About us

Papaton Kids is a family owned California-based company owned by Anna and Anton Ten. The greatest asset of our games is interaction between parents and kids, and happy moments that bring them closer together and stay with them forever.

It was essential for us to create something valuable and meaningful that maybe won’t change the whole world, but will make the lives of thousands of kids brighter and more fun.
Thus, in 2015 Papaton Kids brand appeared. Playing with our daughter every day and testing our playset ideas gave us the strong feeling that we would like to devote ourselves to the kids games and toy market.
At the core of the Papaton Shadow Theater lies the idea of healthy ways of using technology. In our products, a phone helps kids in their active game, creating additional atmosphere, but not replacing it. Technology is part of our world and kids growing up with access to technology in a healthy way is something we believe to be a good thing and want to help parents realize that technology is not at all bad for a child if it’s used wisely.
Quality is another important characteristic of our products. The glow in children’s eyes and parents’ joy as they give their kids our games as a gift – this is what we think about before going to press.
Our first product, the Papaton Shadow Theater, won the hearts of thousands of kids and parents around the world. It comes with over 30 characters and props to enact four well-know fairy tales, including Little Red Riding HoodThe Three Little PigsThe Tortoise & The Hare and The Lion & The Mouse. The creative fun continues with a fifth story titled Once Upon a Time through which kids create their own stories aided by additional included props and characters! The accompanying app includes fairy tale scripts in 8 languages (Am. English, German, Spanish, Italian, French, Chinese, Br. English, Russian), original orchestral music and lights for the shows. Papaton Shadow Theater is perfect for developing creativity and narrative storytelling skills, promotes active play and gives kids a unique theatrical experience.
Papaton Shadow Theater has won five international awards:
It was also featured in USA Today as one of the hottest holiday toys in 2021, and mentioned on Fox 6 Milwaukee by toy expert and speech-language pathologist Erika Cardamone as a great way to boost kids’ creativity and storytelling skills.
In 2022, Papaton Shadow Theater was included in the Toy Insider’s Spring & Summer Toy Guide.
We want you and your kids to fall in love with our Shadow Theater just the way we once fell in love with this idea! Let your children be creative, and you won’t believe how they will surprise you in the best way possible!
And we’re not done yet – we've got big plans for the future.
Papaton LLC is an official supplier and seller of the Papaton Shadow Theater playset. All rights reserved.

What Our Customers Say About Us

Corbin Carroll

This is the best single item I’ve EVER gotten for my little boy! I love how it brings us together as a family every night and watching his eyes of excitement and wonder as we tell him stories while using the shadow puppets just melts my heart!


As a mom of 3, I am always looking for ways for the kids to use their imagination. Papaton Shadow Theatre makes this happen in such a neat way! We have been having so much fun with the Papaton Theater and would highly recommend this!

Joy Fitzgerald

The product is really incredible and facilitates all the things you hope. We did a puppet show before bedtime too instead of our normal story and it made the kids look forward to bed time and the dark room.