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Omg! Where do I even start with this post?!?! So much awesomeness to tell y'all & so many pictures to share that you will literally feel like you were with me.
I guess I will start out by saying thankyou to Ringling Bros for inviting us out for a night full of fun in Pittsburgh. There show "Legends" is now touring the US and I couldn't have been more thrilled to receive an email inviting my Lil'Princess to come see the show.
My daughter has been watching circus YouTube videos ever since I told her that some of the zoo animals also live at the circus, so this invite really couldn't have come at a better time. Haylie just loves all things animal & finally being 3, this would also be a huge test for our family to see if she really could handle a real show.
Being a blogger in a smallish area, I get invited to a lot of events because, well minus a handful of others, I'm it for local bloggers lol. I turn down a lot of really cool invites because I just don't know if my child would stay interested in whatever it is. My worst nightmare would be to be someplace totally awesome & have my toddler hate the event. How do I write up that kind of review? Sorry your show totally rocked but my impatient toddler wants to wander because well #ToddlerLife? I rather just avoid all that nonsense!
& before one of you "know it all" moms cues in with kids need to get use to things to like things etc....We actually have been everywhere from Seaworld to Legoland, you name it we have probably been there. My child is a travel guru & so well behaved! But regardless of her fantastic behavior, we always encountered the same issue when taking her to cool things. No matter how excited my child would be to be somewhere, her attention span was like 5 minutes. Any live "show" longer than that and Ughhh.... She would want to get out of her seat... Or even worse.... Ask for her iPad *facepalm*... Like who asks for an iPad at Disney?!?! WHO?!?!
But this time was different! We got to the circus & she actually went to her seat! And even better... She sat THE ENTIRE TIME!!!!! Didn't even ask for the stupid iPad once. Victory was ours!!!! More things like this coming to the blog soon folks. Haylie gave us the green light. She grew up ;-)
Haylie's all time favorite part was the lions & tigers! We are a total cat family so this took me by no surprise at all. The look on her face when she saw not only 1 large kitty, but amillion.... Priceless :) Wish we could of brought them all home for her.
My favorite part had to be the elephants! When I think circus I think elephants & honestly I couldn't believe how many elephants they actually had in the show. Pretty sweet to see 5 when you were only expecting 1 or 2!
And for all you circus haters, I've got some news for you! Ringling Bros has the largest and only sustainable herd of Asian elephants in the Western Hemisphere.
The Ringling Bros also own the Ringling Bros. Center for Elephant Conservation which is located in Central Florida.
Twenty-nine elephants currently live there, and 13 more will join the group by 2018, after Ringling Bros. decided this year to stop using elephants in its traveling circus.
So yay for all you animal rights people & yay for me & Haylie for being able to see the elephants before they retire to the conservation.
And next we have a little trapeze action!!! What would a circus be without a trapeze show? Always a highlight of any type of circusy event! Those peeps have some serious talent that's for sure.
Next we will add another kitty picture because we are a cat family & the more kitty pics, the better right ;-) Rawrrrrrr
Are you a doggie kinda fam? The circus has some pretty talented pooches as well!
Now on to the motorcycles. This for some reason made my daughter laugh nonstop!!!! She was non stop giggles the entire time these dudes rode there bikes round and round. The funny thing is the kiddos behind us were giggling as well, so it must be a toddler thing!
What age would I say is the perfect age to attend?
Really any! I saw infants all the way up to senior citizens in the audience. If you have a sorta behaved super young one, go ahead and take them! The circus is as kid friendly as it gets. All parents, so a little fussiness will probably go unnoticed.
For my daughter, 3 really was the perfect age. Old enough not to wiggle & also old enough to sorta know what was going on so she didn't need me to narrate the whole show.
Is The Circus Coming To My City?
Good news is you can see Legends now- April 2016. Click the link below to see if they are coming to a city near you :)
Ringling Bros Circus Schedule
How Long Is The Circus?
