Performances • Workshops • Residencies
"Z Puppets knows how to combine puppets, music and yoga
into a swashbuckling good time."
- Minnesota History Center
The World's Only
Puppet Rock Yoga Adventure for Families
on the Quest for Calm
With performances, workshops, and in-depth residencies,
we teach yoga, puppetry and songwriting to give children and adults creative tools to find calm.
"An ingenious and irresistible way to introduce children to the basic concepts of mindfulness."
-Daniel Smith, author
Monkey Mind: A Memoir of Anxiety
is an ancient term to describe the brain when it swings from thought to thought like a monkey swinging through trees.
Monkey Mind Pirates is our quest
to help children and adults tap into the power of playfulness
to navigate the stormy seas of stress.
Click on the links above
to see and hear the
Monkeys in action.
Aargh, Mateys! audio clip from the award-winning soundtrack
Monkey Mind Pirates
(50 min., indoor theatrical venues, audiences of up to 650, ages 2+)
Join the Quest for Calm with this fun-filled, musical tale that mixes playfulness with mindfulness -- and pirates!
Sail along with Captain Fitz as he searches for the Legendary Island of Calm and learns the secrets to taming the unruly Monkey Mind Pirates.
Turn your family’s “Arghs” into “Oms” with the lovable puppet characters and catchy original music of this award-winning show.
Monkey Mind Pirates Family Yoga Party
(45 minute, outdoor or indoor informal events, audiences of up to 500, ages 2+)
Get the whole family moving with this mix of puppets, music and playful mindfulness for ages 2+.
Through catchy original songs and simple yoga poses, the audience helps the Captain navigate the stormy seas of stress and tame the unruly Monkey Mind Pirates.
Click to play Promo
Children and Adults from your community can guest star as the Sailor Chorus
Families join nationally touring artists Z Puppets to learn fun original songs, basic yoga moves and playful calming techniques.
Then families take the stage alongside Z Puppets to sing in the Sailor Chorus in the performance.
Maximum 30 youth participants ages 6+ and unlimited accompanying adults. Must be paired with performance.
Family Playful Mindfulness Workshop
Together, children and their adults jump into the fun of puppets, yoga, and music to learn creative tools for finding calm.
The story, songs and characters of Monkey Mind Pirates lead the way into exploring yoga poses, breathing and easy-to-use techniques to address stress.
Maximum 25 youth participants ages 6+ and unlimited accompanying adults.
"Bravo to Z Puppets Rosenschnoz for using creative puppets, fun music, silly characters, and comedy to convey such an important message to our children."
– Chasing SuperMom Blog
Arts & Mindfulness Camps for Youth
Youth ages 7-10 dive into puppetry, music and mindfulness and then guest star as the Sailor Chorus alongside the award-winning artists of Z Puppets in a public performance.
In five 3-hour camp sessions, the Sailors create puppets, sing, write an original song and explore basic yoga to learn how to find their way to Calm.
Maximum 25 youth participants.
"The camp was thrilling and Monkey Mind Pirates is an amazing show. . . you'll forever have a circle of friends in Mankato."
– Southern MN Children's Museum
Island of Calm Creative Activity Station
Meet and greet the Monkeys and drop-in for drawing, writing and yoga fun.
The Island of Calm Creative Activity Station is a unique way to bring interactive playful mindfulness to special events.
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Z Puppets artists collaborate with classroom teachers to bring calm into the curriculum using puppets, music and yoga.
Adaptable to any grade level K-5, the Classroom Residency can also help engage students with special needs, behavior issues, or low academic performance.
This creatve approach to mindfulness guides students of all abilities towards managing difficult emotions, controlling impulses and overcoming stress.
"Monkey Mind Pirates has been the highlight of my professional career."
-Eric Bradley, Principal
Moreland Arts & Health Sciences
Click to view mini-Doc
Monkey Mind Pirates
Awards and Honors include:
Creative Child Magazine
Creative Play Retailer
14 Minnesota State Arts Board Arts Learning and Tour Grants
of Quest for Calm Day
Z Puppets Rosenschnoz combines hand-crafted puppetry with zany comedy and live music to delight children and their adults with feats
Based in Minneapolis,
Z Puppets brings performances and workshops to performing arts centers, museums, festivals and schools across the U.S.
3132 16th Ave. South
Minneapolis, MN 55407
Leading children and adults to the power of playfulness since 1998.
Set-up can be accomplished in most venues within four hours. Monkey Mind Pirates is designed for a proscenium stage.
The set is built around a 12’ x 6’ scaffolding with a 6’ x 8’ panel 3’ in front of it. A keyboard stand and captain’s wheel sits in front Two 8’ x 8’ sails/projection screens hang on either side at angles. The minimal playing area is 16’ (w) x 16’ (d) x 16’ (h).