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The Kauffman Center is dedicated to creating unprecedented access to arts experiences for young people in the Kansas City metropolitan area.

School Matinees

The Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts is passionate about providing youth in our community opportunities to experience high quality performing arts.

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Kauffman Center Presents

National Geographic Live!
Steve Winter presenting On the Trail of Big Cats: Tigers, Cougars and Snow Leopards

  • Tuesday, February 23rd, 2016 at 10:30 am

All tickets: FREE
Recommended for: 5th grade and older
Length: Approximately 1 hour

Go around the world in search of big cats with award-winning photographer Steve Winter. A determined explorer, Winter will lead you from Asian jungles where resilient tiger populations persist, to the Himalaya, home of the rare snow leopard. Co-author of the new National Geographic book Tigers Forever, Winter’s mission is to share the beauty of big cars while working to save them.

This performance is not eligible for bus reimbursement.

Follow the link to apply for tickets:

Ticket Form

National Geographic Live!
Kevin Hand presenting The Search for Life Beyond Earth

  • Tuesday, April 26th, 2016 at 10:30 am

All tickets: FREE
Recommended for: 5th grade and older
Length: Approximately 1 hour

Astrobiologist Kevin Hand is searching for life beyond Earth, designing instruments that will travel to Jupiter’s moon Europa in search of primitive forms of life. His work often takes him out of the lab, visiting some of the world’s most forbidding environments to investigate how microbes survive under extreme conditions. Don’t miss this firsthand report on the search for real extraterrestrials.

This performance is not eligible for bus reimbursement.

Follow the link to apply for tickets:

Ticket Form

 Kansas City Ballet

The Nutcracker

  • Friday, December 4th, 2015 at 10:30 am
  • Friday, December 11th, 2015 at 10:30 am

All tickets: $10
Recommended for: 2nd grade and older
Length: 2 hours (includes 1 intermission)

Kansas City Ballet Artistic Director Devon Carney presents an all new production of this favorite holiday classic for 2015. Carney promises a traditional yet boisterous, adventurous, and reimagined production. A two act ballet based on E.T.A. Hoffman’s story—featuring vibrant costumes and stunning and elaborate scenery, this holiday classic tells the timeless story of Clara, the Mouse King and her Nutcracker Prince.

Contact info for tickets:
Kansas City Ballet Outreach


Lyric Opera of Kansas City

The Elixir of Love

  • Thursday, March 10th, 2016 at 6 pm

All Tickets: $5
Recommended for: 2nd grade and older
Length: Approximately 2.5 hours

Donizetti’s bel canto comedy is a lively, charming tale of a boy, a girl and a love potion. The setting has been reimagined as early 20th-century America in a style reminiscent of Kansas City painter Thomas Hart Benton. Upright and slightly naïve Nemorino is infatuated with beautiful and slightly fickle Adina, who in turn is in the sights of the calculating and slightly devious Sergeant Belcore. Enter snake-oil salesman Dr. Dulcamara, a cheap bottle of wine (or two) and you have a fun and whimsical romp. A beguiling tonic of passion and humor, The Elixir of Love features exhilarating duets as well as the wildly romantic aria, “Una furtive lagrima,” which will leave you enchanted.

Groups of 15 or more receive the educational materials and attend the opera for $5 per person; add an in-school visit for a flat rate of just $385. Two adult chaperones are required per every 15 students at the final dress rehearsal.

Contact info for tickets:
Ticketing & Patron Services

 Störling Dance Theater – Culture House

Störling Dance Theater’s UNDERGROUND

  • Thursday, February 11th, 2016 at 9:30 am
  • Friday, February 12th, 2016 at 9:30 am

All tickets: $5 2 FREE tickets per class for teachers and teacher’s aids.
Recommended for 3rd Grade – 12th Grade
Length:  1 hour and 45 minutes (with one intermission)

Chosen as one of the Top 10 Performances of the Decade for Kansas City, Störling Dance Theater’s UNDERGROUND is a powerful and inspiring portrayal of the Underground Railroad movement and the abolition of slavery.  All teachers attending will receive a copy of the nationally award winning Underground Curriculum Guide that meets Missouri and Kansas State Educational Standards in the areas of Language Arts and Social Studies.

Contact info for tickets:
Tonya Franken

Kansas City Symphony

Young People’s Concert: Play Me a Story

  • October 13th – 16th, 2015 at 10 am & 11:30 am

All tickets: $2
Recommended: Grades 4-6
Length: Approximately 1 hour

Kansas City Symphony Young People’s Concerts are designed to spark the imagination of students in grades 4-6. Programs include an introduction to the orchestra while making connections to the reading and language arts curriculum.  

Character – Setting – Plot. These are the three key elements that make up any good story. Join the Kansas City Symphony and Associate Conductor Aram Demirjian as we explore how an orchestra can transport us to new places, invent memorable characters and create exciting encounters, all through the magic of music.

KinderKonzert: The Remarkable Farkle McBride and other Symphonic Stories

  • February 9th – 11th, 2016 at 10 am & 11:30 am
  • Wednesday, May 11th, 2016 at 11:30 am
  • Thursday, May 12th, 2016 at 10 am & 11:30 am

All tickets: $2
Recommended: Grades K-3
Length: Approximately 1 hour 

Kansas City Symphony KinderKonzerts are designed to introduce students in grades K-3 to the instruments of the orchestra. Programs include curricular ties to reading and language arts. Teachers will receive a curriculum guide and audio CD prior to the performance. This guide includes information and activities to use prior to and following the concert experience.

People tell stories in many different ways. Join us in Helzberg Hall as we explore storytelling through music, pictures, movement and words. Students will learn about the instruments of the orchestra through Bill Elliot’s The Remarkable Farkle McBride and will be able to tell their own music-inspired stories with pictures! 

Link Up: The Orchestra Sings

  • Tuesday, April 26th, 2016 at 10 am and 11:30 am
  • Thursday, April 28th, 2016 at 10 am and 11:30 am
  • Tuesday, May 10th, 2016 at 10 am and 11:30 am
  • Wednesday, May 11th, 2016 at 10 am

All tickets: $2 Student Ticket (does not include recorder), $5 Student Ticket (includes recorder), $5 Adult Ticket
Recommended: Grades 3-5
Length: Approximately 1 hour

Link Up, a program of Carnegie Hall’s Weill Music institute, pairs orchestras across the country with students in grades 3-5 to explore orchestral repertoire through a hands-on music curriculum.  After studying the curriculum in the classroom, students participating in Link Up attend a culminating concert where they sing and play recorder with the Kansas City Symphony.

Contact info for tickets:
Owen Craig, Education Ticketing Coordinator
1703 Wyandotte, Suite 200
Kansas City, MO 64108
Fax: 816.329.1809

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