Go to a real circus performance or create a mini-circus in your yard or nearby park.
Buy personalized circus invitations or make invitations with a clown face or a big top with flaps that open to reveal invitation. Invite guests to "The Greatest Show on Earth" and have guests bring bikes, wagons, scooters, or big wheel cars for a circus parade. More Invitation ideas and tips!
Buy personalized party banners and decorate with streamers, balloons, stuffed animals, and funny paper clown faces. Play festive music. More Decoration ideas!
Games & Activities
Have guests guess how many jelly beans are in a jar. Have a ball, coin or ring toss. Play balloon stomp, pin the nose on the clown or pin the trunk on the elephant, relay races, and jump rope games. Have a circus parade. Teach juggling and do face painting. If your budget permits, hire a clown. More Games & Activities!
Arts & Crafts
Have guests draw or paint a circus mural and make paper clown hats. Make clowns and animal figures out of modeling clay or pipe cleaners. More Arts & Crafts ideas!
Serve hot dogs, peanuts, popcorn and cotton candy floats (sherbet with lemon lime soda). Decorate cupcakes with sugar sprinkles and an animal cracker or make clown cupcakes. More Fun Food ideas!
Buy circus favor boxes or fill favor bags with animal crackers, whistles, punching balloons or paddle balls and blowing bubbles. Or give guests funny glasses and a clown nose or a jump rope or yo-yo. More Favor ideas!
Check out Circus coloring pages for inspiration. Visit the Kids' Party Fun Directory for party places, entertainment, and rentals in your area. Similar party themes include Carnival and Zoo. More Party Themes!