Her kids are 4 and 5 and she's never taken them to a show! The horrors!
I decided early on that I wasn't going to be carting my kids around to shows just because every one else was doing it. We are way to cheap for that.So until last weekend they had never been to a circus. They have also never been to the Ice Capades or even to the movies.
*gasp*Her kids are 4 and 5 and she's never taken them to the movies! The horrors!
But here's the thing. It's not that I don't want to take my kids to these things. It's just that I want my kids to want to do these things.So about a month ago, the kids asked out of the blue when we would take them to the circus and I told them we would as soon as it came to town. Little did I know it was coming to town.
Darn TV commercials.*gasp*
She let's her kids watch TV shows with commercials! The horrors!So, anyway, we got tickets to the Greatest Show On Earth. The kids were very excited about going to the circus and kept asking "how many days till we go to the circus?" Over and over again.
I was tired of the circus before we even got there.
And as excited as they were about going to the circus, they were even more excited about getting snacks at the circus. They kept asking if they could get popcorn and cotton candy at the circus.So we promised them popcorn and cotton candy.
And I was smug thinking how cheap we were going to get off.Popcorn and cotton candy? Ha!
As soon as we got to the show, we started looking for the concession stand. I knew we were in trouble as soon as I realized that the only thing they were selling at the regular coliseum concession stand was drinks. Everything else had to be purchased at an official Ringling Bros. and Barnum and Bailey concession stand.I asked the clown running the concession stand (and it was a clown, I'm not trying to be funny) how much the cotton candy was.
Clown: $10Me: What? $10 for cotton candy? Are you kidding me?
Clown: It's $10 ma'am (I hate it when clowns call me ma'am). But you are getting three different colored fluffs of cotton candy AND a souvenir clown hat.Me: Well how much is the popcorn?
Clown: It's $6.Me: $6 for popcorn? Really?
Clown: Yes, ma'am (how old do I look??). But it comes in a box the size of a cereal box and it's decorated with fun circus images.So we bought the popcorn and we bought the cotton candy and then we paid $4 for a drink at the regular concession stand. Because Ringling Bros. were selling shaved ice and lemon aid in souvenir cups for $10-$14 depending on whether your cup was shaped like a clown, an elephant or a tiger.
My poor underprivileged kids had to settle for a plain cup-shaped cup with the words Coca-Cola printed on it. Nothing souvenir about it.Other than paying too much for our concessions, we really enjoyed Boom A Ring. It was Ringling's one ring circus which is smaller than their normal circus and just the right size for a 4 year old and a 5 year old.
There were elephants, tigers and trained chihuahuas. Because what's a circus without chihuahuas?
And there were clowns, jugglers, and tight rope walkers.And unlike the 18 month old kid sitting in front of me who watched me the whole show, my kids actually paid attention and really seemed to enjoy themselves.
And just in case you are wondering. And I know you are...This is what three fluffs of cotton candy and a souvenir hat look like at the circus.
It's like P.T. Barnum said..."There's a sucker born every minute."