The Elephant test was a success.
Next stop: the first circus for the kids.
1. The cheap toys guaranteed to break five minutes after purchasing are still coveted by children of all ages.
Immediately upon entering the arena, booths and walking vendors greeted us with flashing toys, stuffed animals, and balloons – all of which my children immediately wanted. I can’t blame them – I remember doing the same when my G-ma took me the last time. I had already declared this a “special day” and had brought cash for this express purpose.
I wanted the gift to last beyond the show, so I had the caveat that only if he was well behaved would he get a toy before we left.
It did break within the first week, but CG repaired it.
Thanks to this toy, my son has begun his Jedi training. But it is super special Jedi training: it can only happen in the dark….The Tackler Enters Jedi Training
2. There is pre-show, intermission, and post-show “entertainment”. And by “entertainment” I mean high priced activities like the shortest ever pony rides, elephant rides, and camel rides.
For the children like The Tackler who prefer their animals at a distance? A giant inflatable tiger slide: only $6 to go down the slide three times.
It was a special day. The Tackler’s “treat” was one round of the slide, after which he was confused why he could not go again.
Lil Diva said she wanted to ride the ponies, so I was excited. However, I learned that riding the ponies is like her love of dogs: good only at great distances. When our long wait ended and it was her turn, she transformed into cling wrap and cried, as though the pony ride she’d requested was actually torture.
To my absolute shock – they do (and did) refund unused tickets.
3. They play music way too loud. The Tackler had his ears covered for first twenty minutes and whined, because he hates loud music in unfamiliar locations (at home, he never seems to mind). Maybe longer. I’m not sure because Lil Diva was on my lap, but The Tackler was on the other side of my husband.
Lil Diva was a bit concerned and bored for the first ten minutes, because for some reason the Shriner’s had to introduce themselves and their officers – not exactly exciting stuff. The tigers were the third act and once they arrived Lil Diva had adapted to the loud music and was riveted by the show.
4. The elephants are better at gymnastics than I am. I’m lucky if I can execute a handstand for more than a second.
Also? Lil Diva loved them. LOVED them.
5. The biggest animal hit was not an elephant or a tiger: it was a dog… dressed an elephant.
There was a single clown, a basket of stuffed animals, and a giant winder thingy (think akin to what you’d see on a giant wind-up toy) to pretend to bring the stuffed animals to life. After each failure, he would kick the stuffed animal away.
When it was the stuffed elephant’s turn, to our shock and the children’s absolute delight, it came alive, winning the prize as not only the cutest thing ever, but the best trained animal I have ever seen in playing dead. Or stuffed.
6. Whatever you call double circle spinning thing, where the guy explores weightlessness inside and outside the circle, then while juggling and then while juggling things on fire = awesome.
The Tackler and Lil Diva gave his performance ten fingers up.
Although The Tackler, for all his talk of lava and fire, was genuinely scared for the guy when he juggled the flames.
7. It is possible to transform a four an half year old from alive to skeleton in under a minute via face paint.
This is especially true of you have a long line of kidsholding tickets that equal money.
This paint will also rub off at the slightest touch.
But the pure joy over the transformation: priceless.
8. Motorcycle stunts are awesome.
The three guys jumping and doing stunts were also popular with the kids, although I think The Tackler was covering his ears during part of it.
9. The giant cannon is a lot like a water slide: only it is boring, takes about three seconds for the actual feat, and is loud.
The Tackler, now finally told to cover his ears, was not amused. I’m pretty sure he was scared enough at the possible sound, he was buried into my husband and missed the entire stunt.
I got creative, because it’s really hard to cover your two year old’s ears and your own ears at the same time – particularly when said child is trying to escape aforementioned ear covering.
10. You cannot do the circus without copious amounts of junk food.
Hot dogs. Nachos. Popcorn.
You can’t say no, because the circus is like going to a fair: the junk food is part of the experience.
My children inherited the Shovel the Popcorn Into Your Mouth as Fast as Possible talent from my side of the family.
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Do you or your children have a favorite circus memory or act?