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RINGLING BROS. AND BARNUM & BAILEY HOSTS 4-DAY CLOWN CRAWL TO CELEBRATE BOOK LOVERS DAY

Billy the Clown, of the World Famous Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Clown Alley, will make several Kansas City stops, Aug. 6 – 9, to celebrate reading with children of all ages

KANSAS CITY, MO. (July 24, 2014) – Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey will feature the first ever “Clown Crawl,” a four-day event in which Billy, a Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey clown, will visit local hospitals, libraries and bookstores in the Kansas City metropolitan area to celebrate Book Lovers Day on Aug. 9.

The community is invited to attend the meet-and-greet sessions that will include entertainment, activities, giveaways and photo opportunities tied to this year’s Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey show theme, Built To Amaze; an extraordinarily engineered circus experience where Children Of All Ages® find out what it takes to build The Greatest Show On Earth®.

The clown crawl will start Wednesday, Aug. 6, and end on Book Lovers Day, Saturday, Aug. 9.

CLOWN CRAWL SCHEDULE:

Wednesday, Aug. 6, 10 – 10:45 a.m. – Meet-and-Greet and Book Gifting, Children's Mercy Hospital

NOT OPEN TO THE PUBLIC. MEDIA IS WELCOME TO ATTEND.

Details: Billy the clown will meet and greet with children in a designated Children’s Mercy fun room providing interactive and fun entertainment, including magic tricks, juggling, and a Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey coloring activity. He will also read to the children, and, to celebrate Book Lovers Day, Billy will gift copies of Dr. Seuss’ “If I Ran the Circus” to children in attendance.

Location: Children's Mercy Hospital, Adele Hall Campus 2401 Gillham Road, Kansas City, Mo 64108

Media RSVP: To attend, please RSVP to Sarah Lehman at sarah@pagecomms.com by noon CDT on Tuesday, Aug. 5 and further instructions will be provided.

Wednesday, Aug. 6, 6 – 7 p.m. – LEGO© Club, Kansas City, Kansas Public Library

OPEN TO THE PUBLIC AND MEDIA.

Details: Kansas City, Kansas Public Library’s LEGO© Club invites children of all ages to engage their imaginations and building skills by creating LEGO© creations centered around a theme. With this year’s Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Kansas City show themed Built to Amaze, Billy the clown will encourage children to construct their very own circus. He will also provide entertainment such as juggling and magic tricks and giveaways including clown noses. Discount coupons to Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey presents Built To Amaze, Sept. 10-14 at Sprint Center, and photo opportunities will be available, too.

Location: Kansas City, Kansas Public Library, Main Branch, 625 Minnesota Ave., Kansas City, KS 66101

Media Parking: Public street parking is available on Minnesota Ave., directly in front of the library’s main entrance. Enter through the front doors and go up to the children’s reading room on level two. A private lot is available behind the library. For parking access in the private lot, please RSVP to Sarah Lehman at sarah@pagecomms.com by noon on Tuesday, Aug. 5.

Thursday, Aug. 7, 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. – Storytime and Meet and Greet, The Learning Tree

OPEN TO THE PUBLIC AND MEDIA.

Details: The third stop of the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Clown Crawl is The Learning Tree for both a storytime and meet and greet with Billy the clown. He will provide entertainment, coloring sheets for an activity and give away clown noses. Additionally, Billy will read Dr. Seuss’ “If I Ran the Circus.” Discount coupons to Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey presents Built To Amaze, Sept. 10-14 at Sprint Center, will be available as well.

Location: The Learning Tree, Park Place location, 11536 Ash St., Leawood, KS 66211

Media Parking: Convenient parking is available in the parking garage on 115th Terrace and Ash Street. Limited street parking is also available in front of The Learning Tree on Ash Street.   

Friday, Aug. 8, 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. – Meet and Greet, Shawnee Books & Toys

OPEN TO THE PUBLIC AND MEDIA.

Details: The fourth stop of the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Clown Crawl is Shawnee Books & Toys for a meet and greet with Billy the clown. Billy will attend both the 10:30 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. storytime sessions providing entertainment, giveaways and photo opportunities. Discount coupons to Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey presents Built To Amaze, Sept. 10-14 at Sprint Center, will be available as well.

Location: Shawnee Books & Toys, 7311 Quivira Road, Shawnee, KS 66216

Media Parking: Convenient parking is available in the parking lot in front of Shawnee Books & Toys off Quivira Road. 

Saturday, Aug. 9, 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. – Sprint© Family Fun Days

OPEN TO THE PUBLIC AND MEDIA.

Details: The Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Clown Crawl will make its final stop at Sprint© Family Fun Days, partnering with the Kansas City Power & Light District to announce on-sale tickets for the eight-show run of Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey presents Built to Amaze at Sprint Center, Sept. 10 – 14. The community is invited to meet Billy and watch him perform tricks that like juggling, balancing and spinning objects, and many more crowd favorites. Giveaways, discount coupons to the show and photo opportunities will be available as well.

Additionally, attendees can enter to win a Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey gift set by purchasing a $5 raffle ticket. All raffle proceeds will benefit Children’s Mercy Hospitals and Clinics. The gift sets will include one Dr. Suess’ “If I Ran The Circus” floor puzzle, eight ticket vouchers for Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Presents Built To Amaze! at Sprint Center, one hardcopy of Dr. Suess’ “If I Ran The Circus,” and other fun items.

Location: Kansas City Power & Light District, 14th Street between Grand Boulevard and Walnut Street. 

About Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey® Presents Built To Amaze!

Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey® Presents Built To Amaze!, is an extraordinarily engineered circus experience where Children Of All Ages® find out what it takes to build The Greatest Show On Earth®. The foundation is set and the rising anticipation of high-energy, high-jinx and hilarity is ready to be transported by colorful circus machinery and unleashed from shipping crates right before the audience’s eyes from Sept. 10 – 14 at Sprint Center Kansas City.

Tickets for Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey PRESENTS Built To Amaze start at $15. All seats are reserved, and tickets are available online at SprintCenter.com, in person at the Sprint Center Box Office or charge-by-phone at 1-888-9AXS-TIX. For more information, visit www.Ringling.com

About Feld Entertainment 

Feld Entertainment is the worldwide leader in producing and presenting live touring family entertainment experiences that lift the human spirit and create indelible memories, with 30 million people in attendance at its shows each year. Feld Entertainment’s productions have appeared in more than 70 countries and on six continents to date and include Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey®, Monster Jam®, Monster Energy Supercross, Nuclear Cowboyz®, AMSOIL Arenacross, Disney On Ice, Disney Live! and Marvel Universe LIVE! More information on Feld Entertainment is available online at www.feldentertainment.com.