This blog lists some more summer-appropriate days out for toddlers and pre-school children. Focusing on the most famous, Brighton tourist attractions and smaller, more varied days out in the local area, this guide hopes to keep your family entertained throughout the summer. Non exhaustive, but open all summer long, here is a brief run-down of the best local Brighton and Hove based activities for toddlers and pre-schoolers on those days you really must leave the house!
1 Brighton Beach
Whilst Brighton Beach isn’t famed for its sand castles, the pebbles, shells and promenade is an exciting place for all of the family.
Collecting smooth pebbles, eating ice cream or braving the sea gulls eyeing up your divine, vinegar-saturated chips, the beach however stony, eventually gets under all Brighton dweller’s skins.
There aren’t any lifeguards – which is important to know – however there are accessible public toilets, a huge array of gift shops, galleries and craft shops under the promenade arches, with food venues aplenty; there is something for every taste and budget. Paddling in the shallows must be accompanied and supervised.
2 Brighton Pier
A traditional, classical family seaside resort, the famous pier has, in high season, up to 30 food outlets open to the public. A fun fair for all ages and a couple of amusement arcades can provide an exciting, colourful experience for the very young. One of the most successful, still operational British piers, the easily recognisable landmark is one of the most famous British summertime spots in the Country.
Pre-school Children and toddlers may have access to rides on miniature buses, motorbikes, bouncy castles and the famous high slide for slightly older children.
The Brighton pier is a fantastic spot for those families with elder siblings as well, providing as many hours’ entertainment as one can muster!
3 King’s Road Playground
Aimed at under 8’s, the King’s Road playground is beautifully located right on the seafront so mountains of natural sand to get stuck into with a great selection of sturdy climbing frames.
With a great visibility over the whole playground, climbing frames, sandpits and slides, although parental supervision is a must, this is perfect relax and recreational time to let the children run around in the purpose built playground and paddling pool.
There’s a huge old fashioned paddling pool available seasonally each year from mid-May through mid-September and parents can hire deck chairs and get drinks from the café nearby. For those more prepared, a picnic is a fantastic idea.
The pool and playground is open to all, from early May to late September.
Artful is a ceramic studio in Worthing, and youngsters of all ages are welcome to pick a piece, vases, plates, cups and teapots that can be decorated with stamps, silkscreens and stencils along with loose ceramic paints that turn white items in to unique gifts and keepsakes wild with colours.
Art-ful also offers a beautiful hand and foot printing service.
They recommend footprints are best for infants under one year whilst children over one year have their tiny hands printed. Open from 12-5 Wednesday to Fridays, 10-5 Saturdays, and 11-4 on Sundays, bookings may be taken for small groups any time over the holidays. With a resident artist around to suggest ideas when suffering creative block, Art-ful also provides group party bookings, refreshments and paninis. Winner of the Splash FM Best New Business Award 2014, the Art-ful centre has baby changing facilities and pride themselves on holding community groups for young parents and clay modelling classes for local children. Contact the website above for more details.
This farm is situated in nearby Lewes in Sussex. The farm is locally the best of its kind, offering a variety of attractions, including a campsite. The farm site itself has a huge array of farm animals and a petting area, plus playground, go karting area and pedal tractors for the young, fledgling farmers in our midst, plus a fantastic on site restaurant. The Spring Barn Farm‘s Farmhouse Kitchen Restaurant and Cafe serves tempting meals or tasty snacks, and the delicious menu is changed seasonally.
This year the farm opens its new water and sand park, bringing a little of the seaside atmosphere to the fun filled farm. The farm is in a beautiful surrounding area, also home to a playground to entertain the adventurous and curious pre-schoolers. A fantastic, energetic day out for all the family.
The Brighton Sea Life centre is one of the go-to summer stop offs for all ages, and is situated near the famous Brighton Pier.
A mainstay for most visiting tourists, the Sea Life centre in Brighton can get rather busy in the summer months, however the beginning of July and September may be a good time to go when on leave with your young pre-schoolers. The rock-pools allow those brave little ones to touch a starfish or even a crab, and much emphasis is placed on their regular, educational talks and conservation efforts.
This year, the “Jellyfish Discovery” exhibition is the aquarium’s focus, with full attention on these fascinating creatures, hypnotising and beautiful in all aspects; variety, size and colour.
With good reviews throughout, the Sea-life Centre has a cafeteria and tickets can include discounted inclusive food for the convenience of families.
For more information, check out the web links for ticket deals and reviews.