We had a GREAT time at the Puppet Co. in Glen Echo Park in Maryland.  Every Wednesday and Saturday at 10:00 the Puppet Co has a special performance for the under four set.  The 30 minute shows have dimmed lights and the kids sit on the floor.  The shows are performed by master puppeteer, Bob Brown, who founded the Smithsonian Puppet Theater (now called Discovery Theater).  We saw the show, Clowning Around.  There were 5 or 6 puppets (clowns, dogs, bears) displayed, and Mr. Brown did a great job engaging the young audience and keeping them interested.  He was just the right mix of silly and warm.

The cost is $5 per person.  That includes babies in arms.  You can order tickets online as well as reserve them with no obligation.  They release the reserved tickets to the general public at 9:45.  A bit of advice- go ahead and pay for your tickets ahead of time.  We had planned to be there at 9:30, but it took us longer than we expected to get there.  We were at the ticket booth right at 9:45, and there was a long line of people waiting.  Luckily they let us still have our reserved tickets, but it would have been bad news to go all that way and be left out in the cold- OK, it was 85 degrees, but you know what I mean.

There are also shows on the Main Stage on Thursdays & Fridays at 10 and 11:30 and Saturday & Sunday at 11:30 and 1.  These shows are 45 minutes and are recommended for ages kindergarten to 6th grade.  Cost for those shows is $10.

The park was an amusement park from 1900 to the 1960’s.  In the 1970’s the federal government purchased the land and the National Park Services began managing the park as they still do today.  It is now a vibrant arts center- Glen Echo Park Partnership for Arts and Culture Inc.

Besides The Puppet Co, there is the Adventure Theater, Discovery Creek Children’s Museum (Living Classroom), an antique Dentzel carousel (open May through September, and Spanish Ballroom.

After the show, go out and enjoy Glen Echo Park.  It is an amazing place!  There are lots of picnic tables, including several right beside the playground.  The playground was a lot of fun, although geared a little more towards school-aged kids.  The carousel does not open until May, so we will have to go back for that.  The park is a fun place to just wander around and explore, and I can’t wait to go back!