LIVE Music Programs

All performances are at the Historic Balboa Theatre, Downtown

May Concerts:

Classics 4 Kids Concerts FAQ

All performances take place at the Balboa Theatre, located at 868 Fourth Ave, San Diego, CA 92101

Concert times are 9:45 am and 11:45 am. Each performance is 50-60 minutes long.

Tickets are $7 for students and chaperones, teachers are free.

Our programs are designed for students in grades K-6th.

Additional tickets will be $10 per person, and we cannot guarantee that you will be sitting with your group - Cash is preferred.

There is no limit to chaperones, please bring as many as you would like. The final chaperone count must be emailed to a C4K staff member a week prior.

Balboa Theatre does not have storage for lunches; however, we will try to accommodate you if you bring them. Please use paper bags. We suggest the following options for lunch spots:

Balboa Park 

The area near Panera Bread – 225 Broadway Cir Suite 160, San Diego, CA 92101

Children’s Park, 326 W Harbor Dr, San Diego, CA 92101 – 5 MINUTE DRIVE/11 MINUTE WALK

Neighborhood Park (small area) – Front St & W F St, San Diego, CA 92101 3 MINUTE DRIVE/ 6 MINUTE WALK

If you arrived on a bus, please wait on your bus for a Staff Member to check you in.

We will provide you with signs, please distribute the signs amongst your adults to help the ushers seat your group.

You will be instructed by Balboa Theatre staff when to unload to come into the theater. Please be patient.

If you did not come on a bus, please send a group lead to the lobby to check in and pick up your school signs.

We do not provide physical tickets - Your confirmation with a staff member and an invoice will be provided to you.

All adults are required to wear the wristbands provided to enter the theater. Wristbands will be mailed to the school approx. one week before the concerts.

If you did not receive your wristbands or require additional, they can be picked up upon check-in at the theater.


Title 1 schools may be eligible to receive funding towards the cost of the bus. Request for bus funds will cover district buses only and the bus must be full.

School site rep must book the bus(es) through your school district. Availability is on a first come first served basis, based on funds and/or district buses.

If approved, C4K will reimburse your school for the cost of the bus. A receipt or invoice must be provided.

Full payment is due 7 days prior to your concert field trip date. Please let a team member know if you are unable to pay prior.

Please send payment to the Classics 4 Kids office
checks payable to Classics 4 Kids:
3740 Fourth Avenue, San Diego, CA 92103
ATTN: Kiran Shelat, Executive Director

You can adjust your numbers up 7 days prior. Please email if you need to make changes.

Please indicate your name, the school's name, and the specific concert with the new attendee count. Tickets will still be $7 per person.

All ticket sales are final. Once you have paid for a certain number of seats, those seats are reserved for your group and cannot be sold to anyone else.

We suggest that buses arrive 30 minutes prior to the start of each performance (9:15 am for the 9:45 show and 11:15 am for the 11:45 am show). Seating will begin 30 minutes prior to the start of each performance.

Parking is available at the Horton Plaza Garage on Fourth Avenue operated by ABM.

Located at 801 Fourth Ave, San Diego, CA 92101.
The Early Bird is $10 and the time frame is:
Must come into the garage before 9:30 am
Must exit the garage by 6 pm.

If after 9:30 am - Balboa Theatre has Printable stickers for a $10 flat rate. Please bring in your ticket.
Please ask a Balboa Theatre staff member at the theatre.

Again --- **Bring your ticket to the theater!

If you came on a bus, please stay seated until your group is instructed to leave by an usher. Groups will be dismissed as their buses arrive at the theater. Please be patient as this will take some time. Classics 4 Kids is unable to control the order in which the buses return to the theater.

If you did not come on a bus, your group can leave once the concert is over.

There is no food allowed in the theater, however, adults may bring in coffee or water.

There is absolutely no videotaping or recording permitted DURING the Classics 4 Kids' concerts. The orchestra is part of the Musician's Union which has very strict rules against the recording.

You may take pictures before and after the performance – we would LOVE to see them.
Tag us on social media: @classics4kids

Classics 4 Kids’ programs comply with all safety protocols outlined by the California Department of Public Health for COVID. Effective April 1st, 2022:
  *   facial coverings are strongly recommended, but not required.
  *   vaccines or negative COVID tests are strongly recommended, but not required.
  *   hand sanitizer will be available throughout the venue.

Classics 4 kids will re-adjust these protocols as appropriate and in accordance with public health guidance. The safety of our guests, artists, and staff remains our top priority.