Tuesday, September 24, 2013

The Greatest Show on Earth: Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey® Circus DRAGONS review!

Disclosure: In exchange for an honest review, I received free tickets for my family to attend this event. However, the opinions expressed below are my own.

I remember loving the circus as a child. I was so excited to take our kids to see it recently when Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey® Circus Presents Dragons came to the Sprint Center. But nothing could have prepared me for how amazing it was to see Grace experience the wonder of the Greatest Show on Earth for the first time.

Being that she's only 2, I couldn't really explain to her the full magnitude of what she was about to experience. The opening number was magnificent and captured her attention.

She sat in mesmerized silence and watched every second of it.


I could tell that she was going to love the circus!

Grace is an animal lover and so it was no shock to me that most of her favorite acts were the animal ones. She is still talking about the Cossacks act with the acrobatics on horseback.

I wish I had a better picture of the Big Cats portion of the show, but oh my word it was amazing. I love tigers and could have watched them perform for hours. Alexander Lacey has trained them to do some truly impressive things. I was actually nervous for him at one point because one of the tigers knocked him over. I have no idea if it was part of the act or not, but he recovered quickly and we all loved his portion of the show.
"Roars Daddy, look!"
The elephants were of course a favorite. Who wouldn't love watching them? It's impossible not to smile as you watch them prance across the ring in a line. And watching them pose and bow was amazing. Grace was talking to them the entire time, I have no idea what she was telling them but she was loving every second of it.
 

 The surprising hit of the night for Grace was Troupe Scala. These acrobats did incredible stunts!
Grace got so excited when they would do a stunt. When they stuck their landings, this is what she would do:
Every time. And she would yell "Yay!"

It was way past Connor's bedtime and he hadn't napped well, so I wasn't surprised when he was really fidgety for most of the show. He didn't want to sit still and I honestly didn't think he would make it through the whole show. But just at the very end, his attention was caught by the Torres Family Motorcycle Act. Both kids watched intently as they rode 8 motorcycles in a 16 foot steel sphere! I wish I had a picture of it.
The yawn was before the motorcycle act
There were so many amazing acts, those are some of just the highlights. My only critique was the use of the song "I'm Sexy and I Know It" in the dancing portion of the show. As a show developed for kids, I feel like that was an unnecessary and inappropriate addition.

I can't wait to take our kids back to the circus next year!

Disclosure: In exchange for an honest review, I received free tickets for my family to attend this event. However, the opinions expressed below are my own.

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