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The Kiddie Pool Digest will be back each week with a new fun theme and interesting activities, facts, and bits from around the web for curious kids of all ages.

Go pool hopping: Week 1 | Bees • Week 2 | Swimming • Week 3 | Solstice • Week 4 | Camping • Week 5 | Cooking

Now that Barnum & Bailey have hung up their hats and all the elephants have gone on to live happier lives doing…whatever elephants do when they’re not balancing on balls and flinging batons, life under the big tent is going to have to come to you. Because everybody needs some popcorn and cotton candy and a ring toss or two in their lives, here’s how to keep the magic of the circus alive and kicking.


Strongman Lifting Weights

Fun facts

The first circus was held in England in 1770 with trick horse riders, acrobats, jugglers, and rope-dancers.
In 1985 the New York Times featured the "Living Unicorn" in The Greatest Show on Earth. His name was Lancelot.
The final performance of the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey was Sunday, May 21, 2017.
The elephant is the only mammal that can't jump.
There's such a thing as medical clowns that visit hospitals to cheer up patients and alleviate their anxiety.
The final performance of the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey was Sunday, May 21, 2017.

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Watch & Learn




Nighty Night Circus

Baby Elephants by National Geographic

The City Exposed: More than Clowns

Welcome to the Circus


Amazing Kid Acrobats

African Lion – National Geographic Kids

Jokes for your kids

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Which circus performers see the best at night? (The Acro-Bats)
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What do you get when you cross an elephant and a fish? (Swimming trunks!)
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What happened when the magician got mad?
(She pulled her hare out!)
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Why did the clown go to the doctor? (Because he was feeling a little funny!)
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Why are elephants so poor? (Because they work for peanuts!)

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Clowns on Parade

TAKE A DEEP DIVE With this Activity
  • Clown costumes of your choosing. Can be anything really, but you might want to invest in a few red noses.
  • All your kid’s favorite stuffed animals
  • Wagons for pulling
  • Bags of treats: popcorn, Animal Crackers, Cracker Jacks, etc
  • Your circus music soundtrack and a something to play it on (preferably with a loud speaker)

Let you kids go crazy dressing up as “clowns” which means whatever crazy costume they want to wear plus a red nose.


Load up all their favorite stuffed animals in wagons (lions and tigers and bear, oh my).

Prepare treats by either divvying them up into small gift bags (think party favor bags) or buy individualized boxes. Animal crackers are great for this one.

Get your playlist going and head outside.


March around the neighborhood in your clown parade passing out treats to passersby (Hint: it helps if you bring the neighbors in on this one so they can be ready to lend applause).

Let the kids show off their crowd appeal and enjoy watching the least scary clowns in the world make everyone smile for a day.

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Covet & Collect






circus toy

Story Box Circus




Beginner’s Slackline




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Circus Tent



circus puzzle

Circus Puzzle


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Get your groove on


  1. The Show Must Go On – Three Dog Night
  2. Life is a Carnival – The Band
  3. One Long Fairytale (from Coraline) – David Greenspan
  4. Tears of a Clown – Smokey Robinson and the Miracles
  5. Virgo Clowns – Van Morrison
  6. Being for the Benefit of Mr. Kite! – The Beatles
  7. Trapeze – Patty Griffin
  8. Theatre is Fun (from Coraline) – Francis Jue, January LaVoy
  9. Carousel – Michael Jackson
  10. The Daring Young Man on the Flying Trapeze
  11. Circus on the Moon – Bruce Hornsby

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 Page Turners


The Man Who Walked Between the Towers

by National Geographic Learning

The Circus Ship

by Chris Van Dusen

Olivia Saves the Circus

by Ian Falconer

Extraordinary Jane

by Hannah E. Harrison

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Let’s let Leo, the Lion, lead the charge as the constellation this week. He was one of the earliest constellations to be recognized, with sightings going all the way back to the Mesopotamians and one of the easiest to find in the night sky.

star walk


Star Walk for Kids: Learning Astronomy and Space 

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Kiddie Pool summer digest, save the bees world environment day

01 | Have a BEE – autiful World Environment Day!

Kiddie Pool summer digest, swimming pool

02 | Swimming! Into the Deep End

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03 | Celebrate Solstice

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04 | Camping

05 | Kids in the Kitchen

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