Most of us have an underlying penchant for puppets that started in childhood—if only from watching Sesame Street in the mornings—but adulthood comes with a serious lack of puppet shows. Enter the LA Puppet Fest: This second annual event celebrates the art and creativity of things on strings for all ages. A collection of puppetry organizations (there are a lot, believe it or not) will host events all across the city throughout April. Take in a classic marionette show, observe changing puppet technology or take a class to learn how to make and manipulate your very own creature. Highlights include: a Puppetzilla slam, a daylong fest at the Skirball and a Bob Baker Marionette Theater retrospective.