Posted on: Mon, 03/26/2001 - 12:40pm
ARI's picture
Joined: 12/14/2000 - 09:00

pHi All:/p
pJust got word from some friends that the circus is in town and was very excited until I remebered that Elephants eat peanuts or do they??? /p
pHas anyone been to the circus with their PA child and if so was it safe??? I tried to call the Coliseum but there is no one to talk to only a machine and have no way to contact Ringling Bros. /p
pAny help/advice would be greatly appreciated./p

Posted on: Tue, 03/27/2001 - 11:33am
BeckyA's picture
Joined: 08/24/2000 - 09:00

The last conversation I had with someone about the possibility of going to the circus convinced me not to. It's not the animals eating the peanuts that bothered me, it was the people in the audience.
Peanuts are sold alongside popcorn at the circus as a big part of the "circus experience" I just don't like the risk of peanut shells all over the place.

Posted on: Tue, 03/27/2001 - 11:56am
Caring Mom's picture
Joined: 10/12/2000 - 09:00

I just went threw this also. The circus was here in town last week or the week before & someone told me the same exact things, Peanuts are everywhere(fromt he elephants to the audience). I felt uncomfortable so I did not take my children.
Good Luck

Posted on: Tue, 03/27/2001 - 12:21pm
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Joined: 03/26/2001 - 09:00

I had told my children about the circus and was very excited until I remembered peanuts would be all over. I talked to the kids and they had no problem with changing the plans. I wish there was something that would have been safer for my daughter. I would rather disappoint the children, which didn't happen, than risk my daughters life.
Good luck on whatever you choose.

Posted on: Tue, 03/27/2001 - 12:38pm
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Joined: 12/02/1999 - 09:00

Well, a few months ago we took our 2 PA children to the Shrine Circus. My FIL had gotten us very coveted ringmaster tickets and there was no way we could turn it down. It was really cool - we had dinner with the clowns before the show, rode the trolley into the arena to start the circus (right behind the elephants got pretty stinky LOL), and had seats "on the floor".
I was pretty worried about the whole peanut thing but didn't want to give the kids Benadryl before we went cause then they would have been tired and cranky. So, I took in my purse to give if needed.
Logan, who is very allergic in general to just about everything had the least trouble of us. He had some asthma problems and that was all.
Lauren got a few hives and got kind of snotty in her nose and throat.
I had the worst trouble. My nose was pouring like a faucet, my eyes were watering, my throat and ears were itching, and I was sneezing constantly. I also got hives on my hands. However, on top of PA I'm also very allergic to hay and animals so I'm sure that contributed to my misery.
I waited until the circus was over and then gave the kids the Benadryl. They were fine on the way home.

Posted on: Tue, 03/27/2001 - 12:47pm
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posted May 31, 2000 10:05 PM
Also, a little off topic, but we recently had a really frightening
experience at a local circus. The circus came to our very small town
and it was a really big deal (I only mention this because you were
reading the book about the circus to your son), so we went. Outside,
they were selling all different kinds of foods at very costly prices. We
got in, got settled, and then, didn't the Master of Ceremonies start
flogging peanuts, how good they were for you, etc. and how
inexpensive they were (they were the cheapest snack available
there) and on and on. Everyone goes running to get peanuts.
Because there had been a previous show the same day, I look down
and there are peanut shells all over the floor. I was freaking out. I
held my son on my knee and focused his attention on the circus. We
left at half-time. My husband and I were both really distraught over
the experience. When I got home, I immediately took everyone's
clothes and washed them for fear that we might have a peanut skin
(not the shell, the other part, whatever it's called) on them. I didn't
even think about peanuts = circus or vice versa or we wouldn't have
gone. Are there other events we should miss because of this? It was
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posted June 03, 2000 01:14 AM
Hi Cindy
First I want to respond to the circus thing - we went to the circus
last year and I had the same problem - shells all over the floor. By
the way, my daughter's second anaphylactic reaction was to the shell
(not just the skin) of a peanut that had been eaten 6 months earlier
but the shell was still in a bowl of otherwise safe candies. Anyway,
this year I went to the circus again but made sure we went to the
first show of the day to have a clean floor and with a large group of
friends so I could sit in the middle and be sure noone around us was
eating peanuts. It worked out OK.
Ari, please accept my apologies. I knew I had posted about my horrific circus experience when I had it. I do not know how to cut and paste from another thread. I did do a search and found my post. I also found the one reply in response to the potential problem of going to the circus and I hope the person who posted it will forgive me for just putting it in here almost a year later and not even properly!
Also, I know that sarsha started a similar thread, I believe last month, under Living with PA in which I also posted. I do know that she got other responses separate from mine so you may want to check that thread out too in addition to the responses that you do receive here.
I really think for me now, it would depend on the actual quality of the circus that was coming or we were going to. The one we went to that I described above was absolutely terrible! The performers, animals, costumes, everything were terribly worn out and you could see it. It was awful. But, if a large name circus was something to be attended, I think I would consider the circus experience again with some steps to ensure my PA son's safety. Calling the facility. Sitting near the exit and on the last of the row of the seats. Making sure a hospital was close. Making sure - double, triple checking that I had his meds with me. I think that's about it.
Best wishes, and again, my apologies for how I got the other posts in here, appropriate but not done properly at all. [img][/img]

Posted on: Wed, 03/28/2001 - 6:20am
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Joined: 12/06/2000 - 09:00

We just took our PA son to the circus last weekend. We were a little nervous. We took wipes to clean the hand rests on the seats before we let him sit down. We were happily surprised, though, to find that peanuts were not even sold at the circus! I don't know if the elephants got them or not but we were far away from them so it wouldn't matter. there was only nachos, snow cones, and candy at this circus.

Posted on: Wed, 03/28/2001 - 10:18am
ARI's picture
Joined: 12/14/2000 - 09:00

Thanks for all your responses, you guys are always full of great information. I have to say I decided to chicken out we have not had any accident incidents to date and I really did feel comfortable about the whole thing. But my friend did go and she said they did not sell peanuts at the concession stand but that the elephants did eat them.
Thanks again.

Posted on: Wed, 03/28/2001 - 1:31pm
Linda-Jo's picture
Joined: 07/30/1999 - 09:00

We go to the Big Apple Circus every year and so far so good! It is a one-ring circus compared to the Ringling Bros. 3-ring. If my memory serves me right, there weren't any peanuts sold at this circus. We bring our own snacks anyway. I make our own safe popcorn, fruit snacks, juice boxes, etc., all the safe things. If anyone stops us, which they haven't yet, I would just tell them about her severe allergy and I don't want to take any chances. Good luck and if you do decide to go, Enjoy and Have Fun!

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