My sons love seeing puppet shows at the Center for Puppetry Arts, but the dark museum with puppets of all shapes and sizes scared them to death. All that’s about to change with a new museum. Here’s a sneak peak of what to expect when the Worlds of Puppetry opens Nov. 14.
Kids love puppets. In preschool, my son’s teacher worried that he never talked in class. She thought maybe he had some speech issues. In the end, puppets were what brought him out of his shell. I used to get my older ones into the bath with the promise of bringing Mr. Cow and Mr. Frog out to play. Atlantan’s are pretty lucky to have such an amazing resource like the Center for Puppetry Arts right in our backyard and the new Center for Puppetry Arts museum is going to be a fantastic addition
Worlds of Puppetry Museum
The Center for Puppetry Arts used to have two museums. The open atrium museum with a life-sized big bird and several brightly colored Jim Henson puppets the kids might recognize from Sesame Street or parents might remember from the Muppet Show. The Center also had another museum full of historical puppets and some from previous shows. These puppets were housed in a series of small, dark rooms, that truth be told could have easily been a setting for a scary film. There were buttons you could push to make some of the puppets move, which made it even more creepy. All that to say, the atrium museum was enough to keep kids happy waiting for the next show, but it wasn’t really a destination. Come Nov. 14, 2015, all that will change with the new World of Puppetry permanent exhibit which will house the Global Collection (in bright cases with kid-friendly and non-scary interactive elements) and the Jim Henson Collection gallery, the world’s most comprehensive collection of his work. Here’s a sneak peak at what you’ll find.
Don’t forget the Puppet Shows at the Center for Puppetry Arts
The Center for Puppetry Arts has been one of our favorite field trips. We’ve learned about conservation with Galapagos George and the blue footed booby bird. The whole family still likes to say ‘blue footed booby bird.’ We have been educated about travel in the segregated south with Ruth and the Green Book. We even saw an actual green book at the Colorado History Museum. I’ve learned a little about my family too, like the fact that my oldest loves Edgar Allen Poe and I don’t want anyone to mess with my childhood memories, which means I appreciate Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer follows the old TV special to the letter.