We Ran Away to Big Apple Circus

I was provided with complimentary tickets to Big Apple Circus. All opinions are our own.

Clowns at Big Apple Circus

“I ran away with the circus!”

I’ve always wanted to say that. I’m too much of a super responsible, eldest kid type to run away anywhere. Or maybe it’s the stereotypical Asian in me. Being a circus performer was not my parents’ list of approved careers. (Being a blogger wasn’t either.)

My kids loved their experience at Big Apple Circus. I asked, but they didn’t want to run away this circus either. They might be tempted if there were an apprentice position as a dog trainer. I wasn’t fast enough to get any photos, but the opening sequence had dogs riding on ponies. Let me say that again, dogs riding on ponies. The entire audience squeed.

Ringmaster at Big Apple Circus

Big Apple Circus was nothing like the other circuses we’ve seen. Currently at National Harbor until April 1, the tent–yes, a tent–was intimate and cozy. There were no seats. We could almost see the sweat on the juggler’s face. He was the fastest juggler I’ve ever seen.

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We ooh’d, aah’d, and gasped over contortionists, ponies, tightrope walkers, roller skaters, balancing acts, trapeze artists and more. We were in awe of everyone’s talent, including the ringmaster and the live band. Clowns Mr. Joel and Skip were a highlight for me. I don’t remember the last time I laughed so hard!

Family at Big Apple Circus

If you’re in the DC area, I highly recommend seeing Big Apple Circus. They are at the National Harbor until April 1. Tickets start at $27.50 (plus parking at the nearby garage). Heads up: there are only portable toilets available. It’s not a big deal for us, but I know that can be a dealbreaker for some kids.

What’s your favorite circus act?