If your young one can’t stop juggling all the apples and oranges at home (and you’d rather use that fruit for lunch), you’re in luck. Auckland is a carnival playground, with endless opportunities for your kids to get involved and learn from the experts. Here’s a master list of Auckland’s circus playgrounds!
LEARN TO FLY
Flip N Fly, located in Eden Terrace and Silverdale, Auckland, is a quality circus school that runs classes and workshops for kids five and up. Children are encouraged to have fun and make new friends while learning circus skills including trapeze, juggling, trampoline, and flexibility. Watch out – they might just be walking around the house on their hands soon!
Run by experienced Circability teachers, 10-week terms of classes will be held at The Auckland Performing Arts Centre. Children between five to seven and eight to thirteen will be taught the challenges and fun that come with performing in a circus environment. Make sure you sign up before the next term begins.
Located in Penrose, Auckland, The Dust Palace provides children with the opportunity to learn aerial-focussed classes and also a range of other exciting skills. There are introductory beginner classes appropriate for first-timers, and holiday programmes for those with a busy term schedule.
OUT AND ABOUT
CIRCUS THEMED CAFE
Home to all things carnival, Circus Circus, located in Mt Eden, Auckland, is an epic dining experience for the whole family. There is a range of suitable cabinet food perfect for kids, paired with carnival themed décor – what’s not to love?
CIRQUE DU SOLEIL
Some of the most talented circus performers will take the stage this September at Spark Arena, Auckland, for six incredible shows. Inspired by Avatar, Cirque Du Soleil will amaze you with its visuals, costumes, storytelling and overall cinematic skill. This will be the ultimate family night out, though be prepared, as tickets start from $75.
If the family is up for some weekend or holiday fun, Auckland’s Rainbow’s End has an awesome area dedicated to children under eight. In this area, there is plenty of carnival-inspired fun, including the magic dragon bikes, carousel, and circus characters.
AT HOME FUN
If your child is a bit of a joker, Look Sharp’s clown costume is colourful, crazy, and full of personality. For only $23, it includes a jumpsuit, hat, shoe covers, a red nose, and a bow tie.
ANIMAL BALLOONS AND LOLLIES
Ideal for a carnival-themed kids birthday, Pixie Party Supplies stocks everything including party balloons, circus invitations, and animal lollipops. Whether small or large, you can find anything you need to throw the most magical party of the year.
Splat! Pieface is the best game around for your child’s upcoming circus-themed party. All you need is some whipped cream and a wet sponge, and party-goers are in for a treat. This can be found at local retailers including The Warehouse, Farmers, and FishPond NZ (never ending laughs guaranteed).
Going all out for your circus party? Why not hire a bouncy castle to match? With a slide and area for kids to play, Neverland Castle in Auckland has a bright and animated castle kids under 10 can enjoy all day long.
CIRCUS MEETS LIGHTNING McQUEEN
When we think of the carnival, juggling is the first activity that comes to mind. Affordable and a great holiday distraction, FishPond sell a multi-coloured three-pack of juggling balls ideal for kids of all ages. If your young one is a lover of Disney’s animated film Cars, FishPond also stocks juggling balls featuring our favourite racer Lightning McQueen.
By Finn Jelicich
Image: Little Devils Circus
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