May 25, 2019

MiniBrum Launches at ThinkTank Birmingham

Today is the day that MiniBrum launches at Thinktank Birmingham!  The Thinktank museum is located in Birmingham City Centre and is an award winning science museum jam packed full of fun stuff for the kids. We were invited along to their press event last weekend to check out their new addition MiniBrum.  I hadn’t done much research into what to expect and I was hugely surprised!  I absolutely love places where the kids can play freely and use their imagination to their hearts content.  And this is exactly that…..


Welcome to MiniBrum Thinktank Museum

MiniBrum at Thinktank

MiniBrum is a child-sized city which is set to inspire little minds to think like science and engineers.  It opens today (Saturday 25th May 2019) and is set to be a huge hit for the Birmingham based children’s museum. It is a place for children to be in charge, whether that be in the local post office, in the construction set or even in the fashion section of Selfridges.  This major new mini-city space features recognisable landmarks such as Birmingham canals and the Old Joe Clock Tower at the University of Birmingham.


MiniBrum Thinktank Museum Birmingham

Cafe open daily at MiniBrum Thinktank Museum Birmingham


It also features a race track where children can time their running distance, a den building area and even a climbing tower and slide.  Every corner I turned I came across a new immersive area!  The kids instantly got stuck in, and despite it being aimed at children up to the age of 8, Mr B did have fun and took part in some of the activities.


Racetrack at MiniBrum Thinktank Museum

Peak Inside to see animals burrow at MiniBrum Thinktank Museum


What’s great about MiniBrum is that the children can play at their own pace and are free to roam between the different zones.   This is set across 900m2 space and is completely open plan.  Missy loves roles play and she loved working in the shop and answering the telephone (if your kids are working in different zones, they can phone each other!)



Baby K was of course in the Car Workshop and spent a huge amount of time taking the wooden cars down the track and then pretending to be a car mechanic.  It was lovely to watch him play and roam freely, without the worry.


Construction site at MiniBrum Thinktank Museum Birmingham


It’s lovely to know that many schools across the borough have been involved in the creation of Minibrum.  Benson Community School have created a catchy hand washing song for the toilets and children from Henley Montessori School were also involved in curating their very own ‘Mini’Museum’ within the space.


Take a ride in a canal boat at MiniBrum Thinktank Museum


Things to know whist enjoying MiniBrum

-There is a buggy area to park your buggies so there is no need to take them within the play zones

-There is toilets and baby changing within Minibrum

-A cafe and ice cream stall is located inside

-Lockers are available if you wish to store any items whilst you enjoy your time

-MiniBrum is located on the 3rd floor of The Thinktank Museum next to the 4K Planetarium

-Thinktank also consulted with the Disability Collaborative Network for Museums to ensure the new space is accessible for visitors

-There is a new interactive classroom called ‘The Den’ which is perfect for school group visits


cafe Corner at Minibrum Thinktank Museum


Our thoughts on MiniBrum at Thinktank

We were all so impressed!  I feel this is exactly what Thinktank needs to complement the already popular science museum and is a fantastic addition for the kids.  All my three had such fun and we spent a good 2 hours in here (and more if we allowed!)  Whilst Minibrum is aimed for children aged 1-8, it really is suitable for older siblings to enjoy too,  and perfect for little ones.  Sensory areas for babies are accessible and there is so much to do here – you could spend a whole afternoon in MiniBrum alone!


Slide at MiniBrum ThinkTank Museum Birmingham


It really is a fantastic place for the kids to explore and learn at the same time.  I imagine that this is going to be very popular with families across Birmingham.

If you are looking for a great place to visit with the kids in Birmingham, consider visiting Thinktank Museum where access into MiniBrum is included in the price!

Thinktank Tickets are currently online priced at:

Adult £13

Child (aged 3-15) £9.25

Children under the age of 3 are FREE

It is open 7 days a week 10am – 5pm (including bank holidays) and last admission is 4pm

We had such as wonderful time at Minibrum and cannot wait to take the kids again soon!


Thanks for reading xxx


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Hi and welcome to The Willow Tree. I’m Michelle, also known as Shel and I am a mama to three beautiful crazy kids – I have two handsome boys and a wild and wonderful girl.

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