This summer, transform your backyard into the “Ultimate Playground” and create core memories with your family, inspired by The Greatest Show On Earth. For 150 years, Ringling has been synonymous with sparking imaginations and cultivating a sense of wonder and excitement – filled with dazzling acts, colorful costumes and plenty of thrills and laughter. With a bit of creativity and enthusiasm you can capture that magic right at home. Here are 5 fun and simple ways to play circus with your loved ones, ensuring a summer of joy, imagination and togetherness.

#5 – Spark Imaginations on 

Get started by exploring the all-new, an ALL-NEW, interactive website where the magic of Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey circus comes alive for Children Of All Ages. Designed for kids 11 & under, is home to a variety of activities – interactive games, DIYs, crafts, videos and how-tos that creatively engage families and inspire circus play. header image

#4 – Learn New Circus Skills

It all starts with amazing performances. Your kiddos can discover their inner circus star or polish their act with with our newest YouTube series hosted by Wesley Williams. Join some of the greatest circus performers in the world as they break down thrilling tricks into easy-to-learn steps, perfect for all ages. From juggling to simple acrobatics, each episode brings the magic of Ringling to your living room, back yard or anywhere in between.

#3 – Design Your Own Program Book

Get started with our FREE printable activity Program Book. Have your kiddos give their circus a name and dream up the amazing acts that will be part of their ‘Greatest Show On Earth.’ To create, simply print either single or double-sided and fold over to create a booklet.

DIY Program Book

#2 – Make Your Own Tickets

The acts are set, you’ve set the backyard ‘stage’ and the only missing ingredient is the audience! Your kiddos can invite family, friends and neighbors to experience their “Greatest Show On Earth”. Print, color and cut to make your own circus tickets with our FREE template.

DIY Tickets

#1 – It’s SHOWTIME!

Transform your home or backyard into your very own “Greatest Show On Earth”. Start by setting the stage — use colorful blankets and sheets to create a vibrant backdrop, and arrange chairs in a semi-circle for the audience. Get creative with costumes using items you already have – mix and match brightly colored clothes and use face paint for fun designs. Make sure to have your kiddos rehearse their acts a few times to build confidence and ensure a smooth performance. Then…showtime! Gather your audience and let the magic unfold. Cheer loudly and take plenty of pictures and video to capture every moment, then head over to share them with us on social @Ringling #Ringling!

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