Australian National Botanic Gardens

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Puppet Construction Workshop ended on Tuesday  4 July 2023.

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First Friday of every month, except January — Crosbie Morrison Lawn 

Stories, songs, rhymes and creative activities are brought to life in the Gardens' beautiful natural surroundings.

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Sunset Cinema

Sunset Cinema

Thurs 23 Nov 2023 to Sat 24 Feb 2024 — Eucalypt Lawn

Enjoy your favourite movies under the stars in the beautiful surrounds of the Eucalypt Lawn.

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Thursday talks, Australian National Botanic Gardens

Thursday Talks

12.30 pm on Thursdays from February through November — Theatrette

Our Thursday lunchtime talks cover diverse aspects of the natural world in Australia and around the globe. Bookings essential.

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Tuesday 4 July 2023, 2:30pm – 4:00pm — Crosbie Morrison Building

Travel back to the Pleistocene era with Dead Puppet Society and delve into a world of creature design and puppet construction in this fun and hands-on workshop.

In honour of the visiting Megafauna puppets, participants will be invited to create and design their own ancient-inspired puppet character and learn simple hinging and building techniques. Students will also be introduced to the hierarchy of manipulation and learn our three principles of puppetry to bring their character to life.

Using readily available materials, participants will follow Dead Puppet Society’s prototyping design process and learn about the biomechanics of movement and grow their understanding of manipulation and puppet functionality, as well as:

  • Explore design techniques
  • Build a tabletop puppet
  • Create external design features.

Suitable for ages 8 - 18 years+. Bookings are essential for all participants, including accompanying adults. Book now

Dead Puppet Society is an Australian based production and design house creating deeply imaginative visual theatre, public art, and sculpture, combining timeless craftsmanship with cutting edge technology. Their giant MEGAFAUNA creatures will be roving and residing at the Australian National Botanic Gardens for MEGAfauna: a walk through time!  from 1 - 30 July.

Photo Katy Green-Loughrey taken during a Dead Puppet Society and Erth workshop with Sydney Opera House. Puppet prototype by Gabrielle Paananen.

Wheelchair accessible.



Tuesday 4 July 2023, 2:30pm – 4:00pm


Crosbie Morrison Building


General Admission (8yrs+) $38.00