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Private events and parties

The Puppettes offer a variety of customized, age-appropriate performance options to cater to the needs of your special event.  We perform at venues of every kind-- children's and family festivals, libraries, camps, family nights, birthday parties, schools, and more!

                                 A one year old meeting Olympia Octopus

                                A one year old meeting Olympia Octopus

The secret to The Puppettes' success with keeping kids (and adults!) engaged during their entire show:  include a blend of music, puppets, movement, and change it up!  

  • Leon the Lion learns how to make friends
  • Tony the Grouchy Trash Tree engages the kids' help to transform him into his beautiful Orange Tree Self
  • Chi Chi the feisty little green monster learns how to share
  • And many many more!!  (customized and age-appropriate for each show)

FOR GROUPS OF CHILDREN AGES 1-2:  shows include lots of hands-on interaction with the puppets, movement, and rhythm.

FOR GROUPS OF CHILDREN AGES 3-5:  shows incorporate more humor, interactive activities, and dancing. 

FOR GROUPS OF CHILDREN AGES 5-10:  shows include more wacky characters, helping puppet friends with problem-solving, and the tricky, high-energy, "Count to Ten Freeze Dance". 

FOR GROUPS OF ALL AGES:  shows include all of the above!

Package Options

Below are the four available options, ranging from a 30 minute to 50 minute show:

1. Classic Show, One-Performer   2. Classic Show, Two-Performers   3. Circle Show   4. Smaller Circle Show

Here at Penny and the Puppettes, we work with you to plan the best show for your individual needs.  We take everything into consideration-- location size, age range of children, group size, etc.-- to customize a show just for you.  We always try to accommodate any special requests or requirements when possible.




  • Creator Jane Stratten's critically acclaimed album Uh Oh, There's Something Underneath My Bed (in libraries nationwide) sent ahead of time that features some of the songs that will be performed.  
  • A coloring worksheet of one of our puppet friends.  


  • Creator Jane Stratten's critically acclaimed album Uh Oh, There's Something Underneath My Bed (in libraries nationwide) sent ahead of time that features some of the songs that will be performed.
  • A Penny and the Puppettes silicone bracelet for each child to take home after the show.



For Festivals, Schools, Libraries, Camps, and Corporate Events:

  • In brief humorous sketches before each song, we empower the children to help the puppets deal with common issues such as shyness, peer-pressure, bullying, caring for nature and the environment, and respecting both the feelings of themselves and of others.  
  • Many songs incorporate easy-to-follow movements and lyrics, allowing the children to be fully engaged with the show! 

For Birthday Parties:

  • Birthday child (and any siblings) get special shout outs during the show and celebratory hugs and high fives from some of the puppets
  • Opportunities for each child to participate in the musical fun when we pass out maracas and later on hand puppets during special moments in the show. 
  • Personalized lively song (including the birthday child's name) where the kids gather round flying finger butterfly and bat puppets (Great photo-op!)

1.  Classic Show, One-Performer

           Groups under 25 kids get to meet the puppets up close!

          Groups under 25 kids get to meet the puppets up close!

A 45 to 50 minute bonanza of catchy music, talking-singing-muppet-style puppets, and interactive activities to keep children engaged and entertained for the entire show.  This show includes:

  • Wide variety of lovable, funny puppets- We make all of the voices!

  • Colorful puppet theater with big windows, sound system with headset mic

  • Sing-alongs to classic children's songs for groups of very young children  (Old MacDonald, If You're Happy and You Know It, etc.)

  • Fun, interactive dancing and movement:  Groups of younger kids love the Hokey Pokey while the older kids try to outsmart the Count to 10 Freeze Dance

  • Listening to and helping our puppets with their problems; being good friends!

2.  Classic Show, Two-Performers 

This 45 to 50 minute show includes everything listed above for the Classic Show, but has the added fun of two performers instead of one!  This option also includes:

  • More multi-dimensional use of puppet theater with puppets popping out through the windows at the same time that one of us is engaging the kids out front
  • Full-body costume transformations for a more theatrical experience into one of our costumed characters of your choice:
    • Captain Traptain the Confused Pirate bumbles his way around to find his parrot while the kids flutter baby-bat finger puppets!
    • Belladonna the Butterfly Fairy Princess arrives for a spectacular ending with the children fluttering butterfly finger puppets!
                          Classic Show set up with Two Performers

                         Classic Show set up with Two Performers

Have a small space and/or small group?  

             Circle Show set-up with mini curtains clipped on top

            Circle Show set-up with mini curtains clipped on top

3.  Circle Show (40 minutes)

4. **Smaller Circle Show (30 minutes)

These options works best for less than 15 kids and are catered to ages 1-5.  Similar to the Classic show with our inclusion of talking-singing-muppet-style puppets and interactive activities to keep children engaged, but scaled down and less theatrical.  These two options include:

  • Sitting on the floor and performing next to the kids
  • Small panels to hide puppets instead of puppet theater
  • Smaller speaker for recorded music
  • Small maracas for each kid to shake along to ukulele accompaniment of children’s favorites (Wheels on the Bus, If You’re Happy and You Know it)
  • Small hand puppets for each child to hold during ukulele accompaniment of Old MacDonald
  • Movement includes dancing/bopping to the Hokey Pokey

**Smaller Circle Show does not include CD or Penny and the Puppettes bracelets