If you’ve found yourself saying one too many times that the living room is not a trapeze area, then it’s time to look for new entertainment for the kiddos. The San Diego Circus Center offers traditional circus training and performance opportunities for kids in a safe and noncompetitive environment. Aspiring gymnasts can learn everything from juggling to trapeze to acrobatic gymnastics.
Kids Circus Classes
San Diego Circus Center offers classes designed specifically for each age level. You can take a class as a drop-in participant ($20/class), or sign up for a series of eight classes ($120/session). The staff do a great job of keeping the enrollment in each class low so each student receives personalized attention from the instructor.
- Tots Circus: Designed for 3-years-olds, toddlers will learn basic motor skills, body and spatial awareness, and confidence in a fun-filled explorative class of lively circus-themed games and movement exercises. This class requires parent or guardian involvement.
- Kinder Circus: This class introduces 4- and 5-year-olds to core tumbling, balance, and circus skills. Students develop strength, full-body coordination, spatial awareness, and confidence in a fun and playful class setting.
- Junior Circus: The Junior circus class is designed for kids ages 6 – 8 years, and is an introduction to several circus disciplines each week from aerial apparatuses, tight wire walking to handstands and acrobatic movement.
If your little gymnast just can’t get enough of acrobatics, The San Diego Circus Center hosts birthday parties for kiddos. Parties are offered on Saturdays. Every attendee participates in an hour-long class where they partake in handstands, juggling, walk the tightrope, practice aerial skills, fly on the trapeze, stand on the rolling globe, and lots more. After class, the kiddos head into the party room for cake and snacks. Each party is $180 for 12 kiddos ($15 for each additional gymnast).
San Diego Circus Center also offers six camp sessions this summer. The classes are taught by local circus performers and Center staff. Camp is a great option for kids who want more in-depth practice with the difference skills. The sessions are designed for both beginners and experienced gymnasts.
Camp mornings begin with students exploring the physical side of circus through aerial arts and ground acrobatics such as handstands, basic tumbling, aerial silks, trapeze, lyra, Chinese pole, and tight wire. In the afternoon, students dive into the creative side of circus. There they will work on juggling, poi, diablo, spinning plates, as well as theatrics and character development through creative play, mask making and makeup arts. Like the classes, camp session enrollment is kept low (around ten kids) to ensure every participant gets attention.
7734 Arjons Dr.
San Diego, Ca
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– Leah R. Singer
Photos courtesy of Leah Singer and San Diego Circus Center