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It’s A Family Affair

So you’re taking your kids to Brighton. You need to keep them amused so you remain sane and so you can get good pictures for your Facebook. Brighton is a firm family destination, due to the sheer amounts of play-areas and junk food stands. aug09 016

For instance, aside from the ultimate holiday feature , the seaside, there are ample places for your kids to play. For instance, are you aware of Hove Lagoon? You can sit and watch the boats, while your kids take a sailing lesson or play in the playground or paddling pool.

A classic favourite attraction is the Sealife Aquarium in Kemptown. The aquarium is huge and you can easily spend 3/4 of a daty here alone.  This year features serpents and snake-like creatures in a brand-new exhibit. I’m personally dying to see this exhibit because I love anything slimy and strange! So don’t assume the sea snakes aren’t for girls!

Although Brighton Pier and it’s subsequent candy floss is arguably the biggest lure for families, there are more play-areas if you walk further toward Brighton Marina. aug09 015

The rides on the Pier include many rides for children and the indoor arcades have plenty more amusements. You’ll just have to explain after the 5th time you couldn’t win the oversized dolphin for her, although you tried.

Some people enjoy the Slot machine museum, which has historic slot-machine games which you play with old British coins.

The best time is usually had by people who just to stroll around. Virtually any park you go to will have a playground and most  bathrooms you use on the Seafront will have changing facillities.

If you walk further into Hove on the Seafront on weekends, you’ll often see market stalls where, in addition to finding African goods and cheap MAC cosmetics, your daughter can get her hair braided with colourful thread! I wish I had this done when I was a kid!

The best area for children is a paddling pool and jungle gym on the Seafront between Brighton and Hove. This area is extremely crowded during the weekends but fortunately, for mums and dads, you can rent beach chairs and have caffinated beverages whilst your kids play.

If you do end up in Brighton Marina, take Volks Railway there from the Pier to give your kids a fun ride along the seafront.

Once you get to the Marina (a life-saver in the rain) there is the Bowlplex and movie theatre to keep everyone amused. A good place to eat here is the family-centric Harvester which offers kids meals yet has plenty of choices for different tastes.

Although many people consider Brighton a place for adults, I believe the city is equally a family fun destination. You’ll agree. Especially when stuffing your face with candy floss.

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