If you are looking for a kid-friendly event that you’ll enjoy, that the kids will enjoy, and that will leave your entire family in awe, then you have to go to the Big Apple Circus in Boston for the newest show – The Grand Tour. Here’s my review!
Last year, my kids and husband went to the Big Apple Circus for the first time. My kids didn’t even know what a Circus was. Yet, after seeing the show, they were hooked and have been talking about going back to see the Circus again.
Now, the Big Apple Circus is back in Boston and we got complimentary tickets to see the new show called The Grand Tour. Just like the show last year, I was floored at the talent, the theatrics, and the transformation under the Big Top.
Big Apple Circus The Grand Tour Review
As I mentioned in this post last year, there are no elephants or nose-bleed seats. It is an intimate Circus that is just so family-friendly. The pace is amazing, the lighting was spectacular and there is a live band playing the performance music. (Yes, a live band!) Instead of elephants, there were horses and dogs. (We loved the dogs!)
The show was completely different than the show last year, which is important to note. We have never gone to the Circus two years in a row, so while I know we loved it last year, I didn’t know if we would see the same thing this year. It was completely different – different acts, different props. So, it was so much fun to see different talented acts.
Something to note – I thought the clowns were the best I’ve ever seen (even from last year). The two clowns (Skip and Joel) were amazing – fun, funny, fabulous. I also like how they did more skits and included the audience more than last year. The best sound is hearing your kids giggle.
The pace of the show was spot on, and the rows and seats spacious. The variety of the acts meant there was an interest for everyone and showcased the ardor of this traveling show. I was reading in the program that many of the performers are from a long line of family circus professionals and acts, which explained why they are SO good at what they do; it runs in the blood (though I can only imagine the practice time and the years they need to polish their acts!)
I liked the theme of the show – The Grand Tour – with a 1920s vibe and traveling around the world to Europe, Asia, Africa and the final stop, Boston – of course. The costumes fit around the theme and I liked the whole concept of it.
There was a new offering this year to note, and prepare for – kids can go on pony rides (two passes around the ring) during intermission and after the show for a cost of $10. My daughter wanted to ride a pony and knowing the money was going to a non-profit, we indulged her (and the look on her face was priceless.)
Food was decent, but limited. At the time of our show, there were hot dogs, popcorn, soda, and kid juices. Prices are what you would expect. If you want to make a night of it, there are limited restaurants open in that area on the weekend. Your best bet is to walk about 5 minutes to Faneuil Hall for restaurants and quick service counters or 10 minutes to the North End. There is even a nice family friendly restaurant at the Millennium Boston Hotel, right next to Quincy Market. Or better yet, stay overnight at The Bostonian Boston hotel to make it a fun staycation around the circus in the city!
There was stroller parking, a changing area and the bathrooms were never too busy. It really shows that the size is family friendly in many ways.
Details about tickets and times, you can click here. There are shows for children on the autism spectrum and visual/hearing impairments too. You can also learn more about the non-profit initiatives and why it is considered a community circus here. It was one of the best family nights out we have had in a long time, so I highly recommend getting tickets!
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