Summer Camp FAQs

What will my child do in circus summer camp? Every child learns how to juggle three balls, tumble (beginning to advanced), acrobatics (handstands, cartwheels, forward/back bends and walkovers), equilibristics (balancing with one or many partners), how to walk on a tightwire, static trapeze, learn how to climb silks and corde de lisse, Spanish Web, clown and comedy routines and how to put on make-up, costumes and a show.

What ages attend BIG TOP CIRCUS CAMP? Ages 7 – 14. Call Mr. Amazing if your child is almost 7.

What ages attend LITTLE TOP CIRCUS? Ages 5 – 7.

What are the camp hours? Little Top Camp: 9:00am – 12:00pm; Big Top Camp: 9:00am – 4:00pm

Do you have Extended Hours for after camp? No we don’t, but we can arrange Early Drop-off at 8:30am.

Does my child need any prior experience in circus skills? Absolutely not…all skills are taught to your child’s ability.

What food should my child bring to camp? Pack your child 2 healthy snacks (morning and afternoon) and a lunch. We provide healthy ice pops every afternoon. See our Checklist for more information.

Can I stay and watch my child in camp? As with school, parents are encouraged to drop off and leave their campers on a regular schedule, to facilitate the daily routine of camp. If parents have safety concerns, or if their child has special needs, please discuss these with Mr. Amazing.

Do you take day trips? All campers and staff stay on premise all day. If it is really, really hot, we may walk the camp down to Nyack’s Memorial Park to cool off in their playground water fountain, but we would advise you the night before.

Can campers attend for just one week? Yes, but only the first week of a two-week camp. Over the past 10 years, the directors have developed a carefully staged curriculum of skill introduction and advancement that takes place daily over the two-week span of camp. Each day’s work and play builds toward the Showcase of Talents on the last day of camp. During a two-week camp, we are building teams of partners for acrobatics, working on comedy routines that involve multiple participants, and, most importantly, teaching the core concepts of our circus: Confidence.Imagination.Respect.Cooperation.Understanding.Success. (CIRCUS). We have found over the years that campers coming in the second week of camp have a much harder time acclimating to the routine of the camp and the other campers. We wish that we could accommodate all parent’s schedules. But there is a silver lining to this: if your child’s summer schedule does not match our camp schedule, they can enroll in our CIRCUS SCHOOL/After School held 5 days a week at The Circus Space at Grace (130 First Aveneue), the same space we use for summer camp. We start CIRCUS SCHOOL in early September.

Do you teach anything besides circus skills at your camp? Oh, yes. Acting, dancing, comedy and art projects. Some kids find that they are not so interested in ALL the circus skills. Some are directors, some are musicians, some are artists, some are composers…we find each child’s special skill and feature it. No child is left behind (or out) of our circus camp.

Is your circus space air conditioned? Yes, it is. In fact, it is the only camp facility in the area we know of that IS air conditioned.

I have two children aged 6 and 8, and I have to work all day. Can they both attend BIG TOP CAMP? Call Mr. Amazing to discuss.