A couple of years ago Grandma and Grandpa brought the kid a new friend. His name is King and he is very funny. He is also unsure where exactly his kingdom is.


Since the king arrived in our house the kid has become a huge fan of puppets and two years ago we took her to the Puppets Up festival in Almonte. We timed our visit all wrong and didn’t get to see any of the shows, but she did get her face painted and we got to see the parade, which she loved. I’m thrilled that this year we’re going back to the festival and we will make sure to check the schedule and plan to see a few of the presentations. I believe the kid is already acquainted with the Puppet Tamer, so we’ll stop in to see him again, and since Abby Cadabby is one of her favourite Sesame Street Muppets (see below) we will have to check out Leslie Carrara-Rudolph’s “Leslie and Lolly Make Stuff Up.”


And how could we possibly skip a performance called Squirrel Stole My Underpants? I mean come on. And the Little Feet Theatre. You can’t see this picture and not want to see where that goes:

Veronica Gonzales_Little Feet

I would bet that the king will join us for the festival.

The artistic director of the Puppets Up festival is Noreen Young who created Under the Umbrella Tree, which ran on CBC for 10 years starting when I was six years old. I have fond memories of those characters  Holly, Iggy, Jacob and Gloria. I love seeing Noreen Young’s puppets decorating the windows around downtown during the festival. It’s especially cool because Noreen Young designed the puppets for an older CBC show called Hi Diddle Day, and it so happens my mother was one of the show’s scriptwriters.

You can buy tickets to the festival here, day passes and weekend passes are available and children under 3 are free. Puppets Up runs August 8, 9 and 10.

I am very excited to be able to give away two day passes for the festival to one lucky reader. Leave me a comment below letting me know that you’re interested and I will draw a winner July 31.

Disclosure: I was given two passes to the festival for my family as well as the giveaway passes for writing this post, but I am honestly excited to be taking my daughter to check it out. And if you do take in the festival make sure you spend some time checking out Almonte and the surrounding area as well. 

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