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Anyone been to Think Tank museum in Birmingham ??

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Nutcracker · 02/05/2004 20:20

Is it any good. A friend told me she'd heard it was good, but i'd rather someone with kids reccomended it really.

A family ticket is 18 quid, which i thought was quite good. Am assuming i don't have to pay for ds (16mths).

We were going to go tommorow.

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mummysurfer · 02/05/2004 20:26

sorry can't help but would be interested to know as MIL is thatw ay

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sexgoddess · 02/05/2004 20:40

I haven't been nutty but a friend of mine thinks its the best place in the world. You should have a great day

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cazzybabs · 02/05/2004 20:42

Its OK - I went when it first opened and thought it was intersting with lots of interactive things - however I think it is better for secondary aged children or at least upper KS2 in terms of information given which was a little disappointing because they could have done something for early years/KS1 children.

Don't take my word for it though - please let me know if your kids enjoy it - I certainly learned alot.

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Nutcracker · 02/05/2004 20:47

Oh i think we'll take the risk then. Can't think of anywhere else to go tommorow and really don't want to stay in. Weather is supposed to be crap too.

I'll let you all know how it goes.

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cazzybabs · 02/05/2004 20:57

What about the art museum in the centre - isn't that free and they have all the ancient Egypt stuff - although haven't been there in years!

I am glad weather is crap in Brimigham tomorrow because when I spoke to my mum today she said she was out in the garden with a T-shirt on (and trousers I hope!) and here in cambridge it has been really overcast and cold.

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Nutcracker · 02/05/2004 21:00

Right i've booked them. I've had a family ticket for me, dp and two dd's. Ds is only 16mths so he will get in free right ??

Cazzybabs - We havew taken them to the art gallery before. It was o.k but they got a bit bored.

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Nutcracker · 03/05/2004 16:43

Right we're back. Have to say, i wasn't really very impressed. There just wasn't enough to do. There was a bit especially for kids under 7, which had a cafe, garage e.t.c for them to role play in but half of the stuff was missing. There were no letters for the postman to post and when the kids went to do some rubbings of old coins, there was no paper. Alot of the machines didn't work either.
My dp queued in the cafe for 15 minutes only to get to the front and be told that they'd run out of all the stuff we wanted.

Not good really, don't think we'll go again.

Kids enjoyed the trip on the train though.

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candy · 03/05/2004 18:25

Sorry only just seen this - would have def. told you not to bother - I think it's a rip off. It's won some museum of the year award thingy and i have to say i cannot understand why - the exhibits don't really know at what age they're aiming; I've been with my little ones and with teenagers from school and it didn't really satisfy either age group. the cafe is appalling and the staff are too few and not v. helpful. Next time you're in brum, I recommend the art gallery which is free and has a nice cafe or if you're up to the crowds, cadbury World.

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Nutcracker · 03/05/2004 18:35

Oh well nevermind. Agree with everything you just said though.
My 6 year old has just written 'thinktank is rubbish' in here note book.

Keep meaning to go to Cadbury World, completyl forgot about it though.

We have taken them to the art gallery before but they got a bit bored. Having said that though several parts of it were closed for refurbishment when we went.

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cazzybabs · 03/05/2004 18:42

Have you also been to the national sea life centre? And there is the nature centre by Canon Hill park which is old and dated but cheep to get in.

Cadbury world is over priced - but then what isn't? It is fun though.

I miss Brum - there are so many things to do even if you have to travel a little way out. Next time I am back I want to take dd to the butterfly farm in Stratford which I think you can walk to from the train station.

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Nutcracker · 03/05/2004 18:48

Have been to the sea life centre, but wasn't too impressed with that either because we were only in there an hour and the cafe was soooooo packed so we couldn't eat. Plus part of it was being constructed.


I have been to the nature centre but thet was bc i think.
I love Stratford too, there is a really nice kids play area/park you know, over the bridge to where the butterfly farm is and turn right, then just keep walking until you pass a chinese resturant and it's not far from there.

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