FREE Children’s Puppet Shows for Kids in November & December 2012

The Pout Pout FishThe Pout Pout Fish
10:30 a.m.
Date: Monday, November 5, 2012
Location: St. Petersburg Main Library
Cost: FREE
Info: (727) 892-5296; St. Petersburg Library Youth Services Website

What’s Doing?
The Junior League of St. Petersburg will present The Pout Pout Fish Puppet Show.

St. Petersburg Main Library
3745 9th Avenue North
St. Petersburg, FL 33713


The Emporer's Nightengale Newspaper Ad The Emperor And The Nightingale
11 a.m.-12 p.m.
Date: Varies by location
Location: Various HCPLC locations (See schedule below)
Cost: FREE
Info: HCPLC Multi-Branch Calendar

What’s Doing?
Creative Arts Theatre of the City of Tampa Parks and Recreation Department will present this puppet show for children in grades K-5th at various locations throughout Hillsborough County. The story takes place in far away China, where the emperor and his court are enchanted by the beautiful song of the nightingale. Disappointed with the nightingale’s plain appearance, the emperor chooses an ornately bejeweled mechanical bird, but later learns its true value is in its beautiful melody.

— Tuesday, November 13 (11 a.m.-12 p.m. & 3:30-4:30 p.m.): Bloomingdale Regional Public Library (Community Room) — Participants must pick up a ticket at the Ask Me Kiosk in person after 10:30 a.m.
— Thursday, November 15 (10:30 a.m., 11:30 a.m. & 3 p.m.): Cyrus Greene Recreation Center
— Wednesday, November 28 (10:30 a.m. & 3:30 p.m.): Riverview Branch Library
— Thursday, November 29 (10:30 a.m.): North Tampa Branch Library
— Monday, December 3 (10:30-11 a.m.): SouthShore Regional Library
— Monday, December 10 (10:15-11 a.m.): Town ‘N Country Regional Public Library
— Monday, December 17 (3:30-4:30 p.m.): Upper Tampa Bay Regional Public Library
— Tuesday, December 18 (12:30-1:30 p.m. & 3-4 p.m.): New Tampa Regional Library

Bloomingdale Regional Public Library
1906 Bloomingdale Avenue
Valrico, FL 33596
(813) 273-3652

Cyrus Greene Recreation Center
2101 East Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard
Tampa, FL 33610
(813) 242-5350

Riverview Branch Library
10509 Riverview Drive
Riverview, FL 33578
(813) 273-3652

North Tampa Branch Library
8916 North Boulevard
Tampa, FL 33604
(813) 273-3652

SouthShore Regional Library
15816 Beth Shields Way
Ruskin, FL 33573
(813) 273-3652

Town ‘N Country Regional Public Library
7606 Paula Drive
Tampa, FL 33615
(813) 273-3652

Upper Tampa Bay Regional Public Library
11211 Countryway Boulevard
Tampa, FL 33626
(813) 273-3652

New Tampa Regional Library
10001 Cross Creek Boulevard
Tampa, FL 33647
(813) 273-3652

Image: Newspaper ad for the U.S. release of The Emperor’s Nightingale. (Trnka Studios, 1949.)


Mr. and Mrs. Shoemaker Puppets by Bits 'N Pieces Puppet Theatre

The Elves and the Shoemaker

Winter Tales
6-7:30 p.m.
Date: Wednesday, December 19, 2012
Location: Largo Library
Cost: FREE
Info: Largo Public Library Website

What’s Doing?
Bits ‘N Pieces Puppet World will present three winter stories: “The Elves and the Shoemaker,” (performed with hand puppets), “Hans Brinker and the Silver Skates” (performed with shadow puppets), and Scrooge’s Sing-Along with marionettes. These three family-friendly stories will warm your heart.

Even Better! Following the show, there will be a make-and-take puppet workshop.

Largo Library
120 Central Park Drive
Largo, FL 33771

Image courtesy of Bits ‘N Pieces Puppet Theatre

Thanks to Marie H. for sending us this event information!


Puppets Aplenty
Time: 11-11:30 a.m.
Date: November 20, 2012
Location: Largo Public Library (Children’s Program Room)
Cost: FREE
Info: (727) 587-6715; City of Largo Website

What’s Doing?
Each month, kids and their parent or caregiver can visit the Library to listen to stories and watch a puppet show. This 30-minute program is appropriate for all ages, and features a different theme each month.

Largo Public Library
120 Central Park Drive
Largo, FL 33771

1. FREE (And Really Cheap) Family Movies Happening in November 2012
2. FREE (Or Almost FREE) Crafts for Kids: November 2012
3. Check the WDTB Calendar for more family-friendly events happening around the Tampa Bay area this month.

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Disclaimer: The information presented here is accurate to the best of my knowledge when I publish each event. However, event hosts can reschedule, change or cancel any event at any time. Consequently, I highly recommend both calling ahead and having a back-up plan.