The Fantastic Grifizzi Brothers
The circus is in town. Now, before you get ready to throw paint at me, The Fantastic Grifizzi Brothers circus is 100% animal free. Hooray! That is something I am so ready to support. You see, my thinking is, if you encourage more people to support shows and events where animals aren’t used as entertainment, the stronger these companies will become which will give them more opportunity to bring their shows to Cape Town and discourage the more traditional travelling circus from setting up camp.
The Fantastic Grifizzi Brothers
We headed out to Fish Hoek this past weekend and navigated our way past a soccer match in full swing to see what The Grifizzi Brothers had in store for us. It is flippen cold in Cape Town at the moment so we made sure we were all dressed warmly before we went exploring. Parents may not find the idea of sitting in a drafty tent very appealing but it was lovely. It’s not a very big Big Top but it made the show nicer to watch, actually. If you get there nice and early, you can even snag a bean bag to sit on, instead of one of the harder benches. If you’re not happy where you are sitting for the first half, hang in there. An interval arrives about 40 minutes into the show and it gives you the ideal opportunity to stretch your legs, grab some more snacks and pop to the loo (and then dash back inside to find a more comfy seat).
The winter garden (which you can visit without a ticket) has a range of food trucks and restaurants you can enjoy while the kids get to learn about an old fashioned fire truck or have their face painted. We found the snacks and meals to be very well priced, with kids able to make about R30 stretch into some popcorn and a bag of candy floss or a rainbow lollipop. Adults could grab a waffle or tiramisu for about R60 or try something hearty from the food truck parked across the way, for around R75. There is even a lovely restaurant that has been set up against the backdrop of a bus, where you can sit down and eat a proper meal.
The show itself is lovely. Kids of all ages will enjoy it while the adults will be left stumped at some of the illusions that make up part of the show. We loved the aerialists as they performed stunning moves while telling the story of the moon. Music makes up a big part of the show and the vocalists kept everyone entertained through song while keeping the clowns in check.
There is a nice amount of audience participation where kids have the opportunity to get involved and become part of the show. It’s completely up to the child though, as no one is pressured one way or the other. You can click here to buy your tickets to watch The Fantastic Grifizzi Brothers.
All in all, we had a great morning out and it is a great treat for the kids this holiday. Fish Hoek may seem like a long drive but, make a day of it and let me know what you thought. And in case you needed more incentive, you can enjoy R10 wine and beers between 4pm and 6pm. Just remember to book a taxi, k?
Disclaimer: I was offered tickets to a show in exchange for a blog post. All thoughts, words and pictures are my own and were not influenced by the organizer. I would never promote something I didn’t personally enjoy and think you’d be interested in too.