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Dec 6, 2013 - Family Fun Time at the Center for Puppetry Arts

Storytelling is always better with a little help from puppets to bring the story to life. That was probably what Vincent Anthony, the founder of the Center of Puppetry Arts thought about when he established this place in 1978. Located in Midtown, Atlanta’s art district, rental bus visitors can explore areas like performance and education, as well as a trip around the museum for a fun family outing in Atlanta.

An Exciting Performance at the Center

Families visiting Atlanta would have a blast at the annual Family Series shows organized at the Center of Puppetry Arts. This series is a collection of adapted classic stories as well as new works, all performed by the Center’s company in a variety of puppetry styles. Some of the coach bus visitors’ favorites are like the adaptation of The Shoemaker and the Elves in a 1940s Manhattan setting, The Ghastly Dreadfuls’ Compendium of Graveyard Tales and Other Curiosities which is a show specially for Halloween, and Jon Ludwig’s Dinosaurs.

If you visit the center during SummerFest, you may catch one of the national traveling puppetry troupes at the Center where they do performances for families as well as Create-A-Puppet workshop that relates to the show they are presenting at that time.

Are the shows suitable for teens?

For families that have a teen, or maybe for those who do not have young children might want to attend the New Directions Series performances instead. These shows have a recommended age limit as they are teen or adult-oriented shows that are thought-provoking and visually appealing.

Puppets from the Past and the World

At the Museum at the Center of Puppetry Arts, you can visit either the permanent collections or special exhibits depending on the time you visit. One of the most popular exhibit part of the Center’s permanent collection is Puppets: The Power of Wonder. This exhibit is sponsored by The Coca-Cola Foundation, and is one of the largest collections of global puppetry on exhibit in the United States. By looking at the more than 350 puppets on display, mini bus rental visitors can learn about puppetry in other parts of the world.

There are even some rare puppets on display hailing from Asia, Europe, Africa and North America. Some favorites displayed at this would probably be the Pigs in Space seen at The Muppet Show, and the Madame from Wayland Flowers’ Madame’s Place.

Other puppets of note at the center are like the Trashcan Phoenix, the Ballerina, the Scarf Puppet, Wilbur, and many others that you may remember from the past, or some that are unique and exquisite from somewhere back in history, at another place, at another time.