Individual Tickets:
$6.00-$7.00 Members
$7.00-$8.00 Children
$8.00-$9.00 Adults
$3.00 Children under 2

Group Tickets:
School Year
$6.00 Children & Adults*
$7.00 for Seasons of Light
$3.00 Children 2 and under
*1 free adult for every 20 children

Summer Season
$7.00 Children & Adults*
$3.00 Children under 2
*1 free adult for every 20 children

Galapagos George

Galapagos George
with Barefoot Puppets

Thurs.-Fri., May 30-31, 2024 at 10:15 a.m. and 11:30 a.m.

Location: Ripley Center, Smithsonian

Recommended for Ages: 4 to 8 / PreK to Grade 3


The true story of “Lonesome George,” the last tortoise to be found on Pinta Island in the Galapagos archipelago, delightfully unfolds as you watch him grow up among sea turtles, lizards, hungry goats, sea lions, and dancing birds with blue feet. This engaging and uplifting eco-fable shares an important lesson about human impact on the environment.

Connections to the Classroom: Storytelling; Science; Geography; Puppetry (hand, rod, & shadow puppets); Social-emotional Learning; Theater/Performing Arts

About the Artist: Barefoot Puppet Theatre has been building and performing original works since 1997 when founder and director, Heidi Rugg, began building puppet shows from the basement of her home in Richmond, Virginia. The company has since grown significantly and now tours nationally, while continuing to create new works for young audiences and their families. The mission of Barefoot Puppets is simple: to activate imaginations through the power of puppetry! To learn more, visit them online at:


The 2023-2024 Discovery Theater Season is made possible by a generous grant from the Nora Roberts Foundation

Learning Guide

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