Last night I took my son to the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus and I can happily say, I had a blast. I was a little worried because I was supposed to go with my wife and son, but when my wife had to work late, I got a little nervous. You see I live about 45 minutes from the Honda Center in Anaheim and in LA traffic that can mean anywhere from 45 minutes to two hours. Fortunately, what started as a skeptical evening ended up being a great night out with the boys.
We had been invited by Mom Central and Feld Entertainment to attend a special pre show, followed by an official pre show, which all ticket holders are invited to attend, then the actual show itself. Both pre shows were an amazing opportunity to experience the circus like never before. Circus clowns, jugglers, elephants, dogs, zebras, oh my!! They were all available for meet and greets, autographs and photos before the show. This was an unexpected and nice touch that really created a comfortable and special atmosphere. For young children like my almost three year old son, I think it helped him feel comfortable in what must have been a very strange. colorful, night.
The show began shortly after and I have to say, all my circus stereotypes flew out of my head. See, here is my confession. I had been to the circus when I was about 4 or 5 years old. From what I remember, it was fun, but it was closer to the circus you see in scary Hollywood movies - slightly run-down, falling apart, tired animals, an older ringmaster and slightly spooky talent. I am pleased to say that rather than replicate a circus seen in the movies, this is a circus FOR the movies. With influences ranging from Cirque du Soleil to Asian acrobats, this is no Dumbo's circus. The Zingmaster is amazingly talented, energetic and young - full of energy and leadership to keep the crowd entertained throughout the evening. My son was mesmerized by the elephants, especially when one disappeared, and loved the dogs as they jumped through hoops and slide down slides just like he does at Gymboree! I could go on and on, but don't want to give anything else away so that you can check it out for yourself!
One final point about boys night out for which I am even more amazed and grateful for my son - after driving for a half an hour, I had the sneaking suspicion I was driving the wrong way when my son said "mama and papa live far away". We need a mousekatool (From the Mickey Mouse Club House television show) to get home." I realized that yes, we had been driving for a while and noticed that indeed, we were headed in the wrong direction on the wrong freeway!! I quickly corrected my mistake and we were home shortly after. All I can say is who needs a GPS when you have a savvy son!