You’ve come to the seaside on a family break, however the British weather has let you down. So what are the things to do with your kids in Brighton? Well quite a lot luckily! This bohemian city is famous for its creative flair, therefore there’s lots of art galleries and museums. Also a “paint your own pottery cafe” which the kids will love and of course the famous Brighton Pavilion to explore.
Without further ado, let’s explore our favourite things to do with your children in Brighton:
1. Brighton Toy and Model Museum
Firstly take a trip down memory lane when you visit this delightful museum, showcasing thousands of toys dating from the 1860s to the present day. Secondly, the model railways and antique teddy bears hark back to a nostalgic age of innocence. You are guaranteed to love it as much as the kids!
Opening Hours: Tuesday to Friday – 10am to 5pm. Saturday – 11am to 5pm. Closed Sunday and Monday.
2. The Royal Pavilion
Built in the 18th century as King George IV’s seaside retreat, this Grade I listed building is now an iconic part of the Brighton skyline. Its unique architecture has strong Indo-Asian influences, coupled with classic Regency grandeur. Inside, visitors can marvel at the Banqueting Room, The Grand Saloon and the Royal Bedrooms. The Children’s Tour is a unique audio guide which they can listen to as they explore each room, keeping them engaged and entertained.
Opening Hours: Open daily – October to March 10am–5.15pm. April to September 9.30am–5.45pm
Anyone for glow in the dark crazy golf with a dinosaur theme?! Children are bound the love this place, where you can putt your way around two 12 hole courses. Step back in time on the Jurassic course, or channel colourful jungle vibes on the Tropicana course.
Vibrant artwork painted by local artists covers the walls, and giant, neon animals surround you at every turn. A fantastic activity for all ages and abilities.
Please note that the course is not suitable for pushchairs as space is limited.
Opening Hours: Open daily from 10 am (weekends) or 12pm (weekdays)
4. The Painting Pottery Cafe
A lovely activity for a rainy day, the Painting Pottery Cafe has hundreds of ceramic items for you to paint, so you can create a truly personal souvenir of your family weekend in Brighton. The kids will love getting creative, and the experienced studio assistants are on hand for help and advice. After glazing and firing, your masterpiece will be ready to collect in a couple of days, or it can be posted to you.
Booking ahead is essential.
Opening Hours: Monday – Saturday 10.30am – 6.30pm. Sunday 11am – 6pm
5. Phileas Fogg’s World of Adventures
Part immersive theatre, part escape room, this thrilling new attraction (opened January 2019) promises a world of intrigue and entertainment based on the classic children’s book. The family event is suitable for children from 4-12 years, and sees you travel through amazingly realistic sets designed by the team who worked on Star Wars, James Bond and Harry Potter. Along the way you will meet real life characters, solve mysteries and complete fun challenges. Head to the Reform Bar and Indoor Garden afterwards to refuel after all the excitement!
Opening Hours: Friday 5pm – midnight. Saturday and Sunday 9am – midnight
6. Brighton Beach
Of course, top of the list is Brighton’s fantastic beach, ever-popular with locals and tourists all year round. The long stretch of shingle and sand is perfect for paddling, swimming or watersports. Take a selfie by the colourful beach huts, then stroll along the famous pier, before stopping for fish and chips eaten on the seafront. Be warned though, it does get extremely busy in the summer – get there early to avoid the crowds.
7. Preston Park
The city’s largest park offers an extensive play area, two cafes and plenty of open green space for the kids to explore. Mingle with the joggers, dog walkers and local families in this tranquil space – a lovely escape from the crowds in the summer months.
Address: Preston Rd, Brighton BN1 6SD
Opening Hours: Open 24/7.
8. Kings Road Playground
Situated right next to the beach, this playground has lots of equipment for your little ones to climb, swing and play on, and during the summer (May – September) there’s also a giant paddling pool! Parents can hire deck chairs and admire the sea view whilst the kids play, and there’s a great cafe serving freshly made drinks, snacks and sandwiches. A favourite attraction for parents and kids visiting Brighton.
Opening Hours: Open daily during daylight hours
9. Devil’s Dyke
Escape the crowds of Brighton beach and head for the lush green hills of the South Downs. Devil’s Dyke is a legendary beauty spot within the National Park, and only a 25 minute drive from Brighton city centre. You can follow a 3 mile trail around the valley, ending at Saddlescombe Farm café for tea and cake. Check the website below for detailed route plans and more information.
10. Volks Electric Railway
Take a ride on the world’s oldest operating electric railway, which runs between March and September. Originally opened in 1883 the mile-long route along the seafront is a great way to travel if you have little ones with tired legs! Learn all about the inventor Magnus Volk and his pioneering railway at the new visitor centre.
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