Last Wednesday, the kids and I had such a rare opportunity.
We were invited to go backstage with the animals of Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey show FUNundrum! It was such a cool opportunity and one that I was happy I got to share with my kids before it was time for them to go back to school.
We saw llamas, miniature horses, goats, dogs, and Pee-Wee! Pee-Wee is what I think is a Texas Long Horn Bull. He is large and in charge but also extremely sweet. He took an instant liking to Ainsley and kept following her around and trying to like her. 🙂
After visiting will the animals we were able to check out the real stars of the chow. The Elephants!
These gorgeous pachyderms were getting pampered in preparation for the show. It was so cool to watch them get bathed and how much they really seemed to enjoy it. I mean really who doesn’t love a little tlc?
Ainsley and I in front of one of the 30 year old elephant blankets that are worth tens of thousands of dollars!
As we were leaving our fabulous morning we were treated to free tickets to the show time of our choice! Not to mention a super cute replica of the Ringling Bros. Express in the form of a cookie jar.
Saturday was our day to head to the show. I worked until 3pm, shortly after I got home we were heading up to Portland. A quick stop for dinner in Newberg and we arrived an hour before the show started! This was important because we wanted to catch the pre-show. During the pre-show they let the audience go out onto the floor and meet some of the performers, try on costumes, and even get tattooed, which is what Ian went straight for.
After that we watched a few of the performers do some tricks. There were acrobats, these cool guys that juggled hats, stilt walkers, and even an artist. Kelly Ann was quite the painter. She had technique I’m sure more accomplished artists would be jealous over. Take a peek.
It was so neat watching her paint. She took her time and changed colors. They even raffled off the painting before the start of the show and the proceeds went to the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Center for Elephant Conservation.
We found our seats and eagerly waited for the show to start.
I just love the circus! I still remember my first trip when I was 6 years old. It was just my mom and me. A special day for just us, at the time it was extravagant and I was in awe during the entire show. The productions that Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey present completely blow that little circus out of the water. I love the fact that it is just that, a production. The show is set to a story which makes everything flow seamlessly.
FUNundrum marks the 200th Anniversary of the birth of P.T. Barnum, and in true circus fashion, FUNundrum is quite the party!
Ringmaster Johnathan Lee Iverson invites the audience “All Aboard” the Ringling Bros. Express and takes you on an adventure to discover just what makes the Greatest Show on Earth!
The clowning was great, the acrobats impressive, and the music fantastic.
This was probably our favorite part of the show. The elephants! This dog got a free ride, it was awesome. They also introduced Baby Barack who was born in January of 2009. He was super cute and already a show stopper!
The circus is such a great place for a family outing. My kids love it so much and they still talk about their first circus from last year when we watched Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey’s Zing Zang Zoom.
FUNundrum will make it’s next stop at the Stockton Arena in California from Sept. 16-19th, then heads to Salt Lake City, UT before starting October in Denver. Check out the Ringling Bros website for a complete tour schedule!
Disclosure: I was invited by R-West PR to attend this special behind the scenes tour. They also provided my family with tickets to the show.