Today, we took my parents to the circus. They had asked for a "family day out" as their Christmas present this year, and tickets to the Ringling Bros. Barnum & Bailey Circus was our gift to my dad. So, we headed to Philips Arena this morning to see what happened under the Big Top!
We didn't really know what to expect - it has been a long time since any of us had been to the circus, so we really didn't know what it would be like. Katie Anne was really excited about the prospect of elephants and clowns, but that was about the extent of our expectations. Well, it was wonderful - we had such a great time! There was so much to see, and Katie Anne was amazed by it all. She literally sat on the edge of her seat the entire time. For the first half of the circus, she was so stunned by all the lights, tricks, animals, and clowns that she just stared at everything with an open-mouthed expression.
By the second half, she had gotten very into the storyline of Mr. Gravity vs. the circus "prince and princess" as she called the two main characters. She loved saying "Zing Zang ZOOM!" with the crowd to make the magic happen.
Her favorite parts were by far the animals - she loved the tigers and elephants the best, but she really adored any part of the circus that had animals. She also loved the clowns - so she didn't inherit Mommy's fear of clowns, so that's good! There was lots of exciting things happening every second, and the show was top-notch. We'd definitely go back and see the show again - we highly recommend it!
Gigi took Katie Anne to the toy shop before the circus started, and she picked out the baby white tiger with the pink carrier
The Joneses take circus watching very seriously
Everyone took a turn trying on the magic hat during intermission
The big finale - what a great show!