilled staff. But parents are a crucial part of that equation. After all, they are their child’s earliest educators. By building effective practice, it will be possible to support more parents to actively engage in their children’s learning, from the early years and throughout school, radically improving their life chances. Stephen Fraser is Deputy CEO of the Education Endowment Foundation, an independent charity established in 2011 to improve the educational attainment of the poorest pupils in English schools. For further information, visit

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Hatton Adventure World

Soho House .uk/soho

Pumpkin Spooktacular 26 - 31 Oct Hatton will be awash with ghosts, ghouls, cobwebs and pumpkins!

Packwood House /packwood-house

IDEAS FOR A ‘FANG-TASTIC’ HALLOWE’EN! Drayton Manor More treat than trick 19 - 31 Oct Frightfully fun family Hallowe’en activities.

Cadbury World Hallowe’en Spooktacular 19 Oct – 3 Nov Lots of family-friendly fun and frights to be had!

The Locksmith's House -locksmiths-house Horrible Willenhall Histories Date: 26 Oct Take part in a spooky themed trail around the house.

Family Fun Days - Hallowe'en 2019 26 Oct – 3 Nov Complete the spooky trail and win a prize.

Baddesley Clinton /baddesley-clinton Family Fun Days - Hallowe'en 2019 26 Oct – 3 Nov A spooky outdoor trail with creepy take-home activities..

The Nightingale Club www.bigďŹ shlittleďŹ shevents Hallowe’en Family Rave 27 Oct, 2pm Baby-safe space, toddler area, free glowsticks and more. For families with 0 - 8 year olds.

Blakesley Hall .uk/blakesley Spooky Hallowe’en Trail at Blakesley Hall 29 Oct – 31 Oct Find out about the myths and stories of Blakesley!

Hubble Bubble Trick or Treat 30 Oct – 31 Oct Do you dare to explore the spooky cellars at Soho House?

Aston Hall .uk/aston Create a Spell Jar Family Craft Activity - 31 Oct Create your own spell jar to take home with you.

ThinkTank .uk/thinktank Spooky Science Night 31 Oct A spooky party for all mad scientists, witches and wizards!

Blakesley Hall .uk/blakesley Meet the Plague Doctor – Hallowe’en Tour 31 Oct Join Blakesley’s medieval Plague Doctor for a spooky storytelling tour.

Weoley Castle .uk/weoley Gargoyle Masks and Gruesome Tour 1 Nov Craft activity and a tour of the ruins.

OUT & ABOUT Ackers Adventure Sparkbrook, Birmingham Open 7 days a week. Activities include skiing, archery, climbing, canoeing, kayaking, jungle challenge, zip wire, tower drop, disc golf and more. School holiday camps.

Adventure Island Mini Golf Star City, Birmingham Open 7 days a week. A fun indoor golf complex for all the family with two themed 18 hole courses.

All Saints Centre Kings Heath, B14 7RA Nearly New Sale Sat 28 Sept, 2pm – 4pm 1000s of nearly new quality toys, clothes and equipment for ages 0-12. @FunyardEvents @FunyardEvents

Aston Hall Birmingham Open Tuesday – Sunday /aston Follow in the footsteps of royalty and visit one of the last great Jacobean houses to be built.


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Aston Hall Birmingham Tall Tales: Cinderella Story Tour 29 Oct, 11am & 1pm /aston Meet Cinders, see her kitchen, then join in the dancing at Prince Charming’s ball.

Baddesley Clinton, Solihull Open 7 days a week. /baddesley-clinton See how many of the Fifty things to do before the age of 11¾ your child can do this autumn

Barber Institute of Fine Arts Birmingham Open 7 days a week. FREE ENTRY Children’s are always welcome to explore the Barber with a special Family Activity Pack. Storytelling in the Galleries - Sat 19 Oct: 10am, 10.45am and 11.30am, with storyteller Anna O’Brien. FREE! Please book. Half term fun - Tues 29 Oct: drop in between 11am – 3pm for sculpture, stories and animation. FREE! Half term fun – Thurs 31 Oct: drop in between 11am – 3pm for paper puppets. FREE! Animal-tastic Family Day Sat 2 Nov, 11am 3pm Make a book & gallery safari FREE! Drop in.

