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Welcome to Over, Under, All Around, an interactive playground performance for very young children and their families that investigates how our wild imaginations can transform a playground into anything!

Are swings actually rocket ships?

What creatures like to live inside slides?

Are monkey bars made out of bananas?

We will explore these questions (and more!) in an up-on-our-feet performance directly inspired by the ideas, sounds, and movements of children ages 2-6 in our Play Lab research series. Join our Play Engineers as they investigate all the possibilities of a playground! This production is built in partnership with the Ballard Center.

October 2 |  10am, 12pm, 2pm

October 3 |  12pm, 2pm, 4pm

How many tickets should I purchase?
Purchase 1 ticket PER PERSON. Tickets are required for both adults and children of any age.

Wondering what a playground performance for very young children and their families looks like?

Over, Under, All Around performances will be held outdoors at the Ballard Center Playground. Families can park directly in the center parking lot or on the street and we will have an area where you can stow strollers and diaper bags.

This performance is fully interactive and almost entirely on-your-feet. Children will be able to interact with our performers and each other, play on the playground equipment, and explore fantastical moments of performance hidden throughout. Due to the interactive nature of this performance, social distancing cannot be fully maintained. As a result, we ask all audience members age two and up to wear masks. Our performers will also wear masks throughout the performance. All playground equipment will be cleaned in between performances using our Tersano cleaning system. Our ticketing system is non-contact, so tickets must be purchased in advance. The performance experience will last between 35-45 minutes total.

If you have any questions about how our outdoor, interactive Theatre and Dance for the Very Young experiences work, please email

Performances will be held in the Ballard Center playground at 708 Elm St, Lawrence, KSUpon arrival, you will park and check in with our ticketing attendant near the playground gate.
Make your purchase using the red button option(s) at the top of this page. Once paid, you will receive your ticket(s) in a confirmation email.
Each in-person audience will be limited to 25 tickets per show with masks required for all audience members 2+.
In accordance with Douglas County Health Department guideline recommendations, we continue to require properly worn masks inside the building at all times and during outdoor events where social distancing is not possible.
Please print your ticket at home or present your receipt electronically in order for us to provide you a touch-free ticketing experience.
Please arrive no earlier than 15 minutes prior to the start of the performance.


October 2, 2021 @ 10:00 am
October 3, 2021 @ 4:00 pm
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Ballard Center
708 Elm St
Lawrence, KS 66044 United States
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