Cirque Du Soleil's Wintuk

Trip Start May 16, 2003
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Trip End May 16, 2010


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Saturday, November 22, 2008

New York City around the holidays is always fun and to our disgrace, we haven't been to NYC for about a year.  When we saw a TV ad for Cirque Du Soleil's Wintuk we decided to take our daughter to the show, hoping she'd like it.

Our first concern was our year-and-a-half old son who is simply too young and cannot sit down for 5 minutes, let alone two hours.  That issue was solved pretty quickly when it was decided that he will go to visit his grandparents for most of the day.
 
That Saturday was pretty busy without the show, early rise, soccer practice, oil change and that would put us right around the time to leave for the train.  We contemplated eating a quick lunch and catch the next train but that would be cutting it too close for comfort so we went hungry for another 45 minutes until we reached the city.  Once we were in Penn station we grabbed a quick meal on our feet, got dressed in our warmest jackets, gloves and hats only to walk across the street to Madison Square Garden.
 
The tickets we printed at home worked fine (they just scan the barcode) and we were in.  Walking the long corridor to the theatre we encountered some cut out scenery and a cool display which blows paper snow into a bubble of sorts with the show's poster in the background.
 
We found our seats which were the cheapest tickets we could find, that was OK because there are really no bad seats in the theatre but it would have been nice to sit a section up (which would have doubled the price of the tickets).  The couple in front of us heard that it was Bella's birthday so they gave us a coupon for popcorn & a drink and the lady in back of us bought cotton candy for her kid and gave us the hat that came with it (he was too cool for it) - so we made out good and our thanks to all those kind folks.
 
The show was wonderful and our daughter enjoyed all of the first act and most of the second act.  She was more concerned about cotton candy in the second act but it was so expensive that we didn't want to buy it just so she could take 3 bites and throw the rest away.  At some point in the second act the show got quite for a few seconds and in the na´ve voice of a four year old she asked "now what?"
That had our whole section cracking up.
 
We managed to get out of the theatre with the enormous and unbelievable feat of not buying anything, made the train with 2 minutes to spare (after of course getting some cookies at Penn station).
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