Social-Distancing related Rules and Updates

Happy summer, we hope you have been staying safe and creative during closures!
 We will be open for limited in-person classes by appointment, with heightened safety rules
Please see our Social Distance policy page for more information on these changes!
Please note that some in-person classes may be modified or unavailable at this time. 
Space is limited, so book ASAP!


OR... check out our online classes and get creative at home!

We are not currently open for public visitation, but we can offer tours by appointment.



Hey there Dragoneers🐲 

To celebrate the release of Season 2 of Dr. Mecurio’s Mythical Marvels & Traveling Menagerie we have a chance to score some free stuff! Go to iTunes leave us some stars and a review and we’ll send you this set of Mecurio Creature stickers with Betty the Yeti, Precious, and Gunther the racing dragon 


Everyone who leaves a review will be entered into a drawing to score a custom dragon puppet (400$ value) 

Check out the show,

leave a few words and score yourself some cool stuff!  🐉


August News Letter! See what's new! Big Changes!
Fall Happenings at The Puppetry Institute!

Summers almost over and we’re still here, doors are open and thanks to our Patrons, students, and my retirement fund our bills are paid. I’d like to announce some changes happening here at the Institute!

Starting in September our hours of operation will be changing.
TPI’s office will be open Wednesday thru Saturday from noon till 6pm.
We invite you to come in and take a tour to see all we have to offer.
Our classes can be booked Monday thru Friday as early as 9 am for our Ocean Grove, & Home School kids. For our adults and kids with hectic schedules you can book a 2 hr class as late as 6 pm. Saturday morning Classes are reserved for Scholarship classes, afternoons available by appointment for private classes.
Also we’re pleased to announce for those kids not eligible for our drop off program, our new
Family Engagement Program!

Create memories together with your family - as well as three simple puppet designs! This class is intended for children aged 4-7 and their families, to encourage a life-long love for creativity! Keep the puppets, and the knowledge to continue creating and performing at home!
As always a portion of all paid classes go to our scholarship program.

The big news for fall, we’ll be offering more in the way free and suggested donation performances to the public for children, families, and adults alike.
For ages 3-10 we are pleased to announce that starting at the next IMAGINARIUM 3-5pm on September 7th, we will opening a children’s puppet theater with shows in both English and Spanish.
Entertaining performances with a message will run a comfortable 20-30 minutes and be followed by a take home puppet craft.
After that we’ll have shows every other weekend Saturday & Sunday
starting at 12: 30 – 1:30 - 2:30 pm. Tickets are available on first come basis to the first 20 in the door and although entry is free, although we have suggested donation policy to help pay your puppeteers.
Weekend evenings in October we invite you to experience the magic
of our life size dragon & mythical creature show
“Dr. Mecurio’s Mythical Marvels & Traveling Menagerie”

In 2020 we will be starting our puppetry for adults theater programs with the return of
The Doctor is Out”  
which premiered in Santa Cruz to packed houses downtown at the Octagon in 2017.
Come join the us in celebrating making the world, and the central coast, a cooler place… one puppet at a time!


1st Saturdays 4pm-6pm MONTHLY!

*All Ages!* *Arts & Crafts* *Puppet Shows* *Artists* *Costuming Encouraged!*

Imaginarium - our FREE monthly show!

TPI is celebrating creativity in the Santa Cruz community with "Imaginarium!" a gathering of Imaginations at the Capitola Mall! We're inviting Puppets/Puppeteers, Cosplayers, Fur Folk, Steampunks, and Fantasy Artists Designers, and Makers to join us in showing off the diversity and craftsmanship in what we do with our imaginations…

For our part we'll be bringing Puppet Crafts, Costume Characters, Dr Mecurio's Dragons, A Puppet story-time, and much more! There will be a Photo Op room for Cosplayers, and providing Performance space for puppet shows, music and storytelling. Shows will be a suggested donation to be split among the performers.


Other than that, Imaginarium will be a Free Family Friendly event in the Courtyard at the Capitola Mall. We invite everyone to come and celebrate the last 2 years of making the world a cooler place one puppet at a time! If you're a Fantasy Artist or Performer, or Group interested in taking part in the event or interested in becoming a sponsor feel free to message me or email at the.puppetry.institute@gmail.com

1st Saturdays, free shows at the Capitola Mall!


The Puppetry Institute is a 501c3 nonprofit project of Children Are Our Future.
Learn more at  - thechildrenareourfuture.org