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The Ringling Brothers Circus Is Ending: Now What?

Adam Young | April 24, 2017
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With the Ringling Brothers Circus ending in May, families are losing the time-honored tradition of experiencing the sights and sounds of the circus. Even after the announcement, many parents still want to give their kids the experience, as evidenced by the spike in sales we uncovered. So what will they do once the big top goes quiet?

Here are five popular events that parents and their kids can attend and enjoy after the circus comes to an end.

Kid-Friendly Broadway Musicals

A musical like Hamilton or Phantom of the Opera might be a little beyond what most kids would enjoy, but there are plenty of other Broadway hits you can take them to. Disney staples like Aladdin and The Lion King are incredible stage adaptions of the hit movies. Both have extensive tours that travel coast to coast, making them accessible to families everywhere.

Another Broadway hit – Wicked – is on tour in 2017. If you’re wondering, about whether or not it’s age-appropriate, it’s recommended for children age 8 or older. There’s no profanity and it’s nothing like the book written by Gregory Maguire. Most parents on Mamapedia left reviews saying their kids around that age loved it and they recommend it highly. Long-running  hits like Annie and Matilda also tour and make for a great night out or the centerpiece of a weekend away with the family.

If you’re looking for something outside the traditional musical, try Wild Kratts Live or Legend of Zelda. Based on the TV show and video game, they’re hits with content most kids are already familiar with. You can find these and other family events on our dedicated kids page in the Theater section on our website.

The Harlem Globetrotters: Still Setting Records

The Harlem Globetrotters are still doing crazy things like making shots from 583 feet off the ground. Their dazzling trick shots and basketball skills entertain children and parents alike, and their tour is always one of the hottest tickets wherever it goes. Watching the Globetrotters is fun for all ages, interactive and downright jaw-dropping. And of course: You’ll get to hear that theme song!

Which Characters Are In Disney On Ice?

If you’re sensing a Disney theme to this post, that’s going to continue as we look at Disney On Ice. Every kid has their favorite movie, but how do you know which characters are in Dare to Dream and which ones are in Worlds of Enchantment? We’ve got you covered with the Disney On Ice character guide every parent needs. If you’re not sure what to wear (hint: Dress as your favorite character!) or how to make it a memorable time, the guide to making the most out of your Disney On Ice experience will help make sure your kids have a blast.

Kidz Bop Kids: Pop Music Hits for Kids

For kids who are into music, Kids Bop Kids is a must-see concert. They take all the pop songs your kids love to sing along with in the car and puts them on stage, sung by kids. You don’t have to worry about the content, they clean up any lyrics that might not be ideal for young ears. It’s a great way for young music lovers to get the concert experience in an affordable, family-friendly setting.

Monster Jam & Supercross: For the Adrenaline Junkies

For families and kids who love the adrenaline rush of big wheels and loud motors, Monster Jam and the Monster Energy Supercross are must-see events. The allure of both is simple: Great big trucks soaring through the air and wicked talented bikers flying, flipping and turning their way across the dirt track. These are two of the hottest sports in the country, drawing fans of all ages. It’s perfect for a night of action-packed energy.

For now, there’s still time to enjoy the Ringling Brothers Circus as it gears up for its final shows. Once the legendary act closes, whether your family enjoys sports, music or the theater, there will be plenty of new experiences waiting for you.
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