sensory friendly nutcracker

December 5, 2024

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, including loud and surprising noises
  • House lights will remain 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 spaces 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. Valet parking is available in the drop off lane for $22 in advance or $24 the day of. 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:

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

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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