Plan Your Visit with California Ballet

Things to Know Before You Go

An afternoon or evening at the ballet is a special event, and with some advanced planning your ballet experience can be one you will remember forever.

If you have not made a visit to a ballet performance before, you might wish to consider a few things before you buy your tickets. These are not hard and fast rules; but just suggestions you might wish to consider.

Children at the Ballet

The Nutcracker is the perfect way to introduce young children to the power and beauty of classical dance. Story ballets with familiar characters such as Alice in Wonderland, Snow White and Cinderella are also wonderful productions for children.

These ballets such as The Nutcracker and the more familiar story ballets are recommended for children 4 and up. As a general rule, if your young child has been to the movies and been able to sit quietly for a reasonable period of time, they should do well at the ballet. It is important to judge your child’s maturity and their ability to enjoy the show without disruption to other patrons. Infants and babies in arms are not permitted at the theatre, nor are children under the age of three.

Please note that all children need a ticket.


Although there is no official dress code, going to the ballet certainly presents an opportunity to dress up.
That being said, you should wear whatever makes you feel relaxed and at your best. At one of our performances you may see everything from jeans to tuxedos. Many people come directly from work wearing business attire. “Upscale Casual” seems to be the norm for most performances, although opening nights tend to attract more formal wear. At many of our performances of The Nutcracker, it is not unusual to see young children dressed in festive party clothes.


It is recommended you arrive at the Civic Theatre at least 30 minutes prior to the curtain time. Please allow sufficient time for unexpected traffic, especially during concurrent events downtown, and to secure parking. There is usually ample and convenient parking available if you arrive early. Should you arrive at the Theatre late or after curtain, you may be held in the lobby until there is a suitable seating break during the performance.

Parking for Balboa Theatre events generally requires arriving at least 60 minutes prior to curtain to avoid traffic delays in and around the Gaslamp District.

Audience members are admitted to the auditorium one half-hour (30 minutes) prior to the start of the performance. If audience members are picking up tickets at the Box Office, they should allow at least 20 minutes to do so, should there be long reservation lines.

Other things to know

Tickets for children: No one, including small children, will be admitted to any performance without a ticket.

Cameras: The use of cameras and recording equipment is strictly prohibited during the performance.

House Opens: 30 minutes before the start of performance.

Wheelchair Access Seating: Wheelchair access seating is available in all theaters. Please contact the box office at: 858-560-6741.

Directions and

Balboa Theatre

Civic Theatre

Seating Charts

Balboa Theatre
(Level 1 / Level 2)
Civic Theatre
Poway Center for
the Performing Arts