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A Day in the Life of a Clown

We attended as a guest of the circus

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Have you ever wondered what it is like to be a clown?

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I have numerous times, and this thought comes popping into my head as an adult every time I go to the circus. My love of clowns is enormous. It all started when I was a little girl, and my very first clown memories were of my bedroom. My Dad had built furniture to make it look like a Circus. He had Christmas lights strung on the bookshelf and all my furniture was painted with stripes. My Grandmother made my bedding, and it was adorned with circus animals all over it, and my walls were full of fun clown paintings that our artist neighbor had painted.

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I loved my room.
Clowns were my very favorite.
It was fun, and my imagination ran wild while laying in bed many nights.

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Fast forward to my adult life. I am now a crazy mom who jumped at the idea of taking her kids going to Ringling Bros. Jr. Clown College. I couldn’t wait to take my kids to meet real-life clowns. It was a crazy dream come true. I wish I could say my children were as excited about this prospect, but they were not. They agreed to go try it because they are very good sports.

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When we got to the Honda Center, we were led down to the arena floor. We sat down and were handed adorable Elephant fans. Once everyone got one, the clowns started coming out from behind the red curtain, and it was so exciting. They were the same clowns we saw just days before performing in Ringling Bros. And Barnum & Bailey Circus Extreme.

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At this point, I was not sure what to expect. We were told each child would get a number to be placed with a clown. The clowns then started sharing fun facts. We learned about the white faced clown, pale faced clowns and also about character clowns. We also were taught how clowns put their makeup on, what types of face makeup they use, and how they put baby powder on over the greasy makeup so it sticks. It was all very informative. We had no idea all the work that went into getting yourself ready when you are a clown!

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Now for the moment we had all been waiting for, we were each placed with a clown. Each of my kids got different clowns. Steele was with the white faced clown that taught him how to juggle scarves. Sterling was with the group learning to balance feathers on their palms and toe of their shoes and Stryker was with the clowns that were doing the face painting. Once everyone had an opportunity to participate in their activity, the kids were switched to the other areas. My kids were having a blast! They loved it. I knew they would, and I was glad they went to try it out.

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Ringling Bros. And Barnum & Bailey Jr. Clown College was very fun. If you ever get the chance to participate in it, I think you will have a great time. My family sure did, and I hope we can go back again someday.

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Dawn Maltin is a Loving wife and devoted stay at home mom to three amazing little boys. Her philosophy is family first and everything else second. She is a self proclaimed craft-a-holic. When she is not knee deep in family adventures you can find her making,baking and crafting just about any and everything. If she does not know how to make something, you can be sure she will learn and master it before too long. She also has a love for fine dining,travel and reading.
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