Where to Find Family-friendly Shows, Stories and Education Packs Online

Theatre shows, dance performances, stories and education resources to keep families and very young performers entertained during lockdown.

Last updated in December 2020.

We know it can be tough keeping very young performers amused so we've gathered together a list of shows, stories and learning material for you to enjoy together. From the comfort of your own front room, you can watch magical productions that will help keep the wonder of performance alive whilst dance and drama classes are not possible.

Theatre and Dance

  • Little Red Riding Hood

Little Red Riding Hood gets the Northern Ballet treatment in this production streaming on BBC’s iPlayer.

  • The Hunting of the Snark

Inspired by the Lewis Carroll poem of the same name, The Hunting of the Snark is a musical adventure ideal for families and young performers.


  • Audible's Story Collection

Check out Audible.com for a collection of free stories for kids to listen to.

  • Young Explorers

Pitlochry Festival Theatre has a number of storytelling adventures ready to watch on their website, including The Tiger Who Came to Tea, and Where The Wild Things Are. They've even created downloadable activity sheets for kids to do fun activities based on the stories. 

Education Resources and Activities

If you're looking for some learning resources, several theatres have kindly made packs and downloads available online to help parents and caregivers inspire their kids.

  • Disney On Stage 

Disney on Stage has a range of activities, resources and videos available featuring The Lion King, Aladdin, Frozen and Mary Poppins to keep kids aged 6-14 entertained. 

  • National Theatre

Creative challenges, YouTube tutorials and activity packs linked to different aspects of theatre-making are available to download from the National Theatre’s website.

  • The Old Vic

The Old Vic has launched a free education resource hub with lots of ideas for homeschooling so young creatives can learn new skills.

  • Dance Workshops

Head to Sadler’s Wells’ YouTube channel for 10 family dance workshops created for children aged 2-6 by dance artist Cherie Coleman.

  • Oti Mabuse Dance Class Routines

Head to Oti Mabuse's YouTube channel where the Strictly Come Dancing star and her husband Marius Lepure have put together a playlist full of dance routines for the whole family to try.

If you have any suggestions of shows or theatre-related education packs, we'd love to include them. Let us know by emailing us at [email protected].