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Saturday, August 27, 2011

Ringling Bros. Barnum & Bailey "Fully Charged" Review

Wow, my family and I had an awesome time tonight at the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey "Fully Charged" Circus! This was all of our first time going to a Ringling Bros. Circus show, and now I know why it's called "The Greatest Show on Earth"!

We arrived early so we could see the animals up close in the animal open house. This is free with admission, but you must arrive early (90 minutes) because after a certain time they close it to get the animals ready for the show. The boys really enjoyed seeing the animals before the show and were impressed with the tigers and elephants.

(My son holding his sno-fun in an elephant cup!)

"Fully Charged" couldn't be a more perfect name for the show. Every part of the performance is bright, energetic and lively. The show is very fast paced and entertaining. Usually during long periods my son will start to get fidgety, but he had no problem staying still for "Fully Charged". He was either cheering and applauding the performers or watching with anticipation!

We all loved the high-wire performance. It was four stories high and the performance was breath taking, seriously my husband held his breath the whole time. We were dazzled by four performers who walked, jumped and even rode a bike on the tight-rope high-wire.

The Tiger act was one of the boys favorites. They were amazed to see Tabayara (the tiger trainer) caged in with 12 tigers! They couldn't believe that the tigers listened to him and did as he said. This was a really fun performance.
My favorite act was The Human Fuse. Brain Maiser aka "The Human Fuse" was launched through the air from a crossbow. I've always heard about the human cannon in a circus show, so I was really excited to see this. Ringling Bros. took it to the next level, not only did Brain soar through the air but he did it WHILE on fire! Yes, they lit him on fire! We loved it!

My family and I had such a great time at the Circus tonight! I know the boys will have some great stories to share with their friends.

There's still time to visit the circus this weekend! Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey's "Fully Charged" Tour is in Bakersfield, CA with performances on Saturday, August 27th (times: 11:30 AM, 3:30 PM, and 7:30 PM) and Sunday, August 28th (times: 1:00 PM and 5:00 PM). Ticket prices range from $15-$65 and can be bought at Rabobank.

Disclaimer: Special thanks to our sponsors who arranged to have my family and I attend the show for free in order for me to write my review. No monetary compensation was given and all opinions are my own.



  1. Looks like you had fun! I haven't been to the circus in forever. I love Ringling Bros though!

  2. We love the Ringling Brother's Circus! We will be going this winter! Looks like it was awesome as usual!

  3. The elephant sno-cone cup is cute! I love the high wire acts too! Its amazing the balance they have!

  4. What fun memories you made at the circus! I think they are actually coming to our city soon, I will have to check out times and prices.

  5. LOVE LOVE the circus. It's been 9 yrs since we've attended one. Took my daughter back when she was 2 and my neice was 4. They loved it.

    Now I have 2 boys that certainly need to have their 1st experience at the circus

    looks like you had a great time

  6. This brings back so many memories! My dad bought me a snow cone at Ringling Brothers when I was 9 only mine was in a tiger cup. Your son's elephant one is cool! ;) Can't wait to take my daughter to The Greatest Show on Earth as soon as she's old enough to appreciate it.

  7. Can you belive I have NEVER been to a Ringling Bros. Circus?? Yeah...lame, I know. Maybe someday I will have to take my children and make some memories.

  8. What fun! I love the sno-cone cup, too!

  9. My girls LOVE the circus! I can tell by your pictures that you had a great time! :D It is almost circus time for my town. Only a couple more months! Can't wait!

  10. I've actually never been to a real circus, it is on the list for things to do with the kids though. I love the cup your sons drink came in!

  11. I love the pictures you took! I'm with "Mom vs." I've never been to a real circus, and I would love to take my 4 year old. He'd LOVE it. Unfortunately, I checked out the tour schedule and they don't travel to Texas (or they've already been), how sad!


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