Easter Weekend Brighton 2016: Family Things To Do
Worried how you’re going to occupy your kids this Easter break? Don’t fret, there’s so much going on in Brighton you’ll be spoilt for choice!
Wear them out
Get your kids out of the house and into the great outdoors this Easter with Kids Run Free; a charity that organises fun, running based activities for children in their local parks and schools. On Saturday the 26th of March they have a series of running races in Easthill Park in Portslade, starting at 9.30am (arrive at 9.15am for set-up). There will be races suitable for children of all ages, from under 2s to teens. Register your child and get more information on their website.
The Circus Project are back with more of their amazing circus skills workshops in Hangleton this Easter. Suitable for kids aged from 6 up, even absolute beginners can learn trapeze, tight-wire, hula hoop, poi, juggling skills and more! The workshops are on the 6th and 7th of April and cost £20 per day.
Head east towards the Marina and you’ll find Yellowave Beach Sports, who are running Easter fun sessions for kids aged from 5-16. With sand based games for the younger children plus volleyball for the older kids and sessions doing beach soccer and tag rugby for all, there’s plenty on offer to wear them out! And for parents there’s the Barefoot Café, which has a great menu, red roaster organic coffee and plenty of cakes to keep you going while you wait. There’s also a free sandy play area for the little ones.
If the weather’s bad and your kids are climbing the walls, then teach them how to do it properly at High Sports Climbing Wall At Withdean Sports Complex in Brighton. During the Easter break they are running hourly taster sessions every day. They have tasters sessions suitable for kids from aged 4 and up (as part of a family session with an adult present) or individual sessions for kids aged 7 and up. Booking is essential, visit their website for more information.
The ever popular Outdoors Project are running a whole range of sessions across the Easter holiday, week one based from St Ann’s Well Gardens, week two at Hove Park. From Easter egg hunts, to nerf sessions, to mad science, to ninjas, there’s an incredible range of activities to choose from. Sessions are suitable for kids aged 5-12 and booking is required. Get all the details online from the Outdoors Project website.
Get some culture
The Brighton Little Theatre, a successful not for profit theatre company who have their very own small theatre in central Brighton, have two plays for children on over Easter; Great Expectations and Peter Pan. Check out their website for performance times, including a special matinee double bill of both plays on Saturday the 26th of March.
These Books Are Made For Walking is an inventive and magical show that mixes theatre with circus skills. Set in an old-fashioned and deserted library, three people with an unusual fondness for books meet. Together they embark on a playful journey among the stories that surround them. Performances on Wednesday 30th of March at 3pm (relaxed showing) and 7pm at the Corn Exchange. Visit their website for more details.
Into the Hoods: Remixed is an urban hip-hop fairytale by dance company ZooNation, suitable for kids of all ages. There are performances on Friday 25th and Saturday 26th March at the Concert Hall at the Brighton Dome. Visit their website for more details.
If you have a child that loves dance, another show you won’t want to miss is Digitopia on Thursday April 7th (2.30pm) at The Old Market in Hove. The Tom Dale Company in partnership with MOKO Dance have created an incredible mix of urban contemporary dance, electronic music and digital art. Check out this video for a taste of what to expect, it’s truly like nothing you will have seen before! Visit the website for further information and to book tickets.
Make, Do and Learn
Got a pre-teen with a crazy imagination and a love of stories, get them to the Brunswick in Hove on Saturday the 26th of March for a special writing workshop organised by new writing festival “Hove Grown”. “Write a novel in 60 minutes” is for kids aged 7-12. Described as a madcap whistle-stop tour of storytelling, complete with glitter, googly eyes and dramatic arcs. Sounds great! Tickets and more details on the “Hove Grown” website.
In a similar vein is Bird Studios “Put on a musical in 6 days”. An intensive week long series of workshops at their studio space in central Brighton, in which children aged 7-18 prepare for, then perform a professional quality musical (Roald Dahl’s Matilda for the 7-12 year olds and Wicked for the 13-18 year olds). Visit Bird Studios website for more information.
Bird Studios are also running a week long Disney special, offering daily workshops based on Disney films such as Toy Story, Alice in Wonderland and the ever popular Frozen. Offering acting, singing, dancing, games, arts and crafts and more the daily workshops are hugely popular and with only 40 spaces available you’ll need to book ASAP to secure a place.
The Theatre Royal Brighton are holding a Secret Garden themed workshop for families on Saturday 2nd April. There will be an assortment of making and doing activities based on the classic Francis Hodgson Burnett story about a Secret Garden that comes to life; a perfect spring theme! Tickets and more details on the ATG tickets website.
If you’ve got younger children Story Carousel’s Easter workshop on Wednesday the 30th of March could be for you! Offering a range of arts and crafts all themed around the book “Little Tree” by Jenny Bowers, children will make a print and collage, as well as decorate their own tree to take home. Story Carousel sessions are a jam packed mix of story-telling, music, and arts and crafts so there’s something for everyone. The Easter workshop is run at the Pelican on Portland, a super child friendly café in West Hove, with coffee from Roasted and fresh cakes baked in house, so there’s something for the parents too! For more information and to book, visit the Story Carousel website.
If you’re a bit of a chocoholic (and when it’s Easter, who isn’t?) then new creative hub “Made” on North Road in central Brighton have the workshop for you; make and decorate your own Easter eggs! Running on Good Friday at 12pm, attendees will make their own eggs using melted chocolate, decorate them with coloured chocolate and make a range of small chocolates to go inside. This is just one of a whole range of creative workshops they are running this Easter, check out their website for more information.
Perfect for budding chefs are Cookery Doodle Doo’s Easter workshops making hot cross muffins. These great classes are suitable for kids aged 2-10 and you get to take your delicious bakes home with you (well, if you haven’t already eaten them!) Running at the Pelican on Portland in West Hove. Tickets are available from the cookery doodle doo website.
Brighton has a number of small museums and many of them are running free, or very cheap Easter activities and events. From creative workshop “Baskets, Bonnets and Bunny Ears” at Hove Museum, to a mini beast handling session including bearded dragons, snakes and giant bugs at Brighton Museum, there’s bound to be something to interest your kids! Hove museum also has a series of daily events running as a drop-in for kids up to 8 years old, check out the website for more information.
Perfect for older children is the Star Wars exhibit at Hove Museum. Featuring a range of rare items loaned from private collections, including figures and dioramas, it’s a Star Wars fan’s perfect destination! Running until the 17th of May, the exhibit is open daily and entrance is free.
Volks Railway re-opens for the 2016 season on Good Friday and is always fun, especially for little ones. The round trip out to Black Rock and back takes around 30 minutes, or you can walk on from Black Rock to the Marina in about five minutes. Free for under 3s and only a few quid even for adults. Runnings times are available on the website.
The Sealife Centre Brighton has a new exhibit opening just in time for Easter; Secrets of the Reef Coral Gardens and Seahorse Nursery features nine new displays and a special crawl through tunnel, allowing you to get an incredible up-close view. If you have a budding oceanographer then their Fish Keeper days are a great treat; help prepare the food for the animals and feed the rays, sharks and turtles. Currently on offer at £99 for the day, recommended for kids aged 8-16 years old.