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Christmas Spirits Performance at Mini Playhouse Hastings

our vision

Created and run by Spun Glass Theatre, Mini Playhouse aims to inspire a whole new generation of little theatre-goers in Hastings and St Leonards. 

Mini Playhouse is a creative hub that brings babies, toddlers, children, siblings and parents together, while immersing them in the magic of live performance, art and culture. 

Parent and Baby at Firsts enjoying Mini Playhouse Hastings

Summer Season!

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The Detective Dog

Based on the book by Julia Donaldson & Sara Ogilvie

Adapted by Tessa Bide Productions. Enjoy puppetry, surprising smells and live music, this unique theatrical experience celebrates libraries, books and  reading. For ages 3+

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The Curucuchoo

Run by the renowned Out Of The Bag Theatre, who deliver theatre-making and storytelling with a sensory, physical and explorative approach. Gracie hears strange noises, and sees a flash of colour. What is living in her curtains? Ages 2-5 years.

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Sussex Dance Network

We're running a special day of dance events for families, with three workshops curated by Sussex Dance Network. Enjoy Creativity & Movement (ages 3-6), Baby Boogie (0-18 months), and Move and Play (18 months - 3 years. 

Spun Glass Stories performance at Mini Playhouse, Hastings

Spun Glass Stories

 Theatrical and interactive storytelling under our colour-changing clouds. Meet different talented storytellers each time, who will tell a combination of classic tales and improvised adventures with a twist! 18 months +

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Puppet Making Workshop

Run by the puppet experts at Half A String. Create your very own woodland creature made from natural materials. You'll then get to bring your creature to life with a chance to learn how to puppeteer at the end of the session. For ages 5+ years

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Pirate Day Play Cafe

Avast, little pirates! Little ones can celebrate Pirate Day, too! Come enjoy some swashbuckling songs, rhymes, live music, and dancing! Avoid the busy crowds and enjoy a lovey, relaxed Pirate Day instead. 0-5 years



Join us for an uplifting hour with a live musician, playing beautiful acoustic versions of well-known, popular songs.

Accessible, enjoyable music sessions alongside sensory visuals and interactive fun from Filskit Theatre. 0-3 years.

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Errol's Garden

With Bigfoot Arts Education South. Enjoy a workshop filled with fun drama activities inspired by Gillian Hibbs' story and beautiful illustrations. Plant a shoot to take home with you and start your own garden, just like Errol! 5-7 years

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Art Craft and Play

Free-flow session with drawing, painting & playdough! Enjoy different creative experiences every week. Toys, books & free snacks. Play in our sensory space with its colour-changing cloud ceiling. Coffee for parents.

weekly regulars:


Art Craft and Play
10:00am - 12:00pm
Spun Glass Theatre


Second Toddlers)
9:45am - 11:15am
Spun Glass Theatre
First (0-18m)
11:30am - 1:00pm
Spun Glass Theatre


Sensory STEM Storytelling (walkers-2 years)
10:00am – 11:00am
Helen Tozer
Sensory STEM Storytelling (2-5 years)
Helen Tozer


Tiny Voices (0-4yrs)
9:30am - 10:30am
Pheeb's Sing School
Music Sensory Play (0-3yrs)
11:30am - 12:30pm
Nightingale Music


Sling Social (for babywearers)
Little One Snug
Video Tour

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Hire Space

a baby-friendly venue...
for birthday parties, meet-ups and socials

Baby in pop-up tent at Mini Playhouse Hastings

birthday parties

Hire our space for a special birthday party everyone will remember! Mini Playhouse is available to hire for weekend parties!

Children at Mini Playhouse Hastings

private hire

Looking to organise a family meet-up in a baby-safe environment? Or a baby-friendly networking meeting for working mothers?

a baby-friendly venue...
for classes, workshops, play sessions or baby groups


calling all artists, performers and creatives! we want to speak to people with big ideas...

Do you have an idea for a workshop or performance for babies/young children and their grown ups? Do get in touch with us, we are looking for projects to support and workshops to join our ever-growing weekly workshop timetable!

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thanks to all the organisations, funders, and supporters who donated to our Crowdfunder! with your help, we were able to make our dreams for Mini Playhouse a reality for local families. 


getting here

Mini Playhouse Hastings

26 White Rock, Hastings, TN34 1JY

Find us along Hastings Seafront, close to the Pier and opposite Source Park Skate Park.

Buses 20, 21, 22 & 70 stop nearby.

There is pay-and-display parking on the surrounding roads.


Hastings Train Station is a 10-minute walk away.


You are welcome to bring buggies. We might ask you to fold them if we are busy. Do make us aware of any access needs that you or your children may have prior to your visit and we will do our best to accommodate you. 

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