Friday, May 30, 2014

Ringling Brothers Barnham and Bailey Circus

The circus has come to Tulsa! Clowns, animals and all the fanfare!

Our friends Michelle and Jack told us about the Popsicle Party with the Ringling Bros. Circus elephants. 

The event: From 4-5pm, the circus ring leader and a couple of clowns perform on the lawn of the BOK Center.  The circus elephants parade onto the lawn for the crowd to see.  As the elephants eat frozen watermelon, the audience gets to eat free popsicles.

Sounded exciting to me!  I just knew Adeline and Anna would LOVE to see the elephants up close and in person.  William is always happy to go along for the ride, so he was game for the adventure.  Madison and I packed up the car and headed downtown.

We had no trouble finding parking and quickly loaded the girls in the stroller with snacks and drinks to pass the waiting time.  I didn't know how popular the event would be, so we got there early to get a spot.

As it turned out, the crowd was a decent size but nothing overwhelming.  We rolled right up the boundary fence and staked our claim for the kids.  Within 3 minutes, a HUGE random rainstorm pelted us.  It was comical.  The girls were under huge stroller canopies.  I quickly remembered I had a blanket in the stroller bed, so I made a tent for Madison, William and I to huddle under too.  We laughed while Anna cried. Bless her heart, she was so confused and nervous.  Madison braved the skies and stood watch by our viewing section so we wouldn't loose our spot.

The rain was over pretty quickly and we were drenched.  But that didn't stop us from having a great time.  Soon enough, the circus clowns were on lawn playing games and doing tricks.  Adeline and William loved them.  They laughed at the clowns and ate their weight in popsicles.  Anna also enjoyed a popsicle.

The Ring Leader came out and introduced the elephants.  2 Ringling Bros. circus elephants came out to greet the kids.  Oh my goodness, my kiddos loved it.  Anna stood on the wall and pointed saying "CUUUTTTEEE!" and making the sign language motion for "elephant."  Adeline and William got a kick out of watching the elephants eat the frozen watermelon.

The outing was such a fun, spur of the moment event.  So glad it's summer and we have the flexibility to take on adventures like the Elephant Popsicle Party.


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