Circus theme at the Museum–Science under the Big Top

March 15, 2013 at 1:10 pm Leave a comment

This week at  the Waterloo Region Museum   many have experienced the Circus theme: Science Under the Big Top. Planning it for February to May was a smart move on the Museum’s part since March Break was in the middle. It gave families something special to do on the March Break.

Staff told me when I arrived, as storyteller for the day, that one  thousand people had already come that day. That was Tuesday. Indeed the theatre filled soon after a staff member announced storytelling time. Eager children awaited the stories, and parents, grandparents and group leaders with a band of children there for a day camp. They participated in the stories that called for actions, and they listened until it was time to move again.

On Wednesday I took a preschooler to the museum. Many activities had been designed for school-age children, but there were activities that even a preschooler could engage in with some assistance.

We read a circus story in the dress-up area and tried on clown hats and shoes. I thought we might stay there a little longer, but there was so much more to see… and hear


What’s behind the curtain? We didn’t find out since there was a group of people around it.

We’re looking down through an upper story glass window.


acrobatics in the air


Walk the high wire (wearing a harness, of course)

Granddaughter wanted to try this, to get dressed for it, but there was no harness small enough.


By pushing buttons and pressing pedals, we could put a circus movie on the screen, complete with music.

We had fun with this one, even seeing a lion tamer at work.


Shooting a ball from the cannon–a combined effort

We enjoyed this activity as well.


What’s holding up the train? Peepholes to look through.

Though no animals were to be found, except on video, it was like being at the circus, with the music, activity and excitement. And soon all good things makes a young one tired and so we concluded our visit with a treat from the concession stand out in the foyer, and we looked out the window at the engine in the village.

You can see more photos of the activities at the museum website.

Photos on this blog are the copyright of C. Wilker.

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