Friday, July 12, 2013

Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus Still The Greatest Show on Earth After 143 Years

Family Entertainment

I have been compensated for this post

I feel like a kid again because Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey 143rd Annual Circus just came to town!  In fact, as a mom blogger I was invited for press night last evening to bring my family to see the opening performance. Major media celebrities were also in abundance at this Los Angeles event in the shadow of the Hollywood sign: Mario and Courtney Lopez, Gena Lee Nolin, Taylor Armstrong and Brandi Glanville to name a few.
Image from Ringling Bros.
You can see it too. Shows are running through August 4 with the circus now on tour throughout Southern California from Staples Center Los Angeles to Citizens Bank Arena Ontario to Honda Center Anaheim.
My son who loves trapeze checks program,
This year's theme is Built to Amaze. The idea is carried throughout the live extravaganza with just about everything that comes to mind when you think of construction work. Black and white striped barricades, orange pilon cones and flashing warning lights, front loader trucks, detour signs, silly painters flinging paint everywhere -- you name it, if it has to do with building it was probably in this show. 

One thing I was really impressed by -- since I come from a musical family -- is that there live music accompanies all the excitement thanks to the talents of the Ringling Bros. Band that plays the whole show, enhancing the experience. You want to know something else amazing? Both producers of this pull-out-all-the-stops circus performance are women: the brilliant and creative sister team Nicole Feld and Alana Feld and Ringling Bros. has been in their family for multiple generations.
Me enjoying the show last night,
You're going to smile too
When you see last nite's opener on

During the Circus All-Access Preshow on the arena floor that began an hour before the performance there was so much fun stuff going on. It was literally a three-ring circus before the circus show!
There was the chance for kids to dress up in real circus costumes, an elephant that really paints like in the movie My Lucky Elephant, and the opportunity to get up close and meet the show's talented performers, among many more activities than anyone can do in just 60 minutes.
The two hour show included a brief intermission and featured non-stop entertainment and fun. From the brave aerial artists on the flying trapeze and the daring highrise tightrope double decker walk, to a bouncy trampoline troupe and wacky basketball players on unicycles, to choreographed dancing horses, roaring tigers, high energy poodle doing dog tricks, and elephants prancing around the ring trunk to tail style, to clowns having a faux paint fight, and a man on the highest stilts ever, Ringling knows how to engage an audience like few others.
Words just don't do this show justice. You really have to see it with your own eyes to truly appreciate all that is here. So enjoy all the photos and video in this post that I shot last night because this is still -- after close to 150 years -- the Greatest Show on Earth for Kids of All Ages! 

Better yet, if you are lucky enough to be in Southern California hurry and grab tickets for you and your kids so you can experience it yourself. Check show dates for your local area and get ticket information here.
FTC Disclosure: This is a compensated post, however opinions are my own. I received Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey tickets to take my own family to this circus in exchange for covering the event and hosting a circus ticket giveaway. See complete FTC Disclosure information that appears at the bottom of MommyBlogExpert's main page and at the bottom of every individual post on this blog, including this one.

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