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.
Please note: ROAR! is free, however a ticket is required. Tickets may be picked up in the Visitors Pavilion the morning of the program.
Program Schedule (subject to change)
April 19 & 20 | Olivia Saves the Circus by Ian Falconet
April 21 | Special Edition for World Circus Day! Circus Girl: Book reading with Clare Pernice, author of Circus Girl followed by an art making activity inspired by characters in the book.
April 26 & 27 | The Farmer and the Clown by Marla Frazee
May 3 & 4 | Black? White! Day? Night! by Laura Veccaro Seegar
May 10 & 11 | Everything is Mama by Jimmy Fallon
May 17 & 18 | NO PROGRAM
May 24 & 25 | NO PROGRAM
May 31 & June 1 | NO PROGRAM
We are excited to offer a special Summer edition of ROAR! This Summer, we will offer two choices of books – geared towards older and younger children respectively- for your family to choose between. After the stories, both groups will meet up to complete an art project together in the classroom.
June 6 & 7 | Frogs
Today’s ROAR program is inspired by the sculpture, immortal Liu Hai and his magical toad, on view in the Chao Gallery of the Museum of Art.
► Ages 0-3 will read Jump! by Scott M. Fischer
► Ages 4-6 will read I’m a Frog! by Mo Willems
► After our stories we will make frog visors out of foam pieces
June 14 & 15 | Gardens
For this week’s ROAR, we drew inspiration from our 66 acres of Bayfront Gardens!
► Ages 0-3 will read Up, Down, and Around by Katherine Ayers
► Ages 4-6 will read The Little Gardener by Emily Hughes
► After we read our stories, we will be potting plants to take home and start our own gardens.
June 21 & 22 | Boats
This week’s ROAR program is inspired by John and Mable Ringling’s yacht, The Zalophus! The Ringlings used the houseboat to entertain friends and business associates until the ship sank off Lido Key in 1930. ***This week’s project will be wet***
► Ages 0-3 will read Boats by Byron Barton
► Ages 4-6 will read A River by Marc Martin
► After we read our stories, we will build model boats out of pool noodles and try to keep them afloat in kiddie pools! ***This week’s project will be wet***
June 28 & 29 | Monsters
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. ***This week’s project will be messy***
► Ages 0-3 will read A Busy Creature’s Day Eating by Mo Willems
► Ages 4-6 will read Quit Calling Me a Monster by Jory John
► After we read our stories, we will be making our own creatures and monsters out of clay! ***This week’s project will be messy***
July 5 & 6 | Architecture
The theme for this week’s ROAR was inspired by the architect of Ca d’Zan, Dwight James Baum. We are reading books about characters who can create extraordinary things out of ordinary materials, much like Baum did when building Ca d’Zan.
► Ages 0-3 will read Not a Box by Antoinette Portis
► Ages 4-6 will read Iggy Peck, Architect by Andrea Beaty
► After we read our stories, we will be constructing with recycled cardboard to make our own extraordinary objects!
July 12 & 13 | Abstract Painting
Today’s ROAR project was inspired by paintings that are full of color and gesture, like Winter Sunday painted by Jon R. Schueler and on display in the Art of Our Time exhibit in the Museum of Art. ***This week’s project will be messy***
► Ages 0-3 will read Little Blue and Little Yellow by Leo Lionni
► Ages 4-6 will read Sky Color by Peter H. Reynolds
► After we read our stories, we will be working together to create large-scale paintings on canvas drop cloths! ***This week’s project will be messy***
July 19 & 20 | Ocean
For this week’s ROAR, we drew inspiration from the beautiful water that you can see from the Ca d’Zan Terrace and our Bayfront Gardens. We selected books all about life in the ocean.
► Ages 0-3 will read Breathe by Scott Magoon
► Ages 4-6 will read The Rainbow Fish by Marcus Pfister
► After we read our stories, we will be making ocean-themed sensory bottles to take home.
July 26 & 27 | Food
This week’s ROAR is inspired by Still Life with Plates by Cristoforo Munari that you can see in Gallery 13 in the Museum of Art. This painting is full of things to eat, particularly different kinds of bread.
► Ages 0-3 will read Yummy Yucky by Leslie Patricelli
► Ages 4-6 will read Nanette’s Baguette by Mo Willems
► After we read our stories, we will be making our own butter to eat on bread!
August 2 & 3 | Hats
This week’s ROAR theme was inspired by some of the fabulous hats and headwear worn by circus performers, including this headdress on display in the Tibbals Learning Center.
► Ages 0-3 will read Hooray for Hat! by Brian Won
► Ages 4-6 will read This Is Not My Hat by Jon Klassen
► After we read our stories, we will be making and decorating different kinds of fabulous hats to take home!
ROAR! is made possible in part by the generous support of the Lester E. Bessemer and Tilley Bessemer Endowment.