The Center for Puppetry Arts is proud to announce the next slate of sensory-friendly programming to occur during its 2016-17 season. These modifications of the Center’s regular programming will allow guests with Autism Spectrum Disorder to experience sensory-friendly Family Series performances, Film series, and Create-A-Puppet Workshops™. Guests will be welcomed by staff members who have been trained in interactions with patrons with ASD.
Performance alterations include theater lights dimmed down but not out, consistent sound levels and lower volume of show soundtrack, freedom for children to talk and to leave their seat if necessary, a quiet zone in the lobby, and permission to bring quiet, contained snacks and beverages. Create-A-Puppet Workshop classrooms will be brighter, quieter, and feature less-messy puppet building materials and slightly simplified puppet designs. This modified programming also extends to include our expanded Museum, where lighting will be adjusted and specialized educational activities (such as touch tables and guided storytelling) will be integrated. Fidget toys, social stories, and sound-reducing headphones are also available.
Click here for a detailed Visitors Guide to help prepare you for your visit to the Center!
Upcoming dates and activities:
12-1pm: Museum exhibits
1:45-2:30pm: Create-A-Puppet Workshops™
Sun, Oct 7, 2018 Peter Pan
Fly away to Neverland with Peter Pan and the Darling children in this vibrant, colorful adaptation of the time-honored classic tale.
Sun, Jan 6, 2019 Squirrel Stole My Underpants
As Sylvie hangs laundry in the backyard, a mischievous squirrel runs off with her favorite piece of clothing! When she gives chase, an entire world emerges from her laundry basket. Featuring live music!
Sun, Feb 3, 2019 Paul Bunyan and the Tall Tale Medicine Show
This historical hoedown honors Paul Bunyan, John Henry, Pecos Bill, and Hekeke of the Miwok tribe with tales taller than a ten-gallon hat.
Sun, Mar 24, 2019 Galapagos George, the Little Tortoise That Could
Meet George, the last tortoise of his kind. This uplifting eco-fable tells the true story of the famous, not-so-little tortoise and the Galapagos Islands he called home.
April 14, 2019 Harold and the Purple Crayon
Harold creates a world of his own simply by drawing it, showing just how far your imagination can take you.