The Coliseum delivered activities for children and families in partnership with a range of providers across Greater Manchester, including family friendly theatre tours by our Award-winning Young Rep Company. 

Throughout Covid-19 we also developed a range of free online resources for families.


A series of fun activities for all the family. 

Why not get creative outdoors with your little adventurers, or become a storyteller using our Coliseum Cubes? See if your little ones can recognise some Oldham landmarks whilst they give the Coliseum a bit of colour.

Young people and adults can design some costumes for three charismatic characters, find the perfect place in your home to set a play, write a monologue exploring lockdown or write a duologue for some colourful characters who have previously graced the Coliseum stage.

Each activity has been created with an age range in mind, and can be adapted for all to enjoy!

Culture Trail at Daisy Nook

Explore Daisy Nook Country Park on a self-guided Cultural Trail exploring Oldham’s Industrial Heritage. Fun for all the family!

Discover more about the Boggart of Crime Lake. Prepare for a friendly competition. Create a story together to tell around the fire with a glass go Egg Ale.

Use our map to find the QR codes and meet some wonderful characters that used to walk the paths of Daisy Nook during the Victorian era. Each video has additional activities and conversation starters for you to try as you enjoy the trail.

All you need is a sense of adventure and a smart phone!

Learn more

The Make-believe-a-ball

You are invited to the Make-believe-a-ball.

Your little explores can join an interactive adventure filled with drama, dancing, and singing where a little bit of imagination goes a long way! Suitable for children aged between 3-7 and their families.



The Make-believe-a-ball was written and created by young people as part of Teaching Theatre Pathways under national lockdown.

The Adventures of Golden Galaxy (children aged 4+)

Three interactive training videos to help children to become superheroes!

Golden Galaxy needs your help!

We need young heroes to be brave, to be smart, and to help find our favourite sidekick Spikey! 

We’d love to see our superheroes in action, so please share photos of yourselves in training, living as superheroes, or any posters that you might create during your training course, making sure to use the #ColiseumCreates hashtag. (Please do get an adult’s permission before posting any pictures online!)

View the Golden Galaxy superhero training videos here 


Golden Galaxy Activity Guide:

Download the Activity Guide here

Download the printer-friendly version of the Activity Guide here




The Coliseum needs some colour! See what Oldham landmarks you can see, add your own and give the Coliseum some colour.

Download the colouring-in sheet:

Colour-in Coliseum WORD
Colour-in Coliseum PDF


Let’s go on an adventure! With your grown-ups, go on a walk outside your home. It could be around your neighbourhood, your local park, or even somewhere further away.

What can you spy when you are walking? Can you create some art with nature?

Download the guides:

Outdoor Adventures Guide
Outdoor Adventures – I Spy


Create your own exciting stories using our Coliseum Cubes. Working together with your family, let’s see where your imagination takes you! If you don’t have access to a printer you can copy our template onto paper and create your own.

Download the template:

Coliseum Cubes B&W PDF
Coliseum Cubes Colour PDF


Have you ever watched a performance at the Coliseum and been amazed by the bright, extravagant costumes? Did you ever wish that you could wear a costume that transforms you into a completely different person? Had you ever hoped to design a theatrical costume yourself? Well the Coliseum needs you to Create a Costume!

Download the guide:

Create a Costume Activity Guide


What if one room of your house was the setting for a play? Who is in the room? What is going on? You decide when you sent the scene.

Download the guide:

Set the Scene Photo Activity Guide


Cast your mind back to the beginning of the UK lockdown and create new monologue focusing on a character’s daily trip out of the house. Where are they going? What is their story?

Download the guide:

‘Off Out’ Monologue Challenge Guide


Over the past 135 years we’ve seen some colourful characters light up the Coliseum stage. Can you write a scene that brings two characters from our previous productions together?

Download the guide:

‘Take Two’ Duologue Challenge Guide


Do you want to try creative writing but not sure where to start? Our Creative Writing for Beginners booklet will guide you through some writing exercises and give you some top tips to put pen to paper.

Download the guide:

Creative Writing for Beginners

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