I get excited like a kid because my house looks over a main railway into the city, the same railroad that brings the Circus to town. Yes I’m the one jumping up in down in her kitchen doing the dishes when the Ringling Brothers and Barnum and Baily train goes by.
Atlanta Moms on the Move was asked to check out opening night for the Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus. After scrambling to get down there after I got off of work and the children feed we finally got there. The kids were extremely excited about going to the show. My little girl only wanted to see the Elephants. That the one thing she kept telling everyone for a week before the show.
There are a few things I want to point out so that you are well aware for your visit.
First one, bring cash. The Parking lot for the Phillips Arena does not take cards and you can’t back up. Thank goodness my partner in crime had cash on her. The second thing be aware that there may be protesters out front screaming at you and your children. I tell you this because it can be overwhelming for a small child. I suggest entering through the CNN building food court. It will allow you to avoid their assigned area all together.
On to the good stuff. When you first get in you will be faced with the tables and tables of branded toys that flash, spin and look cool to a 3 year old! I broke down and bought my daughter something. It was her first circus and I wanted her to stay amused the whole time since naps didn’t happen that day. After finding our seats right in time for the show to start, it was met by very enthusiastic expressions all over the arena. The show started at 7:30pm which to me is ok for a special night out but We didn’t get out of there until 10pm. It was a long evening. There were a few spots I thought could have been cut short or combined with other acts. The main highlights of the night seemed to be the Elephants, the Motorcycle cage and the Tigers. I saw more kids (and parents) on the edge of their seats during those acts more than others.
There is an intermission half way through so you can grab a snack or potty break. I still think they could have shortened the whole evening because there were some kids falling asleep in their parents arms. Mine was almost there.
All in all though it was a great night. My daughter came home and told her Dad all about it and is still talking about it. Go check out the “Greatest Show on Earth!” For more information please check out our previous post, which includes ticket information as well.