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Up until last week, I had never seen a Cirque du Soleil show. People always look at me blankly when I say that. I’ve been to Vegas once, but the Cirque du Soleil show there was sold out and I was really bummed. I’ve been determined to see one of their traveling shows here in the Seattle area. So, when I was invited to attend opening night of Cirque du Soleil’s Luzia, we dropped everything to attend.

Cirque du Soleil Luzia
Before the show, several cast members were available for photos.

Opening night was an experience within itself. There were several performers roaming around in front of the entrance entertaining the crowd and posing for photos. Once we entered the Big Top, it really felt like we were at the circus. There were souvenir booths filled with brightly colored items and lots of popcorn! The crowd was a mix of people coming from work, those wearing “Northwest Chic” casual wear, and those who really got in the spirit of Cirque du Soleil. When we got to our seats, I was surprised how intimate the space was knowing that it can seat 2,600 people. The air was filled with energetic anticipation for the show.

Cirque du Soleil Luzia
A lifeguard struts about on a buoy among the waves in
a tribute this time to Mexican cinema of the 1920s.

The 3 best words to describe the show are: Mesmerizing, Beautiful, and Awe-Struck. Luzia is set in fantastical Mexico full of vibrant colors and powerful music. They did a wonderful job of incorporating unique aspects of Mexican culture, including Mexican wrestling, golden age of Mexican cinema, football, Day of the Dead and more.

The costumes themselves are worth drooling over. In one of the first acts, a woman dons a butterfly dress that is massive and full of movement. There are quite a few bird costumes that are spectacular. The real show-stopper was the white dress that magically bloomed red flowers.

The best part of the show in my opinion was the use of water. The name Luzia is a combination of the word luz (meaning light in Spanish) and iluvia (meaning rain.) I live in Seattle and opening night was one of the first evenings it wasn’t raining in what felt like eons. So, of course Cirque du Soleil brought the rain inside. The way they incorporated the water into the show was exquisite and not only did it add another level of wonder to the performances, but also allowed for some humor.

An artist enveloped in a mystical aura amid glowing candles puts his body in knots with astounding ease and flexibility.

I looked around throughout the show and saw quite a few small children. There were a few parents who were wearing their babies and toddlers in baby carriers, which I thought was a great idea. I also saw kids curled up in their seats nodding off after intermission.

Overall, I would definitely recommend Cirque du Soleil’s Luzia to families with children. I also highly recommend to parents as an unforgettable date night worthy of hiring a sitter. As soon as the show ended, I told my husband I couldn’t wait to see the next one!

Opening Night of Cirque du Soleil Luzia
Meeting more performers before Opening Night of Cirque du Soleil’s Luzia.

5 Tips for Bringing Children to Cirque du Soleil’s Luzia

  1. The Big Top never gets too dark.
  2. The music isn’t too loud (and there are no loud noises to startle kids)
  3. They offer seat cushions (plus there isn’t a bad seat in the house)
  4. The stage rotates on a turntable for most of the show, so kids can see different perspectives.
  5. The evening show ran from 8pm-10:30pm and I saw quite a few sleepy kids. I’d recommend the earlier shows for younger kids so they won’t miss out.

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I received complimentary tickets to Cirque du Soleil’s Luzia in exchange for an honest review.


Marcie writes the family travel blog Marcie in Mommyland. When she's not traveling the world, she's home in Seattle with her husband and two little boys.


  1. Janet Earling-Bencivenni Reply

    I’ve never been to Cirque du Soleil, either. Maybe I will have to go the next time it is in town.

    • marciecheung Reply

      Do it! I didn’t understand what the fuss was until I saw it. Absolutely stunning!

  2. I have never been! It sounds really fun and entertaining though! We had it here in toronto, ON Canada a few times never had the chance to go.

  3. Cirque su Soliel puts on the BEST shows. I haven’t seen one in a few years, but would LOVE to see this one!!

  4. This looks like so much fun! I saw a Cirque du Soleil show a few years ago and it was amazing. Thank you for sharing your experience!

    • marciecheung Reply

      I’m curious how they shows differ. Luzia was visually stunning!

  5. I’ve always wanted to go to the show. It looks like you had a fantastic time and thank you for the tips .

  6. I remember seeing a Cirque show many years back and loving it. I highly recommend going to anyone who hasn’t. I don’t know if I would take little kids to it but I think older kids would really appreciate the beauty and spectacle of it all.

  7. Amazing! Catching a Cirque show is on my bucket list. I bet my kids would find this so fascinating!

    • marciecheung Reply

      They will be mesmerized! It’s truly stunning!

  8. I saw a cirque show when I was younger and still remember how incredible it was. Would love to take my kids to see one sometime, this sounds really awesome.

  9. This looks so amazing! I’ve been to Cirque de Soleil in Orlando & it was super awesome! It is such a cool experience, and I bet for kids, it’s even more fun. Love your pics, too!

  10. Oh fun!! I saw Cirque De Souleil at DisneyRown in Orlando but I’m sure it’s nothing like this. The costumes are super gorgeous!

  11. Angela Reply

    This sounds amazing! I saw their La Nouba show in Orlando twice and absolutely loved it!!

  12. Cirque du Soleil is always a masterpiece! I love all the amazing theatrics and costumes. I haven’t been in ages but it’s on my list to visit!

    • marciecheung Reply

      I loved the music, the costumes and the acrobatic feats!

  13. What a beautiful experience this was! I don’t think I’ve seen Cirque du Soleil and it would be nice to watch this with my kids. Thanks for the tips about bringing the kids as well. This is going to be exciting.

  14. I have been dying to see a show like this. Sounds like you had an amazing time. Good tips about bringing children (or not). I definitely wouldn’t have thought it would be a great idea until I read this.

    • marciecheung Reply

      Yes, I think it totally depends on your kids, but it was really engaging.

  15. Oh how! It definitely looks like it was a beautiful show! Would you believe I’ve never been to one?!

    • marciecheung Reply

      I hadn’t either and people looked at me like I was a hermit!

  16. We have been to one cirque show and I’m so glad to read that this newest one is ok for kids too. Mine love the amazing acrobatics and I hope we get a chance to attend this one.

  17. Wow it looks like so much fun! I’ve always wanted to attend one of those with my kids. I think they would love it! They might get a little scared though.

    • marciecheung Reply

      This one wasn’t very scary. I think the giant bugs was the only semi-scary part.

  18. This show looks really good! I love Circ shows. I can’t believe some of the things that they do!

    • marciecheung Reply

      I know! The performers are so athletic and talented!

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