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The Marie Hitchcock Puppet Theater was established in 1947, located in beautiful historic Balboa Park, San Diego California. The Puppet Theater was originally part of the California Pacific International Exposition in 1935. The Exposition was organized to celebrate the completion of the Panama Canal. The theater still runs weekly live performances for thousands of guests each year.


July 19

One Show Only!


The Story Behind the Oldest Puppet Theater in America!

 Learn about Marie Hitchcock by time traveling back in time to 1947 and trying to catch the villan who wants to change history



Mr. Ryan's Music Presents

Yoga for Pirates

Saturday and Sunday

July 20 - 21


Tickets for this show are $10.00

Yoga for Pirates is the imaginative musical journey of two children who board a pirate ship and meet some pirates along the way. Imagination, play, and adventure create a dynamic and musical atmosphere to explore the Sun Salutation sequence that is typical in a traditional yoga class.

Come hang out with Mr. Ryan and his zany crew or actors and puppeteers and we can embark on this journey together. Don't forget to bring your singing voices, dancing shoes, and if you have one, a yoga mat.

This musical and family yoga class celebrate Mr. Ryan's beloved book, Yoga For Pirates. Grab a copy at the event so you can do yoga at your home.

This event is great for children of all ages!




 Looking for a Gift of Puppetry? Buy a Gift Ticket! Gift Tickets are for our General Admission or Senior/Military Admission! Ticket is good for our regular shows! Special Events and Adult Events are not included!

$5 General Admission, $4 Senior Military

Gift Certificates are also available at our Box Office!








Want to know the difference between Hand, Marionette, Shadow and Full Body Puppetry?
Want to learn how to write a story?
Want to get away from the crazy world and do something creative?
Bring out the wild and crazy?

Then our workshops are for you!

San Diego’s Balboa Park Puppet Guild
is going to offer beginning workshops in
Puppetry in 2024!
If you are interested, please email us at

for more information!