Birmingham Botanical Gardens Open 7 days a week. www.birminghambotanicalgardens. Plenty for families to do every day of the year. Explorer Backpacks, children’s trails and family events. Firework Display – Tues 5 Nov A brilliant display of fireworks set to your favourite songs.

IN:SITE FESTIVAL 2019, CRAFT-DESIGN-MAKE 5th - 7th September 2019, 11am-5.30pm Birmingham Cathedral Square, Colmore Row, Birmingham B3 2QB FREE DROP-IN CRAFT ACTIVITIES. Learn new skills as you help twelve art graduates create artworks inspired by the architecture and heritage of Birmingham. Create mini objects using local clay, learn macramé or help a designer to make furniture from scrap. #InSite19

Birmingham, Solihull and Sutton Coldfield Heritage Week Dates: 12 - 22 Sept across Birmingham

FREE Over 150 (mainly free) events giving visitors the chance to discover more about the region’s heritage.

Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery Open 7 days a week. /bmag FREE ENTRY Inspiration galore can be found at this museum! Bring your children to see art and objects spanning seven centuries of European and World history and culture. FREE ENTRY BMAG Babies Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery Weds 25 Sept, 10.30am – 12.30pm Pre-booking advisable. For babies and toddlers aged 6 months to 2 years to play and interact with a parent or caregiver.

Birmingham Weekender Digbeth, Birmingham Dates: 4-6 Oct FREE Performances, exhibitions and participatory activities for all the family.

Birmingham Wildlife Conservation Park Open 7 days a week. /conservationpark Home to a unique collection of animals from across the world.

Blakesley Hall

Ikon Gallery

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Open Tues-Sun every week.

Open Wednesdays – Sundays. /sarehole Sarehole is rich in historical interest and makes a great family day out.

Family Saturday The first Saturday of every month, 12pm – 4pm. Suggested donation £2. Come along with your family for creative activities. All ages welcome.

Soho House Birmingham Open Wednesday - Thursday (and the first Sunday of the month). /soho Soho House hosts a full programme of family activities and events all year round.

Martineau Gardens Edgbaston, Birmingham Open Monday - Saturday. Nature trail, children’s play area, wildflower meadows and ponds. Two and a half acres to explore.

Star City

Autumn Event, Sun 22 Sept, 11am – 3pm The Martineau’s family friendly ‘green’ fete will celebrate the Autumn harvest.

Birmingham Open 7 days a week. Food, film and fun all under one roof. Laser game arena, ten pin bowling, mini golf, softplay station and more.

Midlands Art Centre Birmingham


Open 7 days a week.


Open Tuesday – Sunday every week /blakesley. There’s a family room, dressing up, board games, puzzles, books, and a puppet theatre. Children of all ages can enjoy Blakesley.

Midlands Arts Centre has a huge range of family focused activities such as theatre performances, music, and dance events, courses in creative arts, magic shows, films, and free exhibitions.

Open 7 days a week. /thinktank Award-winning science museum for fun-packed family days out.

Flash Climbing Centre Solihull Open 7 days a week. Solihull’s first and only indoor rockclimbing centre.

Hatton Adventure World Warwick Open 7 days a week. A great fun day out for all the family with a massive range of indoor and outdoor activities Potato & Sweetcorn Picking September Weekends Pick your own potatoes and sweetcorn straight from Hatton’s field.

Hoar Park, Shopping and Craft Village Nuneaton, Warwickshire Open Tues-Sun every week. Craft Fair Date: Sun 15 Sept Times: 10am – 5pm Hoar Park’s Craft Fair offers shopping for grown-ups and fun for the little ones.

