Kids & Families
Summer Circus Spectacular
On June 16 the curtain goes up on the annual Summer Circus Spectacular at The Historic Asolo Theater. Presented in collaboration with The Circus Arts Conservatory of Sarasota, this on-stage exhibition of circus artistry provides delightful – and affordable – summer entertainment for “children of all ages.”
The 2015 Circus Spectacular will amaze and dazzle you! Join us for an hour of thrilling family fun and enjoy the hilarious antics of Kirk Marsh, award-winning 13 year old juggler Sebastian St. Jules, the daring teeterboard acrobatics of the Alvarez Family, world renowned risley act stars the Anastasini Brothers, and the magnificent “Queen of the air,” Dolly Jacobs, and more!
Attention all Summer Camps!
The Ringling's Summer Circus Spectacular is a fun way to keep your campers cool this summer. Campers will experience an entertaining circus show, the Circus Museum and the beautiful Bayfront Gardens.
Family Workshops are free drop-in programs, which feature self-guided art projects. Families do not need to buy admission or register to participate; simply stop by the Welcome Center in the Visitor Pavilion and enjoy an art project at your own pace. (Adults without children are, of course, also welcome!) Projects are generally designed to be open-ended and appropriate for children between the ages of 4 and 10 years of age. Please view the calendar for dates and times.
Kids Quests are 45-minute sessions facilitated by a museum educator, featuring conversations and a game surrounding one or two featured objects in The Ringling’s collection. Although Kids Quests always meet at the Visitor Pavilion, they explore a different location on the Ringling Estate each week. There is a $2 cost per child to participate in a Kids Quest, and this fee gives the family access to the featured venue for the rest of the day. Kids Quests are thematically related to the art project in the Family Workshop, so families are encouraged to participate in both experiences. Please view the calendar for dates and times.
ROAR! Ringling Order of Art Readers
Give a child the gift of reading and you give them the world at their fingertips. Families with children 4 to 7 are invited to join The Ringling Order of Art Readers. A Ringling staff member will enchant children with a story about art and follow it with a fun craft or activity. Registration is required. Programs are limited to 20 children and an adult must accompany each child. Get your kids to ROAR! about Reading!
Guiding Kids in the Museum
As long as kids are having fun thinking and talking about works of art, they’ll be enriched by the experience. We've put together a few tips and age appropriate activities to ensure your visit is a memorable one.
Family Friendly Itinerary
The Ringling is the perfect place for a day filled with family fun! This self-guided itinerary highlights some kid-friendly exhibits and activities and provides introduces John and Mable Ringling and the Museum they built.
The David F. Bolger Playspace
Slide, swing, splash, tumble and bounce: every so often the child in all of us needs to get outdoors, let go and just play. Now families and school groups visiting The Ringling have just such a place to gather, The David F. Bolger Playspace, where a tower and slide, basket swings, hand-powered fountains and other novel pieces of equipment promise to deliver good times and gales of laughter.