Take the Kids to a Puppet Show

Take the Kids to a Puppet Show at the Marie Hitchcock Puppet Theater, long a mecca for children, is located in the Palisades area on the south side of Balboa Park, San Diego.

The Puppet Theater was originally part of a single, large unit erected for the California Pacific International Exposition in 1935-36 and called the Palisades Building. The Exposition was organized to celebrate the completion of the Panama Canal.

In 1947, the first public performance at the Puppet Theater was a marionette show given by Marie Hitchcock and her sister, Genevieve Engman.

San Diego’s Balboa Park Puppet Guild was formed in 2001 with the mission of operating the Marie Hitchcock Puppet Theater. The Balboa Park Puppet Guild offers workshops, apprentice opportunities, children’s programs and a year-round performance schedule offering shows Wednesdays through Sundays.  Bus route7 and Rapid 215



Contact The Marie Hitchcock Puppet Theater

(619) 544-9203


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