6 October half term fun things to do in Birmingham

Last updated on Tuesday 23 April 2024

On the hunt for family things to do during the Autumn half-term? It's that time of year again- the leaves are turning crispy and the woolly knits are coming out of hiding. You've done the mad rush for back-to-school things, and now half term is just around the corner.

This year's Autumn half term dates in Birmingham are Monday 24 October - Friday 28 October. 

So with the holiday nearly here, the good news is there's lots of fun experiences you can do with the whole family in Birmingham. From rock climbing walls to electric picnic boats, we've put together a guide to the top days out with kids and things to do during the Autumn half-term. So you can get ready to battle cries of 'we're bored!' with a whole list activities that will be sure to keep them occupied.

And it's not just about getting the kids to have fun, there's plenty for you to enjoy as well. Have you ever all been to an indoor skydiving experience? How about an exciting treasure hunt around the city centre? 

Even if you're looking for great experiences in Birmingham outside of the half-term week, there's plenty of things to do in every nook and cranny of the city. From pottery classes to showstopping cabaret nights, Birmingham is packed full of activities that everyone will enjoy. 

So without further ado, below is a breakdown of the top 6 fun October half-term things to do in Birmingham (2022): 

  • Go on a family picnic and drive your own electric picnic boat down 
  • Try indoor skydiving, high-ropes, archery and more at the Bear Grylls Adventure
  • Take them for a rock climbing session at Redpoint
  • Go on a fun family treasure hunt around the city 
  • Have a go at virtual reality gaming 
  • Take them for a kids' dog training session 


1. Go on an electric picnic boat ride together 

Friends and family on an electric picnic boat in Birmingham for October half term 2022 with Yuup

The wind in your hair. A tasty picnic in front of you. The sites of the canal whizzing by. What could be nicer? This electric picnic boat ride experience will be sure to take your classic family picnic to whole new heights.

You will be shown the basics before setting off down the canal on an adventure. And the best bit is these boats are also dog-friendly, so you can bring your furry family member along for the ride. You'll all be getting your Captain's stripes in no time! 

⚓️ Electric picnic boat ride on the canal: £85 for up to 8 people


2. Take them on a Bear Grylls Adventure 

Child enjoying fun October half term things to do in Birmingham High Ropes with Yuup

Got an adventurous kid who loves being active? Then they will love these experiences at the Bear Grylls Adventure!

At this special activity centre, you can get active with fun experiences that will see you and your kids flying through the air at a high-ropes obstacle course, aiming with a bow and arrow at an archery experience, throwing axes at a bullseye or even seeing what it feels like to skydive, without jumping out of a plane!

Are you ready? Adventure is calling... 

🐒 High-ropes obstacle course: £32 per person 

🪂 iFly Indoor Skydiving: £52 per person

🏹 Archery experience: £20 per person

🪓 Axe-throwing fun: £20 per person


3. Take them for a rock climbing taster session 

rock climbing taster session in birmingham with yuup for october half term things to do

Climb a 35ft vertical wall and abseil all the way down? Why not?! This rock climbing experience at Redpoint will be sure to win points with any teenager who loves trying new things. They will be taught the basics before being roped in and setting off. 

Fun and active, climbing is also great for improving focus. And with hundreds of routes to try, there's plenty for them to get stuck into. 

🧗‍♀️ Rock climbing taster session at Repoint: £12 per person


4. Go on a family treasure hunt around Birmingham 

Family pointing at machinery on a treasure hunt in birmingham with yuup for october half term 2022

Get your thinking caps on while exploring the city in a whole new light, with this family fun treasure hunt around Birmingham. On this experience, you and your kids will be working together to find clues, solve puzzles and discover hidden treasure! 

This experience is perfect for a family fun day out in the city centre. You'll be hearing fascinating stories about the place where you live and the people who've lived there in the past. These tours are all self-guided, so you can go at your own pace and stop off along the way for lunch or a spot of cake! Nice. 

🏴‍☠️ Treasure hunt around Birmingham: from £19.98 for 2 people


5. Try some virtual reality gaming together

virtual reality gamer at matrix virtual reality in birmingham with yuup

Take playing video games to the next level and try some virtual reality! 

On this experience, you'll all be stepping off the streets of Birmingham and into a world of your own choosing. Fight zombies and monsters, defend a fantasy realm from an evil empire or even put your combat skills to the test with a bit of virtual reality martial arts! This one is sure to impress and keep everyone entertained. 

🎮 Virtual reality experience: £30 per person 


6. Take them to a dog training workshop for kids 

Dog being trained at a dog training workshop for children in birmingham with yuup

Dog training for kids? Yes really! This unique experience is designed to get your kids feeling more confident with your family pet. They will be learning from an expert dog trainer, who will be teaching them all the tips and tricks they need to develop a close and happy bond with your dog. 

Bring your dog along and watch as your child learns how to teach them tricks! Active and a lot of fun, they'll be entering Crufts in no time. 

🐶 Dog training workshop for children: £30 for child & adult


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