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Kids get enchanted by Macao’s House of Dancing Water

If you’re in Macao with kids it’s worth taking the family to the US $250 million water extravaganza that is The House of Dancing Water.

Located in a purpose built arena in Macao’s City of Dreams, the visual spectacle was dreamed up by former Cirque du Soleil director Franco Dragone. On the night we attended, Leonardo Di Caprio was sitting a few rows behind, in town for the opening of Studio City, which made for a little extra excitement.

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The stage transforms into a 3.7 million gallon tank with brilliant choreography, magnificent visual effects and breathtaking air and water stunts. What ignited the kids’ imaginations and won their hearts is the love story between the Stranger and a Princess.

“Look mummy a ballerina Princess!” as my daughter folds her hands into mine. In the glow of the light I see the kids at the edge of their seats, enamored by a Princess who possesses powers to synchronise streams of water 18 metres high. She leaps over rainbow fountains and frolics in a dreamy water paradise with her swan-like sisters and like all fairy tales the Dark Queen arrives and captures her.

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In this enchanted world where giraffes roam, a tribe of acrobats defy gravity and a contortionist twists himself into a ball, the Stranger emerges as the soul survivor of the shipwreck. A mysterious Fisherman rescues him and together they free a captured Princess. For the briefest of moments the Stranger and Princess are happily in love.

Swiftly the Queen appears and recaptures the Princess, who vanishes high into the rooftops of the 270-degree view theatre. “No!” cries the kids in unison, their eyes glued to the ceiling and there’s a chuckle from the audience.

In order to rescue the Princess, the Stranger and his devoted Fisherman friend battle through water, desert and the Queens minions with stunning choreographed sequences.

There are acrobats soaring from straps, an incredible human chandelier and even motorcycle jumps. Rather than a jumble of circus acts, everything works seamlessly, carrying the hero’s through to the magnificent end scene.

A kid favourite was the comic relief provided by the Jester and his Queen who try dismally to control the House of Dancing Water, only to be deservedly drenched by a downpour of rain. The show does not have words and characters make gestures and noises and visually perform to an international audience, perfect for kids to follow along.

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The show ends with an astounding sense of satisfaction with a finale of synchronised swimmers, oversized sparkling disco balls and bejewelled dancers fanning ostrich feathers all accompanied to jazzy cocktail music, capped off by a high dive from 25 metres above the stage.

“That was so awesome!” squealed the kids. Every theatre performance should end this way. Find out what happens to the Fisherman, Princess and the Stranger at The House of Dancing water on your next holiday with kids in Macao after all it’s good enough for Leo!

Backstage and kids were able check out the submerged pirate ship in the huge pool, feathers and sequins on the costumes and head to the top to peer over the small platform where divers plunge into the water 25 meters below.

Afterwards visit the food court for a quick bite and play on the digital kiosks set up just for kids. Just across Cotai Strip at the Venetian Hotel, kids can take a gondola ride and end the night with an iconic Portuguese egg tart from Lord Stow’s Bakery.

Together we roam‘s Rene Young has travelled to 70 countries. When the Brisbane based blogger is not discovering Brisbane's street art, exploring Queensland or roaming the world with her five-year old son and three-year old daughter, she can be found indulging her love of reality TV.

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