Center for Puppetry Arts: The Ugly Ducking & Isdell Family Play Area

By Cookie Suarez, Publisher Macaroni Kid Sandy Springs - Dunwoody - Chamblee - Doraville & Buckhead-Midtown-Brookhaven July 8, 2021

The Journey to Find Your True Self

Adapted by Michael Haverty

Based on the beloved classic by Hans Christian Andersen

A young bird simply doesn’t fit in with the other ducks in the pond. Helped by some friendly forest sprites, the duckling sets out to explore the wonders of the pond. On his journey, he meets a cast of colorful characters and courageously braves the seasons that help him discover his true self.

With a beautifully created environment full of hidden musical instruments created by Atlanta Percussionist Klimchak, The Ugly Duckling brings to the stage Andersen’s transformative fable about life’s bumpy road.

Your Center ticket includes the performance, admission to the Worlds of Puppetry Museum, and the Create-A-Puppet Workshop™.


FRIDAYS until July 30:

  • 10am-11am: instructor-led (“taught”) workshop available for group bookings @ 80 guests max
  • 10:45am-12pm: self-guided
  • 12pm-1pm: instructor-led (“taught”) workshop available for group bookings @ 80 guests max
  • 12:45pm-2pm: self-guided


  • June 19-July 31: self-guided 11:45am-1pm, 1:45pm-3pm, 3:45pm-5pm


  • June 20-Aug 1: 1:45pm-3pm, 3:45pm-5pm

Puppetry Styles: Rod Puppets

Create-A-Puppet Workshop™: Sweet Swan Rod Puppet    

Learning Themes: Seasonal changes, perseverance, identity, fables

To purchase tickets, visit the Center for Puppetry Arts website.

Isdell Family Outdoor Play Area

Before or after a show, check out the fun playground outside. You'll see it as you turn right on 18th Street headed toward the CPA parking lot. The playspace is fenced in and loads of fun!

 Special Pop-Up Exhibit

Root, Root, Root for the Home Team

June 27-Aug 1

Believe it or not, mascots are puppets. Former Atlanta Braves mascot, Homer, will be on display and ready for photo-ops in our atrium. Help the Center celebrate summer, the baseball season, and the world of body puppetry. After you check out the pop-up exhibit, make sure to visit other body puppets on view in the Jim Henson Collection Gallery and Global Collection Gallery.

While you're visiting, don't forget to check out the Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance Exhibit and many other summer events at the Center for Puppetry Arts!

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Center for Puppetry Arts
1404 Spring St. NW at 18th
Atlanta, GA 30309-2820 


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