Ringling Bros Circus and Monster Jam-Tampa 2016

WOW!!! What a crazy whirlwind week it has been!

On Saturday January 9 we were invited to attend the Ringling Bros Circus and on Saturday January 16 we were invited to attend Monster Jam.

Both of these shows are produced by Feld Entertainment so for simplicity I'm going to discuss both of them in one post.

First, the circus.

This is a yearly tradition for us. One that dates to 2005 when our oldest child had not even turned a year old.

This year, we were two family members short Cry Ella got very very sick in the middle of the night the night before the show. Daddy took one for the team and stayed home with her while I ventured out with Haley and Ronin. Because of Ella not feeling well, the kids and I stayed at home for as long as possible so that Ella wouldn't feel like she was missing out on too much. We pretty much arrived just as the show was starting.

The opening was fantastic, as usual. But this year they had changed the format of the show, which was great for us! They had all our favorite performances BEFORE intermission.

We saw the Globe of Steel which is a family favorite!!

We saw the Lions and Tigers!!


And we saw the Elephants!


This year the elephant show was totally different! The audience was informed WHY the elephants perform the "tricks" that they do, and how those tricks would correspond to a natural movement that they would do in the wild. I really appreciated that bit of information.

Because Ella was sick, we left at Intermission. We stopped along the way and bought her a t-shirt, though. She was sick for the next 2 days. Poor little miss Surprised


But she wasn't sick for Monster Jam on January 16!!

We joined up with our friends and had a big kid party!! This was our friend's first time at Monster Jam and they loved it so much!!

The trucks were very exciting, and we all loved how El Toro Loco was driven by a woman AND she won the truck donut contest!! #LikeAGirl


It was loud, it was fun and of course...GRAVEDIGGER WON!! It was hit or miss there for a little bit! He got "hurt" and was pulled off the course. They said he wouldn't return, but of course HE DID...AND HE WON!!!



We had so much fun at both events, but having all 3 kids present at Monster Jam made this event our favorite this year! And it's not too late for you to get tickets to Monster Jam because they'll be back in Tampa on February 6 at 7pm. You can buy your tickets HERE.

We're already looking forward to next year's events and I'll be pumping all my kids full of Vitamin C leading up to the event! We can't have anyone missing out!


The Circus is coming to Tampa January 6-10, 2016

For the 12th consecutive year the #TampaTrio will be heading to the GREATEST SHOW ON EARTH! Of course I am referring to The Ringling Bros Circus.

The Legends Tour will be in Tampa January 6-10, 2016.

Our family LOVES the circus. Here is James and Ronin at the 2011 show.

And the girls at the 2008 show. They were so little!!

The circus ALWAYS has come to Tampa right around Haley's birthday and this year will be no different. She'll be turning 12 on January 5, 2016 and we're heading to the show on Saturday January 9.


We all have our favorite parts of the circus but all 5 of us LOVE the GLOBE of STEEL!

This year Ringmaster Johnathan Lee Iverson guides Paulo the Legend Seeker on a quest to discover real, living legends from around the world. Audiences will experience Alexander Lacey and his enduring bond with his lions, majestic leopard and tigers during one of the most captivating acts. The Solar Hawks, a dream team of acrobats, come together to amaze by attempting four consecutive triple somersaults on a one-of-a-kind double-wide trapeze specifically designed for The Greatest Show On Earth®.  The Riders of the Wind, Cossack trick-riders will thrill as they thunder into the arena on the backs of thoroughbred horses stealing your breath with their daring stunts. Experience and learn about the special relationship between trainers and treasured Ringling Bros.® Asian Elephants as each trainer shows off individual elephant’s natural skills and abilities.

Free to all ticketholders, the All Access Pre-show starts an hour before the show. Come down to the arena floor and meet the performers of The Greatest Show On Earth, get autographs, take photos and enter to win a one-of-a-kind pachyderm painting. 

My trio LOVE the All Access Pre-show. Here is Ronin in 2008 (he's 2 and oh so cute!!) at one of the Pre-show activities!


The showtimes are as follows:

Wednesday, January 6 at 7:30 p.m.

Thursday, January 7 at 7:30 p.m.

Friday, January 8 at 7:30 p.m.

Saturday, January 9 at 11:00 a.m., 3:00 p.m., 7:30 p.m.

Sunday, January 10 at 11:00 a.m., 3:00 p.m.


For more information visit Ringling.com.

Tickets for Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Presents LEGENDS start at $16. All seats are reserved and tickets are on sale now. Tickets are available at www.Ringling.com or www.ticketmaster.com, at any Ticketmaster outlet, by calling 800-745-3000, or at the Amalie Arena box office (phone for information only: 813-301-2500). For group ticket sales and information, call 866-248-8740.

You can also ‘buy early and save’ with this offer for $4 off using promo code 4MOM. The promo code is not valid on day of show or premium seating.

I also have a giveaway!! You can win a Family 4 pack of tickets simply by leaving a comment telling me what your favorite part of the circus is. Winner will be randomly chosen on December 30.

Thanks for reading and I hope to see you at the circus!

Go XTREME with Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus

For the 10th consecutive year our family will be heading to the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus.

Every year the circus comes to Tampa right around Haley's birthday and this year is no exception! RBBB will be in Tampa January 1-4, 2015 at the Amalie Arena.

You can read about our 2014 adventure HERE and 2013 HERE. Prior to those years I wasn't a blogger, so I didn't chronicle our trip. But trust me, they've all been GREAT!

In 2015, the circus promises to be XTREME!!

It’s time for your family to be amazed by all the X-TRAORDINARY things you know and love about America’s favorite live family entertainment experience. Be astonished by UN-XPECTED circus spectacles you’ve never seen before and that can’t be seen anywhere else but at The Greatest Show On Earth® . Get ready for an X-HILARATING adventure with X-TRAORDINARY circus artists and magnificent X-OTIC animals! It’s time to awaken the spirit of Children Of All Ages and stir the imagination of your family! Ringling Bros.® Presents Circus XTREME. It’s time to have XTREME fun with your family! 

Our family always enjoys the motorcycle show.

And the elephants are crowd favorites, too.

You can buy early and save XTREME with the promo code MOM4. You'll save $4 off tickets. Offer valid only for Friday at 7:30pm, Saturday at 11:00am, and Sunday at 11am and 7pm.

You can also WIN a family 4 pack of tickets right here on my blog!! The tickets are available for OPENING NIGHT, January 1, at 7:30pm. The tickets do not include parking. 

What do you have to do to win? Simply leave me a comment letting me know your favorite part of the circus!

I'll pick a winner on Friday December 26th!

Good luck!!