School Holiday Workshops

A unique insight into the world of puppetry

“Today was Michaela’s third workshop. We keep coming back because I can see how her previous experiences have tapped into her creativity… Every child who comes to our place for a playdate gets taught how to make a puppet.”  – Parent

Fun. Engaging. Creative
Our School of Puppetry Holiday Workshops are a fun and inspiring way to encourage the development of creativity, problem solving, critical thinking, teamwork and communication skills. Workshop tutors are dedicated and enthusiastic professional performers or designers and have been trained to present workshops that will have children brainstorming, creating, making and performing.

School Holiday Workshops are held each school holidays in our dedicated workshop space at Spare Part Puppet Theatre, perfect for children aged 5 – 10.

We’re very excited to be offering three new workshops, each making a new puppet and running for either a half or full day in combination with a show, or including a family discount to a performance of your choice of The Night Zoo.


Coming up this September school holidays

Create, make and manipulate at our School of Puppetry workshops this September school holidays!

Inspired by our latest production The Night Zoo, join us for our fabulous animal themed school holiday workshops which are sure to keep hands busy and minds engaged! Creativity will run wild as your children are guided through the process of imagining and crafting their very own animal puppet and show, with a variety of puppet making styles!

Crazy Critter Junk Puppet Maker // Half Day Holiday Workshop
This half-day workshop is for anyone who wants to create a fantastical creature who lives wild and free deep in the jungle, or far out at sea or way out in space, or maybe some hidden corner of your garden. Come and create your own weirdly wonderful critter making use of our awesome selection of junk and stuff, learn some construction principles for puppetry design to discover its character and how it moves around. This workshop makes a great addition to our latest show The Night Zoo.
Wednesday 26 September & Wednesday 03 October | 9:00am – 12:00pm or 1:00pm – 4:00pm
$45 per workshop participant
Suitable for children aged 5-10 years
Book online

A Day at the Zoo Box Puppet Creation // One Day Holiday Workshop
Join us for this exciting workshop where you will get to make an extraordinary body puppet version of your favourite animal before bringing it life by wearing it! Beginning with a box and our treasure trove of materials; cut, glue, paint and stitch your puppet into being, creating its body decorations – does it have a tail, or a fin, or wings? Do you need to make horns, or ears, or a mane for it? What sort of creature is it, is it real or imaginary? And then put it on and discover how it moves, what sort of call it makes and maybe even what it likes to eat…
Thursday 27 September & Thursday 04 October| 9:00am – 3:00pm
$70 per workshop participant
Suitable for children aged 5-10 years
Book online

A Day at the Zoo Sock Puppet Maker // One Day Holiday Workshop 
Come and make your own wild sock puppet animal. Does it live in the desert, the jungle, or the deep blue sea? Does it fly, or crawl, or jump? Does it squeak or squawk, cackle or roar? Create your beastie, uncover its name and unearth its story as you put it together from the treasure trove of materials, fabrics and crazy decorations we have here ready for you. You and your wild puppet creature can then enjoy a performance of our latest show, The Night Zoo.
Friday 28 September & Friday 05 October | 9:00am – 3:00pm.
$90 per workshop participant (includes ticket to The Night Zoo)
Suitable for children aged 5-10 years
Book online


Frequently Asked Questions

As a company with a proud history of working with children and families, Spare Parts Puppet Theatre is committed to promoting and protecting the interests and safety of children. Everyone at Spare Parts Puppet Theatre, whether in a paid or voluntary capacity, is responsible for the care and protection of children.

Do I stay with my child throughout the day?
Parents/guardians do not attend the workshop with their child but are required to sign them in and out for drop off and pick up.

How many children will be participating?
The maximum number of children in a workshop is twenty, though numbers may vary. Children wear aprons while in the workshop space and high-vis vests when outside the studio space so that they are easily identifiable by our tutors and staff.

How many tutors are running the workshop?
There is a ratio of 1 tutor for every 10 children as well as a volunteer to help supervise. All tutors and volunteers have Working With Children checks and wear Spare Parts Puppet Theatre t-shirts so they are easily identifiable by you and your child.

To make a booking or find out more about our School of Puppetry Holiday Workshops please contact our Operations Officer on 9335 5044 | admin@sppt.asn.au