Ladies and Gentlemen and Children of Ages! Big Apple Circus presents Metamorphosis

Big Apple Circus presents Metamorphosis

 Circus 9

Fantastical Fun for Everyone!

Looking for a fun activity to do when it’s too cold to play outside? Well, step right up to the Big Apple Circus! Boys, girls, and adults of all ages will thoroughly enjoy themselves under the big top where no seat is bad and smiles are guaranteed.


I am a big fan of the circus. Not clowns (ew! They scare the bejesus out of me) but the circus. I used to drag my husband pre-kids and now I am happy to drag my whole family! This was our third year taking our daughter. The first year was exciting because they made an announcement that the actor (one of my favorites) Eli Wallach was in the audience. I couldn’t resist saying hello during intermission and telling him my favorite movie was Keeping the FaithKeeping the Faith. He could not have been nicer. Last year I bought tickets so far in advance I did not know I’d have a new baby keeping me home (my lucky husband got to go). This year we all went together and even the baby (who just turned one at the time) loved it. We were unsure if he would sit still but given our lack of a babysitter for the day, he came along. I think he was the most enthralled!


 Photo Credit: FredCohenPhotography

My absolute favorite moment of the day was during the animal parade, when a camel literally stuck his head into my neighbor’s bucket of popcorn. As if that wasn’t funny enough, he did it a second time. We are still unsure if this was part of the act… if it was, my neighbor certainly wasn’t in on it! Kudos to the Big Apple Circus for replacing his popcorn immediately!

Circus 4

Photo Credit: FredCohenPhotography

As always the circus was filled with acts that you should not and could not try at home. My favorite was the outrageous costume changing couple Vladimir and Olga Smirnov. I honestly do not know how they did it. You think they have the clothes layered but they keep coming off. I really want to know how they did it! Seriously, it was so cool.

Circus 8

Photo Credit: Big Apple Circus

Also impressive was not one, but two ladies – Tatevik Seyranyan and Odbayasakh Dorjoo – who folded themselves into one small box. Yep, two ladies. Folded in half. One box. Do not try this at home folks. Makes my flipped downward facing dog seem pretty lame… The photo below only shows 50% of the women who fit in this box. At the same time.

Circus 7

Photo Credit: Big Apple Circus

And of course what would the circus be without horses, dogs and other animals performing astonishing tricks before your eyes, trampolines, flying trapeze, “Chinese yoyos”, foot juggling, and an aerial space act that will leave you bedazzled and beguiled (spoiler alert, there was a spaceship. My daughter was MESMERIZED).


The Big Apple Circus’ 37th season runs under the Big Top at Damrosch Park in Lincoln Center (62nd Street between Amsterdam and Columbus Avenues) through January 11, 2015. The show is two hours long including a 15 minute intermission. The Big Top is heated and there are tables and chairs available for you to sit and eat prior to the show. There is also a stroller and coat check. Children under 3 are free when on the lap of a paid adult, one child per lap.

Circus 1

In addition to the Big Apple CircusTicket Specials and *giveaway below*, I’m pleased to offer my readers the promo code BIGAPPLE which will give you up to $25 off tickets!* That’s per ticket, not just off the total purchase! (*Limited availability. Offer good on select seats and shows. Other conditions apply). Buy tickets online at, by calling (888) 541-3750, or at the Circus Box Office located in front of the Big Top on Lincoln Center Plaza (there is no service charge for tickets purchased at the box office). Hours of operation:  Tuesday through Friday from 10am – 8pm, and Saturday through Monday from 10am to 6pm (or to 8pm on weekend days when there is a 7pm performance).


Finally, I want to share something very interested that I learned about the Big Apple Circus (a not-for-profit performing arts and outreach institution committed to invigorating the communities they serve with the joy and wonder of classical circus). At the center of the big apple, is a big heart. I like supporting companies that give back to the community and reading about all of these different programs simply blew me away.

Tax-deductible contributions made by corporations, foundations and individuals enable Big Apple Circus to bring its special magic to diverse audiences through its outreach programs including:

Clown Care[SM] the signature community outreach program of the Big Apple Circus, brings the joy of classical circus to hospitalized children at 16 leading pediatric facilities across the United States.

Vaudeville Caravan[SM] brings the uplifting power of the circus to delight the residents of nursing care facilities.

Circus After School[SM] provide a unique opportunity for at-risk youth to develop life-enhancing skills such as teamwork, commitment, and responsible risk-taking through a structured program of learning and performing the circus arts.

Circus For All!® annually distributes more than 50,000 free and discounted tickets to public and private schools and not-for-profit organizations serving disadvantaged children, families, and the elderly.

Circus of the Senses® a unique performance that enables children and adults with vision or hearing impairments and other disabilities to experience the magic and joy of the circus.

Big Apple Circus Embraces Autism! for these performances, Big Apple Circus worked with renowned ASD experts to adapt Metamorphosis for families with members on the spectrum.  The adapted show includes the same world-class artistry as the full performance only with a shorter running time, adjusted lighting and sound, calming centers, pictorial social narratives and plenty of folks to assist in creating a memorable event for all!

Ticket Giveaway!

Win two tickets for opening night at the Big Apple Circus!

Friday, December 12th at 6:30pm

To win, answer the following questions:

1. What’s the height of the Big Top?

2. What is your favorite part of the circus?

Winner will be chosen Sunday, December 7th, 2014 at 5pm.

Published by Stacey Wallenstein

Stacey Gish Wallenstein created The Mint Chip Mama blog in 2013 to share her love and passion for giving children meaningful life experiences and helping moms like her navigate the challenges and benefits of raising children in the New York metropolitan area. Before becoming a full-time mom in 2010, Stacey spent the better part of the preceding decade as a high-end customer relationship management (CRM) professional for some of the most well-known brands in the hotel, luxury, fashion, and beauty industries, such as Harrahs Entertainment, Chanel and Christian Dior, Inc. She managed customer loyalty programs for thousands of clients around the country and created social media strategies for a span of industries including healthcare services, restaurants, consumer packaged goods, specialty foods, local attractions and retail locations. After 13 wonderful years in Manhattan (the last three of which spent as a city mom), Stacey and her husband moved to Long Island in 2014, where they now reside with their three children (11, 7, and 5). There, she is a founding member of her local Parenting Center, which provides classes and coordinates events designed to educate and inform parents while fostering an environment of support and friendship within the community. Stacey is also an active PTA member (and former president) as well as a Girl Scout troop leader. Her musings on motherhood, Manhattan, the suburbs, and more can be found here and on Facebook at The Mint Chip Mama. A graduate of the University of Michigan, Stacey has been active in the New York area alumni organization for nearly twenty years, serving as a board member on the schools University of Michigan Alumni Club of New York City. She also holds a Masters in Psychology from The New School in New York City. For more updates, follow her on Instagram, Twitter and Pinterest.

6 thoughts on “Ladies and Gentlemen and Children of Ages! Big Apple Circus presents Metamorphosis

  1. 43 feet inside and 64 feet outside. Favorite part of the circus is the sheer magic of it especially the human feats of bravery and flexibility.

  2. Height: 46 feet on the inside (to the cupola), 63 feet (to the top of the tent)

    Favorite part is watching the excitement on the kids faces – it makes anyone appreciate the fun of the circus!

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