Kids & Families at the Ballet

Boston Ballet warmly welcomes families and children. With a little preparation, attending the ballet can be a wonderful experience for the whole family and gives children the opportunity to explore different cultures and expand their already active imaginations.

Child with young dancer in snowflake tutu from The Nutcracker

Photo by Sabi Varga ©vargaimages

On this page, you'll find everything you need to make your ballet experience a joyful one. Please see below for downloadable family guides and activity sheets, as well as fun videos to help you prepare for your visit. Enjoy exploring!

What are the age recommendations for each show?

This season encompasses a wide variety of ballets, some that tell a story, others focused on the music and dance. Most have 30 minutes to one hour of dancing followed by an intermission. Many children can remain quiet, attentive, and seated for a one-hour stretch, but you know your child best.

Please call our Box Office for suggestions of productions children might enjoy and more information about the lengths of performances. Note that infants and children under 2 years of age are not allowed in the theater, and The Nutcracker is recommended for children ages 5 and up. Take a look at our Family Content Guide for more information.

Do you have children's ticket pricing?

Boston Ballet offers half-price youth tickets to performances at the Citizens Bank Opera House. This season youth ages 2–17 save 50% in sections A & B on all performances of rEVOLUTION, Carmen, and Off the Charts with the purchase of an adult ticket. We will also be offering a special youth price for ages 2-22, a savings of 50%, on sections A and B, for select performances of The Nutcracker and Swan Lake with the purchase of an adult ticket. 

Interested in making your trip to the ballet a tradition? Consider getting student subscriptions, starting at just $90 ($30 each for 3 ballets). Just call the Box Office at 617.695.6955.

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Is The Citizens Bank Opera House accessible to children?

Absolutely. The Citizens Bank Opera House offers stroller storage, booster seats, and family bathrooms. Just ask an usher for assistance when you arrive. 

Many kids enjoy exploring the historic and palace-like space before the show begins. The Opera House is a beautiful building, with plenty of hidden details in its architecture. Children will also love The Warm-Up in the lower lobby, where you'll find activities for all ages. Interactive stations might include taking silly photos, touching a pair of pointe shoes, or collecting dancer trading cards.

What should I consider when buying tickets for my family?

The Mezzanine section’s stadium-style seating may provide a better view for small theater-goers. Families with young children might also prefer aisle seats, in case of bathroom emergencies or restless legs. Booster seats are available for anyone who needs a little extra height—just ask an usher. Please note: Every patron regardless of age must have a ticket; lap-sitting is not permitted.

Can I bring food in the theater?

The Citizens Bank Opera House sells a variety of drinks and tasty treats. If you’re craving a larger meal or have some picky eaters in your group, try one of the many surrounding restaurants. Please note, no outside food is allowed in the Opera House.

For more information and tips on enjoying your performance, please download our Children and Families info sheet or visit our Frequently Asked Questions page. We hope to see you at the theater soon!

Children & Families FAQ

Help your children prepare for their visit.



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2019-2020 Season

Special Youth Pricing

The audience connection to the art is what truly brings it to life.

Mikko Nissinen, Artistic Director