Brighton with kids

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Ideasanyone Mon 01-Apr-19 07:01:54

Any idea on what to do with kids in Brighton for a weekend?

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Yogagirl123 Mon 01-Apr-19 07:07:00

So much to do in Brighton, i360, pier, Museums, the to royal pavilion, the lanes, sealife centre, Marina, pitch & putt, theatre, cinema, ten pin bowling.

Ricekrispie22 Mon 01-Apr-19 16:34:03

The palace pier - gloriously tacky fairground with stalls, amusements and rides.

The Brighton Wheel - Print off The Brighton Wheel’s “I Spy From The Sky” map and getting the children to spot the famous landmarks.

West Pier Playground - paddling pool, adventure playground and sand. Perfectly situated next to coffee shops!

Volks Railway - starts just east of the Palace Pier at the end of Madeira Drive and runs along the coast for a mile. It has open-air carriages and goes past the nudist beach, which always makes my kids giggle. One of the stops on the route is Peter Pan’s Playground. It’s small but has a few climbing frames, slides and water sprouts it’s popular and suitable for small children. There is also a mini crazy golf course and outdoor cafe.

Natural History Museum - I remember my dc loved the giant stuffed brown bear mother and cub at the entrance as well as the lion, zebra and the extinct Tasmanian tiger, rare owls and eagles. We also saw the bones of a dodo and a sinister-looking python skeleton.

Toy Museum - massive train set (with lots of buttons to press!), old-fashioned teddy bears, Meccano sets and penny arcade games, including one where the puppets can be made to dance.

The Painting Pottery Cafe in North Laines

Brighton Marina - ten pin bowling, cinema, trampolines, novelty rides, crazy golf, shopping, eating...

Brighton Cycle hire or Amsterdammers’, near Brighton train station, has a good selection of bikes for hire including kids bikes and tag alongs.

Rottingdean beach - just east of Brighton, a pebbled beach backed by chalk cliffs which makes it great for rockpooling. Rottingdean is easy to get to by bus or by car and the village has a wide selection of cafes, pubs and shops.

Mechanical Memories - vintage penny arcade with around 50 vintage penny slot machines to play. Buy big old pennies from the shop. A useful place to hide from the rain, although it’s only open on weekends and school holidays (weather permitting during the winter).

My eldest dc liked Brighton Museum’s World Stories treasure trail at the Royal Pavilion and learning about the pharaohs in the Ancient Egypt gallery.

eddiemairswife Mon 01-Apr-19 16:49:23

Limping over the pebbles to paddle in the sea.

Ideasanyone Tue 02-Apr-19 23:48:26

Wow. Thank you, lots more than I expected! Looking forward to visiting at Easter now. Thank you so much for the ideas.

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AtrociousCircumstance Tue 02-Apr-19 23:51:01

I think ricecrispie may mean the Booth Museum when she says natural history museum? Amazing and free, with a lovely little gift shop, and is opposite the very nice Dyke Road Park - nice playpark, nice cafe.

Fudgenugget Tue 02-Apr-19 23:52:15

Choccywoccydoodah chocolate shop in the Laines. They are expensive, but to see their Easter Eggs...it's like being in a chocolate museum!

AssassinatedBeauty Wed 03-Apr-19 00:04:37

The Wheel isn't there anymore! It went a while back now.

bizzey Wed 03-Apr-19 00:39:23

Love love love Brighton!!
Re pavilion..i loved it . Teens/pre teen boys did not . ! If you do go the headsets ate worth the money ( go to the arcade instead )
i360 only worth it if you like heights and money to waste (go to the arcade on said above pier and waste it there)

The beach fantastic place to sit...west pier end is quieter..but no seat to hire. (Save your money for the arcade on east pier)

Now have i mentioned about the arcade !! 🤣🤣
No matter how old you are...it is good old fun ...the prizes you win/claim are good .

Oh ..and i won a teddy from the grab machine with our last 3 tokens .😁😁😁

bizzey Wed 03-Apr-19 00:42:54

Sorry to mention this again ..re the arcade ...just Save up loose money and you change it into tokens there.
It feels like it is free! (Yes i am a big kid
)

bizzey Wed 03-Apr-19 00:45:21

Sea life is amazing .. ( next to the pier with the arcade !)

AssassinatedBeauty Wed 03-Apr-19 00:52:20

The Sea Life Centre is good, but it is very expensive if you pay on the day. You can get cheaper tickets if you book in advance online, and you can sometimes find voucher deals with discounts too (it's part of the Merlin entertainment company).

bizzey Wed 03-Apr-19 01:24:47

Oh yes ...just remembered...tesco club card
Points is how we went .worked out free sort of ...hummm wonder where i spent the rest of my money !

bizzey Wed 03-Apr-19 01:30:57

Gahhh i am getting twitchy for a trip to Brighton now.
London based so could do a day trip before the dreaded GCSE and A level stuff !!

eddiemairswife Wed 03-Apr-19 12:29:26

Surely part of the attraction of the seaside is the sea; walking on the beach, dodging the waves, skimming stones. Don't people do those things anymore?

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