Smarty Pants Library Shows

Do you know the secret to a great library program? One that captivates young audiences right from the start, and leaves them wanting to learn more?

Presented by Smarty Pants, the Big Balloon Show delivers.

The Big Balloon Show is a one-of-a-kind vaudeville style stage production featuring magic, all-ages comedy, interactive storytelling and of course, Smarty’s award-winning, larger than life balloon props.

Throughout the show, Smarty uses his humor and balloons to excite kids about reading books and exercising their imaginations. By the end of the hour production, every audience member knows the library is a very exciting place to visit!

We do over 60 library shows a year!

“Thank you for your fabulous balloon show – our staff and our patrons have been raving about your production. We will have you back again soon!”
– Kathy Burns, Palatine Public Library

We currently offer multiple themed editions of the Big Balloon Show. Choose the Big Balloon Show that best suits your programming

The Mousetrap Machine Show

(Perfect for any STEM related programming)

A mouse is loose on the library!   Ordinary mousetraps can hurt a mouse – or worse!

Our mission this summer … to build a better mousetrap that will catch our pesky mouse without hurting him.

With the help of over twenty audience members, we’ll learn about the five simple machines – the wheel, lever, pulley, inclined plane and the screw, then put all five machines together to create a Rube Goldberg inspired Mousetrap Machine.

And since it’s a Smarty Pants show – the entire Mousetrap Machine will be made of giant balloons!  Wow!

We have been presenting this show in schools since 2009 – we’ve created a special edition of the show just for library audiences.

For more information about the Mousetrap Machine Show, see our dedicated website at

Smarty in Space: A Big Balloon Odyssey  (This show fits any science themed programming!)

Go beyond the limits of imagination with Smarty Pants as we embark on an awesome trip into the furthest reaches of space and time! Kids will learn how our space program got started, and the three animals that first traveled into space.    Learn about the planets of our solar system!    What training do astronauts need to complete their space missions?   And don’t miss the show stopping  finale as Smarty travels right into the heart of our sun with the world’s largest balloon!

Have Balloon, Will Travel
(Fits the 2018 iRead “Reading Takes You Everywhere!” Theme)

Can traveling to the library really take youth audiences anywhere they want to go?   With Smarty’s balloons and the audience’s imagination, anything is possible!

Don’t miss Smarty’s all-new show, featuring an amazing “Evel Knievel style” balloon motorcycle jump,  a supersonic airplane, a trip back in balloon history,  and the show’s finale – Smarty climbing into a GIANT six foot balloon!

Big Balloon Circus
(Perfect for any programming event not tied to any specific theme)

An amazing “Circus Themed” edition of the Big Balloon Show takes audiences into the world of a balloon circus extravaganza. The show features a tiny balloon balancing clown, the larger than life “Peanut the Elephant” and Smarty’s famous “Escape from a Six Foot Balloon” finale!



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