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Center for Puppetry Arts brings joy to hearts both young and old

Center for Puppetry Arts brings joy to hearts both young and old Photo by Heather Kennedy via Flickr

The Center for Puppetry Arts in Atlanta opens hearts and minds to the creative fun of the arts to everyone who every wanted to put on a show.

When Jim Henson and Kermit the Frog helped cut the ribbon for the Center in 1978 they opened up a whole new world of the arts for future performers and fans. The Center offers stage performances, workshops and a museum for visitors to enjoy.

Located in Mid-town Atlanta this Museum and performance center has provided a great place for kids to have fun and future performers to learn their craft. The Museum provides a permanent exhibit with 350 puppets from around the world and hands on activities. The Workshops show you how puppets are made and you can even make one to take home after a day of fun.

The education programs offered Include Create a Puppet, Explore Puppetry, and Discovery Days. The Center offers Field Trip opportunities for local school groups. There are curriculum based workshops for kids age 4 and up. Kids age 2-3 may be admitted with an adult. Ages 2 and down are free with an adult as long as the child can remain in the adults lap.

Tickets for performances vary among the performances and activities, so you should check the Center’s website for current information when you wish to attend. General Admission in most cases is $16.50 for each ticket for Family Performances, which includes an opportunity to create a puppet. Visit the museum without performances for only $8.25.

There is also a separate ticket offer for adults and teens who only wish to visit the museum. Tours are available regularly on Saturdays and Sundays. The box office is open Monday – Friday 9-4:30; Saturday 9-5; Sunday 12-5. The Center encourages people to purchase tickets for performances as early as possible because performances tend to sell-out as much as a year in advanced. Take heart, though. It won’t hurt to go to the box office to see about cancellations and get on a wait list for those.

The Center is open Tuesday-Saturday 9-5 and Sundays 12-5.  The Museum is free every Thursday from 1-3. Fulton County residents, students and government employees can get free admission to the museum the first Saturday of every month. For those who have memberships admission is always free.

Information

Address/Map:  1404 Spring St NW, Atlanta, GA 30309
Phone: (404) 873-3089
Website: Plan your visit to the Center for Puppetry Arts