An entertaining force to be reckoned with, the Big Apple Circus is back at Lincoln Center in New York City for it’s all new, 41st edition. It continues to be an annual family tradition for me and should be a must-see destination for families this holiday season. I could list a dozen reasons, but will leave you with four good ones to visit the Big Apple Circus before it wraps up on Jan. 27, 2019:
1. Every seat, the best seat in the house
The intimate ringside seats are immersed in the action so our family felt like we were a part of the performance. Unlike massive entertainment stadiums, the Big Apple Circus tent only has about 1,500 seats so every seat is a good one. No seat is more than 50 feet from the ring so you can see sweat dripping off the performer’s faces, hear aerialists communicate signals so their acrobatics are in sync, and cringe with nerve-wracking fear as they soar above you, sometimes without a net. A radical experience for parents and kids alike!
2. Marvel at the sheer strength of dynamic “Duo Fusion” couple
The husband and wife powerhouse duo were extraordinary and mesmerizing. I thought I had seen it all, but the wife reverses traditional gender roles and displays unbelievable strength as she hoists her husband up in a variety of ways. The audience was stunned by her tandem of balance and brute force as she performed the act in a pair of high heels! Many of us attend the circus to see astounding human feats and this act brought the house down.
3. The flying trapeze soars again
There’s something truly breathtaking about watching bodies defy gravity and soar gracefully through the air on the trapeze. The challenging tricks on the flying trapeze are an aerial feat of passion, grace and risk. The Flying Tunizianis troupe are back at the Big Apple Circus once again, and keep you on the edge of your seat with stunning flips, somersaults and dives.
4. Approachable Big Apple Circus performers
It’s one thing to observe death-defying feats, clowns that make you giggle, amazing rescue dogs and ponies, and the allure of a female ringmaster up close and personal. This year we felt that the Big Apple Circus went above and beyond to give audience members more opportunities to meet, greet and engage with the performers. Our daughter was fascinated by the friendly mime and clowns under the big top before the show began. There was bubble blowing and an imaginary tea party and my daughter was instantly hooked on the magic of the Big Apple Circus. I enjoyed that several of the clown vignettes took place in the aisles and among the crowd. We truly felt like we were part of the show. During intermission and after the show, fans had the chance to meet the performers and pose for photos with them. We took advantage and enjoyed meeting clowns as well as ringmaster, Stephanie Monseu.
The Big Apple Circus was a spectacular experience! While I missed some of our favorite performers from last year — Grandma the Clown and Nik Wallenda — the latest edition of the Big Apple Circus delivered on laughs, jaw dropping acts and loads of family fun. Our family loved it and look forward to going back again next year.
The Big Apple Circus will be at Lincoln Center through Jan. 27, 2019. To purchase tickets and learn more about the award-winning show, visit www.BigAppleCircus.com. (Children under 3 are free when on the lap of a paid adult, one child per lap).
DISCLOSURE: NYC Dads Group received complimentary family passes to attend the Big Apple Circus. The opinions and experiences expressed in this post are authentic and our own.