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.
January 10 & 11 | Mouse Paint
Welcome back to ROAR after our break for the holidays! To kick off the New Year, we are reading a story about three mice who discover how fun color mixing can be. Afterwards, we will be creating color mixing sensory bags using shaving cream and paint. This week’s ROAR project was inspired by all of the paintings and colors in our Museum of Art! ***This week’s project will use paint and could get a little messy***
January 17 & 18 | Ada Twist Scientist
This week’s ROAR is inspired by our conservation lab, where art conservators work to restore and preserve our art to be enjoyed by future generations! We will be reading the book Ada Twist, Scientist and then creating our own science-themed sensory bottles! ***This week’s project will use paint and could get a little messy***
January 24 & 25 | How Are You Peeling?: Foods with Moods
This week, ROAR was inspired by all the fruits and vegetables in our still life gallery in the Museum of Art! We will be reading the book How Are You Peeling?: Foods with Moods and then stamping with various fruits and vegetables! ***This week’s project will use paint and could get a little messy***
January 31 & February 1 | Crunch, The Shy Dinosaur
This week’s ROAR program is inspired by the stone gardens underneath the Center for Asian Art here at the Ringling! We will be reading Crunch, The Shy Dinosaur by Cirocco Dunlap and painting rocks, just like Crunch does in the story! ***This week’s project will use paint and could get a little messy***
February 7 & 8 | The Knight and the Dragon
In ROAR this week, we will be reading the book The Knight and the Dragon and then creating our own shields! Our project this week is inspired by our brand new Knights exhibition, on display now in the Searing Wing of the Museum of Art.
February 14 & 15 | Pout Pout Fish
This week’s ROAR was inspired by both the Valentines Day holiday and the print Filefish, from the series Illustrated Collection of Fish Species of Greater Japan. We will be reading The Pout Pout Fish and afterwards making fish made out of hearts to create our own Kiss Kiss Fish!
February 21 & 22 | I Will Not Eat You
This week’s ROAR was inspired by these eyes shining out from underneath a table in one of our still lives. We are reading the book I Will Not Eat You, starring a reclusive character who lives in a cave, and then creating our own creepy caves with eyes shining out of them!
February 28 & March 1 | The Paper Bag Princess
Today’s ROAR was inspired by the heroine Joan of Arc, featured in the poster case of the Tibbals Learning Center. We will be reading about another heroine in Robert Munsch’s The Paper Bag Princess, and will be decorating our own paper bag vests to wear!
March 7 & 8 | Giraffes Can’t Dance
This week’s ROAR is inspired by the musical instruments in Bartolomeo Bettera’s Still Life with Musical Instruments. We will be reading Giraffes Can’t Dance by Giles Andreae, and we will make our own instruments to make music to dance to!
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. •