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Watch the elephants arrive on Long Island

The Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey elephants

The Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey elephants will parade past the Long Island Children's Museum on March 11, 2013, on their way to their temporary home at Nassau Coliseum. (Credit: Handout)

What is it about elephants that's so exciting? Judge for yourself as you watch the huge, gray beasts lumber down the road on the way to their temporary circus home at Nassau Coliseum, heralding the arrival on Long Island of the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus's "Built to Amaze!" show.

The Long Island Children’s Museum’s “Circus Animal Walk” is from 6 to 9 p.m. Monday. Get your face painted, make circus arts and crafts and play all over the museum. At the end of the evening, the pachyderms will parade right past the museum!

"The fact that they walk outside of our building is a special treat. Sometimes there are zebras and horses. This year they are talking about having some unicyclists and clowns as well," says Maureen Mangan, museum's director of communications.


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Advance tickets are recommended due to limited capacity. Tickets are $9, and can be purchased at the LICM Box Office, 11 Davis Ave., Garden City, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday or by phone at 516-224-5802.

The circus itself plays 7:30 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday; 10:30 a.m. Thursday; 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at Nassau Coliseum, 1255 Hempstead Turnpike, Uniondale. Purchase circus tickets at 1-800-745-3000; ticketmaster.com.

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