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Marie Hitchcock Puppet Theater

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Address: 2130 Pan American Plz, Balboa Park, San Diego, CA 92101-1683
Phone Number: +1 619-685-5045

This popular puppet theater in Balboa Park is great for small children.

This popular puppet theater in Balboa Park is great for small children.

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Fun for Little Ones

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... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 14 August 2016
Orlando, Florida
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Hellertown, Pennsylvania
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79 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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 was a bit too lengthy in her introductory remarks, but the show was charming and... More 

Thank Dianne B
Orlando, Florida
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97 reviews
56 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 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 the performers loved entertaining children. There is no assigned seating, but there were plenty of... More 

Thank SeasonedTraveler1K
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63 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 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 embarrassing) It was quaint and nostalgic for me. Hubby asked me later if he missed... More 

1 Thank unclesheepskin
Brighton, United Kingdom
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15 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 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 in the audience seemed to enjoy it so that's the most important thing. Think my... More 

1 Thank claire s
Colorado Springs, Colorado
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163 reviews
34 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles 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 nice celebration for the child before the show begins.

1 Thank Dale O
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 June 2012

We were at balboa park and trying to find something for the children to enjoy that didn't cost $20+ for a family of 4. We came the to the show, enjoyed and will go back. The prices have changed to $5/person, but is still cheeper then other puppets we've been to. The sound was not done well but the puppets... More 

Thank Gemin
San Diego, California
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61 reviews
24 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 December 2011

This puppet theater is a must see for all those visiting San Diego with kids as well as those interested in having an old fashioned wholesome puppet Show experience. This theater is a treasure in Balboa Park. It is wonderful to celebrate a birthday. The birthday Child has a special treat in store with a crown and small prize. Essential... More 

1 Thank sandiegosunshinemom
san diego
1 review
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 December 2010

The puppet theater in Balboa Park is a treasure. The theater is old and was built for the 1935 Exposition in the park. The Guild that operates the theater has worked very hard to update the sound and the lighting systems. They now have a lot of special effects that enhance the shows. The theater performs shows year round and... More 

1 Thank SanDiegoBevfitz
Yucaipa, California
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2 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 March 2010

I recently volunteered at the Marie Hitchcock Puppet Theater in Balboa Park in San Diego as part of the Give a Day, Get a Disney Day promotion. This little gem is just right for families with children of preschool age to perhaps third grade who are visiting Balboa Park. It is tucked away in a building with a pueblo style... More 

3 Thank RedlandsRedhead
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90 reviews
33 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 August 2009

Great puppet theater that caters to preschool aged children. Anyone older will probably be bored.

1 Thank Bound4NZ

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