L.D. asks from Chicago, IL on November 10, 2009
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Have any families been to the circus at the Allstate Arena? I wanted to know if it's an event to take a three year old. She loves elephants and tigers but I heard this years show is more magic acts than your typical circus. Is it worth it and if so are the $24 tickets okay or should I skip the circus all together and find something else for a 3 year old?
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Thank you all for your help! We will be passing on the circus this year and maybe in the future bring it up for discussion again. I thank you for your input, especially the families who went last week to Allstate because my concern was Ringling's change to the show this year. Also, I never even thought of how long these shows are, so thanks for that input.
I'm so glad to have all of you to help Thanks again!
A.V. answers from Chicago on November 12, 2009
Barnum Brothers circus's are long..about 3 hrs usually. My parents never took us till we were 5. Dont think my little guy would have the attention span for it.
K.L. answers from Chicago on November 11, 2009
I am taking my 2 1/2 year old to the showing at United Center on November 22nd! I think he will love it! He love elephants, lions and tigers. You should take her and start a tradition as that is what I plan on doing with my son!
A.W. answers from Chicago on November 11, 2009
I'm not sure what your feelings are regarding the treatment of animals, but there is a Federal Law suit against Ringling Bro. because of their treatment of animals, especially elephants. I know they've cut back on the number of animals used in their shows, but they do still use them. I, personally, would not spend my money or time supporting this. We took our year and a half year-old daughter to a smaller local circus this past summer (my husband insisted after much protesting on my part), and I had to leave mid-way through the tiger/lion act because I literally almost started to cry when I saw how these animals were treated and how lethargic and down-troddened they looked. I saw their "traveling accomodations" as well, and just couldn't believe that such intelligent, beautiful animals were allowed to be treated this way. I know others aren't bothered by this, but I really was, and I'm hoping to raise a daugther who has a tender heart towards animals, too. Just my "two cents" worth, though! Good luck with whatever you decide.
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A.G. answers from Chicago on November 11, 2009
There are $12 tickets as well. Maybe someone that used these tickets could give you feedback as well. I have no idea if they are good enough.
Do they actually cost the same at the door? Since Ticketmaster is charging a transaction fee....
J.D. answers from Chicago on November 11, 2009
Hi L. You didn't say were you lived but I never took my chilren to Ringling Circus but here in northwest Indiana in Hammond they had the Shriner Circus that comes to town every year in November. And the children loved it and it's not that expense either. And they have plenty of attractions that your three year old would love.
M.J. answers from Chicago on November 11, 2009
we went a few years ago with older kids, 12 and college age(I know it sounds crazy) but it was great. I could not believe how good it was. Old or young, you can't beat the circus.
M.J. answers from Chicago on November 10, 2009
Just took my 4 yr old there. There were tigers and elephants, as well as dogs and zebras. But the animal acts overall was very minimal compared to last years. Also, there is a cannon which is very loud, so be sure to cover ur child's ears during that part. The magic acts were good, some may be a bit afraid to see a clown cut into two. There were hardly any clown acts though, otherwise. So overall it was okay, but much more subdued than last years. Still, I think any child will enjoy it!
P.G. answers from Chicago on November 11, 2009
Sadly, the circus doesn't have elephants any longer; PETA protested so long and loud that these well-loved animals were retired a couple of years ago. If it's true that it's lots of magic, you'd probably want to be up close and I don't know if that's affordable. It's great that you're thinking about this and not just going! good luck.
C.W. answers from Chicago on November 11, 2009
another thought.. have you looked at the midnight circus??? it's fun, small .. it was great when we saw it at Welles Park and at Daley Plaza
R.K. answers from Chicago on November 11, 2009
I took my (nearly 5 year old) daughter on Saturday. We were in the 5th row and had a blast. There was a lot of magic but the elephants, tigers and dog acts were very cool. The cannons are loud but it's only for a second. My dd loved the tight rope walkers. It was a long show (over 2 hours) and Taylor was ready to go when it was over.