If you become merry over marionettes, the month of April will make you ecstatic, because the Skirball Cultural Center and the Hammer Museum will present special puppet events.
From 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m. April 17, puppets will populate the Skirball (2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd., L.A.; www.skirball.org) for the center’s Puppet Festival. This entertaining event will include art projects, live music, storytelling and performances by talented puppeteers. Kids can make their own puppets and participate in the festival’s fun finale along with Noah’s Ark storytellers and puppeteers. Tickets cost $12 for adults, $9 for ages 13-18 and $7 for ages 2-12, and advance purchase is highly recommended.
If you still have a case of puppet fever the following Sunday, head to the Hammer Museum (10899 Wilshire Blvd., L.A.) where this month’s Look Together workshop will be “How to Make Puppets about Art.” Guests will have the chance to make puppets and see how they fit into various stories told in the museum’s artwork. This class, which has sessions at 11 a.m. and noon, is designed for families with children ages 8 and older. Space is limited and check-in begins 30 minutes before class time. For more information, visit www.hammer.ucla.edu.