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December 22, 2008

Wintuk Wonderland



It snowed this weekend.  "Yeah, yeah," you're saying. "I saw it. What's the big deal?"

But think of it this way. You're 4 years old. You live in Manhattan and you rarely see snow.  Then, all of a sudden, the sky opens up, and you get to stomp down the sidewalk and throw clumps of ice at building walls.  It's kind of cool.  Or maybe you're 2 years old and you're mesmerized each time another snowplow grinds down the street.

Well this weekend, the little snow monsters and their jaded parents got to see two winter wonderlands.  The one outside, and the one inside Madison Square Garden.  Thanks to this very site, I won the contest to go see Cirque du Soleil's production Wintuk.

Cirque du Soleil is not your average circus.  In fact, it's hard to call it a circus at all. There aren't animals.  It's essentially an extravaganza.  Theatre, dance, gymnastics, live music, acrobatics. It's all of that. And something more. I've seen a number of Cirque du Soleil shows, and every time I am completely awestruck.  The performers make it seem perfectly natural to hang upside from a rope and flip and twist and fly.  They make you wonder why you, too, can't do a triple flip on a thin beam.  They literally defy the laws of gravity.

And at Wintuk, they managed to hold the attention of our squirmy little boys for two hours.  There was not a single complaint or request for a snack.  They were entranced by the story of a young city boy, who, yearning to see snow, sets off to find a land where snowbirds grace the landscape and flakes fall from the sky. 

Take a minute to Watch the trailer here.  If you want to see the show, it's running until January 4th. There are some reasonably priced tickets.  So go ahead and take the kids if you can.  Or just as fun, go without them.

Tonight, the snow here has turned to mush.  It's a watery mess on our street. But we're heading north tomorrow, tracking the snow all the way to the White Mountains.  The boys want to see more snow.  And you know what, I do too.

Original Post to New York Moms Blog. Andi Silverman is the author of "Mama Knows Breast: A Beginner's Guide to Breastfeeding" (Quirk Books 2007).  She also runs the blog Mama Knows Breast.


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