When I Think of Clowns…

Posted on April 7, 2010. Filed under: All Ages, Event | Tags: |

When I think of clowns, I think of Steve King’s book It. When I think of a circus, I think of unappealing tigers and elephants. Oh, and binoculars to see anything in the three rings. None, as you can probably tell, is appealing to me.  So when I hear that a circus is in town, I typically stay out of town.

However, it is the Big Apple Circus that is back in town and this is the only circus that is an invitation for me to go into the city.  In 2005, I voluntarily went to the circus. First time since I was a kid.  I even shelled out the cash for not one, but three tickets!  I only went so a little boy could celebrate his fifth birthday.  He was delighted and and I actually enjoyed it too.  It was the Big Apple Circus, and I was pleasantly surprised.  Hence why I decided to write this post because if you haven’t been to the circus in years, this is worth the trip.

Now, if you are into huge shows with various animals and wild creatures, than you may want to pass and head to a theme park instead.  If you want a family friendly fun event that is more “Mom and Pop”, than you should definitely give the Big Apple Circus a go. Really.

What I like most about the Big Apple Circus is that each seat is no more than 50 feet from the ring.  So you can see what is going on and feel like you are vested in the event.  Then forget the tigers and elephants and ten thousand weird clowns piling into a tiny car. The Big Apple Circus has jugglers, trampolines and trapeze acts.  They only have horses and rescue dogs and you can tell they are very well loved. Grandma and Bella are the clowns and they definitely fall in the non-scary clown category. (Time Magazine actually named Bello the clown “America’s Best Clown”).  Also, the Big Apple Circus is a not-for-profit performing arts and outreach institution. When in town, they often visit hospitals and do other outreach work. Major kudos.

The Big Apple Circus tent is at City Hall Plaza.  During the past three years, when I worked in Boston, my office looked over the Plaza and every year I watched the tent go up.  On a nice day when we had the windows open, you could hear the music and the crowd’s laughter.  It is right off the Government Center T stop on the Green Line. So for $4 roundtrip, you are just steps away from the tent.  There are a couple of garages close by.  The closest is the One Center Plaza Garage.  You’ll pay big bucks during the week but on the weekend, parking costs around $10 for the day.  Street parking, however, is sparse, even on the weekends.

The show is 1 hour and 50 minutes long.  However, there is an intermission for food and potty breaks.  Tickets range from $15 to $65 depending on the view and location in the tent. Not bad really. Frankly, for $20 you get a great seat and the cost is no different than a 3D movie ticket. Bonus is that kids under 3 are free if they sit on an adults’ lap.

Shows in Boston run though May 16th and you can get tickets at their box office, located outside the tent, from 10am-6pm daily, by phone, or online. However, as a follower of Metrowestmama (hint, hint), here is some information on how you can get 30% off each Boston ticket.

To purchase your discounted tickets to the Big Apple Circus: Either go online to: http://bigapplecircus.org/bostonpop.aspx and submit the code POP10 in the Promotional Codes box.  By Phone: CALL 888-541-3750 and mention code POP10.  Or In Person at the Big Top Box Office (10AM–6PM daily. No service fee.) Just bring a copy of this blog post.

Please note that this offer is good only on select seat locations and performances, and you must present this Metrowestmama blog post to receive discount at the box office. Performance schedule subject to change. Offer is subject to availability; not valid on prior purchases; cannot be combined with other discounts or promotions. This offer can be revoked at any time. Discount amount varies. Limit 8 tickets per order. No refunds or exchanges. Telephone and Internet orders are subject to standard service fees. This is an offer from Big Apple Circus so any concerns and questions should be posed to them.  Sorry Mamas, but I can’t be held liable for their snafus or if you can’t make a performance or something.

The Big Apple Circus is on Facebook and Twitter.  So check them out, head into town, and have a blast.

P.S. Tickets for performances at upcoming venues are currently on sale to Big Apple Circus Members.  In addition to knowing your membership helps kids in need; benefits include discounted tickets, VIP seats, invitations to exclusive member-only events, and more! For full details, check out: http://bigapplecircus.org/support/membership.aspx

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