One of lifes cruelest tricks is that we become hardened with age. For children, everything is fascinating, but as our timelines tail stretches, we see only the science behind the magician. Thankfully, there is still one place that lures out our inner ankle-biters with cotton candy and thrills galore, and thats at the Greatest Show on Earth.
If you havent attended a Ringling Bros. show as a grown-up, youre missing out. You wont find the scary clowns that haunted your childhood; instead youll see thespians who studied clowning at prestigious circus schools in Brussels and Spain. Theyre both entertaining and relatable: These clowns have student loans, too. Add in dozens of bendy acrobats, nimble jugglers, dare devils, and a glamorous white tiger trainer, and youve got an afternoon loaded with sheer glee. The best part? Now as a grown-up, youll actually want to take a nap afterwards, and youll feel great about it.
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See Boom-A-Ring, the newest production by Ringling Bros. and Barnum and Bailey Circus, from December 25 through 30 at the South Florida Expo Center at 9067 Southern Blvd. in West Palm Beach. Tickets range $15 to $50. Get them at ringling.com, or by calling 561-966-3309.
Dec. 25-30, 2008