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.

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Now-December 31

Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer™

Rudolph soars back into town with this faithful adaptation of the beloved 1964 stop-motion animated special.

Now-December 31

Festive Features

Get in the holiday spirit with a visit to this festive hall of puppets learn more about puppetry in classic holiday films and television specials.

3rd Saturday of Each Month | 10:30 AM ET

Online Puppet Playdate

Explore gratitude with Lily the Fairy Librarian and Nanner Monkey this month as they share stories, converse with friends, sing songs, and celebrate the holidays!

December 21 | 7:00 PM ET

At Home with The Velveteen Rabbit

Cozy up at home with a live, online performance of The Velveteen Rabbit, and enjoy this holiday classic from the comfort of your own home.

Registration Now Open!

Puppet Summer Camp

Make Summer Magical with Puppet Camp – Puppet Camp at the Center for Puppetry Arts is the ultimate summertime adventure!

Thursday, January 18th, 2024 | 6:00 PM

Puppetry NOW featuring Nehprii Amenii – Opening Reception & Performance

Join us for a reception and evening performance to celebrate the third installment of Puppetry NOW, featuring the work of Brooklyn-based visual artist Nehprii Amenii.

January 17-28, 2024


A curious seahorse sets out on a deep sea odyssey to find out why all the humans have vanished – and how he can be the one to bring them back.

Today’s Events

Saturday December 9, 2023

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Mark Your Calendars for Our Upcoming Events!

Things to Know Before You Visit

  • While masks are no longer mandatory, we recommend wearing a mask to protect those who are not eligible to be vaccinated.
  • 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.
School Groups

Great Options for Educators

We’ll Meet You Online

Digital Learning

Live, Interactive Programming

Through video conferencing and downloadable guides, we can bring the education and wonder of the 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.

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