If you’re from New York City then you know exactly what kind of excitement comes along knowing that the Big Apple Circus is in town and in my Queens neighborhood, Cunningham Park!
This is the company’s 38th season with the Queens Premiere of The Grand Tour!
Their energetic acts bring thrills, laughter, and lots of cheering as children are blown away by the theatrics center stage plus I don’t mind indulging on popcorn, cotton candy and twizzlers if you ask me!
You’ll see high-flying acrobats, lovable clowns, the Wheel of Wonder, ponies, puppies and more! Plus all seats are less than 50 feet from the ring!
Tickets start at only $25, and the show runs from now – June 12, 2016, under the Big Top at Cunningham Park, located at Union Turnpike and 196th Street in Oakland Gardens, NY 11363.
In this all-new show, The Grand Tour transports audiences to the advent of the modern travel era, when the most adventuresome began touring the world in ships, planes, trains, and automobiles. Audiences will be awed by the world-class entertainers as they perform breathtaking acts from the four corners of the globe. Clowns, jugglers, acrobats, and aerialists from Africa, Asia, Australia, Europe, and North and South America set off on a whirlwind adventure, accompanied by the live, seven-piece Big Apple Circus Band at each performance.
Big Apple Circus Clown Care ® brings the joy of classical circus to hospitalized children at 15 leading pediatric facilities across the United States. Performers collaborate with doctors and staff to design a program to fit the needs of each hospital. Members of the Clown Care team bring the healing power of humor to children with acute and chronic illnesses, visiting nearly 225,000 young patients every year. Big Apple Circus offers a specially adapted performance of the show, Circus of the Senses, for children and adults with vision or hearing impairments and/or other disabilities. American Sign Language interpreters are positioned in spotlights throughout the tent, and wireless audio headsets transmit a live audio play-by- play description of the action in the ring. Braille or large-print descriptive programs are available for audience members.
A “touch session” after the show offers a unique opportunity for pre-selected groups of visually impaired children to go into the ring to meet the artists and literally feel a clown nose, a juggler's clubs, or the silky coat of a performing dog. Big Apple Circus Embraces Autism provides performances with modified lighting and sound as well as a staffed calming center, to meet the needs of children on the autism spectrum. Inclusion is a core value at Big Apple Circus, which is dedicated to delivering the finest circus entertainment to everyone, regardless of physical or cognitive ability, or economic circumstance.
To purchase tickets or for more information, visit http://www.bigapplecircus.org.
*Disclosure: I was invited as Media to attend the grand opening of the Grand Tour. As always, all opinions are of my own.