When I was little, it was a HUGE deal in our town to have the circus come. We'd get to watch the elephants pull the tent posts up, anticipating the time later that night that we'd be able to ride them at intermission.
I remember fantasizing about being in the circus, without the whole travel without your family bit of course, as the women in shiny tights and sequined outfits would stand up on the bare backs of their horses. Even when I read the book Geek Love as an adult, the allure of the circus was there.
While the circuses that came to our little niche of the world were not grand and were generally one ring, they were a circus nonetheless, and we were enthralled.
I have yet to take H and C to a circus, so was really excited when I got the notification from MomCentral that Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey would be coming to Boston this year. Not only that, but there is a program for children up to one year of age that allows them a free admission to see their first circus! Ahahahahahnd then, the code MCC gives you a 20% discount off certain ticket prices, making it an affordable event that will create lasting memories.
Although C is not yet old enough to appreciate it (he's free, so I don't care), I can't wait to see the looks of awe on H's face. he is fascinated with animals, and all that they do. He's seen Dumbo about a hundred times and can roar with the best of the tigers!
The code is valid for the circus shows in the following cities:
Indianapolis, IN - Sept. 4-7, 2008
Kansas City, MO - Sept. 10-14, 2008
Grand Rapids, MI - Sept. 18-21, 2008
Denver, CO - Oct. 2-13, 2008
Boston, MA – Oct. 8-13, 2008 (woo hoo!)
Cleveland, OH - Oct. 24 - Nov. 2
Chicago, IL - Nov. 6 - 30, 2008
St. Louis, MO - Nov. 6-9, 2008
Auburn Hills, MI - Nov. 12 - 16, 2008
Highland Heights, KY - Feb 27 - Mar. 1, 2009
Cincinnati, OH - Mar. 4 - 8, 2008