What’s On this Half Term Weekend

For some parents, this weekend will be the second of the February half term. For others, the week-long break from school is just beginning. Whichever week your children’s school broke up, you’re probably looking for fun things to do with the family. Here are some of the best events in Brighton and Hove this weekend (17- 19 February).


Friday – Kids Can Cook @ Brighton Cookery School

Kids can learn the art of making fresh pasta, balancing the flavours in a sauce, and cook up an Italian chocolate torte. Of course, you both get to eat all the delicious spoils afterwards!

10 am


63/64 Saint George’s road , Kemptown, BN2 1EF, Facebook Event


Friday – Half term acrylic painting workshop @ Suzie’s Studio

10:30 am – 3:30 pm

Kick back and relax as the kids learn to paint still life in small groups.

£38 per day

23 Grove Street, Hanover, BN2 9NY,  Email 


Every day until 5 March – The Snail and The Whale @ Sea Life Centre

Visitors will be able to put on their snail hats and experience Julia Donaldson & Axel Scheffler’s beloved book like never before as they follow the story around the centre through an amazing underwater world.

Various times

£13.50 for one adult with one child under the age of 6

Marine Parade, Brighton BN2 1TB, Website 


Every day until 19 February – Pizza Week @ Polpo

Polpo is giving kids the opportunity to don chef’s hat, learn about cooking and make their own pizza. Parents can kick back, enjoy a leisurely lunch, and let the little ones entertain themselves with the dough, cheese and an abundance of toppings. Bookings and walk-ins welcome.

20 New Rd, Brighton BN1 1UF Website 

Photo by the Arts Depot

Every day until 19 February – Chester Tuffnut @ The Brighton Dome

Told with puppets, original music and imaginative antics, Chester Tuffnut is a charming show is full of humour, thrills, spills and great escapes. You can also have your very own adventure, with the chance to meet the Woodland creatures and explore their dens after the show.

This Gomito Productions / Polka Theatre collaboration was nominated for an Offie Award for Best Production For Young People. Don’t miss this magical show – the perfect half-term treat for children aged 2 – 7.

There are also special events for children with visual impairments, learning disabilities, and those on the autism spectrum.

Shows at 11:30 am and 2:30pm

Playmakes workshop 12:30pm on Saturday

£5 for children, £7 for adults, £22 for a family of four

Church Street, Brighton BN1 1UE, Website


Every day – Rock Climbing @ Boulder Brighton

Bouldering is rock climbing stripped down to its raw essentials. Leaving behind ropes and harnesses and just using climbing shoes and a bag of chalk over safety mats, your challenge is to climb short but tricky bouldering “problems” (a route, or sequence of moves) using balance, technique, strength, and your brain.

You don’t need experience or lots of expensive kit to have a go – making it really easy to get into if you’ve never tried it before.

A great way to keep kids over the age of 7 active and adventuring!

9 am – 2pm for under-12s

From £6, click here for a price list

Victoria Road Trading Estate, Portslade, Brighton, BN41 1XQ Website 


Every day until 12 March – The Great Bear @ Brighton Museum

Showcasing exhibits from across the collections, this display explores the natural history of bears and their relationship with man, including their place in mythology and fairy-tale. Enjoy a family-friendly reading space with bear-focused story books for young visitors.

10am – 5pm

Free with admission, free for members and residents

Royal Pavilion Gardens, Brighton BN1 1EE, Website 


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