The kids were on April vacation last week. The end of vacation can be hard, so I was looking for something fun to do with our family. A few weeks before I had been looking at The Puppet Showplace and thought that the last day of vacation would be a good time to try it out as a family activity. We love making puppet theaters and putting on shows, but the kids have never seen a live puppet show before. I was able to get tickets to Everybody Loves Pirates!, and I was excited. (I received a voucher for two free tickets to this show).
I don’t like to tell the kids too far in advance when we’re going to do something, mostly because my son gets nervous about trying new and different things, even though he usually ends up enjoying himself. I told them the day before that we would be doing something special on Sunday: going to see a special puppet show. He immediately said “I’m not going” and was adamant that he was going to stay home. My daughter, however, was totally psyched!
About an hour before we had to leave for the show, my husband took the kids outside to run for a little bit. Then we gave them a heads up that it would be time to get ready to leave for the show soon. Again, my son was refusing to go. We ate a quick snack and it was time to get into the car. My son was giving us such a hard time, we let the kids do something we very rarely let them do: play a game on a screen while we were driving there. When he heard that he would be able to play a game, he got right into the car.
We got to The Puppet Showplace, found parking quickly, and went in. We picked up our tickets and soon it was time to go into the theater. To make it easier for kids to see, they seat in a special way - grown ups on the ends of the rows, kids in the middle. This way the kids can see easily from anywhere. The puppet show also takes place way up high, so the view is completely unobstructed.
My son was a little nervous, holding on to my hand and hugging me while we waited for the show to start. My daughter was so thrilled she could hardly contain her excitement. My daughter was sitting next to another little girl, and they started chatting about how old they were. Then we had a brief friendly exchange with the family right before the show began.
The show was wonderful! It was silly and funny and such an enjoyable time. All the kids were laughing and giggling, or talking to their parents about what was going to happen next. They used music too, and sang a little bit, which was a great touch. One of my kid’s favorite parts was when the pirates danced to Macho Man at the end.
My favorite part was when the puppeteers came out and explained how their puppets worked, how they made them talk and what materials they used to create everything. They used a lot of cardboard and duct tape, two of my favorite materials! My favorite creative trick they shared was how they used strainers on the boat so it could rest on their heads. This way, they could have both hands free to maneuver the puppets, but they could also still make the boat rock. After they explained everything, we were even able to go up and touch a few of the puppets and talk to the puppeteers. What a great family outing!