Give your kids an outlet for their circus acts besides jumping on the couch in the living room. Let them catch serious air on a (low) flying trapeze or swinging on silks with the following aerial classes made just for your pint-sized circus clowns.

credit: Echo Theater

photo: Do Jump! courtesy of Echo Theater

Do Jump!
Kids (and adults) can’t stop smiling when swinging from a trapeze. Do Jump! has classes for toddlers, kids and families and focuses on physical theater and circus arts, like trapeze and acrobatics, offered in a non-competitive environment. Their camps and workshops are for toddlers on up through adults. For the youngest in your crew, there’s the Baby Circus class exploring a low flying trapeze, basic acrobatics and juggling for kiddos 1.5-3.5 years old. Family Circus is for kids, ages two and up, with an adult.

Echo Theatre, 1515 SE 37th Ave.
Multnomah Arts Center, 7688 SW Capitol Hwy.
503-231-1232
Online: dojump.org

The Circus Project
Multi-level classes allow for bigger kids, eight and up, to progress at their own levels and focus on static trapeze, aerial fabric and aerial hoop. The small teacher-to student ratios allow the instructors to help students work on their own creative expression, as well as their aerial technique, stability, flexibility and strength in this supportive group environment.  Winter session’s Aerial class for youth runs Sunday, January 11-March 15.

The Friendly House Community Center
1737 NW 26th Ave.
503-764-9174
Online: thecircusproject.org

AWOL Dance Collective
Trapeze and aerial yoga reign supreme here. Youth programs run for eight weeks and include an informal showcase of what the kids learned on the last class. Keep a close eye on the website as classes are announced two weeks prior to start. When you see a class session your child would love to attend, just e-mail fly@awoldance.org with name, age and desired day/time of class to register.

513 NE Schuyler St.
503-351-5182
Online: awoldance.org

Has your little one explored the trapeze yet? Let us know in the comments below!

-Suzie Ridgway