We took Chicken to the circus for his birthday instead of having a big party. At first he buried his face in my neck, shaking and terrified. It didn't help that he was running a 101 fever that morning (I normally NEVER take my kids out when they're sick, but the $150 we paid for tickets couldn't go to waste!) but for the record once the motrin kicked in he was fine but probably still infected half the kids around us with his coughing. I guess it was time to pay it forward since we always catch but rarely share. I finally turned him so he could still hold on to me but see what was going on. He loosened up a little at a time and finally started clapping and yelling and getting excited. The elephants did it for him. He was mesmerized.
Toward the end of the show, the lions came out. I tell ya, there was a point where I thought one of them was going to eat the tamer. It was stubborn and was clearly the problem "child" out of the lot. But they were beautiful creatures.
Punky was pretty unsure of everything, too for about the first half. She never loosened up like Chicken did but she did start talking to us again instead of just a nod or shake of the head. Here they are watching the clowns perform.
We paid good money for the Greatest Show on Earth and it was pretty spectacular. It was the first circus I've ever been to, so my kids and I got to share a first!!!