WA school holiday event – puppet workshops

Come along to Spare Parts Puppet Theatre’s holiday programs—their tutors will guide you through the process of crafting and performing your very own puppet show! (Bring your own morning tea and lunch.)

One Day Puppet-Making Workshop (4 – 6 year olds)
Cost: $75.00
9am – 3pm
When: Choose from Thursday 12 April or Friday 13 April or Wednesday 18 April

Two Day Puppet-Making Workshop (7 – 12 year olds)
Cost: $140.00
9am – 4pm both days, with a special 3pm performance featuring the newly created puppets on the second day!
When: Tuesday 10 – Wednesday 11 April, or Monday 16 – Tuesday 17 April, or Thursday 19 – Friday 20 April.

Ring 9335 5044 for information or to make a booking. (Or see the Spare Parts Puppet Theatre website.)


Puppetry workshops for kids in the July School holidays (WA)

Spare Parts Puppet Theatre are running School of Puppetry Workshops in the WA school holidays (July 2011).

Come to the Spare Parts Puppet Theatre to craft and perform your own puppetry show. Participants will also enjoy a performance of the current production as part of their workshop fee. Don’t forget your morning tea & lunch!

One Day Puppet Making Workshop for 4 – 6 year olds

Cost: $75.00
When: 9am – 3pm

Wednesday July 13th
Thursday July 14th
Friday July 15th
Wednesday July 20th

Two Day Puppet Making Workshop for 7 – 12 year olds

Cost: $140.00
When: 9am – 4pm both days, with a special 3pm performance featuring the newly created puppets on the second day!

Monday July 11th –Tuesday July 12th
Monday July 18th – Tuesday July 19th
Thursday July 21st – Friday July 22nd

For more info and bookings: phone (08) 9335 5044. (Bookings are essential)

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Spare Parts Puppet Theatre: The Velveteen Rabbit

The Velveteen Rabbit coverThe Velveteen Rabbit by Margery Williams was one of my favourite childhood stories.

If you are in Western Australia, you can see the puppet show adaptation in November and December 2009, or January 2010 at these locations: Joondalup, Midland, Margaret River, Mandurah or Fremantle!

Spare Parts says the show is perfect for kids aged 4 to 10. There are also  puppet making workshops available for kids and adults.

Visit the Spare Parts Puppet Theatre website for more details!


The Night Zoo (Spare Parts Puppet Theatre)

Night Zoo poster (Spare Parts Puppet Theatre)

Jamie’s Mum and Dad won’t let her have a pet in their apartment. … Tonight, whilst the rest of the city sleeps, Jamie is getting a visit from the Night Zoo. Meerkat and elephant, orangutan and penguin, thorny devil and giraffe… it’s going to be a jungle up there!

If you are in Perth, Western Australia, Spare Parts Puppet Theatre are performing The Night Zoo during the spring 2009 school holidays. The show has a mix of puppetry, animation and dance. You can find out more on their website:

Suitable for ages 4 to 10.

School Holiday Shows: 19 September, 26 September – 10 October 2009

Adults at Child Prices, $17.50
Groups of 4+, $15.50
Groups of 10+, $13.50


Spare Parts Puppet Theatre in Margaret River, Western Australia, 29 August 2009

Spare Parts Puppet Theatre will present Terrapin Puppet Theatre’s production of Tim Winton’s Blueback for one performance at the Margaret River Cultural Centre.

When: Saturday 29 August 2009, 6.00pm

Where: Margaret River Cultural Centre, Wallcliffe Rd

Prices: Adults at Child Prices, $18.00; Groups of 4+, $16.00; Groups of 10+, $14.00.

Bookings: or phone (08) 9758 7316

The show goes for approx 50 mins. Spare Parts says Blueback is suitable for everyone, but perfect for ages 5 – 15.

You can find more information about Blueback on the Spare Parts website.


The place to be in Perth city!

On Sunday 24 May, we went to the launch of the new children’s library at the State Library of WA. The new library is called ‘The Place’, and on Sunday it really was the place to be! 'The Place'  at the State Library of WA

On our way in, we passed a butterfly stiltwalker. The three year old with us was mesmerised. (Later, the stiltwalker was her pick for ‘best part of the visit.’)

First we visited the music library – as part of the launch celebrations there were energetic music sessions run by Danielle Joynt (of Cantaris and Cottage Music fame). There were posters up to say we could find children’s music at the library, and borrow it too. So we walked along the shelves looking for books of folksongs (we’re rather partial to folksongs) – to the rhythm of Danielle’s maraccas, which were being shaken by an enthusiastic group of kids.

On another floor we came across a glass display case with the smallest book and the oldest book in the library. The smallest book was very very small. Someone  nearby asked ‘how would you READ it? It’s so small you’d need a magnifying glass!’ One book on display had been munched by termites. The munching was actually done in a rather artistic way, but we all felt very sorry for that book (and its owner!).

We arrived at the mezzanine level (the children’s library itself), and found ourselves in the middle of  a story-reading session. It was Harry by the Sea by Gene Zion, an old favourite of mine.  All around us there were kids playing games and doing puzzles on the computers, reading books inside ‘book cubbies’, playing with large puppets, checking out the totem book sculpture, and reading the displays of certificates showing the favourite childhood books of some well-known Australians. (Enid Blyton was very popular. We were pleased to see the Bunyip of Berkeley’s Creek by Jenny Wagner got a mention too!) We looked up Paul Jennings and the Prime Minister’s favourite books among many others! The children's library

We also loved the exhibition of children’s picture book artwork, and a display with the puppet from Cat Balloon, on loan from Spare Parts Puppet Theatre.

There were balloons for everyone on the way out – and as we were leaving we ducked into the State Library shop to look at the pre-read library books which were so cheap. We love second-hand books!

The Place‘ is definitely worth visiting! There are heaps of books, and lots of space to find a comfy spot to read. And you can see the ‘favourite childhood books’ display until 19 July – so we won’t tell you what the Prime Minister’s favourite is, in case you want to find out for yourself! It’s very easy to get to by train, as the State Library is only a short walk from the train station. Check it out!