Want some ideas for fun things to do with the kids when it’s raining in Brighton?
Please feel free to comment on this blog post! These are some of my own ideas for things to do when the weather is so bad you don’t want to go out but you don’t want to be stuck at home either. Please add your ideas too!
Groups, clubs and classes for babies / toddlers / kids
Check out the categories in the “indoor activities” section of this website for some activities appropriate for wet and windy weather! Child Friendly Brighton & Hove lists a great variety of groups and classes for babies, toddlers and pre-school children, such as music groups, arts and crafts, cookery, dance and drama. Some of these groups (but not all) are ‘drop in’ so you can just decide on the day, depending on what the weather is doing.
Most of us probably end up going to a soft play centre, and there are a few options dotted around (Westows, Monkey Bizness, Funplex, ZT Kids Fit, along with soft play sessions at the King Alfred and YMCA), pretty good option for enabling our kids to let off some steam.
Our cinemas have weekly screenings specifically for children too, some with kids clubs, although this is primarily at the weekend. For example, Cineworld at Brighton Marina “Movies for Juniors” on Saturday mornings for £1!! Or Kids Club at Duke of Yorks on Saturday mornings – a movie and art activity.
Our museums in Brighton and Hove have free admission – one of my favourites is Hove Museum as their toy museum / wizard’s attic is a really lovely space for young children. They run regular special events and activities throughout the year – Early Years sessions (although admission charges apply for these), ‘Picture and Story Time’ (FREE) every Mon and Thurs, and quite a few activities throughout school holidays. I really do feel that we are incredibly lucky that our museums and libraries in this city have so many events and activities for children of most ages, perfect for something to do in cold weather. And of course Brighton Museum is currently running a lovely exhibition “Capturing Colour: Film, Invention and Wonder” which has a fab “Colour Explorers” trail especially for kids!
The Brighton Toy and Model Museum is also a great indoors activity for children. Close to Brighton Station, it is perfectly positioned for a trip to …
Brighton has two pottery painting cafes (well one is a pottery painting studio but you are allowed to bring in your own refreshments and food!) and there is one in Hove too. They are all child friendly, and it is a lovely activity to do with children. They all do baby foot prints onto ceramics, and my two kids have made some lovely painted pottery keepsakes at each of these cafes over the years, from a very young age.
The Sea Life Brighton is of course indoors, and you can easily spend a couple of hours in here, a great place to be on a rainy day. ** PLEASE NOTE: Sea Life is CLOSED for renovations until March 2012 **