It’s not your imagination: The circus — all kinds — is everywhere lately. Has witnessing all that flipping, flying, juggling and tumbling inspired the kids to give circus arts a whirl? New York City is full of professionals ready to help your little daredevil, clown or acrobat learn the skills of the big top (often, in incredible, cavernous spaces). From school break and summer camps to ongoing classes and events — some of which are even free — there’s a circus class out there for your kid. Click through to find where to soar with the greatest of ease!

To Clown Around: New Victory Theater Circus Week

It's not exactly running away with the circus, but for the five full days of New Victory's Circus Kids Week, clowning around is the name of the game. Designed to help kids ages 7 to 11 discover new skills, hidden talents and the thrill of performance, the class, led by New Victory Teaching Artists, immerses kids in clowning techniques, juggling, dance, theater games and more. Kids enrolled in the April session will have the chance to see a performance of popular clown show Bello Mania, and all sessions perform what they've learned for friends and family on the last day. Upcoming Circus Kids Weeks are April 25-29 and July 25-29.

New Victory Theater 229 W 42nd St.,
Midtown
646-223-3042
Online: newvictory.org

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— Anna Knoebel