Stories and illustrations are often a child’s first exposure to the joy of reading and the wonder of art. ROAR! is The Ringling’s family storytime designed to engage toddlers and preschoolers in activities that connect art with early literacy. Join us in for a story and an accompanying activity. Tickets include Museum Admission for the day.
Due to the popularity of this free program, advance registration is highly recommended. All ticket holders must check in at the Visitor’s Pavilion and receive a wristband before proceeding to the Education Building. Check in for the program begins at 10:00am. If you have not picked up your tickets by 10:20am, they may be released and given to another family.
March 14 & 15 | The Stinky Cheese Man
This week at ROAR we are inspired by a follower of Guiseppe Arcimboldo’s Copy after Arcimboldo’s Summer, in Gallery 13 of the art museum. We can make so many figures out of different shapes, just like the characters in Jon Scieszka’s The Stinky Cheese Man. After reading the story we will make our own characters out of fun shapes!
March 21 & 22 – NO PROGRAM (Sarasota County Spring Break)
March 28 & 29 – NO PROGRAM (Manatee County Spring Break)
April 4 & 5 | Dragons Love Tacos
Join ROAR this week for a fire-breathing good time! Together we will read Dragons Love Tacos by Adam Rubin, and create dragon friends of our very own! We will be using paint for our craft, so come prepared to make a little bit of a mess!
April 11 & 12 | Lines that Wiggle
This week’s ROAR project was inspired by the artwork Imperfect by Roy Lichtenstein on display in the Interpolations exhibition at the museum. We will be reading the book Lines that Wiggle and then creating our own line-based projects using crayons and watercolors!
April 18 & 19 | A Parade of Elephants
This week’s ROAR program is inspired by “The Greatest Show on Earth” mural in the Tibbals Learning center, which depict the famous circus elephants marching. We will be reading A Parade of Elephants by Kevin Henkes and then making our very own elephants out of paper plates!
ROAR will be taking a break for the rest of April and May. We will see you again on June 6!
• ROAR! is made possible in part by the generous support of the Lester E. Bessemer and Tilley Bessemer Endowment. •