It’s not very often that I get to spend time with one of my best friends, and it’s not often I get one-on-one time with my oldest daughter. Until last night. Thanks to some generous promotional folks with Intrust Bank Arena and Cirque du Soleil‘s production Toruk (based on James Cameron’s Avatar) I was able to do both (as well as give away some tickets on my Facebook page). We all loaded up in my road-weary minivan, and headed to the big city for a night of entertainment and culture. We started with some sushi at Kanai, a great little place in Wichita that can serve as either a fancy date night locale, or an approachable place to bring older kids. The girls really enjoyed trying new things, the wait staff was extremely friendly, and got a big kick out of one of our girls accidentally trying to order sake (only she pronounced it like “for heaven’s sake”). Hilarious.
And before you think you’ve missed out, it’s not too late to get tickets! (Unless you read this on Jan. 30. Then you’ll have to travel to another city.) A couple of things to know before you go:
1. You can get $10 off tickets if you order from my special link here: https://www.cirquedusoleil.com/usa/wichita/toruk/buy-tickets/
2. It’s definitely a “family friendly” show as it’s advertised, but I think 7 and up is probably a good age. I saw younger kids there, but their attention span is only so long. And it could be over stimulating. Your call. (Autism/special needs parents: my high-functioning girl loved every bit of the show, but only you know your kid well enough to know how they’ll respond.)
3. Don’t expect the Avatar storyline. It’s more of a prequel or something. Still great, but know what you’re getting into.
4. Download the Toruk interactive app before you go. Once you’re in the arena, data was slow, so I wish I’d done it beforehand. You can always input your seat location later. It has fun features to use during the show, and it even lets you know when to head back to your seat from the bathroom! (And reminds you to visit the merch booth.)
If you’re looking for a unique family entertainment experience, I would definitely recommend Toruk. We felt transported out of our little town in our little state, to somewhere truly out of this world!