I wasn't even planning on writing this in, but I have been asked by many people on my social pages, so I thought I would add this info for y'all :)
The first half is about an hour long. They then take an intermission, which at first sounds horrible, like who likes intermissions?!?! But with little ones, perfect for a potty break ;-) Then the 2nd half starts and goes for about another hour. Just long enough to feel you got your money's worth, but not to long for your child to get antsy.
Honestly I couldn't have had a better evening with my lil'family! My daughter had so much fun that we have been joking the past few days that she's going to run away from home and join the circus! I mentioned above that we have been fortunate to take Haylie many fantastic places all over the country, but she is currently acting like the circus is the best thing she has ever done in her life. Her preschool teachers & friends even know Haylie went to the circus because she liked it that much that everyone had to know she went lol....
The only negative thing I can think of, but it kind of turns to a positive....We were obviously given complementary tickets to share all this fabulousness with you, but when looking at the price per ticket online.... It did sound kind of pricey at first. The exact show we went to was $75 a person, but after thinking about it & realizing all the money Ringling Bros must use to take care of there animals & to fund the Elephant Conservation, not a bad price at all! I would rather shell out afew extra dollars knowing the animals are taken care of for life. I don't know, just peace of mind I guess. You just don't know if you were to attend some dinky little traveling circus how the animals are treated. Where do there elephants retire?
So I guess it is safe to say this family agrees that the Ringling Bros Legends show really is the greatest show on earth!
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11/6/2015 03:55:54 pm
We saw this show in Boston a few weeks ago and loved it. My kids were mesmerized the whole time.
11/6/2015 04:45:10 pm
That looks like so much fun. We love the circus. We've been to a couple, but we've never been to the big show.
11/6/2015 05:18:34 pm
I can't remember the last time I went to the circus to watch a show like this. It's really fun and exciting!
11/6/2015 06:25:26 pm
I am jealous. I really want to see this but no luck lol. You and your daughter looks fab!
11/6/2015 07:11:33 pm
I have not been to a Circus in over 12 years. As a kid I remember my father loved the Circus too.
11/6/2015 09:08:01 pm
It seems like all the stuff comes through here Pittsburgh at one time and then all the entertainment news is gone. We used to do this and then it just seems like I have not heard about it. I am glad you had fun.
11/6/2015 09:50:30 pm
I've only gone to a circus once in my life and that was when I was 5. You and you daughter look great and happy.
11/6/2015 10:26:53 pm
We love going to the circus the tigers are always my boys favorite part
11/6/2015 11:27:56 pm
I was sent a life long ticket to the circus shortly after I was born. I've actually never used it! This looks like fun though so maybe I will!
11/6/2015 11:46:17 pm
I went to the circus when I was a kid. It was a great time. amazing what those trapeze artists can do.
11/7/2015 12:15:23 am
Elephants are always my favorite part of the circus! It looks like you had a lot of fun!
11/7/2015 12:56:30 am
I would love to take my boys to the circus. The is none in my town.
11/7/2015 02:00:09 am
It is so sad to see animals entertaining people instead of being free!
11/7/2015 02:58:50 am
These really sounds so much fun, for sure my kiddos would enjoy watching circus.
11/7/2015 05:59:32 am
So much fun! We just love the circus :)
11/7/2015 06:10:22 am
this would be so much fun. I love this kind of event with my kiddos
11/7/2015 07:03:43 am
We just saw this show in Pittsburgh last night! The first half kept my 3 year olds attention but when intermission came, she thought the show was over and wanted to go home. Needless to say, the second half wasn't as enjoyable and thank God we had box seats so she could run around and I could still enjoy the rest of show. Like you, I will be watching for things to take my little one to now since she did very much enjoy it!
11/7/2015 08:35:15 am
Circus is so fun. It's good to know that Haylie enjoyed it. I think the twins are ready for this.
11/7/2015 09:20:02 am
I love the circus but haven't been in years! Thanks for sharing your fun
11/7/2015 12:48:33 pm
I have not seen a circus in ages. That show looked too fun. I hope they come here, too, so I can bring the twins.
