Take a Child to the Opera

Family Matinee

Enhance your Family Matinee experience with fun pre-show activities starting at 11:30 a.m.

Event Details

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

11:30 am Meet at Williams Stables (on Eureka Street, across from the Teller House) – see full schedule below for various venues involved and time frame

Tickets: $10 for preshow activitiesAdd on the 2:30pm Nina Odescalchi Kelly Family Matinee of Carmen for $20 (tickets sold separately).  Call the box office for more information, 303-292-6700. 

Enhance your Family Matinee experience! With this package (just $10 more than matinee tickets), festival goers can add inside information about the opera accompanied by pre-performance family fun activities, including a Central City-themed scavenger hunt, with Take a Child to the Opera. We also invite you to bring your own lunch to picnic with us before the family matinee performance at 2:30 pm.  *Prices subject to change based on availability; purchase early for the best price.


  • 11:30 – 11:40 am:  Join us in the Williams Stables Theater (on Eureka Street, across from the Teller House).  Check in and learn about Central City GO – a scavenger hunt for historic items around Eureka Street.
  • 11:40 am – 12:20 pm:  Hunt for places and things described in limerick clues. Gather stickers to prove your finds.
  • 12:20 – 12:30 pm:  Return to the Williams Stables Theater to recap the hunt.
  • 12:30 – 1:20 pm:  Lunch on your own! Bring a picnic lunch and enjoy it in the Opera House Gardens or Teller House; or visit a Central City restaurant. The Face Bar (family friendly) in the Teller House will be serving lunch. Call 303-867-0664 to reserve a table.
  • 1:25 – 1:55 pm: Return to the Williams Stables Theater to learn more about Carmen from Central City Opera performers.
  • 2:00 pm:  Convene outside on Eureka Street to watch the Central City Opera Ushers sing their famous song.
  • 2:30 pm:  The Nina Odescalchi Kelly Family Matinee of Carmen begins!
  • Post-show: Meet the cast members on the Opera Patio just uphill from the Opera House for photos and autographs.

Learn more about our production of Carmen by visiting the production webpage or checking out the Opera Insider Festival Resource Guide featuring history on the productions and what inspired the composers and librettists to write them, interviews with the artists, conversation-starting questions and activities!

This event is sponsored by the Central City Opera Guild.

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