Southend Theatres is proud to have a varied community and education programme. As part of this programme, we have a variety of activities and events suitable for families and young children which run throughout the year.

Details of our family activities can be found below:



Join us once a month for storytelling at the Cliffs Pavilion with our storyteller, Hannah. Our stories are suitable for pre-school children upwards, together with their families, and will cover all topics, including some of the children's shows we have coming up at the theatres. See below for upcoming dates and themes!

Sessions run from 10.30am to 11.30am and are held in our outer foyer.

£2 per child. No need to book.

Parents/carers must stay with their children at all times.

Upcoming Dates

Due to unforeseen circumstances our Children’s Storytelling event that was due to take place on Saturday 18th June, has been cancelled. We hope to be able to welcome you to our next session, on Saturday 9th July

  • Saturday 9 July

Palace Parent and Toddler Drama Group

We currently have spaces in our Parent and Toddler group! Contact Rachel to join this term.

Our Parent & Toddler drama classes at the Palace Theatre meet every Monday from 1.30pm to 2.30pm during term time. The class is suitable for children aged 2½ to 4 years old and is a great way for young people to explore their imaginations through song, music, movement and storytelling.

The class costs £5 a week.

Book a place at a session

Email Rachel

Or call Rachel on 01702 390472 to find out more.


Baby Friendly Cinema

Baby Beats and Mini Maestros

Baby Beats is for babies aged 6 - 18 months and their parents/carers.
Mini Maestros is for children aged 18 months to 3 years and their parents/carers

These magical music classes are the first step in your child's musical development. They will begin to build on their recognition of pitch, rhythm, melody and tempo with the help of puppets, toys, percussion and familiar tunes, musical concepts are introduced.  These classes build on listening skills, imagination, play, early musicianship and above all are fun for everyone! 

The group meets at the Palace Theatre every Friday during term time. Baby Beats runs from 9.30-10.30am and Mini Maestros runs from 10:30 -11:30 am. 
Each class is £5 per session, pay as you go. However pre-enrolment due to popular demand of this class is essential. 

Book a place at a session

For more information or to join please email Rachel