On Saturday and Sunday, February 11 and 12, the Newark Museum is going to be holding its 10th annual Circus Science day. Your kids–and you–can learn the science behind juggling, magic and acrobatics and frolic in the circus traditions of face painting, balloon artistry and clowning around, thanks to the museum’s partnership with the Ringling Bros. And Barnum & Bailey Circus®.
One lucky visitor (14 or older) will win the chance to experience circus magic from a unique perspective — as a full-fledged, baggy-pants clown. Get made up by an actual Ringling Brothers clown, be outfitted in an authentic clown costume and make the audience roar with laughter, as you perform with Clown Alley during the All Access Preshow at the Prudential Center on Friday, March 2 at 6:30 p.m. The lucky winner will also receive a family four-pack of tickets to that evening’s show. Other prizes include an original work of art by the “Pachyderm Picasso” of Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey and family four-packs of tickets to the Greatest Show on Earth.
From 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. all weekend long, the museum’s garden and galleries will be transformed into a three-ringed extravaganza. Kids can learn to juggle, spin plates in the air, take a turn on a trapeze and even walk a tightrope as they learn the theories of balance, centrifugal force, motion and gravity. This is a very popular weekend, so if you’re going to go, you should get there early.
There will be Ringling Bros. clown shows at 11:30 a.m., 1:30 and 3:30 p.m., and magic shows at 12:30, 2:30 and 4:40 p.m. Admission to Circus Science, including either the
clown or magic show performance, is $10 for adults and $6 for seniors and children under 12. Tickets for additional performances may be purchased for $3 each. Members are admitted free of charge. All Museum workshops and exhibitions, including guided tours are free and open to the public. Tickets for programs and performances are provided on a first-come, first-served basis. Groups of 25 or more may call 973-596-5150 for advance ticket purchase.