Best Circus Experiences In The Washington DC Area

April 12, 2013 9:00 AM

Photo Credit: Thinkstock

Photo Credit: Thinkstock

Photo Credit: Thinkstock

If you’ve ever wanted to run off to join the circus, this is your chance. Well, if you can’t join the circus, at least you can get close to the action. Learn the art of the trampoline, admire the agility of acrobats, enjoy comedic circus clowns, face painting, juggling acts and aerial arts with these upcoming events.

Trampoline Classes
Trapeze School New York
4th St. S.E. and Tingey St.
Washington, DC 20003
(410) 459-6839

If you loved trampolines as a kid, are curious about them or simply want to try something fun and new, trampoline classes can be a wonderful way to get your bounce on. Whether you’ve never been on a trampoline or are just picking up where you left off, the Trapeze School New York offers classes for every experience level. An above-ground trampoline with a rebounding bed is ideal for learning body awareness, twisting skills and somersaults. The fundamentals taught on the trampoline can be applied to other gymnastics disciplines. Classes are offered in group sessions of up to four. Private classes are also available.

“Piccadilly Circus”
Andover Park Equestrian Center
603 Andover Road
Linthicum, MD 21090
(877) 373-0477

Dates: April 16-21

Since its creation in the 1880s, the circus has wowed countless spectators with mind-boggling oddities and eccentricities. In the decades since, it has become a mainstay of entertainment in American culture. Enjoy an evening of fun under the Big Top. The “Piccadilly Circus” offers stunning displays of human agility and strength with acrobats, motorcycles acts, comedic circus clowns and regal animals. There is something for everyone. Children can even participate in the circus’ coloring contest by printing out a picture from its website, coloring it and bringing it in during their circus visit for a chance to win a souvenir.

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Mystery Academy: Circus Arts
Rock Creek Valley Elementary School
5121 Russett Road
Rockville, MD 20853
(301) 460-2195

Dates: June 24-28

Give the kids a treat this summer with a week of circus fun. The Mystery Academy: Circus Arts offers a week-long, hands-on crash course in circus artistry. Children learn some of the essentials of the Big Top including puppetry, juggling, object balancing, balloon sculpture and face painting. They also learn how to play carnival-themed games as well as skit comedy and, at the end of the session, perform for parents and show off their new Vaudevillian skills. Help them to discover their budding inner actor with this smorgasbord of circus fun.

Aerial Instruction
Arachne Aerial Arts, Elevate Studios At Joe’s Movement Emporium
3309 Bunker Hill Road
Mount Ranier, MD 20712
(202) 486-7888

Get into the swing of things and take flight with aerial instruction from some of the top professionals in the industry. Individuals of all ages and abilities can learn proper aerial technique, body alignment and artistic development. Let loose and get comfortable in a small class environment where you can focus on advanced techniques, choreography and act creation, strength and flexibility, as well as safety and injury prevention. Learn to soar like the pros with training, techniques and tips from some of the very best.

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Kevin Don Porter is the author of MISSING — a mystery novel available May 7, 2013. Visit his website at

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