In the past few years we’ve had the opportunity to take our children to the circus twice. Each time they were thrilled with the feats of daring (yeah, our house is full of boys) and mesmerized by the skill of the performers.
We thoroughly enjoyed watching that small circus. My kids would go bonkers if they could see a large circus performance. Now they, and your kids too, can have that opportunity… with free circus tickets!
Free Circus Tickets for Children
Ringling Brother’s Barnum & Bailey (the circus folks) give away free circus tickets to each baby born in the U.S. The program is called Baby’s First circus, and one pass is given away to each baby (12 months and under).
To see when they’ll be in a town near you, check out the show’s schedule. We’ve been collecting tickets for the kids ever since our first was born.
Unlike me, be sure to put them in a good location for safe-keeping. Hmmm… Where in the world did I put those passes?
Tips for Visiting the Circus With Kids
Without a plan, a trip to the circus with young children can quickly turn into… well… a circus. Since all of the other patrons are there to watch the trained monkeys and not your (or my) little troop of crazies, here are some of my best tips for avoiding stress and encouraging a fun experience.
- Buy tickets in advance. You do not want to wait in line for hours with a bunch of excited kids. It’ll only make you a total grumpy-pants. Ask me how I know 😉
- Arrive early. Great parking is worth getting to the event early. Make it a night to remember by grabbing some fast food and watching a family movie in the car since you have so much time together. You’ll thank me when you can get out of the parking lot quickly while the masses are still making their hike across the mega parking area.
- Don’t come hungry. This is a total gimme, but hungry kids = chaos + tons of money spent on overpriced, pacifying foods.
- Bring a camera. The circus offers plenty of opportunities for photo ops. We even got a family picture with a bunch of minions. Not sure why there were minions at the circus…
- Be prepared to entertain the littles while waiting for the show to begin. Keeping in mind that the lighting may be dim, be ready with a game of eye spy or perhaps a small toy. It can take awhile for the main show to begin. Older kids love the anticipation. Babies & toddlers? Not so much. At our last circus outing the baby sat on the dirt floor (it was located in an outside tent) and played with rocks. I wish I would’ve brought a toy that might’ve kept her entertained and out of the dirt.