Bindlestiff Kids

Circus Skill Workshops • Youth Programs & Shows

Learn to Juggle • Walk a Wire • Clown Around • Ride a Unicycle • March on Stilts • Build a Human Pyramid

Bindlestiff Family Variety Arts offers a number of hands-on learning programs, from after-school programs to summer camp experiences, from a youth mentoring program to a youth circus arts festival, from corporate retreats to assembly programs.

Bindlestiff’s Cirkus After School

Bindlestiff’s Cirkus After School programs use skills like juggling, stilt walking, tumbling, partner acrobatics, prop manipulation and physical comedy to help youth to become stronger learners, community members, and leaders by encouraging them to express themselves creatively, challenge themselves physically, and work inventively with others.

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Bindlestiff’s Cirkus After School programs in Hudson, NY and Chatham, NY are free to participants age 8 – 18, thanks to foundation and private support. Find out more!

Bindlestiff’s Summer Cirkus - Hudson NY

Bindlestiff’s Summer Cirkus  ages 7 and up (limited attendance: first come, first serve) 
Skills we explore: scarf juggling, ball juggling, diabolo, tumbling and human pyramids, unicycling, aerial acrobatics, self- expression,  collaborative creation, and more!

Cavalcade of Youth

Bindlestiff’s Cavalcade of Youth is a professional showcase for youth under the age of 21, allowing emerging artists to experience all the facets of professional performance. Produced one to four times per year since 2004, the Cavalcade of Youth day includes a tech rehearsal, directorial notes, and mentorship for each act, offered by Bindlestiff’s professional circus artists and coaches. Within a few hours, a full-scale show is created and presented to the public on a professional stage.

Bindlestiff’s Cavalcade of Youth is co-produced with Playful Productions. We are always seeking new talent. For more information, email

Youth Circus NYC Regional Festival

One-day event for kids to try trapeze, juggling, clowning, acrobatics, and other circus skills. Youth aged 8-21 are invited to participate in a full day of circus workshops (from beginner to advanced), including trapeze, wire walking, clowning, partner acrobatics, juggling, stilt walking, unicycling, and more.  The day is capped off with a showcase featuring performances from the diverse and talented youth in attendance at the festival. Learn something new with us!

No experience necessary, so the brave and curious will have a full day to try new things, and advanced circus students will get to hone their skills with experienced professionals. Participation is limited, so pre-registration is strongly suggested. Previous years’ events have sold out. Stay tuned for updates and dates!

2019 NYC AYCO Regional Youth Circus Festival

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Bindlestiff offers a number of hands-on Cirkus adventures: Intro to Circus for youth and adults; Week-long program; Camp Programs; In-School Residencies, Assembly Programs, Corporate Retreats, etc. Workshops can build toward a final public show, which can be open to family, teachers, and other students. Each child will have an active role in the show. We will work with you to design a circus experience that works for your venue, your participants, and your budget. Programs can be customized for your needs. Bindlestiff provides all equipment and liability insurance for programs.

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Hudson Juggling Club

Hudson Juggling Club is a weekly opportunity to try that weird circus trick on your bucket list, practice if you already know how, or learn new skills. We provide equipment like juggling clubs, balls, rings, diabolos, flow staffs, hula hoops, and poi to share.
Mentorship and guidance provided. This is an informal practice session for all ages. Under 12 with adult supervision. Event is outdoors, weather permitting.