My Valentine’s Day started with a real knight in shining armor! Medieval Times offers a Good Night Package w/accommodations and tickets to the show.
It was a fun Field Trips with Sue segment on CBS Better Mornings Atlanta today. We had a full studio showcasing some last minute experiential gifts for Valentine’s day that you can purchase now and enjoy in the coming weeks, plus some fun activities for the entire family over the President’s Day weekend. In all the excitement, I forgot to mention our Party Like a Rock Star giveaway. Enter to win an evening fit for a star at the Omni CNN Center Hotel. The Party Like a Rock Star package includes deluxe accommodations, swag and pre-concert bash. Normally you have to provide your own concert tickets with this hotel package, but our giveaway includes two tickets to see Bon Jovi on Feb. 27 at Philips Arena! Here’s what else we talked about on this mornings segment.
What: Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer Where: Center for Puppetry Arts When: Nov. 8 – Jan. 6, 2013, see website for specific times Cost: Tickets start at $16.50 for ages 2 and older, Member tickets start at $9.25
(see below to win four tickets)
Halloween is over and it’s time to start thinking about the holidays. My holiday would not be complete without Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer. The 1964 TV special was turned into a puppet show at the Center for Puppetry Arts a few years ago and has played to sold out crowds ever since. It’s returning again this season and it’s a hot ticket, so make sure to get yours early. Here’s a bit of what you can expect at Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer and a chance to win tickets to see the show. Continue reading Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer Returns to the Center for Puppetry Arts (giveaway)
Peter Pan gets an inventive twist at Atlanta's Ctr. for Puppetry Arts
What:Center Puppetry Arts Peter Pan Where: Center for Puppetry Arts When: April 5 – May 27, 2012 Cost: $9.25 for members and $16.50 for non-members
Win Tickets below to the April 14, 12 noon show!
My children love the story of Peter Pan. It’s one of my favorite’s too. I’m not sure why, but it seems to transcend gender and generations. The Center for Puppetry Arts is putting a slightly inventive twist on the popular tale for what’s sure to be one of their most popular puppet shows. Continue reading Center for Puppetry Arts features Peter Pan (giveaway)
I’m fascinated by the topic behind the Center for Puppetry Arts latest show Ruth and the Green Book for two reasons. 1. I love that the Center is hosting shows specifically for tweens and teens. Ruth and the Green Book is recommended for ages nine and up
2. The subject of this show is travel, but not just any travel. African American travel in the 1950′s and the need for a “Green Book” that served as a guide to establishments that welcomed African Americans. It’s a perfect show to commemorate Black History Month. Continue reading Black History Month in Atlanta: Ruth and the Green Book (giveaway)
Indoor activities for kids is a hot topic as the weather gets cooler and the rain continues to fall. Of course, giveaways for some of Atlanta’s hottest shows are big news too. We talked about both yesterday morning on the Field Trips with Sue segment on CBS Better Mornings Atlanta.
What: Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer Where: Center for Puppetry Arts When: Nov. 3 – Dec. 31, 2011, see website for specific times Cost: $16.50 for ages 2 and older (see below to win four tickets)
I know it’s Halloween, but it’s never too early to be thinking about Christmas right? The holidays just wouldn’t be the holidays without Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer. The 1964 TV special was turned into a puppet show at the Center for Puppetry Arts last year and played to sold out crowds. It’s returning again this season and it’s a hot ticket, so make sure to get yours early.
The show uses animation and puppets to tell the story of Rudolph and his band of misfits. It’s a classic story told classically. I appreciate the show follows the TV script exactly, I don’t want anyone messing with my Rudolph. Although you know the story, it’s always interesting to me to see how a film production converts to the stage. This show doesn’t disappoint – using scale to depict difficult scenes, like when Yukon Cornelious and the Bumble fall off the cliff.
The show is only an hour long, so plan to get there a bit early to get situated so you don’t miss anything. For younger kids, seeing the movie beforehand could help them really enjoy the show. There isn’t a bad seat in the house, but members receive up-front seating, so if you’d like those seats, consider becoming a member of the Center for Puppetry Arts.
In addition to a great show, your admission also includes the Create-a-Puppet workshop, where you’ll make a Rudolph shadow puppet (last year we made the string puppet you see in the picture). We did this after the show, but you can come early and do it before the show as well. If you don’t have time to make the puppet while you are there, take it with you and enjoy the craft at home. If you’re kids just LOVE making puppets, stop in the gift shop on your way out. You can purchase puppet kids from past shows. Here are some pictures from our Create-a-Puppet Fun.
A puppet show at the Center is a full-day’s event. In addition to the show and workshop, save a little time and tour the Center’s Museum as well. (If you just want to see the Musuem, it’s free on Thursday’s from 1 – 3 pm) They have a fantastic collection of puppets from past shows and an incredible Jim Henson collection that includes Big Bird. In addition to static exhibits, there is also a section where you can create your own puppet head. It’s sort-of like an expanded Mr. Potato Head. I think it’s fun to see how just turning the eyes around or the mouth piece a certain way changes the whole look and mood of the puppet. A video I did of the Henson exhibit is below.
There are two sections to the Museum. You’ll see the Jim Henson exhibit as you go to the show, but the other section is off a separate hallway. These are puppets from all over the world and from the Center’s past shows. Beware, this section can be a bit scary for little kids and there are some dark puppets. However, there are also several places where you can work the puppets, which everyone always enjoys and generally helps them realize it’s not really scary.
What: The Ugly Duckling Where: Center for Puppetry Arts, 1404 Spring St. at 18th, Atlanta, GA 30309 When: August 18 – Sept. 18, 2011 Tuesday – Friday (10 am, 11:30 am); Saturday (11 am, 1 pm, 3 pm) and Sunday (1 pm, 3 pm) Cost: $16.50 includes show admission, Create-A-Puppet Workshop and all museum [...]
What: Cinderella Della Circus Where: Center for Puppetry Arts When: June 16 – July 17, 2011 Tuesday – Friday (10 am, 12 pm); Saturday (11 am, 1 pm, 3 pm) and Sunday (1 pm, 3 pm) Cost: $16.50 includes show admission, Create-A-Puppet Workshop and all museum exhibits. Half-Price Previews: Tuesday, June 14 and Wednesday, [...]
What: Beauty and the Beast Where: Center for Puppetry Arts When: April 7 – May 29 (see site for times) Cost: $16 includes admission to the performance, Create-A-Puppet Workshop and museum exhibit admission or Win Tickets below (April 9 at 2 pm)