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10 Great Ideas for What to Do at Fringe for Kids of All Ages
Brighton Fringe is England’s largest arts festival and it’s almost upon us. With so many incredible events to choose from, we thought we’d lend you a hand.
As always, there is something for everyone whether you’ve got a babe-in-arms, a wriggly toddler or a school-ager in need of entertainment.
1. For the zero plusses, try the snappily titled Dr Zeiffal, Dr Zeigal and the Hippo That Can Never be Caught, an hour-long family comedy show that promises ‘belly laughs and fantastical falling over’. The Warren, 5, 6, 7, 8 May.
2. The classic The Very Hungry Caterpillar Show will also enthral your youngest and features a whole host of other captivating puppets. The Warren, 12, 13, 14 May.
3. If the thought of keeping your brood seated for a whole hour makes you want to reach for the gin, then maybe the Fringe City Family Picnic is more your bag. The picnic is a free event in Pavilion Gardens on 6 and 27 May and showcases family-friendly performances and activities for children of all ages.
4. Another great spot to let your kids (aged 1+) roam and play for the duration of the Fringe is The Den at The Warren. It has indoor and outdoor spaces for them to have fun and get creative without you having to put your hand in your pocket.
5. Primary-age children will love Twig the Pixie’s Family Funplosion at Komedia Studio on 6 May and 3 June, a family show full of stories, music and interactivity.
6. For further off-the-wall silliness, give Seska: Fruit Salad! a bash at Sweet Waterfront 1 on 7 and 21 May (aged 5-9). It boasts ‘magic, mayhem and happiness.’
7. If it’s the great outdoors your 4+ desires, then Woodland Tribe will deliver the goods. A space at The Warren where kids can create their own adventure playground and get their hands on a hammer and nails (gulp!).
8. For the seven and overs, Mr Danger’s Really Safe Show will keep them captivated with daft stunts and clowning around at Brighton Spiegeltent 6, 13, 27 May and 3 June.
9. Or maybe Doctor James’ Akademy of Evil will make your 7+ tick as they help him achieve his dream to be the ultimate supervillain at Sweet Dukebox 27-31 May and 1-4 June.
10. Finally for the too-cool-for-school 10+ in your life, check out B:Fest @ The Level on 27 May, the only dedicated all-day festival for young people run by those who attend Brighton Youth Centre showcasing music, comedy, skate and much more.
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This blog was submitted by Lynsey Bartlett.
Brighton Fringe runs 5 May – 4 June. To book visit brightonfringe.org or call 01273 917 272.