Last night, we had the chance to experience Cirque du Soleil’s KURIOS, with the kids. It was an incredible performance, and made it to my top three list of Cirque performances that we’ve seen (even though we had to leave before the end of the performance). From the incredible performance, to the pre-show entertainment at the big top, it was the second Cirque du Soleil show we’ve brought the kids to see, in Edmonton.
Let’s face it, Cirque du Soleil tickets are a bit of a splurge to bring the entire family – but I’ve got a firm argument for bringing the kids to Cirque du Soleil, and that is being able to see it through their eyes, because it’s entirely different than the show you’re going to see through your own.
There’s something incredible about watching the kids on the edge of their seats, their eyes wide, anticipating what’s going to happen next and completely in awe of the show in front of them.
KURIOS, under the big top, is even more of a spectacle. There isn’t a bad seat in the house – but there are a few things that you should know before you bring the kids:
It can be dark and loud | If you’ve got children that are sensitive to darkness or loud noises, you’re going to want to prepare them for the dark and loud that can happen when you’re at the show. Our five year old was fine with the exception of a bit of snuggling for a few moments, and for the most part was in awe – but we prepared her ahead of time for the darkness in the show.
Sitting | We made sure to explain to the kids that they would have to sit and watch the show, rather than standing or even kneeling on their chair. For a couple of the parts of the performance, the smaller of the kid was on our lap, but we explained how much better she would be able to see if she were in her own chair, and that usually did the trick.
Potentially Scary Costumes | There were a handful of costumes that could come off as ‘scary’ for little kids, so I would prepare the kids for this before you go if you have a child that tends to be a bit on the scared side. Our favourite costume had a person actually emerge from the robot-guy’s ‘belly’ – point out the comedy in this, and your child will likely think it’s more funny than scary. Though there weren’t any costumes that came off as inherently scary to our kids, it’s something to consider if you’re bringing along young kids.
Arrival Time | We find it helpful to arrive to our seats a little earlier than the show starts. It helps to get everyone ready for sitting but it also helps the kids to acclimate to the show, see things before the performance actually begins and have a point of reference before the lights go out.
Cirque du Soleil provided us with tickets to the KURIOS performance, all opinions are our own.
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