Volunteers clown around at MIPA’s Circus in 2016. This year’s event will be held on April 27. Julie Keefe/file photoVolunteers clown around at MIPA’s Circus in 2016. Julie Keefe/file photo

Volunteers clown around at MIPA’s Circus in 2016. This year’s event will be held on April 27. Julie Keefe/file photoVolunteers clown around at MIPA’s Circus in 2016. Julie Keefe/file photo

Mercer Island Preschool Association’s Circus will return on April 27

Activities include bounce houses, face painting and of course, a dunk tank.

  • Wednesday, April 17, 2019 2:34pm
  • Life

Mercer Island Preschool Association (MIPA) will host its 53rd annual Circus at a new location this year: Islander Middle School.

The event will feature a “spectacular lineup,” according to MIPA Board co-president Traci Granbois, and will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on April 27.

Activities include a trampoline, a bounce slide and bounce houses, an obstacle course, break-a-plate, bowling, mini golf, crafts, face painting, a photo booth and a dunk tank.

Among the entertainment offerings will be The Reptile Man, magician Nate Jester, Mercer Island’s cheer and drill teams, School of Acrobatics and New Circus Arts (SANCA), Mercer Island Martial Arts and a pony carousel. There will also be food trucks and cotton candy.

“MIPA is so excited to host our 53rd Circus at a new venue, Islander Middle School,” Granbois said. “We have new games and entertainment, like an obstacle course and Reptile Man (moms won’t want to miss this show) and, of course, crowd favorites like Sea of Surprises and pony rides, and the ever popular dunk tank.”

Other MIPA board members and volunteers echoed the sentiment.

“This event is a homespun circus on a grand scale that year after year draws young families region-wide for a day of fun and community gathering,” Ly-Lan McCarthy said.

“Have your cameras ready, as there will be photo ops aplenty for little and big ones alike when you enter the reimagined Big Top entrance at our new Circus venue,” said Gretchen Anderson.

See https://mipreschoolassociation.membershiptoolkit.com/ for more.




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One of the popular events at MIPA’s Circus is the “Sea of Surprises.” Photo courtesy of Traci Granbois

One of the popular events at MIPA’s Circus is the “Sea of Surprises.” Photo courtesy of Traci Granbois

The dunk tank will return at MIPA’s 53rd annual Circus on April 27. Photo courtesy of Traci Granbois

The dunk tank will return at MIPA’s 53rd annual Circus on April 27. Photo courtesy of Traci Granbois

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