It’s half-term already. Having flashbacks to the time your youngest managed to glue glitter all over your favourite jacket yet? Maybe ditch the messy arts and crafts this half-term and entertain your little darlings with the best live family friendly performances Brighton and Hove have to offer instead. Here’s our top 4 picks that are sure to delight your little ones – for while, at least. You’re on your own for the rest of half-term, sorry.
Did your babysitter cancel last minute, meaning your date night tickets to the Krater Comedy Club went to waste? Catch up on your laughs at the highly popular Comedy Club 4 Kids (Komedia, 16th February, 14:00) instead. Some of the country’s best stand-ups and sketch artists host this show, which prides itself on being just like a normal comedy club, except the audience is rowdy with E-numbers, there aren’t any rude bits and the tiny hecklers are a lot funnier than that guy who always shouts something obnoxious from the back. Hurry though, tickets are selling fast! For age 6+.
One for older children (for ages 8+), The Lost Things tells the tale of a boy who finds himself in a dark and fantastical world filled with lost things (The Old Market, 18th-20th February, 11:30, 13:30 & 15:30). In this fairytale world, amongst the car keys and wedding rings is a mysterious girl. Performed in a unique dome structure, this atmospheric performance is certain to enchant all those who find themselves there.
If the February weather doesn’t make a brisk walk by the sea sound too appealing, then take your kids to enjoy the nautical side of nature at Brighton Dome. Watch three shanty-singing fisherman charm the audience with live music, puppetry and a rapping octopus at The Boy and The Mermaid (Brighton Dome, 20th February, 11:30 & 14:00). This captivating performance from Paper Balloon will remind you why you love living by the coast, all whilst you get to stay warm and dry. We call that a win-win. Recommended for age 5+.
Back by popular demand, Shlomo’s Beatbox Adventure for Kids (The Old Market, 23rd February, 15:30) is a Broadway Baby favourite. Shlomo is a world record-breaking beatboxer, whose talent for making all kinds of music and noises using just his mouth and a mic is bound to astonish you. Has to be seen to be believed!