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Everything You Need to Plan a Field Trip

School groups of 10 or more — including public, private, Title 1 or religious schools, daycares, and home educators — can get special discounts. Special group discount rates apply to other groups of 10 or more as well.

Trips must be arranged by calling our Ticket Sales Office, which is open seven days a week to answer questions and facilitate your order. Advance purchase is highly recommended.

Learn More About The Experiences We Offer

All three areas of programming at the Center for Puppetry Arts (performance, workshops, and Museum) support educational standards across the curriculum. Pick events that work for your ages and schedules.
Performances
See each show’s detail page for recommended ages, interests, and free educator guides. Young audiences should be able to sit for 45-60 minutes.
Workshops
We offer many interactive workshops. The Create-A-Puppet Workshop™ is our most popular and correlates with our shows. To-Go Kits are also offered.
Museum
Visit our museum during your visit. Have your group self-guide through the Museum or arrange a tour guide. Tours are available daily. Please arrange tours that divert from our regular schedule at least two weeks in advance. Groups over 20 may be split.
Digital Learning
Can’t make it out to the center or want to supplement your field trip? Learn more about how online Digital Learning opportunities can come to you!

Field Trip Pricing Sheet

This pricing applies to groups of 10 or more. All dates, prices and time are subject to change and seats are subject to availability. NOTE: prices go up by $4 for select Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer performances.

SCHOOL GROUPS (PRE-K-12TH)NON-SCHOOL GROUPS WITH 10 OR MORE
Family Series Performances | Only Includes Show Admission$7.50$11.50
Museum Admission (Self-Guided)$4.00$8.50
— OR — Museum Admission with Guided Tour$6.00$12.50
Create-A-Puppet Workshop™ at the Center$4.75$5.75
— OR — Create-A-Puppet To-Go Kit$4.00$4.75
SCHOOL GROUPS (PRE-K-12TH)
NON-SCHOOL GROUPS WITH 10 OR MORE
Field Trip Guidelines

Prepare for Your Visit

Before You Book

Important Tips for Field Trips

  • Many events sell out early. Advance purchase is HIGHLY recommended.
  • Arrive at least 45 minutes prior to your first event to allow time for parking, check-in, bathroom breaks and seating.
  • Everyone two and up needs a ticket.
  • The center does not issue refunds on unused tickets, but can issue rainchecks.
  • To best accommodate persons with disabilities, please notify the Ticket Sales Office in advance.

Scheduling

Be Prepared Before Calling the Ticket Office

  • To schedule, call 404.873.3391. Our Ticket Office is open seven days a week.
  • Be prepared with which activities you want to book, the date and time you wish to attend and the number of seats needed.
  • Title 1 schools must provide a copy of their certification to receive our Title 1 rate.
  • Theater and classroom sizes vary. Large groups may be broken into segments.
  • All who enter, including chaperones and bus drivers, must have a ticket.

Arrivals & Facilities

If You’re Bringing Lunch, Don’t Forget to Reserve the Lunchroom

  • ARRIVAL: We suggest that you arrive 30 minutes before your first activity.
  • PARKING: Free parking is limited. Tell the center if you are bringing buses.
  • PLAYGROUND: Stretch your legs if weather permits. Adults supervision required.
  • LUNCHROOM: Bringing lunches? Reserve the lunchroom in advance (limit 150). Free for groups who book at least two activities; subject to availability.

Payments

Payment Is Due Approximately 4 Weeks Before Your Visit
  • CONFIRMATION: After, booking, you’ll get a Confirmation that you must SIGN AND SEND to the Ticket Office. If you do not get a Confirmation in 2 business days, call the office at 404-873-3391.
  • PAYMENT: Confirmations include a Payment Due Date roughly 4 weeks before your visit. If you schedule less than 4 weeks ahead, a date will be assigned. The Ticket Office reserves the right to cancel reservations if you do not respond to calls concerning a late payment or have not made a payment agreement.

