The annual Ringling Brothers Circus is heading into town. It's a fun show with animals, acrobatics, clowns and more. We've had both nosebleed seats and 10th row seats - they're all fine (plus you can move down when you see some better seats, if you can sneak past the usher - shhhh!).
If you go, make sure to arrive an hour before the show. You can see the animals outside, plus there's a show inside and you can get up-close to the performers - on the actual stage.
Whenever I mention the Ringling Brothers Circus, I state this. There is controversy over whether the circus treats its animals well. Certain organiations that are well-known for their activism on this cause will most likely email me (yet again) in a threatening tone, urging me to post links to vidoes of the alleged animal abuse. I will not post these links. I will also not make a decision for you whether you want to go to the circus or not - but will provide the details so you can make your own decision.
If you would like more information on the alleged abuses, just Google "circus animal abuse" and you'll get enough links to keep you busy for awhile. If you want Ringling's take on their care of animals, you can go to their website, and they talk about care of their animals. If you go to the circus, you will likely see protesters outside, so you can prepare for that when your kids start asking questions.
As for Ringling Brothers Circus discounts, check Savvy Cities which has a list of them. Also know for the future, that your child can get a free ticket for his/her first circus. Details here. You can get tickets here.
Shows are at:
Oakland Arena - August 8-12, 2012
San Jose HP Pavillion - August 15-19, 2012
Sacramento - September 6-9, 2012
Stockton - Septmeber 13-16, 2012