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Filling the holidays 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 kids theatre shows such as Scrooge the musical to ice skating at The Pavillion, Brighton and Sussex have tons on offer over the festive season. Venues such as The Brighton Center, Brighton Dome and The Komedia are offering theatre fun for the whole family this Christmas, view a list of shows here. Visit Father Christmas at The Toy Museum, walk a magical lantern trail with Glow Wild or go Christmas craft mad at Brighton’s Christmas craft fair.

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

Breathe in the country air

For a little city respite, get out of town for a day and head to one of the many walks The beautiful South Downs have to offer. Big open spaces for the kids to run riot and a perfect excuse for a family get together, stunning walks can be found at no more than a 20 minute drive from Brighton. What good country walk doesn’t end with a pint we hear you ask? Head over to our Sussex pubs page to find your perfect setting with many offering delicious, hearty kids grub too.

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 after a few hours of tearing round Preston Park.

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, it’s the perfect spot to fuel up the whole family. Children under 10 get a main meal for free when an adult buys a main, and everyone knows kids love pizza!

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 kid’s 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…