sensory friendly nutcracker

December 13, 2023

Sensory-Friendly Nutcracker

I cannot thank you enough for the opportunity for my kids to experience such an amazing performance in a less intimidating environment.

- Attendee
sensory friendly nutcracker

What makes this performance sensory-friendly?

  • Reduced sound levels, especially loud and surprising noises
  • House lights will remaining half lit
  • Relaxed house rules…freedom to get up and move around, use of electronic devices is permitted, and permission to talk freely during the performance
  • Designated quiet space will be available throughout the evening
  • Trained staff, ushers, and volunteers to assist patrons

Plan Your Nutcracker Experience

Run Time: Approximately 2 hours, which includes a 20-minute intermission

Kauffman Center will be open at 5 p.m. for patron arrival

Parking: The Arts District Garage is connected to the Kauffman Center and is $13 in advance, and $16 at the gate. Access to the theatre is provided by stairs, escalators, and elevators. Parking can be pre-purchased when you order tickets through the Box Office.

Kauffman Center and accessibility

sensory friendly nutcracker


Dig deeper into this Kansas City Ballet production with these resources:

NEW! Pre-visit Stories to share with your child (PDF)
Nutcracker Synopsis with accompanying photos (PDF)

Questions? Please contact Grace Ingham or by phone at 816.216.5589.

The Story Of The Nutcracker

Dr. Drosselmeier, a mysterious magician and creator of mechanical toys and clocks, puts the finishing touches on some magical dolls and a very special Nutcracker in his workshop on Christmas Eve.

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