A small Italian family circus came to town this past weekend, which was perfect. Clover's wanted to go to the circus for some time, but I have huge problems with how circus animals are treated, thus we haven't gone. When we heard that the Zoppe family circus was coming to town - setting up their tent in the library parking lot! - it was perfect. They lack the animal cruelty issues plaguing the big circuses and the small size made it much more accessible to the kids.
The small circus was a lot of fun. I thought the show was okay, but my kids and their friends thought it was excellent and the real fun was watching their reactions: hand over mouth gasps, big smiles and huge cheers. Clover and her friends shouted over each other with excitement today during the entire carpool trip to school, recounting every funny stunt they could remember from the show. They mentioned the acrobatics, the clown humor and my favorite part: the English Sheepdogs going down a tunnel slide. I am so happy we held out for this circus; one we all walked away from feeling good about.