Friday Four: Review: DRAGONS (Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus)

The Ringling Brothers Barnum and Bailey DRAGON circus was amazing!  It was everything the media said that it would be and more!
The kids and I went to the circus last night. What a treat!arttrider
The night started with a introduction, question and answer animal clinic. We got a chance to see a few of the animals and their trainers. I thought it was great timing for the kids to maximize what we have been covering this week in home school. One question in particular that I found to be of most interest was how do you control them? The Russian trainer said “with food!” We could clearly see that, as after every single trick, the animals directed himself toward the trainers waist purse or hand for a reward.Cool right?
After that, we went straight into the pre show.  It was almost like a carnival. There was a drawing elephant, jugglers, and even brightly colored clowns walking around saying hello and welcome. We even got to play dress up in the clowns mobile closet. clowns girl walk
After a few amazing stunts, it was time to start the show! We watched them summon the dragons with acts of strength, couragewisdom and heart ( which happens to be traits required to summon the dragon.)
 The frenzied motorcycle Globe of Steel was one of my most favorite moments. They had 8 bikers in the globe at one time.  It seemed impossible. But they did it and I watched it with my own eyes!     My older daughter thought the first roar the tiger made toward the tamer was interestingly scary .When he asked if we were scared. I thought to myself, Not really! We were outside the gate, by the time that big Mufasa looking lion got finished nibbling in him, we would be way in the elevator at least.
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The smaller boys were completely captivated by all of  the daring acts of the troupes, the skillful and graceful trapeze artist and the thrill riding on the tightrope.
Something else that was nice to see were the new animals they brought along. There was a lama, a few donkeys and the cutest ponies. It was the best ever- not your ordinary circus show at all.
Act after act ….was beauty and majestic! As for the ending….. I won’t ruin it for you, but know that it was pretty big. The crowd was screaming in joy and you’ll see why- trust me! So, go ahead and get your tickets. Thinking about the crowd and seating last night it appeared to be a sell out show.
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Here are my top four reasons to go watch the Ringling Brothers Barnum and Bailey DRAGONS show:
1. This year, the cats and dogs stole the show!
2. The live music was incredible.
3. The circus included interactive exercising during the pre show and engaged so many young kids to join in.
4. Parents get 190 minutes (give or take) to unwine. The kids will be well entertained.
Remember that you get  HALF OFF kids tickets to the show by using the promocode KIDS at Ticketmaster online or by calling 1-800-745-3000 (Note: ticket offer is not valid on Circus Celebrity, Front Row, or VIP seating. Additional charges may apply.. Valid on all performances except opening night. Other restrictions apply including No double discounts. The circus will be at the Time Warner Arena through Sunday, February 3rd. Tickets are on sale now–get them now while they are still available! Share your favorite circus moments with us on Facebook!
Till next time, QC Supermom
Disclosure: My family and I received complimentary tickets to the show to facilitate this review. No Monetary compensation was received. But in no way has it influenced my opinions and thoughts of Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey DRAGONS.

Ringling Bros.Barnum & Bailey FULLY CHARGED circus-Review

Opening Night was a BLAST!!!

It seemed as though this day would NEVER come. We were counting down the days on the c alendar and everything! ALL 6 of us. From the 2.5 yearold to the 12 year old.  When the morning of the circus came, we couldn’t leave S.C. fast enough.

Since they offered a pre-show we took advantage of it. We seen the small elephant with his easel. Amen, our birthday boy, had a chance to get spiffy in the performing cast’s creative wardobe. The kids even got a chance to get in a photo with the “tall man”, that was there.  It was AWESOME.

They opened with a huge electrical plug; and why not? the theme after all is “FULLY CHARGED!” And that is exactly what they were for the entire show. Fully Charged bills itself as the most electrifying edition of the circus ever presented, and the entire storyline revolves around energy, and boy did they have LOT’s of it!

All the performers were fabulous- costumes and all! The look of the clowns has been heavily updated to appear a bit more hip hop and less traditional. The tigers, elephants, and horses were all beautiful and behaved perfectly.  The live acts were even more death-defying ! We loved every moment of the show, and I clare it looked like a sold-out show.

EVERYONE had a favorite part of the show. Me being the mom, I appreciated the live music, the imaganitive play, and the non stop action that satisfied everyone. I’m always looking for affordable and  smart ways to nuture their social wellness and last night, by far was a winner! I can’t imagine ever missing it!

My 12 year old loved the different clowns and the animals; even the tight rope walkers thrilled her.  I honestly thought that the tiger show was the highlight for her. She was at the tip of her seat for the whole act.

My 11 year old, Cassie, she’s a bit of a critic, her’s what she said” The clowns made transitioning from one act to the next very fun. The ringmaster was good, but the clowns stole the show! The only reason I did not give this circus 5 stars was because it lacked the swinging trampeze.” (I’m thinking about getting her a blogg going. Does she have an opinion or what?) She also warns: the people selling lemonade, snow cones and cotton candy do not give change so an 8 dollar snow cone becomes 10 if you dont have exact change.

My 5 year old, Eaim- I will never forget the look on my sons face through the whole show. I didn’t hear a word from him…..and that’s a great thing. He compared himself to the strong men.  They were built like sumo wrestlers, the men performed classic feats of strength during their main performance.

My newly 3 year old, Amen  began his night sort fustrated because he got a few no’s that day, but that changed quickly & his attention was held and challenged the entire time!

Even my 19 month old loved it. He even made a new friend.

I’ve included a few bits and peices from the show, but you’ll have to grab a few tickets go your self with your lil one! MY KIDS AND I HAD A BLAST!! Hope you get a chance to enjoy it also!!!!

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Yep, we had a ball and so did our winner, Mrs Valerie Mason. I copied  and edited this from her Facebook page:

Valarie MasonWe were in section 108.. We had an awesome time… thanks again Kelle!!

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  • Valarie MasonOur seats were superb!! I’ll definitely be a QC Supermom contest stalker 🙂 for a loooooong time coming….

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                                                                                     This really is The Greatest Show On Earth.

Now folks, don’t get upset, you can STILL see the show before it leaves AND with a discount, Just  use the QC Supermom code “BIGTOP.”

Did I tell you about that guy that caught on fire & flew thru the air ?……………………………

Here’s your Ringling Bros Contest reminder…….. It’s coming!

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Print the sheet your your lil one!


Do you love the circus? I admit, I never went as a child. I’ve been going for 3 years now & have yet to be disappointed! As I heard this show is going to be out of this world! Children of all ages will enjoy acts from groups around the world, filled with stunsts and dare-devilry!! Come and see Tabayara, a dynamic animal trainer whose rare ability to communicate with animals allows him to ride rearing stallions at a fully charged gallop and orchestrate majestic four-ton Asian Elephants in a symphony of dance. Amazing!

I’m really looking forward to joining my Supermoms on Wednesday February,1st 2012 at 6 p.m.

I have ONE  set of  “family four-packs” of tickets to give away for Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey’s. Each pack includes a awesome resepction before the show on opening day, PLUS  the joy of hanging with me and my munchkins (the tickets are much higher value, I know.)

Here’s how to win: Comment below or on my Facebook page with the your desire to win or your favorite post from QC Moms in the past month. Just briefly let us know why it’s your favorite, by Tuesday, Jan. 31- NO exceptions! (The more entries you make the better your chances are for winning!)

You MUST be able to pick up your tickets at Time Warner Cable Arena, in Charlotte.

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**You can get a discount to these awesome shows by using: BIG TOP as your discount code.