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Come One, Come All, to the Family Circus!

Ladies and Gentlemen, Boys and Girls, Children of all ages! You are about to witness a daring act of courage and excitement guaranteed to delight. An act that you will remember throughout your lifetime. Never before has anything so daring been attempted. I am privileged to introduce to you the star of the show, everyone’s favorite little daredevil, yourrrrrrr kid!!

What a fun way to change up your normal everyday summer or weekend routine! Sit down with your child and create a list of events that usually take place at a circus. Write down the acts you see, the surrounding sights, smells, and food. Once you narrow down the list to feasible ideas you are ready to go. Invite other kids and parents to attend or even join in on the circus fun!

Décor

A great way to get the feel of a circus is to start off by creating a circus tent. Find a tall pole and stick it right in the middle of the back yard. Drape a large sheet over the top and pull out the corners of the blanket and tie the ends to nearby fences, trees or other objects found around the yard. To get a better feel for a circus environment, hang posters of circus animals and clowns around the backyard. Purchasing a couple inflatable clowns wouldn’t hurt either. Make sure to blow up plenty of balloons to hang all around the tent. Another great way to create a fun mood would be to download some great circus tunes and have them playing throughout the entire event.

Events

Tight-Rope Act- Lay a few two-by-four on the ground and test your balance abilities by crossing the beam. Up the challenge by crossing going backwards, putting on a blindfold, walking with your hands in your pockets or even try all three challenges at once.

Lion Tamer- Use a family pet or even a little brother or sister and teach them to do tricks for the audience. Have your child dress like a ring-leader and instruct the “dangerous” animals to perform tricks! Give them the option of dressing you up like a lion and teaching you some wild tricks.

High Dive- Set up a small 3-step ladder and have your child jump off the steps onto a Dixie Cup filled with water. Instruct them to jump each step into a new glass every time to increase the drama and anticipation of the high dive!

Clownin’ Around- Now’s the time for your kids to dress up in baggy clothes and have fun just goofing around. The goofier the better! Let him or her invent unique tricks and silly jokes to entertain the crowd.

Not-so-freaky Freak Show- Circus’ don’t have talent shows, they have Freak Shows. This activity is a time for your child to be creative and show the crowd their true talents. Anything from singing and playing music to balancing a broom on their palm is completely acceptable and encouraged. The more creative the better!

Concessions

Beast Burgers- Form hamburger patties into animal shapes before putting them on the grill. You can also make regular circular burgers but keep the top of the bun off to the side when serving. Make a ketchup and mustard clown face on the burger. Use pickles, onion, relish, lettuce, and even tomato to dress up the clown and make it more realistic!

Circus Goodies- Make sure to stock up on concession items that would be found at a circus; Cracker Jacks, popcorn, soft pretzels, or even bags of pre-made cotton candy!

Delicious Dessert- Serve a scoop of any flavor of ice cream. Decorate the scoop with chocolate, caramel, butterscotch, or strawberry sauce. Sprinkle on some chocolate chips, sprinkles, coconut, or chopped nuts. Add four round wafers cookies to the bottom of the scoop, creating wheels. Now finish off this masterpiece by adding two or three animal crackers pulling the “circus cart”!

The possibilities are endless! The most important ingredient for this circus is to have fun and spend time as a family. This event gives your child the opportunity to be creative and think of certain topics that fit in one distinct category. We wish you luck and happy practicing Ringleader! Thank you all for coming, we hope you enjoyed the incredible Family Circus!

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