Prompted by a discount promotion from the University of Dallas, (is this their career suggestion for those of us with liberal arts degrees?) we purchased tickets to see the Ringling Brothers, Barnum & Bailey Circus this Saturday. Not only was this Mary and William's first circus, but it was also mine! My mom graciously gave up her Saturday morning sleep to come stay with Robert while Doug, Mary, William and I rode the DART rail from Parker Rd to the American Airlines Center. It's about 20 minutes faster than driving and a lot cheaper than parking our car there. Plus, what kid doesn't want to ride the train to the circus??
We arrived just in time to eat our lunch and let the show begin. Mary was quite fascinated with the seats that popped up and watched quietly for the first several minutes. Her eyes darted from act to act and I could tell she was overwhelmed. She loosened up pretty quickly and clapped for the performers. She reports that her favorite part was the elephants. William says his favorite part was the dogs who jumped through hoops and over hurdles and each other and acted very "silly." When the Super Silva, the aerialist (they aren't called acrobats anymore, apparently) walked on the ceiling he said, "I could do that." He was also impressed with the 7 motorcyles in a metal cage.
We really had a great time all day and the AA center is really a great place for a circus. If you have a child under 1 year old, visit the site below and submit your information for a voucher to get a ticket to their first circus free! It doesn't expire, but you have to register before their first birthday. http://www.ringling.com/offers/baby.aspx
I'm sorry to report that we have no pictures from this event, as cameras as large as ours are prohibited in the arena.