The West Midlands market town of West Bromwich is perfect for days out if you are basing yourself in nearby Birmingham and wanting things to do with the family.
Boulder Central Indoor Climbing gives some high-octane (and high-rise) thrills, in a safe environment of course. Once you've completed the 45-minute induction, there's more than 10,000 square feet to explore. Under-eights have their own kids area.
If the growl of an engine is more your thing, TeamSport Go Karting in nearby Oldbury has the longest track in the West Midlands - who will come out on top, parents or kids? Brothers or sisters? Aunts and uncles or nieces and nephews? If a rematch is required, why not try to outsmart them at TeamSport's dual-level Laser Tag, with its numerous different missions.
There's plenty of places for younger ones to let their hair down, too. Spacehoppas is one of the largest play areas in the West Midlands and includes a sports court and climbing wall. Funky Monkeys is a jungle-themed indoor soft play centre for under-eights, which features climbing frames, slides, mini football pitch and plenty of activities for the very youngest to express themselves with.
If you want to enjoy a slower pace of life, the award-winning Sandwell Valley Country Park gives you the opportunity for bird-watching and long walks in picturesque scenery, plus a working farm that includes walled kitchen gardens, a small museum and tea rooms.
At Forge Mill Farm, set within Sandwell Valley Country Park, you can learn more about some rare breed farm animals and buy local produce from the farm shop.