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 High-Flying, All Ages Fun: STREB

Two classes at Elizabeth Streb’s eponymous studio offer kids ages five and up the chance to test their courage and strength: Kid Action, which uses circus and Hollywood stunt work to teach acrobatics and aerial arts, and Kid Fly, which is all about the flying trapeze. And if you have a baby who’s already testing the limits of her physical space, there’s a class for that, too: Baby Action.

51 N 1st St.

Photo: Joshua Flannigan


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

— Anna Knoebel