Last night my family had some "Forced Family Fun"*.
We went to the Ringling Brothers and Barnum and Bailey Circus in Fairfax at the Patriot Center on the campus of George Mason University. The venue is lovely. The parking - free. It's easy to get to and did I mention that the parking is free?
We had free tickets thanks to Mom Central and Feld Entertainment. We arrived at 6:30 and the place was packed because there is a pre-show thingy where you can go down on the floor and see the elephants, dress up in costume, and just be circusy, you know? My children are teenagers. They were not interested. Fortunately for them, that was just finishing up when we arrived or I would have had them down there to take some pictures. (It's all about the scrapbook.)
The Ringmaster is wonderful! He sings - and wow! What a voice! The circus has its own band - we told the kids that if the Navy doesn't work out, there is always the circus! The band played for each and every act and everything in between. They were really good! There is nothing better than LIVE music! Both kids (musicians in their own right) were very impressed with the music, so you know that the band is good.
The acts were great! The clowns were funny - not scary at all. The acrobatics were phenomenal! The miniature horses were so sweet! They had motorcycles in a metal ball thing - the precision! It was awesome! The time flew by! All of a sudden it was intermission.
The second half was as good - if not better than the first half. The tigers were beautiful - they are obviously well fed and well cared for. The meat they ate looked way better than anything we serve here at The Crossing. Yes, we were close enough to see it all! The elephants - my sister's favorite - were just wonderful! (I took about 50 pictures of them hoping I get one good one for her.)
We had a wonderful evening! The kids - of all ages - totally enjoyed themselves. Gram, who doesn't normally like the circus, loved it! I cannot thank Mom Central and Feld enough. It was a wonderful family night. If you are anywhere near Fairfax, get your butt to the Circus! Don't forget to use your MomCentral code to get 4 tickets for $44. That's $11 per ticket and the parking is free. You can't go to the movies for that!
* Forced Family Fun was originally coined by a mom who blogs over at the DC Metro Moms site.