Full-Day of Family Activities Celebrate the Circus at the Ringling Museum
Sarasota, FL — January 3, 2008 —Visitors will enjoy a full-day of family activities celebrating the circus at The John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art on Saturday, Jan. 26, 2008, 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m.
For the price of regular museum admission, the entire family will have opportunities to see how circus models are built, walk the low wire, experience live circus music, interact with clowns and learn about the art of clowning.
The schedule of events is as follows:
- Circus Model Builders Exhibition, All Day, 10 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
More than 40 circus model builders from throughout the United States display their own model pieces.
- Howard Tibbals Demonstration, 1-4 p.m. only
Howard Tibbals, builder of the Howard Bros. Model Circus, the world’s largest miniature circus, will answer questions and describe how he created the tented city on display at the Circus Museum’s Tibbals Learning Center.
- Circus Sarasota activities, 1- 3 p.m. only
Clowns and artists from Circus Sarasota will mingle with visitors, instructing them in such arts as stilt walking, juggling balls and walking across the low wire.
- Circus Wagons Handz-On Family Program, 1-3 p.m. only
Children and their adult partners will study circus wagons and make their own collage wagons.
- Windjammers Unlimited Concert, 2-3 p.m. only
Guests will hear the Windjammers perform early 20th-century circus music in the Museum of Art’s Courtyard. 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.