A unique opportunity for your fun-loving child

I don’t know if it’s a baby boomer thing, but when I was little I remember hearing stories of little kids wanting to run away and join the circus. I wasn’t one of those kids, but it was such a common saying that they even made sitcom episodes around it.

In fact, I’ve never known a single kid who threatened to run away to join the circus, but most of my friends have always loved going to the circus. The sights, smells and sounds of the circus. And I know a few people who were inspired to learn how to juggle, and others who wanted to be clowns.

The circus has changed a lot since my childhood. We’re kinder to animals these days, so it’s up to the performers to entertain and amaze us. And I guess it’s not easy being a circus performer. It’s both physically and mentally taxing, but every artist seems to love what they do.

Does your child love the circus? Have they shown an interest in learning some of the skills they see in the circus? If so, here is something very cool. MyKingstonKids brings Cirkus from Bindlestiff to Kingston with a fascinating after-school program at the YWCA of Kingston and Ulster County. Children aged 7 to 14 are invited to join “Cirkus After School” where they will learn to juggle balls, clubs, rings, scarves and strange objects, stilts, a unicycle, wire walking, the clown and physical comedy.

Cirkus After School instructors are a diverse group of professionals who provide training in youth development, circus skills, restorative circle maintenance and social-emotional learning. You do not need to join the circus to benefit from the lessons. The young people will collaborate to create a public performance at MyKingstonKids Fest on Saturday, May 21. Interested? Check the YWCA of Kingston and Ulster County website or Bindlestiff’s Cirkus website.

Then and Now: How Hudson Valley Fast Food Restaurants Have Changed

While many of your favorite Hudson Valley fast food restaurants have remained in the same location for decades, their buildings are almost unrecognizable from what they once looked like.

Eat around the globe in this Dutchess County village

Rhinebeck’s Many Kitchens

Comments are closed.