About two weeks ago, on a frigid winter day, my wife & I decided to take our son for his first theatrical experience. We wanted to be dazzled by the Gazillion Bubble Show at New World stages in New York City. I envisioned sitting in a theater and being surrounded by bubbles – would that keep my son, age 3 1/2, engaged for seventy-five minutes? Was there more to the bubble show than just blowing bubbles?
As the lights went out, my son hopped off his seat, and jumped onto my lap. “Oh no, he is going to be scared of the dark the entire time,” I thought. A few moments later, we were enveloped in bubble world – bubbles were drifting in every nook and cranny of the theater. The look of excitement and amazement on my son’s face was enough to realize that he was hooked. I never really thought of bubble blowing as an art, but Fan Yang (the shows creator and featured bubble master) left you mesmerized with his unique bubble creations – bubbles inside bubbles, 20 foot long bubbles, smoke bubbles, rainbow bubbles, and using lighting effects.
My son spent the entire bubble show on my lap, and this enabled me to see the true enjoyment he got from the different bubble acts he observed. Of course, his favorite part was trying to catch and/or POP the multi-sized bubbles that were floating throughout the studio. My son’s biggest disappointment was not being selected to the stage as a volunteer where Fan Yang had a bubble wand and dish so large that he was able to put the children volunteers inside a massive bubble – fascinating!
The Gazillion Bubble Show is designed for children of all ages and to entertain their parents as well. My wife & I were entertained! My only cool feedback: I thought the laser light show and loud techno music that accompanied it during the last few minutes seemed like it is better suited for older children. My son asked to go to the “potty” during the laser show act and by the time we returned, we were again, surrounded in a magical world of bubbles! Overall, this is the type of show, you could return to again in a year, and enjoy it all over again.
On a final note: kind of like watching the Karate Kid movie and being inspired to practice your karate and “crane maneuver” afterwards…the show left us in a state of creating our own bubbles. Of course, the Gazillion Bubble Show gift shop, sold all of the paraphernalia that a kid could want or need to satisfy our craving!
DISCLAIMER: The opinions stated above are my own. I was not compensated to express my thoughts and opinions.