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The Snail and the Whale

February 09, 2021 | 12:00 - 11:59 PM

Streaming Now - Feb. 9, 2021

Join an adventurous young girl and her seafaring father as they reimagine the story of a tiny snail’s incredible trip around the world, inspired by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler’s much-loved picture book.

Longing to see the world, a tiny sea snail hitches a lift on the tail of a great big, grey-blue humpback whale.Together they go on an amazing journey, brought vividly to life through live music, storytelling and lots of laughs - but when the whale gets beached, how will the snail save him? A heart-warming adventure for everyone aged four and up, from Tall Stories, the Olivier Award-nominated company that brought you The Gruffalo and Room on the Broom live on stage.

In addition to The Snail and the Whale virtual performance, you will have access to a preshow behind the scenes and postshow activities. The preshow takes a look at what it takes to create the sets, costumes, lighting and sound effects, plus a day in rehearsal! The postshow activities include make your own whale, snail and volcano! Registration to this virtual event will automatically include these additional learning units. Join in the fun and register your student today!

​Supplemental materials for both parents & educators
Study Guide  
Digital Chapters  The performance is approximately 55 minutes long. You can watch it all at once or it can be broken up into the following 4 digital “chapters” with the accompanying discussion questions.
Recommended Pre-K through 3.

Curriculum Connections

  • Science: Animals (Snail, Whales, Sharks, Penguins), The Natural Environment, Volcanoes, Icebergs

  • Fine Arts: Drama, Live Music

  • Literature: Reading (suggested reading: The Snail and the Whale, by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler)

  • Emotional/Social Development: Courage, Teamwork, Empathy, Problem Solving, Friendship, Leadership, Self Awareness


Registration is Now Open! Click on 'Buy Now' at the upper right corner of this page to preregister today.  Upon registering, you will receive an email confirming your registration along with additional instructions on how to view the event. Please note, this event will begin streaming on January 18, 2021 and will close on February 9, 2021.

Our offices remain closed, however, our staff is working remotely. We are here to assist with any login questions/issues. Please email your questions to with the Subject Line: The Snail and the Whale and a staff member will assist you during regular business hours (Monday-Friday, 8am-5pm).


  • FREE Virtual Performance: $0

‘Captivating, inventive storytelling along with beautiful live music and songs – it’s highly recommended that you climb aboard and set sail!’ Edinburgh Festivals for Kids ★★★★★


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