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Atlanta Activities: Atlanta Center for Puppetry Arts Celebrates World Puppetry Day

World Puppetry Day

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The Atlanta Center for Puppetry Arts is truly a magical place! I am ashamed to say that we have NEVER been before. I’ve never been intrigued before by the puppetry arts but after this recent trip I cannot wait to back! My husband was apprehensive as well, but he also enjoyed the show. In celebration of World Puppetry Day, the Center for Puppetry Arts had quite the line up. The featured show is The Dragon King by Tanglewood Marionettes of Ware, MA. In addition there were TONS of activities to celebrate the puppetry arts!

The Dragon King

The Dragon King is a magical story about a grandmother and her venture to find the Dragon King and asking him to bring back the rain! She shows no fear, even in her old age, as she sets out to search high and low in order to restore her village. The puppets are incredibly designed and each minute of the show will captivate your attention! My children are 2-1/2 and 1 and they both were hooked! At one point I did step out with my son and I was eager to get back to hear the rest of the story. I don’t want to give away too much because you must go see show! It runs through this weekend with the last showing on April 2, 2017! The picture above is one from the show.

The Museum Gallery

Not only were we able to enjoy a show, but the kids love running through the museum. Currently the museum is featuring four collections – my favorite is the Jim Henson Collection. Here is a little more information about each collection AND some pictures from our adventure.

The Jim Henson Collection – This interactive exhibition follows Henson’s prolific imagination chronologically, transporting visitors through environments that typified the master puppeteer’s world.

The Global Collection – The Global Collection celebrates puppetry traditions in major cultures from around the world. Highlighting the history of puppetry in Asia, Africa, Europe, and the Americas.

Jim Henson’s Labyrinth: Journey to Goblin City – Enter the magical world of Jim Henson’s Labyrinth! In honor of the film’s 30th anniversary, experience a spellbinding exhibit of goblins, gowns and behind-the-scenes artwork.

Topthorn from War Horse – Come see the Center’s newest iconic acquisition: Topthorn, from the Tony Award-winning Broadway production of War Horse.

Pictures From Our Visit

world puppetry day

world puppetry day

world puppetry day

world puppetry day

world puppetry day

world puppetry day

world puppetry day

Other Activities

The Center for Puppetry Arts was busy. busty in their celebration of World Puppetry Day! At 12 PM they cut the ribbon for their Tiny Door and the Tiny Doors concert followed! You could also make a free puppet and the Atlanta Puppetry Guild brought a lot of their puppets for demos. If you have a purchased tickets you could also create a marionette dragon puppet – Rhory loved that experience! Rhett, on the other hand, was busy checking out the larger than life spider puppet!

world puppetry day

world puppetry day

Upcoming Shows

While this weekend is the last for The Dragon King, the Atlanta Center for Puppetry Arts has some  exciting shows coming up! Check them out:

April 4-May 21
Pete the Cat – This new show is groovy adventure of one cool, skateboarding, surfing, and rocking  blue cat and his fine friends. A new show based on the New York Times Best Seller series.

May 11 – May 14
Xperimental Puppetry Theater – What happens when artists of all disciplines join forces to create bold, original puppetry works for adult audiences? XPT! Guaranteed to inspire, surprise, amuse, and provoke.

Monday: Closed
Tuesday – Friday 9AM-5PM
Saturday: 10AM-5PM
Sunday: 12PM-5PM

I would love to hear about your experience with the puppetry arts!



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