What's more fun than an afternoon watching a professional puppet show? Why, getting to play around with marionettes and put on one of your own, of course. At the Center for Puppetry Arts, you can tour the museum, watch a show, and then even make and operate a puppet to take home with you via one of the center's workshops. The museum's permanent collection features more than 350 puppets; rotating exhibits bring in some pop culture character favorites—like masks from the Broadway adaptation of "The Lion King"—on a temporary basis. And don't worry: You won't leave without spotting one of your beloved childhood friends, The Muppets. There's an entire atrium dedicated to Jim Henson and his colorful crew. On the performance side, there are shows for all types: families, teens, and adults-only. The museum also has an ongoing film series that showcases puppets on the silver screen. You can take home a marionette of your own via the center's quirky gift shop. For the serious fan, hours could be spent perusing all the marionettes, but allot at least one even if you're just a mere passerby.