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 on Thursday 4 June.
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
- Beauty and the Beast
Chichester Youth Theatre has made their archive performance of Beauty and the Beast available to watch until 19 June.
- Little Red Riding Hood
Little Red Riding Hood gets the Northern Ballet treatment in this production streaming on BBC’s iPlayer.
- Snow Mouse
Egg in Bath released their wintry 40-minute tale of The Snow Mouse on Vimeo for under-fours to watch and enjoy.
- 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.
- Half Moon Theatre
Half Moon Theatre offers a variety of productions online for different age groups. The shows change every Wednesday so take a look at their website to find out what’s currently streaming.
- Audible's Story Collection
Check out Audible.com for a collection of free stories for kids to listen to.
- David Walliams' Stories
David Walliams narrates one of his much-loved stories for free and also performs a live reading on Sundays. Find out more at worldofdavidwalliams.com.
- 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].