To celebrate the arrival of Ringling Bros. Barnum & Bailey Circus on Long Island for this weekend’s performances, the Long Island Children’s Museum (LICM) hosted their annual Circus Animal Walk Monday night. On this special evening, museum visitors applaud the Ringling Bros. animals as they file past the Children’s Museum to their temporary home at the Coliseum.
From 6 to 9 p.m., about 1600 advanced ticket holders enjoyed circus–themed activities and booths set up around the museum’s exhibit rooms. Upon entering, children were invited to decorate hats and make elephant snack crackers. “Circus snacks” like juice, cotton candy, and chips were distributed for free, with smiles, in the museum’s cafeteria. And upstairs, there was face painting and the opportunity to create clown noisemakers, acrobat spinner toys, and dragon puppets.
Towards the end of the evening, an announcement alerts kids big and small (I saw at least two Daddies doubling as clowns!) to look out the windows and see elephants and horses walk by. Or they can head outside, where Monday night’s balmy temperatures allowed a front row view in comfort. Tara Pallisco, LICM’s Development & Communications Assistant, reported that Monday night’s parade was briefly delayed when a baby elephant threw a temper tantrum and “refused to budge.” My own little tiger threw a tantrum himself, and we had to get him home to his cage, er, crib, before the procession, but I’m told the animals arrived by 8:30 p.m. and delighted all!