Summer programming is back at the Museum at Campbell River! Entering into its 35th year, the Museum at Campbell River’s Puppet Theatre program has a long history of exploring history with local children. The program is massively successful, winning an award from the British Columbia Museums Association for its “creative use of the visual arts to imbue in the children of the community an appreciation of their history and culture.”
In 2020 the Puppet Theatre program moved to a virtual format. The Museum is pleased to be welcome families back to performances, beginning a trend for the organization to move towards offering in-person programming again.
The puppets are moving outdoors this summer, and shows will be taking place at the new outdoor stage located on Museum grounds at the picnic area near the Steam Donkey. Every Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday at 10:30am through to August 28th there will be a fun-filled, interactive puppet show followed by a children’s craft session. Children will be able to participate in the Puppet Passport Program for a chance to win an exciting prize. For every five shows attended, children will receive one entry into the prize draw to win a Tricky the Raven puppet.
Summer student Michelle Rayner offered a comment on the new puppet show venue: “Our hope is that by moving the shows outdoors this year we can continue to offer a fun and inclusive summer activity for families who may not yet feel comfortable in an indoor group setting.”
All puppet shows will be by donation (suggested $2.00 per person) this season. For details, please contact the Museum at 250-287-3103. Follow the puppets’ journey on Instagram @crmuseumpuppets.
Summer programs at the Museum at Campbell River are funded in part by the Government of Canada