Today’s Guest Post comes from local mom blogger and family went to the Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus – ‘Built to Amaze’ last night for its first show in Charlotte.  It was three rings of fun!

We found parking at the Bank of America parking deck off of N. College Street. It was only $5 after 5PM, but prices vary – call  704-331-0055 to determine how much they will be charging. The garage was the best price I saw and super convenient – right next to the arena.
preshowThe circus has a pre-show included with general admission. There is a meet and greet with animals, circus performers and a bounce house for the kids to leap and bound around. The pre-show starts an hour before the show – however we ran into a snafu with entrance to the arena. We arrived at 6:15pm for our 7:00pm show, hoping to catch 30 minutes of the pre-show. Unfortunately the lines to enter the building were extremely long – in the very, very cold. We waited outside for nearly 30 minutes – Time Warner Cable Arena desperately needs to add bag checkers and scanners so families aren’t stuck in the freezing cold!
Eventually we made our way into the arena, but not before they closed down the pre-show. We were bummed we missed it , because the kids who were down there seemed to be having a lot of fun. If you’d like to check out the pre-show I would suggest arriving 1.5 hours before the show so you can eclipse the line and enjoy yourselves. I would also pack a sippy cup with water. If your show runs past bed time bring some jammies for the ride home.
aerialactThe show began, and both kids ages 5 and 18 months were thoroughly engaged, as were my husband and I. This isn’t the old circus with its basic anticipated acts. Ringling Brothers have added sophisticated Cirque du Soleil inspired elements to the experience; they were rich with color, sound, beauty and excitement. They still had their core acts that we enjoyed like the tiger tamer (who was impressively brave/crazy), oddly agile elephants doing balancing tricks, hyper dogs dancing and performing, high wire acts and my favorite – the human cannon!
It was a fun family experience, full of attention grabbing feats of strength, flexibility, major WOW factors and silly clowns that the kids got a kick out of.The circus offers shows Wednesday, January 1st 2014 until Sunday, February 2nd. They have morning, afternoon and evening shows to accommodate all the nap times in your home.tiger tamerShow Schedule 
Wednesday January 29 at 7 p.m.
Thursday January 30 at 7 p.m.
Friday January 31 at 10:30 a.m.
Friday January 31 at 7 p.m.
Saturday February 1 at 11 a.m.
Saturday February 1 at 3 p.m.
Saturday February 1 at 7 p.m.
Sunday February 2 at 11 a.m.
Sunday February 2 at 3 p.m.For more information about ticket prices etc. check out their website. is exploring Charlotte with a double stroller.  Visit her blog or follow her on Facebook to keep up with everything she does around town.