About the Festival

Dancing Marionettes


Puppets Take Long Island brings eight weeks of exciting performances, workshops and special events to popular venues across Long Island. The family-friendly series will showcase puppetry in all its forms—from giant puppets and marionettes to rod and shadow puppets. Hosted by Long Island Children’s Museum and Goat on a Boat Puppet Theatre, the Festival presents a rotating schedule of touring puppeteers and troupes from across the US and Europe to area audiences to experience the diversity, innovation and artistry in this fascinating performance style.

imls-nyscaPuppets Take Long Island is made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature and the Institute of Museum and Library Services.


Long Island Children’s Museum Theater is the only theater on Long Island presenting performances specifically for family audiences on a year-round basis. It has presented vibrant and engaging performances for families since the Museum opened in 1993 and plays a central role in the range of educational experiences provided to visitors. In 2008, the LICM Theater expanded its role and began producing professional level family theater shows. This role allows the Museum to have artistic control over all shows that are produced at the museum. Scripts are selected that encourage exploration and create personal experiences that we hope children will take with them throughout their lives. The Long Island Children’s Museum is the recipient of the 2012 National Medal for Museum & Library Service, the highest honor conferred on museums for extraordinary civic, educational, economic, environmental, and social contributions.

The Goat on a Boat Puppet Theatre is a not-for-profit puppet theatre committed to introducing young children and their families to a lifelong love of theatre and the creative arts. They are among only 50 established puppet theatres listed by the Puppeteers of America, the only national organization of puppeteers. Through puppet shows, puppet playgroups, family workshops and special events, Goat on a Boat invites families in the community to be entertained and to become involved in their own cultural and creative education.

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