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Best Kid-Friendly Theater
– The Austin Chronicle 2015 Best of Austin Awards

Hideout Kids presents Trash Critters: When night falls, bellies will grumble!

Trash Critters is a hilarious show about nighttime creatures who have lost access to their usual trash cans and must go on an adventure to search out a new place to eat. Kids from the audience will be invited on stage to help the critters as they look for their new source of delicious trash.

Each Trash Critters show will be completely new with silly characters, exciting adventures and delightful dilemmas all completely made up on the spot!

Tickets are only $5 and babies get in free!

Free Preview Show: April 7 at 11 a.m.

Shows Every Sunday: April 7 – May 26 at 11 a.m.


Kelli McDonald and Megan Venable – Directors

Jessica Arjet – Artistic Director

Alayna McNamara – Stage Manager

Technical Improvisors:

Jacob Garcia and Mitch Mills


Chelsea Beth, Cynthia Cano, Heidi Rogers, Jeanette L. Bozied,

Jerod Espinosa-Setchko, Jerrad Lindemuth, Justin Bozied, Nichole Bennett



About The Show!

Every Sunday at Hideout Kids, improvisors act silly, kids laugh loudly, and parents watch happily as a new and unique story unfolds biased on the suggestions of the kids in the audience. Some of our favorite audience quotes are:

“That was so much fun!” – Kid.
“Thanks, we’ll be back next week.” – Grown-up
“I laughed so hard my sides hurt!” – Kid
“You all are amazing!” – Grown-up.

Hideout Kids (formerly The Flying Theater Machine) has been tickling the funny bones of Austin Children for the past 12 years. “I created [the show] as a way to bring improvisation to kids in Austin,” says Hideout Owner Jessica Arjet. “Kids gain confidence from jumping on stage, and parents get to see their children in a positive light. Laughter brings people together, so what could be better than offering a way for families to laugh together?”

“We had a great time. The actors frequently stop and ask the audience for ideas and then the story takes off in a completely new direction, but still makes sense. The quick witted humor is excellent, yet remains clearly G rated. Very good for families and children.”KidEvents.com

P.S. We also offer improv classes for kids!

kids award

Hideout Kids (Previously the Flying Theater Machine) was named “Best Austin Theatre Group for Kids” by Nickelodeon!


Snowball Fight – we’ll have two teams that vie for the affection of the audience.



Runtime: Approximately 1 hour.

If for any reason you can not afford the ticket price please email Jessica@hideouttheatre.com for free tickets. Please allow 3 days for processing. 

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This Sunday's Show


Sun. May 26th, 11:00am. $5

Trash Critters - When night falls bellies will rumble