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18 ideas to save half term in Sussex!

All out of ideas to amuse the kids this half term? Look no further. From glow in the dark dinos, beatboxing and an upside down house we know what’s on in Sussex!

OUTDOOR FUN; The Outdoors Project, various dates and locations over Sussex

Whatever the weather kids are outside at this holiday club come forest school. Expect them back tired and muddy!

Ice skating, Sheffield Park Station, 12 – 27 February

Missed the Xmas pop-up rinks? Get them skating on real ice at Sheffield Park Station in their Locomotive Shed. Glide across the ice and see where the trains are prepared in the morning before they steam up and down the preserved railway line through 11 miles of beautiful countryside.

INSTA-ADDICTS; The Upside Down House, Brighton

Indulge them and get the ultimate selfies inside this topsy-turvy museum of illusion, then grab some candy floss on the pier afterwards.

SPACE AND SCIENCE FANS; Winter Stars, South Downs Planetarium, Chichester, 13, 18, 20 February

Ideal for a rainy day. Fire up their imaginations with these fascinating immersive shows presented by top scientists at the Planetarium.

FOOTIE MAD; Brighton & Hove Soccer Schools, various dates & venues throughout Sussex

Got a wannabe Grealish? Burn off some of that endless energy and improve their skills with a football club run by the premier league pros. Age 5-13.

COMEDY FANS: Kids Comedy Club, Komedia, Brighton, 19 February

Love this concept! 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! 

ANIMALS & ADVENTURE: Fishers Farm Park, Wisborough Green

You can’t go wrong with this adventure farm park with little ones. With inside and outside options, plus a cafe for tired parents it’s win win at half term.

AFTER DARK: Ignite at Nymans, Haywards Heath, 11 February – 6 March

Miss all the pre-xmas light shows? This cracker is still on at Nymans. So wrap up warm and enjoy the sparkles.

CASTLE LOVERS Nature trails at Bodiam, 12- 20 February & Lewes Castle historic activities, 14, 15, 17 February


Good old National Trust – you can’t go wrong with a nature trail at one of their picture perfect properties and the one at Bodiam this half term has got unicorns apparently! Or visit Lewes Castle and dress up in armour, battle dragons and listen to tales of brave medieval knights. Epic!

THRILL-SEEKERS Go-Ape, Crawley, check site for winter opening dates

Yikes! Get them climbing trees safely with the experts at Go-Ape. Whilst you stay nice and low down in the warm cafe.

TREASURE HUNTERS; Pier Pressure Puzzle Parade, Brighton, various dates

Keep the older ones active and off their screens with this part treasure hunt part escape room challenge around Brighton.

HOLIDAY CAMP: Sam & Mark live, Butlins, Bognor Regis, 14-18 February

Dismiss all thoughts of Hi-de-Hi immediately and embrace the all-round entertainment and enormous water park. Bring on the red coats!

ANIMAL MAGIC: Drusillas Park, Alfriston

Get up close to their favourite furry friends at this wonderful wildlife park with rides & activities. PLUS THEY HAVE JUST WELCOMED A BABY SLOTH! We’re in.

TRANSPORT BUFFS Amberley Museum, near Arundel, 19, 20 February

Amberley Museum, Sussex school holidays

There’s always something going on at Amberley, a sprawling 36 acre site that’s home to over 40 indoor and outdoor exhibits including vintage buses, trains and farming equipment.

NATURE LOVERS Wakehurst Place, Haywards Heath

Wakehurst is lovely all year round! Blow away the cobwebs with a winter walk round this beautiful garden with a reservoir and forests to explore.

CRAZY GOLFERS Globalls, Brighton

Yes that is a day-glo dinosaur! Practice your hole in ones at this quirky indoor crazy golf which even has its own bar for mummy.

FLOWER FANS: Horticultural Activities, One Garden, Brighton, 12-23 February

Create your own wildflower seeded star, join the nature trail and make your own binoculars. Lovely family activities at the hidden walled garden in Stanmer Park.

BEATBOXERS: Shlomo Beatboxing for Kids, Komedia, Brighton 12 Feb (and then touring)

Photo by NathanGallagher

Record-breaking beatboxer Shlomo is back with his dynamic show in Brighton. Read our interview here and get practising those beats to totally show up the kids.

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