Did you know that August is National Family Fun Month? As summer winds down and the Atlanta temperature keeps going up, we can think of no better way to have fun with your family than a day at the Center for Puppetry Arts! We have a film screening; two Family Series productions; educational programming for kids age 2 through 5th grade; and more! Check out everything we have on the schedule this month and make your plans:

 

On stage for one weekend only Aug. 10-13: Billy Goats Gruff & Other Stuff. A cantankerous troll, some persnickety chickens, a wolf that’s allergic to blueberries, and a host of other kooky characters weave together traditional folktales and original stories in this solo performance. Presented by All Hands Productions of Atlanta. This show is presented in the Mainstage Theater, and the Create-A-Puppet Workshop is the Cheerful Chicken Rod Puppet.

 

On stage beginning Aug. 15: Mother Goose. Mother Goose is missing! Sing, wiggle, and clap along with Mary Mary to sort out the rhymes and find clues to Mother Goose’s whereabouts in this Theater for the Very Young production. This show is presented in the Downstairs Theater, and the Create-A-Puppet Workshop is the Jumping Cow Shadow Puppet.


In the Worlds of Puppetry Museum all month: Guided tours of the museum take place Tuesday-Friday at 1 pm, Saturday at 11 am. Guided tours of the Jim Henson Collection take place Tuesday-Friday at 3 pm, Saturday and Sunday at 1 pm. Behind-the-scenes tours take place Saturdays and Sundays at 3 pm.

 

Take a walk through our Labyrinth! Jim Henson’s Labyrinth: Journey to Goblin City is open through Sept. 3. Don't miss it! Included with regular Museum-only or All-Inclusive admission.


 

Aug. 1: Preschool Puppetry Playshop. These high-energy, engaging workshops feature reading activities, fingerplays, puppet-making and more. Build confidence, motor and social skills, and celebrate creativity and puppetry in developmentally-appropriate ways.


Aug. 2: Learn about different puppet traditions from around the world as you explore the rich culture of puppetry. Also included is a self-guided visit to the Worlds of Puppetry Museum. Celebrate the intersection of geography, history, social studies, and the arts! Follow up the presentation with a tour of our Worlds of Puppetry Museum, where you can get an up-close look at puppets from around the world. Plenty of opportunities for participation and play in both activities! Museum-only activities; with guided tour


 

Aug. 3: Discovery Days. Join us as we celebrate puppetry traditions in other cultures through intimate, interactive programs.


 

Aug. 4: Museum EdVenture Days. Join us for Museum EdVenture Days select weekend days throughout the season for an in-depth look at puppetry traditions from around the world with our interactive, hands-on Puppet Pop Up! gallery programs, then create and perform with your very own internationally-inspired puppet in a special, self-guided version of our popular Create-A-Puppet Workshops!


 

Aug. 5: Museum EdVenture; ParaNorman


Aug. 6: Museum EdVenture


Aug. 8: Preschool Puppetry Playshop; International Cat Day (time to get your tickets for Cat in the Hat!); Join us at Tot Spot at Atlantic Station to meet the characters from Mother Goose!


Aug. 9: World Wednesday Museum; with guided tour.


Aug. 18: We'll be at the Breman Museum discussing Josef Skupa, a Czech puppeteer who performed satirical puppet shows during the Nazi occupation of Czechoslovakia, during the second Lunchtime Culture series, 12-1 pm. FREE!


Aug. 27: A sensory-friendly production of Mother Goose, 1 pm: During this performance, the following alterations will be employed: theater lights dimmed down but not out, consistent sound levels and lower volume of show soundtrack, freedom for children to talk and to leave their seat if necessary, a quiet zone in the lobby, and permission to bring quiet, contained snacks and beverages. These adjustments continue into the museum and Create-A-Puppet Workshop.


Aug. 31: Labyrinth Masquerade Ball