If you are looking for a summer family outing that will absolutely thrill your kiddos while also keeping mom and dad entertained, you should check out "Cirque Shanghai: Cloud 9" at Chicago's Navy Pier.
Trust me when I say that you will all be amazed by every single theatrical and acrobatic feat performed during the show. I had a chance to check out a performance with my 6 year-old daughter and 4 year-old son last week. They were totally wowed from start to finish. And so was I.
The show features talented acrobats
careening from poles suspended high
above the stage, gravity-defying ladder balances, a unicyclist
riding atop a spinning umbrella, the fun and skill of "hat juggling,"
and featuring "Imperial
Thunder," a daredevil
troupe riding precariously in a steel globe center stage.
After each act, my daughter declared, "Wow. I'm not sure I could do that. Even if I practiced really hard."
Think this might be
something your family would enjoy? You have tons of performances to choose from
before the show ends on September 6th. Shows take place on
Wednesdays at 2 p.m., 6 p.m. and 8 p.m.; Thursdays at 2 p.m. and 8
p.m.; Fridays at 2
p.m. and 8 p.m.; Saturdays at 2 p.m., 6 p.m. and 8 p.m.; and Sundays at 2
p.m. and 4 p.m.
performances are scheduled for Thursday, Aug. 26 and
Friday, Aug. 27 at 6 p.m. in conjunction with the Pepsi® Tall Ships®
Chicago 2010 celebration at Navy Pier.
Based on our experience, I did have one tip that I wanted to pass along.
The Skyline Stage is a lovely outdoor venue. It is covered with a canopy so the shows can take place rain or shine.
However, on the day we saw the show, temperatures were in the 90's. It
was beyond hot under the canopy.
Vendors were selling fans
for $5. Nearly everyone in the audience purchased one. Even with the fans, the heat was pretty unbearable and several people got up and left early. If you want to avoid a similar situation in what will likely be a hot August, I would think about a late afternoon
or evening performance.
Tickets range from $14.50 to $19.50 for adults and $12.50 to
$14.50 for children ages 3 through 12. Children 2 and under are welcome and
admitted free of charge. Visit
the website for additional details or to order tickets.
Check out the photo gallery to get a better idea of what the show is all about.
Disclosure: I was provided with complimentary tickets so that my kids and I could check out the show.