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 11am to 12noon 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 

  • Currently no upcoming dates

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.

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

Our Baby Friendly Cinema Events run throughout the year. They are the perfect stress-free event that both you and your little one can enjoy.

Although these events are not exclusively for people with children, they are particularly suitable for parents / carers and their babies, toddlers and siblings. We have a relaxed atmosphere towards noise and movement around the cinema.  You can also take advantage of our soft play area, buggy parking and baby change facilities.

Upcoming baby-friendly screenings

  • None currently