Monday, August 27, 2012

Ringling Brothers -- Best Undiscovered, Discovered Family Entertainment

Warning -- this is not exactly a digital media post -- this is about family entertainment.  Feel free to hit the snooze button on this one if it's not your style.

So, here's the deal.  I'm a family guy.  Do lots of family things.  Enjoy them as much as my kids do (maybe even more at times).  Several days ago, I wrote about two separate theme park experiences gone wrong -- Knott's Soak City water park, and San Diego Safari's "Roar & Snore" camp-out (click on this link to recount my angst).

videoThis post, on the other hand, is about family entertainment done right -- Ringling Brothers Circus.  Yes, that's right -- good old Ringling Brothers & Barnum & Bailey Circus.  You know, the one with all the elephants.  The throwback.  The grand-daddy of them all.  Forget about that one?  I bet lots of you have, because we have been over-run by high-brow Cirque de Soleils of every flavor and color -- especially green (as in the color of money).  Whereas Cirque de Soleil tix can easily cost over $100/each, Ringling Brothers tix -- very good tix -- cost me less than $20 each!  And, my son, Luca, and I loved it -- every second of it.   The show was incredible.  Check out this motorcycle stunt -- 8 cyclists in one steel ball -- incredible (check out this video which proves it!).  I bet Cirque de Soleil can't do that!

It was a beautiful day in San Diego today, Sunday -- near 80 degrees at the beach.  What were we doing indoors in the afternoon at the San Diego Sports Arena?  What were we thinking?

We were having fun, that's what.  Lots of fun.

Bravo Ringling Brothers!  You are the best undiscovered, discovered family entertainment value out in the marketplace right now ... and back then too!