Top 10 things for kids to do at the NEC Cycle Show

The 2013 Cycle Show takes place this weekend (27th to 29th September) at the NEC in Birmingham.  Here’s Cycle Sprog’s top 10 things for kids of all ages to enjoy.

1) Ride some bikes

If you’re taking the kids to a cycle show, they’re going to want to ride a bike! The Cycle Show at the Birmingham NEC doesn’t disappoint, with not one but two tracks.  For children up to the age of 5 there’s the Pavement Bike track with the chance to try out bikes by BMW, Frog Bikes, Kiddimoto, Specialised and Strider.

For older kids, the 6-12 year olds demo track will have sessions run by qualified coaches. It’s a chance for youngsters to try out a range of cycling disciplines including BMX, mountain biking, road and track cycling.

Helmets are provided.

Fish on a bike at the kids track 2013 NEC Birmingham Cycle Show

2) Be awestruck by the BMX’ers

Hurray for the BMX Arena! This kept our boys entertained for hours last year, and opened their eyes to just what’s possible on a bike. Be prepared to queue for your place in the stand and for it to be a bit difficult for little ones to see unless you’re right at the front. Warning – they’ll want to do tricks when you get home!

To read last years report on our family day out at the Cycle Show, click here.

3) Wear fancy dress

Lazer Sports have some brilliant fancy dress costumes and props for the kids (and adults) to try out. I managed to convince these two big kids to model for me!

Kids guide to the NEC Cycle Show 2013

Lazer Sports have also got some great kids helmets that self adjust as the child’s head grows – the wooden look one was my favourite.

4)  Start their Christmas list

Next to the kids bike tracks there are a number of stands dedicated purely to junior cycling. Expect your budding riders to be checking out Kiddimoto’s new range of lightweight aluminium balance bikes, Pere Performance’s impressive new range of kids cycle wear and the ultra cool Video Heads helmet cams.

Elsewhere in the hall there’s the full Cuda kids bike range and Burley are also showcasing their new tagalong that converts into a bike, as well as their range of trailers.

What ever you do, don’t miss out on Dutch Bikes and their fantastic ways of transporting kids (including a giant clog bike!).

For an eco friendly Christmas gift, there’s also RSPB membership – they’ve got a bug hotel on display for any budding young nature enthusiasts.

NEC Cycle Show 2013

5) Have a go at Hand Cycling

No family visit to the Birmingham NEC Cycle Show is complete without visiting the Inclusive Cycling Hub. Quest 88 have a fantastic range of adaptive cycles for all ages, plus the chance for a bit of family competition in their static Hand Cycling challenge.

For more information on Inclusive Cycling click here for our interview with Quest 88’s Robert Henshaw.

6) Go frog and dog hunting

Frog Bikes – this years new arrival to the quality kids bike market – not only have a great stall showcasing their full range of bikes (plus some nifty Handlebar Heroes) but they also have the BEST costumes at the show.

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Click here to read our “Sprog on a Frog” review of the Frog 55 and see if you agree with our 7 year old testers!

This dog is one of the surprise exhibits of this years Cycle Show.  See if the kids can find it!

Dog digging a hole

7) Obsess about cars

OK – I know it’s a bike show, but last year my two boys spent ages looking at the race support cars, whilst Daddy acted like a teenage boy on heat at the nearby Campagnolo stand.

This year not only are a number of the Tour of Britain support cars in attendance, but BMW are also there with their incredibly stylish range of bikes. They have this balance bike that cleverly converts into a pedal bike, and a junior bike that redefines what a kids bike should look like.

The new BMW bike

8) Pick up as many freebies as possible

Always a popular pastime with kids this one! There are snacks, drinks, stickers, key rings, sweets, chocolates, colouring sheets, puncture repair kits, bicycle clips plus various product samples up for grabs if they’re cheeky enough to ask.

Cherry juice at the 2013 Cycle Show

9) Spot a celebrity

There’s always celebs hanging round at the NEC Cycle Show – from Olympic medal winning cyclists to TV personalities. If your kid tells you they’ve just seen someone off the telly, they’re probably right!

10) Play on the Wii

When it all gets a bit too BOOORRRINGGG traipsing round looking at bikes, the Wii area will come to the rescue as a free babysitting service.  Expect big queues!

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Practicalities of taking your kids to the Cycle Show at Birmingham NEC

Baby changing facilities at Birmingham NEC cycle show There is secure cycle parking available in Hall 16 if you are arriving by bike. Birmingham International railway station is a good 15 minute walk (if you’ve got little legs) away from Hall 11 where The Cycle Show is. There are travelators en route, which will be a relief on the way home (if they’re in working order – don’t count on it!)

There are a number of fast food places at the NEC, but queues are always very long. Seating space is limited, so be prepared to picnic on the floor, or try outside if the weather is fine.

The NEC has baby changing facilities in both the ladies and gents, and a cloak room that charges £1 per item so you don’t have to carry coats, helmets etc around with you all day.

The Cycle Show is open 9.30am to 5pm from Friday 27th to Sunday 29th September 2013 at the Birmingham NEC.

Tickets can be bought from http://www.cycleshow.co.uk and cost £13 for an adult and £1 for under 14’s if booked in advance. Under 5’s go free.  It costs slightly more to pay on the day.

Karen Gee from Cycle Sprog attended the Trade Day at the Cycle Show on Thursday 26th September

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