How to make kids a circus

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How to make kids a circus
Create a circus party for your kids. (Hemera Technologies/ Images)

Although Circus Day is May 19, parents and teachers don't have to wait until then to throw a circus party for the kids. A circus party can be used as a birthday party theme, or it can be incorporated into a school carnival. Games, clowns, craft projects and even a show can be organised for the special circus event.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

Things you need

  • Tent
  • Big top banner
  • Booths
  • Face paint
  • Games
  • Pop corn
  • Peanuts
  • Candyfloss
  • Clown
  • Dog
  • Pony
  • Hot dogs
  • Hot dog buns
  • Aluminium foil
  • Condiments

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  1. 1

    Set up a large tent in your backyard, or school ball field. Hang a banner across the tent that says "Big Top." If you don't have a large tent, you can rent one at any party goods store.

  2. 2

    Create booths to go outside around the large tent. The number of booths you set up depends on the number of volunteers you have to help you with the circus party. Your booths can simply be folding tables with sheets hung over them. A banner should be placed across each booth that describes its purpose. Possible booths include face painting, sand art, ring toss, football throw, duck pond and a balloon pop.

  3. 3

    Bag up individual servings of popcorn, peanuts and candyfloss and place them on a cart inside the big tent. When your show starts, you can hand it out to your guests.

  4. 4

    Recruit your funniest friend to dress up like a clown to provide entertainment for the kids. If you don't have any funny friends, you can always hire a clown.

  5. 5

    Dress your dog up in a funny costume and have it do tricks inside the large tent. If you have a friend who has a pony, get that friend to bring the pony for kids to ride around the tent. Or you can hire someone to bring some ponies to your circus party.

  6. 6

    Boil some hot dogs. Place each hot dog in a bun and wrap it up in aluminium foil to keep it warm. Hand these out to the kids. A small condiment table can hold ketchup, mustard, relish and napkins.

  7. 7

    Arrange for any of your acquaintances who know how to do tricks to provide entertainment in the big top. A friend who juggles would come in handy. You can also let the children to show off their own talents inside the big top.

Tips and warnings

  • Other games include knocking down a pyramid of used soda cans, tossing a ball into a bushel, dunk tank and a frisbee throw.
  • Soft pretzels can be served along with the candyfloss, peanuts and popcorn.
  • Send out invitations that look like a circus ticket. The invitation ticket can be used to gain admittance to the circus party.

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