Boston Children’s Circus

Ages: entering grades 3 through 7 in September 2024
Hours: 8:30 am – 3:15 pm (half hour earlier than other programs)

  • Due to the popularity of this program, campers may register for 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 yourself! 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, they 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.

Circus Activities:

  • Acrobatics
  • Aerial Fabrics
  • Clowning and Face Painting
  • Globe Balancing
  • Juggling
  • Physical Comedy
  • Stilt Walking
  • Wire Walking

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
12:00-12:45 pm Free swim in our 3 outdoor heated pools
12:50-2:50 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.
2:50-3:00 pm Cool down and check in. Finish the day with stretches and circus stories
3:00-3:15 pm Pick-up

We automatically hold over circus campers who have siblings in other parts of camp for combined pick-ups at the sibling’s pick-up location.  Please email us if you plan on doing a separate pick-up for your circus camper.

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

Circus campers are eligible to ride the bus both to and from camp, arriving during warm-up time, circus campers are escorted to the gym by one of our staff to join other circus campers and quickly start their day.  At the end of the day, we offer circus campers the opportunity to stay a few minutes later in order to be able to ride the bus home. Circus PM bus riders will wind down their day with extended time to stretch and to participate in low-impact circus activities before going to meet their fellow bus riders from other parts of camp.

Why not let someone else be the driver? 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, Jax 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, Jax’s 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. Want to see further into Jax’s heart? 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!

2023 Session Dates & Tuition

Session Dates Tuition
Session 3 July 24 – August 4 $1800
Session 4 August 4 – August 18 (early dismissal on August 18) $1800

Includes daily lunch and snack


Sibling and 8-Week Discounts available