As Summer approaches and we leave Winter behind, one can hope that the weather will improve in time for the Easter school holidays. We’ve compiled a list of the best stuff going on this Easter to take the pressure off when there’s seemingly nothing to do!
A simple but fun option is always Brighton Pier. Whether you’re eating the over-priced but somewhat delicious donuts or collecting tickets in the arcade there’s always something for everyone on a sunny day. The outdoor ‘traditional’ pier games are the biggest crowdpleasers and the dodgems provide hours of fun. If you stay late, you might be lucky enough to catch a front row seat to the starling murmurations.
A Brighton classic, The Booth Museum, always provides an informative, weird and wonderful experience. This Easter holidays they are holding a series of ‘Mr Booth’s Mini Museum Explorers’ for 2-5 year olds. The ‘explorers’ will get the chance to engage in art activities, a museum expedition, story-time and handling of some museum objects! Over the next month the themes are ‘Roar!’, ‘The Tiny Caterpillar’, ‘Things I like’ and ‘The Dog that Dug’.
Steeped in real history, Stanmer House is a Grade 1 listed building in unspoilt Grade 2 listed parkland and woodland. Grab the 78 bus or a train from Brighton/London Road station to Falmer and it’s almost a stone throws away. This year they’re going all out for the Easter holidays with a huge array of workshops, fun and treasure hunts! Dubbed the ‘Easter Kid’s Fest’ the 16 day not-for-profit activities will benefit Sussex Wildlife Trust, The Starr Trust and Raystede. You can enjoy circus workshops, Harry Potter wand making and Quidditch, Yoga, Nerf gun wars, animation workshops and so much more. See for yourself their heaving lineup of events here.
Yellowave Beach Sports
Yellowave have a well-established and very popular sports programme for kids but this Easter they’re bringing the fun to everyone and are hosting a free egg hunt. They are hosting one all day each day from 30th March until 6th April. It’s aimed at 2-7 year olds but parents and older children are also welcome to take part. Additionally, they’re running Easter beach volleyball hour-long sessions on 5th and 10th April. Each day has three sessions aimed at a different age group and costs £6.50. You can see more here.
On 30th March at Old Boat Corner Community Centre, RepTylers will bring their amazing animals for a little bit of Easter fun. In this immersive and wholly unique experience kids will be free to explore, and even handle, RepTylers range of rare and exotic beings. There will also be an arts and crafts stop alongside an Easter Bunny meet-and-greet – why not try something different this year!
If you’re willing to make the beautiful train ride or drive to Lewes, they are running some pretty cool workshops for kids this Easter! ‘Dinosaurs and Dragons’, ‘Morning Explorer: Dragons’ and ‘Knights and Dragons’ will almost definitely be a hit with kids. ‘Morning Explorer: Knights’ is run as a special time for families with additional needs. The Castle opens specifically for them between 10-11am to allow those to visit when there are no crowds and for families who would need assistance climbing the castle or accessing the collections. For this event, the morning includes a story, with special tactile objects to feel, a chance to try spinning wool on a wheel and garden games. The ‘Dinosaurs and Dragons’ and ‘Knights and Dragons’ workshops are open to everyone and will feature stories about castle knights, trying on armour and lots of fun things to make. Adults are free but are advised to book their children in before arriving due to the popularity of the events.
Brighton Dome presents ‘Art Saturday with Woody’, a workshop for all young artists to come and explore their creativity in. Illustrator, Woody, will showcase her drawing, collages and will create characters and stories to inspire all those who choose to attend. There are two sessions, one for 5-7 year olds and one for 8-10 year olds with all materials provided in the £5 fee. Tickets and more information are available here.