|Undoubtedly the best deal in town if you have small children and need uncomplicated entertainment, the Marie Hitchcock Puppet Theater in Balboa Park operates year round, five days a week.
Performers are from the Balboa Park Puppet Guild who use marionettes and ventriloquist puppets, as well as hand puppets.
Shows change every week and feature titles like "Hickory Dickory Dock." Call the hotline for the latest program information, (619) 544-9203.
Admission is cheap, and you don't need reservations or long attention spans since the shows run about half an hour. The theater seats about 230, and the box office opens half an hour before each show. All seats are good, but go early if you want to sit up front. There is an area to leave strollers during the show.
Park in the Aerospace Museum lot next door, if you're lucky enough to find a space. If not, try the larger lots near the Naval Hospital and be prepared to walk a bit or take Balboa Park's red courtesy shuttle.
Located in Balboa Park:
Marie Hitchcock Puppet Theater
2130 Pan American Rd. W.
San Diego, CA 92101
Phone: (619) 544-9203
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Summer: 11am, 1pm and 2:30 pm Wed-Sat. Winter: 10 am and 11:30 am Wed-Fri; 11 am, 1 pm and 2:30 pm Sat-Sun.