The Circus is Coming to Town + Circus Toddler Activities

by jessicaturner on January 21, 2012

Next weekend Matthew is out of town, and I am taking the kids to The Ringling Bros and Barnum & Bailey circus’ latest show, “Fully Charged” here in Nashville. We are going with one of his friends from school and are really excited. The show is at Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena from January 26-29, 2012.

Note: If you are in Nashville  get a 25% off discount on all $26, 21 and $15 seats at the circus with the code CLOWNS (available on all performances). These same tickets on opening night are also half off (no code required).

To get Elias excited, I am planning a few simple circus activities for the upcoming week:

None of these activities are very time consuming, but I know they will be fun, help get him really excited and prepare for the sensory overload of the circus. :)

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What age did you first take your kids to the circus?

Disclosure: I was provided with 4 tickets to the circus in exchange for linking to the Nashville show. The paper plate clown and other fun activities are all my idea. :)

{ 4 comments… read them below or add one }

Sarah K January 21, 2012 at 6:37 am

Such cute ideas to go along with the circus visit!

But, I just had to comment because the first thing I thought when I read this post was, “Hey! Micah has that same shirt!”

Gotta love Kohl’s. :)


Cara January 21, 2012 at 9:45 pm

A friend in Nashville posted on Facebook earlier asking if anyone knew about discount tickets for the circus, so I just sent her to your blog – isn’t the Internet grand?:)


Janie's Mom January 22, 2012 at 10:36 am

We have never attended the circus because we support The Elephant Sanctuary in Hohenwald. They have been rescuing abused, crippled and sick elephants for 16 years. Once we learned about the cruel methods the circus uses to train their baby elephants we won’t attend any circus that has exotic animal performers.


Mimi February 20, 2012 at 11:58 pm

My husband and I have 5 grandkids, and have taken every one of them to the Ringling Brothers, Barnum and Bailey Circus when it has been in a bigger town, fairly close to us. SO MUCH FUN!! it has been so great to see the reactions from the different kids, at different ages. The older ones, two ten year old identical twin boys, talk the entire time, gesture and laugh out loud. The girls, ages 8, 5 and 2 all react totally differently. The 8 year old laughs and talks about it all, the five year old waves to all the performers and stands up the entire time with her mouth open in constant surprise, and the 2 year old……who talks ALL the time….was totally speechless. she just pointed and stared, but later, seemed to remember most everything she saw and wanted to discuss it constantly, for weeks!! have fun!


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