Thursday, September 18, 2014

Ringling Bros and Barnum & Bailey Presents Built to Amaze!

I received something of value from Feld Entertainment as part of their Insider Program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.

Last year we had the chance to take our kids to the circus for the very first time and I remember being so excited to see their reactions.They were beyond amazed by the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Presents Dragons show and Grace talked about it for weeks. When we got invited to go to the Sprint Center for the Kansas City stop of the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Presents Built to Amaze tour, I was thrilled and couldn't wait to attend as a family.

Grace has seen circus' in various shows that she watches so she had some idea of what was coming when I told her where we were going. Right before we left, I let her watch the preview and she talked the entire way there about seeing the elephants and horses. She is obsessed with horses right no so I knew from the start that the horse act would be popular.

We arrived at our seats with a few minutes to spare and the kids had fun watching the end of the pre-show festivities. They obviously had no interest in taking a picture so this is the best we got.

The opening number was delightful. The kids' eyes were glued to the performance as all of the cast sang and danced. When the elephants paraded around the stage, Grace's jaw literally dropped and she shouted "Look mama, elephants!!"

Their reaction to the opening act made me hopeful that the rest of the night would go perfectly. As soon as it was done, they clapped with huge smiles on their faces.

One thing I love about the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey circus is that they put on a fast paced show with almost no down time between acts. Keeping my little one's attention can be difficult and this show gave them no time to get bored. While they were setting up for the next act, another act would be performing in the air or in another part of the floor.

The opening number quickly transitioned into beautiful aerial work of the Kiev Aerialist Enchantresses. Grace was transfixed. She told me they were flying ballerinas and that she wanted to dance like that. They were gorgeous and graceful, so much fun to watch. Unfortunately, Connor didn't find them too interesting and started to get out of his seat to try to walk around. Keeping our almost 2 year old boy contained is difficult but we did our best. Luckily it wasn't long before the horses came out and both kids were excited to see them. The horse act was fun and kept the kids laughing. Grace thought it was absolutely the funniest thing ever when a horse didn't do what it was supposed to do.

The big cats act was by far my favorite of the night. Watching Tabayara Maluenda perform with these animals is amazing. Connor clapped when the tigers gave kisses and we all loved watching them jump and do their behaviors.

After the big cats act, Connor lost most of his patience. While Mike, Grace, and I enjoyed the various aerial and strength acts, he became increasingly grumpy and wouldn't sit still. To his credit, it was past his bedtime and these acts did seem to run for a long time. They were great for adults and older children but they didn't do much to keep his attention. The only bright spot for him towards the end of the first act was the King Charles unicycling basketball troupe. They were fun to watch but it was a bit hard to follow the ball from our seats.

By the end of the first act, it was obvious to us that Connor was not going to make it through another act. The finale number of the 1st act was a colorful, fun dance number that he barely made it through so we decided to leave at intermission.

I wish we wouldn't have had to leave but I thought it would be rude to those around us to try to make him stay. Grace got to see the elephants, horses, and tigers which is what she really wanted to see so she left extremely happy. Overall, we had a great time. I do think this show was aimed more towards older children due to the focus on the aerial and strength acts. Hopefully next year Connor will be better at sitting for long periods of time!

I know that Grace loved it because every single day since, she has asked to play circus. We set up her stuffed animals and they do tricks and parade around the house. She's even decided that when she grows up, she's going to be a lion tamer. I'm not so sure about the job ambition, but I love that she had such an amazing time. Thank you Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey for a great night!

For more information about the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus, visit their website and click here to purchase tickets for a performance in your area!

I received free tickets to this show from Feld Entertainment. No other compensation was received and all opinions are honest and 100% my own. 

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