I love when neighborhoods come together to do something great, like this neighborhood carnival! They started off with a talent show, where all the kids performed the tricks they'd been planning over the summer: a fortune teller, lion tamer, fairy dance, gymnastics routines, magic tricks, songs, flying acts (involving a tire swing), bike tricks, and tightrope walking!
The stage was made with four wood pallets, and two large pieces of plywood to create the stage floor. Then, they hung red stage curtains over two sets of curtain rods to create the backdrop.
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Another carnival game you can include at your circus party is a bean bag toss! Stack up cans (or oatmeal containers) and let guests take turn throwing bean bags to knock down the tower of cans.
If you like, you can give guests a ticket for each can they knocked down, and let them exchange the tickets for prizes!
Photo credit: Corrie.
Here's a classic carnival game that is easily recreated at your own circus party! Insert a few golf tees into a floral foam block and balance ping pong balls on top of each tee.
Have guests take a few steps back (depending on their ages) and -- using squirt guns -- see how many balls they can shoot off their tees!
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Here's a fun game you can stage at your prizes table. For each ticket(s), guests get to pull out a lollipop from the display (actually just a gift-wrapped cardboard box, with holes punched into it).
Color each stick with different colored markers, and depending on what color they get, they'll get to pick a prize from that color's groups of prizes. Everybody wins!
Photo credit: Jill.
Here's a free, printable circus word search game that your young guests can play while waiting for others to arrive.
Try your luck! Can you find a match in three guesses? Pick any two cards during your three -- count, 'em, three -- turns and if they match, you win a prize!
Keep the kids happy coloring in this free, printable dot-to-dot game!
Set up an array of cups or jars, and if your guests can throw a ping pong ball into one, they win!
Actually, everyone is a winner at a circus party! Check out more circus party ideas here!
Photo credit: Laura.
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Host a Neighborhood Carnival!
Ring Bottle Toss
Circus Photo Props
Midway Photo Props
Knock Down the Cans
Water Gun Game
Lollipop Pull Game
Water Balloon Basketball
Circus Tent Word Search
Duck Pond Game
Silly Circus Performers Memory Game
Sweet Treats at the Carnival: Connect-the-Dots Game
Ping Pong Toss
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