Memories of going to the circus and experiencing the spectacular stunts and goofy clown antics are ones that many of us hang onto long into adulthood. What are the best ways to introduce a circus adventure to the younger generation? How do you bring that blood-pumping thrill that a circus performer must experience into our own lives? For nail-biting, edge-of-your-seat excitement right here in Minnesota, check out these fun circus adventures and savor the new memories you’ll make.
1270 Montreal Ave.
St. Paul, MN 55116
Circus Juventas is a circus school for kids from the age of two to adulthood. A professional training staff provides a non-competitive environment to help students soar to new heights no matter what their level of experience. Areas of training include juggling, chair stacking, flying trapeze, unicycle, silks and many more. Different class levels and summer camp options are available, with some including a performance day where friends and family can come and observe your impressive circus skills.
Jose Cole Circus
Various venues in Minnesota
Minneapolis, MN 55407
Based out of Minneapolis, the Jose Cole Circus is the only locally owned and operated circus in the upper Midwest. It is mainly hired by local communities or organizations for fundraising events and has a 35-year track record of entertaining young and old. Its 90-minute performances include talented animals, aerial artists, clowns and acrobats. The Jose Cole Circus likes to keep its acts updated and fresh, so audiences will be amazed no matter how many times they see the show.
Cirque du Soleil – “Amaluna”
Twin Cities venue still to be announced
Inspired acrobatics, elegant visuals and mystical storyline surround the Cirque du Soleil production of “Amaluna,” which will be making a tour stop in the Twin Cities during the summer of 2013. This must-see show tells the story of young love and goddesses ruling a mysterious island through dazzling tumbling, dance, music, acrobatics and costume. Cirque du Soleil brings sophistication to the circus experience.
St. Paul Osman Shrine Circus
Various performances scheduled yearly
2750 Sibley Memorial Highway
St. Paul, MN 55121
Ninety years of exciting performances have made the Osman Shrine Circus a favorite in Minnesota. Acts include stunning elephants and Bengal tigers, hilarious clowns, extreme motorcycle tricks, the Wheel of Destiny and more. Most tickets range between $15 and $28, but reclining lounge chair seating is available for $75 when taking in the two-plus hour show.
Twin Cities Trapeze Center
719 E. Minnehaha Ave.
Saint Paul, MN 55130
Learn to soar through the air with the greatest of ease at the Twin Cities Trapeze Center. High-flyers will experience a 90-minute class that instructs safe and fun maneuvers on the trapeze. It is perfect for ages 6 and up and a ton of fun for bachelorette parties, dates or just to let your inner child out. Single classes currently cost $45, but contact directly for express class options and party packages.
Cortney Mohnk is a freelance writer covering all things Minnesota. Her work can be found on Examiner.com.