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Boston Children’s Circus

Ages: entering grades 3 through 7 in September 2022
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. (Not offered during  2021 due to Covid guidelines) Red clown nose: optional.

**All programs are contingent upon the 2022 Massachusetts State guidelines for Covid-19.

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 (**contingent upon MA Covid-19 Guidelines for 2022)
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

2022 Session Dates & Tuition

Session Dates Tuition
Session 3 July 25 – August 5 $1765
Session 4 August 8 – August 19 (early dismissal on August 19) $1765

Includes daily lunch and snack

**All programs are contingent upon the 2022 Massachusetts State guidelines for Covid-19.

Discounts

Sibling and 8-Week Discounts available

Extended Day

Want more camp? You’ve got it. Our weekly Extended Day programs are available to all Boston Children’s Circus Campers for an additional fee.  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 our dynamic team, Jax Raboin & Ricky Hawkins!

Jax, a circus performer and dancer from Boston, fell in love with movement at a very young age, performing in musical theater, plays, and improv productions as far back as they can remember. Upon discovering circus arts, they dove in head first and had the pleasure of working as a full-time circus performer, coach, and dancer, performing all over the East Coast, Montreal, and Dubai. Currently working on their nursing degree with a minor in organic chemistry, their prior education includes the Professional Preparatory Program at Esh Circus Arts (where they majored in aerial hoop, hand balance, and contortion), Boston University, the American Academy of Personal Training, and certifications from Johns Hopkins University.

Their style of coaching is empathetic, supportive, and emphasizes safety, bodily autonomy, and having some good-old fun. They are informed by their deep knowledge of anatomy and kinesiology from their time as a personal trainer. They have coached with Building Circus, Veggie Circus, Aircraft Aerial Arts, Simply Circus, and Club Med where they taught flying trapeze, lyra, Spanish Web, and more. Ask them about their dog!

Ricky started juggling at a summer camp at the age of 10, and nobody has been able to stop him since! At college, he picked up the skills of acrobatics and fire spinning, going on to lead Vassar College’s circus arts performance troupe during his senior year. After graduation, he transitioned into performing professionally, traveling the US and Canada to put on comedy juggling and fire spinning shows at colleges, state fairs, festivals, and other venues with his group A Different Spin.
For the past decade, he has been both a co-owner of and performer with the Boston Circus Guild, a local organization of circus artists who provide event entertainment and produce original shows that he helped build from the ground up. He also teaches circus electives and after school programs at schools, bringing his passion for juggling to a new generation!