11/7/2015 01:04:40 pm
WOW! This looks amazing! So envious of you! I moving to your neighbourhood! LOL
Looks like a wonderful show. I have never been to a big top circus before. I am glad to hear the Ringling Brothers have decided to stop using elephants in their traveling show. I love the trapeze arts and that is why I am a fan of Cirque du Soleil. I am glad that you and your family had a great time.
11/7/2015 01:32:27 pm
I am by no means a circus hater but I do not think a circus is an appropriate place for wild animals.
11/7/2015 02:45:04 pm
SO fun! And love your outfit!!
11/7/2015 02:46:02 pm
TOO COOL! I haven't been to the circus in so long...this makes me want to go again!
11/7/2015 03:23:50 pm
We haven't been to the circus, it's just not my thing. It looks like you guys had a lot of fun and yay for your toddler enjoying it! #parentingWIN
11/7/2015 04:20:05 pm
It looks like the Ringling Brothers & Barnum Bailey Circus the Legends was a great show to see. I used to love taking my kids and my sisters kids to the circus when they would come to town.
11/7/2015 06:07:58 pm
The Circus was always a family favorite. We used to go every year when the kids were little. It is a great way to spend a night with the family.
11/7/2015 06:28:14 pm
I see you guys had a great time!! Cute pics too!!
11/7/2015 07:25:34 pm
We saw this show and it was SO much fun!
11/7/2015 08:22:09 pm
That was so cool show, your family looks had fun and enjoyed experienced.
11/7/2015 09:51:06 pm
I wish I was there too, it looks really so much fun. This show was fantastic.
11/7/2015 09:53:11 pm
That's so entertaining. It's amazing how the dogs were trained for this performance. I like the vibrant colors of the circus.
11/7/2015 11:10:32 pm
It's been forever since I have been to the circus. I love all of the animals so much.
11/8/2015 12:45:57 am
always a geat place for memories - looks like you had a wonderful time
11/8/2015 06:26:19 am
I'm glad she loved it. I've never been to a circus, I want to go! :) And lol at the iPad/Disney thing. Been there, done that. ;)
11/8/2015 11:49:14 am
I haven't been to the circus in so incredibly long! Would love to go!
11/8/2015 03:11:25 pm
LOL I am one of those animal rights people so I was thrilled to learn a few months ago that they were going to phase out the elephants. Now, if they would take the same stance on the rest of the animals.
11/8/2015 03:12:52 pm
Glad you had fun at the circus looks like your daughter loved it.
11/8/2015 06:58:48 pm
My son loves the circus! We've never made it to a Ringling Bros circus, but we would love to someday!
11/8/2015 08:17:47 pm
You know what, I've never in my life been to the circus! I always feel kind of sad for the animals being forced to preform, but I'm pretty sure they're well-taken care of :) Looks like y'all had an amazing time!
11/8/2015 08:37:53 pm
My son is afraid of the circus, so we don't get to go very often. I used to love to see RB when I was a kid.
11/9/2015 01:44:07 am
I haven't been to the circus since I was little. I would love to take my son. I'll have to watch for tickets for our area.
11/9/2015 09:53:09 am
Glad your daughter is finally at the fun age where you can take her places. It's always nice when we can include them & not have to worry they're gonna melt down! :-)
11/9/2015 12:34:19 pm
I have never seen a Circus and really need to take my son
11/9/2015 01:38:41 pm
Wow that looks like an amazing experience!
11/9/2015 03:46:07 pm
This looks so fun! My kids would love it!
11/9/2015 07:44:34 pm
Love all your pics! Your lil princess looks like she really enjoyed herself. I went to a Ringling Bros Show when I was young and I loved it, I hope to take my son sometime soon. :)
Oh my gosh I'm so jealous right now!! I love Ringling Brothers - growing up my mom always took my sister and I to the shows. There are not many circus' out there that can match it but they never seem to come near where I live now. If they ever do I'm so there!
11/11/2015 10:51:34 am
This looks like so much fun. I think my girls are finally getting to the age where we can do something like this, and that is soooo exciting :)
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