Center for Puppetry Arts, Atlanta, Georgia
1404 Spring St NW, Atlanta, Georgia 30309| Map |
The Center for Puppetry Arts is the nation’s largest organization dedicated to the art form of puppetry. The Center focuses on three areas: performance, education and museum.
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- Tots (0-2)
- Little kids (3-5)
- Big kids (6-8)
- Tweens (9-12)
- Teens (13+)
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The Center for Puppetry Arts is located in an old elementary school in Midtown Atlanta. They offer puppet shows for young children, young adult shows and adults only shows. The Center is easy to miss, and a treasure to find. They offer shows for kids, but also teen and adult programs. There is also a puppet museum which showcases several different kinds of puppets and another dedicated to the puppetry of Jim Henson and includes Big Bird, Kermit and several Sesame Street and Muppet favorites, as well as some from Jim Henson's TV shows and movies. With each kids puppet show there is a free create a puppet workshop where the kids can make and take a puppet related to the show. After most shows there is a talk back where the puppeteers come out and show how they make the magic. We've seen some fantastic programs here that were educational and memorable. Galapagos George taught us about giant turtles and the blue footed booby bird. Ruth and the Green book about the difficulties of traveling for African Americans during segregation. Tales of Edgar Allan Poe was a wonderful adult show that my teen and I attended. He had been studying Poe and "was a bit of a fan". Some shows are just plain fun. Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer is based on the old TV show. The characters are the same, as is the storyline - with some interesting effects to adopt the TV to stage.
Tips for Families
Save time before or after the kids shows for the Create a Puppet Workshop. Most shows have a talk back session afterwards so you can talk to the puppeteers. Free parking is available on site.
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I have seen several plays here with my son. The Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer has to be my one of my favorite. I could not wait as a child to watch the old classic every year at Christmas time. I bought the collection a few years ago so my son could watch them. I love the fact that the play stays so close to the old classic. I love the play scene and all the characters. I think they did a great job! My son loved it! He wanted to watch the old movie when we got him. I admit it put me in the Christmas spirit which I was not before. The museum is great to show your kids how old you are. LOL! My son was like wooow this was around when you were kid all those years ago. Yes, yes they were. I just love that!!! But ...
Hands down one of the coolest museums i've ever been to. This place has kind of a creepy feel to it, and I feel like that is intentional. I came for the Jim Henson exhibit, which features such retired muppets as Rowlf, Dr, Teeth, The Swedish Chef, and Ernie. There were also some Fraggle rock and Labyrinth displays as well. What too...
I LOVE THIS PLACE!!! I won tickets from my job and I attended the adult show. Where do I begin.... The museum of puppets is completely breathtaking! There is a Jim Hensen display that everyone is familiar with, there are interactive puppets- my favo...