4 Family Friendly Shows in Brighton This Half Term

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!

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The Boy and The Mermaid

The Boy and The Mermaid

On the farthest edge of a wind-battered rock there sits a small fishing town.Sometimes it feels like the town is on the edge of the world… (that’s mainly because it is)The Boy lives with his Grandma, forbidden from venturing beyond the shore, but the terrifying tales told of horrors in the deep only whet his appetite - he stares at the ocean and dreams… 

Comedy Club 4 Kids

Comedy Club 4 Kids

Since 2005, the Comedy Club 4 Kids has been getting the best stand-ups and sketch acts from the international circuit to do their thing for an audience of children (aged 6+) and their families… but without the rude bits! It’s just like a normal comedy club, but it’s on in the day, kids are allowed in, and thus there is a higher than usual chance of heckles like “why is that your face!?” 

Shlomo's Beatbox Adventure For Kids

Shlomo's Beatbox Adventure For Kids

Back by popular demand, this is your chance to join the sonic superhero that is Shlomo.Become one of his sidekicks in a world of funny sounds, brilliant noises and cool music, whether you’re aged 1 or 101! Shlomo is a world record-breaking beatboxer who makes all kinds of music using just his mouth and a mic. 

The Lost Things

The Lost Things

A boy falls and finds himself in a dark and terrifying new world. It’s a world of lost things: car keys, wedding rings and a mysterious girl who is building an amazing machine.Performed in a unique dome structure, The Lost Things is about losing things and finding things you didn’t even know you were looking for… 

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