Check-in

Verify Head Counts Ahead of Time to Avoid Issues
  • CHECK-IN: The group leader must check in at the Ticket Office, giving a count of all children and adults. If there are more people than seats reserved, we will sell you extra seats if possible. Group tickets are not refundable. Rainchecks will be issues for tickets not used.
  • TAX EXEMPT GROUPS: You must provide a letter from the Georgia Dept. of Revenue Sales and U.S. Tax Division certifying the tax exemption. Orders not accompanied by this tax-exempt letter will be returned for complete payment.

Sample Itineraries

Come in the Morning for Shows & Workshops
  • Event times are subject to change. Check puppet.org for times on your visit date.
  • A sample weekday morning schedule: Performance at 10 am, Lunchroom at 11 am, Create-A-Puppet Workshop or Museum Guided Tour at 12 pm.
  • A sample weekday afternoon schedule: your choice of 2pm or 4pm Museum Guided Tour. Note: self-guided museum entry is available daily, Tuesday through Sunday.

Frequently Asked Field Trip Questions

Our Ticket Sales Office is open seven days a week to answer your questions and facilitate your field trip order. Keep in mind that questions should be asked well in advance of your intended trip date.

How does Center for Puppetry Arts support education curriculum (i.e. what is my field trip rationale)?

All three areas of programming at the Center for Puppetry Arts (performance, workshops, and Museum) support educational standards across the curriculum. Completing your field trip rationale form is easy. Visit our Educator Resources page for information and assistance.

Do you accommodate groups with disabilities?

Of course! We believe all students should be able to enjoy the wonders of puppetry. To best accommodate persons with disabilities, please notify the Ticket Sales Office in advance so that we may be of assistance.

What do I do if the date I want is already booked?

When you call to schedule, make sure you have first and second choices for dates and times in case your first choice is unavailable. Be sure to check your organization’s calendar to avoid conflicts with holidays, testing, etc. If no date is available, ask about our Digital Learn options.

How early should I book my field trip to avoid a blocked date?

School dates fill up very early, so we strongly suggest that you reserve no later than 1-2 months out from your preferred date. However, from time to time, space may become available, so please call and check with the Ticket Sales Office.

Can I redeem a voucher or rain check when I book my field trip?

If you are planning to use rainchecks or vouchers for pay for some of your field trip spots, let the Ticket Office know at the time of booking. If it is for a later date, not a large group, contact the Ticket Sales Office at least 72 hours in advance to redeem your vouchers/rainchecks. Remember: vouchers/rainchecks cannot be redeemed online!

Do you offer sensory friendly programming?

The Center for Puppetry Arts is proud to announce the next slate of sensory-friendly programming to occur during its 2018-19 season. These modifications of the Center’s regular programming will allow guests with Autism Spectrum Disorder to experience sensory-friendly Family Series performances, Create-A-Puppet Workshops, and the Worlds of Puppetry Museum. Guests will be welcomed by staff members who have been trained in interactions with patrons with ASD.
Performance alterations include 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 beverages and snacks (peanut-free snacks). Create-A-Puppet Workshop classrooms will be brighter, quieter, and feature less-messy puppet building materials and slightly simplified puppet designs. This modified programming also extends to include our expanded Museum, where lighting will be adjusted and specialized educational activities (such as touch tables and guided storytelling) will be integrated. Fidget toys, social stories, sound-reducing headphone, and sunglasses are also available.

TEACHERS LOVE US

Thank you so much for the amazing experience…. We’re so impressed with the Center for Puppetry Arts’ level of commitment toward making the experience enjoyable for all students.

Michelle, The Lionheart School

The Best Field Trip Ever

Dear Puppetry Center, Thank you for that puppet show. My favorite part was making the puppets. I really love watching the Billy Goats Gruff and other tales. You people made this the best field trip I ever had.

Kevonna, a student

Options for all schools

My children are low-income and not exposed to many things. A program like this [Digital Learning] gives them the opportunity to build a puppet and tell the story with it. They wouldn’t be able to do this otherwise.

1st grade teacher, Hoover Elementary in Wayne, MI