The idea of a circus can make a child’s eyes light up. If there isn’t one coming to your
town or city this summer help the kids put on one of their own. You can be the ring
master and invite over friends and family to watch the finished production.
Depending on how many children are participating some kids may have to perform in
more than one act. Find out what each child wants to be and try to find a way to include
all of their talents.
Older children may like to take on the challenge of learning how to juggle before the big
show. So now one gets hurt (including the audience) use tissues or kerchiefs for a
An acrobat can use a log or long piece of 2 X 4 to showcase their balancing skills as they
cross the high wire – with no net. This might be a popular one, let all the practicing
If your family owns a well-trained dog, recruit the family pet to be a lion and have one of
the kids be a lion-tamer. If there are no animals to use for this, convince one of the
children that they can be the lion. You can’t have a circus without a lion and a lion
Another popular act at the circus is the clowns. Let your clowns dress up and create their
act by themselves so it is a surprise for everyone. As the ringmaster, try and be as
authentic as possible and introduce each performer as grandiosely as possible. You will
know you are doing a good job by the number of giggle you elicit as you announce the
children’s names. Don’t forget the popcorn and peanuts for the audience to munch on as
they watch the show.