Circus Day Camps

Above: TV interview during our 2008 March break camp. Since that time our camps have grown and expanded and Mini Cirque is re-branded as Ottawa Circus and Ottawa Circus School. Same wonderful camps but better.

Ottawa Circus School’s NEW LOCATION has camp for christmas break and march break as well as several week during the summer!

SeasonAgeCamp and pre and post careDatesTimeCostRegister here
Winter Christmas Holidays8-12 yearsCampJanuary 2-49am-4pm$205 for 4 days
Winter Christmas Holidays8-12 yearsPre- and Post-careJanuary 2-48-9am and 4-5:30pm$30 for 4 days
Winter March Break8-12 yearsCampMarch 12-16:fr]12-16 mars9am-4pm$245 for 5 days
Winter March Break8-12 yearsPre- and Post-careMarch 12-16:fr]12-16 mars8-9am and 4-5:30pm$40 for 5 days

circusforkids_websizeThe circus camp info

Mini Cirque circus day camp has been operating with great success since 2005. Every year we continue to accomplish something unique for Ottawa/Gatineau youths.

As always, the camp is run by professional circus artists and brings an opportunity for kids and youths to learn skills and techniques first hand from experts in each of the circus discipline. To find out more about the team visit the ‘Team’ page. Circus art forms are taught progressively such as juggling, flower-sticks, poi, diabolo, hula-hoop, acrobatics, hand-to-hand balancing, aerial arts, tumbling, unicycle and aerial arts.

Youths who have past the age for camp and want to come as volunteers are invited to send us an email expressing their desire and availability. We encourage the older more experience youths to help the younger beginners as this creates some extraordinary team work and helps everyone shine.

Camp descriptions

Beginners, intermediates and advanced children and teens

Kids, come explore the wonderful world of circus during week long camps as you spend time with our circus artists and discover how to use many of the available circus props!

Kids and teens who already have some circus training, come have fun and develop your circus skills during these week long camps as you spend time and gain inspiration with the professional circus artists of Mini Cirque. Learn new skills, improve what you already know, meet other young circus enthusiasts!

Most weeks are for all levels and the group is divided during workshops into smaller groups according to age and experience. Some weeks are specifically for kids who are at an intermediate or advanced level, all other weeks are for beginner as well as advanced students.

The summer days will fly by as you learn or improve many circus art forms. You will also participate in creating a circus performance each week.

Parents are invited to the kids circus performance at 4 pm on the Friday of each week.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

What should my child bring every day?

– 1 cold lunch, 1 bottle of water, 2 snacks (no peanuts or nuts).

– Wear clothing that allows for freedom of movement (stretchy fabrics and fitted clothing are best for going upside-down).

– Sun screen, hat and clothing appropriate for the daily weather we will go outside everyday even in the winter unless the temperature is too low or its raining.

– Good sneakers or running shoes for that tie up tightly for unicycling.

What does a typical day/week at Circus camp look like?

On a typical day the kids will learn circus techniques and play circus related learning games for most of the day they learn and develop skills in the 7 or 8 different circus disciplines offered through the week, the focus being on challenge and fun. They will be taken outside at least once every day and take breaks for snacks and meal.

On the Mondays and most Tuesdays of each week, the kids will explore each circus art listed above and have an opportunity to learn the basics and/or develop and perfect skills in these disciplines. As the week progresses the kids will choose one or some of these art forms to pursue and specialize. Towards the end of the week, the kids will participate in the production and presentation of a show with their chosen form of circus and on the Friday will rehearse and perform the show for the parents.

What is the schedule?

8:00 to 9:00 pre-care

9:00 to 4:00 circus camp

4:00 to 5:30 post-care

What happens at the pre and post care?

Pre and post care is free-form non-structured activities supervised by our staff.

Can I register now but add the pre and post-care later?

Yes.

Can my child participate in more than one week?

Yes, absolutely! Although the formula of the week remains the similar, each week the kids can build on their already acquired skills. If children are beginners, they must register for at least one ‘All Levels’ prior to registering for the ‘intermediate/advanced week’. Each week the end of the week show is a little different. Some of our participants have been coming multiple week during the summer for several years.

Do you have a fridge or microwave?

No, children must bring a cold lunch and snacks.

Do the kids get fresh air during the day?

Yes, we take the kids outside everyday for at least an hour as we have our snacks and lunch outside when weather permits.

Are there any outings during the week?

There are no outings; we stay at the same location every day of the week.

What is the ratio of coaches to children?

There is sliding scale depending on activity from 1:7 to 1:10

Can the parents watch?

Parents are invited to the end of the week show on the Friday of every week at 4 p.m. at the same location as the camp.

Can my child participate if he or she is younger than the age requirement, do you make exceptions?

If the child is almost at the age required and they have advanced coordination and fitness level for their age then we can make an exception. Note that we have weekly classes year round starting at 4 years old.

Can my teen participate if he or she is older than the age requirement, do you make exceptions?

Yes, on condition that the child him or herself is comfortable.

How can my teen apply to be a volunteer at the camp?

If your teen is 15 years + and is interested in assisting with teaching at the camps, they must write their own letter of intention via email outlining their interest and their training/work experience in the circus field and describe which circus art forms they have specialized in. They must include which weeks they are available. They must be available for one full week at a time 9 am to 4 pm.

Can I pay in installments?

Full payment is required for Ottawa camp registrations.

I’d like to work or volunteer at the Mini Cirque camps?

We are currently accepting applications for circus teachers and assistant teachers of minimum 15 years plus.

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