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. 

Parking fees for the Cliffs Pavilion Pay & Display Car Park will be reimbursed for anyone attending the storytelling session, up to the amount of £1.50. Please show your ticket to Hannah on arrival.

Upcoming Dates 

  • Saturday 22 January
  • Saturday 19 February
  • Saturday 12 March
  • Saturday 9 April
  • Saturday 15 May
  • Staurday 18 June

Palace Parent and Toddler Drama Group

The group returns on Monday 4th October 2021. 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.

Email Rachel

Or call Rachel on 01702 390472 to find out more.

Kool Kats

Join our children's theatre club and become a real Kool Kat!

Get information about upcoming shows, a newsletter and loads of fun stuff such as colouring competitions and the chance to win tickets. There are even occasional offers!

All members receive a welcome pack that includes

  • Badge
  • Membership card
  • Sticker
  • Wrist band
  • Colouring pencils

Open to primary school children and their younger siblings. membership is FREE. Just download and complete the application form


Baby Friendly Cinema

Baby Beats and Mini Maestros

We are delighted that our popular baby music classes will resume in January 2022. 

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. 

For more information or to join please email Rachel