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.
► No advance registration is required. ROAR! is free, however you must pick up tickets in the Visitors Pavilion on the morning of the program.
September 20 & 21 | Triangle by Mac Barnett
Today’s ROAR program is inspired by our Bolger Playspace, which includes this fun triangular structure. We will be reading the book Triangle by Mac Barnett and then making puppets of the main character! ***We will be using paint this week, so it might get messy***
September 27 & 28 | Square by Mac Barnett
For this week’s ROAR, we drew inspiration from the sculpture Colossus by Alfredo Halegua, on display on The Ringling’s grounds! We will be reading the book Square by Mac Barnett and then creating collages using square materials on square canvases.
October 4 & 5 | Pete the Cat: I Love My White Shoe by Eric Litwin
This week’s ROAR is inspired by this drawing titled Bluebird Cat by costume designer Miles White, which is part of The Ringling’s Tibbals Circus Collection housed in our archives. We are reading the book Pete the Cat: I Love My White Shoes and then painting on canvases using shoes as stamps! ***We will be using paint this week, so it might get messy***
October 11 & 12 | Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak
For this week’s ROAR theme we were inspired by some of the creatures and monsters we can find in Museum of Art, including this one from a painting called Perseus and Andromeda by Giuseppe Cesari which you can find in Gallery 9 of the Museum of Art. We will be reading the book Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak and then creating our own crowns like the main character wears in the story.
October 18 & 19 | Egg by Kevin Henkes
This week, our story for ROAR was inspired by this Circus poster of some rather surprising hatchlings coming out of their eggs! This poster is not currently on view but is still an important part of our Tibbals Circus Collection. Our story this week, Egg by Kevin Henkes, features a surprising hatchling of its own. After our story, we will be creating small alligators out of sticks! ***We will be using paint this week, so it might get messy***
October 25 & 26 | Life on Mars by Jon Agee
Today’s ROAR theme was inspired by the unique pink creature in this painting, Knowledge from Samantha by Trenton Doyle Hancock, on display in the Art of Our Time exhibition in the Museum of Art. We will be reading the book Life on Mars by Jon Agee and afterwards creating our own rocketships!
November 1 & 2 | Should I share My Ice Cream by Mo Willems
This painting is titled An Act of Mercy: Giving Drink to the Thirsty and shows a woman sharing a jug of water with her comrades. This week, our story at ROAR is also about sharing and friendship. We will be reading the book Should I Share My Ice Cream? by Mo Willems and then making ice cream-themed slime! ***This week’s project might get messy***
November 8 & 9 | Circus by Lois Ehlert
This week, our story and activity for ROAR were inspired by our TIbbals Learning Center and Original Circus Museum, where visitors are able to learn about our circus legacy! In ROAR, we will be reading the book Circus by Lois Ehlert and then creating our own Ringmaster hats inspired by the colors used in the story.
November 15 & 16 | First the Egg by Laurie Vaccaro Seeger
This week, our ROAR theme was inspired by all the growing and changing plants and animals that live around The Ringling’s Grounds and Gardens! We will be reading the book First the Egg by Laurie Vaccaro Seeger and then creating baby chick finger puppets.
November 22 & 23 | NO ROAR Today.
Enjoy the holiday! See you next week.
November 29 & 30 | Stack the Cats by Susie Ghahremani
In this week’s ROAR program, we will be reading the book Stack the Cats by Susie Ghahremani and then creating our own cat stack collages! ROAR this week was inspired by this woodblock print, called Cats, by artist Saitō Kiyoshi. This woodblock print is not currently on display but is still an important piece in our collection here at The Ringling.
December 6 & 7 | Sam and Dave Dig a Hole by Mac Barnett
For this week’s ROAR, we were inspired by all of the spectacular objects on display here at the museum! We will be reading the book Sam and Dave Dig a Hole written by Mac Barnett and illustrated by Jon Klassen, which stars two boys on a hunt for something spectacular. Afterwards, we will be using paintbrushes and warm water to excavate our own spectacular objects out of blocks of ice. ***This week’s project should not be messy; however, your child may get wet***
December 13 & 14 | Penguin Problems by Jory John and Lane Smith
The next ROAR program was inspired by this image of a penguin costume from our Tibbals Circus Collection. For this week’s program, we will be reading the book Penguin Problems by Jory John and Lane Smith and then painting our own penguins! ***We will be using paint this week, so the project might get messy***
• ROAR! is made possible in part by the generous support of the Lester E. Bessemer and Tilley Bessemer Endowment. •