Have you ever been to the Shrine circus?
Ever since Madagascar 3 was released last year, my boys have been bugging me to go to the circus. I haven’t been to the circus since I was kid and I was very curious to see what kind of experience I would have through the eyes of an adult.
In Vaughan, on July 18th, my Dad, my two boys and myself ventured to the:
The Annual Shrine Circus is one of the largest fraternal events sponsored by the Shriners. The Shrine Circus provides a quality fun filled family experience with proceeds going to great causes – the good work of Shriners in your community. Shriners belong to an international fraternity of approximately 340,000 members throughout the United States, Canada, Mexico and Panama. Founded in 1872, the Shriners are best known for their unique parades, distinctive red fez, and their official philanthropy, children’s hospitals. -Shrine-Circus
Our Experience at the Shrine Circus
The entire trip to the circus, the boys talked non stop about what they thought they would see, hear, and EAT at the circus. I loved hearing them predict what kind of tricks the animals would perform and their guess to what they thought would be their favourite part. The funny part is they have never been to a circus before, so their ideas, feelings and guesses were based on things they witnessed on TV.
We were extremely lucky to get a behind-the-scenes tour of the circus. This was one of my favourtie parts! I loved meeting the Ringmaster, learning the rich circus history, inside family jokes and meeting the talented circus animals. Did you know that the Zerbini Family Circus is celebrating their 250th Anniversary at the Shrine Circus? The Zerbini Family Circus began as a small circus in Paris, France back in 1763. Ten generations of Zerbinis have worked hard to create a fresh mix of breath-taking entertainment and traditional circus acts to please audiences across three continents. With the largest exotic cat act in the world (10 tigers), the TARZAN Zerbini performing Elephants, the Zerbini Liberty Equestrian Horses, astounding Trapeze & Aerial artistry, Juggling, Unicycles, Comedy, high flying Acrobatics, Classical Clowns, etc. there is something in the show to please everyone!
After face painting and traditional circus snacks, like cotton candy, peanuts and popcorn, we settled in our seats for prepared to be entertained. The show was unbelievable! We held our breath as the trapeze arts clung to a rope with one hand, we laughed as the clown played tricks on the Ringmaster, we cheered as the Tigers jumped through flaming hoops and we were amazed when a boy rode a unicycle 10 times his size. My boys sat on the edge of their seats the entire show. I have never seen them so focused and involved in a show before. There was no cries of boredom or complaints, just pure bliss from start to finish! On the way home, they were already planning their 2014 trip to the Shrine Circus!
If you have never been to the circus, it is an experience of a life time. You will be amazed, entertained and tickled pink. Trust me, It’s time to join the Circus!
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