culture days


Sept 25 & Oct 2, 2021

Giant Puppet Party!

Carousel Players and professional designer and puppeteer Alexa Fraser bring you Carousel Players’ Giant Puppet Party, an outdoor, family friendly activity.

The first step – make your puppet!

Alexa will lead a Giant Puppet making workshop at Silver Spire United Church on September 25th at 10am. Groups of up to 6 will create their puppet’s head and hands under Alexa’s instruction, and then take their puppet pieces home for the finishing touches. Your puppet can be a person, an animal, a favourite character, a mystical creature… anything you want!

Unable to attend the workshop?

No problem. You can gather the materials listed below and follow the video tutorial to create your own fabulous Giant Puppet right at home. 

Next step – PARTY!

Join Carousel Players and our resident Giant Puppet, Nadine the Ondine, on Saturday October 2 at 11am in Lester B. Pearson Park for the Giant Puppet Party!

What does a Giant Puppet Party entail? Music, dancing, laughter and more! Carousel Players’ Giant Puppet will lead everyone in song and dance, creating a community that is together, apart, and making art.


Registrations for the Giant Puppet Workshop, and requests for complementary puppet kits are now full. We encourage you to make your own puppet using the video on this page, and then come join us at the Giant Puppet Party!

Party Registration October 2 at 11am

Name your family or group something fun so the MC can call on you during the party

The Giant Puppet Party is supported by funding from the City of St Catharines.

Culture Days is a national celebration of arts and culture. Every fall, millions of people attend thousands of participatory arts and culture events across the country. Culture Days programs invite the public to get hands-on and behind-the-scenes to highlight the importance of arts and culture in our communities.

Puppet Making Materials
  • Newsprint (newspapers, flyers, other soft paper) – lots and lots
  • Cardboard – two large boxes worth
  • Craft paper – 3′ x 2′ piece
  • White school glue – one large bottle
  • 3 broomsticks or long poles
  • 1 large bedsheet or large pieces of fabric
  • Masking or painter’s tape
  • White acrylic paint
  • Colourful acrylic paint
  • Decorations

Tools: Scissors, stapler, paint brushes, sandpaper

Downlad Instructions HERE

Instructions en francaise ICI

If you’d like to participate but are unable to afford puppet making materials, Puppet Packs are available through Carousel Players. Email for more information.

Carousel Players’ staff, artists and volunteers look forward to meeting you at community events in the Niagara Region!

At Carousel Players, we bring our plays to dozens schools and theatres every year, but we also travel around Niagara to create meaningful connections with our friends and neighbours in all corners of the Region. Whether we are welcoming community members to our annual Community Picnic and Carousel Kids Costume Ball, or participating in festivals, engaging with families is at the core of what we do, year round.

Our activities in the community include, but are not limited to, live performances, crafts, activities, and interactive games for the whole family. In recent years, we’ve created new ways to engage. Our interactive Dragon on the Hill workshop has mesmerized children around Niagara, and we’ve taken part in Culture Days, a free nation-wide celebration of the arts, since 2015.

We’re always looking for new ways to connect with our audiences and larger community.  If you are coordinating an event and would like to discuss working together please contact

costume ball


october 30, 2021

Celebrate Your Creativity!

Dress up in your favourite costume and share it with the world.

We’ll have fun with games, treats, and a costume parade.

Featuring an extra special screening of a Carousel Players video play!

Carousel Kids Costume Ball

Community Picnic


April 15, 2022

The Carousel Players Community Picnic is our way of saying thank you to the Niagara community for their involvement with Carousel Players. It is a perfect opportunity for past and present generations to create new memories with their families and reminisce about past productions and experiences with Carousel Players.

Each year Carousel Players puts together an afternoon of live music, games, crafts, face painting, entertainment, performances, and more. The event is entirely free and suitable for children of all ages.

So pack a picnic and join us for the fun!

Dragon on the Hill

An Interactive Workshop for Families

Once upon a time, in a place not too far from here, there lived a dragon…

Dragon on the Hill is an interactive drama workshop that combines dramatic play and performance.

Our arts educator performers will help the audience warm up their bodies, voices, and imaginations (just like actors do!) so they can help tell the story of the Dragon on the Hill.

The audience will use their imaginations, learn a song, make sound effects, and with their help, the Dragon will discover what it needed all along.

Did you know that the Dragon puppet we use for our workshop is 20 years old? The puppet was originally made for Carousel Players’ production of The Hobbit in our 2001-2002 season, and traveled across Ontario and Quebec.

Questions About Dragon on the Hill

What age group is this workshop suitable for? This workshop is suitable for children ages 4 and up.

What is the maximum number of participants? The maximum number of participants is 40 people.

What is the duration of the activity? The workshop itself is 20-30 minutes long, depending upon the number of participants. We can offer 2 workshops in a booking, so long as they are 30-60 minutes apart.

What does my group need to provide? Please provide chairs for adults / parents to sit on, a 6′ table for our sound equipment, and access to power.

What are the space requirements for this workshop? This workshop requires an open space approximately 20ft x 20ft with chairs set up on two sides and seating in front of the chairs on the floor for children.

How long will you be at our event? We will need access to the space where the workshop takes place before and after the performances. Load in and set up time is 30 minutes, and load out time is 30-45 minutes.

How do I book this workshop? For more information and to book this workshop at your event, fill in the booking form. Bookings can be made for

  • Public events
  • School events open to the public
  • Community activities
  • Festivals

What is the cost per workshop? The cost is $200+hst per session. The artist-educators can run the Dragon on the Hill activity twice during that time.

Bring the Dragon to your event!

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