Looking for a great family day out? To maybe be transported on a cruise ship or maybe a train making exciting, odd defying stops? Then look no further than The Big Apple Circus: The Grand Tour which has made its World Premiere in Lincoln Center (NYC). This fantastic and family friendly show runs Oct 21 – Jan 10th and my family checked it out last week! Clowns Joel Jeske and Brent McBeth keep you entertained between acts as you experience the Roaring 20’s and tour via ship, plane, train and of course car! This is a one-ring circus so you are super close to the action and the kiddies can see it all! This is truly a unique circus and features performers from all over the globe (Africa, Asia, Australia, Europe, North and South America) as well as truly talented horses and pups! My daughter (a gymnastics enthusiast) was captivated by the “Energy Trio” who performed an amazing acrobatic handstand routine. Jenny Vidbel and Emily McGuire treated us to an adorable show of the cutest dogs around trained to perform the greatest tricks! (My poor dog; now the kids are trying to teach her some of them!) Act II started off with an impressive display of synchronized horses who could even dance the tango! Master Juggler Alexander Koblikov truly amazed me with his abilities while Sergey Akimov showed us just how beautiful the art of aerial straps (or air dancing as my daughter was calling it). The Wheel of Wonder Act as well as The Teeterboard brought thrills, danger and chills; these talented troupe’s had us on the edge of our seats even doing their performances blind folded at one point!
The Big Apple Circus has been in the business for 38 seasons and this time they have topped themselves in talent and entertainment! I absolutely love how they are a non-profit show who truly give back to the community. The circus’ hospital program, Clown Care, brings the joy of the circus to hospitalized children at 15 pediatric facilities in the United States. In addition the Circus of the Senses treats children with vision, hearing and other impairments to the show; inclusion of everyone is their core value and quite frankly an amazing attribute. Please visit http://www.bigapplecircus.org for more information and to purchase tickets. My family had a great day and were truly exposed to some amazing talent and culture!