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Filling half terms can be more demanding than your day job, so we thought we would make things a little easier for you. Not least of your worries is making sure meals happen when hunger strikes and that growing spurts get fuelled with something that’s good, not just convenient.

So when you’re out and about with tykes in tow keep this list handy, it’s full of no-brainers for when you’re going out of your mind!

From pumpkin carving to Halloween themed crafts, this October half term has plenty of Halloween fun to offer. Drusillas Park is running Sheik Week from the 20th-28th October, where children can encounter creepy crawlies and find their way through a twisted terror maze. Prizes are on offer at Bodiam Castles Black Cat Trail and get half price entry for heading to Blackberry Farm in fancy dress!

With a full day of high octane fun ahead of you, those little bodies are going to need some serious fuelling up. Early starts Tuesday – Friday are best begun with Joe’s Cafe, kids breakfasts are all under £5 with full breakfasts, signature hashes and veggie options for little green sprouts. Top 3 for BRAVO 2018 ‘Best Brunch’ 

Get them out and running around as soon as possible, the play area at Queens Park can provide hours of self-propelled entertainment and a spot of brunch is handily close. Kids will love the pancake stacks at Starfish and Coffee, either with maple syrup and bacon or fruit compote. And on your way back to the park, pick up a coffee to go, if you bring your own carry cup you get £1 off. Winner of BRAVO 2018 ‘Best Brunch’

Moksha is family run and very family friendly, it’s a little home away from home where everyone gets looked after. Serving from breakfast to lunch they do a great selection of home made cakes and their own blend coffee to keep you going. Moksha came top 3 for BRAVO 2018 ‘Best Brunch‘ and ‘Family Friendly

Cafe Plenty is a great stop for breakfast through to early evening meals. Winner of the BRAVO 2018 ‘Family Friendly’ category, it’s a fun, lively and roomy space with regular entertainment, freshly made good food and cake. It’s a perfect spot to warm up before, or cool down after, a few hours of tearing round Preston Park.

Perfectly positioned next to the play area on the beach Bucket and Spade Cafe is a great spot to secure yourself a seat whilst the little darlings terrorise seagulls. There’s good kid’s breakfasts and lunches all for under a fiver, and of course a trip to the beach is no trip at all without ice cream.

With real Neopolitan pizza and handmade fresh pasta, Nuposto is the authentic taste of Italy. Situated between the Odeon and Churchill Square car park on Western Road, its the perfect spot to fuel up the whole family this half term. Make a saving this October with a free main meal for children under 10 accompanied by a paying adult, just quote ‘Kids Love Pizza’.

A change is as good as a break and with The Schooner in Southwick. Just a short bus ride from Brighton or a healthy but doable walk or bike ride along the coast The Schooner has a real country fishing village feel. The kids menu is affordable with everything a fiver or less and kid approved pub classics. Dogs are welcome, so the whole family can come and they’re on the Sussex Ale Trail so there’s a good drop in it for you as a reward for all that exercise.

Acres of ground to tear around in and a gated play area with wonderful climbing frames, Stanmer House is perfect for a day out of town that’s not too far away. There’s a menu of freshly made child friendly staples; and when they’re not busy demonstrating their monkey skills you can introduce them to the refined delights of an Afternoon Tea, they do a child version of that too.

Who knows, in a few years you might be waving them off for a summer adventure with a gallon of Deet and a copy of Timeout India, so help pave the way with a trip to one of Brighton’s favourite Indian restaurants. The menu at The Chilli Pickle was inspired by travels through the continent and the kids menu is a great introduction to authentic Indian flavours.

Getting a bit of brain food in is always a good idea during the holidays, stop things atrophying. At The Salt Room you know it’s going to be quality and sustainable, so there’ll still be fish in the sea when they’re older. Best of all kids under 7 eat for free before 7pm, otherwise it’s £7 for 2 courses. All the 7’s makes it easy to remember, in case you’re struggling in that department…