Kids & Families in Brighton
||With its beaches, sports
facilities, visitor attractions and entertainment venues, Brighton
is undoubtedly a great place for all the family.
And whether they are six or 16, the kids should never be short of
something to do while in the city-on-the-sea.
If your children enjoying learning then one of Brighton’s many
museums should keep them occupied for a couple of hours at least.
Science-minded youngsters will love the Booth Museum of Natural
which has over half a million specimens and natural history literature
extending back over three centuries. Exhibits here include hundreds
of British birds, insects, a killer whale skeleton and dinosaur bones.
There are also a number of special displays throughout the year.
For a few lessons about Brighton’s industrial past and present
take the kids to the British Engineerium – Museum of Steam
and Mechanical Antiquities [map]
in Hove. This little gem is a restored Victorian steam water-pumping
station crammed with gleaming model and full-size steam engines, craftsmen's
tools, domestic gadgets, motorcycles and lawnmowers. There is also
a cool Giant’s Tool Box, a hands-on exhibition for children,
and a garden where you can enjoy a picnic.
All children love toys so they’ll be mesmerised by the displays
at the Brighton Toy and Model Museum [map],
which has an array of soldiers, aeroplanes, dolls, teddy bears, buses,
ships and one of the finest vintage model railway layouts ever to
Not far from here you’ll find the National Working Museum
of Penny Slot Machines [map],
the UK's only public vintage penny arcade. There are more than 50
old machines dating from 1895 and 1945, including "What the Butler
Saw", strength testers and fortune-tellers. All the games are
played with old pennies, bought from a vintage booth.
If your little ones a mad about animals then head for the Sealife
in Kemp Town, a magnificent Victorian aquarium that is home to
hundreds of sea creatures, from shrimps to sharks and octopus to eels.
Youngsters can enjoy close encounters with various species in the
touchpools, while all the family watch the sharks being fed.
For those who fancy heading out of the city centre for the day, Drusillas
in nearby Alfriston is great place to visit. This park, which claims
to be probably the best small zoo in the UK, has a good mix of creatures
including meerkats, owls, penguins and otters. There is also a children’s
play area, train rides and a café.
Sporty kids will no doubt enjoy an afternoon at the Prince Regent
Swimming Complex [map]
in the North Laine district, which has an excellent swimming
pool with water slides and a diving pool.
Alternatively, on a nice day, why not take the kids for a round of
golf at the Windmill Mini-Golf Course [map],
an 18-hole pitch and putt course on the cliff top at Rottingdean,
two miles from Brighton. This is regarded as one of the best miniature
golf courses in the south of England, and takes around an hour and
a half to complete. Golf clubs are provided.
If you’d rather just laze in the sunshine then head for Queens
in Hanover, which is the closest park to the city centre.
Here you’ll find a wide variety of attractions including open-air
performances of Shakespeare plays in the summer, a children's play
area, café, tennis courts and a small lake, complete with hungry
In the evening there are still plenty of things for youngsters to
do, including ten-pin bowling at Bowlplex [map]
on the swanky Brighton Marina, which has 26 bowling lanes, a sports
bar and grill, American pool pit, video world and a dance floor.
Or you could opt for the somewhat more relaxed option of an evening
at the cinema as Brighton has a number of
multiplexes and independent picture houses to choose from. The city’s
main cinema is the Odeon [map]
on the seafront, which has several screens showing the latest
Hollywood blockbusters and children’s films, as well as its
very own Haagen Dazs Café.
A little out of town at the Brighton Marina, you’ll find UGC
another multiplex showing a mix of new releases and classic favourites.
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