Celebrate Circus at the Ringling Museum
Sarasota, FL — Nov. 21, 2008 — Children of all ages are invited to celebrate all-things circus at The John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art on Saturday, Jan. 24, 2008, 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. For the price of regular museum admission, the entire family will enjoy a full day of festive and fun family-friendly circus activities.
The schedule of events is as follows:
- Circus Model Builders, All Day, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.
More than 30 circus model builders from throughout the United States display their own model pieces. The group will also be at the Estate Sunday, Jan. 25, 10 a.m. -3 p.m.
- Howard Tibbals Book Signing
Howard Tibbals, builder of the Howard Bros. Model Circus, the world’s largest
miniature circus, and author of The Circus in Miniature: The Howard Bros. Circus Model will be signing copies of his recently released book. Books can be purchased at the Museum Store.
- Saturdays are Family Days Activities, 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m.
Children and their families will enjoy family-friendly activities centered around circus themes. Ringling Museum staff and volunteers will present a circus-themed story time and children will have the opportunity to build a three-ring circus with wire, pipe cleaners and die-cut animals; make kazoos and join the Windjammers in concert later in the day; and decorate elephant blankets.
- Family Activity Guides Focused on Circus Wagons
Complimentary family guides will focus on exploring original circus wagons and are available throughout the day.
- Windjammers Unlimited Concert, 2-3 p.m.
Guests will hear the Windjammers perform early 20th-century circus music. Windjammers is a society dedicated to preserving and performing the music of circus bands from the early 20th century.
Activities are offered on a first-come, first-served basis and reservations are not required. Admission to the museum is $19 for adults, $16 for seniors, $6 for students and teachers and free for children 5 and under. Tickets may be purchased in the Visitors Pavilion of the museum. For more information visit www.ringling.org.
This program is funded in part by the Florida Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs, Cultural Institutions Program; and in part by the Les and Judy Smout Foundation.