I do not like circuses that involve animals. I believe they involve animal cruelty and I've never taken my kids to one of those shows. There are some wonderful animal free alternatives when it comes to circuses, such as the Cirque du Soleil shows. Those shows are fabulous, although a bit pricey if you have a couple of kids you want to take to the show. We have taken them to see Cirque du Soleil shows and they loved them.
Last weekend we were able to take them to the Cirque Italia show. It's an animal free circus that is not quite the high caliber show that Cirque du Soleil shows are, but still good! The show was filled with pure human talent and skill. The family had a great time at the show and the cost was affordable. If you have a Cirque Italia show come to your town, check it out. It's a good family friendly show that my kids really enjoyed, and so did the adults!
Here are some pictures from the Cirque Italia show we went to see in Palm Coast, Florida: