Discover Basel's cultural world together: once a month, young explorers meet in the Foyer Public and set off on an expedition to a cultural institution around Theater Basel. Every month we navigate through a new theatre. At the end of the season, you can rightly call yourself an expert.


Family. For us, that means people of different ages who are connected at heart. Theater Basel has a lot to offer them. Watching and taking part, everything is possible. Throughout the season, we put on plays especially for children, young people and their grown-ups. For this year's Christmas season ‹Die Schneekönigin› and in spring the opera fable ‹Das schlaue Füchslein›. The Foyer Public is still open Tuesdays to Sundays from 11:00 to 18:00. There is plenty of space here for people aged 0 and over: the large children's corner, several dance floors and a library with children's books. Changing tables and plenty of space for pushchairs are available. There is a regular extra programme, for example children's afternoons, children's tours, the Wednesday Feet and theatre play clubs. We are also happy to celebrate birthdays with you! Another new programme is the cultural compass, which turns children into cultural experts.

We look forward to seeing you!

Children and young people pay 20 or 10 francs

  • For children and young people up to the age of 16
  • For all those in education up to 30 years

CHF 20 on the Big Stage and CHF 10 in the Schauspielhaus and on the Small Stage. All performances, also in advance and in the ticket shop. Also for premières.

Pieces for children

Foyer Public

Das Foyer Public ist dienstags bis sonntags von 11:00 bis 18:00 Uhr geöffnet. Hier gibt es viel Raum für Menschen ab 0 Jahren: die grosse Kinderecke mit verschiedenen Spielelementen, mehrere Tanzflächen, eine Bibliothek mit Kinderbüchern und vor allem: ganz viel Platz für ganz viel Bewegung! Spielen, Toben, Lesen und Experimentieren ist ausdrücklich erwünscht.

Kinderecke im Foyer Public

Every Wednesday at 3.00 pm, children meet in the Public Foyer to play, read, make things, discover and reflect together in the children's corner. Together with the Theater Public team, the children travel through the theatre universe, act, create new worlds, listen to stories and discover the theatre. Always different and always a lot of fun.

  • For children from 4 to 8 years
  • Participation is free, you can also come spontaneously
  • Parents are liable for their children

Theater Basel is pretty big. So big that you could easily get lost in the many corridors, between doors, stages and floors. On our guided tour, we set off together on a playful expedition behind the scenes. We ride the giraffe lift, walk through a hidden tunnel and much more. The guided tours are aimed specifically at children aged 6 and over and can also be attended without an accompanying person. More

For adults, we offer a public guided tour of Theater Basel twice a month on Saturdays from October to June. More

  • Every second Saturday of the month
  • 14:00-15:00
  • Meeting point: Foyer Public
  • Length: 60 minutes
  • Registration required
  • Cost: CHF 10.- for children, CHF 20.- for adults

Dance, exuberant movement, lots of shared imagination and creativity - a party format for children aged 4 and over.
Our dance teacher Andrea Frei is inspired by the productions of the ballet section and the working methods of the choreographers. From time to time, the party community sneaks into a Ballett Basel rehearsal and brings the choreographies they have watched back to the Foyer Public in their heads and feet.

  • Training is free and without obligation. Spontaneous drop-ins possible
  • Every Wednesday from 16:15 to 17:00 (except during school holidays)
  • For children aged 4 and over and their accompanying adults
  • Contact: Andrea Frei, +41 (0)61 295 14 79

Birthday at the theatre? Absolutely! You can explore the painting room, the workshops, the huge costume collection and many unknown corners of the theatre. The theatre educators are happy to contribute their ideas for an exciting programme for young visitors. Birthday cake and drinks, served on a glittery blanket, are included. And as a gift, the birthday boy or girl gets their very own Theater Basel secret to take home. More

  • Bookable for groups of up to 10 children
  • Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes
  • CHF 300 per group
  • Individual appointment on request

Discover Basel's cultural world together: once a month, young explorers meet in the Foyer Public and set off on an expedition to a cultural institution around Theater Basel. Every month we navigate through a new theatre. At the end of the season, you can rightly call yourself an expert.

In collaboration with the Basel Symphony Orchestra, Basel Historical Museum, Stadtkino Basel, Swiss Architecture Museum (S AM), Kunsthalle Basel and Literaturhaus Basel.

  • 4 September / 23 October / 13 November / 4 December 2024
  • 15 January / 12 February / 19 March / 2 April / 14 May / 18 June 2025
  • each 15:00-17:00
  • CHF 5.- per date
  • on registration

This season we are once again bringing a family concert to the stage. Children can accompany the world-famous recorder player Maurice Steger in the guise of the title character on the journey of ‹Tino Flautino und der Kater Leo› through the history of music. A musical delight for young and old.


On 1st Advent, Theater Basel invites you to a family day in the Foyer Public! From 11:00 to 17:30, various departments and teams will be organising a programme for children and their companions. Everything revolves around this year's Christmas play ‹Die Schneekönigin›. A photo shoot with costumes in a snowstorm, snowball fights, a frosty crawling landscape for babies, performances for children, games and craft workshops.

  • Sunday, 1 December 2024
  • 11:00-17:00
  • Foyer Public
  • Free admission

In partnership with IWB.

The play clubs are the Theater Basel for everyone who wants to join in. All children who want to try their hand at theatre can do so in two play clubs. Welcome to our play clubs!


We look forward to your visit with the whole family! We also know that the question quickly arises as to which production is suitable for the whole family.

In order to be able to give you an initial classification, our education team has thought about age-specific competences for each of the 40 productions, such as the ability to abstract, length of the play, depictions of violence or taboo topics, reception skills for forms of play and linguistic content as well as the demands of the plays on the ability to concentrate. Based on this, we try to categorise the age for which a production offers access and formulate an initial age recommendation.

These recommendations are intended to be a guide, but not an absolutely valid indication, no age restriction and also not an unchangeable number. Sometimes the production idea changes during the rehearsal phase. In this case, we also correct our age recommendation. The current recommendations can be found on our website.

Enquiries about age recommendations, holiday workshops or participation