Have you ever been to the circus, and watched in awe as the trapeze artists flipped and vaulted through the air and thought, “Wow, wouldn’t that be fun? Well, you AND your kids CAN try it out for yourselves right here in our city-even in a blizzard!
Recently I brought Big and husband to the Trapeze School of New York (TSNY) in Chicago. Yes, it’s the same school that was featured on Sex and the City back in 2003. In the episode, Carrie took flight on a TSNY rig. Ever since that episode, interest in trapeze has skyrocketed and a few years ago this school opened a branch in Chicago. During the summer months, they hold classes out on the lakefront at Belmont Harbor.
During these long winter months, their classes are held in the Armory building at 5917 N. Broadway. Now the facilities here are nothing to write home about. They have carved out an area the size of a basketball court and loaded in their rig and nets. But looking beyond the indoor facility, this class was nothing short of amazing for Big and his dad. In fact, it was so great that again this past Saturday we returned with Big’s friend and Middle. I was a nervous wreck about bringing a 7 year old (even though they allow kids 6 and up). I mean how the heck was my little guy going to be able to climb 23 feet up in the air, jump off a platform and keep his knees wrapped around the bar?! Well, he did it. It was so cool to feel his sense of accomplishment. It radiated from him for days.
Take a look at the fun video of Big and then stay tuned for Middle’s fly!
If you have a young thrill seeker and are interested in trying it out, go to their website where you can check availability and sign up for a class. They have classes everyday of the week and multiple classes on weekend days. There are 10 people in every class and each class is 2 hours.
Here’s what to expect:
New flyers are given a brief safety talk. Then everyone in the group is secured in a harness. For the first flight, everyone will take a turn at climbing the platform, and taking their first swing through the air. Enjoy the feeling. There is an instructor on the ground who is controlling the rope and giving you live instructions. There is another instructor on the top platform who will assist you with reaching the bar and getting in position for your flight. Each of your flights will build on your skills. The last 45 minutes are dedicated to teaching you to do a catch where you’ll leave your bar and reach the “catcher” (It’s what the boys did in the video”). By the end of the class you’ll be hooked.
My guys absolutely loved it. They thought it was exhilarating! I love the fact that despite the miserable weather these guys were conquering fears, trying something new and totally embracing the challenge. It’s also a unique bonding time for parent and child if you do it together. You feel fear together and get past it together. I guarantee your dinner conversation that night will be fun.
The school’s motto is “Forget Fear. Worry about the addiction”. I can totally understand why.