Amazing night at the circus

Aug 21, 2015 by

Note: Thanks to the Angela Rogers Group for providing my family with tickets to the circus for this review. All opinions expressed in this post belong to me.

Wow, just wow. The Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Built to Amaze! circus is well, amazing.

The show has the perfect blend of silliness, talented animals and death-defying stunts to delight the whole family. And if your family is anything like my family, everyone will have their favorite act.

Amazing crossbow act at Built to Amaze!

Ovidiu Pasarar shoots an apple on his own head via an elaborate display involving multiple crossbows

For Alaina, the best acts involved the horses, dogs and elephants, aka all of the animal acts. And she’s right — the animals were pretty incredible.

The most impressive of the animal/human acts was the Zoppe Equestrian one. Picture gorgeous horses running around a ring while incredibly talented acrobats perform back handsprings, back somersaults and flip from one horse to another. It was well, amazing.

Amazing horses at Built to Amaze!

Two members of the Zoppe equestrian act stand on the horses backs

Then there were the adorable (and funny!) dogs. They elicited quite a few “awws” out of Alaina as she watched them prance around in dresses, ride a scooter, take turns on the slide and other fun tricks.

Amazing dogs at Built to Amaze!

The Olate dogs strut their stuff in a hilarious comedy act.

The animal stars of the show were the elephants, Asia and little April. Earlier this year, Ringling Bros. announced that it would retire all of the elephants by 2018. This was the first show I’ve seen since that announcement and I thought the elephants played a greater role than in past performances. While Asia was the grand dame of the show, April was so stinking adorable. I’ve never seen a young elephant before, so this was quite a treat.

Amazing elephants at Built to Amaze!

Aren’t Asia and little April simply beautiful?

While Matt and I enjoyed the animal acts immensely, we were both awed by the Wheel of Steel. I think the best way to describe it is take two giant hamster wheels, suspend them like a Ferris wheel and then let two guys loose in the contraption. At one point, Cristhian Marquez and Carlos Morales are on the outside of the wheels, jumping rope. Yup, it was amazing.

Amazing aerialists at Built to Amaze!

Marquez and Morales jumping rope on the Wheel of Steel. Can someone say death defying?

Then there was the hand-balancing act. I can’t imagine having the kind of strength and control that it would take to balance on your head on a replica of the Eiffel Tower.

Amazing balance at Built to Amaze!

Check out this incredible feat of strength by Hector Gutierrez of Duo Solys.

While the clowns were certainly funny, I think the act that made me laugh hardest was the King Charles Troupe. How can you go wrong with a spirited basketball game on unicycles? Especially when the unicycles get taller as the game heats up?

Amazing comedy at Built to Amaze!

Basketball, unicycles and comedy — yes, please

If you’re heading to the circus, I recommend going early for the pre-show. Your kids will love getting to sit ringside for a few minutes. During the Thursday night show, we got to watch Asia show off her painting skills.

And speaking of painting, check out the face painting booth. For $10, your child can be transformed into a clown, an orange tiger, a white tiger or a dog. Alaina decided she wanted to be an orange tiger.

Amazing fun at Built to Amaze!

For $10, your child can get his/her face painted, plus a clown wig and nose

Amazing tiger at Built to Amaze!

A very happy tiger

We had an absolute blast at the Built to Amaze! show. The show really was, you guessed it, amazing. The circus will be at Verizon Arena in North Little Rock all weekend with three showings on Saturday (11 a.m., 3 p.m. and 7 p.m.) and one at 2 p.m. on Sunday. Ticket prices range between $16.80 and $50.65 (for ringside).

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Giveaway: Circus Time

Aug 17, 2015 by

We have the perfect giveaway to help you and your family celebrate the first week of school — 4 tickets to the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Built to Amaze circus!

* Thanks to the Angela Rogers Group and Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey for providing us with the ticket vouchers to this night of family fun. *

Win 4 tickets to the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Built to Amaze circus!

The circus runs Thursday through Sunday with 7 p.m. performances on Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights at Verizon Arena in North Little Rock. Saturday also has an 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. showing, while Sunday has only the 2 p.m. performance.

And don’t forget the Pre-show, which starts an hour before the actual circus begins. It is your chance to meet some of the performers and animals and try your hand at an act or two.

So who wants to go to the circus? Leave me a comment telling me who wants to see the circus more — you or your kids. 🙂 I’ll randomly draw the lucky winner on Tuesday evening. Good luck!

Note: The winner will need to be able to redeem the ticket vouchers at Verizon Arena’s box office.

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UPDATE: Women’s SEC Tourney tickets

Feb 28, 2015 by

Congratulations to Patre Williams, you are the winner of two ticket books to the Women’s SEC Basketball Tournament! Check your inbox, an email from Little Rock Mamas should be waiting on you!

SEC Women's Basketball Tournament

The Women’s SEC Basketball Tournament kicks off Wednesday, March 4, at 6 p.m. at Verizon Arena in North Little Rock — and here at Little Rock Mamas, we have tickets.

In fact, we have tickets to all of the games, thanks to the Angela Rogers Group, which has provided us with 2 ticket books, worth $100 each, to give away to a very lucky basketball fan.

According to the tournament’s website, a ticket book contains seven tickets, one for each session, which allows 1 person to attend all 13 games. Sessions on Wednesday and Thursday will be all general admission seating. Each ticket book will include a general admission ticket for the Wednesday evening, Thursday afternoon and Thursday evening sessions and a reserved seat ticket for Friday, Saturday and Sunday sessions.

Can you beat 5 days of Women’s SEC basketball?!?! This promises to be some great basketball — South Carolina, Tennessee, Kentucky and Mississippi State are all in the Top 25!

The tournament kicks off Wednesday at 6 p.m. with two games. (The second game in each of these sessions starts 25 minutes after the first game concludes.) On Thursday and Friday, four games will be played each day. The first session on both days will start at noon, while the second batch will start at 6 p.m. On Saturday, two games will be played, starting at 4 p.m. On Sunday, March 8, the championship game starts at 2:30 p.m.

Are you excited yet?

To enter to win, leave me a comment on this post (not our Facebook page) by MONDAY at NOON about why you’d like to attend the tournament and who you’d take with you. A winner will be randomly drawn Monday afternoon. You must be able to pick up the ticket books from downtown Little Rock.

Even if you aren’t our lucky winner, you can still go watch some great Women’s SEC basketball. Check out the info below on where to get tickets.

Women's SEC Tournament ticket info

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Women’s SEC/Big 12 Challenge

Dec 11, 2014 by

Calling all college basketball fans — Little Rock Mamas is giving away 4 tickets* to the Women’s SEC/Big 12 Challenge on December 21 at Verizon Arena.


In the first match up, Texas will face off against Texas A&M at 12:30 p.m.

Then at 3 p.m., the Lady Razorbacks will take on Oklahoma.

And you can be there for all of this great basketball! Just leave me a comment by midnight Monday (Dec. 15) telling me why you want to go to the Women’s SEC/Big 12 Challenge. I’ll randomly draw a winner on Tuesday.

Good luck!

* Many thanks to the Angela Rogers Group for providing us with tickets to give to our awesome readers.

Women's SEC Big 12 Challenge

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Circus winner

Aug 11, 2014 by

And the winner of 4 ticket vouchers to the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey’s Super Circus Heroes at Verizon Arena on Thursday night IS …

*drum roll*


Congratulations, Brandy. Keep an eye on your Inbox because I will be emailing you about the tickets.

Thanks to everyone who entered!

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