Shortly after the quads were born, we sent letters to companies who have multiple birth programs. Within a few months, we received a handful of coupons and product samples. With our multiple birth offers, we also heard about the Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Baby’s First Circus program. Since Ringling believes that all children should experience the joy of the circus, every child under 12 months old and living in the United States is entitled to receive his or her first ticket for FREE. After receiving our vouchers, I cached them away to use when the kids could appreciate them. This summer proved opportune for the kids first circus. Shortly after celebrating the quads fourth birthday carnival style, Ringling’s Circus Extreme was in our area.
Despite seeing books and pictures about the circus, they really had no idea what to expect. After arriving at the venue, we saw the animal encounter exhibit where you can see all of the animals that will appear in the show (a lot like the zoo). Then, we headed to the area for the pre-show where we could see the performers and some of the props. None of the kids wanted to be too close to a clown, but Sydney tried on a cape from wardrobe.
As soon as we settled into our seats, the kids started complaining of hunger so I set off to grab the best concession for the price: popcorn and water. Harper made sure we got our money’s worth and didn’t miss a single kernel.
Once the show began, it was a tad dark and loud for the kids so I passed out ear plugs and glow sticks, which eased anxiety tremendously. In hindsight, I wish I’d brought flashier glow items too…the kids begged for the many light up souvenir items, but the price tags were ridiculous. The would’ve loved our dollar store wands just as much. Next time..
We were all thoroughly impressed and entertained by the eclectic performance which included everything from the traditional circus clowns to magical mermaids, trampoline gymnasts, and poodles.
What’s your favorite circus act? I was a bit partial to the poodles.