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 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!

Presenting library shows since 2006!

“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

Smarty Pants Balloons Under the Sea

(This is the new Big Balloon Show we’re offering to match the 2022 CSLP “Oceans of Possibilities” theme for summer reading)

This summer, take a trip under the sea with Smarty Pants!

We’ll learn about all the charming creatures that live under the waves and have fun along the way:

Can a shark and an octopus become best friends?

You can tune a piano, but what undersea science experiment needs a tuna fish?

Witness the world’s biggest fishbowl – a huge six foot balloon!!

The Big Balloon Show is expertly designed to include plenty of interaction to get the entire audience involved.

And since it’s a Smarty Pants show –  you know it will be packed with those amazing balloons that make your audiences go WOW!

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

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 about the original rockets 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!

The Big Balloon VIRTUAL Show

In this hilariously fun Zoom program, Smarty uses his humor and balloons to excite kids about reading books and exercising their imaginations.

Smarty will also present some totally amazing, totally new balloon illusions that would be impossible in a live show – they’re only possible with the “Magic of Zoom!”

Plus stick around after the program to enjoy a “virtual Q&A” with Smarty Pants and literally ask him whatever questions you may have about balloons – or anything else!


Balloon Twisting Workshops!

A change from our other shows, the Smarty Pants Balloon School teaches kids how to make their own balloon twisting creations!

With absolutely no experience necessary, by the end of the workshop, kids will learn how to make a classic balloon dog, an octopus, and even their own fashionable hat.

Perfect for that “tween” audience looking for something engaging, interactive and fun!

Learn more about balloon twisting workshops!



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