My son, Roan, turned five this weekend. He has the misfortune of being born in a season that is ripe with people celebrating things other than his birth. This year I wanted to really make an effort to carve out time just for him, and do special things with him that we probably wouldn’t get around to otherwise. In addition to a few parties, much too much ice cream, bowling, cutting a half day of school to play in the snow and staying up late, I brought out the big gun: The Big Apple Circus.
The Big Apple Circus takes place in Lincoln Center through January 18, 2009. It is an amazingly easy place to get to by subway, which mattered to me on Sunday, because it was mean cold that day. Roan wasn’t really too sure what to expect. I’ve never been to the Big Apple Circus so I didn’t really know how to prepare him. But when we approached the blue Big Top Tent, my eyes lit up like the eight-year-old I truly am. There is something magical about walking into a giant Circus tent in the middle of Lincoln Center.
What makes the Big Apple Circus different from other circuses, is that it takes place in a real tent, but it is a one ring circus and has an intimacy that you don't get in most big circuses. The audience is set up in such a way that there doesn’t seem to be a bad seat anywhere. A live band accompanies each act with music that had Roan’s fist pumping and head banging.
The Big Apple Circus doesn't have elephants or other large animals, so animal activists can sleep soundly at night. The heart of the Big Apple Circus is its wonderful acrobats and clowns with a more traditional circus style than the Cirque de Soleil style of performers. Mix in some cotton candy and just the excitement of being in the big tent and it's the ultimate circus experience for kids of any age.
Big Apple Circus
through January 18,2009
For tickets and more information: www.bigapplecircus.org