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Marie Hitchcock Puppet Theater

Open Now: 10:00 am - 2:30 pm
Open today: 10:00 am - 2:30 pm
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very entertaining show

went with a 5 year old who was entranced by the Mayan folk tale involving a rabbit and a cayote... read more

Reviewed 2 April 2017
gill v
London, United Kingdom
Fun for a kid or to feel like a kid

It's the perfect place to take the kids when you need something for short attention spans. It's... read more

Reviewed 5 January 2017
San Diego, California
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  • Average5%
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21 May 2018
“Alien show was poor, hopefully not case for other visiting performances?”
2 Apr 2017
“very entertaining show”
This popular puppet theater in Balboa Park is great for small children.
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2130 Pan American Plz, Balboa Park, San Diego, CA 92101-1683
+1 619-544-9203
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Reviewed 22 May 2018

We were excited to take our 3 & 5 yr olds to the Alien puppet show at the Marie Hitchcock Theater. We have a low entertainment threshold, but this performance was not engaging, set was non-existent, and the story featured mean/catty dialogue between characters. Puppets...More

4  Thank Whitney H
Reviewed 2 April 2017

went with a 5 year old who was entranced by the Mayan folk tale involving a rabbit and a cayote. the children were encouraged to participate (look behind you, etc). a birthday child was celebrated. Excellent value for money and a good little entertainment.

Thank gill v
Reviewed 15 January 2017 via mobile

I am a performer at this remarkable little vintage theater and I love performing here! We get a great cross-section of folks from tourists to locals who grew up coming to the theater and are now bringing their children or grandchildren! Although the shows are...More

Thank iaingunn
Reviewed 5 January 2017

It's the perfect place to take the kids when you need something for short attention spans. It's something different and a place to unplug.

Thank ZaidaMac
Reviewed 30 December 2016 via mobile

We found out about the theater on one of the park info kiosks and were just in time for a show. It's $5 per person. The show was Princess and the Pea, done with Marionettes and even though the puppeteer was onstage in semi darkness...More

1  Thank ohdonnaoh
Reviewed 23 November 2016

Took our grand daughters to the pre Halloween week production based on sister witches. Parking for the second show of the day was a breeze, i.e. close by, which we appreciated with a stroller and an elderly grand dad. The staff was welcoming. The puppeteer...More

Thank Dianne B
Reviewed 15 August 2016 via mobile

My daughter and I had her 4 (ages 6-8) and decided to go to Balboa park for the day on Sunday. We went to the puppet show at 11 AM. For $5 each ($4 for seniors), we had a fun-filled time. It was evident that...More

Thank SeasonedTraveler1K
Reviewed 27 April 2015

Take your children, grandchildren, neighbors kids, co workers kids, keep this art form alive. We live in an instant world of iPads, Internet, movies. Keep theatre, drama, poetry alive. My kids loved this, I loved it. My husband fell asleep snoring (front row too, how...More

1  Thank unclesheepskin
Reviewed 2 November 2014

Not sure what I was expecting but found the whole experience really quaint. The theatre is quite old and some of the puppets look like they have seen better days. The puppeteer is visible the whole time and the narration is recorded. The older children...More

2  Thank claire s
Reviewed 30 August 2014

This is a nice thing to do with young children. The puppet shows are aimed at their level. They have a nice facility for doing this. If your child is having a birthday, be sure to tell the ticket booth staff as they have a...More

1  Thank Dale O
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