Puppets, balloons and three baby discos, there is so much aimed at the under fives during this year’s Brighton Fringe.
After taking her daughter to Fringe shows before she was two-years-old, mum and Officréche blogger Sarah Booker Lewis seeks out the best this year has to offer.
Most shows are shorter than an hour keeping young children’s attention.
The only longer events are the disco parties, at two hours.
With all the running and dancing around they burn plenty of energy.
This is a bumper year for youngsters with 23 great events for little ones at venues across the city throughout May and early June.
Unless stated, every show is suitable for babies under one. All are suitable for under fives.
Go DJ pump this party at the Tempest Inn on the beach.
Dance to feel-good tunes in a club environment tailored for tiny tots.
There is face painting, crafts and competitions to entertain, too.
Tickets are £9. The two-hour event is on May 7 and 20 at 12.30pm and 3.30pm.
Find out more at www.babylovesdisco.co.uk
Zoom zoom zoom, we’re going to the moon.
Enjoy an Intergalactic Space and Star Wars themed party for children aged 0-10, with music mixed by DJ A Skillz.
There are bubbles, balloons, hula hoops and competitions, too.
Tickets are £8 for the event in the Brighton Spiegeltent in Old Steine Gardens at 2pm on May 29.
Find out more from www.brightonspiegeltent.com
With funky nursery rhymes and retro hits, this disco for the under fives is super fun for the family.
This Saturday morning fun is at the Brighton Spiegeltent in Old Steine Gardens on May 6, 13, 20, 27 and June 3 at 11am.
Tickets are £8.
Find out more from www.monskimouse.com
A family-friendly area with workshops and covered play throughout the Fringe.
Free entry, from 10am-6pm May 5-31 and June 1-4.
Find out more at www.otherplacebrighton.co.uk
With family-friendly performances, games and craft activities, Brighton’s biggest family picnic occurs twice in Pavilion Gardens during the Fringe.
On May 6 and May 27 at 1pm. Find out more at www.brightonfringe.org/fringe-city
Friendly face painters with entertaining street theatre.
The troop are at The Warren’s children’s area every weekend during the Fringe, for eight hours from 10am.
Pay what you can, £2 donation recommended.
Drop in May 5-6, 12-14, 19-21.
Create a make-believe restaurant. Just sit at your table and order your black and white food to colour.
The waiting staff will entertain you while you paint.
Suitable for children aged two and above, at Gem Electric, 88 London Road on May 29 at 9.30am, 10.30am, 11.30am, 1.15pm and 2.15pm.
Tickets are £10 and £32 for families.
Find out more at www.alineart.co.uk
Free taster activities provided by clubs and party suppliers for children of all ages.
Children can experience theatre, dance and sports at Brighton Youth Centre in Edward Street from 10am on May 28.
Louis Pearl delights crowds with his bubble art.
His show combines comedy and magic at the Brighton Spiegeltent in Old Steine Gardens.
Tickets are £10 for the one-hour show on May 6, 13, 14 at 4pm, and May 7 at 5pm.
Find out more at www.amazingbubbleman.com
Tropizo, Squiggle and Doa have an energetic and imaginative clown show with acrobatics, slapstick and physical comedy.
The show is suitable for children over the age of four at The Warren: Main House on May 27-28 at 2.15pm.
Tickets are £10 and a family ticket is £34.
Find out more at www.b-fest.org.uk
Legendary children’s entertainer and TV presenter Dave Benson Phillips of Playdays and Playhouse Disney fame, performs popular children’s songs.
Sing along, do the actions and join in with Dave’s quiz.
The show is at Sweet Waterfront 1 (Jury’s Inn, King’s Road) from May 10-14 at 11.30am.
Tickets are £7 or £20 for a family ticket.
Find out more at www.davebensonphillips.com
Topsy Turvy Theatre tell the story of the guinea pigs of Dandeville, where the dandelions are disappearing.
Christopher Nibble knows something must be done, but can he save the day?
The show is suitable for children aged two-seven, at The Warren: Main House from May 7-9 at 11am and 4pm.
Tickets are £9 and a family ticket is £30.
Find out more by visiting www.topsyturvytheatre.co.uk
Clowns Cat and Nicko star in the popular sell-out show from 2016, with a puppet rock band and plenty of live music.
Spot Bots fans will recognise Cat is Bubbles the Mermaid.
Tickets are £7 for the show on May 29, 30 and June 1 and 4, at noon in the Brighton Spiegeltent: Bosco in Old Steine Gardens.
Find out more from www.catandnicko.com
Winner of the Buxton Fringe Best Family Show award, this comedy delights children of all ages.
Tickets are £9 and £30 for a family for the show at The Warren: Studio 2 on May 5, 8 at 4pm and May 6-7 at 10am.
Find out more from www.mouthsoflions.co.uk
A second adventure from Mouths of Lions, the musical tale of a magical nose with extendable hairs.
Tickets are £8.50 and £28 for a family at The Warren: Studio 2 at 10am on June 2-4.
Find out more from www.mouthsoflions.co.uk
Little Meerkat is on her first lookout duty when she falls asleep and wakes to find her family missing.
Find out how she finds them with the help of other animals, during a multi-sensory performance with stay and play workshop.
The show is at The Warren: Studio 3 at 12.15pm on June 1-2.
Tickets are £8 and £26 for families.
With a changing line-up of comedians, street performers and musical theatre, Huggers is an internationally popular show for all the family.
The line-up changes throughout the Fringe at The Laughing Horse at The Quadrant.
Shows are at 3.30pm on May 6-7, 13-14, 20-21, 27-31 and June 1-4. Tickets are £3.
Find our more from www.huggerskidsshow.com.
Mrs H and the Sing-Along Band perform a unique family show with music, comedy and interactive elements.
The show is at The Warren: Main House on May 6-7 at 4pm. Tickets are £9 or £30 for a family ticket.
For more information visit www.singalongsongs.co.uk
In this heartwarming story aimed at children aged two-seven, tells the story of Oskar’s search for a friendly animal to play with.
The show is at Komedia Main Space at 11am on June 3-4. Tickets are £8.
For more information visit www.theatre-fideri-fidera.com
Long Nose Puppets presents Pat-A-Cake Baby based on Joyce Dunbar’s book with music by Tom Gray.
The show is full of rhymes and zany puppets at The Warren: Main House at 10am and 11.15am, May 27-29.
Tickets are £10 of £34 for a family.
Find out more from www.longnosepuppets.com
What will we find in the woods? Dragons, giants and other strange creatures.
Suitable for children aged two-ten, it takes them on an exciting journey with great tales.
Tickets are 6 for the show at Blue Man, Queen’s Road, May 29-31 at 1.40pm.
For more information visit www.soryahh-teller-of-tales.com
A menagerie of 75 puppets tell four classic Eric Carle stories The Artist Who Painted a Blue Horse, Mister Seahorse, The Very Lonely Firefly and The Very Hungry Caterpillar.
This critically-acclaimed production is at The Warren: Main House on May 12 at 4pm, May 13-14 at 10.30am and 2.15pm.
Tickets are £10 and £34 for a family.
Youth theatre company Brightonshed performs its interpretation of Alice in Wonderland, to Brighton Open Air Theatre in Dyke Road Park.
Take a leap down the rabbit hole on June 3 at 4pm and June 4 at 1pm and 4pm.
Tickets are £8 and £22 for families.
Find out more from www.Brightonshed.co.uk
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