This page presents the offerings of Theater Basel for children up to the age of 11: Performances for young audience members and opportunities to participate.
Our programme for families continues to grow in the 22/23 season! Starting in August, we will be presenting numerous pieces and projects at Theater Basel for children above the age of four and their adults. Further detailed information can be found in the new season booklet for families. Download and view the booklet here or pick up a free copy in our foyer or at the ticket office.
Season brochure (in German only):
There is a children's afternoon in the Foyer Public on Wednesdays from 3 pm, featuring dance workshops, magic shows, stage battles, sound journeys and much more.
- Every 1st and 3rd Wednesday of the month for children aged 6 – 11
- Every 2nd and 4th Wednesday of the month for children aged 3 – 6
- Free participation, come along and join in the fun whenever you want
Discover what the upcoming programme looks like by subscribing to the Newsletter for Families.
Theater Basel is pretty big. So big in fact that you can easily get lost in the many corridors, between doors, stages and floors. Our guided tour takes youngsters on a playful expedition behind the scenes. We travel in the giraffe lift, go through a hidden tunnel and discover many more exciting things.
The guided tours are aimed specifically at children aged six and over and can also be enjoyed without an accompanying adult.
Between October and June we offer public guided tours of Theater Basel for adults, twice a month on Saturdays.
- The dates are published in the newsletter and online once a month.
- Duration: 60 minutes
- Registration necessary
- Fees: Free for kids
With support from Theaterverein Basel.
For all those of you staying in Basel during the autumn and carnival holidays, there are also holiday workshops for children aged six to eleven. From Monday to Friday, teachers from various Basel cultural institutions will each organise one day with the youngsters. Sometimes we go to the theatre, meet an orchestra or visit a museum. At the end of the week, you can rightly call yourself a cultural adventurer. Maximum of 15 children per workshop. Cultural and craft materials as well as lunch are included in the course fee.
- Autumn holiday workshop: 3 – 7 October 2022
- Carnival holiday workshop: 20 – 24 February 2023
- Each day 9 am – 5 pm
- CHF 250 per child
- Maximum of 15 children per workshop
- Registration and further information by email: Francesca Genovese email@example.com
In cooperation with Sinfonieorchester Basel, Stadtcasino Basel, Haus der elektronischen Künste, Kunsthalle and Historisches Museum
Some of our performances are suitable for children. While others are still too long or too difficult for children to grasp. But this should not stop the adults and children going to the theatre together. While the adults enjoy a show on the Grosse Bühne, their grandchildren, nieces, nephews and little ones have a good time in our free workshop for children. We take a look behind the scenes. We solve a paper chase, have a sneak peek around the building from top to bottom and discover lots about theatre. Snacks and refreshments are also available.
- Registration at the latest two days in advance by email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- During performances on Sunday afternoons at 4 pm.
With support from and on the initiative of Theaterverein Basel.
Children and young people pay just CHF 20 or CHF 10
- For children and young people up to the age of 16
- For everyone completing vocational training up to the age of 30
CHF 20 on the Grosse Bühne and CHF 10 in the Schauspielhaus and on the Kleine Bühne. All performances also available as advance sales and in the ticket shop. Also for premieres.
Junges Haus is Theater Basel for everyone who wants to get involved. Twelve theatre clubs that cover all the departments of the theatre welcome all age groups. Almost all the clubs run for over a year and end with a performance on one of the stages at Theater Basel. At the Neuschneetreffen, the instructors provide information about various courses, workshops, clubs and opportunities to take part.
- Direction: Martin Frank
- Course fee: CHF 350
Stücke für Kinder
Bevor man mit seiner Familie eines unserer Stücke besucht, stellt sich häufig die Frage nach der altersgerechten Eignung. Mit unseren Altersempfehlungen geben wir unsere Einschätzung dazu bekannt. Wir wägen inhaltliche Anforderungen, Tabus, Stückdauer und Spannungsbögen ab. Nicht alle Antworten lassen sich durch Altersnennung festmachen, und nicht jedes fünfjährige Kind ist «gleich alt». Wir tendieren zur Entscheidung, mutig aufs Theater zuzugehen. Weil wir wissen, dass Geschichten stark machen, wenn sie in einer geschützten Atmosphäre erlebt werden. Ein Kind allein vor dem Fernseher oder eines mit Freund:innen und Familie im Theatersaal – das ist ein grosser Unterschied. Eine Hand, die eine Kinderhand hält, und ein:e Gesprächspartner:in nach der Aufführung relativieren viele Altersempfehlungen.
Manchmal verändern sich Ideen und Themen der Stücke im Probenprozess. Dann passen wir Altersempfehlungen an. Die aktuellsten Angaben befinden sich jeweils online.