For the 4th year in a row, Pediatric Alliance is pleased to support the Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre as it presents a sensory-friendly version of the holiday classic The Nutcracker. And, for the 4th consecutive year, we will be raffling off tickets to families whose children would really appreciate the experience! This has been an extremely popular contest the last 3 years and this one promises to be no different. The raffle begins today and here are the rules:

What: Sensory-friendly performance of The Nutcracker performed by the Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre.

When: Tuesday, December 27, 2016 at 2:00 PM.

Where: Benedum Center for the Performing Arts in Downtown Pittsburgh.

Who: This contest is open to patients of Pediatric Alliance who would enjoy this special sensory-friendly performance. Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre recognizes that this needs to be a safe event for our families. Therefore, each group attending must have at least one member on the autism spectrum.

How to Enter the Pediatric Alliance Ticket Contest:

Type the following information in the comments box below this post (this information will not be shared):

— Parent Name and Email address
— Child’s Name
— Number of tickets desired (2-6 per family)

OR, you can email the information above to

(In order to respect your privacy, we discourage entering this contest via Facebook. But please keep up with our daily PediaBlog posts on Pediatric Alliance’s Facebook page!)

We will accept one entry per family per day, but you can enter every day until we pick the winners!

Winners will be picked randomly on Friday, December 9, 2016 so we can get tickets to families before the performance.


Here’s more from the Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre:

What makes it “sensory-friendly?”

A friendly, supportive environment for families with a loved one with special needs. Adaptations to the performance are slight, including:

  • lower sound levels
  • elimination of potentially startling special effects and lighting
  • house lights on at about 20%


PLUS, at this performance we have:

  • relaxed house rules–you are free to get up, move around, and leave whenever you need to
  • allowed use of iPads and other electronics for therapeutic use
  • volunteers scattered throughout the theater to assist and direct audience members as needed
  • quiet areas and activity areas in the lobby for taking a break
  • fidget objects and ear plugs available
  • trained staff, dancers, ushers and volunteers


Read about previous PBT sensory-friendly performances and Pediatric Alliance ticket contests from The PediaBlog:

2013 — The Nutcracker here, here, here, and here (including a review of the show).

2014 — The Nutcracker here, here, and here (review).

2015 — Peter Pan here, here, and here (review).


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