The Bumper Guide To Family Friendly Shows At Brighton Fringe
Image Credit: We All Wobble By Acá Theatre

Parents and guardians of Brighton, you've made it to the last two days of half-term! If you've reached your limit of arts and crafts activities, can't listen to Baby Shark one more time, and know every word to Frozen already, then why not get out of the house and let professional entertainers work their magic on your little angels (and keep you laughing at the same time).

Let professional entertainers work their magic on your little angels

We All Wobble takes clowning to new heights as the performers weeble and wobble their way through a chaotic picnic. Full of slapstick, nonsensical language, and colourful customers, this acrobatic roly-poly spectacle will keep the laughs rolling in for the whole family.

Storyteller, Storyteller pits a comedic duo against each in a head-to-head competition, as they fight to be THE storyteller at The Warren. Join them for slapstick fun that is bound to make the whole family fight off giggles.

Book your family into a private screening of DreamMaker. This magical film teaches you how to mix the perfect dream – you’ll be told what ingredients to bring along in advance if you’d like to create your own dream alongside the screening.

So it’s been a year since your last pub quiz, but you’ve promised the kids you’ll take them out somewhere fun. What can you do? Combine the two with Pub Quiz For Kids, a chaotic and brilliant hour of fun. The prizes might be tiny, but the laughs will be big, in this show which, according to us at Broadway Baby, sets “a new standard for kids’ entertainment”.

Prepare to be amazed at the spectacular aerial talents of the SpiegelCircus. Renowned Brighton drag king Alfie Ordinary (promising to be on his family friendly best behaviour) introduces Milo & Kitty, Princess Peachy, Carolyn, Kiki and the gang in a show that combines aerial, hula-hoop, dancing, music and more.

It may have been first published over 150 years ago, but Alice in Wonderland continues to inspire enchant people of all ages. Drawing on both of the Alice stories for inspiration, Box Tale Soup bring their interpretation of this timeless story to The Warren, with plenty of strange contraptions and all your favourite characters in Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland.

Once upon a time there was a girl and three bears and some porridge. But what happened next? It all happened such a long time ago, it’s hard for Oldilocks to remember. Oldilocks and the 3 Bears tells a familiar story with a new twist with lovingly crafted puppets, music and yes... steaming bowls of porridge.

Sussex based Julia Donaldson’s creations with her long-time creative partner Axel Scheffler have been some of the most loved children’s books published this century. The Snail and the Whale brings a firm family favourite to life by the same Olivier Award-nominated company that brought you The Gruffalo and Room on the Broom live on stage.

Enjoy a trip out to St Ann's Well Gardens’s Rose Garden to see Storyland and join Rosemary and her quirky animal friends on an adventurous quest for children aged 3-6. Each adventure is for a limited and intimate audience of 10 children. Paid tickets are required for child participants only and there is a maximum one adult per child participant.

Todos Teatro introduce eco-friendly concepts to the under 12s with Turtles Don’t Like Plastic. Starring an adorable turtle puppet, and its human counterpart, they highlight the dangers of plastic pollution through physical theatre, puppetry and clowning. You even get a 10-minute puppet meet and greet after the show, so you can admire the puppet up close.

If you would like to introduce your child to ballet, then The Ugly Duckling at the beautiful Brighton Open Air Theatre could be for you. Based on Hans Christian Anderson’s beloved tale, The Ugly Duckling tackles themes of social acceptance in a child-friendly and fun-filled way. Gorgeous costumes and larger than life characters promise to turn this family friendly performance into a wonderful spectacle.

If your children want something more raucous than a quiet story time, then renegade inventor Archie Meedys has the show for you. Sixty Seconds Oops Boom gets you to complete 60 of his fantastical, helpful challenges in 60 minutes... or he’ll flick the switch on his Great Robotic Triangulator, and triangulate the entire earth into a trillion tiny triangles. Tasks are funny and frantic and sure to make the whole family laugh along.

Captain Breadbeard's Bready Brilliant Comedy Cookbook is an absurd two-hander comedy sketch show. And no, that isn’t a misnomer; it really is about a sailor with a beard made of bread. Playful, bonkers and bizarre, this is the kind of comedy that is silly enough to satisfy all ages.

Have you taken your children to a family show at Brighton Fringe? Let us know what they enjoyed the most by tweeting us @BroadwayBaby.

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Pub Quiz for Kids

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We All Wobble

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