One Saturday morning recently I was woken up to the, rather early and, eager chatter of my two wild angels, "we're awake, we're awake, let's do something Mummy!!" And today I actually had a really good adventure to take them on, "let's go to Circus class!" I said enthusiastically.
Let your little ones loose! Image courtesy of Vulcana Circus
With no encouragement or cajoling necessary, we drove down to the Bulimba Ferry Terminal, hopped on the ferry and along 1 stop (will be 2 stops when the Hawthorne Ferry terminal reopens), to New Farm Park and the Brisbane Powerhouse.
We soon discovered the best way to wear out 5 - 12 year olds this side of the moon!
Even warming up is crazy fun
Vulcana Circus Classes for kids are about experiencing and exploring what the body can do through movement and play. Developing your child's coordination, strength, and giving them a great space to make new friends.
The kids' workshops are held in the Stores Building of the Brisbane Powerhouse in New Farm and this link has easy info on getting there - How to Get to Brisbane Powerhouse
Phoebe demonstrates as the kids watch and learn
The classes for kids are on late Wednesday afternoons and Saturday mornings and we arrived on a pleasantly sunny Brissy morning to an even more pleasant instructor, Phoebe. Instantly a hit with the kids, Phoebe was fun and effortless in her instructions; guiding their excitement through games and drills, and then onto the big stuff….. all the kids had a go on the trapeze and learnt to hang upside down and do a "bird's nest".
Learning to do a "bird's nest"
The class began with rolling out the mats and even this part was hilarious and fun. We sat down for some easy ice breakers for the kids to introduce themselves and edge them into movement by asking them to name themselves, their favourite colour, their favourite animal and an action, most of which were amusing and silly and instantly made everyone comfortable.
Followed by a few games of tiggy and fox and all the kids were ready to learn some drills. We began with jumping along the mat pretending to be pencils, in preparation for tumbles and then learnt fabulous coordination skills walking on all fours - hands first all the way, and then feet.
Pencil drills in preparation for tumbles
From beginning to end Phoebe was great with the children, always mindful of what they would like to do and learn and often returning to ask them what they had enjoyed the most and what they would like to do again. The most popular answer being, "all of it!".
Bouncing into coordination and strength
Once we had all run around for a while and burnt off a tiny bit of excitement we got onto some really exciting stuff, the trapeze. Phoebe was brilliant during this; the kids can only go one at a time and they made great participants, and audiences for each as well. Phoebe was ever mindful of safety and her instructions were clear and all the kids responded well. Everyone had a go and hanging upside down and then another turn to try the "bird's nest", which was really pretty cool.
Learning the ropes, um, trapeze
Phoebe talks each child through her support of what they are about to try
After the concentrated fun of the trapeze we all got to let go with total frivolity. Out came the spinning plates, hula hoops, dress ups and rings. The kids made up a little routine for the parents and learnt some new skills in the midst of their enjoyment.
Vulcana Kids Circus workshops are fabulous for kids
Vulcana Women's Circus is a vibrant arts organisation that creates strong women and communities through circus. Vulcana is based at Brisbane Powerhouse and provides a diverse range of circus activities; four terms of circus workshops each year, professional and community performance projects, professional development for performers and arts workers and a broad range of community workshops and cultural development projects.
I can't say enough really about how wonderful these workshops are for children. It was a totally non-competitive atmosphere but still such a drive from all the kids to achieve and succeed. Learning great skills and developing co-orindation and strength through play whilst rolling around laughing, I think, was just amazing. Equally for the shy and gregarious, these workshops really will bring out the best in your wild angel.