Make Your Own Puppets These School Holidays With PuppetOOdle!

Spring school holiday program

Words by Allan Sko

I don’t know about you, but I love Mr Squiggle. And The Muppets. And The Dark Crystal. Heck… Anything puppet. They can be cute or scary, tell stories, teach lessons, make you laugh, make you cry. They’re pretty amazing.

So it is with great delight to learn that Canberra treasure Marianne Mettes – the master of marionettes – is giving a great opportunity to those aged between 8 -15 years-old this school holiday to make and perform environmentally friendly puppets at Ainslie + Gorman Arts Centres.

As Mettes says:

“You will learn about our local environment, create puppets of local endangered species from recycled materials and use them in a big group performance at the end of the program!”

Further to this, for the weekday programs, local science educator and ecologist Shoshana will be running special workshops on Canberra endangered animals to help inspire the puppet making and performances.

Mettes has been making puppets, performing with them, and running workshops for her entire career.

Enviro Puppet Movement is a environmental puppetry school holiday program at Ainslie and Gorman Arts Centres. For more info, visit:

AGES: 8+ years (including adults for Saturday session)
DATES: 1-12 October – school holidays (see session times below)
TIMES: 9:00am-11:30am + 1:00pm-3:30pm weekdays / 11:00am-2:00pm Saturday
VENUE: Ralph Wilson Theatre, Ainslie + Gorman Arts Centres, Braddon
COST: $50 5x day week pass / $20 weekend pass / half price family member
EARLY BIRD TICKETS: half price tickets until Friday 15 September – HURRY
ENROL: Limited spaces!
WIN: Go to our Facebook page, like our post and share for a chance to win one of 4 double passes! Puppetoodle Facebook page post Winners announced September 20!

Time and Dates:
Afternoons 1-5 Oct: 1-3:30pm, ages 8-15 years
Mornings 8-12 Oct: 9-11:30am, ages 8-15 years
Afternoons 8-12 Oct: 1-3:30pm, ages 8-15 years
Single session 7 Oct: 11am-2pm, ages 8+ years (including adults)

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