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5 Reasons to Let Your Kids Run Away with The Circus

Circus is a welcoming place for everyone including the young and the young at heart. For children, circus provides the perfect activity to keep them fit and healthy. Classes not only teach an amazing range of physical skills, but they also instil important values that your kids will benefit from throughout their lives. Read on for 5 reasons why your kids can – and should – run away with the circus!

Circus classes are the perfect mixture of physical activity and mental creativity

Juggling, tackling the trapeze and mastering the magic of the high wire are activities that teach excellent hand eye coordination, balance and gross motor skills. Plus, showing off these new skills in a performance with costume provides a fantastic creative outlet that inspires kids’ imagination and self-expression. This ensures physical, mental and creative development.

All classes are skills-based and progressive

Children can join the circus from as young as 18 months. Every class provides just the right amount of activity, skill (and fun) for each age group and children learn skills that they can build on each term. Not only does this teach the value of consistent hard work and patience, but it also provides a huge confidence boost as children master their new-found skills.

Your kids get to join an inclusive community and make new friends

By joining a circus school, families become part of a special community of like-minded people. Children get to make new, often lifelong friends, and learn the value of trust and team work. Parents often become part of the circus community by being involved in school shows, performances, fetes, and other circus—inspired activities.

Classes take place in a supportive, non-competitive environment

Unlike many traditional sports, circus classes are suited to all skill levels and personalities. Each child is valued for their individual input and classes are non-competitive, allowing children to develop in their own time and at their own pace. Each child is supported by a talented team of professional trainers who make the safety of kids their highest priority and encourage children step up and have a go.

Your child will learn the values of trust, team work, taking risks, and dreaming big

Circus classes teach valuable traits that will prepare your child for life. Working together, trusting your team mates, learning how to dream big and to laugh out loud are just some of the values that are instilled in youngsters.

Flipside Circus runs a variety of classes for kids aged 18 months to 16 years, at their Training Facility in Alderley. Contact them on 07 3352 7233 or via their website www.flipsidecircus.org.au

This article was published in Issue 21 of our print magazine, April/May 2017.

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Janine Mergler

Janine Mergler is a veteran Queensland teacher, graduating from QUT with a BEd majoring in Social Sciences. After many years in the classroom, Janine moved on to academia. She has proudly trained new generations of teachers in her role as a lecturer at Queensland University of Technology Faculty of Education. She has also worked in the Queensland Government as an education specialist, developing education resources and delivering community awareness programs to help families conserve water. Currently she is the owner and editor of Families Magazine, a publication specifically targeted at parents who value a quality education for children.  Janine leads a team of professionals who write about family lifestyle, early childhood, schools and education information and family-friendly events.

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