Children benefit from being exposed to art and entertainment. Acquainting children with the arts helps them develop their sense of creativity and curiosity and it can also improve their social skills. Furthermore, when children attend a fun art-themed event with friends and family the outing is likely to become a fond and unforgettable memory. One of the best places to introduce children to the arts—namely live theater—is the Swedish Cottage Marionette Theatre located in Central Park.
Since 1947, the Swedish Cottage Marionette Theatre has been a home for puppets. Presently overseen by the City Parks Foundation, citywide puppet shows continue to take place both in the theater and via the City Parks “PuppetMobile” traveling show. Every year, the Swedish Cottage Marionette Theatre delights thousands of children and adults with fairy tale themed shows (and some original scripts) and as the seasons change so do the themes of the shows. Currently, the Swedish Cottage Marionette Theatre is planning the launch of their holiday-themed show titled The Three Bears Holiday Bash.
Due to run from November 12th to December 30th, The Three Bears Holiday Bash adds a funny fairy-tale twist to the winter holidays. Written and directed by Bruce Cannon (the artistic director at the Swedish Cottage), the show gives a fun and original spin to a classic story that most people know by heart. The plot draws from the stories of Hanukkah, The Night Before Christmas, and Kwanzaa which makes it a great (and very multi-cultural) way to get into the holiday spirit! According to the official press release:
“The Three Bears Holiday Bash is a variety show that celebrates the holiday season in song, dance and puppetry. This production quickly becomes a comedy of errors when Baby Bear invites Santa to star in Mama and Papa Bear’s annual holiday show. The audience also gets to join in on the fun with a “12 days of Christmas” sing-a-long during the performance!”
“We’re really happy about the return of The Three Bears Holiday Bash to the Swedish Cottage Marionette Theatre,” said Ian Noble, Director of Arts and Cultural Programs at City Parks Foundation. “It is a dynamic and spirited seasonal story that fits in perfectly with the setting of this children’s theatre and of course, Central Park.”
The show is approximately 45 minutes long and is recommended for children ages 3 to 9. Show times are Monday through Friday at 10:30am and 12:00pm, with an additional show on Wednesdays at 2:30pm; and Saturdays and Sundays at 1:00pm. Please note that the Swedish Cottage Marionette Theatre will be closed on Thanksgiving Day (November 27th) and on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day (December 24th and 25th).
The Swedish Cottage Marionette Theatre is located in Central Park at 81st Street and Central Park West, just south of the Delacorte Theater. Admission is $7 for children under 12 and $10 for adults. Anyone who is interested in attending a performance or finding out more about the theater should visit the official website:
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