Circus Camp in Vegas

I’ve never been one to fantasize about running away to the circus, but I certainly do understand the fascination, especially for children.

If your child is suffering from circus envy, you’ll be happy to know that there is a temporary solution. And you’ll even be happier to learn that it involves Las Vegas.

The Sandou Theatrical Circus School in Las Vegas, Nevada serves primarily as a training gym for Circus Circus and Cirque du Soleil. A few hours a day, however, it also doubles as a circus camp for kids.

While the real pros are training high above on the trapeze, kids are taught juggling, tumbling, fire breathing, aerial skills, gymnastics, and balancing. Oops, just joking about the fire breathing. They do, however, get a real taste for the circus life and the difficulty of performing such acrobatic stunts.

Kids can come in for a couple of hours while mom and dad take a break from gambling, or they can come back in the summer time where a five day camp (9 a.m. to 1 p.m.) costs just $125. But be careful; if you do enroll your kids and they later grow up and really do run away to the circus, don’t blame me!