Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Puppet Theater~No Frogs Here

Czech marionette

This weekend we brainstormed for ideas. We needed to find options to entertain our 3 year old. It was raining and we were growing restless inside the house. We read every kid's book in the house, and played many games.  

 Hubby and I  came up with a few options.

Me:  "An afternoon at the downtown aquarium?"
Hubby:  "A bit out of our budget for the moment."
Hubby: "How about the zoo?"
Me: "Too cold."

Then I finally remembered the magazine I  brought home from the library, Colorado Parent.  It's filled with great ideas and it's budget friendly. For example, this Friday is the National Alpaca show, free admission. Also, every Saturday morning, a free movie is sponsored for kids and parents at one of the Downtown movie theaters. And this Saturday evening, The International Youth Ballet will present Cinderella, for free!  That's an advantage of living in a bigger city, there is always something to do.

We decided to visit the Denver Puppet Theater. The first time we took Beli to a puppet show was when she was 21 months old. She was fascinated by the puppets( marionettes). The performance was about the frog prince. At the end of the show Beli wanted to know what happened to the frog. We explained he turned into a prince. She insisted but where is the frog! Too young to understand the story.

 After the show, we stayed to decorate our own little puppet, which was given to us when we purchased our entrance tickets.

We also admired all the marionettes in the room.

Visited the gift shop.

And admired the beautiful courtyard.

After the puppet show we had a very interesting lunch experience at a Mexican restaurant, Casa bonita!  I know, we are suppose to be on a budget, but with the job offer, we thought we could make an exception. What do you think, puppets or marionettes? Personally, I think marionettes require more skilled manipulation in comparison to finger puppetry.

Denver Puppet Theater 3156 West 38th Avenue
Denver, CO 80211
(303) 458-6446

Thurs,Fri 10am
Sat,Sun 1pm.


  1. I always think of marionettes as the wooden ones, hanging on strings...I went to look it up for information purposes. This is what I found:

    "marionette is a jointed puppet manipulated from above by strings or wires attached to its limbs while a puppet is a small figure of a person or animal, having a cloth body and hollow head, designed to be fitted over and manipulated by the hand."

    {I got that answer from here--> }

    How great to be able to find a show like that, and all of the free activities there. Looks like this area is really working out for you!

  2. Elisa, amazing!! It's interesting how in bigger town you can entertain yourself or kids, for free!! As you know, in Croatia you cann't do that much!
    I like your puppet :)

  3. I have a marionette that my great grandpa got for me, I love it! that seems like it was such a fun thing for beli to do! and i wouldn't have minded it either, haha :)

  4. I love marionettes and it looks like Beli had a blast:) What a wonderful day you all had:) happy Thursday, darling

  5. @Poetess, thank you for looking up the information. Yes, there are many things to do here in the Rockies.

    @Maja, while there weren't many options for activities for kids, especially on rainy days, I do remember the beautiful sunsets and free access to all the beaches. I enjoyed that.

    @Krystal, how special to have something from your Great-grandpa.
    yeah Beli wanted to take one of the puppets home, when we suggested we had to visit the gift shop to find one, she refused, she wanted the ostrich from the display room!LOL

    @Diana, it was an eventful day!

  6. @Elisa, exactly! Different state, different activities :) :)


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