More than a dozen ways you can take your kids to see theater in Austin this summer

Peanut, a baby elephant, is part of “Circus 1903,” a staged circus event using puppeteers that will visit Austin. RALPH BARRERA/AMERICAN-STATESMAN

While some of Austin great theater for family companies take a summer break or turn their programs into summer camps, others ramp up. Check out what you could be seeing this summer.

  1. “Circus 1903: The Golden Age of Circus.” You can’t see the Ringling Bros. anymore, but you can see this circus that includes animal puppets instead of animals. 7:30 p.m. June 6-8. $29-$89. The Long Center, 701 W. Riverside Drive. thelongcenter.org
  2. “Clockwork Stories.” Flying Theater Machine presents this kids’ improv where you build a time machine. 2 p.m. Sundays through June 18. $5. The Hideout Theatre, 617 Congress Ave. hideouttheatre.com
  3. “A Shoe Story: A Brand New Musical.” Summer Stock Austin presents this family theater show based on “The Elves and the Shoemaker.” It’s written by Allen Robertson and Damon Brown and directed by Robertson. 7:30 p.m. July 25; 11 a.m. July 28, Aug. 3-4, Aug. 8; 10 a.m. July 29, Aug. 5, Aug. 11-12; 2 p.m. July 30. Tickets $17 and up. Summer Stock Austin also has one-day camps that include a performance Aug. 3, 4 and 8. $50. The Long Center, 701 W. Riverside Drive. thelongcenter.org
  4. “The Ragbag Shoes.” Pollyanna Theater presents this story of a girl who dreams of getting magical shoes but knows her father can’t afford them. For ages 4-10. 2 p.m. July 8, July 9 and July 15. $10.50-$13.50. The Long Center, 701 W. Riverside Drive. thelongcenter.org

    Families watch Zilker Summer Musical at the Beverly S. Sheffield Zilker Hillside Theater. Xavier Mascareñas/AMERICAN-STATESMAN

  5. “The Wizard of Oz.” Zilker Summer Musical returns with adventure on the yellow brick road. 8:15 p.m. Thursdays-Sundays July 7-Aug. 12. Free, but donations welcome. Zilker Hillside Theatre, 2206 William Barton Drive. zilker.org
  6. Literature Live Presents: “Wiley and the Hairy Man.” 2 p.m. June 5, Spicewood Springs Branch; 2 p.m. June 6, Cepeda Branch; 2 p.m. June 8, Willie Mae Kirk Branch; 2 p.m. June 12, Windsor Park Branch; 2 p.m. June 15, University Hills Branch; 2 p.m. June 16, Terrazas Branch; 3 p.m. June 20, Twin Oaks Branch; 2 p.m. June 22, Pleasant Hill Branch; 2 p.m. June 23, Yarborough Branch; 3 p.m. June 25, Manchaca Road Branch; 6 p.m. June 26, Carver Branch; 2 p.m. June 28, Ruiz Branch; 2 p.m. June 29, Milwood Branch.
  7. Sandbank Shadow Factory Presents: “Rapunzel.” 3 p.m. June 5, Howson Branch; 3 p.m. June 6, Twin Oaks Branch; 3 p.m. June 11, Manchaca Road Branch; 2 p.m. June 12, Spicewood Springs Branch; 2 p.m. June 14, Little Walnut Creek Branch; 3:30 p.m. June 20, Old Quarry Branch; 2 p.m. June 29, University Hills Branch; 2 p.m. June 30, Yarborough Branch; 6 p.m. July 3, Carver Branch; 2 p.m. July 5, Ruiz Branch; 2 p.m. July 5, Little Walnut Creek Branch; 3 p.m. July 10, Howson Branch; 3:30 p.m. July 12, North Village Branch; 3:30 p.m. July 25, Old Quarry Branch; 3 p.m. July 27, Southeast Branch.

    Laura Freeman of Hey Lollies performs for children in the community during a recent summer program.
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  8. Hey Lollies Present: “Iris Saves the Land of Black and White.” 6 p.m. June 5, Carver Branch; 2 p.m. July 7, Ruiz Branch; 3:30 p.m. June 13, Old Quarry Branch; 2 p.m. June 15, Milwood Branch; 3 p.m. June 18, Manchaca Road Branch; 2 p,m. June 25, Spicewood Springs Branch; 2 p.m. June 28, Little Walnut Creek Branch; 2 p.m. July 3, Spicewood Springs Branch; 3 p.m. July 17, Howson Branch; 2 p.m. July 21, Yarborough Branch.
  9. Literature Live! “Predicts the Forecast: Fantabulous Finger Fun.” 3:30 p.m. June 7, North Village Branch; 3 p.m. June 19, Howson Branch; 2 p.m. July 7, Terrazas Branch; 2 p.m. July 13, University Hills Branch; 2 p.m. July 14, Yarborough Branch; 4 p.m. Aug. 1, University Hills Branch; 6 p.m. Aug. 3, Manchaca Road Branch; 3 p.m Aug. 4, Little Walnut Creek Branch; 2 p.m. Aug. 6, Faulk Central Library; 2 p.m. Aug. 7, Windsor Park Branch; 3 p.m. Aug. 19, Recycled Reads Bookstore.
  10. Bernadette Nason Presents “Stone Soup.” 2 p.m. June 8, Pleasant Hill Branch; 2 p.m. June 21, Little Walnut Creek Branch; 2 p.m. June 22, Milwood Branch; 3 p.m. June 27, Twin Oaks Branch; 2 p.m. June 28, Hampton Branch, 3 p.m. July 3, Howson Branch; 2 p.m. July 6, University Hills Branch; 2 p.m. July 11, Cepeda Branch; 3 p.m. July 16, Manchaca Road Branch; 2 p.m. July 24, Windsor Park Branch.
  11. Austin Opera Presents: Onsite Opera. 2 p.m. June 8, Milwood Branch; 2 p.m. June 13, Cepeda Branch; 3 p.m. June 15, Southeast Branch; 3 p.m. June 16, Yarborough Branch; 2 p.m. June 19, Spicewood Springs Branch; 2 p.m. June 201, Hampton Branch; 2 p.m. June 22, University Hills Branch; 3:30 p.m. June 27, Old Quarry Branch; 2 p.m. June 29, Pleasant Hill Branch; 2 p.m. June 30, Terrazas Branch.

    Elizabeth Kahura will share African folktales at the library this summer. (RODOLFO GONZALEZ / AMERICAN-STATESMAN)

  12. Elizabeth Kahura Presents: Folktales for Africa. 2 p.m. June 8, University Hills Branch; 2 p.m. June 15, Pleasant Hill Branch; 2 p.m. June 21, Ruiz Branch; 2 p.m. June 27, Cepeda Branch; 2 p.m. July 5, Hampton Branch.
  13. Surapsari: Japanese Mask Dance and Drama. 3 p.m. July 9, Manchaca Road Branch; 6 p.m. July 10, Carver Branch; 3:30 p.m. July 11, Old Quarry Branch; 2 p.m. July 12, Little Walnut Creek Branch; 3 p.m. July 13, Southeast Branch.
  14. Spotlight on Opera Presents: “The Coyotes and Rabbits.” 2 p.m. July 18, Cepeda Branch; 2 p.m. July 19, Hampton Branch.