Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall’s Cody Child Development Center assembled a do-it-yourself circus on July 7.

The stars of the second annual Big Top Day were the kids themselves as Families and servicemembers cheered on as 75 children traded in part of their school time to become circus strongmen, a stuffed animal trainer, ballerinas, hula hoop artists, clowns, faux flame-throwing aces and tricyclists.

The tot, toddler and pre-school performers displayed astounding feats of peril, beauty and amusement " a half hour’s worth of entertainment during Cody Child Development Center’s big top day.

“We did one last year when summer got started. We have the kids perform, and they perform for the parents and for the other kids,” said CDC program associate Carolyn Grant.

Props that were made by the kids included the strongman barbells, cylinder-like flame throwers, costumes and masks.