As part of the Flint Hills International Children’s Festival in downtown St. Paul, the performers of Project Bandaloop will be (quite literally) hanging out (on? from?) the Lawson building this week. If you’re downtown for the festival, or one of the other downtown St. Paul attractions like the Science Museum, Children’s Museum, or Central Library, make your way to Rice Park at noon tomorrow (Wednesday) and Thursday and look up to see some amazing acrobatics.
And if you’ve got a kid who’s inspired by this sort of high-flying derring-do, you should take a look at the classes offered by Circus Juventas, the St. Paul circus arts and performance center. If they’re not quite up to the circus yet, but are inspired by Bandaloop to do some fancy climbing and dangling, it might be a good time for a trip to Clifton E. French Regional Park in Plymouth, which has the most amazing rope and net climbing structure I’ve ever seen. (It’s one of the 52 places featured in the book, of course.)
Though I prefer to keep my feet solidly planted at street level, and get a little dizzy when I have to ride the elevator above the 10th floor, I plan to be outside tomorrow for the acrobats’ performance. Hope to see you there!