We attended the Big Apple Circus under the big top at Lincoln Center in New York City. It was loads of fun for all of us, including our 6-year-old and 2-year-old.
The venue is relatively small and the seats surround the stage in a circular fashion, so there isn’t a bad seat in the house. Performances were on a smaller scale than other popular circuses, but in many ways it was more engaging and entertaining to see performers up close. The Big Apple Circus was intimate and it felt like we were part of the show.
Performances included trapeze, trampoline, contortion, and aerial tricks. These physically impressive acts were awe-inspiring because of the skill and danger involved. The artists are truly talented.
Get ready to see these contortionists pull of an incredible trick.
It is absolutely amazing how flexible these ladies are, look how 2 of them are in the small cramped space.
The animal trainer performed a few acts with beautiful camels, horses, ponies, and dogs. The kids adored these acts.
The ringmaster and musical clown tied the show together and provided exciting and humorous entertainment.
I was so pleased to learn that the Big Apple Circus is not-for-profit organization with many established community outreach programs. One program, Clown Care, brings the joy of the circus to hospitalized children at pediatric facilities across the country. Another program, Circus of the Senses, is a special performance offered free of charge to children with hearing and vision impairments and other disabilities. Circus After School is a program for at-risk youth, Vaudeville Caravan is a program for elderly people living in residential care facilities, and Circus for All distributes free and discounted tickets to schools and organizations serving disadvantaged children.
We were thrilled with the entire show and would recommend the Big Apple Circus to any family. You’re going to love it, and you’ll be helping their mission to help the community at the same time.