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Houston’s great puppet theater for kids

Chances are good that your childhood is filled with memories of wonderful puppets. Pinocchio, Howdy Doody, Lamb Chop, and of course all of Jim Henson’s magical creations from The Muppets to Labyrinth have made an indelible impact on our culture.

One of the great parts about being a parent is seeing your children light up with joy at the things you once loved as a child. Watching this happen, you might even feel a little younger yourself.

In Houston, Carranza Puppets have been doing just this since 1977. Using handcrafted marionettes, the puppet troupe visits area schools and puts on some truly spectacular shows.

In addition to visiting schools and libraries, the Carranza Puppets put on several holiday shows during the year. If you’re looking for a truly spectacular way to celebrate your child’s birthday, they can put on a whimsical performance of either “The True Story of Little Red Riding Hood” or “The Three Little Pigs,” right in your home.

Now, if you can’t make one of these shows, you can put on one of your own. A hand-puppet show with your children is a creative activity that will keep them enthralled for some time. From coming up with the story line to crafting the sets and creating the characters, it really is a production they’ll spend days working on, maybe even weeks. Who knows? You just might open your own puppet-theater company.

Hansel-Gretel-Puppet Show


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