Young students from Appletree School in Fairfax got a real treat Thursday when the staff from Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey circus invited them to the Patriot Center for the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to paint with an elephant.
Ringling Bros. partnered with Young Rembrandts to host the painting party, featuring Ringling’s star elephant, Kelly Ann.
The students joined a cast of clowns on the arena floor for the party and, prior to painting, Kelly Ann showed off her athleticism by dunking a basketball, catching a football and kicking a soccer ball, in addition to playing the harmonica.
The students then watched the artistic elephant produce her own masterpiece before painting their own circus-inspired works of art.
Young Rembrandts hosts educational children’s art classes, lessons and drawing programs with schools in Loudoun and Fairfax Counties.
Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey is in town gearing up for its latest production, DRAGONS - a special millennium event that honors The Year of the Dragon.
Circus performers from the farthest reaches of the earth have assembled for DRAGONS. The company describes the show as "a never-before-seen blend of renowned spiritual and real-life legends that can be found only at The Greatest Show On Earth!"
DRAGONS is already open at the Patriot Center! Remaining shows include:
Sunday, April 14, 5 p.m.
Thursday, April 18, 7 p.m.
Friday, April 19, 1 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, April 20, 11:30 a.m., 3:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, April 21, 1 p.m. and 5 p.m.
Tickets are on sale now and can be purchased at all Ticketmaster outlets, via phone at 1-800-745-3000; via www.ticketmaster.com; and at the Patriot Center box office.
Fairfax Ticket Prices: $15.00/$20.00/$30.00 (A limited number of "Circus Celebrity," front row and VIP tickets are also available)
To discover more about Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey, please visit www.ringling.com.
For additional information about Young Rembrands, please visit http://www.youngrembrandts.com/loudounfairfax-va/.
Do you plan to see DRAGONS? Or have you already seen it? Tell us in the comments below.
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