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Pre-Performance Workshops
Frequently Asked Questions

Ticketing FAQ

Q: Does a ticket to the workshop include a ticket to the performance?
A: No. A separate ticket purchase is required for each event.

Q: Do I need to buy tickets to both the workshop and performance?
A: Yes. Our workshops are crafted to prepare children and families for the ballet immediately following.

Q:Only my children are participating in the workshop. Do I need to buy an adult ticket to the workshop?
A:Yes. Both adults and children must carry their own separate tickets. Parents are encouraged to participate in all pre-workshop activities and join in the warm-up and reverence, or closing exercise.

Q: Our whole family is attending the performance after the workshop. Do small children and infants need tickets to the performance?
A: Yes. The Metropolitan Opera House requires each patron to be ticketed, regardless of age.

Q: If I don't have my performance tickets, where should I pick them up?
A: Performance tickets must be picked up at the Metropolitan Opera House box office located in the northeast corner of the lobby.

Q: Where do I pick up workshop tickets?
A: There is no physical ticket to pick up. Upon registering, an email confirmation will be sent to the email provided. Please print the confirmation and bring it with you the day of the workshop.

Q: What happens if I lose my email confirmation?
A: You will be able to check-in using the last name tickets were purchased under. When purchasing tickets you have the option of receiving a reminder email which can serve as a confirmation.

Q: I see the workshop I want is sold out. Should I bother to sign up for the waitlist?
A: We strongly recommend joining the waitlist. In the event someone is unable to attend, individuals are offered a spot on the waitlist in the order in which they were put on the list.

Q: It turns out I am not able to attend the workshop I signed up for. Can I receive a refund?
A: Unfortunately, all tickets are non-refundable.

Q: Am I able to purchase a workshop ticket the day of the pre-performance workshop?
A: Although most of our workshops sell out, last minute tickets are sometimes available. Workshop registration closes the day before the workshop at 5:00pm. If we have availability, our website will provide instructions on how to purchase tickets the morning of the workshop.

Q: Do I need to purchase workshop tickets if I purchase the ABTKids VIP Experience?
A: No, a special post-performance workshop is included with your VIP Experience purchase.


Workshop FAQ

Q: What is the schedule for the morning?
A: For all workshops, doors open and registration begins 45 minutes prior to the scheduled start time. Pre-workshop activities begin 30 minutes beforehand.

Q: Should I plan on attending the pre-workshop activities?
A: Pre-workshop activities help prepare children and families for the afternoon's ballet, often consisting of games and activities that help introduce the story and characters of the ballet. Additionally, as it takes between 5 and 10 minutes to get to the studios from the lobby, we recommend arriving time 45 minutes prior to the start of the workshop to ensure your participation in all workshop activities.

Q: How should my child come prepared for the workshop? What should he/she wear?
A: All children are encouraged to wear comfortable fitting clothes they are able to move in. Children are free to wear their leotards, tights, and ballet slippers but are not required. Children should come dressed as there are no changing rooms, and space is limited in the restrooms.

Q: Could I bring a different child other than the one that was registered?
A: Yes. Please contact atomera@abt.org and let us know the name and age of the new child.

Q: Will all the children stay together for the duration of the workshop?
A: Children are divided into age appropriate groups and stay in one studio for the matinee workshops, and two studios for the ABTKids workshop.

ABT makes every effort possible to keep all children registered together in the same studio. In the event that’s not possible, ABT will contact you. Unfortunately, children registering separately cannot be guaranteed placement in the same group if they are different ages.

Q: Will lunch be provided?
A: No, lunch will not be provided.

Q: Where can I purchase food?
A: Lights snacks including sandwiches, paninis and desserts are available throughout the Metropolitan Opera House pre-curtain and at intermission (excluding ABTKids). The Grand Tier restaurant is open two hours prior to curtain to all Lincoln Center ticket holders. Reservations suggested. Please call 212-799-3400.

A number of dining options are also available directly across the street: PJ Clark's, Boulud Sud, Rosa Mexicano and Café Fiorello. A Starbucks is located on Columbus Avenue between 66th and 67th Streets.

Please note that food and beverages are not permitted in the auditorium.

Q: Are the studios handicapped accessible?
A: Please contact atomera@abt.org for more information.

Q: I am bringing my infant to the workshop. Will there be some place I can leave my stroller?
A: Yes.

Q: Is there any parking available near the Metropolitan Opera House?
A: Yes, street parking is available on local streets but is limited and not recommended.

The Lincoln Center “park and lock” parking garage is located underneath Lincoln Center. It is open to the public 24 hours a day. The entrances are on West 65th Street (between Columbus and Amsterdam Avenues) and West 62nd Street (between Columbus and Amsterdam Avenues). For more information, please call 1-877-909-PARK.

The Metropolitan Opera House is also accessible by public transportation, and is located a short distance away from the 1 train at 66th Street.