Friday I went to the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus with my family after a long and busy week.
The circus’ theme is ‘Legends’ and features an intrepid and at times comical explorer out in search of, well, the legendary.
Wonder Boy was entranced from the opening parade around the arena floor, jumping up and down and cheering.
His favorite act, however, was the motorcycles riding around in a steel cage.
I think it was mine too!
Wonder Boy got a little overwhelmed, but really got into the animal acts, watching from our laps and clapping with the audience on occasion.
One of the reasons I was so excited to go to the Legends show was to see their unicorn- something advertised along with their winged horse that was all in the posters.
I wont ruin the ebony suprise for you, but this one was much more like the graceful horse- like creature of my dreams
We had to leave after intermission, but even that length of time was a full adventure for my 1 and 4 year olds. We saw elephants, lions and tiges, motorcycles, jugglers, dancers, acrobats, horseback riders and many clowns.
Tips for the circus
- Bring a sweatshirt- Citizen’s Bank Arena is COLD. We found out we were under a vent or something, everyone sround us in long sleeves were complaining as much as we in t-shirts.
- Souveniers are expensive… T-shirts are around $25, but the show’s DVD was $15. I fell in love with a stuffed elephant for $34, but the boys would have demolished it.
- Eat before you come, but save some room for popcorn or something. Theres plenty of people walking around before he show and intermission, bring cash. We got a souvenir cup of lemonade for $10.
- The show is pretty long- intermission was around 9 p.m. For our 7:30 start time.
- Get there really early! Take time to check put the animals before you walk in ( no reentry) and spend time on the arena floor during the pre-show to try on costumes, meet circus performers and more. We watched an elephant paint a picture.
- There are a lot of protesters around the circus, so be prepared for that. They weren’t disruptive though.