Young people in Birmingham

How well-equipped is Birmingham for those raising infants/toddlers? Specifically, are there public places to change diapers, maintained playgrounds, etc?

Birmingham is a fantastic city for raising children and there are public changing rooms, many playgrounds (usually a couple within each neighbourhood) and loads of parks for children to play in.

Discuss any safety issues for children in Birmingham. 

As with any large city or indeed any location, parental guidance and responsibility are important to a child's safety.

What are the most popular kid-friendly attractions in the area?

Two great options are Cadbury World (a chocolate heaven for kids!) and Drayton Manor Park and Zoo (a great theme park.) There are also a large number of parks around the city that are fantastic for kids to play in. In addition, Stratford on Avon (the birthplace of Shakespeare and a town with loads for kids) is close by. Kids also love Alton Towers (a theme park with great rides) and Birmingham Botanical Gardens.

What are the most popular activities for kids after school or on weekends?

Sports, going to the cinema and visiting shopping centres to meet friends are all popular. Football (soccer) is very popular in Birmingham, as there are premiership football and basketball teams. The city also has world-class sports facilities and athletics clubs.

What's it like to be a teenager in Birmingham? Are there any particular challenges I should be aware of as a parent?

Generally, Birmingham is a safe place for teenagers. There is a wide range of extra-curricular activities.

Are there any organizations/social groups in the area that cater exclusively to young people ages 12-17?

Your local school will be able to tell you about the youth clubs in your area. There are also scouting clubs for boys and girls. These groups offer adventures, amusements and activities.

I want my child to get the most out of our stay in Birmingham. Are there any specific opportunities to teach young people about the local culture?

The best sources of information for educating your child(ren) about Birmingham are tourist information offices, libraries and local schools. Many of the city's cultural events are scheduled to coincide with school summer holidays in late July/August.
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