June 2013 - FREEDOM OF FLIGHT
A few months ago, I wrote about the sky being the limit when it comes to adventures with our kids. But with our most recent escapade, I discovered that if you are going to make the sky your limit, you might as well fly! And thanks to Naperville resident, Judy Teske, we got a hint of just where to go! Whooohooo!
If you have the kind of kids that literally climb the walls, swing from the chandeliers, and are upside down more than they are right side up – Trapeze School was made for you! Open to kids as young as 6 years old, this is fantastic family fun and an incredible adrenaline rush! It is also open year round. So, in the doldrums of the winter months you can head to the indoor location on Broadway; yet in the beauty of the summer months, you can fly at the outdoor location near the lakefront!
Our fearless leader Tessa ran up the ladder, proceeded to attempt double back flips, and was ready for just about anything that involved defying the natural boundaries of gravity. Marissa on the other hand was not so sure after climbing just 4 steps of the ladder. But, many thanks to a staff that is obviously use to not only working with children, but also working with those that may be afraid of heights, Marissa not only made it to the top but soared in the air and kept coming back for more, earning herself the Most Improved Award.
The class slowly increases your difficulty from flying independently to catch and releases with a trainer on the opposite trapeze. That millisecond that you are flying freely in the air before the trainer confidently grabs your arms is AMAZING! There is also a staff photographer available to capture every facial expression and heart pounding moment of your graceful (or perhaps not so graceful) journey throughout trapeze school. The two hour morning class left us feeling on top of this world and with Groupon and Living Social Deals, this adventure can be affordable. In addition, if take a morning class and include a day in the city of visiting other free Chicago attractions like Millennium Park, Buckingham Fountain, Lincoln Park Zoo, and Oak Street Beach – this makes for a perfect summer weekend activity! - Kristen Kucharski
Indoor and Outdoor trapeze training for ages 6 to adult. Flying trapeze options include classes for all levels (first-timers and beginners welcome) as well as intensive multi-session workshops for more advanced flyers.
Location: Outdoor - Belmont Harbor in Lincoln Park, N. Lake Shore Drive at W. Belmont Avenue in Chicago. Indoor – Broadway Armory Park, 5917 N. Broadway Street in Chicago
Hours: Class schedule varies – see website for details
Prices: Prices vary based on class selection – see website for details