We attended a show at the Marionette Theatre in Central Park with some friends back in May, and as soon as we arrived at the Swedish Cottage, I knew it was going to be one of the best experience we'd have all summer. The cottage is tucked away in a quiet, almost secret part of the park (79th and West Park Drive), and the theatre is tiny- it was a perfect scale for children, charming, and peaceful, with a friendly staff and plenty of places to explore. It was a welcome change in this city where most everything is enormous, noisy, and not exactly kid friendly.
It has a fascinating history, and the current show playing is about the Swedish Cottage that houses the theatre. There were some pretty interesting (odd) twists in the story (one involving a giant octopus, the other an alien spaceship), but overall it was incredibly charming show. One of the puppeteers even came out after the show and showed the children how the marionettes work. It was wonderful to find a cozy, intimate place like this.
And one of the best parts about it is that the Swedish Cottage is nestled right next to the gorgeous Shakespeare Gardens. It's worth a visit just to pop by and see the scene. So lovely.
Tickets are $8 for adults and $5 for children. They only play one show per season, so we will anxiously await and see what next year brings.