Circus to Bring Interactive Performance to MOSI

Clowns will help children understand gravity, learn strength-building routines and explore the art of juggling in Science of the Circus.

Clowns from Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey will amaze children of all ages as they bring a live, interactive performance to the Museum of Science and Industry Saturday, Dec. 8 from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The Science of the Circus event will feature activities such as exploring and understanding gravity, examining the art of juggling and learning strength-building routines, all led by the clowns.

MOSI is located at 4801 E. Fowler Ave., Tampa.

The day will feature more than 450 hands-on activities, plus the Ringling Bros. Science of the Circus clowns, who will explain the science behind  their daredevilry and skills that require concentration, patience, timing, dexterity and courage.

Then, after exploring the science behind the circus, families are invited to attend "The Greatest Show on Earth" Jan. 2-6 at the Tampa Bay Times Forum. The new show, "Built to Amaze!" features elephants, tigers, acrobats and aerialists from across the globe.

For show times and ticket information, visit www.ringling.com.

MOSI is a nonprofit, community-based institution and educational resource that is dedicated to advancing public interest, knowledge and understanding of science, industry and technology. For information, visit the website.

Cj Ellie December 06, 2012 at 04:33 PM
Every year MOSI promotes Ringling’s circus programs, how about a program for the community that focuses on 40 years worth of scientific and research about elephants in the wild and their natural behaviors. We now know that elephants mirror the human species in emotions, lifespan, age progression and family structure. Captive elephants have even been diagnosed with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder because they share all the same emotions we do, they even mourn their dead. I would think a program like I described about wild elephants would have more educational value then a trip to the circus to watch elephants perform unnatural behaviors.


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