On Saturday, I had the opportunity to bring my five year old son, Henry, to the Big Apple Circus in Boston. Henry has actually been asking pretty much since he could talk when we could go to the circus so I knew he would be excited. I told him just a few minutes before we were leaving and he immediately said, “I can’t wait to see the tent!!” It’s funny because in all honesty I hadn’t given any thought at all to the tent. When we rounded the block corner though and the tent came into view the look of awe on his face was wondrous. I always love opportunities where you get to relive small moments through the eyes of a child – and the circus is a great place for just that!

From the moment we walked in we were greeted by friendly faces and an atmosphere of excitement.

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The Big Apple Circus is in its 36th season so it’s no wonder that they’ve got it down right. All events take place in one ring in an intimate environment. No seat is more than 50 feet from the ring! The performance kept parents laughing and children in amazement. From captivating juggling (by a 15 year old!), to ladder climbing, to jokes, to live horses, to acrobats, there was never a dull moment.

If I had to pick a favorite act, mine would be the Duo Guerrero made up of, husband and wife team, Werner and Aura. They made tight rope walking look like it was easy peasy. Werner actually comes from a family of six generations of tight wire walkers. Imagine?! His wife not only could sing a tune while walking the wire but also carried him on her shoulders across the wire at one point in the act. He then returned the favor for her – amazing!

Tightwire at Big Apple Circus

Henry’s favorite act was the Dosov Troupe who the ring master described as “human fireworks.” This group of amazing, agile, and clearly not afraid of heights people shot themselves into the air by using see-saw like boards. The flips they did, the height they got, and the ability to land on their feet (even when on stilts!) was incredible.

Overall, it was such a fun and special time for us (particularly since it was rare one on one time!) at the Big Apple Circus. The show is two hours long (with an intermission) which really flew by. Henry is already asking when we can go back again!

Performances of LUMINOCITY run through Sunday, May 11th under the Big Top at 1 City Hall Plaza (Government Center) Boston, MA. Tickets start at $20 and are available at www.bigapplecircus.org or by calling (888) 541-3750. The Circus Box Office, located in front of the Big Top, is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10AM-8PM, and Sunday through Monday from 10AM-6PM. There is no service charge for tickets purchased at the box office. For more ticket information, group sales, inquiries about wheelchair-accessible seating, or additional information please call the Ticket Info Line at (800) 922-3772.

*Disclaimer: I was provided complimentary tickets to the show in order to provide this review. As always, all opinions are my own.