The Big Apple Circus Is Now In Fresh Meadows

The Big Apple Circus is a non-profit organization dedicated to bringing joy and wonder to people of all ages. They provide award-winning family entertainment featuring extravagant acts from acrobats, jugglers, aerialists, clowns and animal trainers.

Every year they pitch their world renowned circus tent in Cunningham Park, a breath-taking 358-acre park in Fresh Meadows, Queens.

The current show is called “The Grand Tour” and will have over 100 performances. It has a global theme with performers coming from Africa, Australia, Asia, Europe, North and South America. The backdrop features trains, automobiles, ships and airplanes. A seven-piece band will play live, accompanying the amazing acts of their performances. Horses and dogs are included in their performances. They do not use exotic animals. The animals are professionally trained, well-taken care of, and exhibit extraordinary feats of talent and intelligence.

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They sponsor several outreach programs to bring laughter and smiles to children’s groups, healthcare facilities, and disadvantaged communities. The revenues from ticket sales are used to fund community programs such as:

Clown Care – professional artists visit young patients undergoing treatment in pediatric facilities including: inpatient/outpatient units, intensive care, emergency rooms, physical therapy, and others. The goal is to provide kids the healing power of humor to assist in their rehabilitation.

Circus For All – contributions from individuals and institutions allow the circus to provide entertainment for children, families, and elderly who are facing economic hardship, physical disabilities and other issues.

Circus of the Senses – a unique performance which allows children and adults with hearing or visual impairments and other disabilities to experience a circus performance like no other. Using resources like wireless audio headsets, sign language interpreters, large-print and Braille program descriptions, the acts are described and imparted in detail. They also have “touch sessions” allowing visually impaired kids to enter the ring and meet artists and let them feel a clown’s nose, the juggler’s clubs, or pet the performance dogs.

Circus After School – the program aims to provide opportunities for disadvantaged and at-risk youth to develop skills such as teamwork, commitment, and responsible risk-taking through learning and performing circus acts. The program strives to empower students and engage them in fulfilling activities so they can achieve their full potential.

Vaudeville Caravan – brings the delight of the circus to residents of nursing care facilities. Performers take a personal and interactive approach to entertaining seniors, using iconic characters from their era such as Elvis. They use familiar songs and dance to help them feel positive and counteract the usual loneliness they experience in a nursing home.

The show is in its 35th season. The current performance in Cunningham Park in Fresh Meadows, NY runs from May 15 until June 12 2016. There are 16 rows of seats in the whole tent, featuring ringside, box, and mezzanine seats. The tent is wheel-chair accessible, air-conditioned, sells refreshments and merchandise, and has sanitation facilities. It brings quality live entertainment to children and adults alike. The performance receives praise far and wide! You’re not only giving yourself a treat by attending, but are also providing support for the many programs the circus sponsors.

Click here  and book your tickets now to catch the show in Cunningham Park!

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