The performances at the Finnish National Opera and Ballet offer unforgettable experiences for the entire family. Our repertoire always contains operas and ballets suitable for audiences of all ages. There is always something to do with children at the Opera and the Ballet, whether you are a parent, a grandparent, a godparent or a grown-up friend. Children’s performances are always sizzling with energy, and it is rewarding for adults too to see how captivating they can be for children.
Tickets for children
For fire safety reasons, a child cannot sit on the lap of an adult. The Opera and Ballet youth discount for attendees under 20 years old is 40% off the price of a regular ticket.
The best viewing experience for children
The Main Stage of the Opera House is large, and the balconies are surprisingly far from the stage. The best viewing experience for children is in the stalls and in the 1st balcony. Our customer service will be happy to help you find the best seats for your group.
If you need a booster cushion for a small child, ask the front-of-house staff.
We always give age recommendations for productions intended for the whole family, assessing the age limit according to our best knowledge and experience. However, every child is different. For more details on the grounds for our age recommendations and the content of particular performances, please ask the Customer Service.
Everyone above the age of 5 is welcome to Main Stage performances
Main Stage performances are not suitable for children under 5 years of age. The duration of the performances, the bright lights and the powerful sounds often prove to be too much for babies and toddlers. Please consider other members of the audience and don’t bring a small baby to the performance. You’ll find performance-specific age limits on each dedicated performance page.
But don’t get us wrong – we’re delighted for the youngest family members to visit the Opera House, too. Babies are welcome to our First Taste of Opera and Ballet workshops and toddlers to our Mini Operas. Preschoolers will love the Opera and Ballet in Action workshops.
Tasty treats to impress the whole family
Celebrate the shared experience by treating yourself and the little ones, either before the performance or during the interval. While the adults sip a glass of sparkling wine or enjoy a coffee, the children can choose from a variety of sweets.
Explore the varied menu of the Opera Restaurant and pre-order your favourite options online.
Answers and autographs
Our Meet the Artists question and answer sessions are a wonderful opportunity for children to meet opera and ballet artists face to face. They are informal occasions, and there are no stupid questions; singers, dancers and orchestra members are happy to answer any questions you might have about the evening’s performance, about putting the production together or about their jobs in general. Taking photos and asking for autographs is naturally also possible. We hope to see you there!
”The best thing about this evening was the amazing atmosphere. The music, the sets and the entire story were unbelievably beautiful. It’s been such an emotional rollercoaster that I’ve had to wipe my eyes at times.”
– grandmother Anneli Helle describes a night at the ballet with her family
Get personally involved
A full-length opera with a school, young people In the Limelight, Open House, dance workshops and Opera & Ballet in Action workshops. The Finnish National Opera invites its audience of all ages to get involved in the arts all over Finland.