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The circus. It’s an event that many of us remember enjoying as children, and can’t wait to share it our own. Ringling Bros and Barnum & Bailey circus is aptly named “The Greatest Show on Earth”, but I’ll be honest – the first time we took our kids, it was a little overwhelming. For all of us. 🙂
Not so with the show that opened last night in Cincinnati, “Legends“. We experienced this new show with three generations, grandparents to the 6- and 2-year-olds, and everyone was completely engaged from start to finish.
Right from the top, there is no shortage of thrill. Eight motorcycles race around inside a seemingly much-too-small spherical cage. Alexander Lacey works with a variety of big cats. A motorcycle (and three performers) rides along a high wire, and incredible trapeze artists attempt crazy feats.
There’s also no shortage of skill. Acrobats. Ridiculously skilled cyclists. Groups doing fascinating tricks with jump ropes and yo-yos. It’s all there, and each act was just the right length – long enough to amaze and entertain, but not so long that young guests lose interest.
For our family though, the Ringling Brothers menagerie stole the show. Of course we enjoyed the performing pachyderms. The “Riders on the Wind” horses (and, well, their riders) were extremely impressive. But all three of my children report the same “favorite” act – the 2×2 Animals. We all laughed out loud at the kangaroos, dogs, pigs, goats, and donkeys that were an absolute riot.
I’ll be completely honest: we weren’t sure we’d stay the entire show. It was late on a school night, and the first time we took little ones the two-hour show time was simply too much. Last night, it was over in the blink of an eye and everyone had a great time, the entire time.
If you’re in Cincinnati – don’t miss this one! You can use the promotional code FAMDEAL on Ticketmaster to get a family pack of 4 tickets, 4 popcorns, and 4 lemonades for $111.
When this “goes to press”, there are still five opportunities to catch a show at Cincinnati’s US Bank Arena:
Saturday, March 7th at 11am, 3pm, and 7pm
Sunday, March 8th at 1pm and 5pm
And don’t forget about the pre-show fun! Included with your admission, at every performance, go right down onto the floor to interact with the performers, try on costumes, see special sneak-peek performances, and so much more! It looks crowded, but there is so much to do that you’ll definitely still have a blast.
And, hello, there are free clown noses. 🙂