Kids & Families at the Ballet

Boston Ballet warmly welcomes families and children with the safety of our artists, staff, and audiences as our top priority. 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.

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On this page, you'll find everything you need to make your ballet experience a joyful one, including our current COVID-19 guidelines. Please see below for pricing, health and safety policies, FAQs, downloadable family guides and activity sheets, as well as fun videos to help you prepare for your visit. Enjoy exploring!

Do you have children's ticket pricing?

Youth ages 2 – 20 years old save $20 on select performances and sections. Call the Box Office at 617.695.6955 for details and to order, or visit our website.

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Kids & Families Health and Safety

All patrons attending a live, indoor Boston Ballet performance must go through a health and safety check before entering the venue. Entry requirements differ by age in accordance with the City of Boston’s B Together vaccine mandate. In addition, all audience members must wear masks inside the theater, regardless of age or vaccination status.

Patrons ages 5+ must present proof of full vaccination before entering the venue.

  • Fully vaccinated is defined as at least 14 days after receiving your final shot of either a two-dose COVID-19 vaccine (Pfizer or Moderna) or one-dose COVID-19 vaccine (Johnson & Johnson).

  • Proof of vaccination may include showing either a vaccination card or a photo of the card. A photo ID is not required.

  • In accordance with the City of Boston's B Together vaccine mandate, we will no longer be able to accept negative test results as a means for entry for patrons ages 5+.


Patrons ages 2–4 must present proof of a recent negative COVID-19 test before entering the venue.

  • You may present a negative COVID-19 PCR test taken within 72 hours of the performance OR a negative COVID-19 rapid antigen test taken within 24 hours of the performance.

  • Take-at-home rapid antigen tests are available at most pharmacies and take just 15 minutes to complete.

  • Proof of a negative test can be in the form of a photo or email of negative test results from a clinic, testing center, medical professional, or a time-stamped photo of an at-home test. Depending on your camera settings, date and time-stamp might appear on the photo or can be found in photo details.


Entry will be denied for patrons who do not follow the protocols as required above. Patrons who are denied entry should contact the Box Office within 72 hours to either reschedule their performance or request a refund via check.

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.

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.

What should I consider when buying tickets for my family?

The Mezzanine section’s stadium-style seating may provide a better view for small theatergoers. 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 into 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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Activities

Word Search
Test your skills and find all the ballet clues in this puzzle.

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Ballet 101

Ballet Basics
Brush up on your ballet terms.

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Watch and Learn
Get an inside look at ballet, from experiencing a visit to the ballet to discovering the foundations of ballet technique with these videos

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

Mikko Nissinen, Artistic Director
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