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Should You Take the Kids To: Cirque du Soleil's Totem

Cirque du Soleil’s Totem
When: April 22 to June 27, 2010
Where: Under the Grand Chapiteau, Quays of the Old Port.
Cost: Adults: $55 to $135; Children age 2 to 12, $38.50 to 94.50, Children under 2, free.
View seating plan and order tickets.

The Cirque du Soleil’s Totem opens Thursday, April 22 and runs till June 27, in the Cirque’s trademark yellow- and blue-striped tent at the Old Port. The theme of the show is evolution, starting with amphibian life forms to the development of humans’ desire to take flight. Sounds like a great way to make science and history come alive for older kids. But even for younger children who don’t fully understand the storyline, the costumes, acrobatics and music are likely to be magical. Read more about Totem in the Montreal Gazette.

Whether you take the whole family
will depend on your children’s ages, maturity and whether you’re willing to pony up the dough. Tickets are not cheap: based on the least expensive tickets for adults and children, it would cost $187 for 2 adults and 2 children age 2 to 12. It’s free for children under 2, but they have to remain seated on your lap during the show (as if!). Shows are held Tuesday to Friday at 4 p.m. and Friday through Sunday at 8 p.m.

Last year, we were lucky enough to see and review the Cirque’s Ovo, sans enfants. It was a great show and we figured our four-year-old son would have enjoyed the insect theme, but that he wouldn’t have been able to sit through the whole thing: each half was about an hour, with a 30-minute intermission. A show that length is probably best suited for at least age five and up.

What do you think? Are you taking the kids to Totem?

In other circus news
April 25: Family workshop for age 3 and up at the École de Cirque de Verdun from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., which lets kids try various circus-style equipment (trampoline, trapeze, spinning plates, balance equipment, etc.). Read an I Spy Montreal review of family workshop at Ecole de Cirque de Verdun.
June 8 to 20: The National Circus School performs at TOHU, focusing on aerial arts. Shows are recommended for age 9 and up. More information.
July 8 to 25: The International Festival of Circus Arts will bring performers from around the world to various local venues from July 8 to 25. Read about the International Festival of Circus Arts in the Montreal Gazette.

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