Museum of the Jewellery Quarter


Three Counties Showground Malvern, WR13 6NW

Birmingham Open Tuesday – Saturday. /jewellery A perfectly preserved jewellery workshop offering a unique glimpse of working life in Birmingham’s famous Jewellery Quarter.

Malvern Autumn Show 28 - 29 Sep Malvern Autumn Show returns for a great weekend of home-grown family fun.

NEC Birmingham

Open 7 days a week. /weoley Weoley hosts a full programme of family activities and events all year round.

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Birmingham NEC Birmingham keeps the whole family entertained with great events. - The Cycle Show, 12 - 15 Sept - Horse of the Year Show, 2 - 6 Oct - Grand Designs Live Birmingham, 9 - 13 Oct - Motorhome and Caravan Show, 15 - 20 Oct - BrickLive – Play, Create, Discover, 31 Oct - 3 Nov - The National Pet Show, 2 - 3 Nov

Packwood House, Lapworth Open 7 days a week. /packwood-house Pull on those wellies and have an outdoor adventure this autumn whatever the weather.

Winterbourne House and Garden Birmingham Open 7 days a week. There’s plenty for babies, toddlers and older children which makes Winterbourne an ideal family day out. ALWAYS CHECK THE VENUE’S WEBSITE IN CASE OF CHANGES TO SCHEDULE



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Entertainment Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone™ In Concert Symphony Hall, Birmingham Wed 11 Sept, 7.30pm

The Family Folk Show Midlands Arts Centre, Birmingham Sat 14 Sept, 2pm Organic, authentic and fun folk concerts for big and little music connoisseurs.

Safari Adventure Old Rep Theatre, Birmingham Sun 15 Sept, 2pm Get ready to go wild with The McDougalls in this brand new live show.

Bach to Baby Family Concerts 25 Sept – 21 Dec For 10% off tickets use code BRUMTOTS online Offer ends 31.10.19 Friends Meeting House, Bournville Wednesdays, 11am: 25 Sept, 30 Oct, 18 Dec Solihull Methodist Church, Solihull, B91 1LG Saturdays, 11am: 19 Oct, 16 Nov, 21 Dec

Gulp! by The Bone Ensemble Midlands Arts Centre, Birmingham 28 – 29 Sept Gulp! An interactive story for all the family dripping with fun!

Hey Diddle Diddle

A hilarious adventure filled with music and puppetry.

Happy Mum, Happy Baby: Live Town Hall, Birmingham Sun 29 Sept, 7.30pm Author, Podcaster, Presenter, YouTuber, Mother, Wife - Giovanna Fletcher - chats openly and honestly about her parenting experiences.

Bring Your Own Baby Comedy Town Hall, Birmingham Fri 11 Oct, 12pm A baby friendly comedy club including soft flooring, toys, buggy parking and baby changing.

Grab your Mickey ears and march your way to the ultimate Disney experience.

Swede Dreamz – Abba Tribute Act

Symphony Hall, Birmingham Sun 27 Oct, 2pm Based on the much-loved children’s books written by Julia Donaldson.

The Scarecrows' Wedding

Birmingham Botanical Gardens Fri 18 Oct, doors open 7pm Sing along to a long list of classic Abba hits, such as Mamma Mia, Waterloo and Super Trouper. Mum’s night out! www.birminghambotanicalgardens

Monstersaurus! Old Rep Theatre, Birmingham Sat 19 Oct, 11.30am & 2.30pm The young inventor Monty creates a whole world of whacky inventions and incredible monsters. Age 3+

The Core Theatre, Solihull 1 - 2 Nov A heart-warming adaptation of Julia Donaldson’s bestselling book.

Diversity - Born Ready ‘The 10 Year Anniversary Tour' The Alexandra Theatre, Birmingham, 1 – 3 Nov If you want to see an innovative and mind blowing performance this show is unmissable!


