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!

For Aerial Arts with a Side of Yoga: OM Factory

Described as a modern fusion of yoga and aerial arts, aerial yoga for kids will find them moving through poses supported by a giant piece of soft fabric. In addition to being a ton of fun to swing like a monkey, the class also promotes flexibility, balance, concentration and risk-taking. No prior experience is necessary, and classes are open to kids ages 5 to 8. For older kids (ages 8 to 12) with more experience, Om Factory offerings an aerial silks class.

Om Factory
265 W. 37th St., 17th Fl.

873 Broadway, Suite 202
Union Square

photo: Om Factory/Karen Fuchs


Does your child do circus arts? Tell us about their experience in the comments!

— Anna Knoebel