The Great Y Circus®️
You don’t have to run away to join our circus.
This is the place to be for children, ages 3 and up, to learn basic skills such as tumbling, unicycling, diabolo, aerial, and so much more. A tradition of the Redlands Y since 1929, The Great Y Circus® practices from September – April for the annual Circus held at the YMCA every May.
The New 2021 - 2022 Circus Season is Here!
Sign up for the Great Y Circus®!
Registration will open on August 23rd at 7:00am
You will be able to register for classes until September 30th, unless these classes have reached their maximum capacity prior to that deadline.
Help Continue a Community Circus Tradition
The Great Y Circus® is partially funded through donations and ticket sales. Please consider making a donation the YMCA to give every child the opportunity to participate in this life-changing program. For more information on giving options, please visit us here.
The Great Y Circus® was founded in 1929 by Director, Roy Coble, a former Ringling Brothers and Barnum and Bailey Circus Clown. The Y Circus has grown tremendously throughout the years and now has close to three hundred performers. Each year, performers practice from September through April to prepare for our annual shows held in May. During the month of May, we hold nine performances right here at the Redlands Family YMCA. Many people wish to run away and join the circus but don’t know how. Performers start in our circus by joining our Summer Circus session which starts every June and runs for 7 weeks. After that, performers know what interests them the most which helps during our registration in August. We also hold an annual Circus Camp at our Camp Edwards in Angeles Oaks in late July. Here participants are not only able to try out a variety of circus skills but also traditional camp activities such as rock climbing, hiking to the lake, archery, team building and so much more.