Ringling Brothers Barnum and Bailey Xtreme Circus Review

ringling brothers Barnum and Bailey Circus

 

Elephants, Tigers, Acrobats, and Bikers performed at the Ringling Brothers-Barnum & Bailey Xtreme Circus at the Verizon Center in Washington, DC.  It was an evening spent eating junk food, watching clowns, jugglers and other entertainers perform before the big show.  Than we would sit in awe of the Ring Master and all the other performers for the Greatest Show On Earth.

First, we ate dinner at the Green Turtle prior to the show.  Nothing fancy, the adults had wings and the kids pizza and fries. From there we entered the venue for the preshow activities. They had jugglers, clowns, and an area set up where the children could try on various costumes. After 15 – 20 minutes we moved to our seats. We had great seats about 10 rows from the floor. We were high enough where those standing didn’t really affect our view of the show, but low enough where we had an incredible view of the ring.

 

Barnum & Bailey, circus tigers

 

Take plenty of money because outside snacks and drinks are not allowed.  Security will search you and your bags at all entrances.  I slipped money into my pockets and carried my camera.  I just left my purse in the trunk. However, it’s nothing unusual.  I actually don’t know many places that allow outside food in their venues.

Inside the Big Top, they are sold before the show and during intermission.  Outside the Big Top they are sold until everyone vacates the premises.  The kids wanted cotton candy before the show started. Count it, $14.00 per bag. It does come with an adorable circus hat that can be kept as a souvenir.  I also saw bags being sold without the hat at the concession stands outside the arena. Lemonade is $12.00 per drink. They also offered Italian Ice in adorable elephants cups for $14.00 – $15.00 depending on the size.

 

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Our show started at 7:30 p.m. It lasted approximately 3 hours. It was about 2 1/2 hours for the actual show and about 30 minutes for an intermission. We enjoyed all aspects of the show. Personally, I could have done without the clowns, but what’s a circus without clowns.  I was a little afraid that the 4 year old would become bored, but that didn’t happen.

The performers were able to engage the audience through music and/or their acts. There were plenty of Oohs and Awes. The audience clapped along with the Ringmaster and the band was quite good.  I even participated in the clapping and the Awes. The lions were beautiful, but there were no flaming hoops to jump through.  I did enjoy the Mermaids. I’m fascinated by Mermaids and my granddaughter’s favorite princess is Ariel.

 

 

circus elephants,

 

The elephants have been a part of the show for 145 years.  Sadly, they will no longer be a part of the show after May 2016.  Fortunately, the elephants will retire to a conservation center in Florida.  The company hasn’t said how it will rebrand their shows once the stars, the elephants, retire.

 

Xtreme circus,

 

The tightrope walkers and bikers were amazing.   I loved the camels.  It was an amazing 3 hours.  Most importantly, it was nice to converse with my 8 year old grandson about the acts.  We ended the evening with the kids having their faces painted. Count it, $14.00 each.  Additionally, another $30.00 to park in the Verizon Center garage.  But the evening was so worth it.  Finally, I’m happy that I would create an evening that the children will always remember.

 

face painting

22 Places Kids Eat Free

places kids eat free

Need a break from the stresses of the day?  Here’s a list of places where you and the family can eat, possibly have a  cocktails, and the kids eat for free.

  1. Applebees Kids eat free Monday and Tuesday nights at participating locations. Be sure to signup for 
  2. their Email club for a free entree for your birthday.  Other nights kids eat for $1.00.
  3. Au Bon Pain – Free birthday lunch. Sign up for their eClub.
  4. Backyard Burger – Kids eat free on Tuesday. Sign up for their eClub for additional deals.
  5. Bennigan’s – Kids 12 and under eat free on Tuesdays after 4 pm with paying adult.
  6. Bob Evans – Kids eat free after 4 pm with paying adult.
  7. Buffalo Wild Wings Get a order of snack wings or dessert for your birthday when you join the Buffalo Circle. Captain D’s – Join the Kid’s Club and get a special birthday greeting and a free meal. Ages 12 and under only. Kids 12 and under can eat from the kids menu for just 99 cents on other days.
  8. Chick-fil-A – Kids eat free between 5:30-7:30 pm. One child per adult.
  9. Cici’s – Kids eat free every day with paying adult.
  10. Denny’s – Free Grand Slam on your birthday. Valid ID must be presented.
  11. Firehouse Subs – Free sub on your birthday. Valid ID must be presented. All kiddos eat free when an adult combo meal is purchased on other days.
  12. Friendly’s – Free sundae on your birthday when you join the BFF Club.
  13. Golden Corral – Kids 3 and under eat free.
  14. IHOP – Kids under 12 eat free everyday between 4 pm – 8 pm accompanied by paying adults/parents.
  15. Johnny Rocket’s – Get a free hamburger on your birthday.  Join the eClub for additional deals.
  16. Lonestar Steak House – For each paying adult, 2 kids get to chow down for free all day long and they’ll happily feed 2 kids per adult.
  17. Marie Callender’s – One child eats free with each  adult entree purchased.
  18. Perkins – Get a free meal for children 12 and under with each adult entrée on Wednesdays from 4 – 9 p.m.
  19. Pizza Hut – Kid eat free Tuesday evenings.
  20. Red Robin – Enjoy a free burger for your birthday when you sign up for their eClub. Kids 10 and under eat free with paying adult on other days.
  21. Shoney’s – Kids 4 years and under eat free with adult entrée.
  22. Tony Roma – Kids 11 and under can eat ribs free.
  23. TGIF – Kids eat free on Mondays or Tuesdays.  Call your local TGIF for the day in your area.

So, I recommend that you call ahead to ensure that the establishment will be able to accommodate you and your children.  Be sure to ask what days and times they offer free meals and what ages are included.  Take advantage of the freebies on family night, birthdays and anniversaries.