OKLAHOMA! Cloc MTC presents Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Oklahoma to be performed at Sutton Coldfield Town Hall. Includes a Saturday Matinee. Phone 0121 244 7475 to book tickets or visit

Up, Up and Away Old Rep Theatre, Birmingham Weds 23 Oct, 1.30pm & 6pm A story for children who perceive the world though their own frame – it will awaken the magic in everyone.

Peppa Pig's Best Day Ever The Alexandra Theatre, Birmingham, 23 – 24 Oct A show full of fun adventures. From castles to caves, dragons to dinosaurs and ice-creams to muddy puddles!

Circus 1903 Birmingham Hippodrome Theatre, 25 Oct - 2 Nov Experience the thrills and daredevil entertainment of a turn-of-thecentury circus.

The Pirate Cruncher Midlands Arts Centre, Birmingham, 26 – 27 Oct A swashbuckling tale of greed punished and ingenuity rewarded. Age 5 to 11 years.

We're Going On A Bear Hunt Midlands Arts Centre, Birmingham, 26 Oct – 3 Nov Join a family going on this expedition of a lifetime. Age 2+

Discover the magic of Dr. Seuss’ classic Christmas story as it comes to life on stage in Birmingham.

Aladdin Blue Orange Theatre, Birmingham, 4 – 8 Dec

Join Aladdin as he embarks on the adventure of his life.Budget priced family panto.

Penguins Birmingham Repertory Theatre 4 - 14 Dec A unique and engaging show for children about friendship, fun and identity.

Aladdin Sutton Coldfield Town Hall 10 – 31 Dec A whole host of colourful characters join Aladdin as he struggles to see that good is rewarded and that bad is punished.

The King & I

Sutton Coldfield Town Hall Wed 23 - Sat 26 Oct

The Alexandra Theatre, Birmingham 10 Dec 2019 - Sat 4 Jan 2020


Book early for the best theatre seats in the house this Christmas! The Snow Queen

Old Rep Theatre, Birmingham 16 Nov – 30 Dec

A production featuring a company of over 50 world-class performers and a full-scale orchestra.

Robin Hood - The Pantomime Adventure! The Core Theatre, Solihull 13 Dec – 5 Jan

Join the magical adventure of inseparable friends Kai and Gerda. A seasonal treat for the entire family.

This show is jam-packed with daring duels, stunning sets and outrageous costumes.

Billionaire Boy

Santa in Love The Core Theatre, Solihull 20 - 24 Dec

The Alexandra Theatre, Birmingham, 20 – 23 Nov From the award-winning West End producers of Gangsta Granny and Awful Auntie comes this amazing new production of David Walliams' best-selling story!

Interactive family show. Includes child gift and a chance to meet Santa!

A Christmas Carol

Birmingham Hippodrome Theatre 21 Dec 2019 - 2 Feb 2020

The Alexandra Theatre, Birmingham, 26 – 30 Nov The BMOS Musical Theatre Company proudly present a glittering production of A Christmas Carol.

Peter Pan Birmingham Repertory Theatre 30 Nov 19 - 19 Jan 20 Filled with swashbuckling adventure, the classic story of the boy who never grew up.


Snow White & the Seven Dwarfs

Packed with comedy and festive fun. Starring Hippodrome’s panto favourite Matt Slack as Muddles.

Grandpa's Great Escape – the Christmas Arena Spectacular Arena Birmingham 23, 24 & 26 Dec

How the Grinch Stole Christmas

The first ever stage adaptation of this touching, much loved story written by actor and comedian David Walliams.

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Arena Birmingham 16 - 20 Oct

The Gruffalo & The Gruffalo’s Child Films with Live Orchestra


Midlands Arts Centre, Birmingham Sun 29 Sept, 11:30am & 2:30pm

Disney On Ice celebrates 100 Years of Magic!


Relive the magic of this family favourite on a 40-foot screen with music played by a live orchestra.

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