"Circus at Wise Fool is a combination of everything I love to do; spend time with really cool people, do crazy fun activities, and explore new things. I am infinitely happy I found Wise Fool."
- Youth Participant
“[The Wise Fool staff’s] gentle belief in all the kids' abilities resulted in all the kids being able to overcome their own personal challenges… and by the end the kids were all so incredibly proud of what they'd achieved.”
- Parent of Summer Camp Youth
“Nothing has boosted [my daughter’s] self-confidence the way her three days at Wise Fool did.”
- Parent of Winter Camp Participant
"The stretching, acrobatics, climbing, running, and laughing have all been positive influences on not just our child but for her younger sibling and her friends. She is eager to try new tricks, to help her friends learn new skills, and is more appreciative of creative movement."
-Parent of an Afterschool Fools Youth
"The camps were hands down one of the best summer experiences ...The atmosphere was always sweet and happy - time for play and learning amazing things from the amazing young and vibrant teaching staff. The role models for my daughter could not have been better."
- Kids Camp Parent
Registration for Afterschool Fools and Wee Kids Fall 2018 open now!
And Youth Aerials Drop-In on Saturdays!
Wise Fool has offered afterschool classes for local youth since 2004! Afterschool classes include instruction in aerial fabric, trapeze, stilt-walking, clowning, unicycling, juggling, acrobatics & more!
Fall 2018 Session Runs August 27 to December 7
- Wee Kids for Pre-K, Fridays 3:30-4:30pm (two sessions, Aug 27-Oct 5 and Oct 12-Dec 7)
- Wee Kids for Kinder/1st, Tuesdays 3:30 - 4:30pm
- Circus Exploration for grades 2nd - 6th, Mondays or Wednesdays 3:30 - 5pm
- Take it to the Stage for grades 3rd - 7th, Tuesdays AND Thursdays, 3:30 - 5pm
- Youth Aerials for ages 6 - 12; runs on an ongoing basis, Mixed Levels, Saturdays 10 - 11:15am (come on in, drop-ins welcome! Check the studio calendar to see when classes are happening).
- NEW! Circus Play for Families Tuesdays 10-11:30am. Circus jam where parents and children (ages 2-6) play in the circus together! Families get to try stilt-walking, juggling, tumbling, partner acrobatics, hoola hoops, aerial fabric, and trapeze in a safe and supportive environment. This class is an open studio format where Wise Fool coaches will be on hand to support family play and experimentation.
Please note, if you'd like to apply for a scholarship, please click here to create a Front Desk Profile and then click on the button below to apply for a scholarship. Scholarship decisions are made at least one week before the start of the program.
Wise Fool spring, summer, and winter break camps allow your kiddos to run away with the circus, without leaving home! Students learn stilt-walking, unicycling, aerial fabric, trapeze, juggling, puppet-making, clowning and more! All in a safe, non-competitive environment. Camps fill up quickly, email email@example.com to get on our mailing list to find out about camp registration.
Winter Camp 2018/19, for students in grades 2nd - 6th. No experience necessary. Registration will open November 1st. Camp runs 9am to 3:30pm, with before & aftercare options. Two sessions: December 26 - 28th and January 2 - 4. Tuition assistance available!
Spring Break Camp 2019, Dates TBD based on SFPS spring break for students in grades 2nd - 6th. No experience necessary. Registration now open! Camp runs 9am to 3:30pm.
Summer Camps 2019
- WeeKids -- June 17-21, 2019, entering grades 1st or 2nd.
- Teen Camp -- June 17 - 28th, entering grades 8th through 12th
- Summer Camp Session I - July 8-19th 2019, entering grades 3rd - 6th
- Summer Camp Session II - July 22-Aug 2nd, 2019, entering grades 4th - 8th.
Circus for Teens
General Teen Offerings
Youth ages 12+ are invited to take any of our studio classes. Please see the full schedule here. Teens who are new to circus are encouraged to get a well-rounded introduction to circus through our new Circus Foundations class, on Thursdays 5:30 - 7pm. The class is a donation-based class recommended donation of $5-$15. Parents and siblings ages 10+ are welcome as well!
Wise Fool is now offering our Teen Troupe on an ongoing basis! This class is for older students ages 12-18 who have done a minimum of one year of programming with Wise Fool. When teens sign up for Teen Troupe, they commit to taking one adult class in the discipline of their choice (i.e. fabric, trapeze, acrobalance, unicycling, etc.) each week. During the summer, students can also take a conditioning, flexibility or acro class, and practice their skills in open studio. During the school year, students meet on Tuesdays 5-7pm as a group to explore performance skills, develop strength and flexibility. Cost is a sliding scale based on income from $15 - $125 per month. If your youth is interested in Teen Troupe please email Ilana at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 505-310-9723.
June 3 - 14, 2019 (By nomination only, please contact email@example.com if interested)
TeenBUST brings middle school girls together in a community that supports taking risks, pushing boundaries, and becoming physically bold.
Learning circus skills and puppetry is not only fun, it helps youth to develop self confidence, learn and practice teamwork and mutual respect, develop trust in themselves and others, explore their unique self-expression, and develop belief in their ability as artists and performers. It also provides non-competitive physical activity and helps youth develop a positive relationship with their bodies through balance, physical strength, and healthy risk-taking. And did we mention that it's fun?! In addition to our on-site programs listed below, Wise Fool works extensively in area schools.
For more information, please contact our Youth Programs Coordinator, Alanna Herrera at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Our Youth Programs Policies
All participants in Wise Fool's Youth Programs are asked to follow these policies (download here) to keep our programs safe, positive, supportive, and beneficial for everyone involved! Parents sign an acknowledgement of these policies when enrolling their youth in our programs. Contact Alanna Herrera, Youth Programs Director at 505-992-2588 or email@example.com for more information!