Boston Children’s Circus

Ages: entering grades 3 through 7 in September 2020
Hours: 8:30 am – 3:30 pm (half hour earlier than other programs)

  • Campers may participate in only ONE session of Circus each summer, either session 3 or 4, not both. 

What’s happening under the big top? Sign up and see. For over a decade, our two-week circus program has turned kids of all ages into acrobatic, stilt and wire walking, juggling, aerial and clowning aficionados. Whether your child is a beginning or experienced performer, he or she will dive into all facets of the circus arts. Safety is always our first focus, so campers are closely supervised by our highly trained circus experts and have the opportunity to work and learn in small groups. At the end of each session, campers will perform their three-ringed feats for their friends and family. Your camper will also have time for a daily free swim. Red clown nose: optional.

Circus Activities:

  • Acrobatics
  • Aerial Fabrics
  • Wire Walking
  • Globe Balancing
  • Stilt Walking
  • Juggling
  • Physical Comedy
  • Clowning and Face Painting

Sample Schedule

Time Activity
8:00-8:20 am Drop-off
8:30-9:00 am Warm up for the day by jumping, stretching and dancing
9:00-11:30 am Classes – 40-minute rotations. Fun and frolic with assigned groups in a wide variety of circus techniques
11:30-12:00 pm Lunch on our outdoor terrace
12:00-12:30 pm Optional free swim in our outdoor pools. Get wet as you practice acrobatic swimming
1:00-3:00 pm Exploration – For greater focus on personal skill development, campers can choose their area of interest during 30 minute sessions:Circus disciplines include: tumbling, acrobatics, juggling and manipulation (scarves, balls, Diablo, devil sticks, spinning plates), equilibristics (rolling globe, tight wire, stilts, unicycle), aerials (static trapeze, triple trapeze, fabrics), acrobatic pyramids and clowning.
3:00-3:15 pm Cool down and check in. Finish the day with stretches and circus stories
3:15-3:30 pm Pick-up

2020 Session Dates & Tuition

Session Dates Tuition
Session 3 July 27 – August 7 $1670
Session 4 August 10 – August 21 (early dismissal on August 21) $1670

Includes daily lunch and snack


Sibling and 8-Week Discounts available

Extended Day

Want more camp? You’ve got it. Our Extended Day programs are available to all Boston Children’s Circus Campers for an additional fee. Enroll by the week or the day; whatever works best for you. For more info, click here.

7:30-8:30 am – Drop off your camper up to an hour earlier than the regular drop-off at 8:30 am.

4:00-6:00 pm – Extend your camper’s day as late as possible to give them full access to more activities.

Bus Transportation

Why not let someone else be the chauffeur? We’ll safely shuttle your camper to and from Beaver by bus. For more info, click here.

Boston Children’s Circus Directors

Meet husband and wife team, Alisan Funk & Jesse Dryden

alison-funkAlisan, a Montreal-based choreographer and aerial performer, began dancing at the age of five and choreographing at 13. Since then, she has created over 30 circus acts and received critical acclaim at the prestigious Monte Carlo International Circus Festival. She is a graduate of Canada’s National Circus School (ENC) Teacher Training Program, New England Center For Circus Arts (NECCA) Teaching Program and is the Senior Aerial Creator with the Circus Smirkus Professional Youth Circus.

Known for her effective and thoughtful style, Alisan’s teaching credits include the ENC, NECCA, Philly Circus Center, Cuba’s National Circus, and the Université de Montréal. She has performed trapeze at festivals, corporate events and with Cirque du Soleil. She trained in aerial and diverse general circus techniques at San Francisco’s Circus Center, École de Cirque de Quebec, with Lava, and the Fly-by-Nite Aerial Dance Company. Committed to a deeper understanding of the body in action, Alisan draws on her extensive dance background in the Martha Graham technique and ballet and her certification as a Stott Pilates instructor. She graduated from Barnard College.

jesse-drydenJesse Dryden conquered his fear of clowns by becoming the first Canadian Graduate of Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Clown College. Due to an allergy to tigers, he was forced to pursue the craft of clowning elsewhere. Through a buffet of subsequent festivals, prestigious events, street shows and various tours in Canada, the US and Europe, Jesse discovered his aptitude for ridiculous facts. He has also spent the past decade coaching and performing with Vermont’s Circus Smirkus and is currently the Creative Director of their Big Top tour.

In between, he took some time to perform with Cirque du Soleil and do outreach circus in Africa. He is a guest creator and instructor at the National Circus School in Montreal, as well as the primary character/managing Director of Cirque Mechanic’s “Birdhouse Factory”.  He is passionate about inspiring and teaching artists to access their own internal creativity with playfulness and emotional perspective.