Summer is heating up and so is the region's family fun offerings. There's always something to do to help beat those summertime boredom blues that are sure to creep in this time of year. Keep your kiddos engaged and happy with a free puppet show, or meet some new friends at the library. It's never too early to experience live theater. Get your tickets for the family friendly production of 'The Wiz' and see your little one's imagination skip on down the yellow brick road.

Stop by The Whitney Center for the Arts in Pittsfield, Mass., on Sunday to catch a free puppet show by The Robbins-Zust Marionette Family Theater. Don't worry if you're out of town, you can catch this every Sunday at 11 a.m. through Aug. 28.

Click your heels three times, Dorothy, and ease on down to road to see Barrington Stage Company's Youth Production of 'The Wiz,' now through Aug. 14 at the Berkshire Museum in Pittsfield, Mass. Visit

Grab your little one and join the fun every week at the John G. McCullough Free Library's Friday play groups. From 10:30 to 11:30 a.m., enjoy stories, songs, crafts and games at the North Bennington, Vt., library's backyard.