Tampa, Florida -- The Ringling Bros and Barnum and Bailey Circus clowns made a special visit to Tampa General Hospital, takingtime out of their schedule to bring some smiles to pediatric patients.

PHOTOS:Circus clowns entertain kids at TGH

This comes just before Thursday night's benefit the 23rd Annual Tampa General Hospital Foundation Night at the Circus.

Part of the night's circus ticket proceeds will go to the Children's Medical Center at TGH.