Atlanta >Arts & Entertainment > Center For Puppetry Arts
1404 Spring St NW, Atlanta, GA | Directions 30309-285133.792772 -84.389119
Mon Closed ; Tue-Fri 9am-3pm ; Sat 9am-5pm ; Sun 11am-5pm
Neighborhoods: Northeast, Midtown, Northeast
What a magical place for kids and adults alike; check their schedule online and sign for a class or show. Your kids will love watching the puppets come alive and interact with them. Go during the week or look for free kids weekends to save a buck!
It's a fantastical, magical place!! – I love the Center for Puppetry Arts -there is no place else like it. The Center offers incredibly innovative live theater with the bonus of a museum of puppetry and hands-on workshops – all for an unbelievably low ticket price (you'll pay twice the price or more for a similar live show)! The Center has its own in-house performers presenting imaginative, high quality, fully staged productions - singing, acting and manipulating their puppets all live. After the show, the puppeteers even show you how they did it and explain how the puppets work. In between these shows, the Center brings in guest artists offering an incredible opportunity to see a variety of puppetry styles and shows from around the world.
The Center has shows just for adults that will take you places you’ve never been and shows for kids that are just as entertaining for adults (if the Center’s artistic director, Jon Ludwig, is behind it, you won’t be disappointed no matter who the show is targeted to). If you're a home schooler, or just want to help your kids learn, download the study guide that goes with the show from the Center's web site. You'll get additional background on the show as well as fun activities to do before or after.
If you’re looking for a fun place to take out-of-town guests, don’t skip the Center for Puppetry Arts. Every major city has a zoo or an art museum – do something different - take your friends and family to a place they won’t forget!
Parking is available on site and it’s still free – a rarity in Midtown Atlanta.
Great kids entertainment – I love the different shows throughout the year, the beautiful puppetry, and the puppet studio upstairs. My kids love creating their own puppets after each show!What a treat!
And, very inexpensive=)
Complete Waste of Money – Attended a Pinnocchio show. This show is purported to last one hour. It lasted 45 minutes. All tickets are $16- including children. They shoud have more competitive rates for the young ones.
Puppeteer prides himself on using indigenous materials to make his puppets e.g lamp shades, wooden spoons from Salvation Army, but c'mon, I could have done this myself and set up a show for my guests right at home. The puppets were simply TACKY. The whole set up was an eyesore e.g faded cloth material and the like.
$64 later, I would have been better off taking the kids to watch a movie instead. Will never go back again...you have been warned!!
Angry Atlanta Parents, Some Happy Kids – My family went to see a show in late Aug.2008 (Ugly Duckling) and we were only a couple minutes late but the theater was a packed full house. There were a few seats separated from each other so we had to split up and sit in different areas, which was fine. Until angry parents were huffing and puffing while we try to find an extra seat. Other people came in after us and a parent yelled out "This is ridiculous" during the show. I was surprised at how rude the people were here. Parents complained more than their kids that they wouldn't be able to see the show because my head or one of my family members head was in their way, not in their kids way! We paid for our tickets just the same but the people that were there were reluctant to sharing the space. This was due to the poor seating plan the Puppetry Arts center had, which is first come first serve. But if you are in a little theater and have sold out shows people should be forced to scoot all the way to the wall so that the extra seats are open on the end.
I gave it two stars only because the kids liked the show, they didn't love it. It was only 45mins but it was cute. For me as a parent, I was ready to fight before I was ready to relax and laugh with my kids. We will never go back.
Fun! – A great place to take the kids on a rainy day. Also a great attraction for your nieces and nephews. Be sure to sit as close to the front as possible so you can really see the puppets.
A potpourri of puppetry for kids and adults alike. – Overview
One of the largest organizations in the U.S. devoted to puppetry, the center is home to a museum, gallery, two theaters, workshop areas and a gift shop. Lovers of theater, puppetry and good museums should put it at the top of their list of places to visit.
There are two kinds of shows, the daytime Family Series and the evening New Directions Series. The first puts a new spin on favorite classics, with an optional Create-a-Puppet Workshop before and after each show. The daring, always provocative New Directions Series offers puppetry for adults only. Center puppeteers and both national and international companies stage all performances. Don't miss the incredible interactive exhibit, "Puppets: The Power of Wonder," which includes more than 350 puppets as famous and diverse as Punch and Judy, Muppet Dr. Strangepork and Skeksis from "Dark Crystal." Traveling exhibits, often internationally themed, complement the museum's offerings.
Fun stuff! – Went to see Winnie The Pooh with my daughter. I must say that the skills displayed by the puppeteers where outstanding! Parking was a little iffy, but the staff was as friendly as can be. The price of the tickets was abit high, but a fun time was had by all and we even got to make our own pupptets afterwards!
Top Atlanta Attraction – The exhibits are engaging. The shows are fun. Kids love it and adults enjoy it just as much. I took my young nieces to a production of Aladdin and they watched wide-eyed for the entire show. The center also puts on shows in the evenings for adults. And, I hear, this is great place for a children's birthday party.
Not just for kids – Don't let the preconceived notion that puppets are just for children keep you from one of the shows. The center has dedicated much of its time to adult programming, which never fails to be innovative and challenging. You'll find that the interactive puppet museum engages adults just as much as children (sometimes more).
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