An Experience Unlike Anything Else in the World
Get ready to rethink everything you know about puppets and puppeteers. Our live shows, workshops, exhibitions, and events will have you feeling like a kid again at the Center for Puppetry Arts. Limited FREE parking is available.
Penguin in my Pocket
Join us for this fun-filled and quirky marionette puppetry-style tale of a penguin scientist who crashes in the jungle when her jetpack fails and how she works with an artistic monkey to find her way home. Purchase of an All-Inclusive Ticket includes entrance into the Worlds of Puppetry Museum, Create-A-Puppet™ Workshop Playful Penguin String Puppet inspired by the character from Penguin in My Pocket, and free onsite parking.
Puppet Summer Camp Registration Now Open!
Get ready for summer and register for our Puppet Summer Camp for select weeks between June 5th – July 28th! Children ages 5-12 will learn about the creative and collaborative world of puppetry by participating in one of our three camps. Each camp is designed for a specific age group to inspire and engage in just the right way.
Worlds of Puppetry Museum
The galleries of the Worlds of Puppetry Museum include the Jim Henson Gallery, the Global Gallery, and the Dean Dubose Smith Special Exhibits Gallery.
Found It! Pop-Up Exhibition is open from now until April 23rd in the Love Family Atrium and features famous puppets made from everyday objects.
All galleries are included with admission.
Now on Stage: Check Out Our Current Performances!
Penguin in My Pocket
Join us for a fun-filled and quirky tale of a penguin scientist who crashes lands in the jungle when her experimental jetpack fails and how she works with an artistic monkey to find her way home all the while encountering a sea monster along the way. Features marionettes, rod puppets, audience member puppeteers, and a concertina. All-Inclusive Performance tickets include a performance, entry into the Worlds of Puppetry Museum (featuring the Jim Henson Collection and the Global Gallery), and the Create-A-Puppet Workshop™.
Wednesday March 22, 2023
Check Out Upcoming Events!
Marionette Magic – Part 2March 23, 2023
Marionette Magic – Part 2
Presented by Kurt Hunter, Hunter Marionettes The worldwide traditions of string puppetry are rich and varied. The me…
Charlotte’s WebApr 4-May 21
Based on the book by E.B. White Adapted by Joseph Robinette Everyone’s favorite friendly spider and barnyard crew ar… Includes: Performance. Create-A-Puppet Workshop™, and the Worlds of Puppetry Museum
Spring Film Series: GhostbustersApril 15th, 2023
Spring Film Series: Ghostbusters
Ghostbusters Three parapsychologists forced out of their university funding set up shop as a unique ghost removal serv…
Puppet Summer Camp – Registration Now Open!June 12th – July 28th
Puppet Summer Camp – Registration Now Open!
Make Summer Magical with Puppet Camp Explore the magic of puppetry in our exciting summer camps! Children ages 5-…
Things to Know Before You Visit
- While masks are no longer mandatory, we recommend wearing a mask to protect those who are too young or are not eligible to be vaccinated.
- All Center staff will continue to wear masks – excluding performers during performances.
- Hand-sanitizing stations are available in abundance at the Center.
- Please change your visit to another day if you’re not feeling well.
- We will continue to monitor public health directives around COVID and modify our response accordingly.
Great Options for Educators
We’ll Meet You Online
Live, Interactive Programming
Through video conferencing and downloadable guides, we can bring the education and wonder of Center for Puppetry Arts to your classroom.
Our curriculum-based workshops and puppet shows offer unique, interactive and engaging experiences for your classroom or homeschool.
We’ll Come to You
Enjoy a Field Trip Without Ever Leaving the Classroom
If you want your students to enjoy a highly interactive educational experience, but a field trip isn’t an option, our traveling options offer great, in-person alternatives.