On Circus Education. Circus combines the best of sport and art – it is physical skill-building in a non-competitive atmosphere. Circus crosses boundaries of language, culture, economics, and age – a remarkably agile and facilitative builder of community.

Nutrition Assembly. Working with San Diego Unified School District's Food & Nutrition Department, Fern Street Circus has developed an entertaining and educational circus assembly which helps students build better nutrition habilts. Eat a Rainbow features three great circus acts introduced by host Clown (i.e., Professor) Otis along with special guest Heartman. It's a great assembly for any school.

 After-School Circus Program at Mid-City Gym in City Heights. City of San Diego Park & Recreation Department has hosted our programs since 1993. Students are trained by skilled instructors and apprentices perform in the ring with professionals. Ages of students range from six year olds to teens; our bi-lingual staff works with parents to support the effort.

Circus Youth Apprentice Program. An important component of our on-going After-School Circus Program, the Apprentice Program focuses on enhanced training and act creation for the most determined, gotta-have it students. Our pilot Apprentice group convened in mid-August 2015 with performances September - December as part of the professional Fern Street Circus show: City Heights to Carlsbad, Chollas View to U.C.S.D. (the La Jolla Playhouse Without Walls Festival).

 Other Instructional Programs. Fern Street Circus creates customized circus learning programs for schools and community organizations. We start with juggling, tumbling, and clowning, adding, for example, elements of literacy, conditioning, or nutrition to curricula. Coming in Spring 2016: a circus assembly for schools and community groups.

Students learn excellent hand-eye coordination through juggling a variety of fun objects!


Our circus coaches teach balance, cartwheels, hand stands, flips and even more to come!

Learn to jump and land in style from our mini trampoline!

 ”Fern Street gave me my career, but it taught me so much more beyond circus.”
— Molly Murcia, After-School participant (1995-2005); now a working circus professional

Fern Street Circus reaches beyond skills training and sparkling performance, to create social change. Children, teens, and their families join together in a nurturing, portable, creative place for making friends, growing up and marking milestones through collective achievement. 

Fern Street Circus is part of a global movement in creating and documenting the impact of circus as an agent of social justice and change. Fern Street has been designated Cirque du Soleil’s Social Action Partner in San Diego, a signal honor which speaks to our years of service to families in neighborhoods of need. Join us as we make change with infectious joy!