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Carnival of the Animals!

Kangaroos, elephants, tortoises, and even a swan! A menagerie of fun and musical activities for your family…


Carnival of the Animals, the humorous musical suite by French composer Camille Saint-Saëns, is pretty great in its own right. Each movement is represented by a different animal— hens and roosters, swift animals, tortoises, elephants, kangaroos, the aquarium, animals with long ears, birds, fossils, and the swan. One of my personal favorite poets, Ogden Nash, even wrote a few funny lines inspired by the piece!

“At midnight in the museum hall

The fossils gathered for a ball

There were no drums or saxophones,

But just the clatter of their bones,

A rolling, rattling, carefree circus

Of mammoth polkas and mazurkas.”

A rolling, rattling, carefree circus sounds a little bit loud for midnight, but fun for an afternoon! So much for the imagination to go wild with! But can you imagine this fantastic piece of music brought to life, by an actual orchestra, actors and narrators, and illustrations? How about themed activities, coloring stations, and a chance to try out a real musical instrument? Well, if you’re looking for an outrageously fun, kid-friendly, musically themed activity, you’re in luck! The Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra is presenting Carnival of the Animals at the Plaza Live lobby as its second season of the Symphony Story Time Series, just for young kids! It’s the perfect way to satisfy your young ones’ desire for playful cacophony and wild fun, without doing any damage to your living room furniture, or adopting an exotic animal as your new family pet!

Bouncing kangaroos, some particularly plucky dinosaur bones, pecking hens, flitting fish, a jungle buzzing with excitement and anticipation, all presented by professional musicians and artists! Showtime begins at 10am with thirty minutes of fun-filled activities!